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Kayla Beal, IPDH

I grew up in Washington County. 

I was one of the last graduating classes from Columbia Falls Elementary and I graduated from Narraguagus High School in 2010.

My love for dental knowledge started in 2012 when I started worked as a dental assistant. In 2015 I received my degree from the University of Maine Augusta- Bangor Campus in the Science of Dental Hygiene. 

In 2020 I was tired of traveling an hour for work and I started researching access to dental care in Washington County. It led me to nine dental practices in Washington County that give preventative dental care to a population of 34,910 people and growing.

After this research, I gained authority as an Independent Practice Dental Hygienist through the Maine Dental Board. Allowing me to bring my dental hygiene services to the underserved area that I love, Washington County. I opened Prevention Is Key in February of 2020 in Cherryfield. In February of 2021 we moved to our location in Milbridge. I am passionate about the progress we have made in our area, if our office was not available many would go without dental care. 

I am often asked why I choose my career. It is because I love making people healthier, the conversations I have with patients, and the education I can give for patients to see results in their gum health or decrease in future decay. 


My hobbies are spending time with my family, living a healthy active lifestyle, catching up on "my shows", and reading murder mysteries.

Danielle Tremblay, IPDH

I grew up in Wilton and recently returned to Maine after many years of living in Colorado. I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Colorado Mesa University and later earned my Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Colorado Northwestern Community College. In the Summer of 2022 I acquired my Independent Practice Dental Hygiene credential from the State of Maine. I have always been passionate about serving my community and connecting with people, so when the opportunity to work at Prevention Is Key arose, I felt that it was the chance of a lifetime. As Maine is one of a few states that has approved independent practice by a dental hygienist, we have a unique ability to provide access to dental hygiene services in a predominantly rural state and subsequently, help to bridge the gap for many who have not previously pursued any dental care. And meeting so many interesting people and hopefully having a positive impact on the oral health of most is an awesome reward.

In addition to the benefits of being closer to family again and a fulfilling career, living in Maine again has reminded me of the unique natural beauty here and how much I missed our seasons. In my free time, I enjoy gardening, foraging, cooking, hiking, reading or watching a good crime story, and working for our cats.

Danika Foss,
Office Coordinator

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My name is Danika (Da- knee- ka). I grew up in Machias and graduated from Washington Academy in 2015. I continued my education at Thomas College in Waterville earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. In my spare time I like to relax, spend time with family, and be with my dog Sampson. 

I started working at Prevention Is Key in 2021. I am the voice on the other side of the phone helping you set up an appointment. I am also the first face you will see when you step into the office. I wear many hats in the office such as scheduling, referrals, insurance, and other behind the scenes tasks. What I love the most about my job at Prevention Is Key is visiting local schools twice a year for the student's routine dental cleanings. It is also very rewarding to help advocate for patients to get access to care, in a county with limited resources.

Join our team!

We are currently looking for a dentist to provide restorative care a few days a month!

This would be a great opportunity to provide care in an underserved area.

There also is a possibility for student loan reimbursement.  


We are also seeking another IPDH to join our team. Would be a part time position.


If interested, please email or call. or call (207)598-6195

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