One measure of a people-friendly practice is the longevity of its staff. Most of our dental professionals have been with us for years—decades, in some cases. As a result, our entire staff is well invested in our “patient first” philosophy. Because our staff members want patients to look forward to their appointments, they do everything possible to make your time with us feel like a visit with friends rather than a “procedure.”
Cory W. Ernst, DMD
Dr. Ernst joined the practice in the fall of 2011. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Colby College in 2005, and spent the following year as a dental research assistant at the Forsyth Institute in Boston. He then earned his dental degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2010. Dr. Ernst completed a general practice residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in 2011.
Dr. Ernst enjoys continuing education and is an active member of the American Dental Association, Maine Dental Association, Greater Portland Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Ernst enjoys staying active and spends a lot of time exploring the Portland area with his wife and daughters during his spare time. He also plays hockey and enjoys golfing during the summer season.
Frederick R. Molander, DMD
Dr. Molander has been practicing general dentistry in the state of Maine for the past 37 years. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts and completed dental school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1972. After serving as a general dentist with the Air Force for two years, Dr. Molander settled in Portland to practice.
A well-respected member of the dental community, Dr. Molander serves on the committee of continuing education for the Maine Academy of General Dentistry. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Maine Dental Association, Greater Portland Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Molander and his wife, Debby, live in Yarmouth, where they raised their two sons. He keeps fit by playing hockey twice a week. (“Not a lot of checking,” he’s quick to point out!) He’s also a photographer whose travel photos brighten the walls of the office.
Dental Hygienists & Dental Assistants
Sarah – Dental Hygienist
Sarah has been practicing dental hygiene with us since receiving her dental hygiene degree from Springfield Technical Community College in 1976. In 35 years, she has perfected the art of “the chairside manner” and loves getting to know the individual needs of her patients. She is married with two children, and spends her free time running for fitness and taking care of her elderly black lab.
Claire – Dental Hygienist
Claire has been a hygienist in the practice for 30 years. She graduated from dental hygiene school at the University of Maine at Bangor in 1979. Patients enjoy her kind and personal touch. Married with three kids, Claire loves being active and exploring Portland in her spare time.
Crystal – Dental Hygienist
Crystal is one of our new hygienists who brings a positive attitude and strives to make her patients feel comfortable. She is patient and understanding and values putting the needs of our patients first by taking the time to listen and build trusting relationships. She graduated from hygiene school in 2018 from the University of Maine at Augusta in Bangor. In her spare time she enjoys being active with her husband, either out camping, kayaking, or hiking.
Mary – Dental Assistant
Mary has been part of the practice since 2012 and brings with her 40+ years of assisting experience and a philosophy of treating people kinder than necessary. She is married and is an avid tropical fish hobbyist.
Kirsten – Dental Assistant
Kirsten joined us in 2016 and brings with her a relaxing and comforting patient care style. Kirsten enjoys developing trusting relationships with her patients. When she’s not working, she spends her time with family and friends.
Cathy – Office Coordinator
Cathy has kept our office running smoothly for the past 19 years. Over that time, she has developed warm relationships with patients and their families. Although you’d never guess from her petite stature, Cathy is a motorcycle enthusiast who loves taking to the open road with her husband.
Katherine – Office Coordinator
Katherine is a former pre-school teacher who brings 10 years of experience and passion working with children and families to our dental office. In her free time, you’ll find her at spin or Pilates and fueling up at one of Portland’s many local eateries. She’s also a devoted cat mom to her decade-year old ginger cat, Alice. Katherine has a B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Maine.