Eastman Dental Center staff member Carletta Carter, of Rochester, has been named the 2007 Dental Assistant of the Year, a national award sponsored by Colgate.
Carter is the dental assisting supervisor for Eastman Dental’s Community Dentistry and Oral Health Disease Prevention, where she divides her time as the practice manager for the Downtown Clinic in the Sibley’s Tower Building on Main Street, and supervising the department’s dental assistants and dental assisting students.
Carter is a certified and licensed dental assistant, allowing her to perform additional clinical and educational services and oral health presentations.
Carter’s commitment to oral health described in the multiple nominations stood out among the other 200 nominations Colgate received. She completed her clinical training at Eastman Dental Center nearly 30 years ago, and has worked in community dentistry ever since. She is active in American Dental Assistants Association and Dental Assisting National Board, and is president of the Rochester Dental Assisting Society.
“Each day, it’s my goal to work toward the mission of education, patient care and community service,” Carter said, who also has a certificate in counseling and teaching. “I want to empower patients to understand the importance of quality dental care and to actively participate in their own care.”
Carter receives a $5,000 cash award, along with an all-expenses-paid visit to Colgate’s research facility and the Dental Assisting Summit conference, where she’ll be presented a trophy. She will also be featured in an article in the April issue of Inside Dental Assisting magazine.