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Elections Ahead

The MDA's annual business meeting will be held virtually this year, due to the cancellation of the Annual Convention and the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting and elections will be held on June 30 at 7 pm via Zoom. Click HERE for agenda.

2020-2021 MDA Board of Directors Elections

Dr. David Kerr has announced his candidacy for president, Dr. Heather Keeling has announced her candidacy for president-elect, and Dr. Norma Desjardins has announced her candidacy for vice president of the Maine Dental Association Board of Directors.

DrKerr (2)

Candidate for President

Dr. Kerr was born in Endicott, NY.  After graduating from St. Lawrence University 1974 in sociology and chemistry, he spent a year at Philadelphia College of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. He then went to the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and did his general practice residency at Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center. Seeing reimbursements to the hospital cut and the effects of what that did to the delivery of care, he enrolled in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to get a masters degree in healthcare administration, as well as major in decision science.  During this time, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania dental school. He also taught at the University of Connecticut. He then decided he wanted to go into full-time dentistry and took over a practice in Portland. He has lectured at Harvard University and worked on a project at the Forysth Institute. He loves dentistry, as it has so many facets to it from engineering to bioscience to sociology.  He is an avid outdoors person and does anything from skiing to hiking to sailing and biking, and is also a volunteer at two churches. He has an innate interest in technology and data analytics. His wife, Dr. Carol Kerr, is a minister and licensed professional counselor. He has two sons, Gavin and Ian, who both live and work in Maine.

Keeling Headshot

Candidate for President-Elect

Dr. Keeling practices in Portland, and was born and raised in Saco. She graduated from the University of New England, then graduated from Boston University School of Medicine with a masters degree in oral health science, and earned her DDS degree from Dalhousie University Dental School in Nova Scotia. She was president of the Dalhousie Dentistry Students Society, and was Eastern Regional Councilor of the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Association. She has served as vice president of the Greater Portland Dental Society for two years and is currently the president-elect of the Maine Dental Association Board of Directors.

Dr Desjardins

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.