The Right Foundation
The Dental Staff Institute was formed to provide you with the basic knowledge and technical proficiency to enter the dental field. This foundation will help you achieve the expertise necessary to succeed immediately as a dental assistant upon graduation.
We also offer advanced skills courses for those who want to take their career to the next level or who need North Carolina dental assistant certifications. These classes are given every few months and we offer them in a convenient format using live online lecture, in-person lecture and hands-on training. Each class exceeds the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners requirements and we focus on making sure that students leave confident in both their new knowledge and skills so they can bring them back to their offices and patients.
The Right Class Size
Class size is small and spaces are limited at the Dental Staff Institute.
We purposefully keep class sizes smaller than our competition because frankly, you can’t learn all there is to know about becoming a dental assistant at such an accelerated pace without a lot of personal attention from your instructors.
Typically, the overall class size for the full course is about 12 students. This enables us to break you into groups of just three or four for clinical exercises. For many clinical days, we bring in additional instructors to bring the student teacher ratio down and increase your clinical hands-on time.
The Right Instructors
Speaking of instructors, we feel that ours are the best in the business.
Our instructors are DA II’s (Dental Assistant Level II) who have decades of experience in the dental assisting field. All lead instructors have sat for the DANB – the Dental assisting National Boards. They have not only been in general practice but also oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics and orthodontics as well. This diverse background gives our students a well-rounded experience.
Our coronal polishing certification classes are taught by practicing registered dental hygienists. Dental hygienists have focused their training on soft tissue care and treatment so it’s obvious that they are the right fit to teach.
Our founders and doctors will also be there for your clinical wrap-up, exercises in four-handed dentistry and career lectures. We believe it’s important for students to comfortable and we are there to answer questions and help you put it all together.
The Right Track
Did you know that many schools simply buy a “canned” curriculum that they are reselling to you (at a big profit)?
We have created our training from scratch using our years of experience in the dental field and input from our own dental assistants and instructors.
We have based our curriculum on “Modern Dental Assisting” – the same exact textbook many junior and technical colleges like CPCC and York Tech use for their year-long DA II courses. Though the testing model and skill development is the same, we have formulated our own materials to fit our much faster pace. We are always finding ways to improve our curriculum and we believe it is the best, most comprehensive, in the area.
The Right Idea
We genuinely want our students to succeed.
After opening out dental office here in 2005, we hired a few assistants that graduated from other schools. We soon realized that they were not getting the preparation that they needed to succeed in the profession. We started our School in 2008 because we found there was a need for exceptional dental assistants that were taught to a higher standard. That need is even greater now in the Charlotte area.
Our graduates go on to find success because we do everything we can to give them the tools. When you succeed, we do too! In the end, your knowledge and skills are a direct reflection on how well we have done to prepare you.
Our directors and instructors take a personal pride in your achievements because, after all, your goals are our goals.
The DSI Team
Dr. Malz & Dr. Woodman
The founders of our school both grew up in Long Island only 15 minutes from each other, but we never met! It was not until dental school in Philadelphia that we became a pair. We were married in 1997 and have one son, Jonathan. After practicing dentistry in New York for ten years, we decided to relocate to Charlotte, North Carolina for the wonderful weather, warm-hearted hospitality and great quality of life. We started our dental practice in Matthews and soon realized that there was a shortage of properly educated dental assistants. In response, we formed the Dental Staff Institute to give students the opportunity to enter the dental profession armed with everything they would need to succeed. We threw out the canned curriculums and designed ours from scratch working with the North Carolina Dental Board and the North Carolina Proprietary School systems. We are proud to have thousands of graduates and a reputation of having top quality students that can easily obtain entry level positions in our area.
Outside of the office, we enjoy being outdoors, boating, reading and watching movies.
Stephanie B., DA2
Stephanie is a native of Mecklenburg County and has been an orthodontic/dental assistant since 2005. She has also been an instructor with Dental Staff Institute since 2020. Her background includes completing a program in orthodontic assisting at the Orthodontic Assisting School of Atlanta as well as completing a program in dental assisting at North Carolina Dental Assisting Training School. Stephanie enjoys being able to see positive impact that dentistry has for the patient’s appearance and self esteem. She also enjoys teaching dental assisting skills to students planning a career in the field of dentistry. When not at work, Stephanie is busy with her daughter, Kendall, who is a competitive dancer and her son, Kaidyn who is involved in martial arts.
Kayce H., DA2
I’m a Charlotte native, that enjoys the outdoors and all things fitness! I’m happily married to my teenage crush and we have a beautiful baby boy, Tegan. In my down time I enjoy spending time with family, going to the beach, & lifting weights. In 2015 I was introduced to the dental field by one of best friends. I had no career path in mind at the time but my friend knew I was a people person and had an outgoing personality. Little did I know, I was going to love dentistry as much as I do now.
Not only do I enjoy educating patients about oral health and prevention, but I enjoy educating our students at Dental Staff Institute. Teaching is an outlet for me to be able to help share what I’ve learned over the years of dental assisting. In this field we are learning new things everyday and I can’t wait to help students begin their journey in the dental field!
Lisa H., CDA, EDDA
Lisa received her EDDA from the University of Louisville Dental School. She moved to Charlotte and met the docs in 2006. She enjoys all aspects of the dental field and is currently the lead instructor for the Dental Staff Institute.
She loves seeing her students grow into wonderful assistants. Between helping patients and new assistants she truly loves her dental career.
If she is not working you may find her traveling with her steel tip dart league in NC and SC. When ever she has a free weekend she may be in Ky seeing her daughter Kylie at UK or at a horse show. She loves every day coming home to her fabulous flunkey Cedric!
Laura K., RDH
Laura graduated from Ferris State University in 2001 where she obtained her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. She loves building relationships with patients and also making a difference in the way patients feel about their overall oral health.
Laura has been an instructor with Dental Staff Institute since 2016. She loves being able to see the spark in the students eyes when it all clicks and they have grasped the concept of learning something new. Also, she will be the one dancing in the hallways during the radiography classes with her snazzy moves!
Laura is a Michigan native and relocated to Charlotte in 2013. In her free time, Laura enjoys hiking, traveling and trying out new restaurants and breweries in Charlotte.
Amica M., RDH
I am a Registered Dental Hygienist of 13 years and an Instructor with Dental Staff Institute of 6 years. I have a passion for sharing my studies and level of expertise with people that have an interest in the dental field. This industry has so much to offer and I’m glad to be able to assist with its continued growth. My other passions include exercising, reading and spending time with my family.