Excellence in Dental Health


  • Students learning hands on
  • Students learning hands on
  • Students learning hands on
  • Students learning hands on
  • Students learning hands on
  • Students learning hands on
  • Students learning hands on
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16825 Smokey Pt. Blvd., Arlington, Wa.  98223



  • State of the art, licensed private vocational institute
  • Small class size (max 10) – low student/teacher ratio
  • 15  Saturday classes  
  • Hours:  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM with lunch: 1:00 – 2:00
  • 14 Thursday evening classes 
  • Hours: 6:00 PM -  8:30 PM
  • Class divided into two parts:
    • PM classes – lecture/exams
    •  Saturday classes  – clinical training
  • Instructors are experienced, working assistants and practicing dentist
  • Internship program within Dr. Hussey’s office
  • Internship program in specialty practices
  • Learn all aspects of expanded duty dental assisting, including:
    • 4-handed dental assisting
    • Dental radiography
    • Terminology/Anatomy
    • Sterilizing
    • Impressions/Pour-Up/Trim
    • Temporary Crown Fabrication
  • Receive “Certificate of Achievement”

“SPIDA” is located conveniently in Smokey Point, with easy access from I-5 and Highway 9.  The Institute is located in a beautiful working dental office, where both classroom lectures and hands-on training are accomplished.

Our goal for our students is that they will be so well trained clinically that they will be able to go into any dental office and feel fully confident to sit down and assist the dentist, with a good knowledge of all procedures that are performed in a general practice.

Our director is Dr. George Hussey, who has been serving Snohomish County as a general dentist since 1969.  He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and has been an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington Dental School for many years.  Dr. Hussey is the mentor for the instructors and students.  He utilizes fully expanded-duty dental assistants in his practice and is dedicated to producing dental assistants that any dentist would love to hire as a new graduate.

Our team of instructors is experienced dental assistants presently working in Dr. Hussey’s office.  Helen Hussey has been with Dr. Hussey for most of his practicing career.  She is proficient in front desk activities, office management and accounts payable.  She has attended many post graduate courses in practice management and developed all systems for the practice.

Lindsey Norton has been working in Dr. Hussey’s office for 12 years with her experience coming from on-the-job training.  She has attended many continuing education courses in dental assisting, Lumineers and Invisalign orthodontics.  She too, shares a sincere desire for our students to receive an excellent education.

Leisha Nobach is a graduate of our institute.  She has been working for Dr. Hussey now for 5 years.   She, too, has attended many post graduate courses in clinical assisting. She is excited to help our students feel the confidence that she felt upon actually entering into her new career.

Carin Lawrence is a working dental assistant in Olympia and brings a different perspective to the training.  She has been a dental assistant for 37 years, and has enjoyed teaching in our school the last year.

Laura Johnston is our restorative hygienist and has worked in our office for several years.  She was a very welcome addition to our school this past year.  She imparts her extensive knowledge about periodontics and all other facets of dental services.  She had been a dental assistant for a number of years before going to hygiene school.

In our goal to deliver the highest standard of learning and keep our student/instructor ratio low, we are only able to accept a maximum of 10 students per class.

We look forward to working with each student and sharing with you to create a great learning educational training experience!


Smokey Point Institute of Dental Assisting will have avenues to aid students in gaining employment, which are as follows:

  • Posting all job opportunities that are brought to our attention
  • Aiding in resume preparation
  • Letter of reference

We cannot guarantee job placement, but we will make every effort to assist you in beginning your career.

Most dentists advertise on craigslist, so most students respond to those ads.


 Due to the length and intensity of this course, a student will not receive his/her Certificate of Completion if more than one class is missed.

If a student has a medical emergency or personal crisis, the situation will be evaluated on an individual basis, by the instructor and the directors of the Institute, Dr. George Hussey and Helen Hussey.  The possibility of making up class(es) will be determined by said evaluation.


Essentials of Dental Assisting/Edition 3
Authors:  Robinson, Ehrlich, Torres and Bird
Book is included in tuition cost



You may schedule an appointment Monday through Friday – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
You may “walk in” on Monday or Wednesday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

This is a series of three injections;  cost for each is $54.55

You may also arrange to have these given in your physician’s office.

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