George Blue Spruce
DDS, MPH, an enrolled member of the Pueblo Tribe
(Laguna/Ohkay-Owingeh), is the first recognized American
Indian dentist. During his long career he has made
enormous contributions to increasing the number of
American Indian dentists and improving the dental care
of Indian people. He's still actively involved in these
Jessica Rickert, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, DDS, is the first recognized American Indian woman dentist. She has a successful private practice in Michigan and wrote a book entitled Exploring Careers in Dentistry. Recently she was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.
Craig Bruce, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, DDS, is a pediatric dentist at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Complex Dental Unit. He enjoys taking care of children. Recently he became the National Pediatric Dentist Consultant for the Indian Health Service.
DezBaa Altaalkii Damon, Navajo, DMD, was profiled when she was a dental student. Now she is working as a dentist in Bethel, Alaska.
Nicole “Nikki” Gore, Crow Tribe of Montana, DMD, is a recent dental school graduate who will soon be working as a staff dentist for Indian Health Service in her home community.
Charles W. Grim, Cherokee, DDS, MHSA, was the first dentist to serve as Director of the Indian Health Service.
Dan Hubert, Quinault, DMD, is the dental consultant with the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service.
Darlene Sorrell, Navajo, DMD, is Director of Clinical Services at the Albuquerque Indian Health Service Dental Program.
Gwen Werner, Navajo, DMD, was profiled when she was a dental student. Now she is working at a tribal health clinic on the Salt River Indian Reservation.