Dr. Heather Keeling was born and raised in Maine. From a young age she always knew she wanted to explore a career in medicine, she wanted to treat patients, to give hands-on, compassionate care that improved patients’ health and quality of life. Dr. Keeling graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelors in Medical Biology, she then graduated from Boston University School of Medicine with a Masters in Oral Health Science. After considering her options and job shadowing a number of dentists, she decided to go to dental school.
Dr. Keeling earned her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Dalhousie University Dental School in Nova Scotia, Canada. From the very beginning Dr. Keeling was very involved in organized dentistry. She was president of the Dalhousie Dentistry Students Society and Eastern Regional Councilor of the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Association.
Dr. Keeling also co-organized the first group of students from Dalhousie University to travel and volunteer at a free dental clinic in an impoverished Guatemalan village. She continues to travel and volunteer at the same village in Guatemala.
To say Dr. Keeling is passionate about helping people is an understatement. Since graduating from dental school and returning home to Maine, she has continued volunteer work at the Root Cellar on Munjoy Hill, a non-profit dental clinic for Hill residents, and spends time advocating for patients in need.
“I just love it. Patients come from Maine and all over the world. I hear their stories. People are so appreciative.”
– Dr. Heather Keeling talking about her volunteer work at The Root Cellar, a non-profit dental clinic for Munjoy Hill residents.
In January 2017, Dr. Heather Keeling opened her own practice, The Dental Loft, which is a full-service, patient-centered dental practice located at 1250 Congress Street in Portland, Maine. Dr. Keeling is actively involved in Maine’s dental community and she is a past-President of the Maine Dental Association and is currently a Trustee of the International College of Dentists’ Foundation.
Dr. Keeling is also committed to staying on top of new developments in the dental field, averaging 100 hours a year in continuing education courses. She is currently a member of the Casco Bay Study Club chapter of the Seattle Study Club.
She and her husband Matt live in Portland with their two King Charles Cavaliers, Charlie and Lilly. Together they enjoy working out, skiing, boating and checking out all of Portland’s great restaurants!