Dr Sahana Ramos, BDS, DMD

General Dentist

Dr Sahana S. Ramos has been practicing dentistry for over 16 years. Her clinical practice includes all aspects of General Dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry (crowns bridges and implant crowns), complete and partial dentures and implant supported dentures.

Before starting Evershine Dental Group, Dr Ramos practiced in Worcester, Greater Boston area and Southern New Hampshire area.  She practiced dentistry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She also served as faculty and supervising dentist in Dental Hygiene program at Middlesex Community College, Lowell, MA.

She earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) – at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA-2009. In addition, she received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, INDIA–2002. She did General Dentistry residency at Yenepoya Dental Hospital, Mangalore, INDIA–2003.

Dr Ramos professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, International Team for Implantology,  Academy of General Dentistry, Massachusetts Dental Society. She regularly attends continuing education courses to keep pace with the latest advances in dentistry.

Dr Jacqueline Jacobson, DMD, CAGS, CAGS


Dr Jacqueline Jacobson, a 1995 graduate of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, has practiced in Massachusetts and California for close to 24 years. After receiving her degree in general dentistry, Dr Jacobson continued her dental education at Boston University, earning both a degree in Advanced General Dentistry (1996) and Advanced Education in Endodontics (1998). She graduated from Goldman School of Dental Medicine with an award from the American Academy of Oral Medicine for achievement, proficiency and promise of Oral Medicine.

Dr. Jacobson continues to pursue continuing education courses to keep her up to date on the emerging trends in the dental field, which allows her to provide the best care possible to her patients. She is a member of the American Association of Endodontics, American Association of General Dentist, American Association of Advanced Education in General Dentistry, Massachusetts Dental Association, Boston University Alumni, and California Dental Association. Dr. Jacobson is also trained in Nitrous Oxide Administration, Microscopic and Surgical Endodontics, and Laser Dentistry.

Dr Avi Shainhouse, DDS, CAGS, Cert. Perio, FRCD(C)

Periodontist and Implant Specialist

Dr Shainhouse was born in Toronto, Canada and received his dental degree at the University of Western Ontario. He then continued his education in periodontics and implant dentistry, receiving a specialist degree from New York University. Dr Shainhouse has been in practice for over 10 years and is Board Certified in both Canada and the United States. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dr Shainhouse is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology and provides periodontal and surgical implant therapy here at Evershine Dental.

Dr. Paul M. Kaplan, DMD, MS


Dr. Paul M. Kaplan, or Dr. Root, as he is affectionately known in this area, has been practicing as an Endodontist (Root Canal Therapy Specialist) in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for over twenty two years. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine, as well as the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. He received his specialty certificate in Endodontics from the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Additionally, while at the University of Buffalo, he was awarded a Masters of Science degree in the Oral Sciences for research he completed in the field of Digital Subtraction Radiography. Dr. Kaplan has been awarded many honors, including being selected nationally as America's Top Dentist in the field of Endodontics for the past 16 years in a row, and being honored locally as a Rhode Island and Massachusetts Top Endodontist on multiple occasions.

In addition to treating patients in our dental office, Dr. Kaplan is involved in the academic arena of dentistry as well. He served as clinical instructor and professor at Tufts University’s School of Dental Medicine and Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine, where he taught the post-graduate endodontic residents. Currently, he runs the Endodontic department and teaches the AEGD residents at U. Mass Memorial Hospital. Away from the office, Dr. Kaplan performs cantorial concerts, teaches tennis, and enjoys quiet time boating and fishing with his family.

Pam Vaitkunas, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Pam has been a practicing dental hygienist for 37 years in the greater Worcester area. Prior to joining Evershine Dental she has practiced in Worcester, Malboro, Westboro, Hopkinton and Newton. She graduated from the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene in Bridgeport CT. She graduated with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene. Pam takes part in a variety of continuing education courses and regularly attends dental conferences to keep up to date on the latest developments in dentistry. Pam takes immense pride in her job and enjoys forming relationships with her patients to help make them more comfortable in the dental setting. In her spare time Pam enjoys shopping, spending time with family and friends and vacationing.

Allison Flek, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Allison has been practicing dental hygiene for over 16 years in the Worcester area. She graduated from Quinsigamond Community College with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene, and is also licensed to administer local anesthetics. She regularly attends regional dental conferences and takes part in continuing education courses to stay on top of delivering exceptional care to her patients. She enjoys making her patients feel at ease in the dental chair, and loves forming trustworthy professional relationships with everyone she sees. Born and raised in Worcester, MA she loves visiting the many restaurants and diners the city has to offer & loves spending time with her friends, family, and pets.

Nancy Meringolo, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Nancy has been a practicing dental hygienist for over 30 years in the greater Worcester area. She is a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College with an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. In addition, she has her license to administer local anaesthesia. She is always looking for ways to learn and expand her horizons, and consistently takes continuing education courses to keep current with the latest dental advancements.

Nancy has developed a strong and lasting relationship with so many of her patients. They admire her cheerful friendly personality, and she has a terrific sense of humor. She treats each patient with respect, maintains extremely high standards, and does her very best to educate patients on ways to improve their oral health.

In her spare time, Nancy loves shopping especially buying vintage items. She loves taking vacations especially going to Disney World where she becomes a kid at heart. She mainly enjoys time with her family, friends, and in particular her nieces and nephews.



Registered Dental Assistant

I have been a Dental Assistant for over 17 years. I very much enjoy what I do. Helping people achieve their goals of having a great smile and maintain great oral health is very rewarding.  I love meeting new people and learning from them as well. I assist the doctor, during dental procedures, supporting her and our patients making their treatment as smooth as it can be. Before and during treatment, I make sure our patients are comfortable and relaxed. I always strive to give our patients a positive experience.

When I’m not working, I usually spend time with my son and family. My hobbies include reading, watching movies with my son and dinner with my family.


Patient Co-ordinator

We truly have the best patients!! I love it when they share their personal life with me, or simply share a knitting pattern!  My goal is to make their visit as enjoyable as possible, because let’s be honest, very few people can say they look forward to a dentist visit. I want each patient to be smiling before they go back for their appointment.

I check patient insurances the day before and inform the patient if there are any issues before they come in, I find this cuts down on surprise bills. I update medical information upon arrival. I also handle insurance claims, and I do my very best to have a prior estimate ready  for any recommended procedures, as co-payments can be the most painful part of the visit !

When I am not at work  I love to be out in nature, camping, hiking in the woods, or being in my garden I also enjoy knitting and just being home with my family.



Office Manager

I love working in a practice focused on treating patients and employees with care and understanding.  The most enjoyable part of my work is keeping the office running smoothly and meeting all its needs quickly and efficiently.  Seeing a patient smile is one of the best parts of the day. Seeing an employee smile is an even bigger reward.

I entered the dental profession as a file clerk while putting myself thru college.  After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Worcester State College, I began working in accounts receivable.  Accounts receivable blossomed into a love/hate relationship with the vast world of dental insurance. And from there I found complete joy in my career.

Outside the dental world I find happiness in the company of family and friends.  I love New England and the changing of the seasons. Outdoor adventures are the best.




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Tuesday | 7.30 am - 5.00 pm
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