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.
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.”