The personnel who support the Dental Health Aide Therapist Program consist of core and visiting faculty, and full time staff recruited from the Alaska Native population. Visiting instructors have primary appointments in dental schools throughout the country where they provide didactic and clinical training to predoctoral students. By adapting their teaching materials to meet the needs of the DHAT program, they provide the conceptual framework the core faculty builds upon throughout the two-year training.
The core faculty have dedicated their careers to the needs of underserved populations as Public Dental Health Service officers or contractors to tribal health organizations. They possess cultural competence and have expert knowledge of the challenges of providing care in remote, rural Alaska.
Dr. Bolin is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. He teaches both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students in dental public health and preventive dentistry.
Dr. Beatrice Gandara is a 1978 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. In 1982, she entered the Oral Medicine specialty program at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, earning her MSD degree in the field of Oral Medicine in 1985.
My educational journey has provided me with many exceptional opportunities and experiences including a stint in the Midwest, a “New York experience,” work at the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution, and a Ph.D. in Anatomy from Johns Hopkins University.