MEET your dental assistant instructors

Over 100 Years Of Experience In Field Of Dentistry

Lynn Uptgraft – Founder, Licensed Dental Hygienist (L.D.H)

I am a licensed dental hygienist with over 30 years’ experience in dental hygiene, dental assisting, and office management. 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. Since, I have been a dental hygienist, working with various dental software, and establishing continuing care programs for new and developing offices all around Indianapolis.  Including scheduling and coordinating front and back office duties. Now I am providing a training program for you, which includes hands-on learning with the tools, equipment, and computer software to develop your skills for today’s dentistry.

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.

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, 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 Administrator/Instructor

My name is Nadine Jordan, I am DOT’s Clinical Office Administrator and help teach our DA/EFDA program’s.  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 spending time with our children and like to dabble in interior design projects.

Testimonials

“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

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