Dental Assistant Student Making Dental Visits Less Scary When Nichole Golden was very young, she was quite nervous about visiting the dentist. Then, she met a special dental assistant. “She extended so much kindness and her demeanor really helped me get over my fears,” says Nichole. Years later, Nichole decided that she too would become a dental assistant.

Nichole began her studies at the ECPI University, Newport News campus in January 2013 and has quickly established herself as a leader. “She’s made a huge difference in the Dental Assisting Club,” says Program Director Maribeth Mojares. “When she first joined the club, we only had five or six members. Now, we have around 25 members. In class, she’s very dedicated and always looking to help fellow classmates.”

Nichole is President of both the Dental Club and Phi Theta Kappa. Currently, she is in the middle of her externship and says that she is very excited to be applying the skills she’s learned in the classroom. “I love working with kids and it’s just so rewarding to help them relax when they’re scared,” she says. “I try to show them all of our tools like ‘Mr. Thirsty’ – the saliva ejector – and ‘Mr. Squirt’ – the air-water syringe.

I love ECPI University and everything I’ve learned here at Medical Careers Institute – but I am really looking forward to graduation and beginning my career. The last year or so has been such a positive experience and everyone here has been so supportive. I feel really good about everything that I’ve done here and what lies ahead!”

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