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Meet Our Doctor

Dr. Lisa Peter Howard is a 1980 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She practiced general dentistry in a group practice in a Minneapolis suburb for fourteen years before returning to school to pursue a three-year Master’s Degree in Orthodontics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After moving to Maine and working as an associate for four years, Dr. Howard opened her own practice in Scarborough in 2002 and found it to be a great community in which to practice her profession.

Dr. Howard is a member of many local, state and national dental organizations, including the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, all of which are national honorary societies. Dr. Howard belongs to the Greater Portland Dental Society, the Maine Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. As an orthodontic specialist, she is a member of the World Federation of Orthodontics, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Northeastern Association of Orthodontists and the Maine Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Howard has recently been appointed to serve on the AAO’s Political Action Committee Board, representing the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists (NESO) and also serves as NESO’s Component Director for Maine.

Dr. Howard is a past President of the Maine Dental Association, and currently is the Chair of the Council on Ethics. She completed a four year term on the ADA’s Council on Access, Prevention and Inter-professional Relations, known as CAPIR. In conjunction with that position, she chaired the ADA’s National Fluoridation Advisory Committee and continues to be very supportive of all efforts to fluoridate the nation’s community water supplies.

One such community project involved the effort to optimally fluoridate the Kennebunk / Kennebunk / Wells Water District in which she served as the Co-Chair of the citizen’s group, “Healthy Teeth, Healthy Smiles” which successfully passed and has resulted in 7 different Maine communities benefiting from water fluoridation.

Dr. Howard and her dentist husband, Dr Joseph R. Kenneally, have four children ranging in age from 19-27. Besides spending time with family and friends, often on the sidelines of some game or other, Dr. Howard enjoys golf, reading, traveling and skiing

Meet Our Staff

Beth began in the orthodontic profession back in 1995 and came to Dr. Howard’s practice in 2008. Beth knows all aspects of the practice and a typical day will encompass everything from tightening and changing wires to adding the biggest smile when the final brace is removed. You know you will always be in good hands with Beth, as she has a reputation for adding an extra giggle to your session, realizing that treatment can often cause anxiety for many patients.

Beth is a native of Southern Maine and when she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children, especially enjoys the role as “hockey mom”. Beth loves to travel, so tracking her down is another story. With a “go-getter” attitude and a smile on her face, if she is not off volunteering with her family, she is out adding a smile to someone else’s day!

Debbie’s orthodontic career dates back to 1988, and with that she is a valuable component to Dr. Howard’s practice. Upon graduation from Thorton Academy, “Deb” acquired her Orthodontic Assistant Certificate through the Dental Assisting Board and is a licensed Dental Radiographer. As the “right hand person” for Dr. Howard, Deb’s vast skill set is beneficial to the team. She works with all aspects of patient care from taking impressions and x-rays to changing wires, to teaching proper oral hygiene. Deb is passionate about her work and it shows with her patient care.

A native of Southern Maine, when Deb is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband Glenn and their two children at camp, perhaps even up on water-skis or tubing on a sunny day. Deb also has a huge heart for animals and enjoys an afternoon horseback riding.

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