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Dr. Karen Barwick, DDS

Program Director


Dr. Barwick is a graduate of UNC School of Dentistry and has been in private practice since 1987. The DATC is located within her dental practice.

Jennifer Busfield

Jennifer Busfield

Digital Development and Online Reputation

Connected in some form or fashion to the DATC Program since its early days, Jen Busfield is a huge proponent for how the program continues to usher positive growth opportunities in the lives of all involved – students, faculty, staff – and how it continues to build a strong community. With over ten years of professional engagement in the digital industry, Jen helps support the program’s online presence and talks with students about how to curate their online reputation with job acquisition in mind. Jen is an avid story collector and teller; and loves having the chance to witness students’ stories unfold towards happy endings – and new beginnings – in the dental field. Jen encourages people to connect with her on LinkedIn and Instagram.

Michelle Day

Michelle Day

Certified Dental Assistant, Dental Assistant II - Administrator

Mrs. Day received a diploma in Dental Assisting (DA II) from Alamance Community College, where she graduated with Honors in 1991. She successfully completed the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) in 1991. She worked as a CDA for 14 years and is currently the appointment coordinator and Chief Front Office Administrator for Dr. Barwick.

Hannah Hooper

Hannah Hooper

Dental Assistant II, Instructor

Hannah graduated in October of 2012 from the Dental Assistant Training Centers in Graham, NC.

She is currently working at Mebane Pediatric Dentistry and absolutely loves working with children on a daily basis.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her miniature dachshund, Rosco.

Margaret Hooper

Margaret Hooper

Certified Dental Assistant Emeritus, Dental Assistant II - Instructor

Mrs. Hooper is a 1962 graduate of Alamance Community College with a diploma in Dental Assisting. She served as Chairman of the Department of Dental Assisting of Alamance Community College from 1975 until 2003 when she retired. Ms. Hooper also received an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Business Administration in 1986. She is President of Hooper’s Dental Consulting/ Continuing Education. Ms. Hooper teaches Dental Office Emergencies and is licensed to instruct, test and certify students in Dental Radiology by the North Carolina State Board Of Dental Examiners(G.S. 90-29 ( c ) (12).

Michelle McGee

Michelle McGee

Registered Dental Hygienist, Instructor

Michelle is a 2011 graduate of the Dental Hygiene program at UNC’s Adam School of Dentistry and has been working at Dr. Barwick’s office full time since May 2015.

Prior to dentistry, Michelle used her B.A. in Sociology working in different Human Resources capacities. Her HR experience and dental experience have played a part in instructing DATC students in radiology, as well as writing resumes and helping students develop interview skills.

In her ”limited” free time, she loves to spend time with her family, bake and cheer on THE Tarheels!

Lindsay Mountford

Lindsay Mountford

Dental Assistant I, Instructor

Lindsay graduated in May of 2017 from the DATC program. She joined Dr. Barwick’s team in 2018 and is chairside with her associate, Dr. Chris Berry.

Lindsay loves being an instructor with DATC and loves impressions day.

You’ll find Lindsay hanging out with her boyfriend Bryan going to Charlotte on the weekends, seeing new movies, traveling to new cities , and enjoying being active together.

Dawn Coleman

Certified Dental Assistant, Dental Assistant II, Instructor

Dawn graduated from Alamance Community College and has been a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) since 1991. She joined the Faculty of DATC in 2019, teaching alongside colleagues that she has known and worked with for most of her career.

Dawn works in Durham and has been in the same General Dentistry Practice since 2001.
Dawn lives in Leasburg, NC with my husband Mike who she married in 1995.

Dawn spends her spare time volunteering at her church and spending time with her 2 sons and the rest of her family and friends.

Cassidy Spake

Cassidy Spake

Certified Dental Assistant, Dental Assistant II, Instructor and Administrator

Cassidy graduated from DATC in December of 2016 and has been employed as a Dental Assistant for Dr. Barwick since then. She has also been an instructor for DATC since.

Per Cassidy: “I love being a part of DATC. I also know how it was to be a student. I love watching each student grow and learn each week. I also love watching the relationships build over the several months we spend together. It’s so rewarding, and I’m honored to be a part of such a great program. “

Cassidy loves spending time with her family, anything outdoors, Christmas, and going to the movies/ ball games with her guy, Matt.

Again, in the words of Cassidy, “And, I love being a Dental Assistant!”

Tracey Thompson

Tracey Thompson

Registered Dental Hygienist, Instructor

Tracey is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She holds a 1996 Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences and Dental Hygiene from Guilford Technical Community College. She completed a course at UNC School of Dentistry to instruct, test and certify students in Dental Radiology by the North Carolina State Board Of Dental Examiners (G.S. 90-29 ( c ) (12). She is the OSHA/SPICE Officer for DATC. She has been an instructor for OSHA since 2006. She also has experience assisting and instructing for Hooper’s Dental Consulting/Continuing Education.

Lori Wilson

Dental Assistant II, Instructor

In 1989, Lori Welch Wilson followed her passion and graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at Alamance Community College. She has been a pediatric dental assistant for more than 30 years, and “The Tooth Fairy” for 20 years of her dental career.

Lori spoke to our Sessions many times prior to becoming a DATC Instructor.

Lori Welch Wilson is the author of the children’s book “Tooth Fairy in Disguise”.

Lori resides in Yanceyville, NC with her husband, Ricky and their two sons, Logan and Luke. She believes it is her personal calling to be an advocate for promoting literacy and good dental health in children.

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Dental Assistant I and Dental Assistant II
In North Carolina, there are two classifications for Dental Assistants (DAI and DAII.) North Carolina does NOT certify assistants. Classification is based on experience and/or training as listed below. It is up to the employer to verify an assistant's qualifications and determine if he/she is a DAI or DAII.

Education and Training Requirements
To be classified as a Dental Assistant II, an assistant shall meet one of the following
(1) completion of:
(a) an ADA-accredited dental assisting program and current certification in CPR; or
(b) one academic year or longer in an ADA-accredited dental hygiene program, and current certification in CPR; or
(2) completion of the Dental Assistant certification examination(s) administered by the Dental Assisting National Board and current certification in CPR; or

Education and Training Requirements (Cont'd)

(3) completion of:
(a) a 3-hour course in sterilization and infection control;
(b) a 3-hour course in dental office emergencies; and
(c) current certification in CPR.
(d) after completing Sub-Items (3)(b), (c), and (d) of this Rule, dental assistants may be trained in any dental delivery setting and allowed to perform the functions of a Dental Assistant II under the direct control and supervision of a licensed dentist, except as listed in Sub-Item 3(e) of this Rule.
(e) dental assistants may take radiographs after completing radiology training consistent with G.S. 90-29(c)(12).
(f) full-time employment and experience as a chairside assistant for two years (3,000 hours) of the preceding five, during which period the assistant may be trained in any dental delivery setting and allowed to perform the functions of a Dental Assistant II under the direct control and supervision of a licensed dentist.

Radiography Requirements
A certified dental assistant [(one who successfully completes the DANB exam (see (3) above)] or an assistant who completes an ADA-accredited dental assisting or dental hygiene program may take radiographs without further examination. All others, including those who move to North Carolina from out-of-state, must successfully pass an equivalency exam. This exam may be challenged after completing "seven hours of instruction in the production and use of dental x-rays and an education program of not less than seven hours in clinical dental radiology." You must be able to prove that you have the minimal amount of training to be eligible to take the radiology equivalency exam, or you may take a course prior to taking the exam. Any Board approved radiography course is acceptable and any approved course's final examination is recognized as the equivalency exam.

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