Dr. Jonah Foutz – Founder / Director / Instructor

Dr. Jonah Foutz, a native of New Mexico, went to the University of New Mexico from 2004 to 2008 and graduated cum laude with bachelor’s degrees (BS) in both biology and chemistry. While he was there he played football for the Lobos and was the president of the New Mexico Pre-Dental Society.  Dr. Foutz continued on to the University of Missouri- Kansas City from 2008 to 2012 where he attended the Henry W. Bloch School of Management and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the UMKC School of Dentistry.

He currently works as a dentist at Celebrate Dental and Braces, devoting his time and resources to providing advanced dental care to Southwest Albuquerque.

Dr. Foutz believes that high-quality education should be available to everyone and is excited to bring the American Institute of Dental Assisting to his home state.

Beverly Perez – School Director

Beverly was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she attended Pima Medical Institute where she graduated top of her class as a board-certified dental assistant. She has been in the dental field for many years and has worked as lead assistant for Dr. Foutz since graduation. She is a devout mother of two and is very family oriented. Her family and her career are her main priority and she puts her heart and soul into both.

Beverly currently works as lead dental assistant and director for the American Institute of Dental Assisting. She oversees all operations within the school from financing, scheduling, enrollment, administration, recruitment instructing, and much more. She is also the lead dental assistant and office manager for the school dental clinic. With these skills and experience, she is a critical part in the success of the school.

Beverly believes everyone should have the opportunity to follow their career goals through high-quality education in a reliable and supportive environment.

Heidy LeClare – Instructor

Heidy was born in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico where she was raised until she was 6 years old. At the age of 6 Heidy’s family moved to New Mexico and has resided here since. Heidy graduated from The American Institute of Dental Assisting in 2016. She is currently the lead dental assistant for Dr. Foutz at Celebrate Dental & Braces, as well as an instructor for The American Institute of Dental Assisting. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends.
Heidy shares the same vision as Dr.Foutz of providing a welcoming dental environment for patients and students. With her experience, great personality, and hard work ethic the students love having Heidy as their instructor.

Heidy’s goal is to assure her students’ achieve all greatness in the dental field as well as gaining a passion for the field and its patients.

Brianna Torres – Instructor

Brianna was born and raised in New Mexico. Brianna is a graduate of The American Institute of Dental Assisting. She is currently going to school at The University of New Mexico to obtain her degree in biology, with the plan of going onto dental school to become an orthodontist.

She is currently a general and orthodontic assistant for Rio Grande Children’s Dentistry and Orthodonics in Los Lunas, N.M., as well as an instructor for The American Institute of Dental Assisting. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking her dogs Tina and Clavo, and photography.

She takes pride in everything she does and will always give 110%. Passing along her knowledge and helping others better themselves makes her feel she is contributing and making the world a better place. Brianna is very sharp and a great instructor that the students love.

Who Is American Institute of Dental Assisting?

At our school, we prepare our students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment as an entry-level Dental Assistant upon graduation. We teach and train our students in a working dental office, which is the same environment in which a dental assistant will work in after graduation. We uphold the highest standards and ethics within our school, so we know you will be the best and most wanted dental assistant out there.
We are a school that teaches our students with live patient clinics and hands-on labs. Our school setting is in a real dental office and is taught by licensed New Mexico dentists and dental assistants. During your course, you will participate in a minimum of 24 clinic hours by assisting the licensed dentists in real procedures. You will receive 1:1 clinics so you can experience full procedures from beginning to end. You will have an experienced dental assistant guiding you a long the way for that extra support as well. We believe the best way to TRULY LEARN is by DOING!
American Institute of Dental Assisting has been around 18 years! It all started in Arizona and has found its way to several different states, including New Mexico! AIDA teaches and follows award-winning curriculum and guidelines. We have been recognized as “Best of the Best” in “Student Services”, “Retention and Completion” and “Recruiting Practice”. We carry the same high standards and desire to teach the best education for everyone who attends our schools. AIDA New Mexico is locally, family owned and operated since 2014.
“Class was fun and the teachers are excellent at making sure students understand.”
Jazmyn Williams
“I am so glad I chose this school…everyone has been extremely helpful and nice. Thanks for caring so much for your students.”
Adali Payan
“This school has been nothing but amazing!
I love how helpful and dedicated the staff is.”
Shavon Wilbert
“I honestly loved this programs…Everything is hands on so I never felt lost or confused! I highly recommend this school to anyone.”
Allie Larson
“It was worth the  money to be able to work with real patients and not dental dummies. I am satisfied with my experience at AIDA.”
Jennifer Dock

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