Dental Assisting Program Faculty

Dr. Denise Romero
Program Director, Professor | dmromero@pasadena.edu

Dr. Denise Romero CDA, COA, RDA, OA, Ed.D,. Is the program director for the dental assisting program and currently works as a full-time faculty in the dental assisting program for Pasadena City College. In addition to her role as a classroom educator Dr. Romero consults with dental offices, teaching an eight-hour infection control course, two-hour Dental Practice Act course, and orthodontic assistant permit course. Dr. Romero has 26 years of clinical experience in dentistry and has worked in variety of settings, including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, and dental supply sales. She currently teaches in both dental assisting and dental hygiene courses. Active in her professional associations, Dr. Romero served on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Dental Assisting Teachers (CADAT) for 3 years. She is involved in the American Dental Assistants Association. She also served as vice chair for the Dental Board of California's Dental Assisting Council and as a subject matter expert in orthodontics for the Dental Board of California. She is currently just finished serving her 3rd 

term on the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) board of directors as Vice Chair. Dr. Romero education includes: A certificate in dental assisting certificate and A.A degree at Cerritos College, Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Everest University, Designated Subject's Teaching Credential: Vocational education for the adult learner from the California State University, Long Beach, Master's degree Education Curriculum and Instruction from California State Dominguez-Hills. A doctorate degree from the University of Southern California in the doctorate program Organizational Change and Leadership. She received the 2018 Pride Award for Educators from the American Dental Assistants Association. She recently became a fellow in the American Dental Assistants Association receiving the FADAA. 


 Allison Kajimoto                                                                                                             Temporary Full Time Instructor akajimoto@pasadena.edu

 

Mrs. Allison Kajimoto, CDA, RDS, OA, BA currently works as a temporary full time instructor in the dental assisting program for Pasadena City College. She is an alumna of this same exact program! She has been in the dental profession for approximately 6 years. In addition to her role as an instructor, she practices orthodontic assisting at a private pratice and is an instructor for the Orthodontic Permit progam at PCC. This specialty of dentistry is her true passion! She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from California Lutheran Univesity. While her main passion is dental, traveling and being a "foodie" come in as a quick second. 


Stephanie Schmidt
Professor, Tenured Full-Time Faculty | sjschmidt@pasadena.edu

Stephanie Schmidt, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, CDT, RDAEF2, FADAA, MS has had a lifelong love and connection with dentistry, having worked in small and large private dental offices as an assistant and an office manager, and also with United States military veterans in their dental clinic as a research dental assistant and dental technician. She currently volunteers part-time for a local community-based dental clinic as a Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions 2, providing preventive and restorative dental treatment for an underserved population. Throughout her career, Ms. Schmidt has been teaching dental assisting classes for public adult schools and community colleges. She has taught classes in dental essentials, dental radiology, dental materials, chairside assisting, RDA duties, and dental psychology. She is frequently asked to speak to state, national, and international dental assisting, dental technology and dental hygiene organizations on topics including dental law, infection control and many clinically-related topics, as well as on creative teaching techniques. Ms. Schmidt participates in local, state and national dental assisting associations in various leadership capacities, reviews dental text books as a subject matter expert and volunteers as needed for local dental related community service projects, such as fluoride treatments and toothprint identification sessions for grade school children. She has authored six articles on dental topics, which were circulated in national and international publications, has a master's degree in education, holds a California Designated Subjects Teaching Credential, and has been the recent recipient of multiple awards for excellence in teaching and in dental assisting. She currently teaches full-time for the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs at Pasadena City College.


Dr. Louis Fleming Jr
BA., MAT., DDS., Adjunct Faculty |  lbfleming@pasadena.edu

Dr. Fleming holds a BA from the University of California at San Diego, and received his DDS at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. He is a past Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Before coming to PCC, Dr. Fleming was on the faculty of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, and maintained a private practice in San Francisco. In 2010 Dr. Fleming completed a Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Southern California.


