Chavis-Mickey began her career nearly eight years ago as a contract dentist
at Hoke Correctional Institution to pay for her daughter's braces.
In 1901, the Army authorized 30 contract dentists
for an Army-wide program of dental care.
The United States Army Dental Command (DENCOM) has a chronic shortage of military dentists and efforts at recruiting and retaining civilian contract dentists
are not meeting the military dental staff shortfall.