Alaska is a big state and access can be difficult especially with the conditions of weather or with the expensive of travel. So having a DHAT placed in a village setting is both rewarding and beneficial for the people. I see the dental therapists as a new mainstream for dental prevention, working together as a team with all occupations of the dental field.
When I was given a chance to work in Alaska over a year ago I let nothing get in the way. I simply love the way of life here. I understand almost all aspects of dentistry. It is a privilege to treat our patients with the care they need and deserve. I was introduced to Dental Health Aide Therapists when I moved here from the rural woods of Pennsylvania, and this is my dream come true.
My name is Elsie J. Pelowook from Savoonga which is on St. Lawrence Island. I am a Siberian Yupik Eskimo and from the Lakaghmiit clan. Tagneghli is my eskimo name. Siberian Yupik is my first language. Norton Sound Health Corporation is my sponsor and after completion of this training program, I will be returning home to Savoonga to provide care as a DHAT.