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Alumni Spotlight: Ally Jenkins, Dental Assistant Program, Seattle Campus

Posted: July 5, 2019 by Diane Smith
Photo of Dental Assistant Graduate, Ally Jenkins.
Dental Assistant Graduate, Ally Jenkins.

Ally Jenkins graduated from Pima Medical Institute’s Dental Assistant program at the Seattle campus. She credits the support of faculty, staff and classmates with not only getting through the program but also helping her through a very trying personal time. Ally’s inspiring story is this week’s Alumni Spotlight.
I have had a lot of dental work done in the past, including jaw surgery, which was scary and life changing. The dentists and dental hygienists were amazing, but it was the dental assistants who sat with me and provided comfort. I decided I wanted to be part of something that offered that kind of compassion.
I had been working in retail and hadn't been in school for 12 years, so the program was definitely a challenge. A month before I started the Dental Assistant program, my brother passed away. It was the most difficult time in my life and it felt impossible to start something new. When I came to Pima Medical, I felt like I had all the support in the world, even before they knew my situation. My instructors helped me believe I could be successful, and the lifelong friends I made while at Pima Medical were encouraging and shared my journey.
I did my externship at Community Health Center of Snohomish County. The advisors at Pima Medical placed me there because they thought it would be a perfect fit, and it was - I was hired immediately as a dental assistant. I am currently working and going back to school with the goal of becoming a Forensic Odontologist, which is someone who applies dental science for identification of unknown remains and bite marks. I know it is a unique field, but I want to be able to offer compassion and bring closure to families.
I was at Pima Medical Institute during the most difficult time of my life, and I am incredibly thankful to Pima Medical and everyone involved in my success.
If you are thinking about a career in the medical field, check out one of our campuses near you.  Look at what the Dental Assistant program entails, or look at one of the many other programs we offer.

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