Dr. Julie Veerman is a board-licensed general dentist and member of the American Dental Association and Alaska Dental Society. Her career in dentistry spans 16 years and encompasses a breadth of experience uncommon among her professional peers. Having started out as an all-purpose assistant in a general dental office in high school, Dr. Veerman has committed her life and career to the field. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1997, Dr. Veerman practiced as a licensed dental hygienist in Alaska for four years. During that time, she was a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, the Alaska State Dental Hygiene Association of which she was an Executive Board member from 1998 - 1999, and the Cook Inlet Dental Hygiene Association of which she was President from 1998-1999. In 2005, Dr. Veerman obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University. At Indiana, she was the recipient of the Guthrie P. Carr Academic Achievement Award, the Delta Dental Fund Scholarship award, the American Dental Association student scholarship award, the James L. Maus Scholar award for scholastic excellence, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons award for dental implants. She was a member of the Alpha Omega dental fraternity, serving as Vice President from 2003 – 2004 and as Secretary from 2004 – 2005, and she was part of the volunteer Goodwill dental team treating the disabled, elderly and medically-compromised. Dr. Veerman has been in private practice in the state of Alaska since 2005.
Throughout her professional and academic career, Dr. Veerman has worked in virtually every capacity inside a dental office—from apprentice to lab assistant to receptionist to hygienist to doctor. She makes every individual patient’s care her highest priority and her belief is that dental professionals can do—in fact, should do—more to allay patients’ fears and enhance their comfort. Her philosophy stems from the different perspectives gained in the various roles she has had in the field of dentistry, which has given her unique insight into the patient-provider relationship and how best to improve it.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Veerman loves the outdoors and spending time with her children, Jillian and Gavin, her beagle, Ringo, and husband, Scott. She fishes and hikes in the summer, and snowshoes and skis in the winter. She is a lifelong Alaskan.