Carlen is our Director. Carlen grew up in the dental field, tagging along with her parents to dental offices and dental conferences since she was 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 2015 and eventually expanded her role to Director of both Dr. Bufo's practices in Portland and Windham.
Carlen has attended courses at LVI (Las Vegas Institute in Nevada) and is a member of AADOM (American Association of Dental Office Management). Like her father, she has a commitment to a life of learning and furthering her education in the ever-changing field of dentistry. She has a big love for the state of Maine and enjoys spending her free time "on the water"; boating, fishing, camping, and exploring Maine. Carlen lives by Little Sebago Lake in Windham with her husband and two fur babies.
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.
Julie is a resident of Portland and graduated from the University of Maine in 1995. She feels the most rewarding part of being a Dental Hygienist is the time she spends educating her patients to their optimum dental health.
Julie and her husband have 2 children and a frisky 5 year old Black Lab named Bruin.
Lindseylee is originally from Missouri and went to Meramec College. She has always been interested in a career in dentistry, in fact she has great childhood memories of going to the dentist as the "highlight" of her year. She brings this enthusiasm with her to work every day! Lindseylee enjoys learning all the different aspects of the dental office and working with people. She joined the team at Brighton Dental Associates in 2019 as a Dental Assistant.
When not working Lindseylee loves to travel, watching hockey, line dancing and four wheeling. She is also and animal lover! She has two fur babies, Whiskey and Trout. She thinks her dogs are "The Cutest Men in the World."
Ali was a Dental Assistant in Maine for 4 years prior to receiving her bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene and local anesthesia license from the University of New England.
Ali grew up in Falmouth and now lives in Portland, Maine. Her hobbies include practicing yoga and going to the beach, she also works as a part time associate at Athleisure- a sports & lifestyle apparel company in the Old Port.
Ali's favorite part of her job as a hygienist is connecting with patients and creating a positive, soothing experience so her patients will look forward to seeing her again at their next cleaning.
Katie joined our team as an Office Administrator in 2019! Patients are greeted by her warm smile and calming energy as they enter the office. Katie has been in the dental field for almost 16 years and enjoys everything about it. Katie moved to Maine from Arizona in 2019 with her husband, Ryan, and 2 daughters, Tatum and Justice. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, playing tennis, watching movies and spending time with her kids.
Nicole joined our team in 2021 as an Office Administrator. She has a passion for helping others, especially when assisting patients with their dental needs. She was raised in Virginia where she graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors's degree in Health Science. Following graduation, Nicole began her dental career working in oral surgery where she gained experience working with dental insurances and coordinating dental care. In 2020, she moved to Maine with her partner, Ramon, who is currently attending dental school at the University of New England.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and experiencing everything Maine has to offer!