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About Us

From Our Family To Yours

Effective expertise and a commitment to patient comfort and safety is the foundation of our practice. We have over 35 years of experience in Anchorage, Alaska and our team of dental professionals are fully licensed and certified. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

Our Doctors

Dr. Richard Lathrop

Dr. Richard Lathrop

Dr. Richard C. Lathrop completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Northwestern University in 1970 and quickly moved to Alaska. He spent 2 years working with the Public Health Service serving Alaska's rural communities. He is an avid outdoorsman who raised his two daughters to love the Alaskan outdoors as much as he and his wife, Nancy, do. Dr. Lathrop enjoys golfing, skiing, fishing, hunting, and flying.
Dr. Lisa Symonds

Dr. Lisa Symonds

Dr. Lisa A. Symonds , daughter of Dr. Richard Lathrop, is a lifelong Alaskan. She completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Northwestern University in 2001. She came back home to Alaska to enjoy the many wonders of the outdoors with her husband, Jeff and their two young sons. She enjoys hunting, fishing, running, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, boating, and gymnastics.

Infection control

The cornerstone in any professional dental practice is the element of trust. We're dedicated to maintaining your trust by following all recommended OSHA, EPA and CDC procedures for hygiene, equipment sterilization and keeping a sanitary workplace.

Your health and safety is our number one concern, and we'll always ensure you and your loved ones are protected. 

New patient information

Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, treatment can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day. You can assist us with expediting this process by providing the following information at the time of your first appointment:
  • A completed health history form, signed and dated. 
  • A list of your current medical prescriptions
  • Any dental insurance information
  • Previous x-rays from past dentists that may be pertinent
  • Information on medical conditions that may be of concern prior to surgery
Please note that any patient under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 

Privacy practices


We are required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information, to provide individuals with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information, and to notify affected individuals following a breach of unsecured protected health information. We must follow the privacy practices that are described in this Notice while it is in effect. This Notice took effect July 31st, 2013, and will remain in effect until we replace it.  
We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by applicable law, and to make new Notice provisions effective for all protected health information that we maintain. When we make a significant change in our policy practices, we will change this Notice and post the new Notice clearly and prominently at our practice location, and we will provide copies of the new practice upon request. 

You may request a copy of our Notice at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, or for additional copies of this Notice, please contact us using the information listed at the top of this Notice.  


We may use and disclose your health information for different purposes, including treatment, payment, and health care operations. For each of these categories, we have provided a description and an example. Some information, such as HIV-related information, genetic information, alcohol and/or substance abuse records, and mental health records may be entitled to special confidentiality protections under applicable state or federal law. We will abide by these special protections as they pertain to applicable cases involving these types of records.  

Treatment. We may use and disclose your health information for your treatment. For example, we may disclose your health information to a specialist providing treatment to you. 

Payment. We may use and disclose your health information to obtain reimbursement for the treatment and services you receive from us or another entity involved with your care. Payment activities include billing, collections, claims management, and determinations of eligibility and coverage to obtain payment from you, an insurance company, or another third party. For example, we may send claims to your dental health plan containing certain health information.

Healthcare operations. We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations. For example, healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, conducting training programs, and licensing activities. 

Individuals Involved in Your Care of Payment for your Care. We may disclose your health information to your family or friends or any other individual identified by you when they are involved in your care or in the payment for your care. Additionally, we may disclose information about you to a patient representative. If a person has the authority by law to make health care decisions for you, we will treat that patient representative the same way we would treat with respect to your health information. 
Disaster Relief. We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law.

Required by Law. We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law. 

Public Health Activities. We may disclose your health information for public health activities, including disclosures to:
  • Prevent or control disease, injury or disability;
  • Report child abuse or neglect;
  • Report reactions to medications or problems with products or devices;
  • Notify a person of a recall, repair, or problems with products or devices;
  • Notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or condition; or
  • Notify the appropriate government authority if we believe a patient has been the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence.

National Security. We may disclose to military authorities the health information of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances. We may disclose to authorized federal officials health information required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities. We may disclose to correctional institutions or law enforcement official having lawful custody the protected health information of an inmate or patient. 

Secretary of HHS. We will disclose your health information to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services when required to investigate or determine compliance with HIPPA.

