All in the Family

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Cathy Carletti-DuPriest, Dr. Andrew Carletti, Norma Tyler and Karen Summers carry on the legacy of the late Dr. John Carletti at Dental Careers of Tulsa.

The office of Carletti Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has been in operation in the city of Sapulpa for over 50 years. A native of Oklahoma, the late Dr. John Carletti, D.D.S., made a huge commitment to service when he moved to the city to grow his dental practice. The practice has been at its current address of 635 S. Main St. since the beginning of 1980. Carletti watched his children grow up while his office expanded, but he wanted to make an even bigger commitment to his community through education. Dental Careers of Tulsa was established in 1998, and Dr. Carletti’s legacy continues today through his children: Dr. Andrew Carletti, Karen Summers and Cathy Carletti-DuPriest.

“Dental Careers of Tulsa has optimized quality programs,” said Program Administrator Norma Tyler. “Since 1998, we have been training students to not only be the best at what they do, but also to care for their patients.”

This dental assisting course consistently produces quality dental assistants by offering courses in the spring, summer and fall. There are two different class times to choose from with the same amount of hours. Whether someone is taking two classes a week for 14 weeks or just Saturday courses for 10 weeks, the commitment is the same. A maximum of eight students per class is accepted, and all class times allow students to train for their exciting new careers while continuing to work at their current jobs.

Training session topics include a general introduction to dentistry, X-ray training, infection control, anatomy, instruments and equipment of dentistry, oral surgery, and office management.

“Our students complete a 40-hour internship, allowing them to have hands-on training in the field of general dentistry,” said Norma.

Names of dentists who indicate that they are seeking qualified dental assistants are given to those enrolled in the program. Some are offered jobs pending graduation.

“Dental assistant training is so much more than setting up a tray,” Norma said. “Students are typically ready to work immediately upon finishing the program.”

Students interact with doctors and dental staff during the course, allowing for connections to be made as well as to gain an understanding of what will be expected in the field.

The program is very streamlined with an emphasis on in-class hands-on experience to compliment book work. Rather than reading about a process or procedure, students within the program immediately experience it themselves. The school is currently awarding one $1,000 scholarship per class to the student who qualifies through the school’s selection process.

“Our graduates have been successful in their fields upon completing training,” said Norma. “Several have continued their education and become dental hygienists and a few have even become dentists.”

Become a part of the family at Dental Careers of Tulsa.  Give them a call for scholarship forms and course information.

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