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Strong Dental Center to undergo staff changes, welcomes new provider

STRONG - Briana Beedy, RDH will be joining Strong Area Health and Dental Center this spring upon the retirement of our long-term hygienist, Barbara Lajoie, who joined the HealthReach team in 2008.

The center has enjoyed the opportunity of working with Lajoie and wishes her the best in her retirement. The dedicated care she has given to our patients and her commitment to the community is also appreciated. Marie Doucette, RDH will now primarily provide dental hygiene services at Bingham Area Health and Dental Center.

Beedy earned an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 2009 from University College of Bangor and has been providing oral healthcare in Western Maine for 10 years.

“I grew up locally, just a mile from the [Strong] dental center," Beedy said. "I enjoy the same pastimes that I am sure many patients enjoy, including four-wheeling, fishing, jogging, snowshoeing and spending quality time outside with my family. I feel that I can relate to and connect with patients, because their home is my home. My goal is to provide emotional support (especially for those with dental anxiety) while focusing on prevention to improve their overall health.”

Beedy will be joining Strong’s dentist, Dr. George Ditomassi, as well as dental hygienist Sharon Smith-Bouchard. In the health center, physician Ann Schwink and physician assistant Madelyn Besse provide healthcare, Kelly Bell-Bragg offers psychiatric medication management and Katherine Kemp works with patients on behavioral health needs.

Strong Area Health and Dental Center is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a system of 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Central and Western Maine. Dedicated providers deliver high-quality medical and behavioral healthcare to citizens in over 80 rural communities. To ensure access to everyone, HealthReach accepts Medicare, MaineCare and major insurances. In addition, an Affordable Care Program is available to uninsured and underinsured residents as well as assistance with applications for programs that help with the cost of healthcare and medications, including the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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  1. The Strong Dental Center should be thrilled to have Briana joining them. She has a great personality and was wonderful with my kids at Benton Dental. We will surely miss her, but wish her the best!!