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Study with one of the leading dental assisting schools in Florida.

People at its Heart

Technology at its Core

Florida Institute of Dental Assisting is one of the leading dental assistant schools in Florida. Our team of experienced educators prides itself in delivering a positive student experience and giving them a competitive edge within the dental assistant field.

Our advantage lies in two key points: technology and educators.
Our specially designed, six-month, dental assistant training program is based on industry feedback and backed by decades of experience. It’s designed to be trusted by top employers within the field and gives our students an edge when entering the workforce.

A key differentiator is our investment in technology. By monitoring leading industry trends and technologies, we invest in the tools that are used by dental practices now and in the future, and our students are able to incorporate them into their training. The result is an elite graduate group, prepared with the skills that give them an upper hand among their dental assistant peers.

Training the next generation of leaders within the dental assisting field.

While our focus on technology is a key component of our students’ success, our experienced educators are the heart of the experience. Armed with a staff of some of the most respected trainers in the state, we create lasting relationships with our students meant to not only help them learn, but succeed in their careers as well.

Through a combination of hands-on chair-side experience, classroom instruction, education in laboratory procedures, and administrative duties in a dental office setting, our dental assisting program gives students a comprehensive education that comes with all necessary credentials per the state of Florida. Graduating from Florida Institute of Dental Assisting, our students develop skills that will last them a lifetime, and it’s why Florida Institute of Dental Assisting has maintained its position as one of the leading dental assisting schools in Florida.

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Your Opportunity & Our Advantage

Following our carefully designed six-month program, our graduates will find meaningful and rewarding careers in both public and private dental offices. Because of our exceptional reputation, a diploma from Florida Institute of Dental Assisting carries a level of prestige unlike any other dental assisting school in Florida.

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Our Campus

The State-of-the-art classroom and dental office facility is designed to offer students the best possible environment for learning and treatment. This facility is equipped with modern technology and equipment, making it a cutting-edge establishment.

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Our Instructors

With over 31 years of experience in all aspects of dentistry, the instructors bring a wealth of knowledge to their teaching. Students can learn from the instructors’ real-life experiences and gain insights into the practical application of dental theory.

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Our Beliefs

The curriculum offered is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the dental industry. It covers not only the practical “how” of dental procedures but also the theoretical “why” behind them.

Our Team

Debbie Sanders

Co-Founder/Executive Administrator/Instructor
Debbie is a graduate of Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ where she graduated at the top of her class. Soon after pursuing her career as a Dental Assistant in South Florida, Debbie became a CDA (Certified Dental Assistant), EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant), and a Registered Dental Radiographer through the Florida State Board of Dentistry. Debbie also maintains her membership to the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA).

For the last 13 years as an instructor, Debbie has fulfilled her goal of helping 100’s of men and women to pursue their passion for dentistry as dental assistants. After seeing the positive impact she left on students working at Practical Dental Assisting of Virginia Beach, she felt her purpose was to start a new beginning in Jacksonville, FL where Florida Institute of Dental Assisting was established.

Debbie prides herself on being a mentor inside the classroom and long after graduation. She is a firm believer in getting to know her students on an individual basis and catering to their specific educational needs. Debbie strives for excellence when teaching her students and motivates them to achieve their highest credentials as dental assistants.

Debbie has been happily married for 35 years and has two amazing sons. In her spare time, she enjoys the art of cooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Ashley Sanders

Co-Founder/Executive Administrator/Instructor
Ashley is a graduate of Practical Dental Assisting of Virginia Beach where she excelled in her studies. She quickly realized after completing her externship, that chair-side was not her strength. Instead, she used her knowledge to pursue a career in the business aspect of dentistry. For the last 6 years, Ashley has worked alongside prominent dentists in Maryland and Virginia as an administrative assistant. During this time, she acquired new skills to help practices run smoothly.

and efficiently; including patient coordinating, presenting treatment plans, accounts receivable, and helping patients understand their insurance benefits and treatment needs.

When you walk into Florida Institute of Dental Assisting, you’ll be greeted by Ashley with a friendly smile! She makes it a point to go the extra mile to get to know all students and works closely with them to help meet their needs beyond the classroom.

Ashley recently joined the Sanders family, marrying Debbie’s oldest son Jason. She is very family oriented, they mean everything to her. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, going to the beach, paddle boarding, and is a die-hard fan of the Baltimore Ravens and Florida Gators!

