Doctors and Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly dentists and staff who make Mark R. Laurin, DDS Inc. the leading provider of oral hygiene and personalized dental services in Anchorage.
Dr. Mark R Laurin, DDS
Dear Patients and friends,
We are incredibly saddened to share the news of Dr. Laurin’s passing with you. We understand how shocking this is to you; as it was to us. His passing was so unexpected and we are grateful for the support and questions. We have learned Dr Laurin passed away while sleeping due to a lung condition on March 25th, 2017. Since Dr. Laurin was not one to worry and make a fuss over his personal health, none were aware of this condition.
It is our desire to carry on Mark’s passion for outstanding patient care. Our team is staying together and arrangements have been made for several of Mark’s colleagues and friends to continue working in the practice; taking care of you just as he would have.
Mark always operated his practice with open communication and we will do the same. As more permanent solutions come to fruition, we will readily share that information with you.
Our practice is open Monday through Thursday and we will remain consistent in providing you with the quality care Mark would have. We are ever so grateful you are remaining with us. It’s our desire to continue honoring Mark throughout the transition of care and ownership and are honored to have you alongside us.
Our goal is to carry on Mark’s legacy and to work together to provide you with continuity of care. Mark has built close relationships with many of you throughout the years and we hope you share in our desire for you to remain under our care.
With sadness & appreciation,
Sara Carter, Operations Manager
Sara, our operations manager, joined forces with Dr. Laurin to help build the awesome team we are today. Sara is passionate and competent when it comes to dental care; she was recognized as VIP Woman of the Year in 2016 by the National Association of Professional Women, as well as the recipient of Pinnacle Professional of the Year by Continental Who’s Who. She was recognized as 2017 Crown Council’s Team Member of The Year for her efforts in creating a culture of success and outstanding leadership of her team. Utilizing her dozen years of dental experience she’s created her own Innovative Coaching and Consulting business to help other offices reach our standard of care. Outside of dental care she enjoys horseback riding, coaching cheer, and spending time with her daughter and family at the cabin. Her passion is taking care of patients and her team and she will always go the extra mile to answer any questions you have from insurance to dental treatment.
Brook Zaporzan, Hygienist
Brook completed her Dental Assisting degree from UAA and started her dental career as a Certified Dental Assistant in 2003, she then saw a future in Dental Hygiene. In 2009 she completed her Hygiene Degree from UAA while in her 9th month of pregnancy! In 2013 Brook received a national award from the Crown Council for Dental Hygienist of the year. Her spirit and effect on her patients and team members is best described by an out of the office activity, she is an avid hockey fan and player. Brook enjoys playing women’s hockey and occasionally has to spend time in the penalty box for playing rough when it’s not allowed! She brings that same enthusiasm to the office every day. Brook is married to her husband Gregg and they have two children Camden and Jordyn. She is very passionate about Dentistry and her patients feel like they are part of her family, so much that she gives out hugs regularly.
Michan Ford, Dental Assistant
Michan is a national board certified dental assistant, graduating UAA in 2005. Very knowledgeable in all things dental, she continued with the university as a coach for new dental students and is proficient in insurance and office management as well. Patient comfort is her top priority and she does her best to make patients feel relaxed during their dental visits. Michan and her family are highly active; camping, fishing, playing softball, 4 wheeling, anything to get dirty! Michan loves meeting new patients in particular and it’s her personal goal to make sure every patient has a positive experience and leaves the office with a smile.
Laura Gabriel, Dental Assistant
Laura has brightened our office with her smile and friendly personality for over a year. Laura has a dental assistant for over 20 years and will be ready to answer any questions you have about your dental treatment. Growing up in big family on the Kenai Peninsula Laura loves the outdoors and all things Alaska including fishing, camping, and hiking. Laura enjoys educating patients about their dental health and will make sure each patient understands the “why” behind every diagnosis.
Kara Brown, Dental Assistant
Kara completed UAA Dental Assisting Program and joined our team in November 2015. Kara has been a quick study in all things dental and has the natural ability to put patients at ease with her sweet “southern accent” and friendly smile. Originally from Florida, Kara and her husband, who serves in the Air Force, relocated here with their small children in 2012. Kara will go the extra mile to make your visit as comfortable as possible.