The Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Dental Health Activity (DENTAC) is composed of six dental clinics across JBLM and one dental clinic located at Presidio of Monterey (POM), Monterey, California. DENTAC, under the leadership of Col. Shan Bagby and 1st Sgt. Terence Mitchell, is a diverse team of highly dedicated professionals – dentists, enlisted personnel, civilians and contractors – all working together to provide only the highest quality oral healthcare for our Active-Duty service members and other eligible beneficiaries across the Puget Sound Multi-Service Market area. DENTAC’s workforce includes 82 military personnel, 189 civilian employees, and 13 contractors. JBLM dental clinics provide care to over 30,000 service members stationed at JBLM and Presidio of Monterrey. JBLM DENTAC was one of the pilot clinics for the Go First Class program in September 2012, consisting of exams, cleaning and restorative work during a one-stop appointment. Additionally, JBLM DENTAC houses a 12-month Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency and a 48-month Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program.
Provide responsive and reliable oral health services and influences health to improve readiness and advance wellness in support of the Force, military Families and all those entrusted to our care.
Strengthening the health of our Nation by improving the oral health of our Army.
- Cleanings (Prophylaxis)
- Preventive Services (Fluoride, Sealants, Instruction)
- Tooth Fillings (Restorative)
- Root Canals (Endodontics)
- Gum Disease Treatment (Periodontics)
- Crown & Bridge, as needed
- Extractions (Oral Surgery)
- Removable Dentures, as needed
- Referral for complex oral rehabilitation, as needed
DENTAL RESIDENCY PROGRAMS
ADVANCED GENERAL DENTISTRY RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency is a 12-month program located at Dental Clinic 2 on JBLM that provides professional post-doctoral training, encompassing closely supervised clinical and didactic experience in all major dental specialties. This program is designed to train competent, productive, efficient clinicians, capable of managing and providing complex multi-disciplinary treatment to a wide array of patients. Upon graduation, officers are awarded certificates of graduation and the military occupational specialty designation signifying the additional year of post-graduate training.
ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program is a 48-month military postgraduate training program which is fully accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. The residency is based at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) and provides a comprehensive and integrated study of biomedical sciences, clinical medical rotations, and surgical training in the complete scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Upon successful completion of the program, the new graduate becomes eligible to begin the process of becoming certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. A unique military objective of the residency program is to provide the U.S. Army with surgeons capable of managing acute maxillofacial combat injuries in an austere deployed hospital. Additionally, extensive training in anesthesia prepares the graduate for the additional role of delivering general anesthesia in a combat medical environment.
JBLM DENTAC partnered with the American Red Cross in September 2016, to offer an opportunity to Soldiers, civilians and family members to volunteer as dental assistants and gain experience in dental charting, exams and various dental procedures such as fillings. The current iteration of the program started on September 6, 2016, and will culminate on March 23, 2017. Ten volunteer students are currently enrolled in the program and include Soldiers that are ready to transition out of the military and are considering becoming dental assistants.
Additionally, JBLM DENTAC partnered with the Puget Sound Military Health Systems (MHS) Dental Consortium and will participate in an officer professional development event that will include an overview of the state of the Dental Corps, military officer leadership, officer record management, Dental Corps career roadmap, and one-on-one mentorship sessions.
JBLM was selected as the beta site for the implementation of the new electronic health record system, MHS Genesis. The go live date was July 15, 2017, and JBLM DENTAC started training key personnel that will facilitate the transition to the new system.
Additionally, JBLM DENTAC Soldiers participated in the DENTAC’s Best Warrior Competition from January 9-12, 2017. The arduous competition tested the military skills desired in all Soldiers. Spc. Dil Awal, Spc. Torian Tucker, Spc. Zhiyu Zhou, Spc. Ronald Miller and Sgt. Renee Smith participated in the competition. Awal and Smith won the competition and were awarded as JBLM DENTAC Soldier and NCO of the year.
JBLM DENTAC hosted the Dental Health Command-Pacific (DHC-P) Best Warrior Competition on February 20-25, 2017 where Soldiers and NCOs from Korea, Japan, Alaska, Hawaii and JBLM competed to become the regional best warriors.Dental Health Activity Alaska
Dental Health Activity Alaska (DENTAC-AK) is responsible for providing comprehensive dental care to all Active-Duty Soldiers that are a part of United States Army Alaska (USARAK).
DENTAC-AK located at Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, consists of three dental clinics with the mission of taking care of more than 10,000 Soldiers in USARAK. All military dental specialties are represented. DENTAC-AK provides the entire scope of dental services for all Soldiers assigned to USARAK. DENTAC-AK is staffed with 19 dental officers, 47 enlisted Soldiers, 24 civilian assistants and 6 dental hygienists. Fort Wainwright Dental Health Activity and Joint Base Elemedorf-Richardson are committed to supporting the mission of the U.S. Army in Alaska and to serving our communities.
