At the Sunrise School of Dental Assisting, we believe the hallmark of any great educational program is the quality of its instructors. We are immensely proud of the knowledge and experience of our team, as well as the passion they have for helping each student reach their personal and professional goals.
Dr. Dinah Vice founded the Sunrise School of Dental Assisting in 2007 with the goal of providing a modern, convenient, and affordable education in dental assisting.
Dr. Vice is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned her undergraduate degree as well as her dental hygiene degree. She was a practicing dental hygienist for 8 years before earning admission to the UNC School of Dentistry. Since graduating in 1984, Dr. Vice has had the privilege of caring for patients in the Triangle for more than three decades. Her practice, Sunrise Dental, serves as the headquarters for the Sunrise School of Dental Assisting at their Raleigh office. With 4 locations throughout the Triangle, Sunrise Dental is one the area’s leading dental practices.
She and her husband, Rick, have three children (two of whom are dentists) and 11 grandchildren.
Jennifer Schriver’s dental career began in 1970 when she graduated from dental assisting school. She spent the next two years earning her dental hygiene degree, and subsequently practiced dental hygiene in a private office for 17 years.
She then earned a bachelor’s degree in Dental Auxiliary Teacher Education from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Aside from her career as a practicing hygienist, Jennifer has worked for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, both as a Professional Sales Representative and as a District Sales manager. She was also the Director of Sales at Discus Dental, one of the world’s leading companies in the development of professional tooth whitening products, as well as other dental equipment and materials.
Jennifer currently works in the Raleigh location, where she consistently exudes a passion for teaching and helping students achieve excellence in their dental careers. She currently resides in Youngsville, NC with her husband and mother.
Sheila Foster-Wright began her dental career in 1999 as a dental assistant, receiving her x-ray certification and OSHA training at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Shelia has been employed both in the private and public sector, including time spent working at a community clinic. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Education.
Shelia is a Virginia native and currently lives with her family in Greensboro.
Tammy Hales received her dental assisting diploma from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 1991, when she also passed the Dental Assisting National Board Exam. This achievement earned her the title of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). Since that time, she has been employed at Cape Fear Oral Surgery as Lead Dental Assistant.
Tammy joined the Sunrise team in 2010. She is a lifelong Fayetteville resident with strong ties in the local dental community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren, as well as playing volleyball.
Jaylyn Miller September 5, 2017
Prior to attending Sunrise School of Dental Assisting I had zero knowledge of the dentistry field and what this career choice would have in store for me. I had an awesome instructor, as well as current Dental Assistants at Sunrise, to help guide me and continue to be successful in my career. Everyone has been extremely helpful and I have had nothing less than a great experience. After graduation, I was hired on by Sunrise and couldn’t be more happy with my job and the decision to attend Sunrise School of Dental Assisting! Thank you all!!
Katie Panchak February 17, 2017
If you’re looking into a promising career as a dental assistant, look no further! I recently graduated from Sunrise School of Dental Assisting and couldn’t be happier with the program! This course provided me with all the knowledge and tools that I needed to become successful in my field. Now I am proud to say that after graduation I have been hired on by Sunrise Dental and LOVE my job! Thanks guys!
Madison McCullock January 12, 2017
Sunrise School of Dental Assisting provided me with the knowledge and skills I needed to begin my career in the Dental field. The instructors were very helpful and thorough in explaining the lessons and procedures to the class, and also made it a point to provide any additional help/tutoring before/after lessons for students. I enjoyed my experience at Sunrise School of Dental Assisting. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to receive the proper education necessary in order to excel in their Dental Assisting career
Ashley Hicks June 15, 2016
At Sunrise they give you the tools you need to become successful as a Dental Assistant. You have smaller numbers in the class, so you are able to have more one on one time with an instructor if needed. It is a fast paced class, but the instructor is willing to meet with you before class time if you need help. It is a good balance between lectures and actual lab time. You have great hands on experience and work with live “patients” (class members) in order to get an actual feel of what it would be like. The team at Sunrise Dental are very encouraging and push you to strive for your best. They also help with shadowing at different offices and even inform you if there are job openings at other offices. I would recommend this program to anyone and know that they would also get the great training that I have received!