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.
Trisha PattonBased in Toksook Bay
Employed by Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
“Coming from a small community gives me a great opportunity to be familiar with the people of these communities. Growing up in a village with lack of resources and struggles encouraged me to strive for more: success, happiness and a better life. There was a time in my young life where I had no idea what I wanted to become, until I had become familiar with the DHAT program. I am confident in my career as a Dental Health Aide Therapist; I am making a difference in lives of people of my own and am honored to be improving access to dental care in these rural communities. I only look at my past struggles as something that made me a better and stronger person.”