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.
Shannon HardyBased in Ft. Yukon
Employed by Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments
“I am honored to be a Certified Dental Health Aide Therapist for my community and surrounding villages. Access to care in Alaska is a great need, to be able to provide dental service to help people whether it’s helping with pain or fixing their smiles is a great feeling, as for prevention I set up at schools to provide prevention and education serving approximately 300 school aged children between 3 villages. DENTEX has been a wonderful experience for me and my family, although it was a lot of stress and hard times with help and support from my family, friends, classmates, instructors, and community members I made it through the program successfully and I am working in my region.”