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We’re shaping the next generation of dental professionals with confidence and care. It matters where you learn.

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Your Success

Dental Professional Faculty

Your ultimate goal after earning your dental assistant certificate is to get a fulfilling, steady job. Howard Healthcare Academy is dedicated to helping you be successful by teaching you the skills needed to find gainful employment.

Train In Working Office

Our programs are designed to give you hands-on experience in a dental office with access to the latest technologies. Learn the ins and outs of your new profession with real patients, guided by real professionals.

What Our Students Say

Don’t take our word for it — hear what Howard Healthcare Academy students have to say about our dental assisting school and standalone Dental Board of California-approved courses.

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Dental Assisting Faculty

In addition to loving to teach, the faculty members at Howard Healthcare Academy are also enthusiastic about dentistry. Our instructors have worked or are currently working in a dental office. Their experience means that our teachers know what you will be facing in your day-to-day responsibilities.

Kami Hoss

D.D.S., M.S., Orthodontist, Howard Healthcare Academy Founder and Faculty Member

Dr. Kami Hoss is an orthodontist as well as co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Super Dentists, the number one pediatric and orthodontic office in San Diego. As CEO of The Super Dentists, Dr. Kami Hoss has hired and trained many employees. Over the years, he noticed that many job candidates didn’t have the skills, experience and knowledge required for their new dental career. His desire to elevate dentistry and provide students with the ability and proficiency they were lacking led him to found Howard Healthcare Academy. In additon to being a working orthodontist, Dr. Kami Hoss helps train future dental assistants to excel in their profession by providing practical and useful information for a career in dentistry.

Fueled by his passion for dentistry, Dr. Kami Hoss set himself up for success by choosing a profession that combines his love of people, physics, biology, art and creativity. After earning his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and D.D.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles, he went on to earn his master’s degree in Craniofacial Biology and postdoctoral residency in Advanced Orthodontics from the University of Southern California. Dr. Hoss has a love for education and sharing his knowledge. As an orthodontist and business owner, he possesses the innovation and experience to motivate students. According to Dr. Hoss, “The future of dental assisting has never looked better with opportunities in a variety of areas of dentistry. My advice to students would be to always continue their education and get the highest certification that they can get.”

Nazli Keri

D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist, Howard Healthcare Academy Faculty Member

Dr. Nazli Keri is a pediatric dentist as well as cofounder of The Super Dentists, the number one pediatric and orthodontic office in San Diego. As a specialist in treating children, Dr. Keri has vast experience and a unique perspective regarding how to create a trusting environment for children and parents in a dental office. Her dental students receive the benefit of her capabilities and compassion.

As an experienced author, lecturer and instructor, Dr. Keri is adept at helping students understand the intricacies of working in a dental office. From the skills necessary to perform the functions of a dental assistant to the personal qualities needed to interact with dental patients, Dr. Keri imparts information in a manner that helps students retain and practice what they learn.

Dr. Keri was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles for her undergrad in Chemistry and attended the Universtiy of Southern California for her D.D.S. and postdoctoral residency. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Associaiton, Califorania Dental Association and San Diego Dental Society.

Lorena S. Meza

Lorena S. Meza, a Registered Dental Assistant and Program Director at Howard Healthcare Academy, initially explored dental hygiene but chose dental assisting to gauge her interest. She found joy in the dynamic tasks, patient interactions, and diverse procedures, leading her to become a licensed registered dental assistant (RDA).

In 2010, Lorena became a Subject Matter Expert for the Dental Board of California, reviewing and auditing curricula for new dental schools. Her commitment to student success and ethical dental practices fuels her professional excellence. She’s active in the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and California Association of Dental Assisting Teachers (CADAT).

Lorena advocates dentistry for those interested in healthcare and a balanced work-life schedule. As Howard Healthcare Academy’s Program Director, she’s equipped to teach various RDA program classes and Standalone Courses.


Faculty Members Will Teach and Mentor You

To stay current on the newest technology and techniques, our faculty members are working professionals in the dental field. By continuing their education and practicing their skillset, our instructors ensure that you receive the most current information.

As active members of the California Association of Dental Assisting Teachers (CADAT), our faculty is committed to teaching excellence. All of our experienced faculty members have at least eight years of dental and teaching experience and proactively take continuing education courses for leadership and classroom management.

As a Howard Healthcare Academy student, you will receive personal attention and mentorship from your instructors to assure you have the technical skills as well as professionalism necessary to excel in your dental career.

the benefits of

Training in a Modern, Working Dental Office

Howard Healthcare Academy is dedicated to each individual student’s success

Already have your RDA license? Howard Healthcare Academy offers specialized courses in extended functions such as oral pathology, histology, medical emergencies, and more. Master these fields in a working dental office, enhance your knowledge, gain more responsibility, and ask for higher compensation.

Howard Healthcare Academy courses are taught at our Kearny Mesa location. Additionally, this location also has an on-site multi-specialty dental practice to allow students to participate with actual hands-on experience with patients.<

The Super Dentists have the reputation of being the number one pediatric dentistry and orthodontics practice in San Diego.

One of the reasons for The Super Dentists top standing in the community is that they invest in the most advanced dental technologies available to treat their patients. As a Howard Healthcare Academy student, you get to train in a modern working dental office on technologically advanced equipment.

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Appreciates Our Students

Meet Quaddira, DA student and Military Spouse

Quaddira is a newer military spouse, new to the West Coast (from her native New Jersey) and new to San Diego. Her husband, a boatswain’s mate, is attached to 32nd Street Naval Station. No stranger to military life, she comes from a military family: her dad served in the Army, and her mom has worked in the dental field as a dental assistant and lab tech, so Quaddira learned a lot about the dental industry growing up, so much so, she decided she wanted to follow in her mom’s footsteps.

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What People Have Said

Gina H.

My Son just recently started the program and it took us a while to find a school that was very hands-on with modern teaching. I went to visit a few schools and found a lot of outdated tools , equipment and techniques and once we visited Howard we knew this was the one! He comes home very excited about all the new things he learns daily. Classrooms are very small, so its real hands on . So glad we made this choice!

Aly P.

Very pleased with this school. You always feel professional in your surroundings as well as all the help you can think of. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in the dental field or those looking to forward their dental education with an RDAEF or an OAP.

Lauren C.

Great school! They are very supportive of their students, and all of the instructors are engaging and fun. I am only a few months into my program- I will update again once I graduate. I am really loving it so far though, and chose Howard between 4 other RDA programs in San Diego. I’ve already recommended it to several of my friends!

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