F. Todd Wortham, DDS
Dr. Franklin Todd Wortham was born in Georgia but shortly thereafter moved to Alaska where he grew up. After working in the family tire business for several years out of high school, he set his sights on becoming a dentist. He attended Boise State University for his undergraduate studies and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2000. Dr. Wortham then returned to Alaska and opened a practice in Kenai, Alaska in 2000 and another practice in Boise, Idaho in 2004, practicing primarily in his Alaska office. In 2011 Dr. Wortham sold his practice in Kenai, Alaska and transitioned to Anchorage. This summer, Dr. Wortham opened a practice in Valdez and now splits time between the two.
Dr. Wortham enjoys road cycling, spending time with his family, and traveling. Technology and advances in dental medicine are of particular interest to him. He attends an abundance of advanced dental training every year. Dr. Wortham is a Fellow of the American Dental Implant Association, a certified Invisalign and Clear Correct provider, and a CEREC provider. Dr. Wortham has been a licensed general dentist since 2000. Dr Wortham has 4 children and two grandchildren.
Seth Jorgensen, DDS
Dr. Seth Jorgensen grew up in Iowa where he attended both Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. He graduated Iowa State University in 1996 with a B.S. in Zoology. After graduation, Jorgensen was accepted into the prestigious University of Iowa College of Dentistry, class of 2000. Since graduation, Dr. Jorgensen has practiced throughout Arizona until finding Carefree, AZ in 2003. He left Carefree in 2011 to spend more time with his family and to consult with struggling offices to bring them new life.
In the fall of 2012, his good friend and classmate, Dr. Todd Wortham, invited him to Anchorage to start an office from the ground up. A regular to Alaska in the summers to run the family fishing business, Dr. J jumped at the opportunity to work with his friend as well as spend more time in the state he loves.
Dr. Jorgensen is committed to lifelong education and improvement in the fields of dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and Advanced CEREC training. His ongoing commitment to learning and improvement takes him to classes and seminars where emerging dental materials, methods and technology are evaluated and discussed. He applies what he learns to provide patients with the best long term results, durability and aesthetics with minimal discomfort.
Dr. Jorgensen’s practice philosophy is what he calls conservatively proactive to create occlusal harmony. By creating an equalized chewing occlusion to minimize stresses on any one tooth to prevent premature fractures, wear, and/or discomfort, happy health teeth are the results.
In his free time, Dr. Jorgensen enjoys many diverse hobbies. Since 1991, he has operated his family owned commercial salmon fishing boat in Alaska. He and his family started the first recycling center in his home town of Spencer, Iowa. He is a proficient skier and snowboarder who taught skiing at Sunrise Ski Park Resort in Pinetop, AZ. Dr. Jorgensen is an overall outdoor enthusiast who enjoys all activities from golf to hiking, camping to canoeing. His latest passion is vintage VW’s; has restored a 1963 VW “Combi” Single Cab pickup, and is working on 2 rare Type 34 European Karmen Ghia– less than 2000 of 20,000 remain.
Dr. Morrie Talbot, DDS
Dr. Talbot graduated from Creighton University and has been practicing Dentistry for over 20 years. He loves the outdoors especially hunting and fishing with his 5 children and 2 Grandchildren.
Kylee Zeyer & Devon Hurd
We are excited to have Kylee Zeyer join our team as a Registered Dental Hygienist! Kylee is a graduate of the University of Southern Illinois and has 8 Years of experience. Kylee is currently working towards her Masters of Science in Dental Hygiene through the University of Minnesota. After obtaining her Masters Kylee wants to pursue her Doctorate in Public Health. Kylee was born and raised in Kenai and is glad to be giving back in her community through school programs and education. When relaxing Kylee enjoys hunting, fishing and camping in our great state.
Kylee joins Devon Hurd, a graduate of the UAA Dental Hygiene program who received her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and has worked on the Peninsula since 2013. Devon grew up on the Kenai Peninsula and followed in her family’s footsteps in the Dental Profession. Professionally Devon loves Dental Prevention and education and her passion for dentistry is evident in her work. Devon loves adventuring in the outdoors with family and friends.
They will work hard with Dr. Wortham to maintain and obtain optimal oral health for our patients.
With an extensive background in both Public Health and Private Practice Jen has been a wealth of knowledge as our Corporate Manager. Jen looks forward to helping you with all of your dental needs and any treatment or insurance questions you may have. In her spare time Jen loves to travel with her husband and boys and loves camping and exploring in Alaska where she grew up and raised her family.
Born in Arizona and raised in Montana, Vernice continued north to Alaska in 2011. She started her dental career in 1984. “Even after 34 years, Dental is still my passion”. “I love what I do”. Her hobbies include Quilting, enjoying her three children and eight grandchildren.
Mia is from Soldotna and has been a dental assistant since 2006. Mia’s Favorite part of being a dental assistant is helping people get their smile back. Her two children keep her busy, but when she has free time, she loves to quilt and ski.
Born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula. She graduated from Kenai Central High School in 2009, and is currently enrolled online working towards earning her diploma in Dental Office Assistance. She enjoys movies, music, traveling, and being near the water, but most of all being Mom. Cala spends most of her time raising her two young children who keep her on her toes.
I was born in Illinois and I grew up in Iowa with two older brothers. I received my college education in Arizona, where I also met my husband. After graduating with a degree in education, we were married and I returned to Alaska with him. For the next 20 years we raised and home schooled our two children. When our youngest was in college, I decided I wanted to start a new chapter in my life. My interest in the dental field began at my 6-month exam and cleaning. My dentist was looking for an assistant and offered to train me on the job. I thought it sounded like fun and an amazing opportunity. Since then I have worked with many dentists as part-time and fill in assistant. I really enjoy some of the fun things we do here as a dental team, such as going into the schools to promote good oral health, and working the water station for the Kenai River Marathon. If you need a friendly smile, please come and see me at Denali Family Dentistry.