Everyone who works here at Drews 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 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 is currently serving 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.
She is actively involved in her profession and currently serves on the Maine Dental Association’s Executive Board, and has been the Chair for the Council on Government Relations since 2014, the responsibilities of which include providing testimony to legislators at both the local and national level. She is also an avid consumer of continuing education. Learn More!
Karey is a Lewiston local, and a graduate from the University of Maine, Orono and has been working as a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1997. She is certified in the administration of local anesthetic and the application of protective sealants.
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 a great place to work.
Karey enjoys some down-time in between dance recitals for her daughter, supporting her husband’s passion for acting at Community Little Theatre in Auburn, and experimenting with a gluten-free lifestyle, which fortunately doesn’t impact her interest in trying new wines!
- CDA (Certified Dental Assistant)
- EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant)
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 is a CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) and an EFDA (Expanded Function Dental Assistant), he is also radiology certified and handles the massive task of clinical supplies inventory. Due to a natural creative talent and interest in building things, he was an obvious choice to manage our in-house lab – where we design and fabricate crowns, abutments and bite splints using the latest digital milling technology.
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.
Diane has been a Minot-Lewiston-Wales, Maine native all of her life, though she does admit to wanting to become a “snow bird.” She’s worked in the dental field since 1999, but can easily relate to patients because she is not a fan of going to the dentist herself. In the office, Diane helps you understand dental benefits and eligibility, review treatment plans, and determine coverage and payment options.
Outside of the office, she’s a long-time motorcross mom and wife. When she’s not watching her family members kick up mud and dirt around the race track, she prefers more peaceful excursions out on her kayak or hiking the trails in the White Mountains – ask her about when she got lost up in Acadia!
Kayla is a several-generations-back Lewistonian, so you could actually be related to her, or know someone that is. She is a graduate of the Dental Careers Institute and started working in dentistry in 2011, where she gained extensive clinical and administrative experience.
She is a Dental Assistant, with a special interest in endodontics and assists both Dr. Drews and Dr. Lake. Her clinical background also makes Kayla an excellent point person to help patients with scheduling, treatment planning, and coordinating dental benefits as well as providing patients with esthetic consultations and chairside whitening.
A true Mainer, Kayla ice fishes, can shoot a rifle and owns six pairs of L.L. Bean boots. And while she has a 7-lb chihuahua and a 55-lb golden chow mix at home, she admits to being fascinated with bigger and ‘bitey-er’ things, which is why shark cage diving is at the top of her bucket list.
- CDA (Certified 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.
- CDA (Certified Dental Assistant)
Renee is another homegrown Mainer and graduate of Edward Little High School. Her journey to working in the dental field was sparked as a teenager, when she came out of braces, because it changed her smile (and her life). She completed Dental Assisting school that same year and hasn’t looked back.
Not many people describe oral surgery as “fun”, but Renee’s favorite procedure is actually extractions; because they can all be so different. That said, her ideal patients to work with are the ‘little old ladies,’ because they make her feel like she is spending time with her own meme. Given her fun, laid-back personality, it makes sense that one of the things she likes most about being here is the atmosphere, because it’s professional, without being too “prim and proper.” Which makes her a perfect fit for us, too.
Unlike 80% of the rest of the office, she is a big fan of Winter and spends much of it either snowmobiling up in Rangely or snowboarding at Lost Valley and Sunday River. The rest of the year she is camping, hiking, fishing and hunting, she shoots deer, coyote, turkey, and partridge, as well as skinning, prepping and cooking what she catches – she is definitely someone you would want on your side in a zombie apocalypse.
Her superpower is “being the mom” of any group she happens to be with, which is probably another reason why she is so great chairside with patients. Finally, Renee is as much of a furry, four-legged friend fanatic as the rest of us; she has a 5 year old yellow lab called Ralph, and a 1 year old cat, Denali at home, let’s just say that Ralph is more of a fan of Denali than the other way around.
Emilie 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.
Her most important role (at least for our younger patients) is ‘keeper of the quarters’ – so if you did a good job during your appointment, she has the authority to award quarters for the gumball machine. She’s also trained as a dental assistant, so don’t be surprised if you happen to see her smiling down at you, chairside.
Originally from the Turner area, Emilie is a 100% hometown girl of central Maine. However, she admits to preferring the coast, taking her camera to a quiet, rocky shore during the summer. As far as the long, Maine winter snow goes, her only comment is, “I don’t like driving in it.” See? Ever the diplomat.
Shawnee is another one of our few, non-native Mainers, although she did transplant from Massachusetts as a teenager, so she is 100% New Englander (she even likes Winter…and snow blowing). She has been working in the medical field since 2006 and was drawn to it the way many people are – because she was surrounded by family members who also made it their career.
Given her insane talent for organization (she has three children), it’s no wonder that keeping tabs on two dentists, three hygienists, patients consistently checking in (and out) and answering a constantly ringing phone, is a piece of cake for her. She admits that if she wasn’t doing what she was doing, she would have gone to law school. We may have to start televising monthly debates between her and Dr. Drews!
Unlike some of her co-workers, Shawnee is not fearful of the dentist, in fact there’s not much that really terrifies her, although her bucket list doesn’t include any of the stereotypical adrenaline junkie shenanigans. However, she does want to go on safari in Africa and see the ‘Big Five’ up close and personal, so we’re not buying that she’s not a bit of a thrill seeker.
And we swear it’s not mandatory to have a dog in order to work at Drews Dental, but Shawnee is definitely part of the pack with her 100-lb doberman named Juno, who gets taken on the family camping trips every summer. We’re talking old school, right out of the pages of an L.L. Bean catalog, tent camping.
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.