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.


Say hello to Dr. Derek! 


Children's Dental Health Center is proud to have Dr. Derek as our Dental Director and Owner, having been with us since 2007. He 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

Derek Zurn, D.D.S, M.S.

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, laser dentistry, pediatric surgery, 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 Yankees ;) He lives in Sudbury with his wife, three children, and three cats, Luke, Leia, and Buddy. 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.


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.


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.


Meet Dr. Tania! 


Dr. Tania is a specialist in orthodontics.  She has completed numerous academic, dental, and advanced dental programs in her career, including:


Orthodontic and Dental Orthopedics Residency at Boston University

Orthodontic Preceptorship at Eastman Institute for Oral Health

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Residency at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the US Air Force Langley Air Base

Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland

BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Boston University


In addition, Dr. Tania has practiced dentistry and taught in various locations throughout the United States, and internationally, during her time with the US Air Force.  We are fortunate that she moved back home to Boston to help raise her young, growing family.