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Moriah Mathson

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Optometric Assistant

Moriah’s ancestors are Tlingit, and like her ancestors before her, she was born in southeast Alaska. While living in a small, rural fishing village, Sitka, Alaska; Moriah earned her National Emergency Medical Technician, Wilderness EMT, and Firefighter certifications while working in a men’s sporting goods store. The former was accomplished while Moriah simultaneously earned a general Associate of Arts degree from the University of Southeast Alaska. Moriah left Alaska to continue her education at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Moriah graduated with highest honors and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with minors in biology and chemistry. After graduation from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Moriah did a summer internship with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in their Clinical Research Department. After the internship, she was hired by Project Vision Hawai`i as their data manager; Moriah also provided vision screening to the different communities on the Big Island, recruited students and interns to volunteer at events, and managed their social media and STEM programs, which included providing eye anatomy presentations to high schools students. Moriah is a proud member of the Akaka Falls Lion’s Club and assists them with their hearing and vision screening events.

 

One of the things she has learned over the years is there is a lack of traditional native values in the health care system and her goal is to blend those values with today’s modern health care system. Her interest in medicine includes emergency and extreme medicine. In her free time, Moriah enjoys trail running, baking, playing piano, her dogs and cats, and traveling.