SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
I am an Alaska Native (Tlingit) from the Eagle Brown-Bear clan, born and raised in Juneau. I have always been interested in health care and, as a dental assistant, often have found myself wishing I could practice as the provider. I look forward to serving my community as a DHAT, with the hope that some of my future patients will want to do the same.
Eliza EphankaBethel, AK
“I’ve lived in Bethel all my life. All my younger children received services at the Dental Health Aide program. Before this clinic we never received any dental services. It was so hard to get an appointment with a dentist. We’d call every Monday. Sometimes they’d tell us to call next week. My first dental experience was scary. I was 6 or 7 years, going to the dentist for a toothache. After that I suffered with toothaches before going back to see the dentist. It’s easier for me to communicate with the Dental Health Aides here as they are local.”