Meet Our Dental Team
At Restorative and Aesthetic Dental Associates, we treat you as a person first and a patient second.
You'll get to know our reception staff, dental assistants, hygienists, and lab technicians as well as your dentist. We are here to serve you for your best dental health.
As you read about each of us, you'll see that we've been together for quite awhile (the average is about 12 years!) We know each other well and enjoy working together. We look forward to getting to know you too.
"There is just this genuine, sincere way they have. Something subtle, like a squeeze of the hand. They are all so skilled at what they do."
– Susan Whitehouse
Our dentists, who have all been voted a "Best Dentist of America" have completed thousands of hours of continuing education courses through renowned institutions, including the Pankey Institute, the Dawson Center, the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Each dentist continues to spend a significant amount of time gaining additional information to care for patients more effectively. All are fellows in the Academy of General Dentistry, and members of the American Dental Association, the Maine Dental Association and the Greater Portland Dental Society.
Meet the Dentists at Restorative and Aesthetic Dental Associates
Scott Burke, DMD, FAGD
"I treat people as if they are members of my family. After finding out their dental health goals, I empower them with good information from which to make good choices. Rather than lead, I'd rather they lead me."
Scott, who wanted to be a dentist since the sixth grade, believes that dentistry is "a beautiful marriage between art and science – a challenge to the mind and the hands." He enjoys how mouths that function well are also aesthetically pleasing. With more than three decades of experience at our dental practice, Scott has developed a style of relational dentistry that helps him connect to his patients personally. It also allows him to communicate with patients regarding their dental health, potential problems and treatment options. Once a patient has explained their health goals, Scott focuses on accomplishing them in a way that is best for the individual, while addressing priorities. "I discuss each treatment option with you so you understand what I recommend and why. Then we move forward with the best treatment plan to achieve your goals," he said. Scott earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maine, and his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Tufts University. He completed a residency program at the University of Vermont. Scott enjoys actively participating in his church, cycling and scuba diving.
Leigh Philbrick, DMD, MAGD
"Our entire staff views patients as people. We're all trying to help people achieve their best health by offering them excellent care, in keeping with their lifestyle. We take the time to listen and be thorough."
Leigh has been a part of our team for more than 20 years. He feels it is important to practice the kind of dentistry that people want, and to give them reasonable options, including the pros and cons of each, without judgment. "Our expertise is knowing what can happen long-term," Leigh explains. "We counsel people on what to expect and provide information to help them make decisions that are best for them." He says this style of dentistry is good for the doctor as well as the patient, as it allows the dentist to do solid work that will last a long time and provides the patient opportunities to express their hopes and needs. Leigh completed his undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College and received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also completed a general practice residency. Recently, he was certified in the use of Diode Lasers which can be used for soft tissue and gum procedures, and has completed his Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. Leigh regularly participates in Dental Lifetime Network, a humanitarian service to the disabled, elderly, and medically compromised,
and the Free Denture Program, through Community Dental.
Thomas W. Corwin, DDS, FAGD
"Our practice is not just about teeth – it's about putting patients' needs above our own. It's amazing to me how many people have never been offered the time to sit and talk with their dentist. Talking with people outside the dentist chair helps us get a much better sense of what they need."
Tom has worked in private practice for more than 25 years, joining us in 1993. He thinks it's important to visit with patients and get to know them on a personal level, so they know he will be attentive to their needs – and all of the details. "Everyone is different as far as their goals, needs and values, and those change at different stages of our lives," Tom says. "Working on building strong relationships with our patients every day is central to doing the best job we can." Tom earned his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. In addition to his participation in Dental Lifetime Network, a humanitarian service to the disabled, elderly, and medically compromised, Tom also participates in the Free Denture Program, through Community Dental. Visit his web site at SleepApneaMaine.com.
Get To Know the Staff
Our Dental Hygienists
"Our patients come first. We alter what we are doing to suit each patients' particular needs at that time."
Bethany has a B.A. in Dental Hygiene from the University of New England. She has been practicing for over ten years. Beth lives with her husband, Craig, and two daughters, Lauren and Sydney. She enjoys many activities; running, reading, cooking, travel, Disney, playing with her girls, sewing and scrap booking.
"You can really get to know your patients here and take care of them. Our focus is always on the whole person."
Erin has almost ten years experience in dental hygiene, and has been part of our team since 2003. She graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of New England in 2001, while also holding a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Maine. She lives locally in Portland with her husband, Marcus, and two daughters. Erin enjoys spending time with family and friends, the beach, boating, reading, cooking and traveling.
"It's all about building strong relationships – with our patients and our co-workers. There's a caring and understanding atmosphere here that is relaxed, yet professional."
Tammy previously worked as a dental assistant before graduating from the University of New England in May 2000. She has been with us since 2003. She lives in Biddeford with her two sons. She enjoys spending time with her children, being outdoors, and photography.
"Establishing trusting relationships with patients is key for me. I see every patient and seek to gain their trust by answering their questions, making them thoroughly aware of their oral health, and providing the utmost care."
Jillian joined our practice after graduating Harcum College in Bryn Mar, PA. She grew up just outside of Philadelphia and moved to Maine in 2012. She currently resides in Windham with her husband, Geoffrey. She enjoys cooking, writing, visiting family, jogging, and being involved in her local church.
Meghan covered Jillian during her maternity leave last year. We thought she was such an asset for us, we kept her as one of our regular staff. Meghan received her Dental Hygiene from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Meghan grew up in Salem, MA and moved to Maine in 2012. She lives with her husband Joseph, daughter, Emily and their 12 year old black lab, Bruno. She enjoys traveling, being outdoors and spending time with her family.
Our Dental Assistants
"The most important thing to me is my relationships with my patients. I want to be sure their dental health is the best it can be."
Susan attended Dental Assisting Technology school, and has assisted for thirty years. She has been Dr. Philbrick’s assistant since he joined our practice over twenty years ago. Sue is married to Rod, and has two grown children. Together, they enjoy motorcycling and motor sports of all kinds.
"We listen to our patients, and try to make them feel at ease. We take the time to explain to each person what is going on, in a way they can understand."
Tammie has enjoyed the past seven years assisting her favorite dentist, Dr. Burke. When she’s not helping patients feel comfortable in the dental chair, Tammie is volunteering at our local animal shelter. Devoted to her two dogs at home, Tammie makes sure their teeth are brushed too!
Julie has over twenty years of dental assisting experience from various dental specialties. She is Dr. Corwin’s assistant. She lives in Scarborough with her two children, Stephan and Anna. Her hobbies are running, painting, cooking and travel.
Our Lab Technicians
"Everyone's teeth are different, and I enjoy providing the best product for each person. When creating models to show patients, I like to ask them about how they want their teeth to look. Everything is customized here."
Robin has an A.S. in Applied Science (dental laboratory technology) from N.V.C.C. in Fairfax, VA. She is a Certified Dental Lab Ceramist, and has been in the dental field for over thirty years. Robin is instrumental in engineering case design, and does all diagnostic ‘wax-ups’ for patients. This allows the patient a visual concept of proposed treatment.
"Everything is very specialized here, and we do our absolute best for each person. We care about our patients."
Karen has a B.A. in Social Sciences from USM. She has also taken several courses in gemology and metal smithing from the Gemologist Institute of America, Portland School of Art, and Humboldt University. A dental lab technician for fifteen years, Karen does our gold and metal work, as well as preliminary preparation for implant prostheses.
Our Office Staff
Reneta Cloutier, R.D.H., B.S., Practice Manager, Operations
"This is a really friendly practice with a lot of warmth. We want to treat people in a way that meets their needs but also excites them through education, and the importance of their dental health relative to their overall health."
Reneta has been a part of the Restorative and Aesthetic Dental Associates practice for40 years, working in several different staff positions. "Getting to know each patient by being interested, sincere, and sympathetic to the concerns of our patients creates a comfortable environment for them and for us. Each time a patient comes in we routinely pick up right where we left off."
The office also works to pair patients with same dental hygienist each time, which Reneta says helps with consistency and familiarity.
Reneta holds undergraduate degrees in Applied Science (dental hygiene) and Business Management from University of New England and a certificate in Human Resources from the University of Southern Maine. She lives with her husband, Stephen, two golden retrievers, two rescue pups, and three cats. Reneta enjoys restoring and landscaping their antique Greek Revival home. She also works with Lucky Pup Rescue finding pups forever homes.
"I give patients my full attention when they arrive at our office. I want them to feel at home here."
Kristine attended one year at the University of New Hampshire, then went on to twenty years in the retail book business. She transitioned into dental assisting, and came to join us in the business office in 2001.
"Being a patient at this office is unlike any other experience. It's not about dentists telling you what to do, it's about them consulting with each person and doing the best job to fit every patients' needs.”
Kathy has been with us for ten years. She has served as our financial coordinator and as one of two office administrators and scheduling coordinators. Before joining our practice, she worked in several different industries including real estate, telemarketing, and managing a plasma center.
Kathy and her husband are both native to Maine. She enjoys spending time with their two rescue dogs and three cats. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as canoeing, golfing, and hiking.
Deb joined our regular staff after temping for us for a year. She states she feels fortunate, as well as us, that she is a part of the practice. “There is nothing more satisfying that the smile on a client’s face.” Deb has an undergraduate degree from Keene State College in New Hampshire. She spent 36 years as a real estate paralegal with two, prominent law firms in Portland. She volunteers for H.A.R.T. in Cumberland and has seven rescue kitties of her own. She spends her spare time sewing cat and dog beds.
- 650 Brighton Ave. Portland, ME 04102