Staff - Elizabeth Russ Family Dental

Elizabeth Russ, DMD, FAGD

Needham, MA Dentist

Dentist Dr. Russ NeedhamIn January of 2012, Dr. Elizabeth Russ acquired the Chestnut Street dental practice and became the owner of Elizabeth Russ Family Dental. Dr. Russ and her husband, Rob, along with their son, Dylan, reside in and are active members in the town of Needham.

Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Russ received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then went on to earn her dental degree in 2005 from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she was honored with the Tufts Alumni Outstanding Service Award in Geriatric Dentistry. Dr. Russ furthered her education with a 1-year residency at the prestigious Harvard School of Dental Medicine receiving her advanced certification in General Dentistry. Dr. Russ was awarded the highly competitive National Health Service Corp Scholarship while studying at Tufts University. As a recipient of the award, Dr. Russ trained for 2 years serving patients that needed her the most in an underserved, underprivileged area of Wichita Falls, Texas.

Dr Russ and her family on blanketNot only has Dr. Russ been an avid volunteer during her dental career, but she also has made it a priority. Some of her past efforts include: serving as the American Association of Women Dentists Volunteer coordinator, organizing donations to the Boston's women's shelter Rosie's Place, and working on the Texas' Mobile Dental Van traveling to treat underserved children. Some of her recent time and service has been spent with Dentistry From The Heart, and a yearly donation of hundreds of toothbrushes to boys and girls in the village of Santa Maria Tzeja, Guatemala.  Outside of volunteering in the dental community, Dr. Russ has made it a point to give time and donate to many animal shelters across the country.

In June of 2015, Dr. Russ was awarded with the Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship Award. To earn this prestigious honor, Dr. Russ completed 500 hours of dental continuing education, passed a comprehensive written exam, and fulfilled three years of continuous membership in the AGD. As a Fellowship Award recipient, Dr. Russ joins an elite group of active AGD Fellows who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health. Besides being a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Russ also is a member of the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society.


Office Manager

Office manager Brenda

Brenda has been the kind face that greets patients at the front door since the office first opened years ago.  Patients know they can rely on Brenda when it comes to answering the toughest of insurance related questions.  An alumni of Northeastern University, Brenda loves to cook, travel with her husband, and spend time with her five grandchildren.



Business Manager

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Rob is the husband of Dr. Russ.  Originally from Metro-Detroit, Rob has a background in Information Technology from Central Michigan University.  Rob is always willing to discuss any insurance or financial questions that patients may have.  Rob enjoys spending his free time entertaining friends and family.




Front Desk Administrator

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Sharlene comes to our team with a background in office management.  She has three children currently enrolled in college and lives with her husband in Wellesley.  When she is not in our office, Sharlene enjoys walking, gardening, and interior decorating.  





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Joyce has been treating patients in our Needham office since 2004.  Her vast knowledge of oral hygiene and continuing education, has made Joyce a very trusted hygienist with our patients.   Joyce received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University, while graduating with honors from Forsyth School for Dental Hygiene.  Outside of the office, Joyce is an avid traveler alongside her husband.  She also loves cooking, staying fit, and gardening.



Staff Headshot Mary Jane






Mary assistant

Mary has been assisting patients in our office since 2008.  She takes great pride in making sure all of her patients are comfortable and all of their questions are answered.  Prior to working with our patients, Mary worked in a pediatric office assisting young children.  Outside of the office Mary likes to craft, dine out, and enjoy live music.




Galina assistant in black headshot

Prior to becoming a member of our dental team, Galina first came to our office as a patient.  She, her husband, and her three daughters are Needham residents.  Galina started working with Dr. Russ immediately following her graduation from the assisting program at Porter and Chester.  In her spare time, Galina enjoys drawing and painting.  In addition to English, Galina is also fluent in Russian and Hebrew.  



headshot of staff member Leanne

Leanne is the newest addition to our assisting department joining our dental team in 2017.  Leanne comes to us from Foxboro, MA.  When not in our office she enjoys live music, and spending time with her friends and family.  Leanne always has a caring and positive attitude that our patients have grown to love.