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Your Partners In
Whole Mouth Health

We get it.

You hate the dentist.

You’ve been trained to loathe the very word, and everything associated with it. That’s exactly what inspired us to rethink the dental experience, backed by decades of insights and know-how. Meet Maine Dentistry–our space feels both familiar and inviting, our crew seriously knows their stuff, and our approach promotes long-term luster over emergency care. We’ll be your partners in whole mouth health, with specialties in cosmetic, TMJ, and family dentistry. It’s about time to defy your dental expectations.

Meet Dr. Lawlor

Dr. Lawlor graduated from Dalhousie University and is a fellow with the International College of Oral Implantologists. He is proud to be named among America’s Top Dentists in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and to bring his expertise in family and cosmetic dental services to his home state of Maine.

Before becoming a dentist, Dr. Lawlor served in the military and spent over ten years in the Air Force as an avionics specialist and then dental director. During his military tenure, he served overseas on two deployments and received numerous awards including Airman of the Year. Dr. Lawlor continues to serve by providing free dental care to kids and families on service trips to Guatemala.

At Maine Dentistry, Dr. Lawlor has established a unique approach focused on comfort, quality, and no judgment experiences. Dr. Lawlor knew he wanted to become a dentist since he was a kid, and wants everyone to love their dental experiences as much as he did growing up. When he isn’t working on happy smiles, he can be found hiking Cadillac mountain, white water rafting, kiteboarding, or skiing.

Say Hello To Our Team

Auburn & Gray
Dr. Benjamin Lawlor

Dr. Lawlor graduated from Dalhousie University and is a fellow with the International College of Oral Implantologists. He is proud to be named among America’s Top Dentists in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and to bring his expertise in family and cosmetic dental services to his home state of Maine.

Before becoming a dentist, Dr. Lawlor served in the military and spent over ten years in the Air Force as an avionics specialist and then dental director. During his military tenure, he served overseas on two deployments and received numerous awards including Airman of the Year. Dr. Lawlor continues to serve by providing free dental care to kids and families on service trips to Guatemala.

At Maine Dentistry, Dr. Lawlor has established a unique approach focused on comfort, quality, and no judgment experiences. Dr. Lawlor knew he wanted to become a dentist since he was a kid, and wants everyone to love their dental experiences as much as he did growing up. When he isn’t working on happy smiles, he can be found hiking Cadillac mountain, white water rafting, kiteboarding, or skiing.

Lisa Turner

Lisa has been with Maine Cosmetic Dentistry for over 18 years, and her role is with the administrative team. She is responsible for many systems in the practice and enjoys helping patients understand their insurance benefits. She has been in dentistry for over 20 years. Lisa is definitely the one in the office who keeps everyone laughing! She has three grandchildren who light up her life, and she also loves to shop.

Lori Hayman

Lori has been involved with Dentistry for over ten years and still enjoys helping patients get the treatment they need. Lori is the friendly face that greats you when you walk in, and she also handles our cosmetic consultations. She has two grown children and is very involved in their athletic endeavors.

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Vanessa Frost

Vanessa is our Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (or EFDA for short – Eff Duh). As the name implies, EFDAs serve additional functions in a dental office such as placing a white filling after the Dentist has removed the decay. To become an EFDA, rigorous requirements must be met, including successful completion of an accredited program to obtain state licensure, followed by mandatory continuing education. Procedures that an EFDA can perform in the state of Maine are checked upon completion by a licensed dentist.

Daria Mcllwain

Daria graduated as a Dental Hygienist from the University of New England in 2011. She is involved with multiple dental hygiene study groups in order to stay current in the field.

Her goal is to treat each person as an individual and give the best treatment possible while educating and informing them of their current oral health. She always has a smile on her face and aspires to give her patients a positive experience.

Daria resides in Portland with her husband, four children, and two dogs.
In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, power yoga, and trying out new healthy recipes.

Mallory Rioux

Mallory graduated from the University of New England’s Dental Hygiene program after participating in their cutting edge training program. Mallory is passionate about being the best and spends dozens of hours each year learning the latest techniques to help her patients maintain a sparkling smile. Mallory has been trained not only in gum and bone health but also in how to identify problems before they become big expensive issues. She loves her patients and genuinely wants her patients to be as comfortable as possible.

Mallory is a local girl and currently resides in Westbrook with her husband. She enjoys all outdoor activities and prioritizes time with her family and friends. If you are lucky enough to sit in her chair, be sure to ask her about her favorite hikes in New England!

