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!
Aurora JohnsonBased in Unalakleet, AK
Living in a village where dental care only came once a year and dental products were not a priority in many homes. I was very fortunate that at a very young age I had someone in my life to encourage me to take care of my teeth. Now as a dental provider myself I make it a priority to make dental products available for kids at all school sites. It has been nearly 7 years and when I first started the kids were half my size and now they are taller than me. Each year as I provide care to the kids in the communities I am building a relationship of trust with the continuity of care. As a DHAT I believe our preventive care has provided and improved as to how we fight the enormous decay rate we have in our region. Working together with other entities in our communities can only better our program toward improved oral health.