Meet the Doctors
At Children’s Dental Health Center, we believe that every member of our staff is a critical member of our team. Our team is responsible for the environment where your child receives treatment and we work hard to make sure that you are treated courteously, that you feel welcome when you visit our office, that your treatment plan is thoroughly explained, and that all of our staff give you the time and attention you deserve. To give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to continuing education and learning. Our Staff attend pediatric dental lectures, meetings, and conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and guidance on customer service and teamwork.
Derek Zurn, D.D.S, M.S.
Say Hello to Dr. Derek!
Children’s Dental Health Center is proud to have Dr. Derek as a member of our team. He is our Dental Director and sets the standard for our patient care, ensuring that the highest clinical standards are balanced with a warm, caring and supportive environment for all of our patients. We are sure you will enjoy Dr. Derek’s down to earth flair and his ability to connect with our patients and their families.
As a specialist in Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Derek’s academic and professional credentials are of the highest standards. Dr. Derek graduated from Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He received this dental degree from the University Of Buffalo School Of Dental Medicine and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Dentistry at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He attended Texas A & M’s Health Science Center /Baylor College of Dentistry and earned a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and his Master’s Degree in Oral Biology.
Before joining Children’s Dental Health Center, Dr. Derek was the Dental Clinic Director at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Assistant Professor in Pediatric Dentistry at Baylor College of Dentistry.
Dr. Derek is involved with a variety of pediatric dental communities. He has the honor of being a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has served as a Board Examiner. He is a member of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, where he serves on the Council for Membership as well as on the Board of the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is also a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Fraternity and has won numerous undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate awards.
Children’s Dental Health Center values Dr. Derek’s extensive involvement in Pediatric Dentistry. His special interests and qualifications in sedation, special needs dentistry, pulp therapy and dental materials highlight his unique contribution to our practice; these qualifications help to set us apart in the care we provide to our patients.
Dr. Derek was born and raised in upstate New York and as such is a fan of the Yankee’s ;) He lives in Sudbury with his family and two cats, Luke and Leia. He makes the long commute every day to be a part of our family here at CDHC. He is an avid tennis player, likes to restore and collect classic arcade and pinball machines, and loves to tinker around on home improvement project when time allows.
Veena Vaidyanathan, D.D.S, M.S.
Meet Dr. Veena!
Dr. Veena Vaidyanathan is a pediatric dentist with a passion for helping children maintain healthy and happy smiles. Her dedication to pediatric patients and their families is remarkable; Dr. Veena is an invaluable member of our team.
Dr. Veena earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of the Pacific. She attended the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery. She completed her Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency with Lutheran Medical Center in Jackson, Michigan. Dr. Veena earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan, while completing a residency in Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Veena’s academic credentials and passion for pediatric dentistry make her an extremely qualified member of the many dental communities in which she stays involved. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a Board Candidate with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Here at Children’s Dental Health Center, Dr. Veena’s goal is for every child to have a wonderful dental experience from start to finish. She recognizes the individual needs of each child in her care and will apply individual-based behavioral and educational techniques to ensure the best experience for every child who visits our office.
Dr. Veena has recently moved to Boston and spends much of her free time enjoying the many opportunities and experiences of living in New England. She enjoys traveling, eating and watching a variety of sports. Her most recent trip included wine tasting in Chile and exploring glaciers and wildlife in Antartica.
Nidhi Agarwal, D.M.D.
Say hello to Dr. Nidhi!
Dr. Nidhi Agarwal’s warm, thoughtful style and her genuine concern for the patients in her care are evident with every child she treats. Her abilities make her a truly important member of our clinical staff.
Dr. Nidhi grew up in India – a land of diverse cultures, languages and ethnicities. She attended dental school in India and after her graduation she came to the United States. Dr. Nidhi completed her D.M.D. at Boston University where she graduated with honors. Dr. Nidhi practiced general dentistry for three years and particularly enjoyed the experiences with pediatric patients – getting them excited to brush their teeth. She returned to Boston University School of Dental Medicine and completed her Pediatric Residency program.
Dr. Nidhi is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts State Dental Society.
Making the dental visit fun and something to look forward to is what Dr. Nidhi hopes to achieve with every child. She understands that the behavior guidance approaches for each patient should be customized to the individual needs of the child and parent. Dr. Nidhi believes in the importance of building trusting relationships with children and their families.
When Dr. Nidhi has spare time, she likes to cook, chat with her parents and friends, watch movies and travel with her husband.
Emad F. Abdallah, D.M.D., M.S.
Meet Dr. Emad!
Dr. Abdallah is a specialist in orthodontics. The quality of his clinical care is unsurpassed. He treats every patient based on their individual needs and his patients are always delighted with his clinical outcome - a beautiful smile.
He graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where he subsequently received his Certificate in Orthodontics, and Master’s of Science Degree and certificate in Temperomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society and the American Association of Orthodontists.
Dr. Abdallah's work has been published in many professional journals and textbooks.. He is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and lectures nationally and internationally to orthodontic societies.
Dr. Emad lives in Westwood with his wife Tamara and their son Karam.
Alexander Athanasiou, D.M.D.
Say Hello to Dr. Alex!
Dr. Athanasiou is a specialist in orthodontics. His patients are always pleased with the superb quality of his orthodontic treatment . We see delighted parents and children at the end of their active orthodontic care. He earned his B.S. from Hofstra University, his RDH from SUNY Farmingdale and graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Athanasiou furthered his specialization in orthodontics at Tufts earning a Certificate in Orthodontics. He is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society and is the recipient of the Everett Shapiro Endowed Prize Fund in Orthodontics. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the Northeast Association of Orthodontists.
Dr. Athanasiou has been an instructor in Radiology at Tufts Dental School. He and his wife Dr. Caterina Raffa have three children and enjoys spending family time, walking and swimming.