Consultant

Dr. Beatrice Gandara is a 1978 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.  In 1982, she entered the Oral Medicine specialty program at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, earning her MSD degree in the field of Oral Medicine in 1985. During that time she completed a National Institute of Aging Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry and a NRSA Fellowship in Salivary Gland Research and participated in the Dental Education and Care of the Disabled (DECOD) program.  In 1987, Dr. Gandara joined the faculty of the University of Washington Department of Oral Medicine. In 1990 she became a Diplomate in the American Board of Oral Medicine.  Dr. Gandara’s research interests are saliva as a diagnostic fluid, as well as therapy for salivary disorders. She also dedicates time teaching undergraduate dental students and is Director of the Emergency Clinic at the School of Dentistry. Her patient care responsibilities include oral medicine, urgent care and geriatric dentistry.

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.”