A familial knack for dentistry is obvious at Alaska Center for Dentistry, which was founded in 1977 by Dr. C. Michael Sage. In the ensuing decades, the clinic has grown into two locations that are home to a roster of experienced dental doctors and technicians, including Dr. Sage's son, Dr. C. Michael Sage Jr.—also a dentist. Kicking back in chairs with warm neck wraps and donning headphones, patients undergo a range of treatments, from cosmetic whitening procedures to routine examinations, screenings, cleanings, and tongue-reflex tests. Happy murmurs drift from kids, who stay entertained with engaging movies and toys while parents undergo exams and procedures.
Drs. Lauren Evans, Jacob Frank, and Kara Reynolds protect the power of sight at Wolf Eye Center. The trio of talented optometrists—who studied ocular disease during their residencies—cares for eyes with everything from standard eye exams to glaucoma treatments. In addition to caring for adult patients, the team of eye professionals also treats little ones, helping correct lazy eyes and outfitting budding athletes with sports goggles.
While the doctors detect disease and calibrate prescriptions, the center’s knowledgeable staff helps clients peruse a selection of frames from the likes of Gucci, Coach, and Vera Wang. Frames are filled with thin, high-index lenses or Transitions lenses, which shift from clear to tinted when exposed to sun or a pageant queen’s sequined evening gown.
Practicing out of his state-of-the-art Eagle River location, Brett Keeler, DDS uses advanced technology to care for the teeth of children and adults. His expertise spans both general dentistry services and cosmetic treatments such as ClearCorrect invisible braces and chairside teeth whitening that eschews lasers in favor of fast-acting Opalescence gel. To restore cavity-ridden teeth, he offers fillings that, like any werewolf's household, are free of silver, and can custom-mill same-day crowns and veneers, thanks to a cutting-edge Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC).
Doctor of Chiropractic Gerald Lizer prides himself on his "whole person approach" to caring for patients. Because many conditions are interconnected, he and the staff at Eagle River Chiropractic tailor different treatments to each patient. For example, stress may lead to weight loss, which may exasperate back pain—and the practice's professionals can help patients reduce stress in a New Reality program, address weight loss in a fat-burning workshop, and ease aches with chiropractic services.
Dr. F. Todd Wortham—or “Dr. T,” as his patients call him—is so well trained in implantology, he finds installing replacement teeth to be fun. The dentist, who has more than 500 hours of continuing education in advanced dental techniques under his belt, has learned to be one with his work to such a degree that even the challenging procedures have become a joy.
Together with longtime colleague Dr. Rachel M. Deininger, Dr. T takes time to get to know each patient who comes through the door or scratches through the drywall. In addition to installing dental implants, the doctors treat periodontal disease, whiten teeth with custom bleaching trays, and fit patients for dentures.
Outside the cream-colored house, vibrant flowers sit in window boxes and a giant tree shades the front stoop. Though this could easily be the depiction of a quaint suburban home, through the burgundy door is a different kind of family. A team of stylists, aestheticians, makeup artists, and nail technicians call Fringe Hair Design their second home, tending to clients with hair, skin, and nail services. A fleet of in-house laptops and complimentary wireless Internet grants clients the freedom to explore the unchartered corners of Wikipedia as they wait to receive chemical peels or full-head highlights. To complement their beautifying services, Fringe also sells a venerable variety of shoes and purses.:m]]
The staff at Alaska Body Aesthetics strive not only to make clients look better, but also to make them feel better, too. Their menu of noninvasive aesthetic treatments focuses on enhancing mental as well as physical well-being. Nutritional counseling helps clients incorporate healthy habits to change their lifestyles for the better over time. High-tech services offer more immediate results: technicians can refresh aging or damaged skin with Fraxel laser treatments, or remove hair and skin lesions with intense pulsed light system.
The doctor also combats signs of aging with Botox and dermal fillers, and she helps patients enhance their body image with skin-contouring treatments and weight-loss programs. She and her team clear complexions with products such as SkinCeuticals and Obagi Medical.