Dr. Ahlin grew up in Reading, Massachusetts and graduated from Reading Memorial High school in 1961. He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1965, and Temple University School of Dentistry in 1969. He served two years on active duty as a naval dentist in Vietnam on board the USS Kitty Hawk, CVA-63.
After his tour of active duty in the US Navy, Dr. Ahlin entered a dental specialty program at Boston University, School of Dental Medicine and specialized in Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. He later became board certified in Pediatric Dentistry by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is also board certified in Orthodontics by the American Orthodontic Society and is a Diplomate of both societies.
In 1991, he was called up to active duty in the Naval Reserve to serve as a dentist during Operation Desert Shield and again in 1992 to serve during Operation Desert Storm.
Dr. Ahlin has practiced Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Gloucester since 1973. During this time he has also taught part-time at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine for 5 years and Harvard University School of Dental Medicine for 15 years.
During his dental career, Dr. Ahlin has published 42 articles in orthodontic, medical, and dental journals. Two textbooks on orthodontic technique were published in 1984 and 1997. His first textbook, Maxillofacial Orthopedics, A Clinical Approach for the Growing Child, has been re-printed in paperback in 2003.
Orthodontic Philosophy +
Dr. Ahlin's orthodontic philosophy is based on creating fabulous facial esthetics with a smooth functioning temporomandibular joint. Since extraction of teeth is rarely suggested, his patients are given beautiful, full smiles. All orthodontic patients may have a COMPLIMENTARY teeth whitening at the end of treatment. Treatment time can vary between 6 months and 2 or 3 years.
Early treatment is suggested (ages 6 —8 years) if the patient has a cross bite or open, anterior bite. Overbites (deep bites, no lower teeth showing on closure) and over jet (top teeth stick out) are treated between 8 and 10 years of age: toward age 8 if the patient complains of headaches or earaches; age 10 if no obvious symptoms are present. Because of the danger of fracturing front teeth, especially if they stick out, Dr. Ahlin likes to treat over-jet early. All of his patients receive a COMPLIMENTARY sports mouth guard for school sports.
Jane John, Office Manager +
Jane is responsible for the smooth functioning and patient relations with all aspects of the business of operating our dental practice since 2008.
She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and received Client/Server Certification from Regis University, Co.
Her employment history includes: Buyer/Manager of Retail Boutiques and Art Wear in Bethesda, Md. and Washington, D.C. to Senior Operations Analyst at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Co.
Elizabeth Guerin, RDH +
Graduated from Forysth School for Dental Hygienists.
She enjoys the diversity of our office, being able to work with patients of all ages, both kids and adults.
Liz enjoys leading a full life—working at our office, exploring local history, boating, and spending time with family and friends.
Lucia Mastroianni, RDH +
Lucia has been practicing dental hygiene for since 1998. She graduated from Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists with an Associates Degree.
Some of her many professional talents include:
dental phobias therapy,
periodontal counseling and treatment, and
Lucia enjoys spending time with her family and friends—especially watching her two son playing sports.
Robin Kastanopolous, Dental Assistant +
Robin has assisted Dr. Ahlin since 1998. She makes even difficult procedures easy for the patient and is always kind and reassuring to them.
Robin earned her Radiology Certification from Boston University.
On weekends, Robin has a great time attending Pow Wows where she explores her Native American background, dances, and sells Native American art crafted by her husband Anthony.
Monique Verga, Dental Assistant +
Monique received her Dental Assistant license from Dental Careers of the North Shore and her Radiology Certification from Boston University.
When not at work, Monique loves the beach where she enjoys quality time with her family and friends.