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.
Trisha PattonBased in Toksook Bay
Employed by Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
“Coming from a small community gives me a great opportunity to be familiar with the people of these communities. Growing up in a village with lack of resources and struggles encouraged me to strive for more: success, happiness and a better life. There was a time in my young life where I had no idea what I wanted to become, until I had become familiar with the DHAT program. I am confident in my career as a Dental Health Aide Therapist; I am making a difference in lives of people of my own and am honored to be improving access to dental care in these rural communities. I only look at my past struggles as something that made me a better and stronger person.”