Dr. Gerry Casazza
For over 25 years, Dr. Gerry Casazza has brought exceptional dentistry to patients throughout New England. Dr. Casazza strives for excellence in all aspects of dentistry and patient care. His state-of-the-art methods have made him a master diagnostician, mentor and coach to other health professionals.
Dr. Casazza received a prestigious fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry in 2001, and continues to be an AGD member. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Top Dentist Awards from TopDoc and the Readers’ Choice Best Dentist Awards. He is a former president of the East Middlesex District Dental Society, and is an active member of the Massachusetts Dental Society.
With an approach called “Healthy Body Dentistry,” Dr. Casazza treats your oral health as a part of your overall health. By focusing on prevention, overall well-being and personalized treatment, he ensures each patient receives the best care possible. His practice has become an industry leader in this oral systemic approach.
Dr. Casazza is also known as an expert in advanced forms of dentistry, including dental implants. He is one of the few dentists in Massachusetts to perform both the surgical and reconstructive phases of implant dentistry for over 15 years, with an impressive success rate over 90%.
After attending Boston College for his Bachelor’s Degree, Dr. Casazza earned his D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1991. He graduated in the top 5 of his class in dental school. For his outstanding achievements, he was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Heather Strock
After joining our office a few years ago, Dr. Strock has become an integral part of our team. “Future of Dentistry has embraced me as an associate and I’m very excited to be on a team that takes great pride in delivering excellent dentistry with exceptional customer service. Dentistry is a field that brings challenges, but it also brings us the opportunity to meet amazing people,” says Dr. Strock.
A graduate of Boston University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Strock distinguished herself in many areas. Her volunteer experiences are especially close to her heart. During her last year in dental school, she accompanied a MEDICO expedition to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. “Practicing dentistry in Honduras was a life-changing experience,” she says. “People would wait in line half the day for dental treatment, and I was grateful to be able to provide it, even under the most extreme conditions.”
Dr. Strock also gives back during her personal time. She is a charity bicycle rider whose fundraising efforts include the Pan-Mass Challenge. Future of Dentistry’s involvement in the community made the practice a perfect fit for her. She is also thrilled to be part of the practice’s ongoing effort to provide dental education by partnering with local schools and organizations. Dr. Strock moved to Wakefield a few years ago and considers herself lucky to have found a home in such a warm and welcoming community. “At Future of Dentistry, I strive to build long-lasting patient relationships based on honesty and trust,” she says.
Dr. John Gilliland
Dr. Gilliland’s passion for dentistry is driven by experiences in his own life. Fifteen years ago, as a young chef and restaurant owner, his father was diagnosed with Stage IV Oral Cancer. The impact of this on his family inspired him to rethink his professional life. “I recognized the importance of thorough examination and early intervention, and I learned that I wanted to help people in a more profound way,” he explains. His father survived his diagnosis, and Dr. Gilliland later went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
In addition to General Dentistry, Dr. Gilliland is experienced in a wide range of advanced treatment and care. Surgical, cosmetic, periodontal, implant, endodontic, prosthetic and restorative dentistry are among his skills. He was an Oral Surgery Clerk at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, completed a hospital-based general practice residency with the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, and has earned the distinction of Surgical Fellow with the Misch International Implant Institute and Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Dr. Gilliland believes in dental care that is focused on quality, not quantity, which makes him a great fit for Future of Dentistry. “I was looking for an excellence-driven practice, where the focus is on giving the patient the time and attention they need,” he says.
Dr. Gilliland is engaged to be married to Ela, a family medicine physician resident at Tufts University. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain-biking and kayaking.
Dr. Danny Nguyen
Dr. Danny Nguyen earned his DMD from Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He is also licensed as a dental hygienist, with a degree from the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Dr. Nguyen’s dental experience includes patients of all ages and backgrounds. He has treated seniors and veterans at the VA, children at a local school, and at-risk populations at a community health center. He focuses on personalized care for every patient, and was drawn to Future of Dentistry’s high standard of care.
“Our approach emphasizes every patient’s overall health as well as dental health, and it enables us to provide the best dentistry possible,” Dr. Nguyen says.
