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Martin’s Point Health Care welcomes new physicians and nurse practitioners at its Portland and South Portland locations:

Dr. Rich Entel and Peter O’Donnell, a nurse practitioner, joined Martin Point’s Portland location. Dr. Entel is board certified in family medicine; O’Donnell is certified as a nurse and a nurse practitioner. He previously worked with a variety of health care organizations including Mercy Hospital, Correctional Medical Services and Falmouth House at Ocean View.


Alison Cameron, a nurse practitioner, joined Martin Point’s South Portland location. Cameron received her masters in nursing from the University of Southern Maine.


Melanie Cogan, a registered nurse and adult nurse practitioner, joined the Cancer Care Center of York County. Cogan studied at the University of Southern Maine and Duke University. She is certified by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the Oncology Nursing Society.


Michael Niles joined Albin, Randall & Bennett as a tax director. Niles had operated his own CPA firm, serving the tax needs of small businesses and individuals. Before then, he was a principal at Berry Dunn for seven years.

Meredith Smithson, a registered nurse, joined Thornton Oaks Retirement Community as a health services coordinator. Most recently, Smithson was the asthma educator at Mid Coast Hospital and has several years experience in retirement and assisted living residences in the greater Portland area.


Penny Wheeler-Abbott joined Drummond Woodsum as a non-lawyer policy and human resources consultant. Wheeler-Abbott was a teacher and school administrator in Maine for more than 17 years.


Gregory Im also joined the firm as a member of its public sector group, practicing in the area of public finance. Im was previously the Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maine.


Cale Pickford joined Allen Insurance and Financial as a personal and commercial insurance specialist. Pickford, of Lincolnville, previously held a similar position with Atlantic Insurance and Benefits in Belfast.


Leo Maheu was named an environmental educator for ecomaine. Maheu, of Portland, previously did environmental work for Portland Trails, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and the Merryspring Nature Center.


Reid Scher was named executive director of St. Andre Home, Inc. Scher, of Windham, was previously with the Institute for Financial Literacy in South Portland, Northeast Alternative Services, Spurwink Agency and the University of Southern Maine.

Trace Salter, of Freeport, was named the event manager for Easter Seals Maine’s Toast on the Coast event in April at Ocean Gateway in Portland. Salter will oversee all aspects of the fundraiser, including sponsorships, logistics and community outreach.

John Holland joined Maine Community Health Options as its business and IT project manager. Holland, of Harpswell, had worked for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and was recently a senior project manager at CSC on site at Bath Iron Works.


Evan Dupont was promoted to a senior customer service associate at People’s United Bank’s South Berwick branch. Dupont joined People’s United Bank in 2011.

Sue McCarthy was promoted to commercial services officer at Maine Financial Group at Katahdin Trust Company. McCarthy, of Biddeford, joined Maine Financial Group in 1993 as an administrative assistant, and was later promoted to officer manager, commercial services specialist in 2007.


Stephen Thompson was promoted to senior customer service associate at People’s United Bank’s Falmouth branch. Thompson joined People’s in 2011.


Alison Wholey, a partner with the law firm of Briggs & Wholey, LLC, was recently appointed to the board of directors of New Hope for Women in Rockland. Wholey has participated in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of patients and their families, drawing on her experience as a registered nurse.


Terry Seavey received the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce President’s Award. Seavey, of People’s United Bank, served on the chamber board from 2006 to 2011 as a vice president and president.

Sara Hellstedt and Thomas Newman of the Portland law firm Murray Plumb & Murray were honored for their pro bono legal services in the inaugural year of the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program. Hellstedt, of North Yarmouth; and Newman, of Portland, were recognized as Katahdin Counsel for devoting more than 50 hours of pro bono work in the past year representing immigrant refugees seeking asylum through the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Program.


The team at Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement company, has announced their new location at 22 Free St., Suite 201 in Portland. The new space offers a welcoming and cozy setting to Heart At Work's personalized approach.

Chris Lynch, a veterinarian with Southern Maine Veterinary Care in Lyman, purchased the business from longtime owner Dr. Douglass Hutchins. Lynch has worked at Southern Maine Veterinary Care for more than two years.

Sewall has opened a new office in Portland to provide engineering, natural resource and GIS consulting services to clients in southern Maine and central New England. The office, located at 477 Congress St., will be jointly managed by Sewall’s vice presidents Ray Corson and Andrew Sturgeon.

Baker Newman Noyes’ IT Consulting Group has adopted a new name: the Risk and Business Advisory Practice. The renamed and expanded practice serves the same sectors including healthcare, insurance, financial services and banking.

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