Donna Wedell
dwedell@pasadena.edu

Donna Wedell, RDA, CDA, MA is currently an adjunct instructor at Pasadena City College. She has been in the Dental Profession for approximately 42 years. She received her Associate in Science (AS) degree and certificate in dental assisting from Rio Hondo College. She continued her education and received her Baccalaurete Degree in vocational education from California State University Los Angeles and hold a Master of Arts degree with a vocational education emphasis from California State University San Bernardino. Ms. Wedell earned her clear Community College Teaching Certificate from University of Califronia, Los Angeles.                                     

Ms. Wedell has been in the field of dentistry since 1973 as an active chairside assistant in private practices as a chairside assistant in general and pediatric dentistry, and an office manager in the pediatric practice. Ms. Wedell became a full-time faculty member at Chaffey College in their Dental Assisting program for 4 years. In 2004, she became a full-time faculty member at Cerritos College.  Ms. Wedell became the Program Director at Cerritos college for their Dental Assisting Program in 2009. Ms. Wedell retired  from Cerritos Colege in 2018. However, Ms. Wedell's passion for high-quality education and love of changing lives of the students she has continued to teach as an adjunct instructor in Dental Assisting programs. She taught courses in dental materials, infection control, chairside assisting, dental anatomy, dental sciences, radiology, coronal polish, pit and fissure sealants, RDA duties, and clinical internship. 

Ms. Wedell several years on the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) as a site visitor for other colleges. She was an expert witness in a court case regarding dental radiology. She has been a contributor to textbooks, articles, and other publications Currently she is a member of the Board of Directors for the California Dental Assisting Association (CADAT). She received the Hazel O. Tores award for outstanding teaching from the CADAT organization. She is a member of several dental and teachers' associations. Ms. Wedell gives back to the community by voluteering at several free clinics.


Dental Hygiene Program Faculty

Adrine Reganian, RDH, RDHAP, MS 
Interim Program Director | aareganian@pasadena.edu

Faculty

Contributing Dental Assisting Faculty

Contributing Natural Sciences Faculty


Restorative Dentistry - Restorative Dental Technology Program Faculty

Program Director, Henri G. Saghians
DACM, CDT, Interim Program Admistrator | hgsaghians@pasadena.edu

Dr. Henri Saghians, DACM, CDT. Dr. Saghians is is board certified in the specialty of Removable Partial Dentures. He received his baccalaureate degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California. He Graduated from the Pasadena City College School of Health Sciences and Department of Restorative Dentistry Majoring in the Dental Laboratory Technology Program in 2001. Dr. Saghians has worked in the Dental Laboratory Technology industry for eighteen years and owned H.G.S. Dental Lab, which offered a full array of dental laboratory services to dentists located in the San Fernando Valley. During this time, Dr. Saghians also continued his education, earning his Master’s Degree in Eastern Medicine and Herbalogy from South Baylo University in Los Angeles. In 2017, he continued earning his Doctoral degree in Eastern Medicine. In 2010, he sold his laboratory and joined the PCC Restorative Dentistry staff as a College Assistant. Within two years, he was promoted to Adjunct Instructor in the Restorative Dentistry Program and in 2014 Dr. Saghians became a full-time lead instructor where he currently teaches Anatomy of Oral and Facial Structures; Dental Materials; Removable Partial Denture Fabrication and various levels of Dental Anatomy. Upon graduating from South Baylo University in 2013, Mr. Saghians became a registered health care provider with state of California. In spare time he loves flying, he received his private pilot's license in 2007.


Professor Anita M. Bobich
BA, CDT, | ambobich@pasadena.edu

Professor Bobich has been teaching restorative dentistry since 1985. Prior to that she owned a dental laboratory specializing in dental ceramics and full mouth reconstructive dental prosthetics for nine years. She is board certified in two Restorative Dentistry disciplines and received her 25-year gold and diamond certification pin in 2010; in 2016 she received her 30-year pin. Professor Bobich also received a baccalaureate degree from the University of California, Loos Angeles (UCLA) where she majored in Philosophy. She studied dental technology at the Dental Technology Institute and Rancho Santiago College. She serves on the National Educators Section of the National Association of Dental Laboratories, received the Al Smith award for teaching excellence, and has been nominated numerous times for the Risser Award. She is an associate on the Board of Directors for the Advanced Restorative Institute and has a California teaching credential valid for life. Over the years, she has also participated and/or been a member or officer of numerous study clubs and professional organizations. Professor Bobich has presented at many dental conferences and meetings. She teaches dental ceramics, crown and bridge, orthodontics and pedodontics, beginning and advanced levels of anatomy, implants, digital dentistry CAD CAM, and dental laboratory management. Professor Bobich has served as the Program Administrator for Restorative Dentistry under the School of Health Sciences at Pasadena City College since 1985. She loves to travel the world and is the proud owner of an old stone cottage on the island of Rava, Croatia where she and her husband grow world class olives and make truly extra virgin cold pressed olive oil. She is loves to spend time with her grandson Joshua.


