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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Richard D. Martinez, DDS, Owner/Director

Dr. Martinez received his B.S. Degree in Medical Biology from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City in 1989. He received his D.D.S. from the University of Iowa, School of Dentistry in 1993.

From 1993-94, he completed a Post Doctoral Program at the University of Utah Medical Center, Dental General Practice Residency.

From 1996 to present, he has served adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of Utah Medical Center, Dental General Residency Program and also served as a preceptor for Dental students through the Regional Dentistry Exchange Program (RDEP).

Dr. Martinez is also an Associate Professor at the University of Utah School of Dentistry.

Dr, Martinez has been a board member of the State of Utah Department of Health - Drug Utilization Review Board and also the Salt Lake District Dental Society. He was an official staff dentist for the 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympics Games and in 2010-2011 served as President for the Salt Lake District Dental Society. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Utah Dental Association, the Salt Lake District Dental Society and the President's Club of the University of Iowa.

Dr. Martinez believes in the motto: "see one, do one, teach one" and believes that a person should try and learn something new every day. With this in mind, he approaches each day hoping that he will have the opportunity to learn from others and in return, help others to learn something new themselves.

Terina, Instructor

Terina has been working in the Dental field for over 33 years, as both a Dental Assistant and an Office Manager. She worked for three years at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry, in the GPR program, teaching the Dental Residents how to utilize Dental Assistants. Over the years, she has also helped train dozens of Dental Assistants, some while doing their externships, others with no experience at all. She is passionate about Dentistry and knows the value and importance of proper training for a Dental Assistant. Terina is wonderful at giving students suggestions and tips that they won't find in any textbook!

Jeri, RDH, Instructor

Jeri graduated from SLCC Dental Assisting program and went on to pursue her Dental Hygiene Degree from Weber State University in 1990. She has worked as a licensed Registered Dental Hygienist in the Salt Lake area for over 26 years and has been employed by Dr. Richard Martinez since 2006. She recently traveled to Guatemala on a humanitarian dental trip and hopes to go back in the near future. Jeri is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) and the Utah Dental Hygienists' Association (UDHA) and has served as an officer for the Salt Lake Component of the UDHA. She works closely with Dental Assistants on a daily basis and is excited to teach students to become valuable members of the dental team.

Emily, Instructor

Emily was born in Ogden, Utah but raised in Southern California. She is a graduate of Salt Lake Academy of Dental Assisting and currently a Dental Assistant for Dr. Richard Martinez. In her spare time she loves traveling, all things Disney and spending time in the sun with her wonderful husband Cory. Emily likes getting to know the students and helping them learn skills that will make them great assistants.

Gary, Administrator/Registrar

Gary has over 30 years of business experience. He has been running a successful retail business and has been a commercial property owner for 22 years. Gary has interviewed and trained many employees over the years and brings experience and knowledge to the dental assisting students by helping in the preparation of resumes and future employment. Gary oversees the business and bookkeeping aspect of the school. Gary will be in-charge of the enrollments of new students and the administration of the school.

Thank you for your interest in Salt Lake Academy of Dental Assisting and Radiography Program.

Thank you for your interest in Salt Lake Academy of Dental Assisting and Radiography Program.

Thank you for your interest in Salt Lake Academy of Dental Assisting and Radiography Program.

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