Board of Directors Member: Sandra Garcia, CDA, RDA

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Sandra Garcia

Sandra Garcia, CDA, RDA

Sandra Garcia, CDA, RDA, was elected as the DANB Board of Directors Certificant-at-Large in 2015. She began her first three-year term in August 2015.

Since 2011, she has worked as the dental operations manager for Centromed, one of Texas’s largest nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Centers. She is responsible for management of operations for eight locations, overseeing their scheduling, payroll, personnel issues, clinical operations, patient satisfaction and training programs, among other responsibilities.

Prior to her work at Centromed, Ms. Garcia earned DANB CDA certification in 2010 and the Texas State Board Dental Examiners RDA credential in 2008. She entered the Air Force in 1996 and completed the dental assistant apprentice course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and has also completed college coursework at Wayland Baptist University in San Antonio, Texas. She spent several years as a chairside assistant and worked with third-year dental students on four-handed dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry.

From 2006 to 2011, she was the Dental Assisting Program Director at the Academy of Health Care Professions in San Antonio, Texas; more than 300 students graduated from the program during that time. Ms. Garcia has over 18 years of clinical experience and has worked in variety of specialties.

Additionally, Ms. Garcia is a recipient of the Air Force Achievement Medal and was named 2015 Employee of the Quarter in the management category at Centromed. She is an active member of the American Dental Assistants Association; the American Association of Dental Office Managers; the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention; and the Hispanic Dental Association, and she also serves as a member of the advisory board for Concorde College’s dental assisting program.