Domenico Cascione
MDT., BS., CDT., Full-time Faculty | dcascione@pasadena.edu

Domenico Cascione obtained his primary education in Bari (Italy), where he was also certified as a Dental Technologiest (CDT) in 1985. From 1991 to 2004 he carried out metallurgy research becoming a specialist in dental metallurgy. From 1986 to 2004 he was the owner and director of Dental Laboratory in Bari (Italy). He is a Master Ceramist and also is specialized in metallurgy, implant work and complex esthetic rehabilitation. In 2005 he holds a Bachelor of Scienece of the Dental Technology Degree from the University of Southern Illinois.  From 2005 to 2008 he was Research Associate and Program Direcctor, Advanced Training for Dental Technology at the Center for Dental Technology, the University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. From 2009 to 2016 was a Clinical Assistant Professor and Course Director for the Advanced Dental Morphology for the Operative Dentistry Program at the University of Southern California Ostrow School of Dentistry. He is a lead faculty Department of Restorative Dentistry/ Dental Laboratory Technology Program - Division of Health Sciences at Pasadena City College. He is a faculty/lecturer at UCLA School of Dentitistry Division of Advanced Prosthodontics. He is a Certified Dental Technician in the United States. He is a winner of award 2007 Judson C. Hichey in the research category in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. He is an Editor in Cheif of the Spectrum Dialouge magazine. He is the President of OPERART LLC. dental laboratory in Santa Monica, California. He is author and co-author of several article in the literature. He is the author of the Book Symbiosis: Art & Technique.

Andrew Do, DDS
DDS., MDT., TE., Full-Time Faculty | ado7@pasadena.edu

Dr. Do is a Master Certified Dental Technician board certified in he specialty of Crown and Bridges, Ceramics, Implants, Orthodontics, Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures. He received his baccalaureate degree in Biology from the California State University of Los Angeles in 1994. In 1998, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Northwestern University. In 2015, Dr. Do enrolled in Pasadena City College in the Laboratory Dental Technician progrma and graduate in 2017. In 2019, Dr. Do earned his Master CDT. Dr. Do  has been an adjunct faculty at Pasadena City College since 2017. Currently, he teaches as an adjunct faculty in the Restorative Dental Technology program and Pasadena City College and still treating his patients in his private practice after 22 years. He is working on his Implant fellowship from the International Dental Implant Association. In his spare time, he loves martial arts. He practices: Kendo, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Escrima, and Wing Chun.


Avo Eginyan
B.S., Adjunct Faculty | aeginyan@pasadena.edu

Mr. Avo Eginyan is a dental lab owner and technician specializing in digital dentistry. In 2003, he received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. Upon graduation, he joined the Restorative Dental Technology program at Pasadena City Colelge to further his education in dental technology. He received the ADA Allied Dental Student Scholarships award in 2014, an award given to 5 dental technology students in the United States.

Soon after attending the RDT program at Pasadena City College, Avo Eginyan joined ownership of Prestige Dental Studio in Sherman Oaks, CA. He oversees all digital aspects and continues to grow his laboratory using the latest technologies. Avo Eginyan's passion for CAD/CSM extended to teaching. He has taught Digital Dentistry courses to technicians, dentists, and various dental professionals at Esthetic Professionals in Tarzana, CA 

Avo Eginyan currently teaches Digital Dentistry as an Adjunct Instructor. He also teaches courses in Workpalce Readiness and Communication, Dental Materials and Management. He enjoys engaging students with his personal experience and positive attitude. When he is not teaching or in the laboratory, Avo enjoys taking his family on outdoor adventures like camping, fishing, and off roading.