I have a long family history in Alaska and for 38 years have made Alaska my home.
After many years in Fairbanks, Anchorage is where I currently reside. My husband Mark and I share our love of Alaska’s diverse summer and winter outdoor adventures along with our two adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Raven and Penny.
After a 25 year career in the aviation industry, downsizing brought me the challenge and opportunity to discover a whole new field; dentistry. I received my dental assisting certification in 2009 and immediately went to work in both the clinical and administrative sides of dental. I soon found my preferred focus to be dental insurance and patient accounts. My goal is to have every patient receive their maximum insurance reimbursement possible and to help explain any balance due. I am rewarded daily by helping patients both understand and being their advocate for their insurance benefits.
After 24 years of serving in the Air Force, my family has settled in Alaska. We have had amazing adventures over the years and have been exposed to many different cultures. My husband and I love exploring the great outdoors with our daughter, Katelin, and our son-in-law, Matt.
My 22 years of experience as an Office Manager in the medical & dental fields has allowed me to grow professionally as well as personally, The dental practices I have been blessed to be a part of have taught me about culture and strong communication skills. Leading with compassion and understanding, my goal is to take care of patient’s concerns about finances while allowing them to move forward with their dental health.
Raised in Interior, Alaska, my husband and I settled in Anchorage in 2001. We enjoy exploring the beauty of the AK mountains and the sea with our daughter, Kori, and our incorrigible Chocolate Lab, Bella.
At the age of 19, I was given the opportunity to learn dental assisting on-the-job. It was love at first procedure! I worked clinically for the next 10 years while also learning the administrative side of dentistry. The next 6 years were spent managing a large dental practice; and I love it all!
My clinical background as well as my experience in the business of dentistry create a unique ability for working with patients and teams; creating successful results for all.
Samantha has lived in North County for the last five years. She loves the dental industry and has been a part of it for the last four years in various ways. She has a bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis on Hospitality and Marketing. She has two dogs and spends most of her time off with them and in the outdoors. Her two favorite things are coffee and reading!
May grew up in Oceanside but is currently residing in Escondido. She recently married her college sweetheart after attending dental hygiene school at Loma Linda University. On her off time, you can spot her at the gym or out spending time with family and friends at different restaurants.
She is very active in her local church as she enjoys the opportunity to build community and care for others. May’s inspiration for entering the dental world was activated at a young age, after serving with her church at a medical and dental mission in Mexico.
Nubia is from San Diego and currently a student attending California State University of San Marcos, majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. She is an active member of the Pre-Dental Society at CSUSM and recently was elected as the new Vice President. Aspiring to become a dentist in the near future, she is currently learning the fundamentals of what it takes to work in the dental field. Her goal is to not only learn the medical aspect of the career but to also create the best experience for the patients by developing a strong welcoming relationship with them. In her spare time, Nubia enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, drawing, and going to amusement parks such as the San Diego Zoo and Disneyland.
Andrea is a pre dental student at California State San Marcos and is majoring in Biological Sciences. She is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, pre-dental society and she also does research for the Biology Department at CSUSM. Andrea has always been fascinated by dentistry and aspires to one day become a dentist. In her free time, she loves to take her dog out, go on coffee runs and travel.
Tasha has 17.5 years of experience in the dental field. She was introduced to dentistry early on in her life, and she enjoyed it so much that she decided to make it her career. Tasha has two kids and enjoys spending her time riding skateboard and doing jigsaw puzzles!
Jewel grew up in Riverside, California and now resides in North County San Diego. Jewel is attending California State University San Marcos and is working towards earning her Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences. Jewel learned that she was interested in dental at a very young age and strives to make it her future career. She is excited to have her interest in dentistry blossom as she grows at Elevated Smiles. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to new areas, both close and far.