Dr. Joseph Wetherhold, DMD

Dr. Joseph Wetherhold graduated as an undergraduate from University of San Diego, then went on to graduate from Tuft’s University School of Dental Medicine, located in Boston, Mass. He also went with the peace corps to Honduras to help teach fish farming.

Dr. Wetherhold recently completed an implant course in the Dominican Republic where he was able to continue his training on implant dentistry all while providing well needed dentistry for the people of the Dominican.

He and his wife Jeffrie have two children Olivia and Zoe along with their dog Tutu and cat Calvin.

Dr. Joseph Wetherhold loves his community and does everything he can to help with the dental needs of the Town of Freeport and beyond.

When he is not doing continuing education, he, and his family love to go up north to their camp for well needed rest and relaxation.

Nakea Fournier, CDA EFDA

Certified Dental Assistant- Expanded Function Dental Auxilliary
Nakea has been working with Dr. Wetherhold as his assistant since 2008 when Alta dental was established. Nakea completed her EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary) training through YCC at University of Maine Bangor in 2012 and has been working as an EFDA since. Nakea has been in the dental field since 2005. Nakea also completed a course in PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) which enables her to draw blood to help Dr. Wetherhold in implant placement and healing. When Nakea is not workin she loves spending time with her husband Kevin and Children Troy and Nevaeh as well as their Chocolate lab Nikko.

Lindsay Paulus

Registered Dental Hygienist
Lindsay graduated from university of New England in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene. She has been working with Dr. Wetherhold since 2015. In Lindsay’s free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, hanging with her dog Annie and trying new vegan restaurants.

Katie Webster

Registered Dental Hygienist
Katie graduated from the University of Maine Augusta in 2016 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Jessica Sawyer

Dental Assistant
Jessica has been with Alta Dental for since 2014 in which she has held the scheduling coordinator position and is now Dr. Wetherhold’s assistant. Jessica enjoys traveling, the outdoors and her Fur Children.

Angela Parson

Angela has recently moved over the summer from Portland to Portland! She has been working at Alta Dental since September 2020.

Her favorite things to do in her free time are go on hikes with her two boxer puppies, watching sports, finding new places to eat and travel any chance she gets.


Janelle has been with Alta Dental since February 2019. She graduated with high honors from The University of New England in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene and a Minor in Business Administration; she was selected to represent her school by travelling and presenting her research at the 84th Annual Session Dental Hygiene Convention in New Orleans. She has a love for continued education and has expanded her knowledge over the years to include licensing/certification in multiple dental programs, including administration of local anesthesia. Her passion for helping others inspired her to travel to the Dominican Republic, as part of a medical mission group, where she completed a variety of tasks despite the cultural and language barriers; she also volunteered her time and dental skills at a non-profit clinic in Portland for immigrants. Her experiences over the past decade plus have enabled her to have a more precise understanding of a wide range of dental treatments and an astute ability to explain these procedures to her patients. Her compassion for teaching others continues in her weekend work as a ski instructor. During her time away from work, Janelle enjoys spending time with family and exploring the outdoors; she finds pleasure in sports of all seasons and can be found anywhere from the ocean to high atop a mountain.

Athena Ritcheson

Bio coming soon!