Doctors and Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly dentists and staff who make Kennedy Dental Group the leading provider of oral hygiene and personalized dental services in Anchorage.
Joshua M. Kennedy D.M.D
Dr. Joshua Kennedy was born and raised in Alaska, only leaving his home state to complete his degrees in biology from Oregon State University. In 2014, he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from The Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. In addition to his DMD, Dr. Kennedy also completed a certificate in public health with an emphasis on dentistry.
Dr. Kennedy is proud to be a member of Kennedy Dental Group, transitioning from a lifelong observer to being officially integrated with his father’s practice.
A side note from Dr. Josh:
Although I love using my hand skills every day, my favorite aspect of dentistry is the privilege of spending time with my patients. More specifically, I enjoy my one on one time with patients who have reservations about seeing the dentist. Dental anxiety is real. Although (due to the fact that my father was my dentist) I have never personally experienced the dread associated with going to see the dentist, I know that many people, whether or not they readily admit to it, are frightened to go see the dentist. I have devoted a lot of time studying and practicing the pharmacological treatment remedies designed to cater to so many of you that are anxious to see the dentist. For me, the satisfaction of placing a beautiful and comfortable restoration in a patient’s mouth cannot hold a candle to the satisfaction that I feel when I help a patient overcome a 40 year-long hatred of dentistry. After I received my certification for Oral Conscious Sedation I asked my father if I could be in charge of special circumstance patients at our office. He was happy to oblige me, as that mentality only reinforced his own unofficial home grown Alaskan mission statement: We really do CARE.
A side note about Dr. Josh’s facial esthetic treatment:
Although I enjoy the drill and fill of daily life as much as the next dentist, I have a specific interest in supplementing my patient’s pearly whites with augmenting the soft tissue of the face. The patient’s smile doesn’t begin and end with the dentition. Lips, crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and even the forehead/brow region are all integral parts of the total esthetic facial profile.
Kerry Kennedy, DDS
Dr. Kerry Kennedy was raised in Alaska and has been practicing dentistry in this great state since graduating from Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Dentistry in 1978.
With 38 years’ experience in his field, Dr. Kennedy is a seasoned professional. He holds himself to the highest standards, pursuing excellence by attending continuing education courses across the country several times each year.
In addition to his Anchorage office, Dr. Kennedy has an office in Barrow, Alaska. He and his team are happy to serve both communities with genuine care and expertise. Dr. Kennedy enjoys all Alaska has to offer, including hunting, fishing and flying. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Beth, for 41 years. They have two daughters who live in Anchorage, and six beautiful grandchildren. Their son, Joshua, graduated with a doctorate in Dentistry from A.T. Stills University in Arizona and has been an integral part of the practice since 2014.
Over the years, Dr. Kennedy has served as both the president and vice president of the Alaska Dental Society and the South Central District Dental Society. He is currently a member of the following organizations:
- The Alaska Dental Society
- The American Dental Association
- The International College of Dentists
- The Pierre Fouchard Academy
Melody Morgan – Hygienist
Melody has been in dentistry for over 26 years. After serving in the US Air Force, she trained as a volunteer dental assistant in Germany. After moving to Alaska she completed her Dental Hygiene degree at UAA. She works part-time in our Barrow office. Her favorite adventure is to pack up and head to the Kenai with her husband and the pets for a weekend of fishing.
Ellen Holt – Hygienist
“Ellen was born in Kodiak, but was raised in Anchorage where she earned her degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ellen has worked in the dental field as a receptionist and an assistant for both general dentists and an orthodontist prior to receiving her degree.
During the long summer days, Ellen finds herself spending plenty of her time fishing, hiking, and enjoying all the Alaska has to offer her. During the winter Ellen enjoys to skiing and traveling.
A side note from Ellen:
“I decided to enter into the dental hygiene field because of how influential my long-time dental hygienist was to me. She truly formed genuine relationships with her patients and was able to make dental appointments more enjoyable for her patients. I wanted to be able to form my own relationships with my patients in order to be sure that they are well taken care of.”
Monica Strong -Patient Care Coordinator
You may have already had the pleasure of speaking with her over the phone, and we wanted to give you a little background behind this warm and personable team member of ours! Monica has been working in the dental field for over 15 years. Monica has two charming sons, and has had German shepherds her whole life! She truly enjoys time with her family and friends. In her spare time you may find Monica hiking with her dog, Aksel, spending time outdoors, traveling, and much more! We are beyond lucky to have Monica as a part of our work family, with her genuine attitude, glowing smile, and easy-going personality. If you haven’t met her yet, give us a call or stop on by our office!