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Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower the Cosmetic Dentists and Laboratory Technicians of New England by providing opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge to satisfy the public demand for excellence in cosmetic dentistry, while promoting the professional relationships, education and networking to support this mission.


Dr. Marty Zase – President

Dr. Marty Zase is the President of the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Dr. Zase received his Bachelor of Arts from Boston University and his D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He is guest lecturer in cosmetic dentistry at the University of Connecticut, Nova Southeastern University, New York University, and Louisiana State University Dental Schools. He has published over sixty dental articles, has served on the editorial or review boards of numerous dental magazines, and lectures internationally on cosmetic dentistry.

Marty Zase was a disc jockey for eight years before becoming a dentist and is an instrument rated pilot.  He is a diehard Red Sox fan, an avid reader, a less than adequate golfer, and a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Institute, Starfleet Academy, and the Landmark Education Forum and Curriculum for Living.

He is one of only about a dozen dentists in the world to have both a Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry and an Accreditation in Cosmetics from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He practices in the Colchester, Connecticut and is the only dentist in the greater Hartford area Accredited by the AACD.  He was the 2006-2007 President of the AACD, the largest cosmetic dentistry organization in the world.  He serves on the AACD Board of Accreditation Examiners and mentors Accreditation candidates. He was the 2015 recipient of the AACD’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

He has developed numerous techniques and instruments that are currently used in modern cosmetic dentistry.  He has taken advanced training in oral conscious sedation to provide dentistry with the absolute minimal of patient discomfort.  He has been granted fellowships in the American College of Dentists (FACD), the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics (FADFE), and the AGD has awarded him the Lifetime Learning and Service Recognition Award for his contributions to dentistry and dental education.  He was selected by Dentistry Today magazine as one of the Top Clinicians in Dental Continuing Education for the past ten years in a row.  Dr. Zase lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut, practices in the Colchester Dental Group and is available online at

Dr. Zase can usually be found in a Hawaiian shirt and matching socks.

Dr. David Ward – President-Elect

Dr. David Ward has been practicing dentistry for 27 years. His office in Woonsocket, RI provides general dentistry, with a focus on Cosmetic and implant services. He is a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry ( associate fellow ), the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Dental Association and the Rhode Island Dental Association..

Dr. Ward is also a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, a dental honor society, and was recently inducted into the International College of Dentists. He and his wife Michelle live in Pascoag, RI and just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They have 3 children, Samantha (a third year student at Tufts Dental School in Boston, MA ) Jonathan (who works in the office designing and manufacturing Same-Day crowns) , and Alexandra (just finished pre-dental and will be applying to dental school in the near future). Dr. Ward enjoys spending time with family and friends more than just about anything.

Dr. Courtney Lavigne – Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Lavigne is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where she graduated top of her glass and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society.  Since graduation she has consistently taken over 100 hours of continuing education each year.  She frequently attends workshops at the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is mentored by and works closely with her on-site master ceramist, Marius Vincze.

Dr. Lavigne opened a from-scratch practice in Wayland, Massachusetts in August of 2014.  Her passion lies in esthetic dentistry and smile reconstruction, and she currently focuses the majority of her continuing education in that area.

Dr. Lavigne has recently passed the accreditation exam through the AACD and is excited to begin her journey on the accreditation tract.

Dr. Lavigne is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the American Dental Association, a fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and a Faculty Club member at Spear Education.

Dr. Michael Szarek

Dr. Szarek is a past-president of the NEACD who graduated from the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine in 1994 followed by a one year General Practice Residency at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. He has a General and Cosmetic dental practice in Lowell, MA. inspired by the AACD and Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Education. Dr. Szarek is an Accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also a member of the ADA, AGD, Massachusetts Dental Society and Past President of the Greater Lowell Dental Society. He enjoys golf, fishing, hunting, skiing, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Randy Burba

Dr. Burba is a past president of the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (NEACD), and has been a board member of the NEACD since 2003.  He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and currently serves on the Professional Education Committee of the AACD.  He is also an accredited member of the AACD, making him one of only 10 dentists to hold this distinction in all of New England.

Dr Burba is a 1991 graduate of Providence College and a 1995 graduate of the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine. He has a practice in Salem Massachusetts with his father, Dr. Stanley Burba, which focuses on advanced cosmetic dentistry in a dental spa atmosphere. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, Mass Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Dr. Burba is married to Dr. Patricia Burba D.M.D. they have three children, Katelyn, Rachel, and Ryan. He enjoys boating, fishing, scuba diving, woodworking, painting, drawing, and being a father.

