Q & A With Heather Howell

Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry


Tribal Health job title:

Staff Dentist


What are the primary duties of your new position?

Promoting oral and systemic health disease prevention and restoring the oral health of patients.


Where did you receive your education?

Bachelor of Arts - University of Montana (2014); Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry - Oregon Health and Science University (2020)


What is your prior experience relevant to your new position? 

I worked as a dental assistant in Polson prior to dental school.  Since then, I have been on multiple dental focused mission trips and also completed my 12 week dental externship here at CSKT Tribal Health.


Are you a Tribal Member? 



Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Polson.


Why did you choose a career in health? 

Dentistry provides an opportunity to help others by improving their confidence, health, and dental knowledge.


What are you excited about in your new position? 

I am so excited to be back in the community I grew up in, and to help awareness to dental education here!


What activities and/or hobbies do you pursue in your free time? 

I enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, coaching, arts/crafts, and traveling.