Kodiak Area Native Association
I was born and raised in Kodiak with two sisters and a brother. My grandparents taught me to be a hard worker and that family is the most important thing in life. I have worked as a dental assistant since 2006. Some people are nervous about going to the dentist, but if you can talk to them and make them feel comfortable, the chances of them coming back are better. I am excited for more education and more skills as a dental professional, which will make me able to give back more to my community.
Robert CurtisBased in Shishmaref, AK
Employed by Norton Sound Health Corporation
“Initially I worked as a Dental Assistant. The DHAT program interested me, and I trained as a DHAT in New Zealand during 2003-2004. Currently I live in a remote community of 600 to 700 people. The population of kids is around 200 to 300. We have a weekly flouride schedule where we go up to the school at a set time Monday through Thursdays. During the school year we take kids out of class to do cleaning, provide fluoride treatment and talk about brushing. If they have other work that needs to be done we get them in after. With adults we schedule them into the clinic early in the morning or after school is out. If a patient comes in and I see the procedure will be out of my scope of practice I refer them to the dentist in Nome.”