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Meet the Team

Dr. Michael Bufo

Dr. Michael Bufo

DMD

Dr. Bufo graduated from Brown University in 1983 and received his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. From 1987-1990 he served as a captain in the United States Air Force, providing dental care for retired and active duty service members and their families.

Between 1990 and 2003, Dr. Bufo created two successful dental practices in West Newfield and Springvale, ME that offered the latest in dental technologies, including digital radiography and lasers, esthetic restorative dentistry and non-surgical periodontal therapy. In 2004, he opened Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry & TMJ in Scarborough, ME, focusing on cosmetic dentistry, TMJ, neuromuscular dentistry, and complex occlusal and restorative procedures. In 2012 he merged his Scarborough practice into the current Brighton Dental Associates location in Portland and in 2015 became the owner of Windham Dental Associates in Windham Maine. He is an Invisalign Preferred Provider and focuses his practice on cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry, TMJ and difficult bite problems.

Dr. Bufo averages almost 100 hours of continuing education per year and was chosen to be a clinical instructor at the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). He travels to the Institute several times each year to teach dentists from across the globe about the most advanced cosmetic dentistry procedures and therapy for TMJ disorders. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Maine Dental Association, the International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics, and the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics.

Dr. Lauren Gallant

Dr. Lauren Gallant

Dr. Lauren Gallant was born and raised in Westbrook, Maine. She graduated from University of New England with a B.S. in medical biology. After working as a dental assistant in a local endodontic office, she discovered her love of dentistry. She returned to University of New England's College of Dental Medicine obtaining her DMD degree in 2017. She completed her Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency through Tufts School of Dental Medicine and Community Dental in 2018.

Dr. Gallant was attracted to many aspects of dentistry: the artistry, the science, the ability to work with my hands, and most importantly the ability to build rapport and help people on a very personal level. She has a very relaxed personality and enjoys a good sense of humor.

Outside of work, Lauren highly enjoys spending time with her close-knit family, cooking, reading, and spending time at the lake.

Dr. Aliza Hanif

Dr. Aliza Hanif

Dr. Aliza Hanif is originally from Doral, Florida. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and Religion, with a focus on pre-health. Upon graduation, she returned to Florida to work in the nonprofit sector. While working, she became passionate about entrepreneurship which led her to pursue a Masters in Management at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. After working in various industries as a marketer, she decided to pursue a career in dentistry as she felt that she can make a larger impact within her community. She made her to return to the New England area and earned her doctorate from the University of New England-College of Dental Medicine in 2021. During her time in dental school, she was an active participant in her community as a CUP AHEC Scholar, admissions interviewer, student board member for the Maine AHEC Advisory Committee, and collaborated with faculty as well as students to improve marketing for the college's Oral Health Center. She also received the Interprofessional Team Immersion Honors Distinction.

Dr. Hanif believes in evidence-based, comprehensive dentistry. She enjoys connecting with individuals from all walks of life and brings that demeanor to each patient encounter. She strives to provide a comfortable environment and focuses on tailoring each treatment plan to each patient's specific needs.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Hanif is an avid golfer. In high school, she became the first golfer in Miami-Dade to win four major tournaments in one season. Her talents carried her through college, where she led her team to the Division III National Championships in 2008. Her continued love for the sport led her to turn professional, where she competed on a mini-tour in South Florida. Apart from golf, she enjoys spending time with her parents in Miami, cooking, hiking, running, and playing tennis from time to time. She also enjoys learning new languages, as she speaks proficient French.

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