Meet Dr. James Seligman

I’ve been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years. My profession doesn’t feel like “work” to me: it’s a way of helping others, assisting each patient as they achieve their treatment goals and celebrating their healthy smiles.

I am extremely thorough when developing an individual’s treatment plan. This ensures my patient develops optimal form and function, which improves their dental and overall health and has the added benefit of being aesthetically pleasing. A big smile at the end of a procedure is the best compliment I can receive!

I am attuned to patients’ emotional concerns, and strive to set each person at ease. I want people to relax during visits, knowing they’re in competent, caring hands. As an independent practice, we set our schedule and make sure each patient has plenty of time. I don’t want anyone to feel rushed through a visit, and make plenty of time to sit, listen, and joke with each patient. Sharing stories and laughing together is part of every interaction.

I will always do my best to make an appointment a positive experience, and so will our team.

— Dr. James R. Seligman


  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology – University of Massachusetts
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Each year Dr. Seligman attends many continuing education programs and conferences.  It is at these meetings, seminars, and lectures that he stays current with State-of-the-Art techniques. These continuing dental education programs assures that he learns the newest techniques and technologies to provide patients with optimum health and aesthetic results.

In addition to general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry courses, Dr. Seligman studies CEREC® and Invisalign®. He also completes classes on OSHA and HIPAA, infection control and how to address opiate prescription writing.

Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • Massachusetts Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Pankey Institute alumnus
  • Pride Institute alumnus
  • Spear Faculty Club and Spear Practice Solutions

Beyond the Practice

Dr. Seligman lives in the South End area with his husband, Joe. He has two stepchildren, a daughter-in-law, and six grandchildren. When they’re not working, the couple enjoys time at their place in Provincetown, and traveling.

Dr. Seligman likes to stay active: swimming with a master swim program and competing regularly with the local team, LANES. He also loves skiing,  bikeing, gardening and getting to the gym as often as possible. Cooking and eating are high priorities, too.

Dr. Seligman serves on the board of visitors for both Fenway Community Health Center and The SpeakEasy Stage Company.