Welcome to Arctic Oral Surgery and thank you for visiting our website.
Our desire is to provide you with state-of-the-art technology and up-to-date comprehensive, evidence-based treatment.
Our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery practice team strives to address and prioritize your oral surgery needs in a professional, caring, and stress-free environment.
For your convenience, I speak English and Spanish fluently. Our assistants also speak Russian and Ukrainian.
I was born in Leon, Nicaragua, and raised in Puerto Rico. I graduated college with a degree in General Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico in 1995.
I attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry on an Air Force Health Promotions Scholarship and graduated MAGNA CUM LAUDE with a – Dental Medicine Doctorate D.M.D. degree in 2000.
I had the privilege of completing a four-year residency at the University of Puerto Rico – Medical Sciences Campus and graduating with a Post-Doctoral degree in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in 2004.
I then became a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
I was honored to serve The United States Air Force initially as the Chief of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Misawa Air Base, Japan, and then at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.
I provided Surgical Services, Readiness, and Continuing Education training for Dental/Medical Officers, Dental/Medical Technicians, and Support Personnel in both locations.
I also served as a faculty for the Advanced Education General Dentistry and Triage Team Chief for the 35th Med Group, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska from 2008-2011.
After an honorable discharge from the military, I have been in private practice since.
I am married to my lovely wife Rebecca and we have three amazing children.
As a Christian, I love and serve The Lord Jesus and the people He places in my life every day. I love my Oral and Maxillofacial career and enjoy a vast camaraderie with many dental colleagues all over Alaska.
We communicate often and work together to provide the best service possible. It is my hope that as you visit us in Arctic Oral Surgery you feel welcome and experience excellent service!
MEMBER PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons / American Board Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery /American Dental Association / Alaska Dental Association/ Mat-Su/Anchorage Dental Society, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center
I enjoy wilderness, climbing, photography, hunting & fishing, archery, target shooting, water/snow sports, playing the guitar, Judo and Taekwondo. I am a woodworking enthusiast. I truly enjoy family and friends, loving God, and community through my church family.
I have been blessed to participate in numerous missions – medical, evangelical, and for translation & Pastoral support.
Leonardo M. Rios-Andersen, D.M.D.
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:
At the school of dentistry: recognized by the International Delta Alpha Omega Fraternity Award, Omicron Kappa Upsilon-Beta Gamma Chapter Award, School of Dentistry Faculty Award, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Award-for Dental Implants, American Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Award, American Society of Oral Medicine Award, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology-Horace Wells Senior Student Award, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals Award, Operative Dentistry Award, United States Achievement Academy Award, All American Scholar Award and the Angel Santiago Award by Dental Class of 1994 (Highest Class Dental Board Written Examination), Dental School Dean List, and The National Dean List
MILITARY AWARDS & DECORATIONS:
2005 Pacific Air Forces Dental Junior Officer of the Year
2005 Squadron & Medical Group Company Grade Officer of the Year
December 2005 Rock Award, MDG Award for Providing Consistent Sustained Rock-Solid Performance
2006 Pacific Air Forces Outstanding Dental Officer of the Year
2006 35th Dental Squadron FGO of the year
2008 Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service December 2004-June 2008
2011 Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service June 2004-November 2011
Individual = collective achievements; Air Force training Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol), AF longevity Service, AF Overseas Ribbon Long, Global War in Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award.
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
2ND Lt-1RST Lt 1999, Captain- 26 May 2000, Major – 26 May 2006, Lt Col -26May2012 Reserve
Inactive reserve 1998-2004; Separation from active duty on November 2011-Honorable Discharge.
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