Country girl returns home to practice dentistry

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Dr. Shasta Nickerson examines a patient at the new Barrington Dental Clinic, which is located in the Barrington Municipal Library Complex. Kathy Johnson photo


By Kathy Johnson

For the first time in over a decade there’s a practicing dentist in the Municipality of Barrington.

“I always thought I would come back here to practice,” said Dr. Shasta Nickerson, who has partnered with veteran dentist Dr. Kim Mailman in establishing the Barrington Dental Center.

“I wanted to choose a career where I could choose where I wanted to settle,” said Dr. Nickerson. “You can take the girl out of the country but not the country out of the girl.”

A native of Cape Sable Island, Dr. Nickerson graduated from the Barrington Municipal High School in 2004, and has attended Dalhousie University for the past eight years, obtaining her Bachelor of Science in 2008 and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery this past May.

In the meantime, Dr. Mailman, who has been practicing dentistry in Shelburne County for the past 28 years, decided earlier this year to follow through on his long time plan to expand his practice to western Shelburne County.

“We were hoping to do this six years ago,” said Dr. Mailman, but was unable to find another dentist to partner with. “Probably half our patient load in Shelburne is from the Barrington area so it was a natural thing to have an office here.”

Dr. Mailman decided to take the “build it and they will come” attitude and approached the Municipality of Barrington about leasing vacant space in the Municipal Library Complex for the dental center.

“It was good timing,” said Dr. Nickerson. “It all worked out and all fell into place.”

The Barrington Dental Center, which opened earlier this summer, features state of the art digital technology and is paperless, with computers in each of the four operatives as well as the lab.

“All forms of general dentistry are done here,” said Dr. Mailman, who is in the process of talking to several specialists about the possibility of holding visiting clinics at the center. “We’re just waiting to hear back,” he said.

The Barrington Dental Clinic employs five people on a regular basis. “We’ve got great staff,” said Dr. Nickerson, who is thoroughly enjoying her new profession.

 “I really like what I do,” she said. “In a small community you really get the chance to know your patients,” which is something she feels is important.

New patients continue to be welcomed at the Barrington Dental Clinic with a short wait time for appointments, as opposed to Dr. Mailman’s Shelburne office, where there is a four month wait. 

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Recent comments

  • Bob Strong
    May 08, 2014 - 13:56

    I am glad that you came back to your hometown to share your newly learned talents and knowledge. Not enough people return to provide for those that provided for them. I would love to move back to the little town I grew up in one day.

  • Shelly Russell
    September 21, 2012 - 10:41

    It is really impressive that someone would want to go back to such a small community. I really respect this woman for her choices and good for her for getting her dental degree! That is also impressive. I had never lived in a small community until I went to Alaska to work for a summer. I appreciate that everyone gets to know each other. Good luck Shasta!

  • Taylor Parker
    September 21, 2012 - 10:22

    I just moved into the area and one of my friends recommended that I go check out barrington dental . I need to get my kids in for their six month check out, like nine months ago. They really really need to have their check ups. My husband and I recently decided to move into the area and we just haven't quite got accustomed to all of the businesses that are offered here. I'd love to get a second opinion about barrington dental . Are they a good office? Are they gentle with kids?

  • Candice Williams
    September 04, 2012 - 11:21

    Congrats, Sasha it's a wonderful thing to see someone you went to school with do great things in there own community ! Congrats to Dr.Mailman as well for brighten the smiles of so many your truly doing a wonderful thing here Thanks