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Pima Medical has been a Family Affair for this Dental Assistant Graduate

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Marjorie Abela knew Pima Medical Institute was a great opportunity for her when she graduated high school. Her sister had graduated from the Medical Assistant certificate program, and while Abela didn’t follow exactly in her footsteps, she found the Dental Assistant program to be the perfect fit for her.

She says the support she received from her classmates, faculty and staff are the reason she succeeded and is working in a career she loves!

Here is her story.

“A couple months after graduating from high school, I enrolled in Pima Medical Institute’s Dental Assistant (DA) program. My sister had gone to school there to become a Medical Assistant, but I felt like DA might be a better fit for me and I have no regrets!

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’s the reason I am where I am. I’m so grateful to Pima Medical Institute for providing me with a career that I love.”

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March 10, 2023

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