Everyone who works here at Drews Dental has undergone a tough selection process and all have significant experience in their areas of expertise. Most importantly, they have proven themselves to be caring people! We are an office full of people who enjoy what we do and enjoy working with each other, which creates a positive atmosphere that patients notice and appreciate. Our turnover is minimal, so you can expect to see the same friendly faces every time you visit.
- D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery)
- MAGD (Master of the Academy of General Dentistry)
- Maine Dental Association Member
- Androscoggin Valley Dental Society
Dr. Drews is a Michigan native, growing up in a small town outside of Detroit. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, which has actually proven to be very relevant as a dentist. He worked in the automotive industry for four years before going on to obtain a Doctoral degree in Dentistry from the University of Michigan (go Wolverines!).
He served as an officer in the United States Navy and was stationed in Chicago, San Diego, and Bahrain, in addition to doing a “cruise” as ‘Dental Doc’ on the U.S.S. Rushmore. He left the Navy in 2008, looking to establish a practice in New England, choosing Lewiston, Maine because it had a similar sort of feel to his home town, except with a closer drive to awesome ski resorts.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, past president of the Androscoggin Valley Dental Society, and has served as Vice President of the Maine Dental Association. Learn more
- D.M.D. (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry)
- Maine Dental Association
- Androscoggin Valley Dental Society
Dr. Lake is a life long New Englander. She matriculated from the University of Connecticut’s School of Dental Medicine in 2008 and has been practicing dentistry in her home state of Maine ever since. She most enjoys working on very young patients, or people who have had a lot of bad experiences and have significant dental anxiety. She has endless patience with patients because growing up she was very scared of going to the dentist. Her favorite kinds of procedures are the ones that end with ‘feel good moments’ like restoring someone’s front teeth, addressing large, dark cavities at the gumline, or otherwise giving hope to someone who thinks their mouth is hopeless.
In 2022, Dr. Lake made the important decision to take a break from clinical dentistry as she focused on staying at home with her two young children. After a year's hiatus, she's returned to the practice part-time and we're all thrilled, including her patients! Learn more
- RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Jo is a graduate of Westbrook College (now the University of New England) and has been working as a dental hygienist since 1986. She is a lifelong New Englander and graduated from Dirigo High School in Dixfield. In a world of increasing corporate dental offices, she is very happy and familiar working in a small, locally owned business, having served in her family's pizza and Italian sandwich shop growing up! Jo knew she always wanted to work in the medical field and help people, and the fact she has never been scared of the dentist meant dental hygiene was a perfect fit.
This might also explain why her absolute favorite patients are the ones who are nervous and scared (lucky for her there's no shortage of dental phobic people in need of services). Jo welcomes the challenge (every hour) and feels that there is nothing more gratifying than being the reason a patient ends their appointment by announcing they've just had the best dental visit and experience in her chair.
When she's not converting one dental phobic patient at a time, Jo is immersed in all things quintessentially Maine; either upta camp for a full summer schedule of swimming, boating and card playing, or retreating indoors, as the temperature inevitably drops, to scream at the TV and cheer on the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins. This still leaves her plenty of time (and energy) for her absolute favorite role of being "crazy Nana" to all her grandchildren.
- RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Ciara grew up in Augusta, Maine and graduated from Cony High School. She attended the University of New England and, being very practical, decided to pursue a career in dental hygiene - because she wanted a well paying job with benefits that did not require working nights or weekends. She has been working as a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2015.
Ciara’s favorite patients to have in her chair are children because she enjoys teaching them about oral health, prevention, and developing good lifetime habits. Ciara has never been squeamish about going to the dentist, but she does admit to a fear of heights - or falling off of them. As well as helping patients save their teeth, Ciara has literally saved lives. She worked as a lifeguard during college and saved three young children from drowning - all in one summer!
When Ciara isn’t cleaning and saving teeth (or lives), you can find her cleaning her two dogs’ teeth, Scotch and Daisy (but not the cats, Nelly and Lola). She and her husband are the stereotypical, outdoorsy Maine couple, either outside hiking, kayaking, or boating (with their pups of course).
- RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Chelsea grew up in Auburn, Maine, attended Edward Little High School and is a "Red Eddie" through and through. She graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene, and has been working as a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2012. Chelsea has never been afraid of the dentist (and she admits to having a lot of dental work done as a little girl) which she attributes to having a great dentist and that her mother never made going to the dentist a big, scary deal. In fact she never even knew the dentist used a needle until she was older.
Chelsea’s favorite patients are young children and the nervous. She loves the challenge of converting someone who is afraid of the dentist into a ‘regular’ who feels more relaxed about their appointment. Chelsea’s not so secret talent show skill is that she can do a loon call with her hands- seriously, ask her to demonstrate next time you’re in the chair.
Outside of the dental office, Chelsea is the office mermaid. Whether it’s the beach or a lake (but not in Winter), she will be on it; fishing, kayaking or canoeing. Ironically, while Chelsea isn't afraid of the dentist and loves the water, she is terrified of sharks.
- RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Karey is a Lewiston, Maine local and a graduate from the University of Maine, Orono (in Penobscot County). She has been working as a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1997 and is certified in the administration of local anesthetic and the application of protective sealants. Karey was originally interested in becoming an Orthodontist (because she had such an awesome one growing up), but after he explained the schooling involved versus dental hygiene, she decided that it made more sense to get a degree in that. She’s obviously never been scared of the dentist (or sharp, pokey instruments going in her mouth), but she admits to being terrified of even the merest thought of a snake slithering on and/or wrapping itself around her. And not that this would ever happen, but a snake crawling on her while she had to climb up a tall ladder would make even the most dental phobic panic attack look pretty mild.
Other than snakes (and ladders), Karey has a great, laid-back personality and her infectious laugh is immediately recognizable from any room in the office! She cites the relaxed atmosphere and overall organization of Drews Dental as what makes it such a great place to work. She’s pretty easygoing and enjoys working with any type of patient, but her favorites are definitely the fearful ones that she can ‘turn around’ and earn their trust.
When she’s not rocking at dental hygiene, there is no place Karey would rather be than camping with friends and family (at snake-free venues, obviously). She is a newly-minted dog mom, which gives her even more of an excuse to get outdoors, especially in the winter when the motivation can be a little less.
Hailey is a New England native, but was transplanted from Hampton, New Hampshire as a teenager (she considers herself a "New Mainer") and is a Red Eddie graduate. She started her career in the dental field in 2022, but grew up around dentistry as her mother was an assistant too! She does admit to being a little fearful of the dentist (mostly when it involves needles), but has embraced the fear and absolutely loves assisting with patients who are chatty because she can joke around with them, helping them feel less nervous. Her special talent is being able to wiggle her ears, so next time you're in the chair, ask for a demo. She also gets a big thrill out of a patient's reaction when they get a first look at their new smile.
Prior to entering the dental field, Hailey started her career in the doggy daycare arena, so it's no surprise that in her free time she enjoys dog sitting for friends and family. After hours you might find her chasing after her three cats (Toby, Asher and Smoki), sun worshiping at the beach (Hampton Beach, obviously) camping in the summer, snowboarding at Lost Valley in the winter, and shopping (for clothes) all year round.
Tiana is a 100% Maine-ah. She was born and raised in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School. Her path to dentistry is all too familiar; she came from a long line of dental assistants. Ok, just one. Her grandmother was an assistant which inspired Tiana to enter the field. She hasn’t looked back since.
Tiana is more effervescent than a bottle of champagne on a trampoline, which is great as her favorite patients are children, and her preferred procedures are extractions - not two things you’d expect to go together. She actually thinks kids make better patients than grown ups. Tiana enjoys the challenge of getting little ones to feel safe and comfortable during treatment- it’s legitimately her superpower. She’s definitely not squeamish and finds oral surgery fascinating because of the anatomy and how the human body can heal from trauma. No surprises then, that Tiana has never been afraid of the dentist.
When she’s not being the “pediatric patient whisperer,” Tiana is running around after her son or flexing another superpower; shopping. Her purse is one of the biggest in the office and could easily rival Mary Poppins' bag.
- CDA (Certified Dental Assistant)
- EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant)
Chelsea is as "Maine" as lobster and L.L. Bean. She graduated from Lewiston High School and initially started her career working in childcare. However, she had multiple family members who were in the dental field and they encouraged her to take classes in assisting. She never looked back and has now been working in dentistry since 2008.
One of the things that she enjoys about working in a general dental office is getting to build relationships with patients – it's not just about how often you floss or if there’s a cavity – which also explains why Chelsea likes working with children and older patients. Her favorite dental procedures are anterior fillings (a.k.a. the front ‘smile teeth’), because it’s instant gratification for her to see a patient feel 100% more confident about themselves when they leave the office.
Chelsea has two little ones, so there’s no such thing as 'down time,' but she does try to live our state motto, 'The Way Life Should Be,' year round; summering at Old Orchard Beach and wintering at Sugarloaf. She also fits right in with the rest of our office of animal fanatics with her cat, Ollie, and Zoey the rabbit.
Desirae is a homegrown Maine-er, having grown up in Lewiston and graduated as a Blue Devil. She has since moved further out into the delightful countryside of Monmouth (she likes that Maine can be a “quiet state” to live in). Desirae started her career in dentistry in 2022, but has extensive experience managing people (and products) because she was previously the “second brain” aka personal assistant to the CEO of a home décor company servicing over 300 clients (and their products) throughout the United States. As a Patient Care Coordinator, she is overly equipped to multi-task the demands of assisting patients with their scheduling logistics (as well as her co-workers with technical and operational support!). Desirae is definitely not an ‘assembly line personality’ and most enjoys getting to know people so that she can develop an ongoing rapport and relationship with them (so feel free to share with her your latest pup, toddler or vacation photos).
Desirae has never been afraid of the dentist and really loves getting her teeth cleaned (especially the extra clean feeling afterwards which she doesn’t want to ruin by eating anything for the rest of the day). She does admit that she’s not a fan of flying (something about not being in control), and while she has never been in an in-flight emergency situation, she doesn’t like the idea that in case of one she couldn’t do anything to solve it.
