PUBLISHED: 4:10 PM on Wednesday, October 3, 2007
SEARHC adds new dentist for Prince of Wales
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Stephen L. Ericksen, DMD, has joined the medical staff at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center (ARMC) in Klawock as a general dentist.

Dr. Ericksen's addition to the ARMC staff will provide better continuity of dental care for Prince of Wales Island residents. ARMC has been without a Klawock-based dentist, so patients rarely saw the same visiting dentist twice when they went in for their appointments. In addition to seeing patients at ARMC, Dr. Ericksen will take regular trips to the SEARHC Hydaburg Health Center to provide dental clinics.

  Dr. Stephen Ericksen
"We have been without a dentist full-time on POW for two years," said Dr. Tom Bornstein, DDS, SEARHC Director of Dental Services. "We are really happy to have a dentist on the island with Dr. Ericksen's experience and disposition. Dr. Ericksen, along with (dental hygienist) Di Thain, RDH, and dental assistant Roberta George, will bring continuity, enthusiasm and years of experience to the dental program."

"It has been a long wait for us on POW to recruit a full-time dentist. We are very glad that we waited for Dr. Stephen Ericksen to begin his practice at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center," said ARMC Administrator Cindy Gamble, who emphasized that Dr. Ericksen, Thain and George will work together as a team. "They are a very busy and dynamic team and we look forward to improved access to care and dental health for all of our dental patients. I ask all of our patients to join me in welcoming Dr. Ericksen to our ARMC family. He is a wonderful addition to our physician staff."

Dr. Ericksen earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public health from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Before coming to SEARHC, Dr. Ericksen worked at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, N.M., and at the Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome. Dr. Ericksen said he enjoys hunting, fishing, computers, Mexican cuisine, remote control aircraft, and spending time with his wife and two young sons. "We're excited to be on POW, providing dental services in Klawock and Hydaburg," Dr. Ericksen said.