Dr. Nagle received his dental degree from Emory University in 1987. He began working for the US Public Health Services later that year.  He worked with dental nurses in the Western Pacific region, which led to his interest in bringing this type of mid-level dental provider to Alaska to help with the severe shortages of dentists and to increase access in rural Alaska. He retired from the US Public Health Service and his role as the Dental Health Aide Program Director in 2010, but continues to teach in the Program.

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.”