- Our Team
- 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 three crazy but cute kids named Samantha, Griffin and Davis!
Dr. Christine Roalofs (Retired)
- Dr. Roalofs graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1994. After doing general dentistry for a few years she decided her heart was in pediatrics and returned to school for 2 years, earning her certificate in pediatric dentistry from the Buffalo Women and Children's Hospital in 1999. She wasn't quite ready to settle down back in Louisville where her family lived so she thought she would work in Alaska for a "few years". The few years has turned into many and Christine feels at home surrounded by mountains and sled dogs. She got the mushing bug her first winter up here and through the years built a kennel and learned outdoor winter camping skills, but still can't build a fire. She has participated in both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod along with many other 200 and 300 mile qualifying races.
Dr. Roalofs started contracting with various Native Health Corporations in 2001 and has worked in many villages along the West coast of Alaska and in Southeast Alaska. Between mushing and remote village dentistry she's managed to see many different parts of Alaska. Currently she dedicates nine weeks a year providing treatment to children in Nome and surrounding villages. Christine is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She currently serves as the President of the Alaska Pediatric Dental Society and is the Alaska representative to the Board of Directors for the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry, where she is a past president and has been the secretary for several years.
Christine has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education courses in Orthodontics, particularly relating to growth and development. She has also studied applications of Invisalign and Ortho-Tain for children. While she is not an orthodontic specialist, she devotes part of her practice to guiding the erupting teeth into alignment and providing beautiful smiles for children.
Christine has a passion for whole body health and the connection between oral health and the health of the rest of the body. She completed her Primal Blueprint Expert Certification in ancestral health in 2014. She is currently enrolled in a multi-year course in clinical nutrition and when finished will apply for Diplomate status with the American Board of Clinical Nutrition. Christine rides human powered bikes in the summer and has completed many charity rides and the Fireweed 100. She rides mountain bikes with the Dirt Divas and recently discovered Fat Tire biking for even more winter outdoor fun.
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.
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.
Dr. Heidi Ostby
What Mom & Dad Have to Say
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.
Very kid friendly and great service
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.
Little man feels welcome here. The staff are great with kids.
Thank you to you and your staff! You guys are absolutely amazing I wouldn't take Lexi anywhere else! Xoxo
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.
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.
My children had never been to the dentist. Just Kids walked us through every step. Friendly service and fun environment to the kids!!
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.