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.
Mark Davis, DDSClinical Instructor
Why would I leave my family in sunny Florida in the middle of winter and travel 4000 miles to dark and cold Alaska to teach in the DHAT Program? Because I believe this program has enabled tens of thousands of Native Alaskans to receive essential health care that they were previously denied. Their health has improved markedly by this program, and its success is evidence that adoption in the “Lower 48 States” will make oral health care available to the millions of Americans that find dental care unattainable either due to geographic or economic barriers. Just as Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners have changed the efficiencies and economics of medical practice, DHATs ultimately will make quality dental care attainable for both our poor and middle class under served citizens.