Dr. Alexis
Dr. Alexis Larose
Dr. Marie Smith
Dr. Kelsi Wheeler

Dr. Alexis LaRose

A Passion for Dentistry
I love making people smile. When a patient comes in — someone who has been avoiding smiling or showing their teeth because they are uncomfortable with how they look — I can help them. When that person leaves with a giant, healthy, and beautiful smile on their face, there is simply no better feeling.
I love helping people feel comfortable coming to see me. Many patients are anxious in the dental chair, and avoid seeing a dentist for years because of that fear. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve cared for who were terrified when they came for their first visit. My goal is to work with them so they become increasingly comfortable and relaxed at each visit, learning to stop dreading dental care, and hopefully to eventually look forward to their visits.
My patients are special to me. They’re far more than patients; in fact, they’re my friends. I love watching families grow and change. I love hearing of new babies, marriages, graduations, new jobs, new homes, and retirements. I love getting to know each person, learning what they enjoy doing and hearing about their lives.
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, and graduated in the top 10% of my class. I was awarded a certificate of merit for achievement, proficiency, and promise in the field of oral medicine. I became a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society and the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society.
Each year I pursue continuing education offerings locally, regionally, and nationally. By staying at the leading edge of knowledge, I am able to ensure my patients always receive the highest level of care. There are constant changes in dental technology, materials, and techniques: I need to be current on everything. Areas of recent concentration include implant dentistry, 3D imaging for implant placement and restoration, and CEREC® single-visit crowns.
Professional Affiliations
  • American Dental Association
  • Idaho State Dental Association
  • Idaho Panhandle Dental Society

Away from Work
My husband Nick is our practice manager. He has a master’s degree in business administration and a background in healthcare. Nick and I welcomed our son Grayson in May 2014. He’s a happy, smiley baby boy. Our family also includes Penny, our golden retriever, who loves having a baby around.
When I’m not caring for my patients, being with Nick and Grayson is my priority. I especially love it when we can be enjoying the outdoors together. Personally, I enjoy water skiing, wakeboarding, snow skiing, hiking, and camping. I love living in Coeur d’Alene, where we have access to so many wonderful recreational activities, year round!

Dr. Marie Smith

A Passion for Dentistry
I have a passion for helping people through dentistry with kind, gentle treatment, and keen attention to every patient’s needs and fears. I’m thrilled to be in a field that allows me to use that passion and have a direct impact on people’s lives and health. It is important to me to truly get to know my patients and involve them in their treatment plan. Combining that and my experience with the latest technology and innovations in the field will ensure excellent results. I look forward to making your smile the best it can be.
Education and Continuing Education
I earned my undergraduate degree in biology from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. I then received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Loma Linda, California. Each year I pursue continuing education opportunities both locally and nationally to stay on top of the ever improving dental technology, techniques and materials.
Professional Affiliations
  • American Dental Association
  • Idaho State Dental Association
  • Idaho Panhandle Dental Society
I moved to Coeur d’Alene recently with my energetic black and white cat, Micah. I grew up in the northwest corner of Washington where my family currently lives. I love soccer and play on community recreational teams, and in my spare time I like to bake pies and other tasty treats. While I am new to the area I already love this community and all the outdoor recreational activities it has to offer. I am looking forward to hiking, snow skiing, camping, water skiing, and wake boarding here.