Jake Palmer

Jake was raised in the small town of Pittston in central Maine and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of New England in 2016. He enjoyed his studies under amazing professors during coursework and continued to learn new and improved methods of care each day under their tutelage. Jake now applies those skills to his clinical career. He is certified for local anesthesia as well as administration of nitrous oxide during treatment.

Jake prides himself on making connections with his patients on a personal level along as well as their dental care provider to ensure a comfortable judgement free experience. He always looks for the best treatment options available and provides clear information to his patients for treatment satisfaction.

Every new patient in his chair receives a comprehensive new patient experience, including clinical images of your teeth and smile, a full set of dental radiographs to diagnose any issues, periodontal charting to evaluate bone health, and finish with a dental cleaning. He is a very personable hygienist, and wants his patients to be excited about coming to the dentist.

When not at work, Jake loves the outdoors. In the summer, that includes fishing, playing basketball, golfing, going to the beach, camping, and hiking. In the winter you can find him snowboarding or playing virtual golf. He has a love for animals, especially his cat named Wonton.

Danielle Fleming

Danielle is born and raised in Maine. She graduated from The University Of Maine Dental Hygiene program in 2014 and obtained her license to administer Local anesthesia/ Nitrous.

Shortly after graduating, she traveled to Northern Virginia and spent seven years there practicing Dental Hygiene and expanding her dental knowledge. Danielle traveled even further to attend continuing education classes and master the newest dental technology. Her extended coursework in Dental Hygiene includes classes on Periodontal therapy, Invisalign, and has certified her to administer Dental Hygiene laser treatments.

Danielle is passionate about providing patients with the highest level of care, with focus on educating them about dental health. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, boating, enjoying the coastline, while spending time with family and friends.

Corah Mason

Corah has worked in dentistry since 2018, taking pride in patient care and the care of their families. She’s passionate about continued education in the dental field and keeping up with the latest dental technology. She brings these skills to her clinical position, learning all the new techniques to help provide the best care for patients at our practice.

She is a married mother of two children, two dogs, and one cat. While originally from a small town in western Arkansas, Cora made the move to Maine in 2018.

When I’m not at work, she loves being outdoors enjoying the four seasons and Maine’s beautiful coastline.

April Fortin
April has been working in the world of dentistry for twenty years and counting. She graduated from dental assisting school in 1998. She loves everything about her current position, including working for Dr. Lawlor, spending time with her talented coworkers, and helping her wonderful patients! Her energetic and outgoing personality and love of building relationships serves her well every day at the practice.
Outside of work, April has been happily married to her husband for eighteen years and both are blessed with four beautiful children. They love going to the beach, camping, trail riding, and snowmobiling together in their free time.
April is a movie buff who enjoys photography and runs a small water treatment business with her husband!
Portland
Dr. Benjamin Lawlor

Dr. Lawlor graduated from Dalhousie University and is a fellow with the International College of Oral Implantologists. He is proud to be named among America’s Top Dentists in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and to bring his expertise in family and cosmetic dental services to his home state of Maine.

Before becoming a dentist, Dr. Lawlor served in the military and spent over ten years in the Air Force as an avionics specialist and then dental director. During his military tenure, he served overseas on two deployments and received numerous awards including Airman of the Year. Dr. Lawlor continues to serve by providing free dental care to kids and families on service trips to Guatemala.

At Maine Dentistry, Dr. Lawlor has established a unique approach focused on comfort, quality, and no judgment experiences. Dr. Lawlor knew he wanted to become a dentist since he was a kid, and wants everyone to love their dental experiences as much as he did growing up. When he isn’t working on happy smiles, he can be found hiking Cadillac mountain, white water rafting, kiteboarding, or skiing.

Dr. Katie Clark

Dr. Katie Clark was born and raised in Maine. She attended the University of Maine, graduating at the top of her class with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Following graduation, Dr. Clark went on to earn her D.M.D. degree from the University of New England.

Becoming a dentist has been Dr. Clark’s dream career since she saw a change in her own smile through orthodontics during her early teen years. Katie recalls being self-conscious of her smile growing up and enjoyed going to her dental appointments with the knowledge she was one step closer to a beautiful smile. Although Dr. Clark was only 15 years old at the time, she knew helping others confidence in their own smiles was her calling, and she is proud to realize her lifelong goal as a certified dentist.

Dr. Clark is dedicated to researching modern dental trends to provide the best, individualized care to her patients. Dentistry is not just a career, but a passion for Dr. Clark with a focus on providing a comfortable experience for patients who want to achieve their dream smile.

In her free time, Dr. Clark enjoys playing with her dog Boomer, trying new restaurants in Portland, and trying new recipes in the kitchen (suggestions are always welcome). An avid lover of all Maine’s seasons, her summer activities find her enjoying time by the water and in winter, snowmobiling with her family or attempting to ski.

