First year students take up residence in Anchorage to begin their studies as Dental Health Aide Therapists. Training includes one year of classroom instruction in oral health principles and practices. Students become immersed in the didactic material, but also see real patients, both children and adults, providing diagnostic and preventive services. In addition, they perform fillings on the teeth of mannequins that serve as patients in the laboratory.
Daniel B. KennedyBased in Klawok, AK
Employed by Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corporation
“I have been working for Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) as a Dental Health Aid Therapist since January, 2009. I received my certification on July, 2009. 2013 will be my fourth year working for SEARHC. I have practiced what I have learned at my training with many community projects that educate, teach oral hygiene instruction and prevention to Headstart programs, public schools, mothers and mothers to be, diabetics, and the elderly. I want to break down the fear barrier between patients and the dental clinic. It is an ongoing mission to convince patients not to be so scared when they come to the dental clinic. The majority of the patients have dental phobias partly due to the dental clinic located within the same building as the medical clinic.”