Worker’s Compensation. We may disclose your personal health information (PHI) to the extent authorized by and to the extent necessary to comply with laws related to worker’s compensation or other similar programs established by law. 

Law Enforcement. We may disclose your PHI for law enforcement purposes as permitted by HIPPA, as required by law, or in response to a subpoena or court order. 

Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose your PHI to an oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include audits, investigations, inspections, and credentialing, as necessary for licensure and for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws. 

Research. We may disclose your PHI to researchers when their research has been approved by an institutional review board or privacy board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your information. 

Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors. We may release your PHI to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also disclose PHI to funeral directors consistent with applicable law to enable them to carry out their duties.
Fundraising. We may contact you to provide you with information about our sponsored activities, including fundraising programs, as permitted by applicable law. If you do not with to receive such information from us, you may op out of receiving the communications. 


Your authorization is required, with a few exceptions, for disclosure of psychotherapy notes, use or disclosure of PHI for marketing, and for the sale of PHI. We will also obtain your written authorization before using or disclosing your PHI for purposed other than those provided for you in the Notice (or as otherwise permitted or required by law). You may revoke an authorization in writing at any time. Upon receipt of the written revocation, we will stop using or disclosing your PHI, except to the extent that we have already taken action in reliance on the authorization. 


Access. You have the right to look at or get copies of your health information, with limited exceptions. You must make the request in writing. You may obtain a form to request access by using the contact information at the top of this Notice. You may also request access by sending us a letter to the address at the top of this Notice. If you request information that we maintain on paper, we may provide photo copies. If you request information that we maintain electronically, you have the right to an electronic copy. We will use the form and format you request if readily producible. We will charge you a reasonable cost-based fee for the cost of supplies and labor of copying, and for postage if you want the copies mailed to you. Contact us using the information listed at the top of this Notice for an explanation of our fee structure.  

If you are denied a request for access, you have the right to have the dental reviewed in accordance with the requirements of applicable law.  

Disclosure Accounting. With the exception of certain disclosures, you have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your health information in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. To request an accounting of disclosures of your health information, you must submit your request in writing to the Privacy Official. If you request this accounting ore than once in a 12-month-period, we may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for responding to the additional requests.  

Right to Request a Restriction. You have the right to request additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your PHI by submitting a written request to the Privacy Official. Your written request must include (1) what information you want to limit, (2) whether you want to limit our use, disclosure, or both, and (3) to whom you want the limits to apply. We are not required to agree to your request except in the case where the disclosure is to a health plan for purposes of carrying out a payment or health care operations, and the information pertains solely to a health care item or service for which you, or a person on your behalf (other than the health plan), has paid our practice in full.  

Alternative Communication. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your health information by alternative means or at alternative locations. You must make your request in writing. Your request must specify the alternative means or location, and provide satisfactory explanation of how payments will be handled under the alternative means of location you request. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. However, if we are unable to contact you using the ways or locations you have requested, we may contact you using the information we have. 

Amendment. You have the right to request that we amend your health information. Your request must be in writing, and it must explain why the information should be amended. We may deny your request under certain circumstances. If we agree to your request, we will amend your record(s) and notify you of such. If we deny your request for an amendment, we will provide you with a written explanation of why we denied it and explain your rights.   

Right to Notification of Breach. You will receive notifications of breaches of your unsecured protected health information as required by law. 

Electronic Notice. You may receive a paper copy of this Notice upon request, even if you have agreed to receive this Notice electronically on our Web sire or by electronic mail (email).  


If you want more information about our privacy practices or have questions or concerns, please contact us. 

If you are concerned that we may have violated your privacy rights, or if you disagree with a decision we made about access to your health information or in response to a request you made to amend or restrict the use or disclosure of your health information or to have us communicate with you by alternative means or at alternative locations, you may complain to us using the contact information listed at the top of this Notice. You also may submit a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We will provide you eth the address to file your complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services upon request.  

We support your right to the privacy if your health information. We will not retaliate in any way if you choose to file a complaint with us or with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

Our Privacy Official: Dr. Lisa Symonds

Phone: 907-272-8422 Fax: 907-277-9226

2401 East 42nd, Suite 201

Anchorage, AK 99508

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