Clinical Instructor

Dr. Brusca graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He began working in the Public Health Service at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM. He also worked at San Carlos Indian Hospital in San Carlos, Arizona. Since then he has contracted with Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation’s Dental Department, and the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s Dental Department, in Bethel. He joined the Dental Health Aide training program at its beginnings and has provided didactic and clinical training for the first and second year students ever since. He takes the second year students on village travel where they gain necessary experience to treat patients in small villages in 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.”