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About Us

Derek Cohlmia, DDS

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Dr. Cohlmia is a caring, talented and compassionate professional with a commitment to exemplary dentistry, passed down from his father and grandfather. Dr. Cohlmia attended the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate degree and then earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at the University of Oklahoma. As an educator, his dental assisting school provides accelerated, hands-on training for individuals seeking a career in dentistry. Students look forward to an active learning environment for a comprehensive and dynamic learning experience. Peer-to-peer learning is both promoted and encouraged to help students sharpen and retain information that will ensure their own success. 

Melissa Steele, EFDA, Director

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 Melissa has an unwavering desire to serve patients and train students to become professional dental assistants. Melissa has served as an expanded functions dental assistant, practice manager, and educator since 2002. She volunteers annually with Remote Area Medical (RAM), Oklahoma Mission of Mercy (OKMOM), and Dentistry from the Heart. Melissa believes in providing every student the opportunity to achieve their own success and devotes herself to facilitate this pursuit with high ethical standards of both integrity and excellence each day. Sharing with students the value of putting patients’ needs first is what fuels Melissa to continue training dental assistants. 

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