Dr. Medina earned a MS in Biostatistics in 1981 from Loma Linda University School of Public Health, California, and a MS in Computer Science from Cal Poly Pomona in 1990 While working in the Dental Research Department for Periodontal Disease, he liked the idea of serving people and continued his education at Loma Linda University Dental School, graduating with his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 1994.
Dr. Medina began serving in the midcoast area, purchasing his Camden practice in 1995. Bi-annual dental mission trips to Mexico with his family has been a way to serve abroad. He also donates time working with local programs servicing local people in need.
He enjoys spending most of his spare time with his family and he relishes all things computers. He enjoys bicycling, and is always looking for events to participate in. Check out his photo blog here.
“I am very happy to be the newest member of the Seasons of Smiles team as a dental assistant. My family have been patients of Dr. Medina for 12 years and it is always a pleasure to walk in the door at Seasons of Smiles. My children look forward to their dental visits because they get a new toothbrush and a treasure from Nellie’s treasure chest. I know everyone receives excellent and gentle care at Seasons of Smiles and it makes me smile to know I am now part of helping others feel confident about their own smiles.”
Cathy was born and raised surrounded by a large, loving family in neighboring NH. After graduating from high school she traveled to many unique places on our amazing planet experiencing cultures of all kinds. Her M.A. degree in Cultural Anthropology from Colorado State University continued to ignite curiosity in how people around the world live their lives and find happiness. Check out her photo blog here.
Kimberlee Harjula Peterson was born and raised in St George. She attended Georges Valley High School and then attended the University of Southern Maine obtaining an Associate of Science in Business Administration. After moving home, she began working in a local dental office. She loved the field of dentistry and decided to further her education by returning to school earning her degree in Dental Hygiene. She started with Dr Medina after first getting her license and has recently returned.
“I am excited to be back in the office and am looking forward to seeing new and “old” faces. I really like my colleagues–every one is helpful and caring. I think we have a great team. We recently went to a dental conference in Boston and are feeling energized with the classes we took. I am looking forward to taking more classes to expand my depth of knowledge and perhaps provide dental services in an under served population in the near future.” Press here to read more.
Lanita Medina, Dr. Medina’s wife, worked as a RN at the Infant Heart Transplant Center and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California before moving to Maine. Her favorite job is being a mom to Kandice, Benjamin, Krista and Kami, and enjoyed the years she was able to homeschool them.
Pictures have always been an important part of her life, and as she made scrapbook albums for each of her kids, she realized how much meaning the photos and their stories were in the children’s lives, helping to affirm them, pass on family values and provide great entertainment. Other people started asking how this was done and she became a Creative Memories Consultant and Personal Photo Organizer. She has been actively teaching others how to organize, preserve and enjoy their photos for 22 years. Through the years she has taught Photo organizing classes, held workshops and large Scrapbooking retreats. For more information on an upcoming retreat visit www.croptoberfest.com; You may want to see ideas on what you can do with your photos at www.mycmsite.com/lanitamedina. Press here to read more.
Dentistry is Michelle’s passion. Through the years she has invested heavily into her career. Her dental journey started in 1996, when she had the opportunity to work at Glen Cove Dental as a receptionist, “but I saw how much fun everyone was having out back, so my interests went in that direction.”
While working at Wiscasset Dental, the opportunity arose to further her education and she pursued it to the fullest by becoming an Expanded Function Dental Assistant.
Even though EFDA has been utiliized in other states, in 2007, the state of Maine, encouraged assistants and hygienists to become EFDA certified. The licensure entailed rigorous testing, 260 hours of required practice in placing fillings, coronal polishings, sealants and temporizing crowns and bridges. The licensure also requires 22 hours of continuing education each year which allows Michelle to keep up on the latest technology Please here to read more.
Nellie is our front office receptionist. She is a kind and pleasant person who is there to welcome you as you come in the door and will help you with your scheduling and financial needs. Nellie will act on your behalf with any insurance issues that might arise. She has been with the practice since 1999.
I am very excited to be practicing what I love in the area where I was born and raised, Mid Coast Maine. I am fully enjoying the pleasant atmosphere at Seasons of Smiles Dental. Dr. Medina and his team have welcomed me with open arms just like they do all their patients. I graduated from Rockland High School while also working hard in the medical field. I have always enjoyed helping people and was drawn to working at the Knox Center and PBMC. My ten years working in the local emergency department made me realize that I wanted to do even more to guide people in their own health. I value my own dental care and believe that everyone should have the knowledge to care for his or her beautiful smile. A smile is the first part of meeting someone so when I decided to further my education I found that dental hygiene was a natural path. I graduated from U-Maine Augusta with a Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2011. Press here to read more.