Dr. Medina earned an MS in Biostatistics in 1981 from Loma Linda University School of Public Health, California, and an 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 the newest team member at Seasons of Smiles. I have big shoes to fill taking over for the much loved Cathy, as a dental assistant, splitting my time between the reception and dental areas. I am so excited to be part of such a great group of people.
I grew up in Illinois and moved to Maine three years ago after spending my summers here while visiting family. When I was eight years old, I made the decision that I would someday live here. I am very lucky that my family made a move for me and loved this community as much as I do.
I spend my free time with my husband, Tim, my three children and two poodles. My hobbies are reading, exercising, paddle boarding, and hiking. Press here to read more.
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 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 shortly.” Press here to read more.
Lanita Medina, Dr. Medina’s wife, worked as an 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 utilized 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 health. I value my 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.