Meet The Team
Dr. Christopher K. LaTocha DDS
Dr. Christopher LaTocha graduated from Mackinaw City High School in 1984. He attended Central Michigan University where he completed requirements for Pre-Dental education. While there, his emphasis of study was Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. He was then accepted to Ohio State University College of Dentistry, where he completed his graduation requirements six months early.
Dr. LaTocha opened his first of three office locations in Mackinaw City in March of 1992. Mackinaw City was always home to the LaTocha family. The choice to return to the area stemmed from his love of the lakes and the desire to enjoy Michigan’s opportunities for hunting and fishing. Dr. LaTocha’s commitment to quality, as well as his extensive continuing-education background, exemplify a small town office with many advantages for patient care and state-of-the-art equipment and procedures.
Dr. LaTocha has since moved his practice to Alanson, a better central location for his patients located in the southern part of the state while remaining close to his northern patients. In addition, Dr. LaTocha makes many procedures available to the dental consumer because he performs many procedures that are often preformed only by specialists. His extensive continuing education in the fields of orthodontics (braces), root canal therapies and state-of-the-art implant options for teeth replacement represent his commitment to evolving educational advances in the field of Dentistry.
Linda LaTocha RDH
A graduate of Oakland Community College, Linda received her dental hygiene license along with an Associate of Applied Science degree in 1998. She has worked in private practice now for nearly 20 years, mainly in a general dental office, but has also worked in a pediatric office. She continues expanding her education through yearly continuing-education classes to learn new techniques and products.
Linda has been involved in many community activities over the past 10 years, ranging from speaking to children at schools, educating new parents about caring for their child’s dental needs, and visiting assisted-living facilities to aid in dental care for shut-ins. Her educational background allows her to evaluate and provide treatment of the teeth and supporting tissues, which is so important to our overall general health. Linda also has an extensive background in treating gum (periodontal) disease, which currently affects 60% of the population.
Emily McCreary, Hygiene Coordinator
Emily began her dental career as Dr. LaTocha’s first employee when he opened his Mackinaw City practice in 1992. She performed both clerical and clinical duties and eventually assumed the position of Clinical Coordinator for several years. Although Emily had an extended sabbatical from the dental profession, she brought years of administrative, managerial and customer service experience when she rejoined Straits Area Dental in April 2016.
Emily graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelors in Applied Arts and Sciences. She has been a member of the Mackinaw City American Legion for over twenty years and is Past-President and Past-Treasurer of the organization. Emily is also a garden enthusiast spending countless hours tending to her vegetable and flower gardens.
Krysta Bower, Dental Assistant
Krysta has had a desire to pursue a career as a dental assistant for years and recently joined the Straits Area Dental team to fulfill her dream. Krysta has assumed the responsibilities of
chair-side assisting, sterilization, laboratory and other clinical duties. She is also been certified for radiography.
Krysta has a passion for cheerleading. She currently coaches a competitive cheer team ranging from ages 4-18. Her team recently placed in Regional Competition and will move on to State Competition. She also is a licensed nail technician.
Krysta leads a busy life as a parent of a teenage boy. She loves spending time in the outdoors with her family regardless of the season.