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!
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.”