Registered Dental Hygienist
Dawn provides clinical dental hygiene services for un’ina, “those who come to us,” such as periodontal therapy, preventative treatment for adults, teens and children, and nutritional and tobacco counseling. She customizes oral hygiene instruction and recommends appropriate products that fit each un’ina’s current needs, level of health and skill.
Dawn has been a practicing Dental Hygienist for more than 23 years. She studied Nursing at Montana State University and the University of Alaska Anchorage. She earned her Dental Hygiene degree from UAA.
Dawn loves to see her un’ina take her recommendations to heart, continue to educate themselves, ask questions, work hard on their oral and systemic health and then begin to realize an overall improvement in how they feel, look and think. She has seen amazing transformations in a short period of time, and says that every small step is a victory.
Dawn has had a lifelong interest in the constantly evolving science of health and medicine, nature vs. nurture, and the correlation and connection of oral-mind-body health. She enjoys the sense of community and pride the Tribe has for the people, its past, present and future.
A lifelong Alaskan and Kenai Peninsula resident, Dawn can’t imagine living anywhere else. When she’s not serving un’ina, she enjoys fishing, camping, hiking, gardening, gathering around a fire and time at the lake. She cherishes her time with family, friends and her dogs. She also volunteers for local community organizations that involve animal rescue and working with youth and Elders.