Instructor I am a graduate of Kings College Physician Assistant Program. I have lived in the Anchorage area for the last 6 years and currently practice at the Alaska Native Medical Center Emergency Department. Five years ago, I became a part time faculty member with the University of Washington MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Training Program, Anchorage site. Shortly after joining MEDEX, I was introduced to the DENTEX Program. In my work at the hospital, I was all to familiar with the dental needs of Alaska, and the limitations concerning access to care. In learning about DENTEX and the Dental Health Aide Therapists, I was excited to take a position to help expand access to dental care in the villages. For the last few years I have helped teach the General Science course in the didactic year. I am grateful to be a part of this program and proud of the difference it makes in access to healthcare!
Tatiana BarracloughBased in St. Paul, AK
Employed by Aleutian Islands Pribilof Islands Association
“I was raised and grew up in Atka, out on the Aleutians and the Pribilof islands. My mother was a Community Health Aide, so she travelled a lot. Usually, I travelled with her when she moved from different communities. It is very difficult and expensive to travel out in the Aleutians, so many people choose to wait until a dentist decides to fly out before they get treatment. Most people cannot afford to pay for treatment from the two private dentists who live there — there are no IHS dentists. To be able to go home and provide basic care all the time is great. I am able able to help people before they need emergency treatment.”