Meet Our Team

Dental Assistants

Heidi - Dental AssistantHeidi

I was born and raised here in Alaska and love being outside enjoying all Alaska has to offer. My two awesome pups and I spend many hours together hiking and cross-country skiing. As much fun as I have in Alaska, I also love to travel; especially to underdeveloped countries.

Most of what I love in dentistry is the opportunity to help others. I am truly passionate about that aspect of what I do which is why I am pursuing my dental degree. I look forward to doing more dental mission work and can’t wait to spend more time giving back once I am finished with dental school.


Kaylynn - Dental AssistantKaylynn

Having been born in Alaska and this being the only place I’ve lived, I focus on making my life Well-rounded in many ways. My time is spent with my four-legged “child”, Gabby and also at school pursuing my Dental Hygiene Degree.

My objective in coming to work every day is to make my patients happy and for them to feel welcomed. I love to see them leave with a smile on their face. I love knowing that I have taken care of them in the best way I can.


Megan - Dental AssistantMegan

I consider myself to be a happy-go-lucky gal. I love animals- especially my own two dogs. I have been happily married to my husband, Edgar, for the last 2 years and look forward to many more to come.

I have had the opportunity to teach dental assisting as well as work in many fields within the dental office. I love being a part of the Alaska Premier Dental Group family.


Rosy - Dental AssistantRosy

Originally from Mexico, I am fluent in Spanish as well as English. I love spending time with my son enjoying Alaskan activities. We enjoy clam digging, camping and everything else Alaska has to offer.

I attended a local dental assisting school and love the opportunity I have to help people get healthier by taking care of their dental needs.


Dental Assistant - ShantelShantel

My full name is Shantel Alohalani, however I prefer to be called Aloha. I was raised in California and have three beautiful daughters ages 15, 11 and 2. My youngest daughter is my tiny miracle, she was born at 26 weeks and weighed 1lb 13 oz. I enjoy spending all my extra time with them. Including many hours cheering them on in all of the activities they are involved in. I am their biggest fan!

I have been a dental assistant for over 15 years. I am proud to be licensed in both California and Alaska. I love working with children and make it my priority to give even the smallest of kids a great experience. I equally enjoy helping “the big kids” get the smile they’ve always dreamed of. I love working alongside Dr. Brian and helping people make APDG their dental home.


Matt

I am an individual of many places. I was originally born in Corona, CA and have lived in a variety of other places growing up. I have lived in Alaska since 2011, and have a beautiful fiancée named Katelin. I’m a recent graduate with a BAS in Business Administration, which leads me to my current pursuit of applying for dental school. I have been dental assisting since 2015, and what I enjoy most about my position at APDG is that I get to connect and work with people face-to-face.


Registered Dental Hygienists

Emily

I moved to Wasilla from the Chicago area in the fall of 2000. In 2006, I moved to Missoula, Montana and received my bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of Montana. After graduation, I returned to Alaska, the state I love. I later returned to school and earned my degree in dental hygiene from UAA.

My passion is for education and health care. For me, dental hygiene is the perfect collaboration of the two. I am excited to be a part of the APDG hygiene team so I can share my knowledge on how to create and maintain optimal oral and overall health with my patients.

My son and I love the outdoors and spend the majority of our free time in the mountains exploring new hiking trails and throwing rocks in the river. We are looking forward to countless more years in this beautiful state. I am excited to build relationships with the members of our Alaskan community.


Ruth

Having grown up in Alaska, I didn’t realize what it had to offer until I went away to college. I spent years dreaming of coming home one day and I was finally able to do that 17 years ago. I can’t imagine living anywhere else and trying to enjoy as much as I can here in Alaska.

I love to fish, camp (as long as I can shower), hike and snow machine. I am learning to ride a dirt bike but with some trepidation, as my first five minutes riding one, landed me in the operating room.

I have five wonderful sons, ranging in age from 15 to 25. I am so passionate about working in dentistry that so far, two of my sons are also working in the dental field.
As a hygienist, my goal is to have a personal relationship with each patient and for the last 16 years, I feel like I have spent each day seeing one friend after another. I also have the opportunity to help all of these fantastic people I care about.

The most rewarding thing to me is to hear people say that they had a great time at their dental appointment and look forward to their next one.


Dental Hygienist - CamielCamiel

I moved to Alaska in 2002 with the greatest man I know, my husband. We consider ourselves blessed to call Alaska home. In a nutshell, I love coffee, photography, Pad Thai, laughing, reading, Jesus, crafting and traveling.

I graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage Hygiene program in 2005 and can not imagine a better career choice. The opportunity to turn what is often dreaded into a fun, positive experience makes my day.


dental_hygienist-jackiesawyerJackie

I have been in Alaska for over 50 years and really enjoy hiking outside with my two dogs. I am also an avid wildlife & bird watcher and photographer.

