The History of DAS
Dental Assistant Services was
established over 30 years ago. It began as a tutoring service running
from inside the home of Gail Scarola-Villanueva, who began her own
career as a dental assistant. As word grew so did the
business. Soon her one-on-one sessions grew into classes as the
cars from an increasing number of students began to fill up her
driveway. One of Gail's fondest memories of those days were her
two young boys who would stop in wearing their pajamas to say good night
to their mother and receive a collective sigh from the class.
time Gail realized that she needed more space and rented a shared
office on Main Street in Farmingdale, New Jersey. Through
mouth and by offering a quality service with a personal touch, she
quickly outgrew this office as well. After only three years
there she moved to the current location on Route 33 in
Farmingdale. With this new and larger space she was able to equip
the office with more supplies, instruments, and teaching resources.
Fletcher and Fletchette (the mannequins) made their first appearance,
along with amalgam trays, an autoclave, a radiograph machine, and other
For the past three decades, Gail Scarola-Villanueva has built a name
and a reputation for herself and for Dental Assistant Services that is
unparalleled. A modest and down-to-earth woman, she remains humble
in spite of the honor and respect that professionals in the field and
non-professionals alike have for her. Gail has become
known to be a great wealth of knowledge about all things dental
assisting and remains committed to providing her students a quality
education and the most recent and up-to-date information available, all
while continuing and insisting on offering a personal touch.
At Dental Assistant Services you are known by your name and are taught
by demonstration and hands on practice. Gail has often been
acknowledged for her gift and ability to make the material "real", to
make challenging material less difficult, and for her honesty. You
won't be taught needless "filler" information here. Instead you'll
learn the knowledge and the skills you need to know to begin a
successful and rewarding career in dental assisting.
Since its humble beginnings, Dental Assistant Services has remained a
family owned and run business. But with growth has come a need to bring on additional
personnel to assist and better serve the students, who
have always been and will continue to be our number one priority.