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KC Dental Professor Named President of the Illinois Dental Assistants Association

Kaskaskia College Dental Assisting Professor, Lori Schmidt, has been named President of the Illinois Dental Assistants Association (ILDAA). 


Founded in 1948, the Illinois Dental Assistants Association is a branch of the American Dental Assistants Association.  Our association was created to represent dental assistants in Illinois; promoting education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities.  This continues to be our mission today.


Professor Schmidt is the Coordinator of the KC Dental Assisting Program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. She has been at Kaskaskia College for 17 years. Lori is a CDA, CRFDA, CPFDA, and recently started pursuing her ADAA fellowship. Lori has been a member of the ILDAA for the past six years and served on the Legislative Committee before being inducted as President of the ILDAA. Before graduating from Lake Land College in 1997 with her Associates degree in Dental Hygiene and from SIU Carbondale in 2002 with her Bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education, Lori was a dental assistant for 17 years.  


Schmidt says, “I started my dental career as a Dental Assistant and loved it. I had the best boss, worked in a terrific office, and made friendships I still have today.  When the opening for a dental assisting instructor was posted in the local paper, it was my husband Steven who encouraged me to apply. He told me that there would be no better step in your years of acquiring knowledge, than to share it and build future dental assistants”.


She added, “I am honored to represent the State of Illinois for the next two years, in the role of President of the ILDAA. I hope to serve as President the best I can and be an advocate for our careers, organization, and dentistry as a whole”. 


For more information, please call Lori Schmidt at 618-548-3468 or email lschmidt@kaskaskia.edu.


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