Port People: Meet Dr. Clancy of Newburyport Dental

The Chamber recently interviewed Dr. Anne-Marie Clancy with Newburyport Dental and learned more about her and her background, along with the dental practice located on Forrester Street.

Q: How long has Newburyport Dental Associates been open?

A: In 1978 the founder of the practice, Dr. Gerry Hirsch, opened the doors at his home office on High Street. In 1998 it was moved to the Professional Building on Forrester Street, which is the former Currier School where Dr. Hirsch attended middle school.  (If only the walls could talk!)

Q: When did you start your career at Newburyport Dental Associates?

A: I joined Newburyport Dental Associates in 2002 after receiving my Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. I became a partner in 2004, and bought the business in 2017.  Since 2002, we have been growing, expanding, and making people smile.  Dr. Alex Doe joined our team in 2018, and we’ve got a bright future ahead. 

Q: How would you describe the philosophy of Newburyport Dental Associates?

A: We like to keep it simple – we treat our patients like family. Honesty, respect, and compassion are the hallmarks of our patient care. We offer a personalized approach to dentistry and we don’t just “fix teeth;” we treat the whole person. We value continuing education and strive to offer the best care possible using the latest technology available.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: The people! We have the best team in the business and our patients are awesome. I love seeing the difference our team makes in our patients lives.  I really believe people leave our practice a little better than when they walked in. Everyday you will hear laughter in our office or see a patient share their artwork or photos of their family.       

I also love how dentistry combines science, art, and technology to improve the health of our community.

Q: How did you end up in Newburyport?

A: My husband, Tommy, and I met in Boston. We came to Newburyport for dinner one night and the rest is history. We fell in love with each other, then this city, and we knew this is the place we wanted to raise a family. He now manages the business operations of Newburyport Dental Associates. He also makes the best coffee and reminds me to take time for myself once in a while. 

Q: What is your favorite thing about owning a business in Newburyport?

A: We have 3 children; ages 14, 11, and 7 so being able to raise our kids in the same city that I work in has allowed my family to become very community focused. I currently serve as a corporator for Institution for Savings and Anna Jaques Hospital, and I am a member of the Newburyport Rotary Club. The Education Foundation is something I value very much, especially as a former board member. My husband serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Merrohawk Nature School, and we both coach our kid’s teams. I love to support local non-profits such as the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s Annual White Ribbon Breakfast and see the incredible work that organization does. Having a business in Newburyport allows me to be very involved within the community; it’s part of the fabric of the practice.

Q: When you’re not working, what are some of your favorite things to do?

A: Spending time with my family is my greatest joy.  I love watching them play sports and listen to their piano lessons.  We are a very active family so you’ll find us at the beach in the summer or skiing Cannon Mountain in the winter.  Plum Island beach has a piece of my heart.  However, you’ll have a greater chance of seeing me behind a book than surfing.

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