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About Dental Depot Academy
Dental Assisting

In 2019, after decades of serving Oklahomans with quality, affordable dentistry and training dental assistants through its successful internship program, the locally owned and operated Dental Depot designed and established its own Academy of Dental Assisting in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. After four years and nearly 150 successful graduates, the Academy opened a second location in Tulsa, boasting the same state-of-the-art training facilities with world-class labs and classrooms dedicated solely to practical experience.

Dental Depot Academy of Dental Assisting is unique among dental assisting programs. Its fast-paced, concentrated curriculum provides students with all of the classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience they need to succeed at a fraction of the cost and time commitment of other programs, while all clinical rotation requirements can be completed in-house at a Dental Depot location. Not only does this eliminate the hassle and inconvenience of acquiring an externship–which most other programs do–it also gives students the unique opportunity to receive hands-on training almost immediately and position themselves for post-graduation placement in a Dental Depot office.

The Academy has one goal – to educate and prepare students for professional success by emphasizing the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and real-world experience that they will need to thrive in the dental assisting profession. And, by integrating Dental Depot Academy of Dental Assisting with doctor-owned Dental Depot offices, students are immersed in the company’s mission and culture and can begin assimilating to teams they may very well be joining after graduation.

About Dental Depot Practices

Founded in 1978 by Dr. Glenn Ashmore as a private practice with one location, Dental Depot has evolved into a thriving company with more than 30 locations throughout Oklahoma and Arizona, as well as the DFW and Kansas City metro areas. In spite of this tremendous growth, Dental Depot has never lost sight of Dr. Ashmore’s original vision: to provide patients with high-quality, common-sense dental care at an affordable price and with a personal touch.

As part of maintaining our small-town, family-oriented feel, all Dental Depot offices are partner-owned and operated by doctors who are deeply committed to and invested in the company’s mission of delivering compassionate, comprehensive care to the communities they serve. This ensures that, no matter how much we grow, every Dental Depot location looks and feels like home to the patients who visit us.

Dental Depot offices also offer an unparalleled professional experience for their employees. In addition to working in contemporary facilities that feature innovative treatment options and cutting-edge technology, employees and staff regularly receive opportunities to pursue career advancement, continuing education, and in-person mentorship from a wide range of experts and specialists. What’s more, many of these resources are accessible and available to students and recent graduates of Dental Depot Academy of Dental Assisting through internships, apprenticeships, and post-graduation job placement.

Meet the Dental Depot Academy Staff

Kelly Helms

Director, Dental Depot Academy of Dental Assisting

Kelly Helms holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Kelly got into post-secondary education back in 2008 starting out as an Enrollment Counselor. Over time, Kelly has been Director of Admissions, Director of Career Services, and Director of Education with various institutions. With over 13 years’ experience in post-secondary education, and 15 years in a leadership position, Kelly is excited to a part of the Dental Depot team and helping to guide students to a rewarding career as a Dental Assistant.

Christiana Rattler

Lead Instructor

Christiana Rattler has been in the dental field for the past 14 years and counting. Her passion for Dentistry began while attending Dental Assisting school at Moore/ Norman Technology Center where she later graduated as a Registered Dental Assistant in 2008. Over the course of her career, she has been given the opportunity to move into an instructor role with Platt College in 2017 and now her most recent move to Lead Dental Assistant Instructor here at Dental Depot Academy. Christiana is extremely devoted to the education and development of our future Dental Assistants.

Mona Wautelet

Clinical Trainer

Mona is a lead dental assistant with Dental Depot and has been with the practice for nearly 20 years. Overall, Mona has more than 30 years of experience in the dental assisting field. She is known for her skill as a dental assistant and her ability to solve problems. Mona enjoys serving as a mentor for up-and-coming dental assistants and embracing Dental Depot’s mission to provide all patients with compassionate care.

Have Questions About Dental Depot Academy of Dental Assisting?

We’re here to help.  Send us an email at academy@dentaldepotacademy.com or call at 405-296-6123.

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Oklahoma City and Tulsa