“I like helping those patients who are nervous or scared about visiting the dentist. By putting them at ease, I hope to encourage them to return and stay in good health.”
Stacy has been one of our dental hygienists at Falmouth Dental Arts since 2005. She graduated from the University of New England with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene, and also holds an independent dental hygiene license.
She enjoys helping people create healthy, beautiful smiles and believes in the benefits of getting to know her patients individually to provide the highest quality dental care. In her off-time Stacy spends her time with her husband and two children.
“Dentistry is very fascinating. The connection between oral health and overall health keeps me intrigued.”
Ashley has been with our office since 2008. She enjoys developing relationships 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 patients needs and working collaboratively we are able to tailor care to meet the individual needs of each patient. “The technology our office has is cutting-edge and it really allows us to involve patients during their treatment planning. This involvement helps them gain a better understanding of what is going on within their mouths.”
Ashley earned an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of New England. She also holds a license in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide. She enjoys attending continuing education courses on new technology and trends in dentistry. Additionally, she also develops and instructs continuing education courses.
Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Together they like spending time outside, especially 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. Since we’re always learning, we’re able to move forward much more quickly than other 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, and the encouragement to learn from Dr. Knock and Dr. Brunacini. “The doctors are excited about us learning more and re-learning, because things change,” Diann says. “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. Patients also tend to feel more comfortable asking questions or mentioning problems they are experiencing. “We treat each patient on an individual basis here,” she explains. “Since we think of things in the long-term, 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 an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Westbrook College. She has also taken courses inhow to best care for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. 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. “Dr. Brunacini and Dr. Knock encourage education and more education. They are always on the cutting-edge of technology which makes for a better and more comfortable dental practice for our patients, and makes an exciting work environment and culture for the staff.”
Patient care is very important to Kelly, and our patients always get exceptional one-on-one care from her. She is always good for a laugh and is always having fun.
Kelly and her husband have two adorable kids who keep them busy and they love spending time with. They especially enjoy relaxing on the beach, going camping, and playing with their dogs.
“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 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 married mother of three, Melissa is also and avid runner who just completed her first full marathon. She is vigilant in promoting awareness for Type 1 Diabetes, as her husband and son have 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 for 17 years; 14 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’s a youth football advocate and volunteers, organizes and fundraises for sports and other school activities. When she has a moment to herself, Mary likes reading non-fiction and detective/murder-mystery novels.
“Everyone’s oral health is important to their overall health. I love the art and science of dentistry and how it comes together.”
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 FDA’s patients towards their dental goals she is able to establish and develop long- term relationships with each of them.
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, communication, sleep apnea, TMJ, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants.
Married with two children and a dog named Ginger, Christine stays busy and enjoys watching her children’s sporting activities. She also coaches girl’s middle school ice hockey and serves as a volunteer board member where she organizes fundraising for the Falmouth hockey community. She also enjoys running, biking, and boating on the ocean and lakes with her family.
Sue is a hygienist at FDA and has been a part of our team for more than two decades. You will find her most of the time at the front desk answering phones, checking patients in and out, and assisting patients with their treatment financing. On occasion, she may be seen in the clinical area treating hygiene patients or assisting the doctors. 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. She enjoys cooking, organic gardening, and spending time with her family 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, dining out, going to the beach, or watching sports together. They also share a love for animals and have to cats together that they just adore!