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Story last updated at 11:55 AM on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Homer Dental Clinic adds second dentist

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff writer


Photographer: McKibben Jackinsky, Homer NewsPhoto provided

Dr. John Anderson has joined the staff of Homer Dental Clinic.

Homer Dental Clinic has recently added Dr. John Anderson to the staff to help meet Homer's dental needs.

"We're looking at the possibility of extending hours on different days," said Dr. W. Jay Marley, whose father, Dr. William Marley, opened the clinic, located at 4252 Hohe Street, in 1967.

Anderson is certified in Invisalign, a way of doing minor orthodontic correction with transparent or hard-to-see retainers, "something a lot of our patients have been interested in," said Marley. "And he does great with oral surgery and dental cosmetics."

Anderson was born and raised in Anchorage. Growing up, he spent summer months with his family in Hope. After completing his undergraduate studies in Oklahoma, he attended dental school at the University of Washington, graduating in 1988. Anderson then relocated to southern California, where he raised his three children.

In addition to having a part-time practice, Anderson also was the dental director at Inland Behavioral Health Services in San Bernardino, Calif.

"I always wanted to come back to Alaska," Anderson said. "It was always in the back of my mind that someday..."

He and his children made frequent visits to Alaska to visit his mother, Barbara, and sister, Rhonda, who, with her husband Peter Roedl, live in Homer.

During those visits, Anderson met his sister's friend, Ann Restad, who became his motivation for finally returning to Alaska. Restad is a physician assistant at Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic. The couple married in Homer Oct. 15, and honeymooned in Seldovia.

Marley and Anderson met through Anderson's niece, Elizabeth, who works as an assistant at the Homer Dental Clinic.

"I got to know that he was going to be moving up here and wanted to practice dentistry," said Marley. "I visited with him and it sounded like it might work out for both of us."

Anderson describes his and Marley's paths crossing as a serendipitous coincidence.

"He has a wonderful practice," said Anderson of Marley, a third-generation dentist, and Homer Dental Clinic.

The clinic offers implant, cosmetic and general dentistry, as well as IV sedation and bone grafting.

Anderson, whose patients include children as young as 1 year old, said he "likes to see patients and treat them in a way that makes them comfortable. It's really in my heart not just to do great dentistry, but to work with people to be less fearful. If I have a specialty, that's it."

The Homer Dental Clinic is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with Anderson available to see patients on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. His schedule sometimes changes in case Marley is traveling and out of town, something he can do now that Anderson has joined the clinic.

"When he's not there, I keep the office open," said Anderson.

When Anderson's not in the office, he can be found this winter practicing up on his former Alaska skills. For starters, he's "relearning to ski," he said. He also enjoys biking, "so you'll see me on the road or mountain biking."

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.