Meet Anna O'Keefe, DMD
I am a dentist because I believe that you cannot be healthy if you are not healthy dentally. In every conversation in my practice, I work hard to clearly explain a patient’s options and together we work towards the best course of treatment. I strive to create long-term trusting relationships with my patients and their families, especially children. I joined this practice in 2013 because I know that every member of the staff treats each patient with the utmost care and respect. I have owned this practice since 2017; it is my goal to uphold the same high standard that this practice has been maintaining for many years.
In order to uphold this tradition, I ensure that I am abreast of the most modern techniques and technology available in the ever-changing world of dentistry. I pursue continuing education well beyond the requisite hours to maintain my license and typically complete over 70 hours of continuing education per year, both in classes and in a monthly study club in Portland. I also attend hands-on workshops at the Spear Institute and CEREC campus in Arizona where I learn the best, latest treatment options and bring them back to Maine. Upon my return, I work to teach my team and patients about these developments and seek to apply these techniques in the most conservative approach possible.
Dentistry is a wonderful combination of teaching, science, skilled handwork, relationship building, and art. I feel very fortunate and humbled to have my patients trust me with their health, comfort, emotional wellbeing, and appearance.
I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington and came to Maine to study biochemistry while attending Colby College. While there I spent time interning with Dr. Poirier and his team, and in doing so I discovered a caring, friendly environment in which every practice member focused on doing the absolute best for each patient. Upon graduating magna cum laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2011, I was presented with the Academy of General Dentistry Senior Award; this is given to one member of the graduating class "having exhibited the greatest interest, knowledge and proficiency in the field of general dentistry." It turns out Dr. Poirier also won this same award upon his graduation from Tufts.
I am a past President and the immediate past Treasurer/Secretary of the Kennebec Valley Dental Society. I also am a member of the Maine Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, a Faculty Club member of Spear Education, and a member of the Spear Study Club of South Portland.
My husband Brendan, a native Mainer and fellow Colby grad, and I are so happy to call Maine our home and have our daughters grow up in Waterville. When we can catch a game, watching rugby brings us back to when we played for the Colby team. I am also enjoying my tenure as a board member of the Waterville Public Library. At home, I often spend weekends baking for my family, friends, or the office team, who don't seem to mind all that much.
Our corner of Maine is such a beautiful place year-round, and we love raising our family in and serving this wonderful community.