Site Thumbnail

About Our Practice

Meet The Doctors

"Let our family take care of yours!"
  Dr. Daniel L. Steinke, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.

Let me introduce myself. In my personal time, while not in the office with you enjoying the people and challenges of dentistry, my interests focus on my family, athletics, and the outdoors.

After growing up in Michigan, I attended the University of Iowa on a football scholarship and although we didn't visit the Rose Bowl, I was able to graduate in the Honors College majoring in pre dental science, biochemistry, and nutrition.

I married Beth, my high school sweetheart, in Yarmouth and then fell in love with Maine. We spent the next year at the University of Maine at Orono where I taught and did research in biochemistry and nutrition.

We returned to Iowa for dental school where I graduated with honors and received awards, including the Academy of Orthodontics award and the Dean's Leadership award. A year's post-graduate residency at Maine Medical Center brought us back to Maine permanently.

For the next six years I developed my practice in South Portland, enjoyed a very satisfying and rewarding dental practice and thought I would stay there until I retired. Fate led us to Dover-Foxcroft and to people who value the importance of family and a unique quality of life.

We have four children, Hillary, Heather, Jeff and Chris who continue to provide our greatest joy in their growth and love. We also have two son-in-laws, Joe Caruso, who married Hillary in 2000, and Tom Evans who married Heather in 2006.



Dr. Hillary S. Caruso D.M.D., M.A.G.D

Hello! Many of you have known me for many years, as I have been working in the office assisting my father since I was 12. For those of you who are new to our practice, I am Dr. Steinke's oldest daughter. I attended the University of Vermont for my undergraduate education, graduating from the Honors College with a degree in Biology, and a minor in Nutrition in 2000. I went on to the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, graduating in 2004. After graduation, I returned to Maine to fulfill a life long dream of practicing dentistry with my father. He and I greatly enjoy working together to serve the people of central Maine.

I married Joe Caruso, my high school sweetheart, in 2000, and am fortunate to be able to work with him everyday, as he now manages the two offices. Joe and I feel very fortunate to have been able to return to our home state to raise our family.

I am blessed to have two active boys, Jack and Griffin, and a daughter, Lauren, who many of you have met in our office.  I hope that one of them may be part of the next generation of dentists to serve Central Maine!

Outside of the office, I enjoy horseback riding, hiking, traveling, reading and enjoying the outdoors with my family.


Dr. Daniel L. Steinke, D.D.S., M.A.G.D. - Dr. Steinke has focused his ability to provide the highest quality care through dedicating himself to nearly unparalleled continuing education. After graduating with Honors from the University of Iowa, he completed a one-year general practice residency at the Maine Medical Center, where he focused on increasing his skills in all aspects of dentistry and, in addition, took the medical rotation of Anesthesiology. Also in the residency, Dr. Steinke gained extensive skills in dental trauma care, working closely with oral surgeons.

Highlights of Dr. Dan Steinke's continuing education are as follows:

  • Master of the Academy of General Dentistry(MAGD)
  • Alumni of the LD Pankey Institute with completion of the entire continuum plus the Master's Forum.
  • Founding President of New England Masters Study Club, a group exclusively limited to AGD Masters who meet biannually to concentrate study on a specific aspect of dentistry under the direction of the finest instructors in the country.
  • Dr. Steinke continues to spend over 25 days per year outside the office in continuing education.

A list of his membership organizations are as follows:

  • Academy of General Dentistry (Master)
  • American Dental Association
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (Fellow)
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentists
  • American Academy of Functional Orthodontists
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Pierre Fauchaud Academy
  • Pankey Institute Alumni
  • Maine Dental Association
  • Maine Academy of General Dentistry (past President)

Dr. Hillary S. Caruso, D.M.D, M.A.G.D. - Dr. Caruso strives to follow in her father's footsteps, and is also committed to providing the highest possible quality of care through continuing education. While at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Caruso received numerous awards in academic excellence, leadership, and clinical skills. She also established the first student chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry in the country, and was a delegate for the American Student Dental Association. Dr. Caruso was awarded her Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in July 2010. To be given this award, Dr. Caruso passed a 400 question comprehensive exam and took over 500 hours of continuing education. She is currently working on her Mastership.
A list of her membership organizations are as follows:

  • Continuing Education Chair, Maine Academy of General Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Maine Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation