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!
Jana SchuerchBased in Kiana
Employed by Maniilaq Association
“I was born in Kotzebue and grew up in Kiana where I spent the majority of my life. It’s clear that additional efforts in addressing the prevention of tooth decay in underserved Rural Alaska Communities are needed. As a Dental Health Aide Therapist I have the opportunity to work within a small community, getting patients out of pain, restoring teeth, and working on preventing dental decay. These efforts will ultimately slow the growing tooth decay in our region.