Board Certified DENTAL assistants

Our Board Certified Dental Assistants, Grace , Debbie, Rena & Haley take on significant responsibilities at NC Prosthodontic Specialists – Dentures, Implants & Crowns.  They have each graduated from state accredited dental education programs & have passed their National Dental Assisting Certification Boards with high honors!

It is important to note that all Prosthodontic Specialists – Dentures, Implants & Crowns dental assistants take yearly advanced continuing education courses in both Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations and in Occupational Safety and Health administration (OSHA) compliance in order to maintain their board certification status.

For many patients with complex dental cases, going to the dental office can be a very stressful and/or fearful experience. Our Board Certified Dental Assistants have many years of education, experience & training that put even the most anxious patient at ease, allowing for a calm & relaxing experience in the dental chair.

Meet our Board Certified Dental Assistants:

Grace Itchon

GRACE was raised in a household that was dedicated to dentistry.  As a result, she decided to follow in the footsteps of both her mother & sister who practiced general dentistry. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Queens College, she attended the highly-respected Dental Assistants program at Rutgers University’s Department of Allied Dental Education where she received her Board Certified Dental Assistants certification. Passionate about dental laboratory technology, Grace continued her dental education by attending Great Lake Orthodontics, where she received certification in the fabrication of orthodontic appliances.  With over 37 years of knowledge, experience & training. Her outstanding care & warm hospitality provides a comfortable environment for our patients’ throughout their dental treatment experience. Grace has been an invaluable member of the NC Prosthodontic Specialists – Dentures, Implants & Crowns dental team for the past 5 years. 

Debbie Ridgeway

DEBBIE graduated cum laude from Watterson College with a diploma in Dental Assisting. She has over 35 years of extensive education, experience, and training as a National Board Certified Dental Assistant. Passionate about striving to pursue her advanced coursework, she continues to illustrate her committed professionalism towards the advancements in dental assisting. In addition to her responsibilities within the dental office, Debbie is dedicated to keeping current with compliant issues that are related to the OSHA & state regulatory agency standards, better known as SPICE. She is an active member of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), the Dental Assistants National Board (DANB), & a current member & Past President (1997) of the North Carolina Dental Assistants Association (NCDAA). As the consummate Educator, Debbie has been an instructor at both Wake Technical Community College and at Wake Medical Hospital’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC) dental assistant continuing education programs. She is also a member of OSAP. Currently, she continues to share her experience, education and expertise at professional study groups and symposiums. Debbie has been an invaluable team member of the NC Prosthodontics Specialists – Dentures, Implants & crowns for the  past 4 years.

RENA has been a dental assistant for more than 20 years. She studied at FTCC Fayetteville NC & loves caring for patients by building confidence through their smiles. She hopes to see you soon! In her spare time Rena enjoys hiking, traveling & spending time with family & friends. We are happy to have her as a team member of the NC Prosthodontic Specialists-Dentures, Implants & Crowns for the past 2 years.

HALEY is one of those rare individuals native to North Carolina. She grew up in Apex, and currently lives in Clayton with her husband and 2 girls. Spending time with friends and family is a top priority for Haley. She loves to travel when she can, preferably anywhere with new and exciting things to do. Her new adventure with our office began in October 2018, after 13 years as a dental assistant at an oral surgery office. She is a highly trained member of our team, having graduated with honors from Wake Technical Community College-Dental Assisting Program in 2005. We are happy to have her with us at NC Prosthodontics Specialists-Dentures, Implants & Crowns