IDAA Newsletter

October 11, 2017

Fall has started and the weather is definitely letting us know that!  Along with the cool winds and rainy days, the Iowa Dental Assisting Association just had it's 2017 Fall Continuing Education.  We were very happy to host the Iowa Dental Board and Iowa Board of Pharmacy to speak on Dental Assisting and the Opioid Epidemic. We also were able to have Goetze Dental speak on 3D Radiography and Panoramic Films.  Overall it was great day, and we learned a lot!

During the Dental Assisting Jurisprudence update, there were a few bits of information that we wanted to pass on to you as Dental Assistants in Iowa.

Continuing education requirements have changed effective for the next renewal period.  The following is required for dental assistants:
20 hours total CE per biennium
12 hour limit on online CE per biennium
3 hour limit on CPR CE per biennium
1 hour required for Infection Control CE per biennium
1 hour required for Jurisprudence CE per biennium
2 hours required for Radiography CD per biennium
3 hours maximum claimed for attendance to an all day Annual Session
2 hours maximum claimed for attendance to table clinics

Expanded Functions Level 2 Training is now available through the University of Iowa.  This is an extended course to train assistants in different expanded restorative functions with their primary dentists.  The assistant must be a Level 1 EFDA provider to enroll in the course.We are also very excited to celebrate our 100th year as an association in the State of Iowa.

 We will be celebrating this at our Annual Session, held at the Clarion Highlander Hotel in Coralville, Iowa on April 21, 2018.   We would love it if you were able to come celebrate with us!  You can find more information and registration details on our website as the date approaches. 
Don't forget about our ADAA 8th District CE coming up in Kansas City Missouri on November 4.  You can find registration details at

Thank you for being a part of this ever growing profession!  We are happy that you are a member of the ADAA and would love to hear any ideas you have about Dental Assisting!  Keep up the great work!

Sarah Stream CDA, RDA, EFDA, BA
IDAA President

May 15, 2017

Greeting from the President

Hello everyone!  I am so happy to be able to reach out to you in the Iowa Dental Assistant’s Association’s new newsletter.  There has been a lot happening within the association and I wanted to share that with our members.  

First off, thank you for being a member in such a wonderful professional association.  It is the support from members that really keep this association running smoothly.  We would not be able to provide the educational opportunities to you without this support and the last couple of years have been amazing!

If you missed our Annual Session in April, there was a lot of great information you missed out on.  We had some wonderful speakers and Dental Assisting students prepared table clinics on topics of what is trending in dentistry right now.  It is always a hard thing for the students to get up in front of a large group and speak, but they did a fantastic job!

During the Annual Session we also elected new officers for the IDAA.  As the new President, I can not express enough excitement about the upcoming year for our state!  We are planning more continuing education for members and wanting to help you get your money’s worth out of your membership dues.

You can find the full list of officers and district trustees that were voted in during annual session on the home page of our website                             ( )  If you would like to be involved in the next elections as a district trustee or committee member, please let us know!  We would love to have you on our amazing team!

One more exciting piece of news to pass along to everyone is that at our next Annual Session (2018) we will be celebrating our 100th year as an association.  This is quite a major accomplishment for an association that started out so meager.  We are really looking forward to some of the State history that will be surfacing and brought to the Annual Session.

Please feel free to contact myself or the IDAA if you have any questions about upcoming CE’s, your membership or networking opportunities.  The best way to contact us is by email ( ), our Facebook Page      ( ) or through the contact us page on our website ( ).

Have a wonderful summer!

Sarah Stream CDA, RDA, EFDA, BA
IDAA President

Get to know the new officers

President: Sarah Stream CDA, RDA, EFDA, BA
Sarah Stream has been in the dental field for 10 years.  She graduated from Vatterott College with her Associates Degree as a  Dental Assisting Specialist in 2007.  She has held many positions within the dental community including Chairside Assistant, Lab Tech, Office Manager and Dental Assisting Instructor.  She is currently Program Chair of Iowa Western Community College’s Dental Assisting Program.  Her passion for dentistry and education have led her on a path to volunteer her time with the IDAA and ADAA.  She has been an active member of both organizations since 2014 where she was member of the Student Involvement Committee and played an active role in the Facebook page and website update.

As President, she plans to continue to grow the association using resources and technology that area available.  Offering high quality continuing education to all dental professionals and creating a community of growth and involvement for Dental Assisting students are her biggest priorities for the association.

Secretary: Michele Bills RDA, CDA, EFDA
Michele is originally from New York but grew up in State Center, Iowa, before graduating from Pella Community High School in 2006. She always had a passion for dentistry but decided to start college for athletic training at Benedictine College in Kansas. After a short time she realized that dentistry still beckoned. She returned home where she received her dental assisting diploma from Marshalltown Community College in 2010. Along with being a registered dental assistant in Iowa, she is also a Level 1 expanded functions assistant and is certified by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Michele is an active member of the American Dental Assistant Association (ADAA) and the Iowa Dental Assistant Association (IDAA). She served as a delegate for Iowa during the 2017 ADAA Annual Session, is the current IDAA Secretary, and is in the progress of obtaining a fellowship to the ADAA. She was an adjunct for Kirkwood Community College in the dental assisting program in 2017, in addition to being currently employed by the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in the Faculty General Practice since 2015.

In her free time, Michele enjoys going on walks, Pinteresting, music, and cheering on her son while he plays football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. She currently resides in Marengo with her fiancé, Cody, their two children, Kael (8) and Juliet (3), and their pets, a golden retriever dog named Ace and a ragdoll cat named Clarke.

Treasurer: Jane Ryan RDA, CDA, EFDA
Jane Ryan was raised on an Iowa farm in northwest Boone County near Boxholm where she attended Grand Community School then Dental Assisting at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. She earned a Certificate in Dental Assisting in 1976, Registered Dental Assistant in 2001, Practice Management in 2003, Expanded Functions in 2004. Jane has an abundant passion for Dentistry. She has kept her Certificates current for all these years. She is an active member of the American Dental Assistants Association, is the treasurer for the Iowa Dental Assistants Association and is the Capitol City Chapter President. She has been with Douglas Dental since 1996. She has her motorcycle license and enjoys entering to car shows with her 2013 Mustang with her husband, Dan, and visiting friends and family.

Upcoming Opportunities

2017 IDAA Fall Board will be held in Des Moines, Iowa this coming October.  We are still in the planning stages but it is looking like we will offer continuing education along with our board meeting that is open to any and all members and non-members that would like to attend.  Look for dates and an exact location coming to our website soon!

2017 8th District Regional meeting will be held in Kansas City, Missouri this coming November.  This opportunity is also still in the planning stage but we will be offering continuing education and a great opportunity to network with other members that are from Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.  Look for dates and an exact location coming to our website soon!