The Matrix School of Dental Assisting is an institution founded by Cherri Smith, CDA. For years, Ms. Smith observed Dentists' difficulty in attracting  well-trained, efficient chair side dental assistants. She felt that the time and expense needed to complete other established career school alternatives was keeping many people from pursuing what was for her a very rewarding profession. Clearly an alternative that was more affordable and taught the basics in a manageable time frame was needed.

The 13 week curriculum that we offer addresses that need. Former teacher at Matrix, and now owner of the school, Dr. Scott Isham is pleased to add this program to his dental practice, and excited about the advantages that relocating the school to his new office will provide students going forward. 


Everything we do is inspired by our commitment to excellence in the Dental Profession, and to the joy of seeing our students transform their lives.

Our mission is:

To offer an affordable path to a Job as a Dental Assistant, as fast as possible.

To provide better trained Dental Assistants than other New Mexico schools.

To ensure a positive and inspiring workplace for our Director, his staff, and his students.

To help minimize student loan debt, and assist students in finding a job.

To encourage students to pursue additional certifications, including national credentialing as a Certified Dental Assistant.​​

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Founded in 2011

About Us


Our Learning Facility

The Matrix School of Dental Assisting occupies space in conjunction with a fully functioning dental practice AND denture lab.  read more

Why Choose Matrix?

The Matrix School of Dental Assisting was founded to offer New Mexico job seekers an affordable training option within a manageble timeframe. The concept works so well that  read more