Dental assistants, including DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certificants, were among the thousands of dental professionals who flocked this year to the Yankee Dental Congress, held Jan. 25-27 in Boston. What a great time it was to be exhibiting in Boston, especially since 2018 is the 70th anniversary of CDA certification!

In Boston, we at DANB and the DALE Foundation were happy to meet many of you at our booth on the exhibit floor and hear your dental assisting and certification stories. We also enjoyed talking with you about the many benefits of earning DANB certification, as well as discussing the great educational offerings from the DALE Foundation to help you prepare for DANB exams.

Read more below about the special reception in Boston that kicked off the 70th-anniversary-year celebrations!


Reception Highlights

In Boston, DANB and the DALE Foundation were excited to host a special reception to kick off the 70th-anniversary-year celebrations of CDA certification. The event was co-sponsored by the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and IgniteDA.

More than 85 people attended the reception on Friday, Jan. 26, at City Bar in the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel. Attendees enjoyed food and refreshments, networking, a trivia game, prizes and more. Congratulations to the trivia game winners, who are pictured at right: From left, Marissa Tarrats, CDA; Sheinyth Torres, CDA; and Judy Shannon, CDA.

The event also featured speeches from Kevin Henry, co-founder of IgniteDA; Natalie Kaweckyj, CDA, COA, CPFDA, CRFDA, CDPMA, COMSA, LDARF, MADAA, President of the ADAA; and DANB and DALE Foundation Executive Director Cynthia C. Durley, M.Ed., MBA (pictured below, from left).

“We’re excited to celebrate this milestone, honor CDA certification and honor all who have made this profession what it is,” Ms. Durley said as she addressed attendees. “I hope that everyone here feels a connection to each other and to the profession through certification and the standards that you keep.”

During the event, Diane Grondin, CDA, also made a speech about how CDA certification has impacted her career.

“I can summarize what certification means to me in one word: everything,” she said. “I became DANB certified in 1972. Since then, I have maintained my certification, because it’s been extremely important to me. Certification sets the bar for dental assistants higher.”

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