Curriculum Coordinator (1st Year)

Clinical Advisor (2nd Year)

After an academic career as a research dentist at the University of Washington dental school focusing on dental phobia and treating patients suffering from it, in 1995 Dr. Fiset left dentistry to pursue life as a writer.  He returned to dentistry in 2006 to help develop the Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist Training Program.  Today he serves as curriculum coordinator and clinical advisor to the faculty/staff and students.  His outside interests include hiking at Mt. Rainier and writing essays for the historical and philatelic literature.

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.”