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Dental Assistant Graduate Finds Career she loves thanks to Pima Medical

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Marjorie Abela is a 2019 graduate of our Renton campus’ Dental Assistant (DA) certificate program. She enrolled at Pima Medical shortly after graduating high school and says, thanks to her experience she now has a career she loves. Here is her story.

“A couple months after graduating from high school I enrolled in the DA program at Pima Medical in Renton. My sister had gone to school there to become a Medical Assistant, but I felt that the DA program might be a better fit for me. I have no regrets!

female in PPE gear and white lab coat seated across from male dentist in PPE and white lab coat as they perform a dental exam on a patient.
Marjorie Abela is a 2019 graduate of the Renton campus Dental Assistant certificate program.

It was different having many of my classmates be older than me, but we adjusted and my instructors were encouraging and super helpful. I was terrified when it came time for me to go out on my externship at a clinic with real patients, but I did it. I was eager to start my new career and applied everywhere. I remember where I was when I got the call from my doctor asking me to come in for an interview resulting in a job. I have been with Dr. Joseph Lee at Burien Family Dental Care for three years now and he has taught me so much!

I love assisting the doctor and taking care of my patients and I am now one of the lead assistants. We have convenient hours for our patients, so I work four days from 8 am to 7 pm and get to enjoy three-day weekends. I feel appreciated; my hourly rate has nearly doubled and the doctor even took us to a dental conference in Las Vegas.

The whole staff at Pima Medical was so wonderful. I was not a great student, but my instructor, Ms. Shalon, pushed me and believed in me and she is the reason I am where I am. I am so grateful to Pima Medical Institute for providing me with a career that I love.

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August 11, 2023

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