- Our Team
- Heidi was born in Arlington Heights, Illinois and was raised in Kildeer, a small northwest suburb amongst the vast suburbia of Chicago. She was a three sport athlete at Stevenson High School, and then decided to focus on volleyball in order to pursue a collegiate career. Heidi received a full ride scholarship for volleyball to East Carolina University, which is in Greenville, NC- home of the Pirates! While obtaining her degree in Biology and graduating Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian of the Biology department, she also was the captain of the volleyball team and set four school records. In her final season as a senior, Heidi was named East Carolina University Female athlete of the Year, Conference USA Woman of the Year, and was a First Team Academic All-American.
After undergrad, Heidi attended dental school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City where she met her husband Jesse, who is now a general dentist here in Anchorage. During dental school, Heidi decided to specialize in pediatrics and was accepted into the Lutheran Medical Pediatric Dental Residency Program at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She and Jesse are outdoor enthusiasts and wanted an adventure, so immediately following their wedding and graduation they did the big drive along the Alcan Highway and moved to Alaska. It was supposed to be a two-year adventure while completing the pediatric residency program, but Heidi and Jesse fell in love with Alaska and the community and they decided to stay. They couldn't imagine giving up all the backcountry skiing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fat tire biking, and camping that Alaska has to offer! And their two dogs, who were bred to live in the heat of Africa, thoroughly enjoy and actually prefer the snowy winters!
After completing her two years at ANMC and receiving her certificate as a Pediatric Dentist, Heidi joined the family at Just Kids in 2013 and she found her second home! Heidi is excited about being the new owner and carrying on the traditions Christine has started, and looks forward to nurturing and growing the Just Kids family for years to come.
Fun Facts About Heidi:
- One of her college records includes most pull-ups.
- She has a mini clone- her daughter named Samantha Jo!
Dr. Christine Roalofs
- Dr. Roalofs graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1994. After doing general dentistry for a few years she decided her heart was in pediatrics and returned to school for 2 years, earning her certificate in pediatric dentistry from the Buffalo Women and Children's Hospital in 1999. She wasn't quite ready to settle down back in Louisville where her family lived so she thought she would work in Alaska for a "few years". The few years has turned into many and Christine feels at home surrounded by mountains and sled dogs. She got the mushing bug her first winter up here and through the years built a kennel and learned outdoor winter camping skills, but still can't build a fire. She has participated in both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod along with many other 200 and 300 mile qualifying races.
Dr. Roalofs started contracting with various Native Health Corporations in 2001 and has worked in many villages along the West coast of Alaska and in Southeast Alaska. Between mushing and remote village dentistry she's managed to see many different parts of Alaska. Currently she dedicates nine weeks a year providing treatment to children in Nome and surrounding villages. Christine is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She currently serves as the President of the Alaska Pediatric Dental Society and is the Alaska representative to the Board of Directors for the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry, where she is a past president and has been the secretary for several years.
Christine has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education courses in Orthodontics, particularly relating to growth and development. She has also studied applications of Invisalign and Ortho-Tain for children. While she is not an orthodontic specialist, she devotes part of her practice to guiding the erupting teeth into alignment and providing beautiful smiles for children.
Christine has a passion for whole body health and the connection between oral health and the health of the rest of the body. She completed her Primal Blueprint Expert Certification in ancestral health in 2014. She is currently enrolled in a multi-year course in clinical nutrition and when finished will apply for Diplomate status with the American Board of Clinical Nutrition. Christine rides human powered bikes in the summer and has completed many charity rides and the Fireweed 100. She rides mountain bikes with the Dirt Divas and recently discovered Fat Tire biking for even more winter outdoor fun.
In 2002 Just Kids opened with Dr. Roalofs and a staff of four. Over the years the staff slowly expanded to 16 individuals sharing Dr. Roalofs' mission of providing comprehensive dental care in a fun and caring manner. Dr. Ostby joined the crew in 2013 and has positioned herself to take Just Kids into the future.
Dr. Heidi Ostby
What Mom & Dad Have to Say
Both of my kids have been going here for years. Very kid friendly and great service. Friendly staff and very fun and knowledgeable Dentist. I would highly recommend.
Very kid friendly and great service
They are great with the kids. They enjoy going there. The people there are nice, easy to talk to. They explain everything in detail. I would recommend them. Every child should comfortable and relaxed, not have anxiety.
Little man feels welcome here. The staff are great with kids.
Thank you to you and your staff! You guys are absolutely amazing I wouldn't take Lexi anywhere else! Xoxo