December 1, 2011

Tifany Singh, CDA, won a suite of courses and Michelle Ashley, CDA, CPFDA, RDH, BHS, won an iPad in the DALE Foundation’s login contest during the launch of its website in August. The respective first- and second-place winners were randomly chosen from everyone who created or logged in to an account on the DALE Foundation site by Sept. 1.

Tifany, from Oregon, has been DANB certified since 2008 and will be able to apply the DALE Foundation’s course CDE credits toward her CDA certification renewal. Tifany says she pursued a career in dental assisting because she wanted to help patients. Tifany completed a CODA-accredited dental assisting program and earned DANB CDA certification after she graduated.

“I encourage everyone to earn DANB certification,” Tifany says. “There’s so much to learn in the dental field and it’s continually changing. Keeping up with continuing education is the most important thing.”

Michelle, from South Carolina, works as a professor at Greenville Technical College’s dental assisting program. Michelle has worked in dental assisting and hygiene but says being a dental assisting instructor is her passion. “I have a heart for dental assisting,” she notes.

Maintaining DANB certification is important to Michelle because she wants to be a good role model for her students. “I feel strongly that I need to stay as educated as I can, and meeting DANB’s recertification requirements helps me instruct my students,” she explains.

Michelle encourages her students to earn and maintain DANB certification. She also stresses the importance of lifelong learning. “It’s important to keep up with continuing education because the learning process is never over,” she says. “After you have graduated, you can attend meetings, take classes and find ways to keep up your CE. It’s an important part of the profession — especially since many doctors look for DANB certification.”

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