1364 Main Street, Suite 20, Sanford, ME 04073          207-324-4003

Our Team

Dr. Palwinder Kaur-Panesar


Dr. Palwinder Kaur-Panesar

Born and raised in India, Dr. Panesar graduated dental college in India in 1986.

In 1987 she moved to the United States and settled in Michigan where much of her family lives. She continued her dental studies and graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dental Medicine in 1991.

While in Michigan, she met her husband and they married in 1994. They moved to New York for work and she practiced for 2 years until the opportunity to move to Maine and work presented itself.

Dr. Panesar, her husband and their two young sons moved to Caribou Maine in 1996 and she had a thriving solo dental practice for 14 years in Fort Fairfield.

Opportunity presented itself again for Dr. Panesar and he family in 2010 when she was able sell her practice in Caribou and move to New Hampshire so her husband could pursue opportunities in his career. In 2011 Dr. Panesar purchased the dental practice of Dr. Lionel Vachon of Sanford and created Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry.

Acquiring office space in Sanford and building the practice of her dreams has been extremely rewarding. Her caring and compassionate persona and her ability to provide optimal dental care in an inviting and comfortable setting is well respected by her patients.

Dr. Panesar attends numerous hours of continuing education every year and is always looking for the absolute best treatments, materials, and services to offer her patients. She is immensely proud of the fact that she can offer most services in her office.

Dr. Panesar is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Maine Dental Association, and the York County Dental Association where she presided as President from 2016 to 2017.

When she is not caring for patients, Dr. Panesar enjoys reading, long walks, cooking and visiting India as often as possible. She resides in New Hampshire with her husband and has two grown sons who are both currently in college in Stony Brook NY.


Melissa Doyle, Registered Dental Hygienist and Oral Health Genius!

We welcomed Melissa to Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry in August 2021.

Melissa received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of College of Bangor, in Bangor Maine in 2007.

Melissa is a committed health care provider and finds great satisfaction in helping her patients achieve excellent oral health.

She is certified in non-surgical laser therapy for her periodontal patients and utilizes the VELscope oral cancer screening tool to find oral cancers at the earliest stages.

Her laughter is infectious. Her thorough, yet gentle approach to caring for her patients has been a welcome addition to the practice.

When not caring for patients, Melissa is a farm girl at heart. She loves the outdoors and can be found spending time with her husband, her two children and their many animals. She also enjoys watching Red Sox baseball, baking, and crafting.


Lisa McLaughlin, Dental Assistant

Lisa moved to Maine from Maryland in 2010. Her dental assisting career spans 35 years and she has been with Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry since 2011.

The COVID pandemic kept Lisa at home for a little over a year working with her husband and his business. We are excited to have her back two days per week working in the practice and providing exceptional care for our patients.

Lisa finds great satisfaction in helping patients understand their dental treatment. She finds great satisfaction in being able to anticipate the needs of a patient, and she works seamlessly with Dr. Panesar.

Lisa is a huge Baltimore Ravens fan and will talk football with anyone who is interested. She spends her personal time with her husband Robbie and their 2 dogs in North Waterboro. She enjoys football, summers on the lake and boating.


Jennifer Polletta, Office Manager

Jennifer is our Office Manager and Patient services specialist.

She is originally from Connecticut where she was a certified dental assistant for 3 years.  She moved to Maine in 2011 with her two sons and has spent the last 10 years working as an office manager. She has exceptional experience in the dental field, both clinically and administratively.

Jennifer lives in Wells with her Husband and youngest Son Jacob.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends at their camp in Rangeley and you can find them there year-round snowmobiling or boating.