Meet the Doctors
Boston Prosthodontics consists of Dr. Kenneth A. Malament, a world-renowned Prosthodontist, Dr. Hans Peter Weber, a prosthodontist and periodontist, Dr. Alissa Mariano, a prosthodontist, Dr. Scott Lightfoot, a periodontist. Dr. Dan Nathanson has since retired from the practice, and we are extremely grateful for the kindness and leadership he has provided. Dr. Malament states that dentistry that is esthetic and functioning comfortable to the patient are important clinical objectives. The knowledge within dental technology, dental science and dental practice has dramatically expanded, leading to better quality, artistry and more standards-based clinical applications. Ceramics are the most consistently predictable esthetic dental material. Today, prosthodontists working with other dental specialists can offer more treatment options for patients complex problems.
Drs. Malament, Weber, and Mariano are recognized by the ADA as specialists. They have extensive training in comprehensive care, material science & quality esthetic dentistry for implant restorations, crown & bridgework, dentures, partial dentures & Sleep Disorders and TMD (headaches & jaw pain). Fabricating all custom dental work onsite, Prosthodontic Associates features a dental laboratory with Master Dental Technologists.
Kenneth A. Malament D.D.S., M.Sc.D.
Dr. Malament received his D.D.S. from N.Y.U. College of Dentistry and a specialty certificate and Master’s degree from Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry. Dr. Malament has a full time practice limited to prosthodontics in Boston that includes a dental laboratory with master dental technologists.
A Past-President of the American Board of Prosthodontics, he is a Clinical Professor at Tufts University and a Course Director in the postgraduate department of Prosthodontics. He presently serves as the Immediate President of the Academy of Prosthodontics and President-elect of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. Dr. Malament is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, Academy of Prosthodontics, Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, and Northeastern Gnathological Society and a Past President of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, Northeastern Gnathological Society and the American Academy of Dental Science.
Dr. Malament has been the recipient of significant awards in Prosthodontics including the American College of Prosthodontists’ Clinician / Researcher Award, Daniel F. Gordon Award for Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Lecturer Award, the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics’ George Moulton Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics Distinguished Lecturer Award, the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry John McLean Honorary Lecture Award and the first Frank V. Celenza Memorial Award from the Northeastern Gnathological Society. Dr. Malament was on the research and development teams for two different well-known ceramic products and developed instrumentation used in clinical practice.
Hans-Peter Weber DMD
Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Weber was Chairperson of the Department of Prosthodontics at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and now an emeritus Professor there. Previously was Chairperson of the Department of Prosthodontics and the Nagle Chair at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is the Past President of the Academy of Prosthodontics and member of the Board of Directors of the International Team for Implantology. He is a Past President of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics and the American Academy of Dental Science.
He earned his dental degrees from the University of Berne, Switzerland (1976) and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (1990), as well as Certificates in Prosthodontics (1979) and Periodontology (1984) from the University of Berne. Besides his administrative duties as department chair, he is actively involved in research and teaching at Tufts and sees patients for dental implant and prosthodontic care in part-time private practice at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group.
He has made numerous contributions to the scientific literature and is a regularly invited panelist at national and international meetings. He is also a Co-Editor of "Clinical Oral Implants Research" and serves on the review boards of several other journals. Dr. Weber is currently the President of the Academy of Prosthodontics. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the University Programs Committee of the International Team of Implantology (ITI) and a member of Council of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics.
Alissa Mariano, DMD
Dr. Mariano received her doctorate from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed her post graduate specialty residency at Tufts in Advanced Prosthodontics. As a prosthodontist, she has focused her education on comprehensive rehabilitation and reconstruction of complex dental needs, implant dentistry and integration of digital dentistry.
Dr. Mariano is Board Certified and holds Diplomate status with the American Board of Prosthodontics. She is a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontics and holds membership to the American Dental Association. She has attended various prestigious national and international meetings including the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics and the Academy of Prosthodontics. She was an invited speaker at the Robert Schoor Northeast Implant Symposium where she lectured on new techniques for digital implant planning and restoration in the esthetic zone. Later, she presented her work at the American College of Prosthodontics Massachusetts Session. Dr. Mariano also participated in several materials science research studies with both Tufts University and 3M ESPE where she worked with research and development of new dental materials. Throughout her career, she has participated in a number of research publications and poster sessions within materials science and prosthodontics.
Dr. Alissa Mariano would like to thank her mentors for their unwavering support and guidance throughout her career including Dr. Vincent Mariano, Dr. Lisa Emirzian, Dr. Kenneth Malament, Dr. Kiho Kang, Dr. HP Weber, Dr. Andre DeSouza and Dr. Panos Papaspyridakos. She looks forward to many more years of collaborative and multidisciplinary education advancement with them, including a continuous relationship with Tufts Prosthodontics in Boston.
Scott Lightfoot, DMD
Dr. Scott Lightfoot is our periodontist specializing in implant therapy and laser therapy, including LANAP.
Raised in Ohio, Dr. Lightfoot attended The Ohio State University where he received his Post Doctoral Degree in Periodontics, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition, a Master of Arts Degree in Exercise Physiology, and a Master of Science Degree in Oral Biology. He served as Chief Resident during his final year of his periodontal residency.
Following his training, he practiced in Ohio before moving to the Boston area in 2005. Establishing offices in Hingham and Norwood after working for nine years as a periodontist on the South Shore, Dr. Lightfoot has extensive experience. "I offer world class care in a local site." Dr. Lightfoot and his team put their patients’ best interests first. They use the highest quality products, never cutting corners. "We have the best possible small practice." His state-of-the-art office allows for a pleasant patient experience and his warm, friendly manner allows for maximum communication between doctor and patient.
Dr. Lightfoot, a life-long learner and educator, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He also lectures nationally and locally on periodontal care, dental implants, disease and treatment. Dr. Lightfoot is Board Certified by the American Board of Periodontology and is licensed to provide LANAP.
Outside the office:
Married with two sons, Dr. Lightfoot is an avid baseball fan. He enjoys reading Louise Penny mysteries and Jack Reacher thrillers.
Interesting fact: The men in his family are all named William. His grandfather was William Jacob; his father (an orthodontist) is William John; he is William Scott. His wife’s father is William Joseph. His first-born son is William Jacob, and his second-born son is William Joseph.
- Know your periodontal status and the health status of your gums.
- Your mouth is the gateway to your overall health.
Dan Nathanson DMD
Prof. Dr. Nathanson is the Chairperson of the Department of Prosthodontic and Material Research at Boston University Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry. He received his dental degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and completed postdoctoral training in restorative dentistry and dental materials at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Forsyth Dental Center in Boston. He also received a specialty certificate in prosthodontics and a Master's degree in public health from Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry.
In 2020 he retired from teaching and research and is now Emeritus Professor at BUSGD. In addition to his academic career he also practiced fro well over 30 years part time until his retirement at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group. Dr.Nathanson is a Past President of theAmerican Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and a Fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics, American College of Prosthodontists, Greater NY Academy of Prosthodontics and the Academy of Dental Materials, International association for Dental Research (Past President, Boston Chapter) and the ADA.
With a primary research interest in restorative and prosthetic materials, Dr. Nathanson has published numerous articles, research abstracts and textbook chapters. His research involved the development of new materials and technology for fixed prosthodontics, resin restoratives, restoration of pulpless teeth. Prof. Dr. Nathanson has been a treasure to his patients and to the teaching and research communities. We cannot thank him enough his kindness and leadership.