“At Oasis, I am able to provide truly patient centered care. I love being able to meet patients where they are and tailor care to their personal needs.” – Michelle Barber, FNP, Lead Clinician
Meet our Staff
Michelle Barber, FNP, Lead Clinician
“At Oasis, I am able to provide truly patient centered care. I love being able to meet patients where they are and tailor care to their personal needs.”
Julia Bergquist, LCSW, Mental Health Coordinator
Eliza Cloutier, RDH, Dental Hygienist
Kim Dodge, Community Prescription Assistance Coordinator
“I work at Oasis because I love being part of a team whose goal it is to help those that are currently in need – helping people who are often in a transitional time and hopefully helping them to the next step. It is rewarding to see the progression of someone who just needed a helping hand to improve their situation.”
Rick Elsaesser, DDS, Volunteer Dental Director
“After a career in dentistry in our community, I have the found the Oasis Dental clinic a perfect format to try to give back. There I have found an environment where compassionate care is delivered without question to our neighbors. Oasis has helped me grow into a more empathetic person.”
Lauren Farago, Certified Dental Assistant
Lauren became a dental assistant because she wanted to see the smiles that happen for patients when they have their teeth fixed. She says the joy on peoples’ faces is what gets her to work every day. Lauren has been a dental assistant for six years and brings enthusiasm, compassion, and skill to the Oasis Dental Clinic.
Dr. David Inger, MD, Volunteer Medical Director & Family Physician
Dr. Inger is a family medicine physician at Martin’s Point in Brunswick. He received his BA from Claremont McKenna College, his MD from Brown University, trained at Seattle University of Washington in Family Medicine, and has been practicing in Maine since 2002. He is married and has three kids who all enjoy hiking and skiing.
Kathleen Kenny, Medical Secretary
Kathleen comes to Oasis after a working for many years as an academic and public librarian. She brings her ability to find information, willingness to help and problem solve, and commitment to our patients to her position as our medical secretary. As the first person that patients meet, Kathleen makes Oasis a welcoming and respectful place for everyone.
Anita Ruff, Executive Director
“Growing up, my family often didn’t have health or dental insurance. That was true for a lot of people in my community, and I saw friends and family struggle with decisions about work, health and money constantly. At Oasis, we take away some of that stress so our patients can focus on their health.”
Meet our Board of Directors
Abigail Abbott, Mid Coast - Parkview Health
“Oasis serves a critical role in mid coast Maine, ensuring access to medical and dental care, regardless of ability to pay. Having grown up in Brunswick and now raising a family here, I am proud to support Oasis in improving the health of individuals and strengthening our community.”
Richard Corbin, MD, Retired Physician
Dr. Corbin brings extensive clinical, educational, administrative, and research experience to Oasis. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians whose clinical experience was in Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Corbin has supported and campaigned for universal access to healthcare for decades. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and playing bridge.
Walter Higgins, DMD, Retired Dentist
David Inger, MD, Family Physician & Volunteer Medical Director
“When you are a physician, there is something different when you volunteer. It’s more gratifying. It feels more like a privilege. Not having health insurance puts you at another level of vulnerability, and it’s humbling that people trust us with their stories and their lives.”
Kristen Kellner, Camden National Bank
John LaCasse, ScD, Retired Healthcare Leader
“Oasis serves some of Maine’s most vulnerable citizens. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to support that vital mission.”
Johanna Lloyd, Northeast Bank -- Board Treasurer
Casey Mangum, CPA, Mangum & Associates -- Board President
“I feel fortunate to have grown up in the Midcoast region and believe that the health and wellness of all members of our community, regardless of circumstance, is critical to our shared future.”
Jana Purrell, Mid Coast - Parkview Health
“I have a great appreciation for how complicated and complex our healthcare systems are. I feel strongly that everyone should have access to healthcare and trying to navigate our systems can be overwhelming especially for the most vulnerable. Oasis provides needed healthcare services to our community in a respectful, supportive way that allows patients to manage and improve their health which benefits not only the patient and their family but our community as a whole. I believe in the mission of Oasis and would be honored to have the opportunity to work with the team to continue to provide the much needed services and grow the organization.”
Seth Ramus, PhD, Bowdoin College -- Board Vice President
“I serve on the board at Oasis because it connects me to my community. I am proud to be a resident of Freeport, and grateful to have such a safe and supportive place to live and raise my family. It is a great privilege to give back to my neighbors.”
Heather Rankin, Bowdoin College -- Board Secretary
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