The Valley School of Dental Assisting — POOR CHOICE OF SCHOOLS
About six months ago I came across an advertisement in the Penny Saver magazine to become a dental assistant at The Valley School of Dental Assisting, owned and operated by Dr. Katie Karzen, DDS. At the time I was unemployed and desperate. I completed the class and made the highest test score in the class. I also dished out $3, 500 for a class that met twice a week in the evenings for ten weeks.
I learned just about nothing. The instructor was poor, the owner was very calculating and had a history of lying. I was not prepared to work as a dental assistant. I always asked to come in and help or observe. The doctor was very reluctant to let me come to her office and observe. Dr. Katie Karzen, DDS told our class to lie and put on our resume that we were in class for six strait months. I found a miserable job making $8 an hour and can not pay of the $3, 500. I'm now in collections. Many friends have told me that she ripped me of. I would suggest going to the Santa Monica Skills Center or the E. Los Angeles Skills Center. They offer a quality program for 9 months and it only cost $400. I also never received am X RAY license. My intension is to inform any future students of how dishonest the owner is and to help anyone who has intentions of becoming a dental assistant in Los Angeles.