Denise Rios-Cisneros is a graduate of Pima Medical’s Dental Assistant program at the San Antonio Campus. Despite numerous obstacles, that might have driven others to quit, Denise persevered and earned her certificate. She is not only surviving, she is thriving, thanks to her determination and the support from faculty and staff, she has a career she can be proud of!
“I am from a very large family, one of my parents was undocumented and we often struggled financially, but I feel like the way they raised me has gotten me where I am today. I have a successful career, I am financially stable and I love my job!
After graduating from high school, I didn’t really have a plan. One day my cousin invited me to come along to check out Pima Medical Institute. After touring the school and realizing they had a Dental Assistant program, I applied that same day and enrolled. I appreciated that our instructor was an actual dentist and gave us his expertise and tips on how to become a better assistant. I enjoyed all the hands-on practice. One of my biggest obstacles was that I didn’t have transportation to school, so I’d have to ask for rides or even use Uber at times. But, Pima Medical helped me with resources and they even provided bus passes, which was really helpful. I also want to thank my husband for his support and encouragement.
I was offered a job at the clinic where I completed my externship and recently, I was given a raise and promoted to a new position. My mom is so happy and proud of me, and my new career. My dad, sadly, passed away but I know he would be proud too, as he wanted me to get an education. I have already started taking classes to get my prerequisites to become a Dental Hygienist and my eventual goal is to become a Dentist. I am striving to become more.”
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