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.
Phylicia WildeBased in Toksook Bay
Employed by Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
I have the experience of traveling to a faraway place in order to get dental treatment. As a child every time I had a toothache or cavity I had to travel to Bethel, just like everyone in my village. In Elementary School I went to Bethel many times in order to get my cavities and fillings done. One of the things most needed in the villages is a Dental Health Aide Therapist. When I was six I got as toy dentist kit for Christmas. I went to everyone in he house pretending to fix their teeth. After one year in training in Anchorage, and year 2 in Bethel, I now work as a Dental Health Aide Therapist for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel.