• High-quality dental care from the only independent dental research institute in America
    specializing in oral health and its impact on overall wellness.

    Harvard School of Dental Medicine Affiliate.

Welcome to Our Practice
Welcome to Forsyth

The Forsyth Faculty Associates (FFA) is a dental practice that provides the highest quality and comprehensive oral health treatment in Kendall Square. Our mission is to offer our expertise from the world’s leading oral health institute and serve the Greater Boston area. 

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Meet our Team

  • Dr.
    Yumi Maeda DMD, DDS, PhD
    General Dentistry

    Dr. Yumi Maeda received her DDS and PhD degree from Osaka University School /Graduate School of Dentistry in Japan in 1997 and in 2001. She began her postdoctoral training in oral surgery and general dentistry at Osaka University and its affiliated hospitals...

  • Dr.
    Hatice Hasturk DDS, PhD, CAGS

    Dr. Hatice Hasturk received her DDS from School of Dentistry at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey in 1988. She completed her PhD and periodontology specialty training at the same institution in 1995. After working for four years as a private periodontist in Istanbul, she started working at the Clinical Research Center at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine as a research fellow in 1999...

  • Dr.
    Xiaozhe Han, DMD, PhD
    General Dentist

    Dr. Han graduated from Boston University School of Dental Medicine and is currently Assistant Member of the Staff at the Forsyth Institute. In addition to being part of the Forsyth Faculty Practice, he also enjoys teaching at Harvard and Boston University, and doing research in his own lab.

  • Dr.
    Gurkan Goktug DMD, DDS, CAGS
    Prosthodontist / Restorative Dentist, Associate Director of Clinical Operations

    Dr. Gurkan Goktug received his DDS degree from Hacettepe University School of Dental Medicine in 1992 in Turkey. He began his postdoctoral training in prosthodontics in 1998, and received his certificate of advanced graduate study in 2001 from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine...

  • Elida Salazar
    Dental Hygienist

    Elida is a Registered Dental Hygienist, Certified to Administer Local Anesthesia, who graduated in 2008 from Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. She continued her education at Northeastern University to earn her Bachelor of Science in Health Management. She has always enjoyed school, learning new things and taking on new challenges...

  • Melissa Martins
    Dental Hygienist

    Melissa Martins received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1999 at The Forsyth Institute. Melissa has worked with the Forsyth Faculty practice and Clinical Research Department since 2010. Melissa enjoys meeting new patients from all over the world and enjoys working with children...

  • Gay Torresyap
    Dental Hygienist

    Gay Torresyap, RDH, MS graduated from The Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists and received her master’s degree in clinical investigation at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has worked in many different practice settings: university (MIT), hospital (Children’s Hospital Boston), private (Dentaquest), periodontal, research and teaching. She is committed to patient-centered care based on each patient’s need(s). ..

  • Wilson Casmier
    Dental Hygienist

    Wilson a graduate from the State University of Haiti, came to the US in the late 1980s to rejoin his family in Boston, MA. He then attended the ESL program at Harvard University. Wilson also attended Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, where he earned his RDH certificate. He has been practicing dental hygiene for more than 2 decades in different organizations and private offices around the Boston Area...

  • Dr.
    Alpdogan Kantarci
    DDS, PhD
    Periodontics, Director of Clinical Operations

    Dr. Kantarci is an Associate Member of the Staff at the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, MA, USA, works as a Faculty Member at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, and serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Boston University Henry Goldman School of Dental Medicine. He has started his career as dentist after graduating from Istanbul University in 1991...

  • Laura Ettorre
    Practice Coordinator

    Meet Ms. Laura Ettorre, our Practice Coordinator. Laura is a great multi-tasker. She is the face of our clinic. She manages the practice schedule and her absolute favorite-our social media accounts. Laura is also our liaison with hospitals and other health care facilities to recruit patients, especially those with special needs. Laura strives to make your visit to your Forsyth dental home smooth, easy, and welcoming.

  • Kathy Eklund

    Meet Ms. Kathy Eklund, our Patient Advocate. Kathy is responsible for our patient safety and provides patient support in various capacities. She manages and develops the infection prevention and control policies & procedures in conjunction with key clinical personnel. Kathy works hard to make sure the clinic is running properly.  


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9:00 am-6:00 pm


9:00 am-6:00 pm


9:00 am-6:00 pm


9:00 am-6:00 pm


9:00 am-6:00 pm