Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Paula Howard-Pickett

Register Dental Hygienist

Paula has been practicing dental hygiene for more than twenty years, most of them right here in the great town of Holden. She is a graduate from the Hudson Valley Dental Hygiene Program, located in Troy, New York. She also holds a bachelor's degree in broadcasting from Emerson College. Paula is passionate about all aspects of dental hygiene, but is especially focused on educating patients about the health risks associated with the lack of appropriate oral care. When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending as much time as she can with her family and pets.

Kathy Decker

Register Dental Hygienist

Kathy began her journey in the dental profession as a dental assistant in 1987. Realizing dental hygiene was her true calling, Kathy went back to school in 1998 at Quinsigamond Community College and has been practicing as a dental hygienist since. Kathy has been practicing in the wonderful town of Holden for the past 15 years. Her priorities are patient care, education and comfort. Kathy enjoys being at the beach, reading and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Emily Joseph

Certified Dental Assistant

Emily joined the dental field in the Fall of 2017 as a certified dental assistant. She has always had a fascination with dentistry and loves helping people perfect their smiles. She really strives to make her patients feel comfortable and relaxed throughout their appointments. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends, family and two pugs Manny and Max.

Barbara Tappin

Certified Dental Assistant

Barbara has been practicing as a certified dental assistant in the wonderful town of Holden for the past 42 years. She loves working with her patients and striving to take the absolute best care of them. She has seen over 3 generations of family members come through our practice and looks forward to serving the Worcester community at large.

Deborah Johnson

Front Desk Receptionist

Deborah’s goal is to make every patient feel comfortable by creating a confident and positive experience here at Khanani Family Dental. Deborah has a Master’s Degree in business along with a Bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology. She resides in Dudley, MA with her husband and has two sons and two grandsons. She enjoys golfing, hiking, working out, reading and the beach, all while spending time with her family.

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About Our Office

Modern, Comfortable Care

Our Holden dental office was designed with your comfort in mind. We provide everything you need to enjoy your visit with us. As soon as you come through the door, you’ll be greeted by our friendly team and we’ll make you feel right at home. Enjoy a cup of joe or some herbal tea from our beverage station. Is there anything else we can do to make your appointment more comfortable? Let us know and we’ll be happy to help!

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Janet A.

So happy that Dr. Waterfall chose Dr. Khanani to take over the practice when he retired. Dr. Khanani is a top-notch dentist with an old world bedside manner. He always shows the utmost concern for a patient’s comfort and called me in the evening after getting a crown put in last winter and after an emergency visit recently to repair a broken tooth  I would highly recommend Dr. Khanani and his friendly and caring staff. If you are looking for a new dentist you won’t find a better one in the area!

Michael V.

"Dr. Khanani recently fixed a cavity for me and the whole experience was a breeze.  Upon completing the work Dr. Khanani insisted that I call if I have any questions or concerns.  He even followed up with a phone call and text message that evening to make sure that I was pain free.  I can tell that Dr. Khanani is very passionate about his work and I would highly recommend Khanani Family Dental."

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