Dr. Jeff Dutremble was born in Biddeford , a small town along Maine's southern coast, and graduated from Biddeford High School in 1997. He matriculated at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where he majored in Political Science and Biology, and played four years of Division I Baseball under Head Coach Bob Whalen, earning Pitcher of the Year in 1999, and All-Ivy accolades in 2000 & 2001.
When Jeff was young, he had two dreams. The first was to become a professional baseball player. The second was to be a writer.
His first dream came true in 2001 when the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. The years of hard work and extra hours that Jeff spent on the field with his father had finally paid off. His minor league team went on to win the championship that year (he even got his own baseball card - below) but, he injured his pitching arm during his first season. After two unsuccessful surgeries and rehab attempts, Jeff's professional baseball career -- and childhood dream -- came to a crashing halt. He was devastated.
The ensuing years without baseball were tough. Jeff battled depression, which he believes stemmed from a sense of lost identity. He looked at everyone else around him -- friends, former teammates, family, -- and they all seemed happy. He said to himself, "Maybe if I become a (insert profession), then I'll feel better again." Jeff tried on many "hats", but the harder he searched for true happiness, the more it eluded him.
In 2015, after 7 more years of school, Jeff graduated from the University of New England College of Medicine, and was accepted to an Orthopedic Surgery residency in California. He thought he had finally filled the void, but he was wrong. After one year, Jeff walked away from medicine (for a number of reasons), with $350,000 in loans, and went back to the drawing board.
When he and his wife Amanda had Aria, their first child, in 2017, Jeff found a new sense of purpose and motivation. He realized that he had to be the best version of himself for their growing family. Jeff changed the things that he could control (drank less, exercised more, etc.) and, he started writing again. Jeff wrote daily on the Downeaster from Maine to Boston (where he worked) -- poems, journal entries to Aria, short stories -- and he realized that this is what he truly loved, that being a writer was his true purpose.
Amanda and Jeff welcomed their second daughter, Quinn, into their family in June of 2020, which strengthened his resolve to follow his heart and write, and, at the same time, provide for his family. He currently lives in Arundel, Maine, with Amanda, Aria, Quinn (and Clarence, their cat, named after the angel from "It's a Wonderful Life.") In addition to writing, Jeff has been blessed with the opportunity to work at an amazing marketing automation company, Klaviyo Inc., in Boston, since 2018.
The idea for "Find a Lost Smile," if you haven't guessed, stems from Jeff's own life. As a father of two beautiful girls, he hopes that this book will inspire them to follow their heart as they continue to evolve and grow in this wonderful, crazy, challenging world that we live in today.
It is his hope that your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters and other children in your life will be inspired by this story, and that they, too, will stay true to themselves despite everything else going on around them; that they will blaze their own path instead of following the herd.
And, for all of you parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc. out there, Jeff hopes that his story will inspire you to make a change if you are not truly happy with your life, and convince you that it is never too late to do what you truly love; to realize your true purpose.
Dr. Jeff is an active member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators