President’s Message

July 2021



I hope that many of you were able to attend our virtual joint education/general assembly meeting with CADAT on April 17 and 18. For two days we were able to meet via a virtual platform and had several hours of interesting continuing education. Thank you to our conference committee for their hard work. I’m already looking forward to next year.


We were also able to provide our first continuing education course at CDA’s annual session in May. Thank you to all of you that attended “Feeling Stuck? Get Out of Your Rut! Strategies to Enhance and Advance Your Dental Assisting Career” with Claudia Pohl and Shari Becker.  Thank you to CDA for including us!


In September, we will be attending the CDA San Francisco meeting with a membership booth. Please stop by September 9-11 and meet your representatives. Bring your coworkers and fellow dental assistants. We are so looking forward to live meetings again.


Interested in being part of CDAA/ADAA’s decision making process? We are currently seeking delegates for the ADAA Annual Session, a virtual meeting, is October 23 and October 24th. We are accepting applications through August 15.


We currently have openings for a few of our committees that make up the CDAA. Interested in helping with our social media or are you really good at spreading the word about our organization? Our Media Committee might be the place for you. Have lots of great of continuing education ideas? Our Education committee might be a good fit. Did you graduate in the last few years and have great ideas on how we can connect and service our dental assisting students? That’s our Student Outreach committee in a nutshell. These are just a few of the opportunities for you in your professional organization.  If you have time to offer and a commitment to our outstanding career, we have a spot for you!


Please reach out and know that I am here for YOU! Thank you for your continued commitment to our patients and our career. Please continue to stay safe.


Here to help,

Kelly Lennier Thomas, CDA, CDPMA, RDA, MADAA

“To advance the careers of dental assistants and to promote the dental assisting profession in matters of education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities which enhance the delivery of quality dental health care to the public.”