It is our mission at Hanover Pediatric Dentistry to provide the highest quality, evidence-based, comprehensive dental care for infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special healthcare needs, in a caring, professional, ethical, and individualized way. This can only be accomplished by partnering with parents, pediatricians, and community dentists to promote prevention and appropriate dental treatment when indicated. Communication is critical, both with parents and with child patients, and therefore will be conducted in a constructive, cooperative, age-appropriate, and personalized manner. At Hanover Pediatric Dentistry, we ultimately strive to live by the Golden Rule; we will treat you and your child how we would want ourselves, or our children to be treated.
Dr. Tara L. Groff, a Massachusetts native, was born and raised in Dedham. Dr. Groff graduated with honors from Dedham High School, at which time she left Massachusetts to pursue her undergraduate degree at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in 2007.
Dr. Groff was the recipient of a prestigious United States Air Force Health Professions Scholarship, which enabled her to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts in 2011. During dental school, Dr. Groff conducted research projects utilizing sociodemographic factors to determine their relationship with the presence of white lesions and early childhood caries, as well as to determine the prevalence of early childhood caries in rural versus urban communities.
Upon graduation from Tufts, Dr. Groff entered into active duty in the United States Air Force and served as a general dentist in the rank of Captain at Travis AFB, CA until 2015. During her time as an Air Force dentist, Dr. Groff received numerous service awards and was a critical member of the hospital staff. Additionally, while in California, Dr. Groff was able to serve as an adjunct faculty member of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Services at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry.
Following her military commitment, Dr. Groff obtained her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and completed her Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2017. Dr. Groff’s master’s thesis explored the diagnosis and treatment of infants with ankyloglossia or tongue-tie by dental providers.
Dr. Groff has now returned to Massachusetts to start her pediatric dental practice at Hanover Pediatric Dentistry and she couldn’t be more excited! She can’t wait to provide her genuine dedication to children’s oral healthcare to you and your families.
Dr. Groff is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Groff is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, The Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the South Shore District Dental Society, and the Kenneth A. Easlick Society.
Dr. Groff is married to her wonderful husband, Michael, and they have two sons, Keaton and Jaxon. Dr. Groff loves to spend time with family and friends, ski, and practice hot yoga. She is also a die-hard Boston sports fan and supporter of the Armed Services.
Dr. Patrick D. McCarty is a dentist anesthesiologist that provides I.V. sedation and general anesthesia at Hanover Pediatric Dentistry. He is a graduate of Boston College, the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and completed a residency in anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai Hospital & School of Medicine, in New York City.
Dr. McCarty is Board Certified through the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology & the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.
Following graduation from residency, Dr. McCarty practiced anesthesia in the greater San Francisco, CA area. In 2007, Dr. McCarty relocated home to New England, where he now provides mobile office-based anesthesia services in many dental offices throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Dr. McCarty's patient population includes both children and adults – especially those who are medically compromised and dental phobic.
Dr. McCarty is also a Staff Anesthesiologist at Franciscan Children's Hospital, in Brighton, MA. In addition, Dr. McCarty is a Visiting Instructor within the Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Department of Periodontology, at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Recently, Dr. McCarty has also helped to institute an I.V. Sedation training program for the Postdoctoral Periodontology residents, at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Since 2005, the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society has annually selected 10 MDS member dentists per year who have been in the profession for 10 years or less and have made a significant contribution to the profession, their community, or organized dentistry. Dr. McCarty was named a recipient of this honor in 2009.