Ashley Scott – Dental Assistant
Ashley Scott was referred to Charlotte Area Fund for training through a partnership with the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, NC.
Ashley had previously worked as a massage therapist for 11 years. She said that in her 9th year she developed arthritis in her hands, which affected her productivity and the number of clients she could work with. Only in her early 30’s, Ashley said that the arthritis went away after she stopped doing the job that she loved. “In high school I knew that I wanted to be in the medical field, but didn’t want to go through years of school.” Her deeply religious family didn’t think that a career as a masseuse was a good idea. However, after her mom’s first massage, she realized that the profession her daughter chose was actually healing people.
Ashley’s interest to work in the medical field, lead her to look into dental careers. She didn’t know anything about dental, but felt that it was something she could learn, grow in and of course, help people. To help Ashley figure out if she would like working in a dental career, she volunteered to get hands on experience with the Ada Jenkins Dental Clinic and Dental Van.
When she met with her Success Coach, she was gushing about the experience. Ashley graduated from The Dental Assistant Academy, earning the Dental Assistant I, Intraoral Radiography and Nitrous Oxide Sedation certifications. To ensure that she was ready for her new career, CAF provided work start-up clothing which included scrubs and comfortable shoes.
Ashley works with Diversified Dental Staffing, earning $14.00 per hour. She likes that she has been able to work at different practices and feels that she has gained a lot of experience because of the various job assignments. “It’s been interesting,” she realizes that the school used old equipment and she is amazed that the dental practices have the newest state of the art equipment. She enjoys being chair-side, working right next to the dentist. She found that a lot of learning happened on the job, like doing a filling or a composite filling.
Ashley said, “I am so thankful to have been blessed by Ms. Debra and the Charlotte Area Fund with the opportunity to get training. I really like that I can continue to help heal people.”
Future goals are to further her career in dentistry. She wants to be a full time Dental Hygienist, for job security to support her family. The average salary is $65,000 – $68,000 after earning a two year associates degree. Ashley has already begun researching to find a Dental Hygienist program at a school in the area.
Debra Moncrief, Success Coach