Our Company Values

Our team values relationship building with each patient. We strive to deliver quality dental care in an honest and fair way. When our patients are well cared for, we all win.

Dr. David Ward, D.M.D.

Dr. David Ward, D.M.D.

Dr. Ward is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (1989), and is the son of the late Dr. Bernard V. Ward, who also practiced dentistry in Woonsocket for almost 40 years.

Dr. Ward is one of New England's leading practitioners in advanced cosmetic dentistry. He has placed a strong emphasis on continuing his dental education over the past 20 years, particularly in the growing area of cosmetic dentistry and implantology. Dr. Ward is proud to be a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which is the premier organization for aesthetic dentists in the country.

Dr. Ward has been trained at the prestigious Rosenthal Institute in New York City, at the Aesthetic Advantage Continuum, and has completed the master's level program. In 2010 the Rosenthal Institute asked Dr. Ward to join the faculty at their Fall 2010 program.

In May of 2009 Dr Ward was inducted into the Pierre Fauchard Academy - International Honor Dental Organization. Continuing in June 2009, Dr. Ward completed the year long New York University Implant Maxi Course and is an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Ward is also a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Ward is currently a part time faculty member of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Ward is a member / holds offices with the following organizations:

  • The American Dental Society
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Current Treasurer of the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Rhode Island Dental Association
  • Former President of the Greater Woonsocket District Dental Society (93-94, 09-10)
  • International Conference of Oral Implantology
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Dr. Samantha Ward, D.M.D.

Dr. Samantha Ward, D.M.D

Samantha M. Ward, DMD, joined the practice of her father, David J. Ward, DMD, in July of 2018.

Dr. Samantha graduated from Mount St. Charles Academy, the University of New Hampshire, and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. In her time at Tufts, she won two Senior Awards. The first was in Operative Dentistry, given to the student considered by faculty to be the best in her class at restorative dentistry. The second was the Peer Leadership Award, voted on by fellow classmates and given to the person in the class they felt most distinguished themselves as a true mentor and leader. Dr. Samantha was also the Vice-President of her class for four years.

Meet the Team

Our amazing team has been together for 20 years and feels like a family, creating a friendly, enjoyable atmosphere in the office. We look forward to working with you and having the opportunity to share our practice with you and your family!


Heather M. Firnges, Practice Manager, CDA
Heather has worked in dentistry with Dr. David Ward for the over 10 years. Previous to her employment with Dr. Ward, she spent an additional 20 years of her career in customer service, investment banking, corporate finance, and management, including owning her own business. Initially, upon entering the dental field as a new venture, Heather graduated from CCRI and became a Certified Dental Assistant after receiving both an Associate Degree with Honors, Certification in Dental Assisting with High Honors, and the Dr. Joseph A. Yacovone Award for greatest academic achievement. Due to her corporate background in business, the natural progression was back into a management role as the Practice Manager. In 2017, Heather became the Founding President of the Rhode Island state chapter for the American Association of Dental Office Management (RI AADOM). Heather has also completed additional studies at Rhode Island College and Providence College.

Machaela, Scheduling Coordinator at Dr. Dave Ward Cumberland RI Dentist


Scheduling Coordinator
Machaela is our Scheduling Coordinator and has worked in customer service for over 10 years. She enjoys being able to speak with people all day! In her spare time, she appreciates a good read and is part of a monthly girls book club (always looking for recommendations)! Machaela also loves any kind of ocean activity, traveling, and trying new vineyards, even as far as Napa so far! She is always out and about doing new and fun things with family and friends!

Meghan, Patient Reception at Dr. Dave Ward Cumberland RI Dentist


Patient Reception
Meghan is a Woonsocket native and attended the Community College of Rhode Island. She has worked in the dental field the past four years and recently joined our Administrative Team in 2019. Meghan enjoys spending time with her two cats, Daisy and Hermes, loves to bake, and is a huge Boston Bruins fan!

Barbara, Dental Hygienist at Dr. Dave Ward Cumberland RI Dentist


Dental Hygienist
Barbara has worked her life-long career as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She has a passion for running marathons in her free time. When Barbara retires she is looking forward to being a "beach bum" in Cape Cod, while spending time with her family and grandson!

Kendra, Dental Hygienist at Dr. Dave Ward Cumberland RI Dentist


Dental Hygienist,Certified Dental Assistant
Kendra graduated from CCRI as both a Certified Dental assistant and a Registered Dental Hygienist. She received the Dr. Joseph Yacovone Award for the highest GPA in her class for Dental Assisting. She also is certified to administer local anesthesia. In 2017, Kendra volunteered with Global Dental Relief in Guatemala to bring dental care to children. Her personal goal is to educate her patients to better understand the link between oral and whole body health. During her spare time, you will find Kendra outdoors or with her kitten, Lucy.

Elizabeth, Dental Assistant at Dr. Dave Ward Cumberland RI Dentist


Certified Dental Assistant
Elizabeth has worked 10 years in the dental field as a Certified Dental Assistant. She was originally born in Russia. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends and enjoys the arts, such as "Do-It-Yourself" crafts and ceramics.

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