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Linda Kay Hughes, RDA

Linda says:



Our instructors have been here forever! At PDE are selected for their academic qualifications and professional experience. Many maintain successful careers in their fields. Most of our employees have numerous years of experience in all aspects of their field. They monitor trends in their professions, share their expertise with students, and bring their "working world" experience to the classroom.  

De'Andra and Ms. Net  have been with us 15 plus years and the students rave about their patients with everyone and fun way of teaching. They keep things moving while having fun.


 We LOVE them and are all like Family, including our students.


Linda has been in the dental field since 1973 and you will still find her in the classroom today.  She has held positions such as chairside assistant, receptionist, front office manager, Dental Program Director and a Dental Educator. In 1985 Linda started Professional Dental Enterprises, also known as PDE.


In January of 1993, she decided to open PDE as full-time continuing education and dental assisting school AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE so everyone that wanted to participate could obtain their goals.. Today, PDE is still the continuing Educational School and  a full-time dental assisting school.

This is Linda's life!!!

You are in great hands

No one will get you ready for your dental career like us, call now


Gail Nelson Michalek, RDA

Gail began her dental career in Fargo, North Dakota in January of 1975. She has worked in all aspects of dentistry during her career when she moved to San Diego from Minnesota in 1986.

Linda and Gail got to know each other through projects and meetings at the SD Dental Assistants Society, so when Linda needed help in 1993, Gail was the perfect fit for the job.


Gail has been involved with the school (PDE & Excelle College) since the doors opened in 1993. She says she really doesn't like titles like "The Director", she says she does what Linda doesn't do . She compiles the catalogs, performs accounting, or you will find her shopping, decorating and painting the school and is basically, "Jack of All Trades".  She says she's retired..... But she keeps showing up.

No one ever leaves this place!

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