Meet the Team
Meet The Center for Advanced Dentistry Team!
All of our dental assistants are EFDA’s (Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary). An EFDA is an individual who first must be an Ohio State Dental Board-Certified Dental Assistant in the Art of Restorative Dentistry. This process requires that a person be accepted into an accredited Ohio State Dental Board program. After extensive training at Case Western Reserve Dental School, each candidate must pass a State Dental Board didactic and clinical skills examination. After passing this exam, they are then legally permitted to place fillings and perform other dental procedures. Michele, Lydia, and Jen are registered as EFDA’s by the Ohio State Dental Board through the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio. They can answer any questions you may have and guide you in choosing the appropriate dental treatment.
Each team member must have had CPR training. They are also required to take specialized courses to keep them up-to-date in their field and familiar with the latest technology. Recently attended courses include:
- Medical Emergencies
- OSHA Updates
- Advanced Aesthetic Techniques
- Periodontal Issues for the Millennium
- Neuromuscular Occlusion
Michele, CDA, EFDA
Michele obtained her EFDA certification from Case Western Reserve University in 1980. She is licensed to place fillings. She is a past president of the dental organization ODEFA (the Ohio Dental Expanded Functions Association). Although Michele has had a long clinical career, she now focuses most of her time helping patients obtain their dental needs. She will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding finances, insurance, and billing.
Gayle, CDA, EFDA
Gayle obtained her EFDA Certification from Case Western Reserve University in 1998. She is approaching 40 years in her dental career. Before receiving her EFDA certification she worked in the dental office as a dental assistant an also at the front desk with scheduling and working with patients to maximize there dental insurance coverage. Gayle is a member of the National Association of Dental Assistants.
Lydia, CDA, EFDA
Lydia graduated from Cuyahoga County Community College in 1981 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Laboratory Technology. She obtained her EFDA certification from Case Western Reserve University, which qualifies her to place restorations for patients. She has over 36 years of experience in all phases of dental assisting. She is a master technician and an expert in teeth shaping, shading, and CEREC CAD/CAM design, which is especially valuable for patients who require extensive care. She will work closely with patients when a laboratory-type filling is necessary. Lydia is a member of ODEFA, as well as the National Association of Dental Assistants and the American Dental Assistants Association. One of Lydia’s many talents is her innate, artistic ability to create individualized, beautiful smiles for each of her patients and make them feel at ease with their dental choices.
Annette, RN, LMT
Annette is a Registered Nurse (graduated in 1974 from Providence Hospital of Nursing in Sandusky, Ohio) and a Licensed Massage Therapist (graduated in 1996 from National Institute of Massotherapy in Akron, Ohio). She has also self-studied nutrition and alternative/holistic medicine. Her specialties in massage are reflexology, Swedish massage, neuromuscular techniques, myofacial release, chair massage, and using massage to help relieve the muscle pain of TMJD. She has studied at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies in neuromuscular therapies for dentistry and at the Cuyahoga County Community College, learning the Gibbons Method of Massage Therapy.
Ann, Scheduling Coordinator
Ann is our scheduling coordinator. Her friendly voice is the first one you are likely to hear when you call our office. She can arrange an appointment for you that is compatible with your schedule and your needs. Ann enjoys welcoming patients as they first enter the office, and her warm, outgoing personality makes it easy for patients to feel right at home.
Rachel, Patient and Treatment Liasion
Rachel is originally from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and graduated in 2010 from Baldwin Wallace University with a degree in Communication and Public Relations. It's her pleasure to help you with anything pertaining to your dental care. All you have to do is ask her! Rachel looks forward to working with you.
When Rachel is not at the office helping patients, she spends her time with friends and family. She loves to try new things, and especially enjoys anything outdoors, traveling, reading, and cooking.