Dental Assisting Institute Mission Statement

We have served Florida's Tampa Bay area since 2000. The areas covered by our services include the entire State of Florida.

Our mission is to certify all dental assistants in the State of Florida to perform all radiographic and expanded functions as allowed by state law in a professional manner that makes learning fun and affordable. To continue to provide a mutually beneficial professional career relationship and fill a need in the local dental community for quality dental assistants.


Phone: 727-547-4899 or  Email:

 Erika Vahterainen - Clinical Instructor

Erika Vahterainen

Erika has been a valuable member of Dental Assisting Institute's teaching staff  since 2010. She is  DANB certified and brings over 20 years clinical  experience in the areas of general , oral surgery, periodontic and endodontic dentistry.   

Debbie Lyons  Clinical Instuctor


Debbie began her  dental career in 1992 in Florida. She has a long dental assisting careers in general practice as well as all phases of specilaty practice.  Debbie also brings front office eperience to her teaching perspective and is  eager to share her experiences with the next generation of dental professionals.

Pat Squires - Clinical Instructor


Pat is one of the newest members of our experienced teaching staff. She graduated from the Louisville College of Medical and Dental careers in 1981.  She has worked as a dental assistant in a variety of clinical settings in Kentucky, Indiana, Texas before making Florida her home. 

Cherie McCarter - Clinical Instructor


Cherie began a career as a RDA in Northern California in 2001. Cherie relocated to Tampa, FL in 2004 and attained the Florida EFDA. Cherie continued her education at The University of Tampa with a bachelor of science in Business Management and has been working in the dental field for 15 years. Cherie is passionate about helping dental assistants acquire their EFDA and become the best they can be.

Kim Mader - Clinical Instructor


Kim is orignaly from St. Petersburg Florida. Graduated from PTEC Dental Assisting program 1996. She has over 20 years of Dental Front desk and Assisting experience. 

Rebecca Bedillion - CPR Instuctor, Assistant Director

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Rebecca has been working with the dental community since 1997. She has been a BLS Healthcare Provider instructor with American Heart Association since 2000. As an instructor for Dental Assisting Institute, Rebecca has taught Resume Building Skills, OSHA and certifies all student in CPR. Rebecca also ensures all students meet program guidelines to receive State of Florida certifications.