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Dr. Shana Nistar

Dr. Shana Nistar

Dr. Shana Nistar grew up in East Hartford, CT where she attended East Hartford High School. She then enrolled in college at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA and graduated with honors in Studio Arts and Linguistics. Upon completion of her core requirements, she was accepted at the prestigious Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in New York City. During those four years, she became vice president of the local chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists and a CHUM scholar (Columbia Health of Urban Minorities), an initiative which helped raise awareness of oral health issues in the underserved community of Washington Heights. In addition, she did oral surgery rotations at Metropolitan Hospital and an externship in Endodontics at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

After graduating from Columbia, Dr. Nistar served as a commissioned officer and dentist for four years in the United States Army at Fort Hood, TX. During that time, she serviced the soldiers by treating complex oral cases in conjunction with other dental specialists. She also served as the patient safety officer for all six dental clinics at Fort Hood and was involved in training and implementing a safer and more responsive healthcare system. She was honorably discharged and received two Army medals, one for the dental treatment of soldiers redeploying from Iraq and one for her four years of commitment to the Army Dental Corps.

After realizing her passion for treating children in her own office in Texas, Dr. Nistar obtained her pediatric specialty certificate from Tufts University. Dr. Nistar has a passion for dentistry and a compassion for those she treats. As a wife and mother of two children she understands how important oral health is to the whole family. She is married to her husband, Joel, who is a professor at Brandeis University and they have two amazing children, Aalia and Kander. They enjoy traveling with the kids and exploring all that the great city of Boston has to offer.