Meet Dr. Patricia Bergdahl
My patients are my friends and family. I care about each one on a personal level. Sometimes it is a challenge to understand what is happening in a person’s life, but this is essential to understanding how they have come to be in our office. I was taught at a young age the importance of “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.” This is what we do each day, looking at “today” from each person’s eyes.
I enjoy working with people of all walks of life, ages, and cultures. It is just so interesting to find out how different people view this world. Our patients and my staff all bring unique life experiences to our office, making each day a fun adventure!
My team is made up of a unique group of individuals who come together to provide care and comfort to each and every patient that walks through our doors. We have so much fun with our patients; they enrich our lives so much.
Education and Continuing Education
I began my college years as an art major, but after realizing that I needed a career that would be more financially dependable, I sought out the opinion of my dentist, with whom I worked as a dental assistant in high school. I excelled in sciences throughout school, and loved painting and drawing, so dentistry fulfilled two of my strengths: science and art. It seemed like a perfect fit, and it has been!
I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and attended Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland for dental school. I graduated in 1982 with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine.
Throughout the years, I have endeavored to keep abreast of advances in dentistry by taking continuing education courses. I have traveled all over the country to attend those classes that I feel are pertinent to the improvement of treatment for my patients. Dentistry has changed so quickly that CE is necessary to stay up to date. It is really exciting to learn about the advancements and new treatments available!
I am most passionate about the advances in aesthetic dentistry, the emphasis on function, and the effects of dental health on the whole person. It pleases me no end that dentistry is reaching out to more and more people, educating about the importance of oral health, and training dentists to be gentle, kind, and understanding, as well as being excellent clinicians.
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Alaska Dental Society
- North Central District Dental Society
- Pierre Fanchard Academy
- International College of Dentists
- Frank Spear Study Club
Outside the Office
I was born in San Francisco and grew up in Sacramento. I moved to Fairbanks in 1973 and I’ve been here ever since!
I have been blessed with one grown son, Kenny, who is attending school in Arizona. To keep me company at home, I have a six-year-old red-and-tan Doberman Pinscher named Sadie and a two-year-old miniature poodle named Owen. They visit the office regularly and love our staff; they are family to them. I am from a family of six girls and have numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, all of whom I love dearly!
My greatest passion outside of work is scuba diving. I have traveled to many warm waters to see and learn about our great ocean environment and how to save this environment ecologically. I have also recently taken up running to fill in the time when I’m not biking, curling, hiking, reading, and drawing. My mini poodle has me hooked on agility training-It sure is fun and challenging!
In the Community
Professionally, I have recently joined the MOM campaign to bring dentistry to the underserved in Alaska, in addition to my participation in Donated Dental Services of Alaska.
Personally, I am involved with raising money for cancer research and support, most recently running the Equinox Marathon in Fairbanks to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I trained with the Team in Training, and will continue to campaign for their cause. I also participate annually in the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Association.
P.E.O. International, a philanthropic organization that emphasizes educational opportunities for women, has been instrumental in my life and I am a proud member of the "Forget Me Not" Garden Club.