Dr. Amritha Minisandram

Studied at Case Western Reserve University.  As an undergraduate she majored in Nutrition with minors in Business Management and Chemistry. Dr. Mini’s received her doctorate through her alma mater at Case Western Reserve as well.  She then continued her education with a post doctoral residency program in advanced general dentistry with the University of the Pacific. Her dedication to continued learning stems from the desire to master advanced dental practices and improve treatment for her patients.

Dr. Minisandram, (many find it easier to call her Dr. Mini), is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Maine Dental Association (MDA), California Dental Association (CDA), the Santa Clara Dental Society, and is currently working on her fellowship with The Academy Of General Dentistry. She’s committed to caring for her patients, but also sees the importance of community involvement. Her participation in community events such as CDA Cares and Give Special Kids a Smile Day are both a joy and an honor.

Dr. Mini believes dentistry is a blend of both technical and artistic skill – a satisfying profession that allows her to utilize both her creative ability and medical expertise. This dual focus leaves her patients with a concrete functionality and cosmetic nuance that will allow them to better enjoy their oral health as well as an improved life!

Health is her profession, her passion, and her pastime. For relaxation, Dr. Mini enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and golden retriever puppy! Her hobbies include running, yoga, and cycling.

Chelsea Huntington

Chelsea began her dental career at age 15, where she was trained as a dental assistant. She graduated college with a Bachelor’s of Dental Hygiene from the University of New England, earning an additional license to administer Local Anesthesia. She immediately went to graduate school to obtain her Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Bridgeport, CT.

She has had extensive continuing education over the years, including Invisalign training, an advanced clinical certificate from the J.P. Institute of Technology, and a dental hygiene laser certification. She has attended multiple conferences at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) to further develop an understanding of aesthetics as well as courses in Dental Sleep Medicine. She is also continually training with the newest technology as a clinical dental hygiene professor at the University of New England. Not only is she invested in your dental health, but she is eager to hear your goals and explore the possibilities of achieving your dream smile!

Outside of the office, Chelsea enjoys the outdoors and the beautiful state of Maine. She is very active and plays in different sports leagues in the area. She loves spending time with family, friends and her puppy.

Julie

Julie was born and raised in southern Maine, attending the University of New England to receive her Bachelor’s of Dental Hygiene in 2016. Julie enjoys keeping up with current trends and practices in the dental field to provide the best care for her patients. Her goal is to establish each patient’s individual needs and help guide them through their dental needs. Julie truly enjoys the process of connecting with her patients and alleviating their fears during dental visits.

Julie resides in Limerick, Maine with her expansive family including three children, two dogs, and a variety of farm animals. When out of the office she enjoys time outdoors with her family and animals as much as she can!

Vanessa Valley

Vanessa graduated from the University of New England’s dental hygiene program in 2017. She believes there is always something new to learn, and spends hours each year expanding her dental knowledge.

Vanessa’s goal is to create a comfortable and welcoming dental experience. Everyone should leave feeling positive, informed and empowered. She enjoys teaming up with each patient to find a way to get everyone the healthy mouth they deserve.

Originally from Vermont, Vanessa travels through New England visiting her family to ski, paddle board and hike with their dogs. Otherwise, she can often be found trying a new beer at the many breweries in the area with her own dog “B”.

Sara MacEachern

Sara is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Virginia with her husband after following their leave from the Navy. She currently lives in Saco with their two cats, two dogs and (almost) two year old child

She graduated UNE 2021. She focuses on making the patient feel comfortable while in her dental chair and listens without judgment to any dental concerns they may have. She stresses the importance of regular visits, and that Maine Dentistry is here to provide help reaching their dental goals.

She loves to volunteer, and would love to work with veterans. At home, Sara enjoys walks with the dogs, grilling, and relaxing around the fire pit. She and her family love to travel any chance they get, and try new food wherever they go.

Accreditations

Accreditations

Not everyone can
do what we do

Dr. Lawlor belongs to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists and has been specifically trained in cosmetic dentistry. The American Dental Association does not issue special certifications or licenses indicating which dentists are cosmetic dentists and which are not. The dentist you go to for twice-yearly check-ups is probably not going to be the same dentist you go to for cosmetic enhancement. Unless you’re in the qualified hands of Dr. Lawlor!

Insurance & Financing

Insurance & Financing

We’re making it as easy as possibleto get the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve been dreaming of.

We bill all dental insurances and accept credit cards or CareCredit as forms of payments. If your treatment plan is more extensive, we’ll work with you to find a pay schedule that’s comfortable for your circumstances. Any questions? We’re here to help!

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