Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
I am originally from Togiak and worked as a dental assistant for the past five years before starting DHAT training. I want to give back to my community by providing dental services that are deeply needed in my village. I believe it would be a positive opportunity not only for the children, but for the adults, as well, to establish a “dental home” and get to know the provider one-on-one. It would build their trust and confidence in getting a “check-up” without fear.
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.”