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Doctors and Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly dentists and staff who make Mark R Laurin Dental & Associates the leading provider of oral hygiene and personalized dental services in Anchorage.


Meet our Associate Dentist, Dr. James Hyer, DMD

Dr. James Hyer DMD has considered himself an Alaskan since 1989, upon his first arrival here while serving in the army as a dentist. He was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and went to undergraduate at the University of Oregon. Dr. Hyer graduated dental school at Oregon Health Sciences in Portland, Oregon in 1985. He spent many years mentoring athletes while coaching high school football in Anchorage, and is the proud father of his daughter, Piper, who is currently attending engineering school at California Polytechnic State University.

Throughout his 30+ years as a practicing dentist, Dr. Hyer enjoys the many outdoor activities this wonderful state has to offer and has actually learned to fish! He is enthusiastic about ALL things dental, loves to be amongst people, is a kindhearted, caring man who considers himself fortunate to be working with a cast (staff) of all-stars! Dr. Hyer’s main focus is to provide comprehensive and comfortable dentistry for each and every patient that he is privileged to encounter. In spite of his accomplishments, he has remained humble and compassionate.


Jahzeel Sleight, Dental Hygienist

Jazz practiced as a Medical Doctor in the Philippines and chose to specialize in plastic and reconstructive surgery. In 1983, Jahzeel migrated to the United States of America and became a Dental Hygienist. For 40 years she has provided healthcare to patients who respect her talent and compassion.


Candace Fleming,  Practice Manager



Feiry DeLeon, Certified Dental Assistant


Gabrienne Cilot, Certified Dental Assistant

Gabrienne was born and raised in Alaska and graduated from AJ Dimond highschool. When Gabrienne was young she always knew she wanted to work in the dental field. Gabrienne attended the same Dental Assisting class as Destiny and later became a certified Dental Assistant. Since graduating from UAA, Gabrienne has become apart of our family and has been a dedicated and loyal team member. Gabrienne’s goal is to show kindness and compassion while providing top notch care for all patients. In her free time, Gabrienne loves to play video games and dabbles with photography.



Emma White, Certified Dental Assistant

Emma was a born and raised Newfoundlander and became and Alaskan transplant in 2007. Upon graduating from South High School, Emma enlisted in the USAF and became a certified Dental Assistant. Since becoming a Dental Assistant, Emma has participated in many humanitarian missions around the world with the Alaska Air National Guard. Both Destiny and Emma worked for the same Pediatric clinic and learned how to move quickly while still providing quality care. In her free time, Emma likes to play sports and spend time with her family.



Destiny Berndt, Certified Dental Assistant

Destiny is Alaskan grown and graduated from Eagle River High School. Destiny became a certified DA through the UAA Dental Assisting program. Both Destiny and Gabrienne graduated in the same class. Since becoming a Dental Assistant, Destiny worked in a Pediatric with Emma office and gained experience working in a fast paced environment. In her free time, Destiny is a professional dance instructor and hip-hop dancer for Drift Gallery Studio.