Christie Smith

Christie Smith

Partner/Enrollment Director/Instructor

Christie has been an entrepreneur & business owner/manager for close to 20 years. As a partner now in OC Dental Academy, she heads up enrollment, the on-boarding process, and insures that each student receives both a positive and productive educational experience.  Importantly, Christie helps students prepare for their Dental careers, with everything from arranging job interviews, resume assistance, interview training, and liaising with the specific Dental office to make sure a students skills and experience match the offices requirement.

Stacie Fajardo

Stacie Fajardo

Lead Instructor/Instructor Trainer

Stacie is an experienced dental assistant and is driven by the sheer joy of teaching. Spending nearly a decade as a math teacher, she takes pride in providing a clear path to learning. Her goal is for students to understand how to become an exceptional dental assistant. “As a single parent, not knowing where to go, OC Dental Academy provide me an opportunity to get a job fast and provide for my new baby. Being a dental assistant gave me the confidence to further my dream of getting my BA at UC Irvine. I landed a job as a Math Teacher at a local High School, and now I am back helping train dental assistants become the best they can be.”

Amy Harris

Amy Harris

Instructor

Amy, is another of OC Dental Academy’s distinguished graduates. She comes to OCDA with a rich education and experience the Biological sciences.  She was a high school science teacher and an adjunct professor of anatomy and physiology. She has her BS in human biology, with a Masters degree in Education.  She graduated from OC Dental Academy in 2020, has been working in the Dental field as a Dental Assistant, as well as, a Dental office Manager at Irwin Dentistry.  OCDA is proud to welcome her back to teach and guide new Dental careers.

Dan Forster

Dan Forster

Partner

Dan has been a business owner, partner and board member for various companies since the early 1990’s.  Dan’s primary role with OCD will be focused more towards marketing, finance, and providing managerial decisions that will give OCD the flexibility, adaptability and expandability to meet the important MISSION of providing Dental Careers and certifications to students, while in-turn providing quality students to Dental Practices.

Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

Instructor, Infection Control

Nicole, is another OC Dental Academy proud graduate.  She graduated from OCDA in 2017, and immediately acquired a full time Dental Assisting position with Dr. Rubio in Dana Point, where’s she’s been a valuable employee for the past 4 years. Nicole, ambitiously worked to acquire enough hours, education and certification to pass her RDA board exam. She is a shining example of an OCDA career path.

Tiffany Rosenblum

Tiffany Rosenblum

Director of Marketing and Business Development

After earning her BA at Biola University, Tiffany entered the marketing world to explore her passion for interpersonal communication. Currently, she works as director of marketing and business development for OC Dental Academy, where she focuses on painting a picture of what it is like to be one of our students and how to get into the dental field in the most efficient and cost-effective way. She has spent 6 years as a dental assistant learning what it takes to become a part of a dental team. “I am currently applying this knowledge to my role as director of marketing, where I am able to give clearer insight into this career path. By day, you can find me curating content, analyzing post performance, or doodling on our latest Facebook post. By night, I am typically failing at Pinterest recipes or finding outdoor adventure with my new husband.

Konni Forster

Konni Forster

Founder/Board Member since 2004

Konni is the visionary and Founder of OC Dental Academy. She began her dental career at 17 years old.  She earned her bonafides as an early instructor at the Bryman School in the 1980’s, while also working as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in various South OC Offices for the next 30 years.  During some of these years, Konni provided Consulting services to Dental offices that needed her expertise, as well has, help build, train and staff-up new practices from the ground up !  In recent years, Konni has written published articles, participated in podcasts and was even featured on an episode of Storage Wars. Konni’s OC Dental Academy and has set the standards for state-of-the-art dental assisting training. She is currently Consulting for OCDA, is currently working on her fellowship status through the American Dental Assisting Association, and is a clinical instructor with Klamth Community College.

DENTAL ASSISTING

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OC Dental Academy invites you to join a new, accelerated, low-cost course in Dental Assisting. We offer this opportunity from the perspective of practicing dentists and experienced dental assistants in the setting of an actual dental office. While we will seek to give you exposure to a wide range of dental techniques, materials, and dental knowledge, we will focus on the skills needed as “core necessities” for job acquisition.

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