Being a native Mainer, Desirae is most definitely a fan of all things outdoors (particularly when her favorite season of Fall rolls around), and is at her happiest when camping and riding bike with family (which also includes her rescue boxer-lab, Bruiser) up in Eustis. On non-camping weekends she can be found cheering on her friends who race dirt bikes at Hemond’s Motocross and Offroad Park (something her toddler is starting to acquire a taste for). When asked to reveal her superpower she confesses an uncanny knack for predicting the future- which makes her a perfect fit at the front desk!
Kristina is our director of first impressions and is the friendly face who greets you when you walk through the door. Any help that you could possibly need with appointments, account information, or games on the I-Pad in our waiting room are all in her domain of expertise. She started working in the pediatric medical field in 2016 and recently made the transition to dentistry (and patients of all ages) in 2021. She is a huge fan of the career change because she now gets to interact with a wider variety and range of people. She has found the dental field to be a relatively easy shift in gears- once she learned all the dental lingo (and which tooth number was which). Unlike a lot of people, Kristina has never been afraid of the dentist (which certainly makes it easier when coming to work!). However, she does admit to sharing a different, but very common fear when it comes to spiders because of a rather unfortunate childhood incident.
Kristina originally hails from Saco, and as you can imagine is a huge fan of being near the water, whether it's on the beach, in a boat, or by the pool. This also gives you a hint that she is definitely more of a 'summer in Maine' versus 'winter in Maine' person. Although she is definitely not opposed to winter and enjoys some seasonal sledding opportunities - especially when the temperature is above 30. She admits to being more of a ‘country mouse’ than ‘city slicker’ and likes the fact that Maine allows for more room and space between people, which is especially important now that she is a mom to both a rambunctious pup, Dutch and an energetic toddler, Brooks.
Emilie started her career with us (and in dentistry) in 2015. She initially trained as a dental assistant, but her warm demeanor and gentle personality made her perfectly suited to be our Patient Care Coordinator. For six years, Emilie was the first friendly face (and voice over the phone) to welcome you into the office. In 2021, Emilie transitioned into the role of Treatment Coordinator bringing together her knowledge of dentistry, insurance and even more importantly (we consider it to be her ‘superpower’), the ability to explain what these things are and how they fit together in each individual treatment plan. Her favorite part of being in this role is that she now has the opportunity to have longer and uninterrupted conversations (the front desk position is not conducive to this) with our longtime patients - as well as getting to know our new patients right off the bat!
Originally from the Turner area, Emilie is a 100% hometown girl of central Maine. However, she loves the coastal regions, and the only thing that makes them even more incredible is being able to experience them with her husband and young children. As far as the long Maine winter snow goes, her only comment is, “I don’t like driving in it.” She truly is a born diplomat.
Matt was born and raised in Auburn, Maine, and is a graduate of Auburn High School (go Red Eddies!). Thanks to a family of dental professionals, Matt was exposed to dentistry from a young age, and he began pursuing it for his own career in 2009.
Matt's dental experience includes being a CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) and an EFDA (Expanded Function Dental Assistant) for a number of years, though these days he's managing our in-house lab where we design and fabricate dental crowns, abutments, and bite splints using the latest digital milling technology. He was an obvious choice for that due to his natural creative talent and interest in building things! He is also radiology certified and handles the massive task of clinical supplies inventory.
Given his natural talent with computers and technology, Matt is also our resident Mr. Fix-it whenever a computer, photocopier, or Keurig machine goes on the fritz.
Off the clock, a desire to work with his hands and make something from nothing is carried over into his personal life. After completing an apprenticeship, he now operates his own leather working business, specializing in wallets and gun holsters (which is more therapeutic than it is 'work'). He also helps his father, who has a cabinetry business, during their busy season. “Relaxation” is spent watching his young son chase their two dogs, Frank and Luca, around for hugs.
Greg grew up in Turner, Maine and after graduating from Leavitt Area High School, he attended the University of Maine, Orono to study Accounting. Being a 'numbers guy' makes him an awesome addition to the Business Team. He used to be scared of going to the dentist; however, that all changed when a member of his family got into the dental field. These days he’s just scared of heights.
Greg’s favorite patients are the little old ladies, because they really seem to get along with him, although he’s not sure why, but we do! He’s kind, soft spoken, well-mannered, patient and professional.
Greg is like a lot of New Englanders and loves the fall season, because it’s not too hot (or cold) so you’re not forced to be inside for 6 months. As a result, his main winter sport is playing video games. Growing up he played football and basketball (at 6” 2 that’s pretty much mandatory). Now he enjoys watching sports and his teams include; the Yankees, the Nicks and the Jets. (Notice a theme? That’s because his dad is from the New York area).
September 11th, 1966 – September 12th, 2015
We would like to remember our dedicated dental assistant, treasured co-worker and friend. Julie's career as a dental professional spanned 32 years. Her caring, loyal and gentle personality will be missed by all. May the memories of her last a lifetime. Our sympathy goes out to all her friends and family.