WASILLA — Local pediatric dentist Chris Rosenvall and his family eagerly watch the progress of an exciting and new chapter of their lives built within the Wasilla City Center, Molar Bear Pediatric Dentistry.
“We’re excited to see the construction finally go,” Rosenvall said with a laugh. “The kids love looking at it.”
Rosenvall said this will be his first time running a practice of his own, and he’s looking forward to the chance to give back to the community with specialized care with a strong emphasis on supporting local children with special needs or disabilities.
“I kind of want this be something more than a dental office, something bigger, something more meaningful,” Rosenvall said.
Rosenvall said that he’s partnering with Backcountry Therapeutics to help local families with children with special needs or disabilities. He said for every new patient that visits Molar Bear, they will sponsor therapy for a child that doesn’t have insurance or would otherwise be unable to afford it.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Backcountry Therapeutics, which provides therapy of all kinds to children with special needs in the Valley,” Rosenvall said. “They’re a really cool organization... They help a lot of families.”
Rosenvall said that his youngest brother has Down Syndrome, and had a very positive impact on his life. He said that he’s grateful for all the programs and organizations that have helped his brother over the years. He said that he simply wants to give back to the community with his new practice.
“We’re just excited to be here and help, and be a part of the community,” Rosenvall said.
Rosenvall has been practicing since 2013. He said that he studied in Texas and Ohio before making the trek to Alaska right after school in 2013 for “some adventure” and wound up moving his family to Palmer.
“We were looking for a good place to raise our family... we really liked the location and schools, just a beautiful place,” Rosenvall said. “We really like it here. We’re gonna be here for good.”
Rosenvall said they originally anticipated opening by this time, but COVID-19 caused them to push it to fall. He said they’re planning to have an official grand opening, and they’re going to offer gifts to the first 100 visitors.
Molar Bear Pediatric Dentistry will be located within the Wasilla City Center at 609 S. Knik-Goose Bay Rd.
For more information, call 907-376-6527 or visit akmolarbear.com.
Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at firstname.lastname@example.org