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!
Angelica AfcanEmmonak, AK
Sponsored by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
“Growing up I remember the dentist traveling to our town once or twice a year. It would be announced on the VHF and their schedule would be booked immediately. Those who were unable to schedule were forced to wait until the next trip the dentist made into town. I do not remember a face or a name of any dentists that I saw as a child. To me, a dentist was a man with a mask and no name. I would like to be part of a revolution that creates access to good dental care at home; a revolution that gives a face and a name to the person providing dental care.”