There's nothing like having your teeth cleaned by an experienced dental hygienist. At Bridgton Dental Associates, we promise to provide professional, knowledgeable care. To maintain our level of expertise, our hygienists are well-trained, skilled technicians. Please feel free to discuss your dental questions or concerns with any of the hygienists on our staff.
Gwen Rowland is a Dental Assistant at Bridgton Dental Associates. Gwen has been working with the amazing team at Bridgton Dental Associates since graduating from Dental Careers Institute in May 2014.
Prior to training as a dental assistant, Gwen worked as a pipe organ builder with a local craftsman in Gorham, Maine. This provided Gwen with opportunities to travel the world and experience different cultures and customs. “I am so grateful not only to be following my passion in the dental field, but to be working with such a close-knit and compassionate group here at Bridgton Dental Associates.” Gwen especially loves getting to know her patients and forming caring relationships while also creating beautiful, healthy smiles.
Originally from California, Arlene came to Maine for a visit in 1989 and never really left. She graduated with a dental hygiene degree from the University of New England in 1991 and has been working in hygiene ever since.
She currently splits her time between a periodontal office in North Conway and here at Bridgton Dental Associates. She loves practicing hygiene close to home in Bridgton where she is constantly interacting with members of the community. Arlene and her husband reside in Bridgton where they raised two beautiful children. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, as well as benefiting from all that the lakes region has to offer.
Julie has been with Bridgton Dental Associates since 2014. She completed a Dental Assisting course in 2013 and started her dental career at the front desk in our office. Since then she has found this position to be very rewarding. Julie aims to provide a stress-free experience for all patients from scheduling, to maximizing insurance benefits to helping patients with their overall dental visit. Julie enjoys building relationships with community members while helping patients meet their individual dental needs. Julie resides in Harrison with her fiancé, daughter, and two stepdaughters. When not in the office she enjoys spending time with family and enjoying all that the Maine outdoors has to offer.
Dr. Tyler Gagnon is a native of Maine, born in Lewiston and raised in Sabattus. He chose stay in Maine for his college education, earning a BS degree in Health Sciences from the University of Southern Maine. He again chose to stay home for his dental education and earned his D.M.D. degree from the College of Dental Medicine at the University of New England in Portland.
Dr. Gagnon grew up working with his hands doing things such as wrenching on cars, landscaping, or stocking shelves in the local grocery store. This love of working with his hands paired with his desire to help improve the health of the people of Maine led Dr. Gagnon to the field of dentistry. During his time at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Gagnon’s passion for all aspects of general dentistry grew. While studying at UNE, he was able to develop his skills at a state-of-the-art facility and was exposed to lots of clinical training. This clinically focused education allowed Dr. Gagnon to develop his practice goals early on and he has been working toward these goals ever since.
“My overall goal is to always work with each patient to improve their oral health, function, and esthetics through high quality dentistry and education. I truly look forward to working with the Bridgton community to work towards this goal” Dr. Gagnon said.
Dr. Gagnon is currently an active member of the American Dental Association, the Maine Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry
In his free time Dr. Gagnon enjoys day hikes with his beagle Annabelle, spending time with his family, paddling in his canoe, and the occasional game of pond hockey when the water freezes over.
Not much happens in Abbot, Maine. At least not when Dr. Paul Cloutier was growing up there in the 1970s and 1980s. “It was the kind of place where you know everybody and everybody knows your business. It’s a place of simple lessons—accountability, honesty, hard work, boredom.” Dr. Cloutier grew up in a large working-class family, lots of meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
Some Dr. Cloutier’s earliest life experiences convinced him that he should pay attention in school. He attended schools in Guilford, Maine where he earned good grades, was active in sports and was a known to be teacher’s favorite.
Dr. Cloutier graduated from Boston College in 1990 with a BS in economics. After graduating, he learned that an individual really needs a PHD in economics to earn a good job in that field. Unqualified for most careers, he secured a job where qualifications aren’t very important—politics. He moved to Washington DC and worked for Senator George Mitchell. Although Dr. Cloutier enjoyed politics and his time in Washington, he ruled it out as a career. He knew that he wanted to return to Maine and work with his hands. It was shortly after that he enrolled in Dental school.
Dr. Cloutier earned his dental degree from the University of Maryland in 2003. Shortly thereafter he and his family packed the car and moved back to Maine.
In 2005, Dr. Cloutier bought his first dental practice. The building had been Deering Ice Cream for many years prior. Incidentally, all that ice cream turned out to be good for the dental business.
Dr. Cloutier likes to focus his time on restoring and maintaining optimal dental function. This means different things for different patients. He devotes most of his professional life trying to figure out what an individual patient believes to be his or her optimal function is, honoring it, and earning their trust. Although Dr. Cloutier can not promise perfect outcomes, he does guarantee that he is constantly striving for perfection.
Dr. Cloutier loves what he has built at Bridgton Dental Associates because he has surrounded himself with a remarkable group of employees. He receives amount tremendous satisfaction knowing that my employees and I are helping people achieve their optimal dental health.
Dr. Cloutier and his wife Kathy reside Cumberland, Maine with their two children. When Dr. Cloutier’s is not working or spending time with his family he can be found golfing, dabbling in woodworking, or spending sometime in the remote areas of northern Maine where he enjoys fly fishing, canoeing and the absence of cell phone coverage.