Meet Our Dentists
Munal S. Salem, D.M.D
Dr. Munal S. Salem graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1999. He spent his formative years in Virginia, The West Bank (Palestine), and Texas. In 2002, he established Alpha Dental Center and three years later, he established Weymouth Family Dental Care. Currently, he oversees six dental practices, six associates, and more than forty team members. However, his favorite role is as a clinical dentist. He enjoys giving smiles to his patients! Behind the scenes, he helps his office managers by advising them on treatment plans, insurance claims, and customer service excellence. Dr. Salem has furthered his dental education by completing more than 1,000 hours of continuing education courses, with emphasis on implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and sedation methods.
Dr. Salem and his wife are the proud parents of a daughter and two sons. They have been residents of Braintree, Massachusetts for more than fifteen years. On their time off, they enjoy traveling and visiting friends and family.
Offices: Fall River, Franklin, North Dartmouth, and Weymouth
Larry Sarner, D.M.D
Dr. Larry Sarner graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1995. After graduation he spent one year as a resident at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, NY and spent a second year as chief dental resident. Dr. Sarner enjoys all aspects of general dentistry with an emphasis on cosmetic and implant dentistry. Dr. Sarner has two children, Madeleine and Michael. He enjoys martial arts, fitness, and cooking.
Offices: Franklin and Attleboro
Melissa Sarner, D.M.D
Dr. Melissa Sarner graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1995. After graduation she worked as an associate for two years on Long Island. She moved to Franklin with her husband Dr. Lawrence Sarner in 1997 she has lived and raised her family. Dr. Sarner places special emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and complex dental care. Dr. Sarner is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics and enjoys being a continuous student of dentistry to bring her patients the latest in dental advances. Dr. Sarner enjoys traveling, fitness, and spending time with her family.
Jessica Henriquez, D.M.D
Dr. Jessica Henriquez graduated from the Temple University School of Dentistry in 2012. Originally from Long Island, she moved to the Boston area to start her dental career. She is committed to providing quality dentistry to her patients and continues to pursue continuing education courses to keep expanding her knowledge. Thanks to what she’s learned and her experience as a practicing dentist, Dr. Henriquez is comfortable working with patients of all ages and treating a wide range of dental needs. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society. In her free time Dr. Henriquez enjoys the outdoors, aerobics, hanging out with friends, family and her new dog.
Offices: North Dartmouth and Weymouth
Jawad Shakarchi, D.D.S
Dr. J. Shakarchi originally from the State of Michigan where he lived there for most of his life. In 1997, he graduated from the University of Detroit-Mercy Dental School receiving high honors. He moved to Boston in 2005 and eventually joined Dr. Salem and his staff of dentists in Weymouth and Pocasset (Cape Cod). Dr. J. Shakarchi has taken hundreds of hours of Continuing Education courses in varies dental subjects specifically cosmetics, dental implants and comprehensive treatment.
Offices: Pocasset and Weymouth
Susan R. Cushing, D.M.D
After graduating Cum Laude from Boston College, Dr Cushing attended Tufts University Dental School and graduated in 1981. While going on a vacation to Idaho in 1982 she met her future husband, Curtis Miller, and decided to stay and open a dental practice. In 1998 Dr. Cushing moved back to Massachusetts to help with her aging parents. In 2003 she opened Cushing Aesthetic Dental in Pocasset (Cape Cod) which has since been voted “Best Dental Office on Cape Cod.”
Dr. Cushing’s dream has always been to empower the fearful dental patient to have comprehensive dental care while feeling safe and cared for. She has practiced this type of dentistry for thirty-two years; helping her patients reach their optimum level of dental health while improving their self-esteem. She does this by using her gentle and compassionate manner combined with her enthusiasm and excellent clinical skills.
She has trained extensively in all areas of cosmetic and clinical dentistry in addition to taking many courses on relaxation techniques. She is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, a type of behavior counseling. Dr Cushing is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. She is also very well trained in Oral Conscious Sedation and in treating the fearful and dental phobic patient. Dr. Cushing lives in Pocasset with her husband, Curt, and their beloved Shih Tzu, Lilly. When not doing dentistry, Dr. Cushing belongs to The Bourne Women’s Club, The Bourne Cultural Council, and the Monument Beach Sportsmen Club. Her special love is volunteering at the Friends of Falmouth Dog Shelter. On her days off, you might see Dr. Cushing walking her dog, Lilly, along Barlow’s Landing Road.
Vessela Lazarova, D.D.S
Having earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria in 1994 and New York University College of Dentistry in 2010 and with over 10 years of experience as a General Dentist, Dr. Lazarova brings great skill, and training to the office. In order to provide the best comprehensive dental care for her patients, Dr. Lazarova is committed to expanding her knowledge and improving her skills by attending seminars and hands-on courses as well as lectures and conventions nationwide. She enjoys working with patients of all ages. Although she has expertise in all aspects of General Dentistry, she shows a great interest in oral surgery, prosthodontics, and restorative procedures. Dr. Lazarova is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.
She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Dartmouth, M.A. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family.
Offices: Fall River
Tom Unger, D.D.S
With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Unger remains passionate about improving the lives of his patients through good oral health. When not enjoying time with his patients, Dr. Unger might be found riding his motorcycle or spending quality time with his wife Vera and his kids Bruna, Fernanda, Frank, Kris, Matt and Kim.
Offices: Fall River
Brijesh Patel, D.M.D
Dr. Brijesh Patel grew up in India and attended Gujarat University for his initial dental degree. In an effort to expand on opportunities and education, he moved to the United States and continued his education at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to earn his Masters in Public Health before completing his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Patel also spent time conducting research to help understand the correlation between periodontal inflammation and preterm birth in pregnant women. Raised in a family of entrepreneurs, he is proud to be the first dental professional in the family and to begin his career here at Alpha Dental Center. His broad range of training and commitment to providing quality general dentistry results in a comfortable environment and ensures that the patient’s care is always Dr. Patel’s top priority. Additionally, Dr. Patel is a strong believer in augmenting learnings as an essential to stay current on the latest advancements in the ever evolving field of general dentistry through continuing education courses and dental affiliations. In his spare time, Dr. Patel enjoys reading, staying fit, helping the advancement in dental research and loves traveling with his wife.
Offices: Dartmouth, Attleboro
William H. Braund, D.D.S
Dr. Braund graduated from Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1974. He has practiced family dentistry on Cape Cod and joined Pocasset Family Dental in 2014. He and his wife Marilyn have cared for many foster children in their home. He enjoys spending time with family and kayaking in New England.