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!
Rochelle FerryBased in Nome, AK
Employed by Norton Sound
Growing up in rural Alaska, good dental hygiene was installed in my family, for the simple reason, “We don’t always have a dentist to take care of you if you get a tooth ache.” Brushing and flossing were part of our nightly routine. Today I realize that dental hygiene is often lacking largely due to the fact that good dental hygiene is learned and if not understood can be detrimental. I am a dental therapist based in Nome, I see patients from all over the Bering Straits region and travel to the villages of St. Michael and Stebbins. Along with placing sealants and doing fillings I spend time educating children on proper brushing and flossing and how to avoid decay. Education is a stepping-stone to a better dental future.