- Oral Surgery
- General and Comprehensive Dentistry
DENTAC-AK partners with the American Red Cross and Central Texas College to support training for aspiring dental assistants.
COMMUNITY DENTAL FACILITIES
- Michael Helmbrecht, DDS
- Andrew Wappett, DMD
- Four Corners Dental Group
- North Pole Dental
- Anchorage Midtown Dental Center
- Alaska Advanced Dentistry
- South Anchorage Dental Center
We are a values-based organization made up of teams of professionals who are mission focused and continually striving to achieve a higher level of excellence in patient care, safety, dental research, graduate dental education and training.
To proudly serve our Active-Duty personnel and eligible beneficiaries by providing safe and quality oral health and dental services to influence health while improving dental readiness and wellness of the Force.
The unit is composed of 45 officers, 48 enlisted Soldiers, and 92 civilian personnel who perform clinical operations and administrative functions at the Tripler Army Medical Center Dental Clinic, Na Koa Clinic at Schofield Barracks Health Center, Schofield Barracks Dental Clinic and Fort Shafter Headquarters. The total population served is more than 20,382 beneficiaries with the main focus of sustaining the dental readiness of the Active-Duty population in order to provide senior commanders with the maximum number of deployable Soldiers.
U.S. Army Dental Health Activity Hawaii has demonstrated innovative ideas in its patient safety program, safety program, military training, leadership development and clinical operations.
A robust Patient Safety Program developed innovative safety measures to include various methods of site markings, the hand mirror technique as a component of the “Time Out” protocol, assessment teams and onboarding training for incoming personnel.
Our safety and training programs are led by high-performing officers and NCOs who develop unique ideas to engage our personnel in both military training and safety. The unit’s monthly NCO professional development and officer professional development provide leadership development in different domains to include the clinic and the field. The Red Cross Program hosted by Schofield Barracks Dental Clinic and led by a junior dental Officer annually trains and develops civilian volunteers for a future career in dental assisting.
The MRC4 Reset was the driving force to initiate patient empanelment in the clinics and to empower junior officers as dental readiness officers who collaborate with subordinate commands of the U.S. Army Hawaii. The unit continues to lead in its training and safety program while maintaining its readiness mission to reduce its non-deployable population to less than 0.9 percent.
The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Residency Program is a four-year program and graduates one resident each year. OMFS residents fulfill their medical and surgical rotations at Tripler Army Medical Center and trauma rotation in Portland, Oregon and Tyler, Texas. Past residents have won several awards for their articles and poster presentations. Articles written by residents have been published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Anesthesia Progress, Journal of Case Reports and General Dentistry.
The Advanced Education in General Dentistry 2-Year Program (AEGD-2) Hawaii, is one of three comprehensive dentistry programs run by the U.S. Army. These programs provide intense focused training in all specialties of dentistry. Thanks to an agreement with the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, the Army AEGD-2 programs offer a master’s degree as well as a certificate of training in oral biology. The first master’s degrees were conferred in 2013. Completion of a dental research project is the major requirement for the awarding of the master’s degree. The AEGD-2 Hawaii has been recognized with awards in several research competitions, and numerous projects have been featured in peer-reviewed journals. In October 2016, a project from the AEGD-2 Hawaii was the feature article on the cover of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Several dental officers have been invited as speakers at national conferences and international conferences to include the Maxillofacial Symposium in Thailand and Singapore and the Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange in Singapore.Dental Health Activity Japan
Dental Health Activity Japan (DENTAC-J), located at Camp Zama, Japan, includes command and control of the Camp Zama Dental Clinic (CZDC) and Torii Station Dental Clinic (TSDC) located 800 miles away in Okinawa, Japan.
DENTAC-J’s mission is to enhance dental readiness and oral health of all Soldiers and authorized beneficiaries throughout mainland Japan and Okinawa through the delivery of quality dental care and oral health promotion in becoming a premier dental team. DENTAC-J plays a critical role in dental health care within the community. The clinics provide routine and minimal specialty dental care for approximately 2,200 Active-Duty Soldiers and over 4,400 eligible beneficiaries. Our vision is to become America’s military leader in oral health and an integral member of Army Medicine by building stronger partnerships.
In 2016, DENTAC-J performed 31,677 procedures with 2,827 in orthodontic care and conducted 13,327 clinic visits. DENTAC-J has the highest dental readiness and wellness of 99.5% and 80%, respectively, within the Pacific region exceeding the Department of Defense’s goal.
Last year, DENTAC-J hosted the annual Tri-Service Dental Conference in Tokyo, providing continuing education to over 70 military and federal dentists located within the Pacific region to include Army, Navy and Air Force with over 70 participants in attendance.
