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.
Louis Fiset, BA, DDSCurriculum Coordinator (1st Year)
Clinical Advisor (2nd Year)
I exchanged a sedentary retirement life as a writer for six grueling year-round trips to Alaska fraught with dental organizations committed to putting me and my colleagues out of work. Why did I do this to myself? For three reasons. First, in two short years I get to see courageous Alaska Native villagers mature as people, healers, and role models. Second, I observe first hand Alaska Natives caring for other Alaska Natives and the satisfaction that brings to all. Finally, although it took flying nearly to the Arctic, I have found dentist colleagues who take pride in empowering others to become agents of change in their own communities.