Dental Alumni Fellow

The University of Louisville will honor the 2016 Alumni Fellows during an awards dinner on Oct. 20 at the Galt House. This year, the School of Dentistry is pleased to recognize Dr. Christine A. Roalofs.
Dental Alumni Fellow

Dr. Christine Roalofs

Christine A. Roalofs, 94DMD

Dr. Christine A. Roalofs graduated from the University of Louisville with her Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1994. She earned her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Buffalo in 1999. Dr. Roalofs completed her Primal Blueprint Expert Certification in ancestral health in 2014. When she completes a multi-year course in clinical nutrition she will apply for Diplomate status with the American Board of Clinical Nutrition.  In addition, Dr. Roalofs has completed numerous hours of continuing education in Orthodontics, relating to growth and development and has studied applications of Invisalign and Ortho-Tain for children.

Dr. Roalofs opened a pediatric dental practice, Just Kids Inc., in Anchorage, Alaska in 2002. Through contracts with various Native Health Corporations, Dr. Roalofs and her assistants travel by boat and plane, multiple times a year, to reach remote Alaskan villages to provide dental care to young children. For many of her young patients, Dr. Roalofs visit is the only time they see a dentist.  

Dr. Roalofs is a member of the 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 served as secretary for several years. Dr. Roalofs is the recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the Alaska Head Start Association.

In 2004, the parent of one of Dr. Roalofs patients, musher Gary McKellar, who attempted the Iditarod in 2005, invited Dr. Roalofs to visit their family dog yard. Dr. Roalofs began spending what free time she could learning how to harness sled dogs and assisting as a handler for McKellar. It was McKellar that gave Dr. Roalofs her first three sled dogs. Dr. Roalofs began to build her own team and started mushing. In 2007, she ran her first 200-mile race. In 2013, Dr. Roalofs competed in her first Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race for which she received the Red Lantern Award. 

Dr. Roalofs maintains a small kennel in Anchorage. Dr. Roalofs enjoys road and mountain biking, she 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.