Meet Dr. Melissa Newman

I am very proud to be a dentist and own a dental practice that reflects my own care philosophy: one based on respect and compassion towards my patients and their needs. My goal is to restore patients’ self-confidence in their smile by using the most gentle, effective techniques.

To me, dentistry is about helping people with their problems and teaching them how to prevent others. I enjoy the long-term relationships I’ve made with patients—the longer we know each other the more we both trust each other. I don’t have to tell patients we care; we prove it every time we see them.

I grew up in Burnt Hills, New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. As a child, I always knew I wanted to be a dentist. In 1988, I became a registered dental hygienist and enjoyed working in the dental field very much. After a few years, I decided to continue my education and become a dentist.

In 2004, I received my BA in biology at Cal State Northridge and started my dental training at Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston.

While at Tufts, I served on the ethics, professionalism, and citizenship committee, and was the recipient of the Dr. Pauline Fuller Persons Scholarship. I was also honored to receive the Altshuler Ethics Award, which was established by Dr. Justin Altshuler and family to recognize a student who displays sensitivity and understanding of the role of ethics in the provision of oral health care and the responsibility entrusted to dentists to meet the needs of citizens.

I absolutely loved my time at Tufts. We were exposed to all the specialties and received top-notch training. I enjoy going back regularly for continuing education and to visit whenever I can.

Continuing education is vital in my mission to provide my patients with the most up-to-date, effective dental care. To this end, I am not only an AGD member, but I have completed my AGD Fellowship. Now I am working toward the AGD Mastership.

To earn a fellowship award, a dentist must complete at least 500 dental continuing education hours, pass a rigorous and comprehensive exam, and maintain AGD membership for three continuous years. Mastership is only awarded to dentists who have completed a minimum of 1100 hours of continuing education and passed a rigorous exam.

couple

I met my husband Dave, who is a State Farm agent, while I was in dental school. We live in Atkinson with our two Shetland sheepdogs, Buster and Riley, and our cat Serge. Sometimes the dogs like to visit the office!

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I practice yoga every day, sometimes before work at 5am! It keeps me grounded and pain free so that I can practice dentistry well. I also enjoy golfing, and though I am not very good at it, it’s nice to be outside. Dave and I also enjoy traveling to visit our family, who live all over the country. Sometimes though, the best nights are spent at home relaxing with our dogs.

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Memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • New Hampshire Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry, fellow
  • American Association for Women Dentists
(603) 382-6976
166 Plaistow Rd, Unit G1
Plaistow, NH 03865
Hours Mon-wed 8:00am to 5:00pm Thu 7:00am to 3:00pm one Saturday/mo 8:00am to 1:00pm