Dr. Robin Santiago

Dr. Robin Santiago is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.   Following in her father Howard Mark’s footsteps, a retired oral Surgeon, she opened her practice in West Hartford, CT.

Dr. Santiago has spent much of her career focusing on improving her skills in the area of restorative and cosmetic dentistry, studying extensively at the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, and with such experts as Drs. Kois, Spear, Hornbrook, Fahl, Willhite and others to bring the latest techniques to her practice for the benefit of her patients. Her passion for education, caring for her patients as part of her extended dental family and maintaining the skills of her dental team are evident in everything at Beautiful Smiles by Santiago.

She is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, The International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an International Dental Honor Society.   She is proudly serving as the Connecticut chair of the PFA.  In addition to the NEACD, which she served as President from 2010-2012,  Dr. Santiago is a  member of the AACD, AGD, the Crown Council, ADA,  the Hartford Dental Society and  the CSDA, which she has long served on the Continuing Education Committee.

She lives in West Hartford, with her husband of almost 40 years, Rafael Santiago, a noted Hartford attorney.  They have four sons, all grown.  Dr. Santiago enjoys travelling, reading, gardening cooking and most of all spending time with her family.

Dr. Lauren Shanard

Dr. Lauren Shanard completed her dental training the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1988, followed by an intensive yearlong Advanced General Dentistry Residency. The residency incorporated advanced techniques in prosthodontics and periodontal surgery. She moved to the Burlington, Vermont area and joined a multispecialty group practice for seven years. She opened Contemporary Dental Arts in 1995.

Her practice is devoted to reconstructive, esthetic, and implant dentistry. She is proud to be able to share her passion and excellence for dentistry with her patients and colleagues, and truly believes in the importance of a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile.

Dr. Shanard completes many continuing education hours each year; focusing on advanced cosmetic dentistry concepts, full-mouth rehabilitation, periodontal surgical procedures, and implant dentistry. Dr. Shanard offers oral conscious sedation in her practice.

Dr. Shanard is a 2012 Accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and has been a general member since 2004. Dr. Shanard serves the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry on the Board of Examiners. She also serves on the Written Examination Committee. She is a past-president and board member of the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, an AACD Affiliate. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the Vermont State Dental Society.

Dr. Shanard lives in Burlington, Vermont. She is an expert alpine skier and spends her free time in the snowy woods and mountains of Vermont. She also enjoys her son Jacob’s high school varsity hockey games in the winter. In addition, she enjoys summer boating and water skiing with friends and family. Dr. Shanard is an avid runner, an occasionally inspired chef, and enjoys listening to jazz.

Dr. Anthony Storace

Dr. Anthony Storace graduated from Tufts University, where he also instructed in the Department of Oral Medicine. He currently is the senior doctor in a large multi-provider practice in Nashua, NH.  He obtained his Masters in the AGD with the first NE Masters Study Club class, completed the Dawson Continuum, the Schuster Practice Management Program and is an original member of the Southern NH Spear Study Club. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentists International. Dr. Storace also served as past president of the NH Dental Society and the NH Academy of General Dentistry, as well as membership on local, state, regional and ADA committees.

Besides managing the Practice for 35 years, Tony has contributed to various civic organizations and community programs including currently serving as the chair of Nashua Board of Health, a member of the Mayor’s Review and Comment Committee, the Nashua Seniors Count Advisory Board and the Nashua High Health Sciences Committee.  He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Nashua Senior Center, the Nashua Catholic Junior High Advisory Board, Make a Wish Foundation of NH, and coached a championship Cal Ripken baseball team. His office is active in the school systems by visiting various classrooms in both the public and private school systems and running a very successful and ground breaking senior high dental internship program for future dental assistants and hygienists.

Dr. Bill Cummiskey

Dr. Cummiskey graduated from Rockford University in 1990.  He then graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1994. He then completed a General Practice Residency at Mt. Sinai/St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT in 1995. He then completed a second General Practice Residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT in 1996.

He now practices as a solo dentist at Generations Dental Care in Enfield, CT since 2008.  He belongs to American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry and DOCS Education.  He is married with three young children. He enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams, skiing, golf and playing soccer.

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