Dr. Marie Smith

Dr. Kelsi Wheler completed her undergraduate studies at Walla Walla University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health with a Science concentration. She attended dental school at Loma Linda University, graduating with her dental degree in 2019. Dr. Wheeler is a member of the American Dental Association® and the Idaho State Dental Association. She is excited to learn more about dentistry and stay up-to-date with advances in the dental fields to provide her patients with the best possible care, and continues her education as often as possible. As a dentist, Dr. Wheeler is committed to providing excellent care and alleviating her patient’s fear of going to the dentist so that they can feel cared for. She loves meeting new people and looks forward to getting to know each of her patients. Dr. Wheeler is new to the [city] area, but has called Sandpoint, [state], her hometown since 2001. She is excited to be back in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She has two amazing parents, two older brother who married the most wonderful of ladies and two darling nieces. Dr. Wheeler’s hobbies include gymnastics, snowboarding, going to the gym and enjoying the outdoors.
Nick– Business Administrator
As our office manager, I am responsible for accounting/bookkeeping, human resources, marketing, and strategic planning to make our office as successful as it can be. It’s an amazing feeling, being able to work with people you genuinely care about, from our patients to our awesome team and my wife, Dr. LaRose. Watching them interact with patients and build an organization that is truly unique with how it engages the community is the most rewarding experience I could ever have.
I balance work with taking care of our son, Grayson. We love the outdoors and try to take advantage of this beautiful place we live in as often as possible year round!
Stephanie – Clinical Director
Stephanie has been a member of our team since 2014. While she is our clinical manager, she formerly worked as dental hygienist, which means that she knows the ins and outs of dental care and can help answer your questions. She strives to make it so that her co-workers love coming to work every day, to a place where they can share their passion and care with our patients. To Stephanie, her co-workers and the patients of Kootenai Family Dental are part of her family.
Stephanie and her husband, Terry, have been married for 10 years, and they have a pet dog named Jackson. They just bought a house, and they spend most of their free time enjoying the chance to remodel their home.
Heather - Billing Coordinator
Heather is a hometown girl, with 18 years of experience in the wonderful world of dentistry, and she has loved every minute of it! She has found working for Dr. LaRose and Dr. Smith, (who are both phenomenal dentists) to be a genuine honor and privilege. Heather has found our doctor’s compassion for their patients and attention to detail to be unparalleled in the industry; and it sets them both far and above others in the dental field. Heather appreciates the fact that the team places patient care and education first, and that enables the staff at Kootenai Family Dental to give our patients the most professional, and anxiety-free experience possible. Education matters to Heather, and she takes pride in the fact that she continues her education in order to benefit the patients. She makes is a priority to instill trust in our practice with our patients when it comes to finances.
Her special interests include her amazing husband, her four grown children, two grandchildren and two very well-loved dogs! She and her family love riding their Harleys, boating in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, cooking, and hanging out together. While some would say that her life is just plain crazy, she would say that it is just “Crazy Good!”
Jessica – Treatment Coordinator
Jessica has been a part of our family since 2016 after her move from Seattle. She brings 6 years of dental experience to our practice. If you ask Jessica what her favorite part of our office is, she would say the family oriented atmosphere and our constant community outreach. Her main job as Treatment Coordinator is to ensure that you are taken care of after your appointment. She will thoroughly explain your treatment and financial options. In her free time, you can find Jessica spending time with her husband and son in the great outdoors. She enjoys riding her horses, snowmobiling, hiking and hunting.
Dominique– New Patient & Insurance Coordinator
Dominique is a 2015 graduate from Carrington College and joined the KFD Family in 2018. Dominique is our insurance coordinator here at KFD and loves to help our patients utilize their insurance benefits to the best of their ability. If asked, Dominique would say she loves our office atmosphere and exemplary patient care. Dominique is a previous volunteer firefighter and enjoys spending any spare time in the outdoors, with her fiancé, Sean, and two corgis, Miller and Zoey.
Kaitlyn – Hygiene Coordinator
Kaitlyn has been with our team since 2018. She is thankful to work with a team that is caring, kind and welcoming, and enjoys the family feeling on our team. Kaitlyn hopes that when patients come to our office that they feel comfortable and know that we genuinely care about how they are.
Kaitlyn is the youngest of three in her family, and is part of the fourth generation of her family to grow up in the Coeur d'Alene area. She spends most of her free time with her family, especially with her only nephew. Her hobbies include anything that involves being in the woods or being on top of a mountain. Her favorite places to visit are Frost Peak near Pinehurst and Stevens Lake near Lookout Pass.
Maria is celebrating three years with Kootenai Family Dental! She graduated from Loma Linda and is proud to bring her experience to our practice. Maria loves the fun group of caring people at our office, and she truly enjoys coming to work every day. She is married to her husband Tom, and has two kids and two grandchildren. Maria enjoys spending her spare time running, participating in triathlons, and quilting.
Laughlin – Dental Hygienist
Laughlin graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in 2014, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. Laughlin joined our team in 2018. She loves the comradery of our team, and treats our patients with respect and gentleness.
Laughlin married her best friend and the love of her life two years ago, and they drove their truck and camper to the tip of South America. You can check out her adventures at her blog, Ducknotes.org. Laughlin’s parents and two of her brothers live in Arizona, and her third brother lives in Laramie, Wyoming. Family is everything to her. Outside of the office she enjoys hiking and kayaking, and has recently discovered a love for downhill skiing.
Nicole - Dental Hygienist
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Sarah - Dental Assistant
Sarah joined our practice a year ago, and she finished school in 2006. She loves the family atmosphere and quality of care at our office, and makes patient care her first priority. It’s important to Sarah that each of our patients have a good experience, and that they like our dentist. One of her favorite aspects of the practice is cosmetic dentistry, especially the fact that we can offer our patients same-day crowns. She married her husband Justin in 2009, and has two incredible children, Piper and Max. In addition to being with her family, Sara loves the outdoors, and enjoys camping, hiking and kayaking!
Kylee - Dental Assistant
Kylee joined has been with Kootenai Family Dental for just over a year. She graduated first in her class in high school and in dental assisting school in California. Kylee enjoys seeing our patients, and loves the fact that everyone in the office works so well together, much like a fine-tuned machine. Her goal is to make sure that every patient enjoys comfortable, high quality, individualized care. She loves spending time with the patients and particularly enjoys the fact that every time a patient sits down in the chair, they pick up right where they left off! She has never worked with more compassionate and gentle dentists than the doctors at Kootenai Family Dental, and loves coming to work with this team each day.
Kylee is married to her husband Caleb, and has a chocolate lab named Jake who is the love of her life. When she isn’t at work, Kylee can be found enjoying the great outdoors, hunting with her family. She also takes time to express her creative side, by drawing and playing acoustic guitar.
Bailey - Dental Assistant
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