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.
Ben StewardBased in Tok
Employed by Tanana Chief’s Conference
It has been nearly three years since I graduated the DENTEX program. T.C.C. hired me and moved me to Tok, which is a perfect fit for my family and lifestyle. It is a small town on the road system, a great mix of the things I love about the bush yet still accessible to the comforts the city has to offer. Work as a DHAT remains as fun and exciting as I had felt it would. Every day is different; I never know what kind of work I will be doing till it’s done. The people that work in the clinic with me are amazingly fun to work with. On top of that the people of the community are just as fun and interesting to get to know.