When you join the national organization, the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), you automatically become a member of your state association (CDAA) and a local dental assistant society (Local Society) in your area.  The application can be completed online at the ADAA’s website or by logging in.

Welcome to these New Members!


Congratulations to Margaret Fickess (San Diego County DAS) for her Life Retired status in the ADAA. CDAA thanks Margaret for her years of service to dental assisting and her membership since 1968!

Congratulations to Janice Hom (San Diego County DAS) on her retirement from dental assisting. CDAA is grateful for her years of service to dental assisting and the profession. She was a member for 38 years!

Congratulations to Jennifer Poovey (Marin County) on her retirement from Santa Rosa Junior College. Thank you for your contribution to the profession! She was a member for 33 years!


CDAA member booth at CDA Presents

CDAA always has a lively membership booth and CDA San Francisco was no exception! Read more . . .

I’m a student – can I join CDAA?

Membership is open to all students enrolled in either a full-time or part-time dental assisting course.  Student membership is $35 without insurance or $45 with insurance.   Graduated dues are available as a benefit! An instructor’s signature is required with the application, so check with your instructor. Join today to start enjoying the benefits of membership! Or you can apply online after creating an account.member 


I‘ve been a member since 2014 when I joined as a student. I had been a stay-at-home mom for over 20 years and needed to get back in the workforce. I had been involved in my SADAA chapter at school and then my teacher invited me to join the CDAA Board as a Student liaison and then served as Director and now Secretary.
Jennifer Bierschbach
Pomona Valley DAS
I joined the organization in 1974 as a student member. What I enjoy most is the connections we make with fellow dental assistants. Those friendships are priceless – not just on a state level, but on a national level. As President of the ADAA I was able to travel to Honduras and Egypt on dental trips. This has been invaluable.
Kristy Borquez
San Fernando Valley DAS
I’ve been a member since 1986. My membership has afforded me many opportunities. Some of those opportunities were to serve in many different capacities, which has led into leadership at both the national and state and local levels over the years. My membership has also afforded me the opportunity to become an educator.
Shari Becker
Diablo DAS