George Jedlicka, DMD, with dental hygienist Sheri Koziczkowski and assistant Dawn Reynolds demonstrate on the big mouth model at the new Legends Dental clinic in Soldotna.
Alaska has been proclaimed in song as the “Land Where Legends are born.” The song written by Alaska’s official balladeer, Hobo Jim, speaks to the spirit of the Greatland and its people. George Jedlicka, DMD was born and grew up in bush Alaska and symbolically has named his new clinic in Soldotna, Legends Dental. “Dental care was limited where I grew up and we would have to fly to Anchorage at times to get care so I decided from that experience that I wanted to be a dentist some day. I left King Salmon and went to Oregon for college then back to work in Kodiak for a winter before going to dental school in Florida. I use to come to Soldotna when I was a kid with my dad and we would halibut and king salmon fish here and I knew that someday this was where I wanted to come to practice and raise a family,” Dr. Jedlicka told the Dispatch.
Dr. George Jedlicka, DMD and his team at the new Legends Dental Clinic on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna.
Legends Dental is located in the new office building across from Sourdough Sal’s on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna and is truly a state of the art clinic designed by local architects and contractors, “It’s always been a dream and goal of mine to have a facility that would be truly comfortable and practical for the patient. It all came together with the combined efforts of Bill Kluge’s office and Dan Green’s contractors, for a whole winter we met on our lunch hours to put this all together and it’s even nicer than I ever imagined it would be,” said Jedlicka.
The new dental clinic features a warm welcoming atmosphere with cozy leather furnishings and a large flat screen HDTV accented by works of local artists, “We change out the art work monthly which provides many different and interesting pieces for people to look at when they come in. Our first month featured Kasilof artist Pat Lytle who is an incredible artist and has her own studio called Off The Canvas in Kasilof,” added Jedlicka. There are also TV screens at the foot of each examining chair in the clinic, “You can watch a movie if you like during a procedure or at times we can put up an x-ray for you to view or you can even get a massage in the chair while you’re waiting. We have made an all out effort to make your dental experience a pleasant one. The thing I like best about dentistry is helping people in pain or in need, we provide services that can change people’s lives and improve their quality of life that’s our primary goal and that’s why I love dentistry,” said George.
Dr. Jedlicka has been practicing in the local area since 2003 when he first came to work with Dr. Pitts and Martinelli, he then primarily provided services at the Aspen Children’s Dental Clinic in Kenai to children who had been lacking dental services, “There were a lot of kids back then who hadn’t had dental care and I was happy to make a difference for those children,” he said. Dr. Jedlicka is so happy with the new facility he invites anyone interested in taking a tour to stop in whether they have an appointment or not, “I encourage everyone to stop by and view the facility and see the local artist of the month and then if they like make an appointment but anyone is welcome to come by and visit anytime and check out our facility,” offered Jedlicka. You can also look up Legends Dental on line by going to www.legendsdentalak.com or call for an appointment at 260-4700.
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