Our Staff


We are committed to providing you with the best orthodontic care possible. We have a friendly, outgoing staff comprised of skilled and knowledgeable professionals. We are proud to deliver efficient, individualized care in a treatment atmosphere that is private for both adults and children.

Appointment Coordinators

tracey.jpgTracey Payne

I entered the dental field in 1985 and I’ve had a variety of assignments, from insurance, billing and dental assisting to administrative duties. I have worked for Dr. Forwood since 2004. I’m happy to be working in the orthodontic field, and I try to make a difference in each patient’s life by treating each with the utmost respect and care. I always offer patients a kind word and a smile when they visit us. My husband Ty and I have been married since 1985. We have a son and one Rottweiler. I love spending time with my family and friends. I am also very active at our church.

judy.jpgJudy McArdle

I have been working for Dr. Forwood since the fall of 2007. Before joining the practice, I worked in the medical field as a receptionist for 18 years. I worked first for a family practice and then for a general surgeon. Orthodontics is a new and exciting experience for me. I am really enjoying meeting and greeting all the patients. My husband Mike and I have been married since 1972. We have three grown and married children. We love spending time with our grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my two dogs. I also like to knit, read, cook and crochet. I have been enjoying interacting with both the adult and young patients, getting to know them, and making them feel comfortable in our office.

carolyn.jpgCarolyn Forwood

I have worked as an RN in several areas of nursing since 1971 and have been working in Dr. Forwood’s Wallingford office as an appointment coordinator since 1999. I enjoy the enthusiasm of the children at the Wallingford office and their happy faces and bright smiles. I have been married to Dr. Forwood since 1971, and we have three grown children. I enjoy spending time with our family and participating in several local volunteer organizations.

Dental Assistants

michele.jpgMichele Turley

I began working in general dentistry in 1986. I started working in orthodontics in 1988 and I have worked for Dr. Forwood since 1990. I enjoy working in the office because I meet a lot of nice people, and I enjoy participating in the creation of their beautiful smiles. I have been married to my husband Bob since 1996. We have two daughters, Katelyn and Erica, and I have a stepson, Bobby and a daughter-in-law, Kaytee. I enjoy spending time with my family, and relaxing with my family at our trailer at a campground on the Jersey shore.

dottie.jpgDotti Canavin

I am a licensed expanded function dental assistant. I have been in the dental field since 1987 and have worked with Dr. Forwood since 1995. I have experience in general dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics and dental laboratory. I particularly enjoy working in orthodontics and in our imaging and photography program. My husband, Mark and I have been married since 1991 and have a son. Family time, sports, cooking and church are things I enjoy most.

rachel.jpgRachel Damico

I started my career in dentistry at a pediatric dental office in 2004. I graduated from an Expanded Function Dental Assisting Program in 2010. I joined Dr. Forwood and Dr. Christie shortly thereafter. Joining the practice has brought me much pleasure and joy. I value interacting with patients and seeing the change orthodontic treatment can make. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending my time with my son Aiden, watching football games and traveling.

darlene.jpgDarlene Comeau

I have worked for Dr. Forwood since 1999. Before I joined Dr. Forwood’s staff, I was a pediatric dental assistant. I enjoy orthodontics and helping the patient feel comfortable about their treatment. I am married and have three grown and married children. We enjoy spending time with our many grandchildren. I am very active in my church and my hobbies include sailing, cooking and shopping. I also enjoy making jewelry in my spare time. I love being a grandmother!.

sally.jpgSally LaFrance

I received my LPN degree in 1969. Since 1970, I’ve been working in the dental field. I was delighted to join Dr. Forwood’s staff in 1988. In addition to dental assisting, I am responsible for ordering both orthodontic and office supplies. My husband Lou and I have three married children, five grandchildren and more on the way! Away from work, I enjoy reading, shopping and spending time with my grandchildren.

Administrative Staff

marie.jpgMarie Eitelman

I have worked in dentistry since 1983. I have had the pleasure of working for Dr. Forwood since 1988. My duties include those of office manager and treatment coordinator. I am happy to be working in the innovative field of orthodontics and I love being a member of the team. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband Mike and visiting my two married children and their families. I am always happy to be playing with my grandchildren or my Shetland Sheepdog, Stormy. I also enjoy cooking and knitting and I am always ready to try new recipes or knitting projects.

agnes.jpgAgnes Leaming

I began working for Dr. Forwood in October 2000. My duties include insurance coordination and receptionist in the Wallingford office on Mondays. I enjoy water color painting, gardening, learning Italian and traveling to Italy.