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.
Lasercare Tattoo Removal's certified laser specialists erase tattoos from the inside out using Quanta lasers that break down ink without damaging the skin. Once ink particles have been broken down into smaller fragments, the body gradually eliminates them through natural processes and relentless teasing. Zimmer Cryo cooling technology keeps skin comfortable throughout treatments.
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.