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Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

James R. Seligman, D.M.D.
photo_seligmanDr. Seligman has his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston and his BS degree from the University of Massachusetts. He has been practicing dentistry since 1985.

For nearly 19 years, Dr. Seligman had a private practice in Brookline, where he remained very active in the community. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Brookline (past president), and the Brookline Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the board of the Brookline Arts Center, the Friends of Brookline Public Health, and the Metropolitan District Dental Society. Other activities have included hosting Boston Access Television, “Oral Health Update” on the Answer Channel.

In November 2007, Dr. Seligman moved his practice to Boston’s South End. His office is in the heart of the SOWA district of the South End, which is a vibrant and rapidly gentrifying community of residences, arts, restaurants and cutting edge businesses. In addition to being a resident of the South End, he is a member of the South End Business Alliance (SEBA), is on the Board of Overseers and supporter of the SpeakEasy Stage Company, and was a board member of the Washington Gateway Main Street program.

Dr Seligman is a member of the American Dental Association, the Metropolitan District Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has a faculty appointment at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and serves as a mentor in the APEX program for Boston University Dental School. Dr Seligman is a constant student and regularly takes continuing education. He has studied at the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Key Biscayne, FL and has worked closely with the Pride Institute of CA.

Valerie Smith, D.M.D.
photo_smithDr. Valerie Smith has been practicing periodontics since 2000. Originally from Philadelphia, she earned her BA in Psychology from Temple University. She then relocated to Boston to attend Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine earning her DMD degree in 1997. From there she attended the Medical College of Virginia where she earned her Certificate in Periodontics in 2000. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

In 2001, Dr. Smith started her own periodontal practice in Northern Virginia outside Washington DC. After practicing there for 8 years, she decided to move back to Boston. It was a great move and she now resides in downtown Boston.
Dr. Smith is active in several dental societies, including the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society and the Massachusetts Periodontal Society.

Besides having a passion for the field and practice of periodontology, Dr. Smith is also current in the practice of dental implant placement and bone augmentation procedures.

When she is not helping patients, she enjoys travelling, gardening and home improvement.

Edward Phillip Wysocki, D.M.D
dr-wysockiEdward Phillip Wysocki, DMD, received his degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wysocki has extensive clinical experience across all areas of dentistry, with an emphasis on preventative care and highly esthetic work. As a student at Tufts, he was awarded the prestigious Thomas B. Hunt and Tufts Merit Scholarships, received Dean’s list honors, and graduated in the top 15% of his class. Dr. Wysocki believes the responsibility of a dentist is to educate and guide patients so they can make informed decisions regarding their oral health care. Prior to beginning any procedure, Dr. Wysocki ensures that each patient understands the clinical reasoning and scientific rationale for the recommended treatment. Across all aspects of your visit, Dr. Wysocki is attentive to detail: he seamlessly blends patient care with an artistic and research-based clinical approach.

Prior to his career in dentistry, Dr. Wysocki received a Masters of Science degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a dual undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Chicago in Biological Sciences and Comparative Human Development. Dr. Wysocki is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Massachusetts Dental Society.

Dr. Wysocki has also been certified in the administration of Botox and dermal fillers. These esthetic procedures can be provided to our patients by appointment.

Dental Hygiene
Dianne – R.D.H.
photo_villaniDianne, a registered dental hygienist (R.D.H.), graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1988 with a degree in Hygiene and began practicing at an office in Hartford, CT. Dianne earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychol­ogy at Northeastern University in Boston in 1996 while doing hygiene part-time. Dianne went on to obtain her Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island in 1998.

Dianne’s passion has always been dental hygiene and she decided to devote her energies to this career. In 1998 she began working for Dr. James Seligman where she was able to share her commitment to ex­cellence in caring for her patients. Eleven years later, the philosophy of patient-centered, comprehensive care still exists.


Ann – R.D.H.
photo_leeAnn, a registered dental hygienist (R.D.H.), graduated from Forsyth School for Hygienists in 1996. She sub­sequently earned her Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene from Northeastern University in 1997. Since Ann’s graduation, she has worked as a dental hygienist at a dental school in Boston. She has also maintained one day a week working in a private practice. Ann joined Dr. Seligman’s prac­tice in December, 2004. She enjoys the team effort that everyone puts forth. Most important, she appreciates that everyone strives to maintain the office philosophy of providing a high standard of quality care for all our patients.


Casey – R.D.H.
caseyCasey is a registered dental hygienist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. At Mount Ida, she received the “President’s Award” for Academic Excellence. Casey joined our team in 2015. She also works in a private practice in West Brookfield, MA.

Casey enjoys attending continuing education courses so that she is able to provide up-to-date dental techniques for her patients. When not at work, she enjoys exploring Boston, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Office Administration
Heather – Financial Administrator
photo_crisafulliHeather graduated from Boston School of Nursing and went on to offer more than two decades of service in dentistry. She took time to raise her two sons and to partner with her husband to launch a successful architectural design business. In 1995, Heather joined the team at Seligman Dental Designs, where she now focuses on financial and organi­zational administration of the business office. Heather is dedicated to helping patients achieve their goal of a healthy, beautiful smile through creative financing. And, she is terrific at providing gentle encouragement throughout the course of patient treatment and care.


Michelle – Patient Coordinator
photo_jarvieMichelle is our patient coordinator and dental assistant. She graduated from Bryman Insti­tute in 1995 with a certificate in Dental Assisting. Upon completion of this program, Michelle went on to receive her Radiology Certificate from Tufts. Michelle joined Dr. Seligman’s team as a dental assistant in September of 1995. She continues to work at Seligman Dental Designs as patient coordinator, and assures that we provide a high level of patient care. She is presently studying to become a certified dental assistant to be able to perform extended duties.


Anne Marie – Patient Coordinator

anne-marieAnne Marie began her dental career as a dental assistant while living in Washington. However, as a result of many years in administrative and customer service roles, she was naturally drawn to front office responsibilities in the practice. She believes in and practices holistic healthcare which was been a driving force for her getting into the dental field. Her goal is to help patients be proactive in their dental health through preventative measures. She loves the arts, nature, animals and enjoys experiencing the many wonders that they have to offer.


Stephanie – Dental Assistant

stephanieStephanie graduated from Everest institute in 2014 with a certificate in Dental Assistant as well as a Radiology certificate from Boston University. Stephanie joined Dr. Seligman’s team as a dental assistant in March 2016 after working in a different practice for almost two years. Stephanie loves interacting with people everyday and believes that all patients deserve quality care. Stephanie strives to keep patients informed about proper prevention and excellent home care during their visits.



Jean Wertheim – Office Appointment Administrator

Jean received her Dental Assisting Diploma from The Bryman Education Center in Brookline MA in 1980. Jean also earned as Associates Degree in Marketing and Management from DeKalb College in Dunwoody, Georgia in 1986.  Jean transitioned to Front Office Patient Coordinator in 1990 and has worked in both General and Specialty Dental Practices in the Boston area. Jean joined Seligman Dental Designs in June 2012.

Jean enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her children.