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Kanza Dental Clinic


Kanza Dental Clinic

Dental care is a huge issue for Native Americans, especially because there are too few providers available to meet the need of care.

Dental decay is one of the most chronic common infectious diseases and can lead to other serious issues, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Kanza Dental Clinic is just another way that Kaw Nation can provide excellent health care services to our patients.

Aaron T. Buchanan, DDS
Dr. Aaron Buchanan was born and raised in Oklahoma and attended Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK. There he received a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry and met his future wife Kimberlee. He later went on to attend the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. Dr. Buchanan and his wife Kimberlee moved to Ponca City, OK in July 2014.

Nathan Parrish, DDS
Dr. Nathan Parrish grew up in Enid, Oklahoma, where he lived before moving to Oklahoma City. He attended the University of Oklahoma, and then went on to attend dental school at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry on a Health Professionals Scholarship from the United States Army. Following graduation from dental school in 2004, Dr. Parrish completed his residency training in Comprehensive Dentistry at the United States Army Comprehensive Dental Residency at Fort Hood, Texas.

After receiving his Certificate in Comprehensive Dentistry in 2006, which is a federally recognized dental specialty, Dr. Parrish earned his Board Certification from the American Board of General Dentistry. He has served on this Board as the Treasurer and Board Examiner in Periodontics and Oral Surgery for five years. During his 13-year active duty career in the Army, Dr. Parrish served as the Deputy Director for the Comanche Advanced Education in General Dentistry 1-year Program for three years before serving as the Director of this program for two years. During his service with the Army, Dr. Parrish deployed in defense of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as the Theater Consultant for Oral Surgery.

Dr. Parrish enjoys a variety of dental procedures but has spent the vast majority of his career performing and training other dentists on advanced surgical techniques and extractions. Dr. Parrish is also trained in IV sedation techniques to increase patient comfort during these procedures.

Dr. Parrish and his wife, Jaime, have five kids: Abigail, Jackson, Ethan, Adalynn, and Cassidy. He continues to serve his country as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves. He enjoys off-roading and Jeep adventures, boating, camping, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Brier Snow, RDH
Brier graduated in 2014, obtaining her Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene through the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. After working a short time in Cushing, OK, she joined the Kaw Nation Dental team in late August, 2014. Brier currently resides in Ponca City with her two children Mason, 7 and Anni, 5. Outside of her professional activities, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, fishing, kayaking, snow skiing, has a lifelong passion for reading.

Alayna Engelking, Dental Assistant
Alayna started her career as a dental assistant with Kaw Nation in Jan of 2013 and has since remained in the dental field. She attended Drumright Dental Assisting School in Drumright, OK in 2015 and graduated 1st in her class there. Since that time, Alayna has received expanded function certifications with the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry including, Radiology, Coronal Polishing and Application of Fluoride, Placement of Pit & Fissure Sealants, and Assisting in the Administration of Nitrous Oxide. She recently received a certification of completion for an Assistant Review Course in Outpatient Dental Sedation in April of 2019. Alayna grew up in Newkirk, Ok where she continues to live at with her husband, Jacob and son, Cooper. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Chelsea Owens, Dental Assistant
Chelsea was born in Blackwell, OK and graduated from Newkirk High School. After graduating, she followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a dental assistant. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Travis, and their dog, Bear.

Katelin Day, Receptionist

If unable to keep your appointment, please give at least 24 hours notice.

To be eligible for dental services

  • You must have a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood or CDIB card
  • You must have an active chart at Kanza Health Clinic, meaning you must have been seen at the clinic at least once during the past three years.

  

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