I started off in Oregon – although my grandma & most of my aunts & uncles lived in Seward. My family used to go to Seward during the summers & visit. My parents were loggers & owned their own logging business, however, they called it quits and moved up to Alaska when I was in middle school.
Marian PetlaBased in New Stuyahok
Employed by Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
“I am from New Stuyahok in the Southwest region, 50 air miles from Dillingham. Grew up and lived in New Stuyahok for 20 years. I moved to Dillingham because there was no work in the village. It was hard to make the decision, as I knew the people very well in the village. I would go home every weekend – but through time I was able to adapt to living in Dillingham. I started taking part-time classes at the campus there, and decided I wanted to continue my education. I was always interested in dentistry, but didn’t know if there was a job for that in New Stu. One of my friends sent me an email about the DHAT program. I thought great — I will still be working with kids, I’ll get to go home – and I’ll get to work in dentistry! What I like most about being a DHAT is giving back to the people – helping everyone I know – the families. One of the biggest things for me is being able to go back and give back.”