Meet the Dentists!
All our professionals at Abington Children's Dentistry and Orthodontics maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Kristine Grazioso, DMD
Dr. Kristine Grazioso (a.k.a. Dr. G), is a 1988 graduate of Boston College, where she received her B.S. in Biology, and a 1993 graduate of The University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where she was awarded her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Dr. Grazioso received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA, in 1996. She served as Chief Dental Resident and received numerous awards for excellence in Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, and Oral Surgery. Dr. Grazioso founded South Shore Children’s Dentistry in Cohasset in 1999.
Dr. Grazioso is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She received the Richard Pugh Award from the ABPD for scoring in the top 3% nationally on the Comprehensive Written Examination.
She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Dental Society’s Leadership Institute, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Legislative Workshop for Leaders in Pediatric Dentistry. She is actively involved in grassroots efforts on the state and national level to promote issues important to dentistry and to the patients she serves, having lobbied at the State House as well as in Washington DC. Dr. Grazioso is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Legislative and Government Affairs at the Massachusetts Dental Society and has served as the New England/New York representative on the Council of Government Affairs for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a consultant to the Council on Clinical Affairs at the Massachusetts Dental Society.
Dr. Grazioso is a past President of the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is currently an active member of the MAPD. Dr. Grazioso has been on the dental staff at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, MA since 1998, where she cares for patients under general anesthesia in the Operating Room when they are unable to be cared for in our office setting.
Dr. Grazioso has a kinship for treating patients with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum. The Friendship Home in Norwell, MA holds a special place in her heart. Dr. G feels grateful for her patients and their families and all that they have done to enrich her life, and tries to "pay it forward" whenever possible!
She currently resides in Marshfield with her husband, Henry, and their sons, Alex and Nicholas. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, running, skiing, boating, and loves days at the beach.
Anne Kuczma, DMD
A Rhode Island native, Dr. Kuczma (a.k.a. Dr. K) graduated in 1998 from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Zoology. After working as an environmental scientist, she decided to make a career change. She attended and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2007. As a student, she received the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Public Health Dentistry, and American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology predoctoral awards. In addition, she was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. She served as co-chair for the "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" program, providing dental treatment for at risk youth. Dr. Kuczma was also able to pursue her passion for working with children with special health care needs as both a respite care provider and research assistant for Project Respite Care, a program giving caretakers of children with special health care needs a much-needed break.
In 2009 she completed her residency in pediatric dentistry at Children’s Hospital Boston. While a resident, Dr. Kuczma served on the cleft palate team and gained extensive experience treating children with special health care needs, including conducting research on the oral health of children with cerebral palsy. Dr. Kuczma is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She joined Dr. Grazioso at South Shore Children's Dentistry in 2009.
In her free time, Dr. Kuczma enjoys biking, camping, and spending time with her family. She lives in Norwell with her husband Damian, children Callan, Andrew, and Bridget, and their chocolate lab Hazel.
Paul Fitzgerald, DMD
Dr. Paul Fitzgerald established Hingham & Duxbury Orthodontics in 2000. This practice quickly expanded over the last 15 years and has become the premiere orthodontic services provider in the communities of Hingham, Duxbury, Kingston, Scituate, Cohasset, and Norwell. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the Mayflower Study Club. Dr. Fitzgerald is very active on the board of the Tufts Association of Orthodontists.Dr. Fitzgerald graduated from Boston College in 1992. He completed his DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1996 and continued there to pursue his orthodontic certificate which he received in 1998.Dr. Fitzgerald has participated in numerous volunteer missions to provide dental care to impoverished regions in Nicaragua, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and the Brazilian Amazon. For many years, he volunteered at "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" in Boston providing treatment for at-risk youth. Presently, Dr. Fitzgerald donates his time to Smiles Changes Lives to provide orthodontic treatment for children from low-income families.