Meet Our Team

Boston General & Cosmetic Dentistry | Dr. Valerie Smith
Valerie Smith
DMD

Dr. 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.

Dr. Smith started her own periodontal practice in Northern Virginia outside Washington DC in 2001.  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 and working in her community garden.

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Melanie Sturrup
Dental Hygienist

Melanie received her B.S. in Biology from Morris Brown College in Atlanta. She then went on to earn her dental hygiene degree from the Forsyth Institute for Dental Hygienists here in Boston. Melanie has been working as a dental hygienist for the past 14 years and has a passion for educating her patients on oral hygiene health.

Melanie is the oldest of five siblings. She was born in Miami, FL and raised in Boston. She has many nieces and nephews and when she is not treating patients, she likes to spend time with family and friends and likes to be pampered by getting facials.

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Kiosa Paige
Office Manager

Kiosa graduated in 2003 from Bryman Institute with a degree in Dental Assisting. She joined Dr. Ansari’s practice in 2006 as a dental assistant and is now the Office Manager. With over 10 years of experience working in dentistry she has truly come to love every aspect of it. Kiosa loves to increase her knowledge of all things dental related and enjoys utilizing what she has learned to improve the patient experience.

Kiosa was born in Boston and has lived in Georgia. She is passionate about traveling, loves to read, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Desirae Ortiz
Dental Assistant

Desirae graduated from Everest Institute in 2008 as a certified dental assistant. Desirae joined our practice at the end of 2015 and added her extensive knowledge of assisting. She is fluent in Spanish, loves meeting new people, and enjoys educating patients about dental procedures and home care.

A native of Brooklyn New York, Desirae has lived in Boston since she was a teen. When not working she can be found spending time with her 14 year old daughter, cooking for her large family (she has 13 siblings!), or enjoying the outdoors.