At the core of Bast Dental Clinic is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs.

As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.

Our Hygienists

HygienistDonna Lanni – received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Dental Hygiene in May of 1981. She came to Alaska searching for adventure in February 1983 and was immediately hooked on the land and its people. She is CPR certified and is licensed to administer both local anesthetics and nitrous oxide. She has appeared in schools, health fairs, and on the Midnight Sun Run dressed as the tooth fairy since the mid-1980s.

Out of the office, Donna can either be found on her yoga mat teaching at her own studio space (Heart Stream Yoga), studying Ayurveda and health related topics, whipping up crazy “hippy” food or cruising on her paddle board. She enjoys a rich and eclectic empty nested home life with her traveling husband, Ron: their blended family of 5 now reduced to 2 smiling dogs and 1 obnoxious parrot!

Melissa – has been an Alaska resident since 1980. Her compassionate nature and love of science led her to pursue a career in dental hygiene, and she graduated from University of Anchorage in 2000 with a degree in that field. Melissa is Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide certified, Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator certified, Occupational Safety and Health Administrative trained, and attends many continuing education courses throughout the year.

She has drawn to join the talented team at Bast Dental because of their excellence in dentistry, and strong focus on patient care.

Melissa’s passion is working with patients to help them maintain optimal oral health, which in turn leads to an overall healthier lifestyle. Being able to share in the connection between caring for their mouth and their overall body health is wonderful. Connecting with people on so many levels – not just clinically – is what really makes her happy.

Melissa enjoys many different activities outside of the office, but spending time with family and close friends is her favorite, and she treasures every moment she has with them!

Our Assistants

Jenna – was born and raised in Fairbanks, and has worked for both doctors since 2002. She is married and has two beautiful children, Jaxon and Finley. In her ‘’spare’’ time, Jenna loves to read and is currently learning sign language.

Christina – has been in Fairbanks for 29 years, and has worked for both Dr. John and Dr. Fred for the past 10 years. She married her high school sweetheart Andy, and together they have built a beautiful home and a beautiful family. Christina is currently working part time so that she can spend more time with her sons, Rylan and Brendan.

Stephanie – our “new girl” just arrived to Fairbanks from New York this past summer, driving across the country with her kids and all she could fit into her car. Stephanie is loving Alaska and all that it offers – perfect for an adventurous girl like herself.

Our Front Desk

Penny – after raising her two children, she decided it was time to spread her wings and do her own thing. So she packed her stuff & her two cats, and headed to Alaska. That was three years ago. She quickly realized AK was not for the faint of heart and takes pride in knowing that the girly girl she had been her whole life was tough enough to handle this state.

She admits there were tears spilled having to overcome the fact she had to pump her own gas and let go of her flip flop, barefoot state of mind and replace it with a deep appreciation for all things cozy and warm.

Shelley – was born on a farm in Northwest Iowa. She attended Iowa State University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. Shelley came to Fairbanks in May of 2013 to join her Fiancé, who is stationed at Fort Wainwright. In her spare time, Shelley enjoys both watching and participating in several sports. She also likes to bake and experiment with new recipes and travel when time allows.