We believe in conservative and preventative dentistry, and use kid-friendly language to help children understand what we are doing. We believe in working with families to help them develop realistic habits that can promote a healthy smile for life. At Kangaroo Smiles we know how stressful dental treatment can be for both children and parents. For that reason, our top priority is to ensure that you are completely comfortable with all aspects of your child’s dental visit.
After growing up in sunny California, I moved to NY to pursue my dream of becoming a dentist. However, after visiting Massachusetts I knew this was home for me. So even though I was not born here, I feel like a true New Englander in my heart.
After dental school, I decided to become a pediatric dentist because I feel passionate about changing the stigma associated with dentistry.
I know that if I create a safe, happy, and caring environment for children to receive dental care, then I will have a lasting impact on that child’s future. Kangaroo Smiles has always been a dream for me, and I am so happy that I have this awesome environment to do what I love. When I am not at Kangaroo Smiles I enjoy cooking, wood working with my husband, and taking care of my fish!
Lily Hu, is the Director of Anesthesia and Pain Control and Assistant Professor at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she teaches all anesthesia-related curriculum for pre-doctoral, postdoctoral, and continuing education level students.
Dr. Hu earned her DMD degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed her dental anesthesiology residency at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York.
She is a diplomate and a board director on the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology. Her clinical practice involves providing all levels of anesthesia care to pediatric, special needs, and adult dental patients in dental offices and dental school clinics throughout New England region. In addition, she is a visiting lecturer and clinical instructor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Hu lectures locally and nationally on sedation, general anesthesia, and emergency management topics.
Dr. Naomi grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she learned to love and enjoy nature while obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology. Then she moved to Boston to attend Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, manga cum laude.
After a year practicing general dentistry, she finished her pediatric dental residency with the NYU Langone Hospitals, at the Massachusetts satellite location in Holyoke.
Dr. La has deep compassion for her patients and understands that children process this exciting world in their own unique ways. What she loves most about being a pediatric dentist is having the opportunity to make a lasting difference in children’s lives through oral health and creating positive dental experiences with each visit. When Dr. La is not at Kangaroo Smiles, she enjoys exploring local trails with her husband, playing the piano and guitar, and also painting pictures of her cat.
Dr. Nina Khedkar grew up in North Central New Jersey. While she will always be a Jersey Girl at heart, she has spent the majority of her adult life in Massachusetts.
Dr. Khedkar received her specialty certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
Prior to her dental and orthodontic training, she received a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University, which makes her a “Triple Jumbo.” During dental school, Dr. Nina was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the dental honors society. She also received the American Association of Orthodontists Award and Association of Tufts Alumnae Senior Award.
After completing her training, Dr. Nina practiced in Fort Worth, TX before returning to private practice in Massachusetts, where she feels most at home.
Dr. Nina is dedicated to clinical excellence and focused on total patient care. To this end, she participates in study clubs and attends a multitude of continuing education courses. She has also completed a fellowship in Advanced Invisalign techniques. Dr. Nina’s professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists.
Dr. Simon Beylin attended Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine. Following dental school, Dr. Beylin completed an Oral Surgery Fellowship and General Practice Residency from New York Medical College, and Westchester Medical Center. During that time, Dr. Beylin simultaneously earned a Masters of Dental Technology degree from New York University.
Dr. Beylin completed his specialty training in Endodontics at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has worked extensively with patients at Boston Children’s Hospital. At Boston Children’s Hospital, he was one of very few endodontists that provided endodontic care for pediatric patients. Most importantly, Dr. Beylin is incredible at making kids and parents feel comfortable about their treatment.
Dr. Seayoon An, or “Dr.Jennifer” as she is known to her patients, received Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Duke University and Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. For several years she practiced general dentistry and discovered her passion for treating children. She then completed her Pediatric Dental residency at Boston University.
Dr. Yasmin attended Boston University’s seven-year accelerated dental program where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-dental science, and Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2014.
I grew up in Montreal, Quebec, and Bathurst, New Brunswick in Canada, I have pursued a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie in Halifax Nova Scotia. I moved to the States to get my Masters degree from New York University, attended Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Medicine
Dr. Jagad grew up in India where he trained to be a dentist. After practicing for a short while, he moved to the USA and received his DMD at Boston University. He then practiced general dentistry and realized he really enjoyed treating kids and wanted to pursue it as a specialty.
American Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Originating from Taiwan, where she earned her first dental degree, Dr. Jessie further pursued her passion for dentistry by acquiring her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
With her deep compassion for working with kids, she furthered her expertise with an International residency of Pediatric Dentistry at New York University; a fellowship at University of Maryland Baltimore and a two-year advanced education in Pediatric dentistry at the University of Alabama Birmingham. She was a faculty member at NYU Langone educating and mentoring future pediatric dentists. Her commitment to excellence and dedication to the field is evident through her extensive training and experience.
Renowned for her warm and caring personality, Dr. Jessie provides a fun, comfortable, and educational experience for children and parents. She effortlessly creates a vibrant, comfortable, and enlightening environment for both children and their parents. Her fervor lies in cultivating a positive dental mindset among children and teenagers, steering them towards a lifetime of healthy smile. Dr. Jessie believes in a comprehensive approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring that each child receives the individualized care they need to achieve optimal oral health.
Currently, Dr. Jessie serves as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society.
Outside of the office, you can find Dr. Jessie treasuring quality time with her wonderful husband, and their sweet baby boy Ryan.