Royann Royer, CDA, RDH, MPH

Dr. Dane Lenaker, DMD, MPH

About Royann

Royann Royer is the Founder and Director of Healthy Smiles Forever, a nonprofit organization providing dental treatment for long- term care residents in the Anchorage Alaska area since 2016. She was employed by Southcentral Foundation for 29 years initiating and directing the Dental Assisting Program and working clinically as an expanded functions dental hygienist. Ms. Royer was a faculty member in the dental hygiene program at the University of Alaska Anchorage for over two decades and remains active in the program. Over the span of 20 years, she also served as an Examiner, Coordinator, and member of several committees for the Dental and Dental Hygiene Western Regional Examining Board. Ms. Royer has helped bring dental services and education to a variety of international clinics, including Russia, Mexico and Nepal; has developed numerous educational resources, textbooks, and videos; and contributed to multiple public health initiatives. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, International Federation of Dental Hygienists, and Health Volunteers Overseas, and a founding member of the Alaska Dental Action Coalition.


About Dane

Dane Lenaker holds a BS in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and received his DMD and MPH from A.T. Still University. He spent the first decade of his dental career as a general dentist in the remote communities of Bethel and Juneau where he regularly traveled by small plane, boat, or snow machine to provide dental services to patients. He is interested in research related to dental decay and dental access within the State of Alaska. Dr. Lenaker provides clinical and professional advice to the State of Alaska Oral Health Program as an advising professional, and has partnered with the Alaska Oral Health Program's public health project initiatives and workforce development program since 2019. He volunteers with Alaska's Medical Care Advisory Committee, as well as with the Make A Wish Foundation. Dr. Lenaker has held the position of co-chair for ADAC from October of 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, ultimate frisbee, and spending time with his family.