Contributed by DG.
Today I had the pleasure of meeting Big Lake’s New Dentist, Dr. Olson. But first, here is a letter from Dr. Tommy Knox:
“To My Dear Patients:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your trust and confidence in letting me take care of your dental needs. I have sincerely enjoyed having you in the practice and becoming acquainted with you both personally and professionally. It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my retirement from dentistry. This decision was a difficult one for me because I truly love being a dentist. Because I want to be certain that my patients continue to receive the best possible care, I have selected Dr. Susan Olson, whom I believe possesses a genuine concern for her patients which combined with her clinical skills and experience made her an easy choice. She will be taking over my practice and assuming responsibility for your future dental care.
Dr. Olson graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. It was there that she met her husband, Joseph, who is also a dentist. They, along with their two young boys, are happy to be here in Alaska and enjoy the many outdoor activities and lifestyle that Alaska has to offer.
Dr. Olson is excited to begin offering quality care, in a gentle and caring manner, from her own office here in Big Lake. You can still count on being greeted by the familiar face of my assistant, Shannon, who will happily remain with the office. She will be contacting you for your next regularly scheduled visit. In that regard, unless I hear otherwise from you, all of your dental records are being transferred to Dr. Olson. Although I will miss all of you very much, I am happy to be leaving you in her capable hands.
Thank you again for your loyalty and confidence.
Thomas H. Knox, DMD”
Here’s a Letter of Introduction from Dr. Olson:
I grew up in Southern California with three older sisters and wonderful parents. At an early age, I knew I wanted to be in the healthcare industry. It wasn’t until college that I knew I wanted to become a dentist. To be honest, I grew up HATING the dentist lol. I was deathly afraid, not of the shots but just the general idea of having anything done to my mouth. When I was 14, I had my wisdom teeth removed. The noise and the pressure made me cry and scream, which was expected because I witnessed my sister go through the same thing a few years prior to me having it done. For most of my teenage years, I refused to go see a dentist because of the fear that remained from that experience! When I was in college and got a part time job at a dental office, my initial thought was ” this is crazy!” But I thought it was a good opportunity to work for someone I knew well ( the dentist I worked for was the uncle of the kids I used to tutor). After about a few months working there, I was amazed at how patients walked in happy and left even happier. It was an astonishment to me and it was that day I realized I wanted to be LOVED in a HATED profession. Since that day, it has always been a goal of mine to ensure people get the best care with the best experience possible, because I know from personal experience what an impact that has on our oral health.
I met my amazing husband Joey, who is also a dentist, while I was in dental school in Las Vegas, NV. Together, we have two wonderful boys. We lived in Las Vegas for a while before we decided to pack our bags and move to the Mat Su Valley. Joey grew up in a rural town in Northeastern Montana and had the dreams of experiencing the Last Frontier. It wasn’t only for the majestic beauty of this place, but also the desire to help people who might be underserved.
As a Alaska Dental Society member, we receive monthly newsletters regarding things that are occurring in our state. It is here I saw that Dr. Tommy Knox was retiring. I contacted him and after discussing the opportunity, I knew it was something that I wanted to do . I’m beyond excited to continue the office and help the community of Big Lake and the surrounding areas.
I plan on treating children, the elderly, and everything in between. We will accept all insurance types as well as medicaid. In the future, not only do I want to remodel and expand the space, I would like to have a hygienist and my husband join so that we can provide additional care to our patients. Due to a contract obligation, Joey will not be able to join until next year.
When I’m not busy at the office, I spend most of my time with my family. It’s amazing how quickly the years pass and I just want to make sure that I soak up all the time I have available to be with my kids. As every parent understands, the love for them is truly unconditional!
So excited to be a part of the Big Lake community!”
Dr. Olson plans to begin seeing patients in March, so give Shannon a call today at (892-5669) to schedule an appointment. Located in the Eastlake Mall in Big Lake next to 3 Bears.
[Edited 15 April 2019-ED]
Big Lake Family Dentistry
In the Eastlake Mall next to 3 Bears. Call Shannon today for an appointment.
3261 S Big Lake Road, Big Lake, AK 99652, US