Dr. Nguyen discovered his passion for healthcare early on, as a high school student in Greater Boston. In college he had the opportunity to learn more about dentistry and quickly realized it was a perfect fit. He pursued a dental hygiene degree and went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Boston University. “Dentistry allows me to make a difference, hands-on, in my patients’ lives,” he says. Outside of work, Dr. Nguyen enjoys spending time with his family and his fiancée, Sandy, who is a dental hygienist. Dr. Nguyen is an avid fan of the Celtics, Patriots, and Red Sox, and also enjoys playing basketball.
Luana, Dental Hygienist
Luana has been in working in the dental field for the past ten years. She graduated summa cum laude from Mount Ida College in 2010 and joined the Future of Dentistry team in 2012. Luana enjoys educating patients on optimal oral health as well as interacting and building relationships. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and spending time with family.
Danielle, Dental Hygienist
Danielle graduated first in her class from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. She revels in treating periodontal patients and adores her position as a faculty member at her alma mater, where she teaches clinical dental hygiene. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys skiing, boating, and hiking. Most of all, she loves spending time with family, friends, and her beloved dog, Ali.
Tanya, Dental Hygienist
Tanya has been working in the dental field for over 30 years. She was a Certified Orthodontic Assistant for 14 years before attending Middlesex Community College to become a Registered Dental Hygienist. She has been in our Dracut location for many years and has built wonderful relationships with our patients. She enjoys teaching patients how to reach optimal health through good oral habits, and how to prevent serious problems like periodontal disease. Tanya has been a guest speaker for high school dental programs, sharing her insights about the dental hygiene profession. She has been married for 27 years and has 3 children.
Sara, Dental Hygienist
Sara graduated cum laude from Mount Ida with a Bachelor’s in Science in Dental Hygiene, after first graduating from Middlesex Community College. She is passionate about dental care and focuses on patient education. Sara been a Big Sister mentor with Big Sister of Boston since 2015. Her little sister is Jaelis. When she’s not busy making people smile, she enjoys traveling, golfing, skiing, photography and watching the Bruins and Red Sox. She is also the proud “mom” of two handsome Boston Terriers, Cooper and Oliver.
Katherine, Dental Hygienist
Katherine is a graduate of Middlesex Community College, a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association. She has worked in the dental field for over 10 years. Her experience started with administrative work, dental assisting, and then dental hygiene. Katherine has worked at Future of Dentistry for over a year and takes pride in helping her patients obtain oral health. Outside of work Katherine enjoys playing softball, skiing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Darlene, Clinical Assistant
Darlene is one of Future of Dentistry’s senior staff members. She has been working with Dr. Casazza for over 20 years. She enjoys working in the dental field. Darlene also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Sue H., Office Manager
Sue has been in the field of dentistry for more than 35 years, including two decades with Future of Dentistry. Sue takes great pride in providing our patients with excellent customer service. Our amazing 5-star reviews are a direct reflection of how well it works! Sue loves to interact with our patients and takes every opportunity to inform them of the latest advances in dental medicine. She truly believes in what we do at Future of Dentistry and loves being a part of our team. It really shows! Sue also loves the great outdoors and is an avid camper. Her favorite vacations always involve her husband, children, and “pop-up” camper.
Susan J., Community Outreach Coordinator
Susan started her dental career as a dental assistant and now has more than 40 years’ experience. She has worked for Dr. Casazza for more than 15 years. Susan has also been a mentor in the Wakefield Adult Mentoring program since its inception in the Wakefield School System.
Janet, Benefits Specialist
Janet started her dental career in 1979 as a dental assistant. She has worked for Dr. Casazza for more than 13 years, performing a wide range of duties. Janet is a life-long Wakefield resident and has been married to her husband, Bill, for more than 30 years. They have a 23-year-old son, Billy. Janet is an active member of the West Side Social Club in Wakefield.
Stacey, Patient Account Specialist
Stacey has been with Future of Dentistry for more than 16 years. She always has a smile and enjoys interacting with the many lifelong patients that visit Future of Dentistry year after year. Stacey began her career as the front desk coordinator. In her new role, she keeps very busy but is still able to offer a smile and assistance to any and all patients when needed.