Dr. Brandon Greenwalt

Director of Clinical Education
Dr. Greenwalt graduated from The University of Florida College of Dentistry. He is an active member in the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Greenwalt had been helping to train future dentists to treat both children and adults as a Courtesy Faculty at the University of Florida College of Dentistry from 2012-2016. He has a passion for dental mission trips and often goes to Nicaragua with the Christian Medical Dental Association (CMDA).

His wife, Julie, is a Radiation Oncologist with Baptist M.D. Anderson in Jacksonville. They have a 5 year old son, Aiden; a 3 year old son, Carson; and a new baby girl, Analee.

Desirae Fulmer

Instructor
Desirae is a dental assisting graduate of Fortis College in Orange Park, FL where she obtained her EFDA and Dental Radiographer certificates. She has worked in the dental field for 10 years and has experience with both clinical and administrative duties.

Desirae enjoys getting to know her students on an individual basis and strives to educate them with different approaches so that they can grasp the information that is being taught. Dentistry is ever evolving, so staying on top of continuing education is a must for Desirae. She has enjoyed mentoring many externs and educating them while they were in her office, and since has sparked an interest in teaching students the art of dentistry. Being able to teach and mold them is such a privilege and honor. Dentistry has become a passion for her as she loves to educate people on the importance of their teeth and the “why” of any procedure.

When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Luke & their son Easton. They enjoy outdoor activities, such as swimming and riding their side by side with friends.

Debbie Sanders

Co-Founder/Executive Administrator/Instructor
Debbie is a graduate of Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ where she graduated at the top of her class. Soon after pursuing her career as a Dental Assistant in South Florida, Debbie became a CDA (Certified Dental Assistant), EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant), and a Registered Dental Radiographer through the Florida State Board of Dentistry. Debbie also maintains her membership to the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA).

For the last 13 years as an instructor, Debbie has fulfilled her goal of helping 100’s of men and women to pursue their passion for dentistry as dental assistants. After seeing the positive impact she left on students working at Practical Dental Assisting of Virginia Beach, she felt her purpose was to start a new beginning in Jacksonville, FL where Florida Institute of Dental Assisting was established.

Debbie prides herself on being a mentor inside the classroom and long after graduation. She is a firm believer in getting to know her students on an individual basis and catering to their specific educational needs. Debbie strives for excellence when teaching her students and motivates them to achieve their highest credentials as dental assistants.

Debbie has been happily married for 35 years and has two amazing sons. In her spare time, she enjoys the art of cooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Ashley Sanders

Co-Founder/Executive Administrator/Instructor
Ashley is a graduate of Practical Dental Assisting of Virginia Beach where she excelled in her studies. She quickly realized after completing her externship, that chair-side was not her strength. Instead, she used her knowledge to pursue a career in the business aspect of dentistry. For the last 6 years, Ashley has worked alongside prominent dentists in Maryland and Virginia as an administrative assistant. During this time, she acquired new skills to help practices run smoothly.

and efficiently; including patient coordinating, presenting treatment plans, accounts receivable, and helping patients understand their insurance benefits and treatment needs.

When you walk into Florida Institute of Dental Assisting, you’ll be greeted by Ashley with a friendly smile! She makes it a point to go the extra mile to get to know all students and works closely with them to help meet their needs beyond the classroom.

Ashley recently joined the Sanders family, marrying Debbie’s oldest son Jason. She is very family oriented, they mean everything to her. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, going to the beach, paddle boarding, and is a die-hard fan of the Baltimore Ravens and Florida Gators!

Dr. Brandon Greenwalt

Director of Clinical Education
Dr. Greenwalt graduated from The University of Florida College of Dentistry. He is an active member in the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Greenwalt had been helping to train future dentists to treat both children and adults as a Courtesy Faculty at the University of Florida College of Dentistry from 2012-2016. He has a passion for dental mission trips and often goes to Nicaragua with the Christian Medical Dental Association (CMDA).

His wife, Julie, is a Radiation Oncologist with Baptist M.D. Anderson in Jacksonville. They have a 5 year old son, Aiden; a 3 year old son, Carson; and a new baby girl, Analee.

