Our Mission


Our mission is to certify dental assistants in the State of Florida to perform all required CPR, Radiographic, and Expanded Function duties 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. 

We have served all Florida counties since 2000 promoting Trust, Quality, and a commitment to providing the best choice to further your dental education.  

Meet Our Team

“Trust, Quality and Commitment.”​

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Wendy Paquette

Director of Curriculum
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Erika Vahterainen

Clinical Instructor
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Kim Maeder

Clinical Instructor
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Becky Bedillion

CPR Instuctor, Assistant Director


Dental Assisting Institute was the first privately owned Florida Approved Dental Weekend X-Ray and EFDA Certification Program in the State of Florida. Since 2000, we have promoted dental assisting careers and later expanded our curriculum to include a full ten-week entry-level dental assisting program and a 2 year American Heart Association CPR certification.

We continue to support our dental community by providing certified dental assistants for hire. Our reputation and longevity in the Florida dental community allow our graduating students the opportunity to easily find employment in one of the fastest-growing professions. We are able to offer our students the same courses as larger educational institutions at a much more affordable price. 


Dental Assisting Institute offers monthly Florida Dental Assistant Certification classes to include X-RAY, EFDA, and CPR. We also offer an entry-level Ten Week Dental Assistant Program. Our clinical facility has the latest state-of-art dental digital x-ray and dental office software which enables us to provide our students the opportunity to learn the latest technology to start a career in the dental field.

Our teachers all have 20+ years of professional experience and our small class sizes ensure plenty of hands-on clinical learning for each student. Our hybrid format combines the latest online learning technology to provide easy, online testing modules that are completed at home. This allows us to spend all clinical class time dedicated to hands-on learning of chairside dental assisting skills.