Jennifer L Lombrano, DDS
I am proud to have been a part of Meridian Park Oral Surgery for the past three years. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Dr. Monaco and his wonderful staff. I recently retired from a 20-year career in the United States Public Health Service. I served as a general dentist was in Bethel for two years and the last 18 years I was assigned to the Alaska Native Medical Center.
I am originally from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, but spent most of my childhood in Alaska. Although most of my early years were spent in the Anchorage area, I attended high school and graduated from Barrow High School.
After High School, I served as an enlisted member of the U.S Navy building under water mines. Realizing that this skill doesn’t easily translate to the civilian world, I used my GI Bill to attend St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. I completed my Undergraduate degree in Biology in 1998 and was fortunate to stay in Texas to attend the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) in 2002.
After graduation, my first assignment as a General Dentist was at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska. During my two years in Bethel, I spent 13-15 weeks per year traveling by small plane to multiple villages to provide dental care to the residents of the Region.
After completing my Bethel assignment, I was selected to attend a two year Advanced General Practice Residency at ANMC in Anchorage. During my time in this residency, I was able to participate in complex Oral Surgery cases such as trauma, cleft palates and oral pathology. Thanks to the support of the US Public Health Service and the encouragement of my Oral Surgery mentors, I applied to Specialty training and was selected to attend the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency with the US Army at FT Bragg, NC. This new four year adventure started one week after the completion of my AGPR residency. Upon arrival to my new assignment in North Carolina, I realized that I faced the challenge as the first female ever to attend this program.
In 2010, I returned to ANMC as the Alaska Area Oral Surgery Consultant for the Indian Health Service until I retired February 1, 2021. In addition to my day job, I was approached by Providence Alaska and Alaska Regional Hospital to help increase access for trauma and infections for children and adults in the non-native population. A few colleagues and I implemented this program that is still meeting the needs of the community.
I am Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and continue to do continuing education to further my professional knowledge. I am on staff at SE Regional Health Corporation in Sitka where I travel to teach Dental Residents basic oral surgery procedures and academic training.
Personally, I am happily married to Wil, an airplane fanatic. He is also a retired Army Special Operations Physician’s Assistant who specializes in Heart Surgery. Between the two of us, we have four adult children. Three of them are in aviation. We also have five amazing grandkids who live in North Carolina (FT Bragg). I love to travel, backpack, play piano, and DIY remodels that often result in begging for help from the professionals. I live in Big Lake and have a hobby farm with chickens, goats, sheep, a Blue Heeler, Larry, the French Bulldog and a 27 year old Cockatoo named Murphy.
Although I have been filling in for Dr. Monaco’s office for the last several years, I am so happy to be here on a regular basis. I am so lucky to work with Dr. Monaco. He is an excellent, well respected surgeon. Our genuine care for our patients, and core values of honesty and integrity help to fulfill a common goal to provide the best possible treatment of patients, staff, and our referring dentists.