KRA’s Dental Assistant Training Program prepares Out-of-School Youth (OSY) for the Certified Dental Assistant Credential administered by the Dental Assistant National Board. Thanks to Lawrence M. Spindel, DDS, program graduates definitely will have a leg up on the competition when it comes to both credentialing and job hunting! The KRA curriculum is thorough in both the clinical and administrative aspects of the duties and responsibilities required to succeed in this emerging sector of the Allied Health job market. However, real-life, hands-on practice is invaluable in support of classroom theory. Dr. Spindel, a longtime colleague of Deborah Williams, KRA Dental Assistant Program Instructor, has graciously volunteered his private Manhattan office to 16…with a potential for another 20 after the close of the current enrollment period…students for private lessons in sterilization procedures; taking, developing, mounting, and processing digital x-rays; mixing alginates; creating dental molds; and more. Under Dr. Spindel’s and Ms. Williams’ tutelage, students will attend training every Friday.
Dr. Spindel utilizes the latest dental technology and emphasizes comprehensive dentistry, including preventive, cosmetic, implant, and restorative dentistry, as well as periodontal, temporomandibular joint disorders, and endodontic treatment. Kenneth Walker, Jr., KRA Program Manager stated, “Dr. Spindel has been in practice for more than 25 years, and is rated one of the top dentists in New York City. The opportunity that he is offering to KCI students is priceless. The knowledge, skills, and abilities they gain will assist them in securing their career in dentistry right after graduation! Mr. Walker continued, “Dr. Spindel’s office is equipped with the latest technology and software; to get hands-on experience, on a weekly basis, that rivals this opportunity may only be achieved at a full tuition dental school that can cost up to $30,000 a year! KRA looks forward to a long and productive partnership with Dr. Spindel.”
The partnership actually took root when Dr. Spindel provided an “externship” for KRA student, Itealis Nesbitt, in the Fall of 2010. After Ms. Nesbitt completed her externship, the relationship between Dr. Spindel and KRA continued and discussions ensued around using his office as a “training facility” to enhance students’ learning experiences. Dr. Spindel has authored a number of articles in professional peer review journals; writes an “Ask Dr. Spindel” blog, his monthly column Health News You Can Use; and has recently published educational articles about cosmetic dentistry on the Internet.