Continuing Education for the Chairside Assistant

Welcome to the Academy of Chairside Assisting—we’re so glad to have you with us! This truly is an exciting time, as you are about to embark on our courses of stimulating study that will lead to a fulfilling career in dental assisting. Most dental assistants are not aware of the many career opportunities that are available to them. These modules will not only teach you the skills you need, but will open up a world of opportunities so that you can have personal satisfaction in your career and love going to work every day!

This course surpasses other dental assistant courses by providing useful and practical information about the dental field and will help you reach your fill potential as a dental assistant. Each module has been designed by experts in their field with material suitable for your learning. The module provides the most beneficial information so you can devote your time and energy to learn what is important for you to become an effective dental assistant and enjoy your chosen profession every day.

These modules are not like other courses. There are several dental assisting courses available but this one is superior because we teach you only what is practical and useful. We do not teach you material that you will never need and leave you to figure out what is important and what is not. We do all that work for you so you can devote your time and energy to learn what is important for you to become a great dental assistant and enjoy every day that you work.

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Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA

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 techniques and has taught over 60,000 dental assistants over the last 6 years alone.  In addition, 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 a 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 has an impressive list of awards and accolades. A few are noted below.

  • 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
  • Has been recognized as one of Dentistry Today’s Top 100 Clinicians for the last 10 years
  • Recognized as Dental Products Report 25 most influential women in dentistry
  • Presented the Lucy Hobbs Award
  • Presented the Sunstar Butler achievement award
  • Named Dr. Bicuspid’s Dental Assistant Educator of the year
Always Setting the Bar Higher

I wanted to let you know what a staff training impact you made in your time with us. We have a great team, and you made them excited about how they can impact our practice. They talk of how we can set the bar higher than what we have already.

Tom Whinery, DDS

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309-A 26th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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