Carla is a true Northerner. She grew up in Michigan, has lived in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and arrived in Alaska in 2015. She enjoys a leisurely variety of outdoor activities like camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, biking, snowboarding, and just being with the trees. She enjoys cooking, berry picking, and gardening, and she is a faithful Earth lover! Fresh snow in the trees, black tea, cat videos, yoga, and tolerant house plants are some of her favorite things. She is mom to two beautiful kitties, Sunny and Otis.
Carla has been in the dental field since 2005; she earned her Associate of Applied Science in dental hygiene in 2009 and her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene in 2011 from Ferris State University. In the first part of 2020, Carla earned her Masters of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University. Carla is passionate about preventive and whole-body health and loves spreading awareness of oral health’s link to overall health. She’s a career-long member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, has served as Alaska’s Delegate to the national Association, and is the 2019-2021 President of the Cook Inlet Dental Hygienists’ Association. Her resume also includes being an educator in dental assisting and dental hygiene college and university programs, providing dental care for elderly and institutionalized populations, and volunteerism.