Our Founding Partners

Howard Needleman, D.M.D.
Pediatric Dentist, Retired

Stephen Shusterman, D.M.D.
Pediatric Dentist, Retired

Richard Bruun, D.D.S.
Orthodontist, Retired

Jack Hertzberg, D.M.D.
Orthodontist, Retired

Howard Needleman, D.M.D.

Pediatric Dentist, Retired

Dr. Howard Needleman completed his undergraduate education at Rutgers University, New Jersey, magna cum laude. He was awarded his D.M.D. from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston cum laude where he received the Nesbett Award for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry and Gold Medal for Scholastic Excellence upon graduation. He received his training in pediatric dentistry at the Children’s Hospital/Harvard residency program where he was Chief Resident and was awarded the Sidney Farber House Officer Award for the most outstanding resident within the hospital in 1973-74.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Senior Associate at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the Harvard School of Dentistry. Dr. Needleman has been an active researcher and lecturer locally, nationally, and internationally. He has published over 75 articles in the field of pediatric dentistry and has authored many chapters in and been editor of numerous medical and dental textbooks. He has received many awards since graduation some of which include the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award for Outstanding Dentist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1995, and the Allard Award for outstanding service to the cause of preventing abuse and neglect from the Massachusetts Dental Society.

Dr. Needleman has been a local and national spokesperson for the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society. In addition, he is an expert witness for the Department of Health, Division of Health Professions Licensure/Board of Registration of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for many civil and criminal lawsuits involving negligent dental care to children across the country.

Stephen Shusterman, D.M.D.

Pediatric Dentist, Retired

Dr. Stephen Shusterman earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and was awarded the D.M.D. degree, cum laude, from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He served in the United States Army, and was the Chief of Pediatric Dentistry, Internship Program, at General Leonard Wood Army Hospital, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. While at Tufts, he was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Dental Honor Society.

Dr. Shusterman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is Dentist-in-Chief, Emeritus, at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and has held several national committee positions. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Developmental Biology (Pediatric Dentistry) at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is the recipient of both the Distinguished Faculty Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Shusterman is also a member of the consultant staff of both the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Shusterman’s major academic interests are in the area of cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies. He lectures widely on the subject and has traveled to China twice to speak on the Children’s Hospital Protocol for infants with cleft lip and palate as a representative of the Canada China Child Health Foundation. Academically, he is a lecturer on Behavioral Guidance, Space Maintenance and Clefts/Craniofacial Anomalies in the pre-doctoral program at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has authored or co-authored many articles and chapters in journals and textbooks of Dentistry and Medicine.

Richard Bruun, D.D.S.

Orthodontist, Retired

Dr. Bruun, an orthodontist, and pediatric dentist, completed his undergraduate education at SUNY Stonybrook and was awarded his D.D.S. from SUNY Stonybrook School of Dental Medicine. He completed his training in orthodontics at the Boston University Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry and his training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

He is a Senior Associate at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Oral and Developmental Biology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is a member of the Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Teams at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is also the co-director of the Fellowship in Craniofacial Orthodontics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bruun’s academic interests include cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies. 

Dr. Bruun became an administrative partner in 2009, consulting with his partner group on various patient cases and practice initiatives until his retirement from Chestnut Dental in 2017.

Jack Hertzberg, D.M.D.

Orthodontist, Retired

Dr. Jack Hertzberg, an orthodontist, and pediatric dentist, completed his undergraduate education at Case Western Reserve University and was awarded his D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his training in orthodontics at the Boston University Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry and his training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Senior Associate (emeritus) at Boston Children’s Hospital, Adjunct Professor at Boston Children’s Hospital, and clinical instructor (emeritus) in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. His academic interests include Invisalign® and occlusal development and orthodontics in the dental curriculum.

Dr. Hertzberg and his wife, Lorraine, reside in Newton. They have four children – Anne, Emily, Neal, and Bradley. His oldest daughter, Anne is a pediatric dentist at Chestnut Dental and also holds academic appointments at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Hertzberg treated patients in our Needham office from 1977 until his well-deserved retirement in 2018.  

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