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Dr. J. Randall Crawford

Dentist

I am a 1979 graduate from the Ohio State University school of dentistry and have been practicing in Alliance for over 38 years. In the first 11 years, I shared a practice with my dad until his retirement in 1990. I maintained a solo practice from that time until I was joined by Dr. James Brunie in September of 2017. As a dental professional, I stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for my patients.  I recognize that my patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in me and my team.  That is just one reason why I value each and every patient relationship. My goal is to give each patient all the information they need to make informed decisions about their treatment than to make that treatment as comfortable and affordable as possible.

I appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about this dental practice, my team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health. Following is information to let you know a little bit more about me.

I am the third of four generations of dentists, following my father and grandfather in practice in Alliance. I am also very proud to see my daughter, Bethany, continue the Crawford dental tradition. She has graduated from dental school and has started something new for the Crawfords as she has completed her orthodontic residency and is now practicing orthodontics in Columbus. My wife Anna and I also have a son Kevin who is an electrical engineer, also in Columbus.

Outside the office, my hobbies include reading, golf, biking and traveling with my wife but my biggest hobby is running. I have been a lifelong runner and continue to this day participating in the occasional road race. I am also the girls' track coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and the race director of the Alliance Rotary Castle Run held each Labor Day.


Dr. James Brunie

I was born in Alliance and graduated from Alliance High School.  My parents were both hard working people; my dad a welder for 47 years at Transue & Williams and my mom a motor assembler for 42 years at the Alliance Manufacturing.   When I graduated from Ohio State University College of Dentistry I chose to return to my hometown to establish my dental practice and raise my family. 

Starting from day one with just a single patient, I grew that practice over the next 24 years.  My parents’ work ethic and working class background was the number one factor that influenced how I have dealt with patients and employees over the course of my dental career.  I think everyone should be treated with kindness, respect, as an equal and given consideration to their desires and needs.  I am a huge proponent of explaining treatment options to my patients and offering affordable alternatives.  I thoroughly enjoy dentistry and the challenges that treatment can present.

Patients often joke about not wanting to be at the dentist and my response is always, “Well you didn’t see a big line going around the building when you came in, did you?”  Agreed, it is not the favorite destination for most people.  I “get” that dental treatment can be frightening, invasive of our personal space and oftentimes, expensive.  It is my job as a health care provider to be efficient in what I do, respectful of a patient’s time and desires and to offer treatment in a caring and affordable manner.  This is my goal.  My amazing support staff enables me to make this a reality.

I am honored to be in practice with Dr. Crawford.  He is a kind and caring dental professional whose roots go back a century in this community.  We have been friends for years and our practice philosophies could not be more in sync.  Exciting things are happening in this office and I feel fortunate to be a part of it. 

Outside of the office a large portion of my time is spent, as my wife Vera would affirm, being the head boys’ soccer coach at Alliance High School.  I have coached AHS for 20 years and thoroughly enjoy it.  Vera is a teacher of children with multiple disabilities at Jackson Middle School.  She is a saint on earth, her job requiring skills and patience that we mere mortals do not possess.  She is, by 10,000 miles, the best thing that ever happened to me.

We are the parents of five children and five grandchildren.  We enjoy traveling when our schedules cross in the summer.  Visits to grandchildren consume many weekends.

I appreciate and value the confidence and loyalty my patients have shown regarding the dental care they have received and look forward to continuing that care at Dr. Crawford’s office.   


Dr. Laura Albrecht

Dr. Laura (Twaddle) Albrecht is an Alliance native and a 2003 graduate of Alliance High School. Dr. Albrecht graduated cum laude from the University of Mount Union with a Bachelors in Biology, with minors in Spanish and Chemistry. She went on to complete 4 years at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with Research Honors in 2016. Following graduation from dental school Dr. Albrecht completed a two year post-doctoral General Practice Residency at Mercy Medical Center in Canton Ohio, serving as Chief Resident her second year. During her time in residency Dr. Albrecht received advanced training in emergency dental medicine, full mouth rehabilitation in the hospital operating room, oral surgery, and treating medically compromised patients. She brings with her a strong medical background and values the role dentistry plays in her patients’ overall health.

Dr. Albrecht is an active member of the Stark County Dental Society, Ohio Dental Association, American Dental Association, Comprehensive Dental Excellence Forum, Spear Study Club, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She enjoys participating in local dental study clubs and continuing education courses to ensure she is providing the highest quality and most up to date care for her patients. Dr. Albrecht has a passion for teaching and will be maintaining an Attending Clinical Faculty position at the Mercy Medical Center General Practice Residency.

During her time outside of the office Dr. Albrecht enjoys spending time with her husband David, their families, volunteering, and running.  David is also a Stark County native and they are members of the Alliance Friends Church.

Her desire to give back to her local community and abroad has facilitated Dr. Albrecht’s involvement with numerous volunteer programs including participation in dental mission trips to Kenya, Haiti, Guatemala and Ecuador. She plans to continue serving in this capacity for many years to come.

Dr. Albrecht strongly believes in patient centered care, with an emphasis on gentleness and compassion.  She is excited to be returning to Alliance to have the opportunity to serve her friends, family, and hometown community.