Rob McAlpine, Pediatric Dentist ~ (Dr. Rob)
Native to Alaska Dr. Rob was born and raised in Valdez along the beautiful waters of Prince William Sound. After graduation from Valdez High School he received his Undergraduate from Montana State University where he graduated Suma Cum Laude, with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. He then went on to receive his DMD (dental degree) at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.
Excited to get back to Alaska he accepted a job at Aspen Dental Center, a Community Health Center where he was Dental Director and worked as a general dentist for four years. After organizing a mission trip to Honduras and working with many children there he knew he that he wanted to work exclusively with kids.
Prior to establishing his Pediatric Dentistry Practice, Dr. Rob completed extensive specialized postgraduate education in pediatric dentistry through Lutheran Medical Center. In his final year there he was distinguished by being appointed Chief Resident. He is now a Board Eligible Specialist in pediatric dentistry and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.
When Dr. Rob is not practicing his passion for Pediatric Dentistry, he spends most of his time with his friends, family, and their two miniature schnauzers. He enjoys fishing in the waters of Prince William Sound, traveling to new places, and playing his favorite sport basketball.
About Dr. Samantha Mize (Dr. Sam)
Dr. Sam and her family are excited to join the Kenai Peninsula community. Dr. Sam is a native Texan who grew up in the suburbs of Houston. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas in Tyler, and earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. After graduate school, she completed specialty education in pediatric dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her advanced training in pediatrics included sedation dentistry, management of patients with special healthcare needs, orthodontics, and treatment in the hospital setting.
Dr. Sam is passionate about helping children and serving her community. During college, she helped run a nonprofit mentoring program for at-risk, disadvantaged children and youth. She also served as Community Service Chair for the Texas Association of Women Dentists, and traveled to Guatemala to volunteer her services to treat children in need. She was selected from dental residents across the country to be a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's Resident Committee, where she serves as a representative for residents nationwide and is editor of the Resident's Column in the Pediatric Dentistry Today Magazine. She is involved with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, both as an active member and as Chair of the Resident Committee.
Dr. Sam is devoted to your child's oral health and developing lifelong healthy habits. Your child's health and safety are her first priority, and she promises to provide a calm, compassionate, and FUN dental environment. As a mom herself, she is dedicated to treating every child who walks in the door just like she would treat her own. She and her husband, Josh, look forward to raising their two young children (and two dogs) in the beauty of Alaska. They love the outdoors, and you will routinely find Dr. Sam camping, hiking, fishing, and exploring the countryside with her family.
Shellea Trammell, RDH
Shellea has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2007. She is great with children and works to develop a trusting relationship with them to help decrease fears and anxieties. What Shellea likes most about working with Pediatrics is, "Knowing that you are making a difference in the life and overall health of a child."
Amy Dale, Dental Assistant
Amy was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula. She has been working in the dental field since 2004, working primarily with Pediatrics since 2006. She accompanies Dr. McAlpine at the hospital when treating children under general anesthesia. She cares for her patients and loves teaching them and their parents about proper dental care.
Becca Atkins, Jr. Dental Assistant
Becca is our Jr. Dental Assistant and the daughter of Robert and Kathy McAlpine. Becca enjoys helping the staff and being an integral part of our team.
Crystal Hodo RDA
Crystal is an expanded function Registered Dental Assistant. She enjoys spending time with each child, learning about what activities they are involved in and what they love about school. She has an associate degree in early childhood development. What she enjoys most about working with kids is, "Providing quality care in a fun environment" She has worked in the dental field since 1996 and also accompanies Dr. McAlpine at the hospital when treating children under general anesthesia.