MEET your dental assistant instructors

More than 25 years experience training top dental assistants

Lynn Uptgraft

Founder, Licensed Dental Hygienist (L.D.H)

My name is Lynn Uptgraft and I’m a licensed dental hygienist with over 35 years’ experience in dental hygiene, dental assisting, office management, and teaching. I graduated from dental assisting school in 1985, upon which I began working as a dental assistant and front office hygiene coordinator. I then graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1990 with a dental hygiene degree. I opened Dental Office Training by Lynn in 2007 and must admit the last 12 years have been most fulfilling, rewarding, and life changing time in my career. Helping students achieve their goals and watching as they join the dental community to establish professional careers is a privilege. The opening of Dental Office Training 2 South is going to be spectacular!

Denise McDonald

Expanded Function Dental Assistant (E.F.D.A), Clinical Director

My name is Denise McDonald and I teach the Expanded Dental Assistant curriculum for Dental Office Training. I have 40 years of working experience in the field of dentistry. I attended J. Everett Light Career Center in 1974, where I received my Dental Assistant’s certificate. In 1980 I received my certification in Expanded Functions from I.U. School of Dentistry. I am currently working in the field and continue to look for ways to further my knowledge in every aspect of dentistry. Teaching has given me the ability to give back to the dental community here in Indianapolis, to help produce well-educated and trained dental assistants.

Jen Thomas

Expanded Function Dental Assistant (E.F.D.A), Instructor

I have always had a passion for teaching and my profession and making my team around me better. I grew up in Ohio and moved to Indiana about 6 years ago. I have been in dentistry for over 10 years as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. I have been very fortunate to work with dentist’s who also enjoy teaching. I am truly passionate about dentistry and am grateful to be in the profession.

Nadine Jordan

Clinical Director at DOT2 South

My name is Nadine Jordan, I am Dental Office Training 2 South Clinical Director and will be instructing our dental assistant programs here in Ft Myers, Florida. I have been in dentistry for over 25 years as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. Over the years, I have developed a strong professional history within the dental field utilizing patient management, time management, clinical and front office skills, HR processes and marketing. Recently I have expanded my leadership skills with coaching development in patient partnerships, peer to peer coaching and performance management. My goal is to help our students create a positive team culture that will continue to grow in their future dental careers. Along with keeping a healthy lifestyle, I enjoy mini adventures throughout this region, nightlife, beaches, meeting new friends and having family and friends visit.



“Dental Office Training by Lynn has been a great experience! I love that the class size is smaller, which makes it better for more one on one learning. The instructors are very knowledgeable about dentistry and come with a lot of real-life experience to share with the students. If you’re wanting to start a new career in Dental Assisting, I highly recommend DOT by Lynn!!”

Becci Haskett

“Best experience!!! They make it so much fun and are so good at teaching it in a way you can understand! Love this school!!”

Rebecca Buckley

“Professional and informative classes. Great staff!! Would recommend to anyone wanting to further their career or start fresh!”

Candi Beard