The SHIELD Staff

Daniel Gonzalez, DMD
"Dr. Dan"
Pediatric Dentistry and Sedation Dentistry in Westport, MA

Dr. Gonzalez earned his DMD from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2015 achieving the presidential award and being inducted into the Honos Civicus society. Dr. Gonzalez did his undergraduate studies in College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and his high school in Noble and Greenough school in Dedham, where he serves in the graduate council. Dr. Gonzalez completed his pediatric residency in the NYU Lutheran Medical Center in Holyoke MA, where he served as chief resident.

Dr. Gonzalez has served on the board of trustees for the Hispanic Dental Association. He is a member of (AAPD) American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, (ADA) American Dental Association, (MDA) Massachusetts Dental Society, (HDA) Hispanic Dental Association, and (MHDA) Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association where he serves as a board of trustee.

In his free time Dr. Gonzalez enjoys playing soccer, skiing, Brazilian jujitsu, kickboxing, biking, going to the movies and staying active. Dr. Gonzalez loves to travel, seeing new places, and learning new cultures. Dr. Gonzalez also likes to give back to his community and often goes on mission trips to South American and the Caribbean to help those less fortunate.

"Ana Banana"

Meet Ana. She is the first one to greet you with a warm smile when you come in to the clinic. She's our front desk manager and an important member of the SHIELD team. Ana has worked with pediatric dental patients from all over Massachusetts, including Fall River, MA and New Bedford, MA.


Meet Kerri. We added an emoji for her profile picture because this is her #1 goal when providing dental care in our Westport, MA office. She is one of the all-stars of the SHIELD team. She will take care of you and hold your hand while working with Dr. Dan to provide premier pediatric dentistry at our beautiful office, just minutes from the shore.

Erwin Apaza, RDH

Erwin is the newest member of our team. He completed his dental hygiene degree at Bristol Community College, where he was inducted into Sigma Phi Alpha - National Dental Hygiene Honor Society. Additionally, Erwin earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition at The University of Massachusetts Amherst and completed graduate-level courses at Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.His proficiency in healthcare and pediatric dentistry allows him to provide personalized treatment to children of all ages. Erwin’s interests include cooking, crafting, kayaking, camping, fishing, and spending time with his loving family.


For Melissa, it started when she was about 8-years old. She used to help her grandfather clean his dentures, and thought that it'd be a good career path making people smile. She always loved seeing the before and after pictures and seeing how happy it made the patients. She has been a Dental Assistant since 2007 working in pediatrics. Her focus is on making sure that the patients receive quality care and she works hard at making them feel as comfortable as they can be.

In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, shopping, going to the beach, and other outdoor activities.

Her favorite activity is stargazing!