Dr. Jennifer Spivey
Dr. Spivey has wanted to be a dentist as long as she can remember. She sent herself to school while maintaining a full-time job. During summer breaks she would fly to Kodiak to work the fish weirs and soon developed a love for Kodiak. Jennifer graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE in 1992 with a BS in psychology and in 1996 with a doctorate in dental surgery. Although she enjoys all of her patients, she quickly discovered her talent and passion for working with children. She prefers to take her time explaining each procedure carefully to her patients. Dr. Spivey dislikes patient pain and discomfort and is gifted with small hands and a gentle touch. Kodiak is where she met her husband Berry and together they have two amazing children, Kyle and Liz.
Dr. Ambika Srivastava
If Ambika Srivastava looks familiar, it's likely because her face has made the rounds in state and national news. A photo snapped of her donning full personal protective equipment during the first week of the University of Mississippi Medical Center's operations at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds testing site went viral. The fourth-year dental student's readiness to step up during a global pandemic became well-known.
Dr. Ambika is most passionate about things like access to care and Medicaid. "It's interesting to see what different states are doing and the effect it has on oral and overall health," she said. "For instance, Mississippi only allows (Medicaid coverage of) exams, extractions and X-rays, while Utah allows crowns to be covered." The impact on Dr. Srivastava was so profound she made it a goal to return to Alaska and true to her goal-achieving manner, she made it happen.
Erin Friese is our hygienist! Erin began her dental journey back in 2007 when she graduated from University with a bachelor in Fine Arts. That helped Erin get a job as a Dental Technician, which she worked at for 7 years. In 2016 she graduated as a Dental Hygienist. She finds joy in helping patients improve their oral health and overall health as she teaches kids and adults the benefits of a healthy mouth. On the weekends Erin and her family love to fish and ride bikes. She also enjoys cooking and baking, as well as getting a little crafty with her drawings and painting. Come on in and check out her amazing mural in the front office!
Tabby is one of our wonderful, compassionate Dental Assistants. She has been an asset for Dr. Spivey since 2013, striving for excellence in all that she does. Tabby is fluent in Spanish as well as English. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with patients while building long lasting friendships and creating a family atmosphere within the office. In her free time, she loves camping, 4 wheeling, gardening and just being around family and friends!
KC is our lead Dental Assistant. She has been with Dr. Spivey
since 2008. KC received her certificate for completion with
Coronal Polishing. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with patients and helping them with their dental goals. KC is fluent in Tagalog as well as English. Keeping our office organized and maintaining a clean and inviting space for our wonderful patients is one of her priorities. KC is a kind hearted person who loves working with all ages.
Joyce is our financial coordinator. She moved from the Philippines to Kodiak at the age of 6. Her interest in arithmetic lead to pursuing and obtaining an Associates Degree in Accounting at Kodiak Community College. Joyce spends her free time playing tennis, crocheting and learning her favorite music on the piano. At the office, you'll find her handling accounts and records as well as coordinating office appointments. In addition to all her responsibilities Joyce enjoys helping patients on their journey towards healthy teeth and beautiful smiles.
Ladie Ann Marcelo
Ladie Ann moved to Kodiak when she was six years old from the Philippines. She speaks fluent English, Tagalog, and Ilocano, and is currently learning basic Korean. Ladie Ann loves to draw, sing, and stroll around with friends and family. She is very enthusiastic about learning new things and, above all, to have the opportunity to help and meet different patients.
Kathleen is our newest office assistant. She comes to us after 10 years teaching preschool and raising 4 amazing sons! Kathleen has made Kodiak her home going on 30 years, enjoying hiking and gardening on this beautiful island. Always looking for a new challenge, she has come to Dr. Spivey's office ready to jump in and help out with all your front office needs!
Maria is one of our dental assistants. Originally born in El Salvador she speaks fluent Spanish as well as English. Maria moved to our beautiful Island, graduating from Kodiak High School in 2019. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking and playing soccer. Maria is excited to join Dr. Spivey's team and looks forward to meeting new people and helping our patients to relax and enjoy their stay.