I was raised in a village that did not receive consistent dental care. Dental providers would come and go. Unfortunately, there were villages that did not receive any dental care. Now, I am a Dental Health Aide Therapist who is able to provide much needed dental care to 4 villages on the Yukon Delta.
Is it worth it? That was my first thought when I heard of the opportunity to apply to DENTEX for the DHAT training. I am someone the people of Manokotak trusted to do any job put before me. But I had never done anything in the health field. So the encouragement I got for the community proved to me it was worth trying.
I have the experience of traveling to a faraway place in order to get dental treatment. As a child every time I had a toothache or cavity I had to travel to Bethel, just like everyone in my village. In Elementary School I went to Bethel many times in order to get my cavities and fillings done.