Story last updated at 12/17/2008 - 3:45 pm
JUNEAU - SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium pediatric dentist Kim Hort was awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Hort recently earned board certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry after passing the second part of her board-certification exam, an oral clinical examination that took place in March 2008. She passed the first part of her exam, a written qualifying exam, in 2007 to earn Candidate status. Since she scored as one of the top 3 percent of the dentists to take the APBD qualifying exam in 2006-07, Hort was one of 14 recipients nationwide to earn the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists.
"Achieving board certification in a specialty is a great achievement," said Tom Bornstein, DDS, SEARHC director of Dental Services. "Certification is a multi-year process and involves a substantial amount of study and preparation. SEARHC is very proud of Hort's accomplishment."
Hort returned to SEARHC in August 2007 after completing a residency program in pediatric dentistry at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, which was administered by Lutheran Medical Center of Brooklyn, N.Y. In August 2000, she started work as a general dentist with the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau, but took a leave of absence in May 2005 so she could receive the specialized training in pediatric dentistry. Hort earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Albright College of Reading, Pa.
As SEARHC's first permanent pediatric dentist based in Juneau, Hort provides pediatric dental services for children younger than 18 years old who are enrolled in the State of Alaska's Denali KidCare program and Medicaid.