Our Team

With over forty years of combined experience serving the dental community, our staff brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, expertise, and care for our students. Each member is committed to our students' success both academically and professionally and to serving the dental community by training the finest and most professional dental assistants in the Triangle area. 

Wendy Creel
Owner/Director
Wendy, the Director and co-owner fo the school, has had a passion for the dental field for the past twenty years. In 1998, she helped to start a hugely successful dental practice in Palatka, Florida along with friend and mentor, Dr. Suzanne M. Wilbur D.M.D.
 
After spending several years working to ensure the success of this practice and learning countless lessons about the dental field and customer care, Wendy discovered a passion for education. At this point, Wendy went back to school and earned a degree in education. Following this passion, Wendy spent five years teaching in the public school system before moving to the Triangle area with her husband.

Since moving to the area in 2010, Wendy has been an active educator, teaching as a dental assisting instructor. It is through this experience that Wendy has combined and honed her skills as a dental field professional and educator.
Dental Assisting Instructor
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Whitney Jones
Instructor
Whitney is a from Rowland, North Carolina and graduated of East Carolina University with a BA in Psychology. She is also a graduate of TSDA and has been working in the dental field for the past four years and loves it. Whitney is an excellent teacher who loves engaging with students, sharing her experience with them, and seeing them gain the knowledge that will lead to their new career. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and their dog, and also has a passion for the culinary arts and loves to cook and bake. 
Hayleigh Snotherly
Clinical Assistant
Born and raised in Cary, NC, Hayleigh attended UNC Wilmington and has been working in orthodontics for the past four years and absolutely loves it. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, their son Easton, their golden retriever, and their two cats. Hayleigh has a passion for teaching everything related to the dental field and seeing students gain confidence in their abilities as they prepare for their new career. Hayleigh is also a graduate of TSDA.
Dental Assistant - Clinical Assistant
Dental Assistant - Clinical Assistant
Stephanie Hileman
Clinical Assistant
Stephanie has been been with TSDA since the very beginning. She has been a Dental Assistant since 2009 and has been teaching since 2013. Stephanie has worked in a variety of dental settings and has a talent for helping anxious patients feel at ease. She is married to her husband of 28 years and has two adult daughters. She enjoys camping and spending time with her family.