Our team consists of dedicated individuals who are kind, friendly, and caring.
Our staff is here to ensure a pleasant experience during your visit to our office. Our team includes experienced and energetic people whose goal is to communicate well with our patients and provide the best care possible.
Dr. Frank Cavaness
Not having been born here, people often ask, “What brought you to Alaska?” Well, it was always one of my childhood dreams to move to and live in Alaska. I can finally say I have seen that dream come true and more importantly, I love it here! What a wonderful place to live, work, play, and raise a family. I am a graduate of the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) and have been practicing as a general dentist since 2008. I appreciate the variety and challenge that comes with general dentistry and I am committed to helping people achieve their goals. When not working, I find great enjoyment in working with youth groups and providing service in my church. My greatest pleasure comes from spending time with my family and in introducing my two boys to all of the wonderful outdoor activities that Alaska has to offer. I would value the opportunity to meet you and discuss what my team and I can do for you. We have a passion for helping and will work hard to provide you the quality dental care you deserve.
Dr. Robert Morehead
I love what I do! I get great personal joy helping people improve their health, smiles, and lives. When I am not working I enjoy the outdoors with my kids, teaching them new skills and life’s lessons. I can also be found almost daily on the local trails training for my next marathon or weekly at a movie or local restaurant on a date with my wonderful wife.
A graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, I have spend 20 years in practice with 17 of those wonderful years in the great state of Alaska. I look forward to meeting you, your family, and friends.
Brijon joined our Bright Smiles Dental team in 2014. As the Financial Coordinator, she’s here to help patients have a smooth check-out experience by explaining how their insurance can help with their treatment needs and what options are available to fitting treatment costs into their budget.
Brijon has decades of experience in the dental office. She grew up in a dental family here in South Anchorage and was put to work as soon as she knew her alphabet well enough to make and file charts. What kid wouldn’t love playing with labeling stickers and a typewriter? She’s worked in both the clinical and clerical sides of dentistry and enjoys the diversity of being able to help in multiple areas.
When she’s not working at the office, she can be found working at home taking care of her husband and four kids, taking classes in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, teaching youth at her church, reading, playing at a playground with the kids, singing to every song she hears, and trying out new recipes for her family and coworkers. Her secrets to peace and keeping her sanity are faith, prayer, music, and a good night’s sleep.
Stacey is our office schedule coordinator. She joined our Bright Smiles team in 2017. However, she has worked with Dr. Cavaness since 2013. You may recall chatting with her to book your appointments or when you check-in. Some patients may know her as the person who keeps changing her hair color or as the person who loves eating spicy food. Occasionally, she helps our assistants and hygienists with taking x-rays or any other way she is needed on a busy day. She is married to her high school sweetheart and together they have a six-year-old son. When she’s not at Bright Smiles she loves to spend time with her boys. They enjoy sightseeing, shopping at local shops, and experimenting with new recipes at home. If she isn’t spending time with the boys, she enjoys picking up new hobbies such as baking, crocheting, knitting, or getting decorations ready for the office. If you recall ever seeing a cartoon version of Dr. Cavaness around the office, it is likely she and the team are responsible for it. Currently, she is attending UAA for a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and is aiming to double major in Business Management.
Staci is a dental hygienist, a mom to 5, a wife of a basketball coach and a professional McDonald’s Diet Coke drinker. Sadly, most are unpaid positions. There is no doubt that she could be paid as a rep for McDonald’s Diet Coke. She is just that good! She was raised in Alaska and still, to this day, get sick on a fishing boat. So, her status of a sourdough is compromised:) She love reading, scrapbooking and eating nachos. Not necessarily in that order. Sometimes she is just all about the nachos. And the Diet Coke …. She has never met a ray of sunshine that she hasn’t loved!
Michelle has been a proud member of our team since 2017, after she graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She had always known that she wanted to work in the healthcare industry but didn’t consider dental hygiene as her chosen field of expertise until her own childhood hygienist suggested it. Michelle laughed off this suggestion at first; however, after joining this career field, it is clear that her childhood hygienist knew what she was talking about. Michelle couldn’t be happier as a dental professional!
In her spare time, Michelle loves to spend time with her husband, Ryan, and their two spoiled dogs, Boomer and Oliver (don’t ask about her dogs unless you want to listen to her go on and on about them for your entire appointment). She tries to travel to new places whenever possible; so far, her favorite vacation has been her honeymoon to Sydney, Australia. She also loves to read and listen to True Crime podcasts.
Michelle would be happy to help you keep your mouth healthy at your next dental visit! She is passionate about connecting with people and making our dental office a comfortable place to be. On occasion, she is even known for playing the “guess the polishing paste flavor” game with her patients. Be sure to stop by and say hello next time you visit the office!
Stephanie is a skilled dental assistant who enjoys her profession. She loves to give back to her community. She is much attuned to the patient’s needs. Educating and informing her patients as well as a little flare of dental humor is her specialty.
She was born and raised in Homer, Alaska where she enjoys her free time. Her hobbies include fishing, foraging, riding bike, and cherishes quality time with family and friends. She is very knowledgeable in many of nature’s wonders and instills her knowledge and respect in her son. Stephanie has a wide variety of life experiences and stories that are fun chatting about. So come in, relax and forget you are in the dental chair while you get to know her and the rest of the wonderful staff here at Bright Smiles Dental!
Jessie has a wonderful smart nine-year-old son. They have lived in Anchorage their whole lives. She has a large family and likes to gather with them as often as possible.
Jessie and her son like to travel when money and time permits. They have been to Oklahoma, Arizona and California. Their favorite vacation was Legoland where they enjoyed it with great friends and had so much fun.
Jessie tries to live by the golden rule of “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You”. (Matt 7:12)
Jessie loves to be with the loves of her life doing absolutely anything that makes them all happy. These are the very best days!
Jeri Buell is a long-time dental hygienist, caring for smiles since 1985, she is an even longer-time Alaskan, living here since the age of one… but we won’t say how many years that is! She is married to an Alaska Airlines pilot (woo hoo, flight benefits!) and has two grown daughters who make her very proud and if they don’t, she blames their dad.
Jeri enjoys traveling, boating, gardening, garage-saling and her three grand-dogs. Her favorite thing of all though, is playing with the grandson one of her daughters so graciously provided–finally! It’s true what they say, grandkids are the best!
Jeri’s super-power is picking the slowest line at the grocery store.