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.
Savannah BonordenFrom Sitka,AK
Employed by Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
“Alaska is a big state and access can be difficult especially with the conditions of weather or with the expensive of travel. So having a DHAT placed in a village setting is both rewarding and beneficial for the people. I see the dental therapists as a new mainstream for dental prevention, working together as a team with all occupations of the dental field. We’re a new kind of provider, a profession that has so much promise to the future of oral health. I see all the smiles and gratitude the patients have for the services we provide and I’m proud to be here helping. It warms my heart and gives me the sense that I’m doing something right.”