The personnel who support the Dental Health Aide Therapist Program consist of core and visiting faculty, and full time staff recruited from the Alaska Native population.  Visiting instructors have primary appointments in dental schools throughout the country where they provide didactic and clinical training to predoctoral students.  By adapting their teaching materials to meet the needs of the DHAT program, they provide the conceptual framework the core faculty builds upon throughout the two-year training.

The core faculty have dedicated their careers to the needs of underserved populations as Public Dental Health Service officers or contractors to tribal health organizations.  They possess cultural competence and have expert knowledge of the challenges of providing care in remote, rural Alaska.

Savannah Bonorden

From Sitka,AK

Employed by Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

“Alaska is a big state and access can be difficult especially with the conditions of weather or with the expensive of travel. So having a DHAT placed in a village setting is both rewarding and beneficial for the people. I see the dental therapists as a new mainstream for dental prevention, working together as a team with all occupations of the dental field. We’re a new kind of provider, a profession that has so much promise to the future of oral health. I see all the smiles and gratitude the patients have for the services we provide and I’m proud to be here helping. It warms my heart and gives me the sense that I’m doing something right.”