Embrace Your Inner Rock Star

How exactly do you create value? How can you make yourself more valuable to your practice—and more importantly, more valuable to yourself?

You are invited: Take the journey to become a rock star dental assistant who gets more appreciation, respect, and satisfaction.

Rock Star Dental Assistant will show you how to embrace the leader within and take pride in your important role within the dental office. This book is full or practical tips and personal stories that will both entertain and inspire you.


Become a Rockstar Dental Assistant!

Create Value in Yourself and Your Practice

Dental Assistants spend more time with the patient than any other team member, so why not educate your assistant to market to those patients.

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Dental Assisting 101: Back to the Basics

Course Highlights:

  • Learning how to speak to your patients and become a professional
  • Understanding your limits as an assistant
  • Get organized and stay on top
  • Learn how to stay one step ahead of your doctor
  • Work as a team
  • What do you have to give to this practice?

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Ergonomics and Preventative Medicine

Enhancing your career through ergonomics; Preventative medicine for your life!

Women suffer higher rates of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Because our jobs are so physically demanding in dentistry, we are seeing a higher rate in back, neck and shoulder issues. This course talks about the common problems we face ergonomically, and changes we can make to correct these issues. As women, we tend to take care of everyone but ourselves, let’s discuss ways we can fix that!



  • Identify the common problems physically we face daily
  • Discuss ways to take better care of ourselves and why
  • Learn better techniques for posture and positioning
Learn, Leverage and Lead...

All dental team members are leaders, you don’t always see yourself that way, there are no titles or labels.  Each team member is vital to the success of the practice and with a little direction, they can have an amazing impact on the practice. We will discuss how to bring out your inner leader to push your practice and yourself in amazing new ways. 



  • Discover ways to use your talents
  • Explore key steps to self-improvement
  • Learn how to maximize all you have
Dental Unit Waterline Contamination


  • Dental unit water lines (DUWL) contain the Legionella bacteria
  • 500 Colony Forming Units (CFU) are acceptable as safe drinking water
  • DUWL are a harbor for bacteria
  • How many CFU’s are in your water lines?
  • All participants earn 3 CEs

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Promoting Communication Between Lab and Office

Training Objectives:

  • Increasing communications between lab and offices: communicate with one of the most valuable members of your team
  • Choosing the right shade guild for your procedure: a zillion shade guide options out there, which one do you use?
  • What information does the lab need to fabricate your case? The more information you provide the lab the better understanding your lab will have of the outcome of the case.
  • Photography: Why and what the lab needs

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Infection Control/OSHA/HIPAA
  • CDC guidelines in most states are mandatory
  • PPE-do we have to?
  • What you need to know about waterline contamination
  • Handpieces and motors, we are doing it wrong!
  • Documentation-the biggest thing we aren’t doing
Dental Assistants Learning the Law

This course will talk about the laws pertaining to dental assistants in the state as well as other parts of the country. We will discuss the emerging role of the dental assistant, the outlook of job opportunities and what they need to know to protect themselves. We will go over common violations and what they need to do to protect their practice.

Meet Tija

Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, CDSO, MADAA, began her dental assisting career in 1981 and has never looked back. Being named one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry in 2015 by Dental Products Report was one of the highlights of her career. She is a former vice president of the American Dental Assistants Association, where she holds the honor of Master. She has worked in her current office for fifteen years in O’Fallon, Missouri, as an office manager and dental assistant. Hunter’s love of traveling takes her all over the world, where she speaks to dental assistants and dental teams.

Hunter enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren as much as possible, and values the memories they make together.

Praise for Rock Star Dental Assistant

“Rock Star Dental Assistant is more than a guide to being an ideal dental assistant. It’s a pathway to creating an amazing life. Tija Hunter shares her incredible story and inspires dental assistants to dare and dream beyond what they thought possible in their career and life. Her message will speak to every member of the dental team. This is a must-read!”

Penny Reed, author of Growing Your Dental Business

“Tija Hunter is THE shining example for dental assistants on how to turn your career into something amazing. Tija’s journey captured my attention a long time ago and I am so thrilled she is sharing her “secrets of success” with dental assistants throughout the world.

This book will leave assistants inspired and ready to not only tackle the day, but their entire career. It is simply must-read by one of the most powerful advocates dental assistants have today.”

Kevin Henry, author of Battling and Beating the Demons of Dental Assisting

“Following Tija’s lifelong journey and the lessons she learned along the way will shape the way all dental professionals look at their daily gift of being in the profession she loves and to which she is dedicated.”

Linda Miles, Founder, Speaking Consulting Network, CoFounder, Oral Cancer Cause CoFounder, Ultimate Team Mastery


Coaching is available for clinical team members in a few areas. Training can be customized to fit your needs.

Call Tija today to discuss what problems you face and how you can work through it together.

Infection Control/OSHA/HIPAA

One of the biggest problems in dental offices today is the lack of protocols when it comes to infection control, HIPAA and OSHA. Documentation can save you in the event of a breach or audit, and dental offices unknowingly lack the required information.

My in-office assessment will give you all the tools and documentation you need to not only be compliant, but to educate your entire team on what they need to know for patient and team safety. 

Nitrous Oxide Safety and Training

I am certified in Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina and Tennessee to certify assistants in monitoring, and Kansas for administration. Courses are a great refresher for dentist and hygienist as well. Courses can be taught in-office with your team. 


Inventory control, systems for all clinical areas (hygiene, morning huddle, walk out, time management, opening/closing the day, motivation and HR)

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