Collette – Dental Assistant

Collette came to Alaska in 1975 from Minnesota, first working as a veterinary medical technician, and then starting her career as a Dental Assistant with Dr. George Murphy. Thirty-five years later she’s still working for Dr. Murphy (and Dr. Murphy and Dr. Murphy), still making beautiful temporary crowns and bridges for people to wear while they wait for their lab work to be finished, and still treating each patient she encounters with warmth and respect.

It’s not unusual for patients who have been with the practice since “the old days” to request that Collette be their assistant – in her years here she’s made many friends.

She has three grown children and 2 lovable mixed breed dogs, and in her free time she likes to fish, hunt, pick berries and mushrooms and sew.  She is also an artist and craftsperson – she has had entries in “Wild Salmon on Parade” six years running, as well as participating in the Salvation Army’s “Transformed Treasures” art show.  And she is a world-class thrift shopper!

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