- Camp Zama Dental Clinic – 14 Dental Treatment Rooms, 3 Dentists, 2 Hygienists
- Torii Station Dental Clinic – 8 Dental Treatment Rooms, 3 Dentists, 1 Hygienist
- Primarily General (Routine) Dentistry Services
- Preventive, Restorative, Endodontic, Prosthodontic and Oral Surgery
- Orthodontics – Army and Navy (Active-Duty Soldiers and Dependents – Children)
- Complex Specialty Services – Referred to Air Force and Navy
DENTAC-J continues a long standing partnership with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Dental Corps. Every year, DENTAC-J hosts a two-day Bilateral Dental Residency Course for the comprehensive dental residents at Central Hospital in Tokyo, providing lectures, case presentations, weapon stimulation training and live patient care exposure. Also, DENTAC-Jpartners with Medical Activity-Japan (MEDDAC-J) for Army Medical Department events and participates in an annual Bilateral Medical Symposium with our Japanese counterparts. Camp Zama Dental Clinic provided support to Atsugi Naval Dental Clinic in providing orthodontic services for their eligible beneficiaries. DENTAC partners with the local schools at Camp Zama to provide annual dental screenings and oral health education to its students.
The DENTAC-J headquarters and Camp Zama Dental Clinic was renovated in 2015 to increase its space within the dental operatories, laboratory, sterilization room and waiting area, as well as safety measures along with new equipment. In September 2015, the clinic conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony providing the community a glance of the new updates. Torii Station Dental Clinic continues to receive facility updates but recently had new radiograph equipment installed, an expansion of the supply room and double-sized sterilization room. Pending projects at Torii Station include:
- New Flooring
- Internal Painting and Wall Repairs
- Parking Lot Repavement and Design
- New Dental Chairs
The priorities are to exceed dental readiness and wellness for Soldiers, while increasing opportunities to extend access-to-care for our eligible beneficiaries; establish a more cohesive operation at Camp Zama and Torii Station dental clinics; strengthen relationships and increase bilateral engagement with JGSDF counterparts through training and team-building opportunities; continue to build partnerships with the Air Force and Navy dental units on mainland Japan and in Okinawa.Dental Command Activity Korea
Dental care throughout the Korean peninsula consists of several troop medical clinics and the main dental command clinic located at U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Yongsan. It’s mission is to provide expert patient dental care services in support of Eighth United States Army and all supported forces throughout the Korean theater of operations across the entire spectrum of plausible conflicts, from peacetime engagements through combat operations.
DENTAC-Korea (DENTAC-K) provides the following services:
- General Dentistry
Last year, 177,981 dental procedures were performed and 66,021 patients were treated and 22,685 lab procedures were conducted.
DENTAC-K is engaged in partnerships with Purchased Care Sector Providers (PCSP) off the installations. Network PCSPs accept the TRICARE negotiated rate as payment in full for services rendered. Participating PCSPs meet TRICARE licensing and certification requirements, and are certified by TRICARE to provide care to TRICARE Beneficiaries.
As the transition and relocation of U.S. Forces Korea from Area I and Area II progresses south to Areas III and IV, DENTAC-K is operating with extended hours to accommodate the increased demand for services. The new Yongsan Dental Wellness Center now provides one-stop in-processing and hygiene exams for all incoming military personnel and beneficiary population on a space-available basis.
Later this year, a brand new facility consisting of 79 chairs will open at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, in Pyongtaek, South Korea, sized to support 40,000 eligible beneficiaries as the population increases. This new facility will take the name of the Carius Dental Clinic from USAG Yongsan and become one of the largest in the Department of Defense.Dental Health Command-Pacific
The Dental Health Command Pacific (DHC-P), located at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, includes command and control of five U.S. Army Dental Activities (DENTACs) located in Hawaii, Korea, Japan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Alaska, totaling 24 dental treatment facilities (DTFs).
DHC-P is the Pacific region’s premier oral health care system, supporting dental readiness and health care diplomacy throughout the Asia-Pacific area of responsibility (AOR), ensuring the delivery of outstanding oral health care for Soldiers and eligible beneficiaries. DHC-P supports Regional Health Command-Pacific’s (RHC-P) global health engagements throughout the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) AOR.
DHC-P provides routine and specialty dental health care for nearly 77,000 eligible beneficiaries. DHC-P’s quality graduate dental programs consist of a 4-year (2-start) oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), a 4-year (1-start) OMS program in Hawaii, an Advanced Education General Dentistry-1 (AEGD-1, 8-start) program in JBLM, and an Advanced Education General Dentistry-2 (AEGD-2, 4- start) program in Hawaii.
