Anxiety and fear about going to the dentist is a common problem among children, but that was not the case for Kierra Gresham.
“I loved going to the dentist as a kid. I love teeth. I love seeing people smile,” she said.
Little did she know at the time, but the positive experiences during dental visits in her youth would lay the foundation for a future career for the Atlanta native.
In her youth, Kierra said she also envisioned a life of helping others. At United Education Institute (UEI) in Morrow, Kierra found the ideal program to prepare her for a rewarding career that combined her love of teeth and passion for helping others when she enrolled in the Dental Assistant Training Program.
“Your smile is a big part of self-confidence, and helping people keep their smile healthy is a very rewarding career path for me,” she said.
After graduating from high school, Kierra decided to take a gap year. “I knew I wanted to do something in the dental field, but I was just getting my mind right for college and working. Then I found UEI,” she said.
“The first day I met her, Kierra came to my office. And, when I asked her why she wanted to be a dental assistant, her passion was evident!” said Michelle Morales, Director of Career Services at UEI Morrow. “She is a very bright, passionate young lady
“I loved UEI,” Kierra said. “I loved the whole experience. The staff and the instructors are all so encouraging every day. They really want you to succeed.”
Now a graduate, the 20-year-old was hired after completing her externship at a popular dental clinic in Atlanta, which she said is going well.
“UEI has prepared me very well. The hands-on experience was a great way to learn,” she said. “The instructors are great, and they go the extra mile to help you understand everything.”
“Ms. Kierra was a hard worker in class, always eager and with determination to perform with high standards,” said DA Instructor Margaritta Taylor. “Great listener, a leader, true mentor. Always cheerful. She was an outstanding student. [She] always showed initiative – very respectful. Thank you, Kierra, so much for your consistent perseverance and effort. I am very proud!”
“We are very proud of Kierra and congratulate her for this major accomplishment in her life,” Michelle added. “Congratulations!”