“Everyone at FDA really cares – about patients and each other – and that’s what makes it work. When your co-workers create a comfortable environment for you then you can make it more comfortable for your patients in turn. It makes for a very warm and caring atmosphere.”
Mirela has worked in the dental field since 2003, joining the Falmouth Dental Arts team in May 2017. She has worked in pediatric dentistry for most of this time, which lends her a unique perspective on dentistry. “Anyone can be afraid of going to the dentist – not just children,” she shares. “That’s why we do everything we can here at FDA to make patients feel comfortable and relaxed while they’re in our chairs.”
At Falmouth Dental Arts, you can find Mirela providing chairside assistance, handling anything from whitening procedures to laboratory duties. “Working here is definitely different from any other practice, and our doctors who are very supportive of ongoing learning. I’ve already learned so much from the team since joining the practice and I’ve enjoyed getting to know our patients. Everyone is encouraging and helpful.” She also provides language support for the team with her fluency in Albanian and Greek.
Mirela spends much of her free time with her husband, son, and daughter, often cooking and sending food to her daughter, who is attending college. She enjoys snowshoeing with her husband and their black lab/boxer mix named Lola in winter, and relaxing at the lake when it is warm enough.
“I love the dental profession and my dental family. As a team, we are firm believers that preventive care and education are key to a healthy, beautiful smile. I love being able to give my patients individual attention and doing my best to provide the best dental care available. I genuinely enjoy answering questions and educating patients about prevention, oral diseases, and overall wellness.”
Stacy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of New England, and also holds an independent dental hygiene license. She has been a member of the Falmouth Dental Arts team since 2005.
She enjoys treating patients of all ages and maintaining these relationships for years. Stacy is a sincere, compassionate dental hygienist, committed to helping her patients achieve the ultimate in dental health. Stacy spends her off-time with her husband and two children whom are active in multiple after school activities including dance, cheer, tumbling, hockey, lacrosse, band, and drama.
“Dentistry is very fascinating. The connection between oral health and overall health keeps me intrigued.”
Ashley has been at Falmouth Dental Arts since 2008. She enjoys developing relationship with patients and catching up with them at their continuing care appointments. It’s important to her that she understands what her patients’ needs are and delivers treatment that will positively impact not just their oral health, but their overall health, too.
“It is truly rewarding to see how improving someone’s oral health, or even the appearance of their smile, can have such a huge impact on their overall well-being.” By spending time listening to each patient’s needs and working collaboratively we are able to tailor care to meet the unique needs of each patient. “Our office’s technology is crest of the wave, and it really allows us to involve patients during their treatment planning, helping them gain a better understanding of what is going on inside of their mouths.”
Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of New England and holds a license in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide. Additionally, Ashley is certified in Oxygen/Ozone Therapy and is a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Honors Society. She enjoys attending continuing education courses, and also takes time to develop and instruct continuing education courses centered on wellness.
Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Together they spend time outside, most often going on trips to the beach or hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
“We have a lot of knowledge here in this office collectively. In fact, our team has over 200 combined years of dental experience, which is incredible and unique among dental practices.”
Diann has been with our office since 1997 and has been practicing dental hygiene for over 30 years. She treasures the team-learning seminars the staff takes part in through continuing education. “I love the enthusiasm created by the whole team learning together. We can branch off and learn about other things and then come back and share.” Listening to her patients is one of the most important parts of her job, Diann notes, as this helps her to care for each patient in the way they need to be treated. “Since we think of things in the longterm, I’ve learned that listening today will help tomorrow.” But Diann also enjoys the fun side of work. “I love laughing with my patients. We all have better days when we laugh a lot.”
Diann earned her Dental Hygiene degree from Westbrook College and received her license in local anesthesia at University of New England. She likes to bike, swim, downhill and cross-country ski, as well as spend time with her family.
“We go above and beyond for our patients. In fact, I’ve built up a clientele that I’ve seen for so long, I just can’t wait to catch up with them during their next visit.”
Kelly earned her dental hygiene degree from the University of New England in 1997 and has been practicing ever since. “The ‘key’ is to work for great doctors,” she says. “Our doctors are always a step ahead in adopting useful technology which makes for a comfortable dental practice for our patients and an exciting work environment and culture for the staff.”
