Dr. Lane’s passion to pursue dentistry was strongly influenced his father and grandfather, both dentists. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and Doctorate of Dental Surgery with Honors in Esthetic Dentistry from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. He loves the outdoors and when not practicing dentistry, he enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his wife and their dogs.
KATHY SMOLNIK – Office Manager/Front Desk
Kathy was born and raised in Minnesota. In 2000, Kathy and her husband moved to Alaska with their three children. She has been in the dental field for 29 years. She started her career as a dental assistant and has spent the last several years managing dental offices and as the front desk receptionist. Kathy takes pride in how our practice cares for our patients. She enjoys working with great patients that come to our office and loves being part of a great group of people. Kathy loves spending time with her family and dogs. She has two wonderful grandchildren which bring much joy to her life. She enjoys fishing, hunting, gardening and all the amazing things Alaska has to offer. She has been at Lane Family Dental since 2019.
CELIA BARNOWSKY – Dental Hygienist
Celia was born and raised in Minnesota. She graduated with her dental hygiene degree in 2011 and loves coming to work to see patients every single day. She has a background in zoology as well as a Master’s degree in immunology. When she isn’t at work, her two kids Hana (5), Ari (3) and dog Penzey keep her active and busy. They love living here in Alaska and spend time outside whenever possible hiking, biking, and exploring. Celia enjoys cooking new recipes for her kids to try, reading, and taking the time to make every day fun. She has been at Lane Family Dental since 2019.
CHRIS LOVELESS – Dental Assistant
Chris was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and in 1995 she and her husband moved to Wasilla. Her first career involved raising their five children. During that time, she was a substitute teacher and spent a lot of time volunteering. Once her children were older, Chris worked with her husband in his flooring installation business. She began in the dental field a little over five years ago at a large practice in Anchorage. She loved her position there but the commute was long and she wanted to spend more time with her family. She has been at Lane Family Dental since 2019. She is grateful that each day brings new opportunities for friendships, new opportunities for growth, and lots and lots of laughter! She says, “That this place, along with this talented group of people, feels like home to me. Like family.” Her children are all adults and she’s now a grandma. Her passions include painting and paper-mâché. Chris also enjoys spending time at her cabin, taking long walks with her husband and collecting rocks.