Dr. Cook grew up in Auburn, Maine, where she attended Edward Little High School. Her career in dentistry actually began as a teenager helping at her father’s dental practice. After high school, she attended Fayetteville Technical Community College and received her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1990. While working full-time, Dr. Cook then attended Fayetteville State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1996.
Dr. Cook was a hygienist for 15 years before being fortunate enough to be accepted into dental school at The Medical University of South Carolina, which is a top rated dental and medical school located in Charleston, SC. She graduated with her Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree in 2005. She joined her father’s dental practice in May 2005. In 2006, she began to look for the perfect practice to call her own. That dream became a reality in July 2007, when she purchased the practice from long term owner, Dr. Ronald Sawyer.
Dr. Cook is a member of The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and is currently working towards her Fellowship with the AGD, when achieved is only held by 7% of the general dentists in the United States. The Fellow requires 500 hours of continuing education and Dr. Cook has over 900 hours of continuing education. She will soon be joining the other 34 Fellows in the AGD in the State of Maine. Beginning in 2010, Dr. Cook has participated in the local study club in affiliation with Spear Education. Spear Study Clubs are to help foster interdisciplinary relationships for better treatment planning and patient care. There are only approximately 200 study clubs in North America. After attending the 2.5 day Spear seminar in December 2011, Dr. Cook joined the Faculty Club at Spear Education. The Faculty Club focuses on patient-centric dental healthcare and advanced clinical techniques to enable Dr. Cook to provide better patient care. Their are currently 660 members in the Faculty Club throughout the world with only 8 members in Maine. The Faculty Club consists of members from 9 countries; United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Bermuda, Czech Republic, Denmark and Sweden. Dr. Cook is also a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Maine Dental Association (MDA), and the Merrymeeting Bay Dental Association.
In 2004, Dr. Cook went on a mission trip to Brazil to set up a dental clinic in an all girls orphanage. Dr. Cook is also a proud participant in Give Kids a Smile Day, where thousand’s of the nation’s dentists and their dental team members provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families. We have been participating with Give Kids a Smile Day since 2011. On an annual basis, Dr. Cook partners with the Dental Lifeline Network, Maine Donated Dental Services (DDS). This is a collaborative, direct way for the dental profession to reach out to individuals with special needs. The goal is to return patients to good oral health, enabling them to reach an affordable maintenance level. We have been participating with Dental Lifeline Network since 2008.
She is into physical fitness and works out regularly. She also enjoys snowmobiling, golfing, hiking, boating, reading, decorating and knitting. Those of you who visit her office will see that she loves to take photos and her pictures are on display on the walls of the office. She has two long haired chihuahua’s.
Dr. Cook looks forward to being in Bath for many years to come.
Dr. Ahern, a New York native, is excited to return to Maine and join Dr. Cook at Bath Family Dental. Upon finishing her undergraduate degree at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Ahern continued her education at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine here in Maine. She graduated in 2018 with her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree. Following graduation, Dr. Ahern practiced in southern Rhode Island for four years, during which time she received the Rhode Island Monthly Magazine “Top Dentist” award through nomination by her peers. Dr. Ahern now returns to Maine with her husband, two children and two dog.
Dr. Ahern is a member of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. She is a strong believer in the value of continuing education and regularly attends seminars at the Kois Center in Seattle, a world renown evidence based teaching center, that teaches the latest advances in esthetics, implants and restorative dentistry. Dr. Ahern’s dental interests include combining her passion for esthetics with dental medicine and hopes to help all of her patients fall in love with their smiles.
Outside of the office Dr. Ahern enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and exploring new places. Her hobbies include cooking, health and fitness, running, and photography.
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