Dental Assisting Faculty

The most experienced dental assisting instructors in the Vancouver area!

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Bharathi, director

Dr. Bharathi

Dentist and Director

Dentistry is more than my profession. It is my passion. I want to help the students at Pacific Northwest Dental Assisting School feel the same passion that I do!

Since graduating from Boston University, my family and I have traveled to many incredible countries and visited many beautiful places. Ultimately, we chose to make our home here in the Pacific Northwest.

I look forward to helping students in the Vancouver and Camas area start their dental careers!

Tanya Balan, instructor



Raj has been with Pacific Northwest Dental Assisting School since 2016 and is the lead assistant in our clinic. Raj brings an attention to detail and chairside confidence to all our students. Her positive attitude and dedication to student success sets her apart. Outside of the clinic, Raj enjoys gardening in the Summer months and spending time with her family.
Melanie Naylor, head instructor


School Administrator / Instructor

A Northwest native, Jenny attended PNWDAS in 2020 and found clinical success as a pediatric Dental Assistant. Jenny discovered her passion for dentistry at a young age through her grandfather, who was a DMD in the U.S. Army and went on to become a professor of Dentistry at the University of Michigan. She finds joy in supporting PNWDAS students, both in the classroom as well as throughout the enrollment process. In her free time, Jenny enjoys raising her brood of chickens, training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and spending time with her family.
Tanya Balan, instructor


Lead Instructor

My name is Annaka, but almost everyone calls me Onnie. I have been a dental assistant for about 8 years now and love it! I have worked all over Washington state and in Oregon as a dental assistant, so I know the various requirements to do so. The dental field is so unique, and I love teaching, lectures, diving into new concepts, and breaking them down for the students. Dental has been my passion for so long, and I hope to share it with you so it becomes your own!
Tanya Balan, instructor



Kathy fell in love with dentistry after she had a major life change, and it has been her home ever since. She loves teaching and being a mentor to students! “I found that teaching has actually taught me more about myself than I ever expected!” says Kathy about her experience at PNWDAS.
Tanya Balan, instructor


Dental Assistant / Instructor

Monique loves the dental field because it allows her to help others feel and look their best. She has always been passionate about helping others & is fortunate to fulfill those dreams everyday being a Dental assistant. What makes Monique happy is traveling & experiencing different cultures, “I value a work life balance & spending time with my friends and family who inspire me everyday to work hard & stay true to myself.”

“I love the teachers at PNWDAS. They’re here to lift you up, encourage you, and make you the best dental assistant you can be.”

Learn More About Our Training Program

Accelerated Classroom Study And Hands-On Learning Experience!

dental assisting student performing an xray

Dental Assisting Career Outlook

A High-Paying, Rewarding & In-Demand Healthcare Career!

dental assistant students posing for a photo with their instructor

“Let me just start off with how much I adore everyone who works at Pacific Northwest Dental Assisting School. Melanie and the rest of the staff are so sweet! They care so much about your success! This program is very flexible and perfect for busy lives. So much hands-on experience and such a great way to start your career. I’m sad that it’s coming to an end because I met such a great group of people doing this program. Highly recommend it.”
– Marias

Why Attend Pacific Northwest Dental Assisting School?

Fast-Paced Program

Accelerated classroom study.
Only 12 weeks to an exciting career.

Small Class Sizes

We limit our class sizes so our students can receive personalized instruction.

Tuition is Only $5,995!

Financial assistance available.
The lowest tuition of any program.

Flexible Class Schedules

Nights & weekend class options.
Keep working while you study.

Great Career Opportunities

Almost 100% of our graduates begin working right away.

Dental Treatment

Dental treatment discounts available for students.