Desirae Fulmer

Instructor
Desirae is a dental assisting graduate of Fortis College in Orange Park, FL where she obtained her EFDA and Dental Radiographer certificates. She has worked in the dental field for 10 years and has experience with both clinical and administrative duties.

Desirae enjoys getting to know her students on an individual basis and strives to educate them with different approaches so that they can grasp the information that is being taught. Dentistry is ever evolving, so staying on top of continuing education is a must for Desirae. She has enjoyed mentoring many externs and educating them while they were in her office, and since has sparked an interest in teaching students the art of dentistry. Being able to teach and mold them is such a privilege and honor. Dentistry has become a passion for her as she loves to educate people on the importance of their teeth and the “why” of any procedure.

When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Luke & their son Easton. They enjoy outdoor activities, such as swimming and riding their side by side with friends.

Debbie Sanders

Co-Founder/Executive Administrator/Instructor
Debbie is a graduate of Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ where she graduated at the top of her class. Soon after pursuing her career as a Dental Assistant in South Florida, Debbie became a CDA (Certified Dental Assistant), EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant), and a Registered Dental Radiographer through the Florida State Board of Dentistry. Debbie also maintains her membership to the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA).

For the last 13 years as an instructor, Debbie has fulfilled her goal of helping 100’s of men and women to pursue their passion for dentistry as dental assistants. After seeing the positive impact she left on students working at Practical Dental Assisting of Virginia Beach, she felt her purpose was to start a new beginning in Jacksonville, FL where Florida Institute of Dental Assisting was established.

Debbie prides herself on being a mentor inside the classroom and long after graduation. She is a firm believer in getting to know her students on an individual basis and catering to their specific educational needs. Debbie strives for excellence when teaching her students and motivates them to achieve their highest credentials as dental assistants.

Debbie has been happily married for 35 years and has two amazing sons. In her spare time, she enjoys the art of cooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Ashley Sanders

Co-Founder/Executive Administrator/Instructor
Ashley is a graduate of Practical Dental Assisting of Virginia Beach where she excelled in her studies. She quickly realized after completing her externship, that chair-side was not her strength. Instead, she used her knowledge to pursue a career in the business aspect of dentistry. For the last 6 years, Ashley has worked alongside prominent dentists in Maryland and Virginia as an administrative assistant. During this time, she acquired new skills to help practices run smoothly.

and efficiently; including patient coordinating, presenting treatment plans, accounts receivable, and helping patients understand their insurance benefits and treatment needs.

When you walk into Florida Institute of Dental Assisting, you’ll be greeted by Ashley with a friendly smile! She makes it a point to go the extra mile to get to know all students and works closely with them to help meet their needs beyond the classroom.

Ashley recently joined the Sanders family, marrying Debbie’s oldest son Jason. She is very family oriented, they mean everything to her. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, going to the beach, paddle boarding, and is a die-hard fan of the Baltimore Ravens and Florida Gators!

Dr. Brandon Greenwalt

Director of Clinical Education
Dr. Greenwalt graduated from The University of Florida College of Dentistry. He is an active member in the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Greenwalt had been helping to train future dentists to treat both children and adults as a Courtesy Faculty at the University of Florida College of Dentistry from 2012-2016. He has a passion for dental mission trips and often goes to Nicaragua with the Christian Medical Dental Association (CMDA).

His wife, Julie, is a Radiation Oncologist with Baptist M.D. Anderson in Jacksonville. They have a 5 year old son, Aiden; a 3 year old son, Carson; and a new baby girl, Analee.

Desirae Fulmer

Instructor
Desirae is a dental assisting graduate of Fortis College in Orange Park, FL where she obtained her EFDA and Dental Radiographer certificates. She has worked in the dental field for 10 years and has experience with both clinical and administrative duties.

Desirae enjoys getting to know her students on an individual basis and strives to educate them with different approaches so that they can grasp the information that is being taught. Dentistry is ever evolving, so staying on top of continuing education is a must for Desirae. She has enjoyed mentoring many externs and educating them while they were in her office, and since has sparked an interest in teaching students the art of dentistry. Being able to teach and mold them is such a privilege and honor. Dentistry has become a passion for her as she loves to educate people on the importance of their teeth and the “why” of any procedure.

When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Luke & their son Easton. They enjoy outdoor activities, such as swimming and riding their side by side with friends.