Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
I am from Emmonak, a community of 1,000 people at the mouth of the Yukon River. I am a person people can look up to in my community where I have worked as a dental assistant for the past 18 months. I have worked closely with a practicing DHAT. Growing up in rural Alaska I know about the lack of dental care. I want to help my community by improving the availability of routine dental services.
Stephanie WoodsBased in Kotzeube, AK
Employed by Maniilaq Association
I am a certified Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) that trained in New Zealand in 2003-2004, working for the Maniilaq Association since January of 2005. After doing a six-month preceptorship in Kotzebue, I moved to the village of Shungnak, where my husband is from, and practiced dentistry in the local clinic as well as frequent travel to other villages. In January 2009 I became the dental director for the department and moved to the region’s headquarters in Kotzeube. I currently work in the clinic 1-2 days a week and travel to one of the outlying villages for one week every other month to provide dental services. I have spoken in numerous states around the country including twice in Washington DC promoting the DHAT program. For the past eight years I’ve been on the Dental Academic Review Committee (DARC) that reviews the DHAT curriculum.