Patient care is very important to Kelly, and our patients always get exceptional oneonone care from her. She is always good for a laugh and is always having fun.
Kelly and her family enjoy the Maine outdoors, camping, fishing, or biking whenever possible. Kelly spends much of her time at her children’s sporting events and is their biggest fan.
“We keep our patients’ best interests at heart and this really makes a difference. It’s incredible – in some cases we are seeing third and fourth generation members of families.”
Melissa has been in the dental field since 2003. At FDA, she is a chair side assistant along with handling whitening procedures, fabrication of crowns, and laboratory duties. She enjoys helping others feel good about themselves and this is what drives her passion for dentistry. “I love waking up each morning knowing that I am going to help someone today,” Melissa says. “Sometimes, we are able to change a person’s life, and that is powerful.”
Compared to other dental practices, Melissa says that Falmouth Dental Arts is more aware of how patients’ oral health affects their overall health.
A mother of three, Melissa loves watching her boys play hockey and her daughter play basketball. She is vigilant in promoting awareness for Type 1 Diabetes, as one of her sons has this disease. Melissa also enjoys cooking and trying out new recipes for herself and her family.
“Our motto is, “Have fun while doing great work!” It’s all about working as a team to do the best for our patients and keep them relaxed. Everyone here helps each other.”
Mary has worked in the dental field since 1995, many of those years spent at Falmouth Dental Arts. For Mary, the dental care here is excellent in part because of the encouragement and support that staff members receive to take continuing education classes. “We’re constantly improving our knowledge,” she explains. “These courses help us to communicate well together, which is very important.” She also notes the importance of listening to patients and finding out about their past dental experiences so they will be more comfortable and receive the best treatment. “We explain things and show examples to our patients. I think this really helps them understand and feel more at ease. They’ll ask more questions,” she says. It’s also the transformations she witnesses that keep Mary so interested in dentistry. She enjoys helping people and seeing the results of a successful treatment. “I love knowing that our patients feel good about themselves afterward. They see the success, too.”
Mary graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She is also a Certified Dental Assistant and holds an X-ray Certification.
Married with two children and a cat, Mary stays active with her kids. She volunteers, organizes, and fundraises for sports and other school activities. Mary also enjoys snowmobiling and being at the lake with her family. When she has a moment to herself, Mary likes reading nonfiction and detective/murder-mystery novels.
“Everyone’s oral health is important to their overall health. Our approach to patient care is based on considering the health of the entire body and assessing how overall health might be impacting patients’ dental health.”
Christine has been working in the dental field since 1994. At FDA she specializes in dental and medical billing, but she also educates patients about their dental care by having a deep understanding of their individual dental needs. By helping to guide patients toward their dental goals she is able to establish and develop longterm relationships with each person.
Christine holds a Medical Assisting degree and also studied dentistry in high school receiving her trade skills. Over the years, she has trained in dental finance, business management, communication, sleep apnea, TMJ, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and oral conscious sedation.
Married with two adult children and a dog named Ginger, Christine stays busy and enjoys watching her children’s sporting activities. She also enjoys cooking, running, playing ice hockey, and spending time with family and friends.
Sue is a hygienist at FDA and has been a part of our team for close to thirty years. You will find her most of the time at the front desk answering phones, scheduling patients’ appointments, and assisting patients with their treatment financing. On occasion, she may be seen in the clinical area treating hygiene patients. For Sue, excellent listening, communication skills, and knowledge of treatment procedures allows her to understand patients’ needs and then explain the best solution options to them.
Sue completed her Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of Maine at Orono and is a married mother of two adult children. She enjoys cooking, gardening, camping, and spending time with her husband at home on the shores of Sebago Lake.
“I love seeing our patients and building a connection with them. I try to help them feel at ease right away, from their very first phone call and when they first walk through the door.”
Marlene has enjoyed working in dentistry since 1990. “Working at FDA is like working with extended family,” she explains. “Everyone works together as a team and we all care about each other, which makes it such a great practice to work at and be treated as a patient. There is such a connection between staff and patients – it is very special.”
Marlene completed business school in New York and brings much experience and knowledge to our very caring front desk team.
Marlene loves spending time with her husband – whether it be cooking at home together, year-round charcoal grilling with their neighbors, or watching sports together. They are avid “backyard birdwatchers,” share a love for animals, and have two cats that they just adore!