Anchorage, AK Dentist
Amanda Hawkinson, DMD, Owner/Family Dentist
Anchorage dentist, Dr. Hawkinson began her career in oral health as a Registered Dental Hygienist almost a decade ago. “I’ve wanted to be a dentist ever since I had braces at the age of 10,” she says. “ I can remember the feeling I experienced having beautiful teeth and I wanted to bring that same experience to as many people as possible.” After graduating from dental hygiene school at the University of Alaska Anchorage, she practiced a few years and then returned to dental school at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine.
When it comes to patient care, Dr. Hawkinson believes that patients deserve to be an integral part of the dental team. “I think it’s important to give people options,” she says, “and to let them be a part of the decision-making process regarding their dental treatment.”
Dr. Hawkinson believes that one of the most rewarding things about being a family dentist is caring for people of all ages and giving them the confidence to smile. Serving families is her passion, and she describes her favorite days in the office as the ones where she gets to see all of the members of an entire household on the same day!
As a born and raised Alaskan, Dr. Hawkinson was happy to return to the state after attending dental school in Arizona. She and her husband Sean have two elementary-aged children and spend as much time as possible on their dirt bikes or at their weekend cabin on the Kenai (Sean is an avid fisherman!). Growing up, Dr. Hawkinson spent quality time with her brother and father riding dirt bikes, so she’s thrilled to share that same love with a family of her own.
Jackie, Practice Manager
Jackie has over a decade of dental experience and is an active member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM). “I love making a positive difference in people’s smiles,” she says, “treating patients with respect, and respecting the patients that we treat.”
In her free time, Jackie enjoys traveling with her family, spoiling her cats, and a good cup of coffee.
Shyanne, Financial/Schedule Coordinator
Shyanne is a trained dental assistant and graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks with over five years of experience in the dental industry. The thing that she loves the most about working in our dental office is seeing just how much of an impact that an improved smile can have on someone. She says what most people don’t realize is that their mouth is the gateway to the rest of their body, impacting their overall health as well.
Shyanne and her husband moved to Anchorage in 2013 and their family time is a top priority. When she isn’t busy at work, they enjoy taking every possible opportunity to travel with family and friends, creating irreplaceable memories.
Chiemi is a 2017 graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage and holds a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. She also holds certifications in:
– Local anesthetic delivery
– Nitrous oxide sedation
“I get to see my patients improve their health and have happy smiles as a result of improved oral health,” Chiemi says. “I try to provide them with a comfortable and pleasant dental hygiene appointment, minimizing their stress as much as possible.”
Outside of the dental office, Chiemi likes bike riding, hiking, canoeing, skiing, swimming, gardening, Zumba class, and spending time with her son.
Mary graduated from the University of Alaska in 1989 and is licensed to practice in both Alaska and Washington State. Some of her certifications and memberships include:
– Licensed in local anesthesia delivery
– Dental laser certification
– Member, American Dental Hygienist Association
– Member, Alaska Dental Hygienist Association
Her favorite part of working in dentistry is the time that she gets to spend with her patients. She says that she’s met many wonderful people in her 30+ year career and that many of those long-lasting relationships are from as many as four generations of the same families! Mary says that her top priorities are to provide quality care with honesty, integrity, and trust.
When she’s not busy seeing patients, she and her husband Chris enjoy traveling, visiting their two grown sons, DIY projects, gardening, and a good book.
Abby, Certified Dental Assistant
As the practice’s lead assistant, Abby assists Dr. Hawkinson when it comes to conducting most restorative and cosmetic procedures. She’s always happy to answer any questions that our patients have and assuring that they’re comfortable throughout their visit. “Dentistry can often cause anxiety for some people”, she says, “and one of the many things I enjoy is easing those anxieties to make people feel more relaxed.”
Abby has several hobbies, including drawing, playing the cello, and video/board games. She’s also a proud cat mom!
Dien, Scheduling Coordinator
Dien moved to Alaska from Tacoma, Washington in 1996 and graduated from Alaska Career College as a Certified Medical Assistant in 2011. She truly enjoyed working in the medical field, and was also able to cross-train as a receptionist. “I had so much fun greeting patients,” she said, “that I decided to move on and work in the dental field as a receptionist.”
Dien enjoys learning new skills, traveling, trying new foods, attending sporting events for her children, and when it’s football season – catching a Vikings game.