Board of Directors Vice Chair: Denise Romero, CDA, COA, RDA, Ed.D., FADAA

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Denise Romaro

Denise Romero, CDA, COA, RDA, Ed.D., FADAA

Denise Romero, CDA, COA, RDA, Ed.D., FADAA, began serving on DANB’s Board of Directors in August 2013, when she was elected to fill a vacant DANB Board position. This interim term concluded August 31, 2015; Dr. Romero was subsequently elected to serve two official three-year terms on DANB’s Board.

Dr. Romero currently works as a program director and associate professor for Pasadena City College, where she has been instrumental in creating the curriculum for numerous dental assisting courses, including infection control, radiology and advanced chairside orthodontic assistant. In addition to her role as a classroom educator, Dr. Romero consults with dental offices, teaching an eight-hour infection control course and a two-hour Dental Practice Act course.

Before joining Pasadena City College, Dr. Romero worked as a full-time instructor at Everest College. Dr. Romero also has 22 years of clinical experience and has worked in variety of settings, including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.

Dr. Romero says she believes DANB certification allows dental assistants to advance their careers, while it also increases the reputation and credibility of the dental office and promotes patient safety.

Active in her professional associations, Dr. Romero previously served on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Dental Assisting Teachers and is currently involved in the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA). In November 2020, Dr. Romero earned Fellowship in ADAA. She has also served as a subject matter expert in orthodontics for the Dental Board of California and as vice chair for the state board’s Dental Assisting Council.

Dr. Romero has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Everest University, a designated subjects teaching credential from California State University Long Beach and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from California State University Dominguez Hills. In December 2019, she earned a doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California.