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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 a daughter currently attending college out of state.

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.


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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.


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.


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