Debbie’s orthodontic career dates back to 1988, and with that she is a valuable component to Dr. Howard’s practice. Upon graduation from Thorton Academy, “Deb” acquired her Orthodontic Assistant Certificate through the Dental Assisting Board and is a licensed Dental Radiographer.
As the “right hand person” for Dr. Howard, Deb’s vast skill set is beneficial to the team. She works with all aspects of patient care from taking impressions and x-rays to changing wires, to teaching proper oral hygiene. Deb is passionate about her work and it shows with her patient care.
A native of Southern Maine, when Deb is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband Glenn and their two children at camp, perhaps even up on water-skis or tubing on a sunny day. Deb also has a huge heart for animals and enjoys an afternoon horseback riding.
Beth began in the orthodontic profession back in 1995 and came to Dr. Howard’s practice in 2008. Beth knows all aspects of the practice and a typical day will encompass everything from tightening and changing wires to adding the biggest smile when the final brace is removed. You know you will always be in good hands with Beth, as she has a reputation for adding an extra giggle to your session, realizing that treatment can often cause anxiety for many patients.
Beth is a native of Southern Maine and when she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children, especially enjoys the role as “hockey mom”. Beth loves to travel, so tracking her down is another story. With a “go-getter” attitude and a smile on her face, if she is not off volunteering with her family, she is out adding a smile to someone else’s day!
Tammy is a 1996 graduate of Dental Careers Institute and came to Dr. Howard’s office with years of experience in both the dental and orthodontic professions. She is known in the office for her kindness and gentle greetings at the front desk; always willing to accommodate to make the patient’s visit more enjoyable.
A native of Midcoast Maine, Tammy has found herself well connected to people throughout the state. She is a University of Maine graduate and D1 athlete, which her two sons still smile about today. She lives life with passion and a love for health and fitness; with a half and full marathon and a triathlon under her belt, as well as four Treks Across Maine. While not enjoying the precious time with her two sons, Isaiah and Zacari, and being their biggest fan at athletic events, you most likely will find Tammy outdoors enjoying a walk or run.
Dawn has a special talent in helping people feel good about themselves. With a background in cosmetology, Dawn brought her talent and communication skills with her into the dental profession in 2007. She received her Dental Assistance certificate from York County Community College and her days include assisting in bracket and band work to patient record keeping and enrolling new patients into the practice. She has a knack to make each client feel special while undergoing treatment, no matter how large or small the adjustments may be.
A native of Saco, Dawn finds herself enjoying her free time with her husband Jason and their two sons, along with friends and family in a community that is comfortable and familiar to her. She is a proud mom and is their biggest fan, always cheering from the sidelines.
In May of 2012 after a ten year stint of being a successful sole-entrepreneur and spending many hours at Dr. Howard’s office receiving treatment for her three children, Valerie accepted the challenge of beginning a new career path as an Orthodontic Assistant. Valerie’s prior business knowledge and problem solving analytics compliment the team environment.
A native of Florida and resident of Maine since 1996, Valerie considers herself an East Coast girl. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in communications and a minor in child development, which is highly beneficial in dealing with the different needs of patients; as each patient is unique and has special requests.
When not working, Valerie enjoys time with her family, gardening, scrapbooking and cheering on the Florida Gators football
Shelby grew up in Buxton, Maine and later moved to Portland, Maine where she attended and graduated from Deering High School in 2010. She entered Dental Careers Institute in the winter class of 2012 to get started in the dental field. Prior to joining Dr. Lisa P. Howard’s team in April 2014 Shelby worked as a Direct Support Professional, Certified Residential Medication Aid, and a Dental Assistant.
Braces are nothing new to Shelby as she is now beginning orthodontic treatment for a second time in preparation for jaw surgery that is needed to correct her Class III Malocclusion. As an Orthodontic Assistant , Shelby brings her own personal experience, as well as her passion for caregiving together to provide each patient comfort and understanding with their treatment.
When Shelby is not working, she is enjoying quality time with her daughter, Hailey. They love marking arts and crafts, playing dress up, and reading together. Shelby’s own hobbies include painting, knitting, and making decorations.