Candidate for Vice President
Dr. Desjardins graduated from the University of Maine in 1988 and then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her DMD degree in 1992. A native of Cyr Plantation, Norma and her seven siblings grew up on a family potato farm, where they learned life lessons of faith, love and family. Dr. Desjardins began practicing comprehensive general dentistry in Van Buren, then moved to Presque Isle, where she was an owner at Academy Dental for 21 years. While serving on the Health Services Advisory Committee of the Aroostook County Action Program, Dr. Desjardins developed an acute awareness of how thousands of County children were not receiving routine preventive and restorative dental care. She recruited the help of her husband and several community members and founded a private nonprofit dental office, the St. Apollonia Dental Clinic. Recently, she retired from private practice and is continuing to direct St. Apollonia. Norma and her husband Paul are enjoying traveling through the US, hiking in as many national and state parks as possible, and spending quality time with their adult children, son-in-law and three grandchildren.