About the Author
Donna J. Phinney is the Program Director for the Dental Assisting Program at Spokane Community College. She has spent more than twenty years in the dental field as a dental assistant, a dental office consultant, an office manager and an educator. Donna Phinney holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eastern Washington University and a Master's Degree in Education from Whitworth College. Ms. Phinney received her fellowship from the American Dental Assistants Association and is a certified dental assistant. She is active in the Washington State Dental Assisting Association, has served as a consultant for the American Dental Association for seventeen years and was a Commissioner for the American Dental Association, appointed by the American Dental Assistants Association.
Judy Halstead is a Professor Emeritus, Allied Health/Dental Assisting at Spokane Community College with more than twenty years teaching experience and more than ten years as a dental assistant. She was a program director for dental assisting in a private college and for a high school skills center. Ms. Halstead holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eastern Washington University, is a certified dental assistant, and has an expanded functions certificate. Judy Halstead has been a member of local, state, and national Dental Assistant Associations for the past twenty-five years, has served as president of the Washington State Dental Assisting Association and has presented lectures and workshops at local, state, and regional dental conferences.