I love that I have been able to build not only dental relationships but also friendships with so many patients over the last 31 years in practice.


Dental Hygienist - LizLiz

I am married to my long-time love, Cameron, who is the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at UAA. Go Seawolves! We love living in Eagle River and exploring Alaska with our 2 dogs.

I began my dental career over 12 years ago; working as an Administrative Assistant then as a Clinical Assistant in my brother’s dental practice in my native Arizona.
I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Pacific University in Oregon and moved to Alaska in 2011.

I am current member of the American Dental Hygienists Association and in 2010 was the recipient of the Oregon Dental Hygienists Association’s Professional Achievement Award.

The part of being a Dental Hygienist that I love the most is building relationships with my patients and helping them to understand the importance of their oral health. I always strive to give my patients a thorough yet gentle cleaning experience in a relaxing, nonjudgmental environment.


Dental Hygienist - RhondaRhonda

Originally from Wisconsin, I have been in Alaska since 1990. I have two daughters and one son who keep me very busy. We spend our time together taking care of the horses, cats and dogs that we have collected over the years.

I went to hygiene school in Madison, WI and worked in Minneapolis for 6 years. I am really glad that I was able to move to the Last Frontier and make Alaska Premier Dental Group my home since 1997.


Dental Hygienist - ValisaValisa

I was born & raised here in the 49th state and graduated from UAA’s dental hygiene program. I am passionate about dental health~ ask me how keeping your mouth healthy
translates to whole body health! I like hiking, camping, & being in the outdoors (but I’m a fair weather fisher & hunter ;). I love spending time with my wonderful husband and two
beautiful children!


Tessa

Originally from Utah, I’ve fallen in love with all things Alaska, My husband of 10 years is from Petersburg and we have three spoiled lazy pugs. When I’m not making your smile bright and beautiful I am fishing, camping, traveling, and watching movies.

I’ve had the pleasure of improving smiles for the past 12 years. First as a dental assistant, I graduated with my dental hygiene degree in 2009 at Dixie State University. My focus is patient comfort and education. I strive to make each visit as comfortable and enjoyable as possible!


Samantha

I grew up in Northern Idaho and moved to Alaska with my husband in 2013. Quite honestly, we are “living the dream” here. We love all that Alaska has to offer, and have been fortunate enough to explore many areas of that state. I enjoy backpacking, cross country skiing, and almost any outdoor activity Alaska has to offer. I also love crafting and baking.

I attended Dental Hygiene school at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Being a hygienist is such a rewarding career to have. I get to meet new people every day, make connections with them and help them feel healthier and happier about their smile.


Business Assistants

Business Assistant - Bobbi JoBobbi Jo

Alaska has always been my home and my husband, 3 dogs and I take full advantage of spending time together here. We enjoy fishing and being outdoors.

Whether I am at home or at work, I am always up for a good laugh. You will always find me with a smile on my face working to be the best at what I do within the office.


Business Assistant - CassandraCassandra

I am an Air Force Veteran and married to a career Air Force spouse for over 20 years. I have three amazing children and love spending time vacationing with them in Mexico.

I fell into the dental field through a family friend and have loved learning all about dentistry. My favorite part of everyday is working side by side with amazing team members and patients.


Business Assistant - SarahSarah

Having been born and raised in Alaska, I am thankful for all this great state has to offer. My most favorite aspect is the promise of friends, family and fun in every adventure! I especially enjoy exploring new destinations with my family & dog, Ziggy.

I also enjoy exploring all areas of dentistry. Over the past 10 years, I have had the opportunity to work in both the clinical as well as the business arena. I really love having the experience and knowledge from both aspects and I truly enjoy being a part of this great team.


KaijaKaija

I have been married to my High School sweetheart for more than 20 years and we have four amazing almost- grown children together. As a family, we do plenty of outdoor activities such as skiing and camping. I never want to let a moment of time go by where I don’t experience all of the love and laughs we have together.

Professionally, I love meeting new people, making our patients feel welcome and sharing laughs with them. Every day is an opportunity for a new adventure!


Melissa-200x300Melissa

I moved up to Alaska in 1998 from Texas. I began my career in the health care field at age 18 by becoming an EMT and working for the American Hyperbaric Center. I worked with them for 7 years, moving up from a technician to supervisor and eventually into health care administration.

I became a patient of Dr. Joseph Baggette in 2008 and always enjoyed the level of care I received when I came in. When I was given the opportunity to join the APDG team and work closer to home, I couldn’t pass it up.

I enjoy getting out in the Alaskan outdoors with my young daughter and traveling to warmer climates to scuba dive.

I have thoroughly enjoyed expanding my knowledge into the dental field. I love greeting my patients and making sure I treat them like they are my family.


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