Next 8 Week RDA Classes (Kingston) begins Sept. 6, 2022 and Jan. 3, 2023| Coronal Polishing class (Kingston): Nov.3-4, 2022 14 CE hours
| Dental Sealant class (Kingston): Dec.2, 2022 6 CE hours | Nitrous Oxide Course (Kingston): Dec.2, 2022 5 CE hours
Competitive Edge Dental Assisting Academy, LLC is a dental assisting school that was created based on the belief that we can produce higher quality dental assistants by providing hands on learning with actual patients and practical experience with up to date technology. We have partnered with dentists throughout TN who have both exceptional clinical skills and state-of-the-art technology, who thrive on teaching the next generation of dental professionals. We know what it takes to succeed in a progressive dental office; it's our mission to provide you with a Competitive Edge throughout your dental career, whether you're new to dentistry or expanding your skills!
Next 8 Week RDA Classes (Kingston) begins Sept. 6, 2022 and Jan. 3, 2023. See Tuition & Registration Page for More Details
Nitrous Oxide Course (Kingston): Dec.2, 2022 5 CE hours
Coronal Polishing class (Kingston): Nov.3-4, 2022 14 CE hours
Dental Sealant class (Kingston): Dec.2, 2022 6 CE hours
Why Choose Us
“A mentor once told me, ‘Don’t just be an assistant, learn how to make yourself valuable!’ That’s what I want to do for people, help them to realize the opportunities they have to grow in their career.”
– Meghan Dagley, EFDA and Instructor
“Being able to look at employees and knowing what makes them stand out-I would love to impart that knowledge so they can be equipped to stand out and grow early in their career. Otherwise, some people never understand how to be exceptional.”
– Shannon Walmsley, OTR, OM and Instructor
“I’ve seen how ill equipped many new grads are coming into this field and I want to make a difference for them.”
– Dr. James D Walmsley, Dentist and Instructor
“I’ve been in dentistry for over 10 years and it’s very rare to find a great dental assistant fresh out of school. I want students graduating from our program to feel confident with going into a workplace knowing what skills are needed to be a competent dental assistant and team player.”
– Jessica Swanger, RDH, MBA
Meet the Instructors
Meet James Walmsley, DDS
Dr. Walmsley graduated dental school from UT Health Science Center in Memphis, TN in 1996. He has been practicing General Dentistry for over 24 years. Dr. Walmsley has always strived to incorporate the latest technology in his practice as well as investing countless hours in training to restore dental implants and provide outstanding Cosmetic Dentistry.
Meet Jessica S., RDH, MBA
Jessica enjoys being busy and has a very entrepreneurial spirit. On top of working as a hygienist and instructor, Jessica runs her own business, designing and selling a regional brand. In her downtime she enjoys time on the lake.Currently, Jessica is a Registered Dental Hygienist who works in a general dentistry setting. She graduated from Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge in 2015. Jessica also has her MBA from MTSU which she used as a practice manager in 2008. She began her career in dentistry as a Registered Dental Assistant in 2012.
Meet Meghan D., EFDA
Meghan began her career in dentistry in 2007 when she graduated from TN Technology Center in Knoxville and became a Registered Dental Assistant. She later earned her Associate of Science from Roane State Community College in 2009.
Meet Shannon W., OTR
Shannon earned her BS in Occupational Therapy from UT, Memphis Health Science Center in 1994. She practiced as a Registered Occupational Therapist working with neurologically impaired and orthopedic patients until she had children, when she gradually began taking over the role as an Office Manager at LakeView Dental Arts.
Next 8 Week RDA Classes (Kingston) begins Sept. 6, 2022 and Jan. 3, 2023 | Coronal Polishing class (Kingston): Nov.3-4, 2022 14 CE hours
| Dental Sealant class (Kingston): Dec.2, 2022 6 CE hours| Nitrous Oxide Course (Kingston): Dec.2, 2022 5 CE hours