Dr. Davis is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Restorative Sciences at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, with clinical teaching responsibilities. Among his professional activities internationally, he has participated in medical/dental missions to Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. (40 words)
Why would I leave my family in sunny Florida in the middle of winter and travel 4000 miles to dark and cold Alaska to teach in the DHAT Program? Because I believe this program has enabled tens of thousands of Native Alaskans to receive essential health care that they were previously denied. Their health has improved markedly by this program, and its success is evidence that adoption in the “Lower 48 States” will make oral health care available to the millions of Americans that find dental care unattainable either due to geographic or economic barriers. Just as Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners have changed the efficiencies and economics of medical practice, DHATs ultimately will make quality dental care attainable for both our poor and middle class under served citizens.