Meet Our Leadership Team

The purpose of the Academy of Chairside Assisting® (ACA) is to promote a higher level of education for the dental assistant by creating educational path-ways for dental assistants elevating their skills by learning, earning, and maintaining credentials.

Our leadership team will assure that the rights and privileges of our members are honored while allowing the opportunity for dental assistants to achieve their full potential in chairside assisting.

Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA

Shannon Pace Brinker, President

Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA is a national and international speaker and published author of over 300 articles for various publications.

She has been a practicing dental assistant for over 25 years and works for Dr. Robert Korman in Virginia Beach, VA.

She has taught over 2,000 classes on dental assisting technique and over 60,000 dental assistants over the last 6 years alone. Shannon has taught at the Nash Institute, Dawson Academy and Spear Education, instructing through both lectures and hands on programs.

She has written over 300 articles in regards to Clinical Application and has a current column in Dental Product Reports for the team evaluation of dental products and materials. She has her own publication for dental assistants with partnership of Schein Dental called “Side by Side”. She has started one of the first online platforms designated for dental assistants called the Academy of Chairside Assisting.

Shannon is an active member of the AACD and was the first auxiliary to sit on the AACD Board of Directors and was awarded the Rising Star Award. Shannon was has also been recognized as one of Dentistry Today’s Top 100 Clinicians for the last 10 years, Dental Products Report 25 most influential women in dentistry, the Lucy Hobbs Award, Sunstar Butler achievement award and Dr. Bicuspid’s Dental Assistant Educator of the year.


Jean Carlos Ocasio Suarez, CDA, BA

Jean Ocasio, CDA  Vice President


Jean Ocasio, CDA, BsBA, MHA has been working in the dental field since 1999. While serving in the United States Navy, Jean became a certified dental assistant where he was assigned to the Diloranzo Triservice Dental Clinic at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. His desire to continue his education while working in dentistry led him to receive his BA in Business Administration and successfully complete his Master Degree in Heath Care Administration. He is the office manager for Advanced Esthetic Dentistry. He has lectured for The Greater New York, Yankee, Chicago Midwinter, Hinman, Texas Dental and the AACD.

Jay Breeden, President Academy of Chairside Assisting

Jay Breeden, Director of LMS


Jay is an experienced business operator and entrepreneur. As the Director of LMS Education  Jay learned the skills required to scale a growth-stage businesses on a budget – sales & marketing strategy, product development, strategic partnerships, structuring legal contracts, and establishing an operational foundation.
He has a demonstrated history of success in the professional services, financial services, and technology industries and is skilled in developing business strategy, leading high-performance teams, executing projects quickly and accurately, and optimizing processes. Jay holds a BS in Chemistry from Saint Louis University and an MS in Entrepreneurship from the University of Notre Dame.

Academy of Chairside Assisting Lead Trainers

Grethe Whitman

Lashae Steele, CDA

  Sandy Yanes, CDA

Unrivaled Lectures

Shannon’s lectures on Dental Assisting are unrivaled on the U S dental circuit. She speaks enthusiastically about her experiences with the Dawson Institute and editorial responsibilities, while never forgetting her primary role as a Clinical Assistant and her love for her patients.

Mickey Bernstein, Accredited Member and Past President, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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