Spring 2016 Certified Press

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State of the States
Staying up-to-date on state-specific dental assisting requirements can be difficult, particularly when there are updates and changes. In this issue of Certified Press, the “State of the States” article highlights recent state and legislative and regulatory changes to dental assisting requirements in states such as California, Illinois, Oregon and more. 

Karen Castleberry recognized for impact on dental assisting field
This issue of Certified Press spotlights Karen Castleberry, who recently received the 2015 American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA)/Sunstar Pride Award. This award honors ADAA members who, in addition to being active in the organization, have promoted and enhanced the dental assisting field in impactful ways. Castleberry received this award as a result of her impressive career in the dental field as an assistant and an educator. “I have never regretted my career decision,” she says. “It’s amazing to be a part of changing a life by changing a smile.”

Christy Nixon wins excellence award
For Christy Nixon, CDA, training dental assistants is about more than teaching skills; it’s about educating others on the importance of oral health. This issue of Certified Press highlights Nixon’s role as a United States Air Force Dental Assisting Technical Training Instructor, and how her impressive career led to her receiving the 2015 ADAA/Schein President’s Award of Excellence. “Being involved in improving others’ oral health is a very rewarding endeavor,” she says. “It gives me great satisfaction to make people want to smile!”

Read more in the spring 2016 issue.

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