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.
Bonnie JohnsonBased in Emmonak, AK
Employed by Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
“I was raised in a village that did not receive consistent dental care. Dental providers would come and go. Unfortunately, there were villages that did not receive any dental care. Now, I am a Dental Health Aide Therapist who is able to provide much needed dental care to 4 villages on the Yukon Delta. I am able to educate many that had little or no knowledge of the importance of good oral hygiene. The majority of the children were fearful of dental because they usually had experienced the trauma of having teeth extracted in a papoose board. Now that I have been stationed in the Emmonak sub-region for over a year, children anticipate a fun dental visit. I am proud to provide preventive and basic restorative dental care to rural Alaska.”