About Us


Dental Staff School of Tennessee is a post-secondary career school offering hands-on, skill focused, dental career training. Our mission is to provide practical and affordable lifelong learning opportunities for dental health care professionals with educational activities that aim to increase knowledge, develop skills, enhance practice performance, and improve the health status of patients. The philosophy of the Dental Staff School of Tennessee is based on a belief that people can be trained in a relatively short period of time provided there is focus on the critical skills necessary to enter the world of professional Dental Assisting. Our course is developed by experienced Dentists and experienced practicing Dental Assistants working in the dental community every day.

Choosing a career as a Dental Assistant is a smart decision since entry-level dental professionals are very much in demand now. Dental Assisting careers are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations through 2026.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Dental Assistants is expected to grow 19% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Most Dental Assistants work 4 days per week and don’t work evenings, holidays or weekends. The starting pay scale for experienced dental assistants is considerably higher than non-experienced. We are often asked what a graduate from our course should expect to make in their first job. The answer depends on where the office is located. Offices in a metropolitan area generally pay higher salaries than those in suburban areas. Graduates of our course can expect to start well above the pay scale of those without experience, but less than experienced assistants. The average hourly rate is currently $18-$20.

As a student, you should plan on at least 10-12 hours of reading/homework/online activities each week. The Dental Staff School of Tennessee offers web-based learning support as well as a hands-on learning environment.


DAWN BOWEN, RDH; President / Instructor, and  Dental Hygienist for more than 29 years in addition to her administrative experience with the Dental Staff School of Tennessee. She has taught and trained dental assistants since 2010.

Email:  dawn@dentalstaffschooltn.com

KATIE BERRYHILL, RDA;  Clinical Instructor

CATHY CAMPBELL, RDA;  Clinical Instructor

CINDY CARLSEN, RDA;  Clinical Instructor

CHRIS COLSON , RDA, EFDA;  Didactic / Clinical Instructor

SHERRY DENTON, RDA, EFDA;  Clinical Instructor

SUZAN FELTY-MEALER, RDA;  Clinical Instructor

PAM FOSTER, RDA;  Clinical Instructor

BROOKE POWELL, RDA, RDH;  Clinical Instructor

JULI WATSON, RDA, EFDA; Didactic / Clinical Instructor

DAN BOWEN; Graduate of Ohio University with more than 30 years experience in product and personnel management.

DR. CHAD FOLLIS, DDS;  Dr. Chad Follis attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for his undergraduate studies where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry in 1999. He started his own practice in 2000.

Tennessee Higher Education Commissionwww.tn.gov/thec;  Our school is listed under Postsecondary Schools as Dental Staff School of Tennessee.

Dental Staff School of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, mental or physical activity, veteran status or national origin in educational and employment opportunities.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Dental Staff School of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Any inquiries and/or complaints should be directed to Dawn Bowen, Dental Staff School of Tennessee, 130 Seaboard Lane, Suite A-1, Franklin, TN, 37067.