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Our Team

In 2002 Just Kids opened with Dr. Roalofs and a staff of four. Over the years the staff slowly expanded to 16 individuals sharing Dr. Roalofs' mission of providing comprehensive dental care in a fun and caring manner. Dr. Ostby joined the crew in 2013 and became the new owner January 2016 and plans to continue Dr. Roalofs' legacy.

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Dr. Heidi Ostby

Heidi was born in Arlington Heights, Illinois and was raised in Kildeer, a small northwest suburb amongst the vast suburbia of Chicago. She was a three sport athlete at Stevenson High School, and then decided to focus on volleyball in order to pursue a collegiate career. Heidi received a full ride scholarship for volleyball to East Carolina University, which is in Greenville, NC- home of the Pirates! While obtaining her degree in Biology and graduating Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian of the Biology department, she also was the captain of the volleyball team and set four school records. In her final season as a senior, Heidi was named East Carolina University Female athlete of the Year, Conference USA Woman of the Year, and was a First Team Academic All-American.

After undergrad, Heidi attended dental school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City where she met her husband Jesse, who is now a general dentist here in Anchorage. During dental school, Heidi decided to specialize in pediatrics and was accepted into the Lutheran Medical Pediatric Dental Residency Program at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She and Jesse are outdoor enthusiasts and wanted an adventure, so immediately following their wedding and graduation they did the big drive along the Alcan Highway and moved to Alaska. It was supposed to be a two-year adventure while completing the pediatric residency program, but Heidi and Jesse fell in love with Alaska and the community and they decided to stay. They couldn't imagine giving up all the backcountry skiing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fat tire biking, and camping that Alaska has to offer!

After completing her two year pediatric dental residency at ANMC and becoming Board Certified , Heidi joined the family at Just Kids in 2013 and she found her second home! Heidi is excited about carrying on the traditions Christine has started, and looks forward to nurturing and growing the Just Kids family for years to come. She is an active member of the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership and Alaska Dental Action Coalition, is on the Medicaid dental advisory committee, and is a board member for Anchorage Project Access.

Fun Facts About Heidi:
- One of her college records includes most pull-ups.
- She has four crazy but cute kids named Samantha, Griffin, Davis and Liv!

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Dr. Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer was born in Liverpool, Australia and lived in Ulladulla until she moved to eastern Kentucky at the age of nine. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Warren Wilson College (WWC) near Asheville, North Carolina. In college she was on both the soccer and swim teams. She spent her summers leading horse-packing trips for kids with an outdoor adventure program.

Jennifer came back to Kentucky and received her dental degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. She participated in numerous community service events from rural Appalachia to Red Bank, Belize. During these experiences Jennifer realized the most rewarding part of dentistry for her was working and teaching kids about their oral health. After graduation in 2010, Jennifer worked in public health dentistry for the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska. Jennifer then worked intermittently at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) and private practice in Anchorage, Alaska while her husband finished oral and maxillofacial surgery residency in Detroit, Michigan.

In 2017 Jennifer started her pediatric dental residency at ANMC with one son, Taj and will finish with a son and daughter, Opal. When Jennifer is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, riding horses and taking advantage of Alaska’s outdoor playground.

One interesting fact about Jennifer is that she has visited the highest dental clinic in the world in Namche Bazaar, Nepal standing at 11,286 feet.

Dr. Laura Cantrell

Dr. Laura Cantrell

Laura was born and raised in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She stayed active growing up playing volleyball and basketball. Her athletic drive won her multiple all-conference awards in both volleyball and basketball during her high school years. After high school, she received a full-athletic scholarship to play volleyball at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was awarded Co-Captain and Captain her junior and senior years, respectively. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Minors in both Mathematics and Biology, she was accepted into The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

Her interest in pediatric dentistry stemmed from the guidance and mentorship provided by her own pediatric dentist at a young age. She completed her training in pediatric dentistry at the Alaska Native Medical Center through NYU Langone Hospitals Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry. She strives to serve the pediatric population so that she may make a positive difference in the lives of the kids she treats.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors with her husband and their pups, Gnarley and Scout!

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What Mom & Dad Have to Say

5 star review
Both of my kids have been going here for years. Very kid friendly and great service. Friendly staff and very fun and knowledgeable Dentist. I would highly recommend.

5 star review
Very kid friendly and great service

5 star review
They are great with the kids. They enjoy going there. The people there are nice, easy to talk to. They explain everything in detail. I would recommend them. Every child should comfortable and relaxed, not have anxiety.

5 star review
Little man feels welcome here. The staff are great with kids.

5 star review
Thank you to you and your staff! You guys are absolutely amazing I wouldn't take Lexi anywhere else! Xoxo

5 star review
I can’t say enough about how amazing this office is. My children get nothing but the best from Dr. Ostby and her team. This is by far the best pediatric dental office in Anchorage. After a very traumatic dental experience with another office Dr. Ostby has turned a very afraid little girl into a more relaxed little girl at the dental office and I can’t thank her enough for that.

5 star review
Dr. Otsby is Amazing. Very happy to have my children go here. The front staff are always friendly. We never have a long wait to be seen. My daughter was terrified of going and Dr. Otsby made my daughter very comfortable to get all her work done easily.

5 star review
My children had never been to the dentist. Just Kids walked us through every step. Friendly service and fun environment to the kids!!

5 star review
Dr. Otsby was great! Our kids love her and her team! They are sooo kind with littles and everyone else! We are super satisfied and we will be forever customers.