Meet Our Doctors

Brian Kruchoski, DDSBrian Kruchoski, DDS

When I graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, I knew I wanted to make my home in Alaska. I feel very fortunate to have been practicing here for over 20 years. I have always strived to provide the highest quality of dentistry and I will continue to do so for as long as I am practicing. I am dedicated to providing the best clinical and personal standard.

My career has taken me from serving in the United States Public Health Service to an associate dentist with Dr. Jim Libby which led me to my current position as co- owner of Alaska Premier Dental Group and Gentle Care Dental Center. I am a qualified lifetime member of the Crown Council, Smiles for Life, The American Dental Society and the Alaska Dental Society.

I have a passion for helping those in need by providing dental care to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to it. I have participated in and organized dental mission trips traveling to Fiji, Peru, The Dominican Republic, Kenya and Songea, Tanzania.

Closer to home, along with my team at APDG, I have teamed up with Romig Middle School by screening students and providing them with care at no cost.

On a personal level, I love being a dad and a husband. I am an avid outdoor enthusiast and I enjoy running, hiking, rafting, camping, fishing as well as being passionate about healthy eating and daily workouts. I compete in numerous 5k and mountain races and love it when my three daughters and wife compete with me. During the long Alaskan winters I spend my free time on the slopes on Mt. Alyeska; snowboarding and skiing with my family and friends.

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Joe Baggette, DMDJoe Baggette, DMD

I was raised in the small, rural community of Branchville, New Jersey. After graduating from High Point University in North Carolina in 1989, I attended Temple University Dental School graduating in May of 1993.

I joined the Indian Health Service as a Bush dentist in Bethel, Alaska for 4 years. I enjoyed my experience flying 22 weeks of the year taking care of native Alaskans. I gained much; honing my dental skills working up to 14 hours per day. In 1997, I transferred to Anchorage to the Alaska Native Medical Center. Over the next three years, I was mentored in emergency hospital dentistry. This included many hours in the operating room with an oral surgeon and additional Operating Room time with pediatric cases. I valued the continual opportunities to further my education in all clinical specialties through lectures and one-on-one clinical mentoring. From there, I associated with Dr. Jim Libby from 1999-2006 when I became co- owner of Alaska Premier Dental Group and GentleCare Dental Center.

One of my accomplishments is becoming skilled in performing complex oral surgery such as dental implant placement and bone augmentation as well as offering Invisalign so I can care for my patients in all aspects of dentistry.

My professional affiliations include The Crown Council, The American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, The Anchorage Dental Society and The Alaska Dental Society. I have also accompanied my colleagues on service trips to Nepal, Fiji, Peru, The Dominican Republic as well as a personal life-long dream service trip to Vietnam. I truly enjoy the satisfaction of providing dental care to those abroad as well as at home.

The reason I studied to become a dentist is because I love working with my hands and I love people. My goal is to put my patients at ease while providing them with exceptional service.

If I’m not taking care of patients, I love cooking, living in Alaska and enjoy the outdoors. You’ll find me dirt-biking, mountaineering, snow machining, water-skiing or hunting with my children.

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Jessica Smith, DDSJessica Smith, DDS

I began my dental experience with fantastic training from Loma Linda School of Dentistry and graduated in 2009. One of my most notable honors was receiving the Will Alexander Wholeness Award that is given to a graduating senior for demonstrating high standards not only in technical ability but also in compassionate patient care that treats the individual as a real person and not just a collection of teeth.

Another aspect of dentistry that I’ve made a priority is participating in dental outreach both within our local community as well as trips to Mexico, Peru, and Nepal. I am happy to continue this tradition at APDG where we regularly participate in local and overseas volunteer efforts.

I enjoy the variety that being a general dentist offers and I have a particular passion for patient education and cosmetic dentistry. Both areas can have a profound impact on someone’s life by improving their health, happiness, and self confidence. I have no greater reward than to have someone smile bigger because I’ve participated in helping them reach their goals.

After living most of my life in southern California, my friends and family were shocked when I announced we were moving to Alaska. I had reservations about moving until I interviewed at APDG and realized it was my dream job with its friendly environment, modern equipment, and fellow dentists that fostered a collaborative spirit of excellence.

Since moving to Anchorage I have fallen in love with the beauty of Alaska that provides endless adventures of hiking, fishing, and camping. I have even come to appreciate the winter that offers ample opportunity for cross country skiing, ice skating and moon-lit walks. Other activities that occupy my time include caring for our Italian greyhound with puppy like energy, slowly remodeling our home, and most importantly taking care of our Alaskan born son.

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Clark Bassham, DDSClark Bassham, DDS

I was born in British Columbia, Canada and moved to Washington at age 12.
My father is a dentist which allowed me to readily access what dentistry is all about. My desire to take serve both locally and abroad is what encouraged me to choose dentistry as my profession. I love working with my hands and building relationships with people and dentistry allows me to do just that.

After graduating from Loma Linda University, I practiced in California before moving to Alaska in 2012. Since arriving in this awesome State, my wife and I enjoy our time together by hiking, camping and exploring Alaska with our friends and our dogs.

I am stoked at being a part of Alaska Premier Dental Group and I look forward to taking care of Alaskans for many years to come!

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Dr. Andy Newman

I was raised here in Anchorage, and love the people and the region here. It’s my pleasure to be serving Alaskans. Unfortunately I had to leave the state of Alaska to pursue my dental education, however, returned as quickly as possible. I received a Bachelors of Science from Brigham Young University in Neuroscience. My dental school training was at University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.

My wife, Leisl, and I have three daughters. We enjoy exploring Alaska, hiking, biking, and viewing the wildlife. With so much family nearby, there is never a dull moment for us.

Besides my girls, I really enjoy helping patients feel comfortable and happy about their smile again, getting out of pain, feeling confident. I really enjoy continually learning about Esthetic Dentistry, Oral Surgery, and Restorative Dentistry. I have multiple publications in the field of Oral Surgery.

I’m very excited to help and serve the patients of Alaska Premier Dental and all Alaskans.

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