Kanza Dental Clinic
Dedication to delivering the highest level of treatment while providing the utmost consideration, care, and respect to our patients is Kanza Dental's goal. Prevention of dental disease begins at home with good oral hygiene and a nutritional diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental staff to facilitate, restore, and preserve your oral health.
Our clinic offers
Exclusive for Kaw Nation tribal members is implant placement to replace a single tooth or mini implants for retaining existing dentures.
Dental care is problematic for Native Americans because too few providers are available to meet care needs. Also, periodontal disease is prevalent in the diabetic population. The Kanza Dental team includes a board-certified dentist with residencies in oral and periodontal surgery, a dental hygienist, a dental anesthesia assistant, and expanded function dental assistants to provide the utmost, high-quality care. Kanza Dental Clinic is another way Kaw Nation provides excellent health services to the Native American community.
To be eligible for dental services:
- You must have a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card
- You must have an active chart at Kanza Health Clinic, meaning you must have been seen for a primary care visit at the clinic at least once during the past three years.
If you are unable to keep your appointment, please give the clinic at least 24 hours notice.
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 attended 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. He continues to serve his country as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves.
After receiving his Certificate in Comprehensive Dentistry in 2006, 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 program director 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 most 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 enjoys off-roading and Jeep adventures, boating, camping, hiking, and spending time with his family.
Alayna Engelking, Dental Assistant, EFDA, DAANCE
Alayna is an Otoe-Missouria tribal descendant who started her career as a dental assistant with Kaw Nation in January 2013. In 2015, she attended Drumright Dental Assisting School, graduating first in her class. Alayna received a certification of completion for the Assistant Review Course in Outpatient Dental Sedation in April 2019. She was also the recipient of the 2020 IHS OCA Dental Assistant of the Year award, selected from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas candidates. In December of 2021, Alayna completed and passed the Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. In 2022, she became an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, allowing her to provide dental cleanings and restorations. Alayna has also received expanded function certifications with the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry, including radiology, coronal polishing and fluoride application, pit & fissure sealant placements, and assisting with administering nitrous oxide. Alayna grew up and resides in Newkirk, Oklahoma, with her husband, Jacob, and sons, Cooper and Stetson.
Mollie Kellogg, Dental Assistant, EFDA
Mollie is a Cherokee Nation tribal member who began her career as a dental assistant with Kaw Nation in 2020. She has since completed several hours of continuing education with the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology to heighten her skills for outpatient dental sedation. She is also an expanded functions dental assistant. Mollie also obtained a Radiological Health and Safety certificate from the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry. Mollie resides in Newkirk, Oklahoma, with her husband Tracy and two girls, Abbie and Cadence. For fun, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Megan Ramsey, Dental Receptionist, CNA, CMA
Megan is an Osage tribal member who started as Kanza Dental Clinic's receptionist in May 2022. Megan has been a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and Certified Medication Aide (CMA) for many years. Megan has recently switched her career path and has received an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology from Northern Oklahoma College. She is continuing her education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University to get her bachelor's degree in Social Work while minoring in Psychology. Megan grew up and resides in Ponca City, Oklahoma, with her husband, Lane, and their foster children. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, hunting, being outside, and spending time with her family on their farm.