In an average month, DHC-P provides 13,485 dental encounters with a workforce of 695 employees consisting of both military and civilian personnel using 417 dental chairs.
The DHC-P continues to renovate and upgrade dental treatment facilities and capabilities to provide dental care to all eligible beneficiaries. Current ongoing projects include:
- 79 chair consolidated dental treatment facility (Korea)
- 28 chair dental treatment facility (Korea)
- 19 chair dental treatment facility (Hawaii)
By Flavia Hulsey
Regional Health Command-Pacific
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington – Sgt. Harold Cortes and Spc. Conrad Norman were recently named the DHC-P’s Best Warriors following a late February competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington that identified the best noncommissioned officer and Soldier competitors.
“The competition was an excellent tool to conduct Soldier self-assessment,” said Cortes, who serves as the supply noncommissioned officer for Torii Station Dental Clinic Okinawa, U.S. Army Dental Health Activity Japan. “After winning the competition, I have come to realize there is so much to learn. The importance of our military training and the standards within the training are fundamental to all Soldiers.”
Through the competition, Cortes said he identified areas where he can improve and created a plan to work on them ahead of the regional event.
“I will continue reading Army regulations, Army doctrines and maintaining my physical fitness,” Cortes said.
Meanwhile, Norman, who is assigned to the 618th Dental Company (AS), 65th Medical Brigade in Korea, said though he breathed a sigh of relief after completing the “grueling competition.” He quickly realized there was little time left for relaxation as he prepared for the regional competition. Since the DHC-P competition, he said he has been studying to become more knowledgeable in subject areas where he may be tested, exercising more and challenging himself to consume more fruits and vegetables to maintain his health.
“The competition was very challenging,” Norman said. “It is important that all Soldiers, regardless of their MOS, have the basic knowledge and skills of the Army warrior tasks and battle drills. This competition helped broaden my knowledge and reinforced the skills I already possessed. The knowledge and skills we learn not only help us to be combat ready but also helps in our everyday life.”
The knowledge and skills necessary to be combat ready are exactly what Sgt. Maj. Michele Johnson, DHC-P sergeant major, hoped to unearth as she searched for the “heart of the Soldier” in the DHC-P Best Warrior competition.
“Not only is this supposed to be physically tasking but it’s also mentally tasking. We want to find the Soldier who can compete at the region level,” Johnson said. “We want to showcase that our dental soldiers can compete on the same battlefield as everybody else.”
Johnson added that while the events of the competition may not be a “normal day” for a Soldier in a dental health activity, she was impressed by the motivation and dedication of the competitors.
“In the medical field, you always have to be ready to deploy at any time because our mission is a worldwide mission every single day. We practice readiness every day,” Johnson said. “But some things we don’t always get to do when we’re in the (dental) clinics. We don’t always get to do our Soldier tasks. So this gives us the ability to get those Soldiers’ tasks complete, to simulate battlefield situations so that they’re ready to go whenever the nation calls.”
The competition brought together seven competitors – three noncommissioned officers and four Soldiers – from dental units all over the Pacific – Japan, Alaska, Korea, JBLM and Hawaii. It included a physical fitness test, weapons range, confidence course, EGRESS training, day and night land navigation, Army Warrior Tasks examination, combatives, a road march and an oralboard.
The JBLM Dental Health Activity was responsible for organizing this year’s DHC-P Best Warrior Competition.
“The intent was to ensure we had highly ready to deploy Soldiers that knew all the tasks for Soldiers – Army warrior tasks,” said Capt. Renzo Begazo, JBLM Dental Health Activity troop commander.
Additionally, he said, the local activity used the competition as a training event.
“We decided to treat the competition as a teaching moment because our guys aren’t always exposed to Army operations like in other units,” he said.
The unit began with mission analysis and applying principles of the military decision making process to ensure a successful event. They worked with units across JBLM that may have more experience or expertise in planning items like land navigation or weapons qualifications to plan those components of the competition.
“With good networking and mission analysis, they were able to put it all together. They exceeded all the expectations,” Begazo said.
The RHC-P Best Warrior competition took place May 1 to 5 in Hawaii.
Norman and Cortes were both looking forward to the challenge and the chance to continue to bear the title of Best Warrior.
“I believe being a Best Warrior means that I have displayed great military bearing, professionalism, physical fitness and knowledge in the subject areas given during the competition. A Best Warrior is an exemplary and outstanding soldier that all peers can emulate,” Norman said.
And to Cortes, being a Best Warrior means being “engaged and committed to become a better leader and share the experiences with others that can benefit from them.”
The winners of the RHC-P competition represented the region at the Army Medical Command Best Warrior competition July 24 to 28. The winners of that competition will compete in the 2017 Department of Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition Oct. 2 to 11.