Instructor

Dr. Philip Weinstein is a Professor of Oral Health Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Psychology at the University of Washington.

His current research interest includes motivational interviewing with pregnant women and motivational techniques to prevent caries in young children.  His research and clinical experiences have resulted in a book, Motivate Your Dental Patients. Dr. Weinstein provides continuing education courses on this topic and trains Alaska dental therapist students in these techniques, as well as management of fear, and pain in young patients.  Dr. Weinstein’s personal interests include fishing and woodcarving.

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.”