Meet The Doctor

Dr. Jhon O. Giraldo, DMD

Dr. Giraldo was born in Cali, Colombia and received his DDS degree from the Universidad del Valle in 1991. After completing a one year General Practice Residency, Dr. Giraldo maintained a private practice devoting time to the indigenous population and farm workers. Dr. Giraldo continued on to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, receiving his DMD degree. While attending Tufts he was awarded the Prosthetic Award for Clinical Excellence (crowns and bridges).During almost ten years spent in the USA, Dr. Giraldo has regularly taken different courses on CAD/CAM technology, Implant restorative techniques, and Advanced CEREC Design. These make him both a highly experienced and skillful professional, always committed to his patients’ oral health. He is also a member of the American Dental Association and Massachusetts Dental Society.

Dr. Giraldo lives with his wife and three children in Massachusetts.

Dr. Leo Kharin, DMD

Dr. Kharin was born in Moscow, Russia, moving to United States in 2000. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2006, graduating Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science in psychology. He earned his D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. His Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency was completed at Winslow Indian Health Care Center in Winslow, Arizona. After returning to New England, Dr. Kharin practiced in private offices in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Dr. Kharin has a true passion for the profession of dentistry. His background in behavioral sciences aids him in deeply connecting with his patients and tailoring his treatment to their unique needs. Since graduating in 2010, he has been taking numerous continuing education courses focusing on implant placement and restoration, endodontics, oral surgery and his main passion – complex restorative procedures, including full mouth rehabilitation. He is an active member of American Dental Association and Massachusetts Dental Society.

Dr. Kharin lives in Watertown and spends his spare time swimming, playing tennis and hiking the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire. He is also a student of photography and world history.

Dr. Richard Lam, DMD

Dr. Lam was born and raised in Boston’s South End. He graduated from Boston Latin and the University of Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Honors College of Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. He would then earn his DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Lam’s desire to help others who are less fortunate has been apparent in his involvement with Dentists for Humanity and Project Bridge. He has led multiple service trips to Haiti through Dentists for Humanity for three years in addition to volunteering for Project Bridge at local shelters in Boston for at-risk and homeless youth. He received the International College of Dentists Humanitarian Award in 2019 for his exemplified and demonstrated passion for altruistic humanitarian service.

He is an avid learner and enjoys taking continuing education courses, particularly in prosthodontics, complex restorative techniques, and aesthetic dentistry. He has taken courses in advanced surgical principles and implantology. He is an active member in the American Dental Association and Massachusetts Dental Society.

Dr. Lam is an outdoor enthusiast and especially loves camping and hiking in New England’s wilderness. He routinely participates in kickboxing, yoga, and Metcon training in Somerville, MA.

Dr. Lam will prioritize your autonomy and comfort while delivering uncompromising modern dentistry at every visit. He loves what he does and he looks forward to taking care of your dental and overall health.

Meet The Team

Anissa – Registered Dental Hygienist

Anissa has been an integral part of our team at Dentistry By Design since 2002. She obtained her degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Louisville and has advanced training in laser implementation, Invisalign treatment, and CPR. She has taken continuing education courses through the Las Vegas Institute, as well as the Schuster Center for Team Development in Arizona. She plans to continue her education by obtaining her local anesthesia certificate, and becoming a registered community health hygienist. During her time away from the office, Anissa loves spending time outside with her family hiking, camping, kayaking and going to the beach.

Jayme – Registered Dental Hygienist

Jayme graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. In July of 2014, Jayme joined our family here at Dentistry By Design. When she’s not spending time with her patients, Jayme loves spending time with her family, going to the beach and traveling; especially to Aruba with her husband! She also likes taking barre exercise classes and playing with her niece and nephew.

Katherine – Registered Dental Assistant

Katherine joined our team in August of 2011, as a registered dental assistant. She obtained her assisting certificate from Bryman College, where she received extensive training in dental assisting techniques and procedures. As a vital part of our team, Katherine works one-on-one with our dentists, in all aspects of dentistry, and assists our hygienists and our front office team. When she is not working, Katherine loves spending time with her family, camping, skiing, rollerblading and being outdoors.

Maddie – Registered Dental Hygienist

Maddie became a part of our team in 2017 as a registered dental hygienist. She obtained her associate’s degree from Middlesex Community College where she volunteered for the school’s dental sealant program and obtained advanced training in CPR. Maddie is passionate about the world of dentistry and hopes to expand her knowledge by taking continuing education courses, to aid her patients in improving their dental health. When she is away from the office, Maddie loves to stay active. She enjoys biking, traveling, rollerblading, spending time with her 3 dogs, and cheering on the New England Patriots!