Meet Our Team
Michael Stoltz, D.M.D.
Dr. Stoltz graduated with a biology degree from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1987. He earned his DMD degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1991. In 1992, Dr. Stoltz began practicing in Fairbanks. Dr. Stoltz has also served in the communities of Anderson and Clear as an interim dentist. His areas of specialties include oral implantology and CAD-CAM dentistry.
Dr. Stoltz has his fellowship status with the International Congress of Oral Implantology, is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Alaska Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.
Outside interests include spending time with his family, boating in Alaska, fishing, hunting, skiing, biking, hiking, traveling and cooking.
Kelly Bast, DDS
Dr. Bast was raised in Fairbanks. She is a Biology Major and graduated from Ohio State Dental School in 2005.
Dr. Bast has been practicing in our community for the last 15 years and joined our office in 2018. Dr. Bast is married and has 3 children.
Adam Weis, D.D.S.
Dr. Weis was born and raised here in Fairbanks and graduated from Monroe Highschool. Following that he attended college locally at UAF and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 2016. Dr. Weis went on to earn his DDS degree from the University of Washington in 2020. Outside of dentistry Dr. Weis likes to ski, play guitar, and spend time with his family and friends.
Kristin Whetsell, D.D.S.
Dr. Whetsell grew up in Southern California and went to college at University of California, San Diego with a degree in human biology. She graduated from University of Maryland Dental School in 2012, completed a General Practice Residency at the Veterans Hospital of San Diego and practiced in Southern California after that. She and her husband Ian and their black labrador retriever Zulu love exploring Alaska and getting outside anytime they can.
Melinda Herron, Dental Hygienist
Melinda earned her degree in Dental Hygiene from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC. She has worked at Fairbanks Dental Center since 1999.
Outside of work, Melinda enjoys spending time with her husband, Roger, and their two children, Zachary and Emily. Some of her hobbies include gardening, fishing, cooking, hiking and watching hockey.
Lacey Ward, Dental Hygienist
Lacey was born and raised in Fairbanks. In 2015, she received her Dental Hygiene degree from University of Fairbanks. She joined our practice in November 2016 and has made such an impact on our patients.
Outside of work, Lacey enjoys spending time with her son, Casey, family and friends. They love camping, biking, skiing and spending their free time outside.
Jennifer Martin, Office Manager
Jennifer has lived in Alaska most of her life. She has over 25 years of experience in the dental field and has been with Fairbanks Dental Center since 2009. For the past 15 years, Jennifer has taught an Administrative Dental Assisting class at the University of Alaska/CTC campus during the Fall semester. Her years of experience in the dental field is invaluable to our practice. She goes above and beyond for our patients, and helps manage all insurance and billing inquiries.
She has two grown boys, and in her free time enjoys fishing, camping and traveling with her husband Steve.
Shawna Flora, Clinical Manager
Shawna earned her Associates Degree in Dental Assisting from American Institute of Health Technology in Boise, Idaho in 2003. She moved to Fairbanks in 2009 and has been with Fairbanks Dental Center ever since. She has her DANB Certification, is a Certified Implant Auxillary, and has Sirona 3-D Advanced Training.
Shawna enjoys spending her free time with friends and outside, camping, and four wheeling with her husband Marty and daughter Aria.
Leah Fillingim, Dental Assistant
Leah graduated from the CTC Dental Assisting program in 2014. She worked at Tanana Chiefs Conference for two years, where she specialized in orthodontics. In 2016, she moved to Anchorage and worked at a pediatric oral surgeon's practice. Leah relocated back to her home town of Fairbanks and joined our practice in May 2017.
In her free time, Leah enjoys the outdoors including kayaking and hiking. She also loves spending time with her family and friends.
Taylon Nelson, Dental Assistant
Taylon graduated from UAF with a dental assisting degree in 2014. She spent 4 years working in public health specializing in oral surgery and traveling to villages for dental trips. She took a year off to spend time at home with her son and joined us in May 2018.
Taylon grew up in Kotzebue, AK and enjoys hunting, fishing, and exploring the outdoors with her 3 year old son, Carver.
Katrina Sipes, Dental Assistant
Katrina is the newest addition to our team, graduating from the CTC Dental Assisting Program in the Spring of 2019 and starting with us immediately after.
Katrina was born and raised in Fairbanks and spent a couple years in California before settling down to raise her family here. In her free time Katrina enjoys spending time camping, boating, and four wheeling with her family.
Kennedy Guerra, Dental Assistant
Kennedy joined our office in March of 2021. She attended an online Dental Assisting Course with the University of Utah through the Career Step Scholarship. During her free time she loves to travel with her husband.
Kennedy also enjoys gardening, fishing and doing other seasonal activites including skating, skiing, soccer and hiking.