I graduated from the CTC UAF dental hygiene program in May of 2013. Prior to becoming a dental hygienist, I worked as a dental assistant for eight years. I can honestly say that I love all aspects of dentistry! I have been given a wonderful opportunity to work alongside Dr. Wappett and his exceptional staff. My main goal is to provide the best treatment possible for all of our patients. I do this by customizing the treatment that is right for each individual, and using the latest education and technology. Both Dr. Wappett and Dr. Lovejoy are highly skilled dental professionals who put their patients first, taking pride in all treatment they provide. Everyone works together as a team to create a positive work environment and atmosphere.
I've lived in Fairbanks most of my life and I couldn't imagine calling any other place home. Most of my free time is spent with my husband and our beautiful children. We enjoy the outdoors and try to make the most out of every summer. Our family's favorite sport is soccer and we spend a lot of time volunteering and watching our kids play throughout the year.
I have enjoyed my numerous years of practicing dental hygiene. I have worked with Dr. Wappett since he purchased the practice from the previous dentist in 2010. My favorite aspect of care is helping patients individualize their oral hygiene habits with their lifestyle. I enjoy welcoming new patients from the very young to the very mature. As a craftsman, Dr. Wappett has excellent dental skills, he doesn't take himself too seriously and tells a great joke. I like the relaxed, easy-going, yet professional atmosphere in our office.
I am married to my fun husband, Marty, and I am very proud of my children. I love to travel and learn about other cultures and experience the rich history of people and places. I enjoy baking, walking with my dog, singing, and serving in my church.
I was born in Fairbanks and have lived in the Fairbanks/North Pole area all my life. I graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College with an AAS degree in Dental Hygiene in 2015. I have since then worked part-time as a dental hygienist in multiple offices while completing further schooling; I earned my BS degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2018. I am excited to have finished my educational goals (for now!) and to have the opportunity to work as a full-time dental hygienist.
I began working at Dr. Wappett’s office in July 2018. I enjoy the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere of our office and working alongside such a friendly and professional team! I am proud to work with Dr. Wappett and his team to provide the highest standard of dental care for our community. My favorite aspect of my job is talking with patients, evaluating their dental condition, and formulating a unique course of treatment that will both address their dental needs and also fit well into their lifestyle. I very much enjoy educating patients on ways they can improve and maintain their dental and overall health.
During my time off work, I enjoy spending time with family, horseback riding, cross-stitching, walking trails, reading, and playing with our animals (currently two horses and a new kitten). I also like getting involved in community service projects as a member of both the Alaska Dental Hygiene Association as well as the Golden Key International Honour Society.
I enjoy working with our team. We share a genuine interest in the well-being of others. It is apparent in interactions with patients and each other. I’ve never worked somewhere I feel so much warmth and welcoming.
Just out of high school I had the opportunity to work at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and was a grant recipient which helped me pay for my education. In 1999 I took a position assisting for my dentist. The experience solidified my decision to become a dental hygienist but other opportunities led me into radiologic technology where I worked in computed tomography for eight years. I earned an AAS in radiologic technology through UAA in 2007 and I completed advanced training in CT immediately after graduating. I earned an AAS in dental hygiene from UAF/CTC in 2013 and have worked for Dr. Wappett since 2016. I enjoy providing the tools and education to each patient to achieve and maintain oral health and hygiene and helping them connect dental health to their overall health. Each person is different and I find it an exciting challenge to provide individualized treatment to every patient in the most comfortable way possible. My patients are by far my favorite part of my job. There are technical aspects I enjoy because it keeps my work challenging and interesting, but getting to know my patients is what makes me look forward to coming to work.
My loving husband and I have a smart and funny son and an absolutely precious daughter. I like to stay busy, which isn’t hard to do with two little ones. I enjoy cooking, anything outdoors or in nature (lately its lots of walks to the park with the kids and our two corgis), reading about health, nutrition and child development. I’m pretty crafty with a crochet hook but would love to get better with my sewing machine.