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.
Shawn MartinBethel, AK
Sponsored by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
“I am from the community of Bethel, the place where I was born and raised. I want to give my dental knowledge to the community. Some families can’t travel to Bethel to see a dentist due to insufficient money or time. That’s where I will come in and bring oral care to remote patients. Teach patients how to brush and floss. Tell them the importance of applying fluoride to their teeth. Teach children about cavity bugs and why they have to brush them off or have holes in their teeth. I will become a Dental Health Aide Therapist to provide preventive and routine dental care to my people.”