The Harvard Dental Center (HDC)-Cambridge practice recently expanded its clinical care offerings with the addition of an orthodontics team led by Dr. Sercan Akyalcin, orofacial pain and sleep apnea specialty services led by Dr. Roxanne Bavarian, and expanded general dentistry with the addition of Dr. Alison Caruso.
Dr. Sercan Akyalcin, head of the Orthodontics program at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), along with his team comprised of a digital technician, dental assistant, and orthodontics residents will bring orthodontic treatment options to the Cambridge practice for the first time. Akyalcin received his DDS and PhD degrees from Ege University School of Dentistry. Soon after completing his PhD degree, he began his teaching career in Canada. He then went on to receive his clinical training in the Orthodontic Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In his career as a dental educator and orthodontist, Akyalcin has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and has been recognized with several awards in the field, including recognition from the American Association of Orthodontists, and the 2019 Edward H. Angle Research Prize.
Dr. Roxanne Bavarian, lecturer on Oral Maxillofacial Surgery at HSDM, joined the Cambridge practice to offer expert treatment in orofacial pain and sleep apnea. Bavarian received her dental degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and went on to pursue a certificate in oral medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute where she worked in the evaluation and management of oral diseases, both in the general population as well as patients undergoing treatment of head and neck cancer and hematologic malignancies. As part of her oral medicine training, she also obtained her DMSc degree at HSDM and went on to pursue additional training in orofacial pain at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Bavarian is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Alison Caruso, joined the team of general dentists at the Cambridge practice. Caruso completed her dental education at SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. She then continued her training in Buffalo through an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency. She has been practicing in private practice in the greater Boston area in the years since. Her interests in the dental field include providing comprehensive dental care, collaborating with her patients to determine the best treatment approach for their specific needs, and providing guidance on how to best maintain long-term oral health.