Kenai Dental Clinic welcomes Doc Halliday

Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2007


  Glenn Lockwood, D.D.S. welcomes Jim Halliday, D.D.S. to the Kenai Dental Clinic.

Glenn Lockwood, D.D.S. welcomes Jim Halliday, D.D.S. to the Kenai Dental Clinic.

Among the legends of the Old West the names of Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and the gun fight at the OK Coral have become etched in American folk lore. Therefore, when a new Doc Halliday arrives in Kenai one naturally inquires about the parallels.

The infamous gunslinger was known to be a dentist, and James Halliday is an accomplished oral surgeon with years of military experience, “Doc Holliday wasn’t known to be a painless dentist however, and all of us here at the Kenai Dental Clinic truly are,” said Glenn Lockwood D.D.S., P.C. founder of the Kenai Dental Clinic. Dr. Lockwood actually developed a painless injection technique during his military service. Tombstone Territories Doc Holliday was known to have helped Marshall Earp keep the peace, and Kenai Dental Clinic’s Doc Halliday was deployed by the U.S. Army as part of the peace keeping force in Bosnia. Other than the nickname, there the parallels seem to end, “My dad gave me that nickname when I was about 3 or 4 years old at a time when I was a studious little kid,” Dr. Jim Halliday told the Dispatch.

Halliday says it wasn’t the nickname that got him interested in dentistry, “Actually I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was a kid, then in high school I was interested in forestry, but living in western Oregon there wasn’t any work in that field, so I joined the Army when I was 18 and got my head together, became studious again and pursued a career in dentistry.” For nearly seven years Dr. Halliday worked in public health in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, and as a reserve U.S. Army officer has been mobilized four separate times to various global locations, “On a humanitarian mission in Suriname in South America for about three weeks we were in the bush and all we did was pull teeth 12 hours a day. It’s nice now to work with four walls, a wood floor and electric lights,” said Halliday, who is looking forward to making Kenai his home along with his wife and children.

Dr. Lockwood is happy to welcome Dr. Jim Halliday to the staff at the Kenai Dental Clinic, “We perform all facets of dentistry here except Orthodontics (braces). We are proficient in oral surgery, having both performed numerous oral surgery cases in the military. I received my General Practice Residency after dental school and was on the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Service of the Nuernberg US Army Hospital for three years. Both doctor Halliday and myself perform Endodontics (root canals) and Periodontics (gum disease control and surgery). We also provide Dentures and/or Partial Dentures as well as all facets of crown and bridge and cosmetic dentistry. We also provide patients with tooth colored fillings as opposed to silver mercury fillings. Both of us as well as our hygienist Brad Aho are proficient in a painless injection technique I developed while in the military,” said Lockwood.

Other staff members at the Kenai Dental Clinic include Gina Yannikos and Cindy Haines, receptionists, and dental assistants Lisa Perzechino and Rene Martin. As a service to the community at large Kenai Dental Clinic also provides services for Denali Kid Care and Medicaid patients. The Kenai Dental Clinic is located behind the Seaman Building in Kenai on Marine Avenue. For an appointment call 283-4875.

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