Carlen is our Office Manager here at Windham Dental. Carlen grew up in the dental field, tagging along with her parents at different dental offices and dental conferences as a child. She began working as a part-time assistant for her father, Dr. Michael Bufo, in high school. Carlen has a Bachelor's degree in Animal Medicine and has always been very involved with animals, small and large. After college, she started her career as a veterinary technician, but later joined Dr. Bufo in the family business. She moved into the administrative side of dentistry in 2013 and expanded her role at both Windham Dental Associates and Brighton Dental Associates before joining us as our Office Manager in 2017.
Carlen has attended courses with Las Vegas Institute in Nevada, NEDOM (New England Dental Office Managers) and AADOM (American Association of Dental Office Management). She enjoys following in her father's footsteps to provide patients with state-of-the-art dentistry and a more personal approach to their dental care. She has a big love for the state of Maine and enjoys spending her free time at the lake and ocean, as well as boating, fishing, camping, hunting, and exploring Maine. Carlen lives by Little Sebago Lake in Windham with her fiancé Ian, cat Ares, and Golden Retriever Sam.
Cheryl graduated from the University of New England with a degree in dental hygiene in 2010 and has been working with Dr. Bufo since 2011. A Maine native, Cheryl grew up on her family's farm in southern Maine which is probably why she loves animals so much. One of her favorite things about becoming a dental hygienist is having time to spend with her patients helping them be both healthy and happy. "I have the unique opportunity to be a part of a team that helps patients love their smile!"
Cheryl also enjoys camping and has gone every summer since she was a child. It's one of her most treasured family traditions! Cheryl lives in Waterboro with her husband Shawn and daughter Emily. Her favorite past times include gardening, going to the lake, and spending time with her Ragdoll cats, Lilly and Bella, and Goldendoodle Katie.
Garrin is our master dental lab technician at Brighton Dental Associates. "I feel lucky to be a part of a practice that utilizes modern technology and materials so that we can provide our patient's with the highest quality care and treatment". Our patient's hope Garrin will follow in his father's footsteps (Dr. Michael Bufo) in the dental world, but many don't know that Garrin is also very talented in writing. Several pieces of Garrin's work have already been published.
Garrin's interests include literature, blacksmithing, and knife-making. He spends his weekends doing home improvements on his house in Windham, riding his motorcycle, and spending time on Sebago Lake.
Erica is one of our three full-time dental hygienists. She graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor's of Science in 2002. We feel very fortunate to have Erica bring her many years of experience to our practice. Erica enjoys educating her patients about oral health and feels a sense of accomplishment when her patients see the results of their efforts.
"It is so wonderful to be a part of a team that not only provides high quality care and concern for our patients but also with the most amazing group of coworkers that genuinely cares for one another."
When Erica isn't with her "dental family" she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons boating and beaching on Sebago Lake. She also enjoys watching her oldest son at his sporting events and looks forward to the days when her youngest is out of diapers.
Kelli has been a Dental Assistant for over 16 years. She enjoys working with people and helping them to feel comfortable when they visit our office. Kelli grew up in Lewiston and now lives "Off the Grid" in Hartford! When Kelli is not working she is busy taking care of her 3 dogs and 2 cats.
Of her many interests and hobbies Kelli loves "anything artistic" including drawing and painting. She is very proud of her children Kirsten and Parker. Kelli's upbeat personality welcomes all who visit Brighton Dental Associates.
Donna graduated from the University of Maine Dental Hygiene program in 1979. She has always had a love of learning and spends many hours each year in continuing education, recently acquiring her Local Anesthesia license to better serve her patients. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from these 40 years in the dental field. Her passion is to help each person be successful at achieving their oral health goals, including healthy teeth and gums as well as a balance between the head and neck muscles, jaw joints and the bite. This balance will ensure a life long benefit of optimal oral health so people can not only keep their teeth for a life-time but also be proud of their smile.
Donna also enjoys family time with her husband of 40 years and their three sons and 4 grandchildren. It brings her much joy to watch the grandchildren develop a love for lake living as they visit their home in Standish. Donna and her husband are also passionate about ministering to married couples through their church. Caring for people comes naturally to Donna so she fits in nicely with the dental family at Brighton Dental Associates.