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Rebecca Brown, PA-C, Clinical Director

Rebecca Brown, PA-C has been a primary care practitioner in Central Maine since 2006.  She joined Oasis Free Clinics as the Clinical Director in June, 2017.  Rebecca provides acute and chronic care to our patients and coordinates patient care plans with our volunteer providers.  Rebecca strives to provide knowledgable medical care in a environment of compassion and trust. 

In her free time, Rebecca running, reading, making pottery, and spending time with her family. 


Jeffrey Maher, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Maher is a family medicine physician who has volunteered with Oasis for several years.  He is currently the Director of Health Services at Bowdoin College.  Dr. Maher is married and has two children.  In his spare time, he’s involved in the local schools, youth sports, scouting, parish ministry, and his backyard chickens.



Kim Dodge, Community Prescription Assistance Coordinator

Kim is Oasis’ Community Assistance Program Coordinator.  She is responsible for processing requests for prescription assistance for patients of Oasis as well as patients of other practices in the community. She tracks orders, communicates with patients, their healthcare provider’s office and the drug companies to ensure timely delivery of medications and refills. She also helps patients find alternative sources of affordable medications when there are no programs available for specific drugs, and helps seniors on Medicare who “fall in the donut hole” obtain their medications.

Rick Elsaesser, DDS, Dental Director

Rick moved to Brunswick in 1980 with his wife Sue , where they raised their three children and ran his general dental practice for 32 years. He is now retired. Rick has been involved in the Oasis Dental program since it started in 2004. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves to spend time at his camp on Moosehead Lake with his family, friends and his beagle named Lucky.


Anita Ruff, Executive Director

Anita’s experience includes 20 years of government and non-profit program planning, administration, communications and marketing experience. She earned a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education from the University of Tennessee and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.  Anita has held leadership positions at MaineHealth, Maine Medical Center and the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Tammy Tyree, Dental Assistant

Tammy is a native of the Mid-coast area.  She graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, Dental Assisting Program in 1987, where she obtained her Certificate in Dental Assisting and Dental Radiology Licensure. Since then, she has had the privilege of working in the fields of dentistry including General chair side, Orthodontics, Pediatrics, Oral Surgery & Endodontics. She brings a host of experience and knowledge to her dental profession.  In her spare time, she loves the great outdoors such as hiking, running with her dog, walks on ocean beaches and quiet nights sitting under the stars. She has an immense love for her family, friends and church, all of which bring her great joy.


Lisa Haskins, LCPC, Mental Health Coordinator

Lisa is our Mental Health Coordinator, seeing clients for initial assessment, triaging need for psychiatrist involvement for medical intervention, and coordinating referrals to our volunteer therapists for short term counseling support. She also maintains volunteer therapist records, coordinates scheduling, facilitates monthly peer supervision meetings for volunteer therapists, and offers expertise and suggestions regarding our Mental Health Program at Oasis. She also maintains a busy private practice in downtown Brunswick, with a prior 6 1/2 year stay on staff at the Mid Coast Hospital Psychiatric Partial Hospital Program.


Valerie Bisson, Dental Assistant

Valerie works at our Tuesday evening clnics and fills in whenever she is needed.  She has extensive experience as a dental assistant and has worked at several area practices over the years.