Dental Assistant Faculty & Staff
Eva McKinzey Euler, CDA, RDH, M. ED, Dental Assistant Program Chair
Ms. Euler is a native of South Texas. After graduating from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School, she attended and graduated from the University of Texas, Houston-School of Dental Hygiene. She holds a Masters degree in Education She is active in the American Dental Hygienists' Association, the Texas Dental Hygienists' Association, and the Rio Grande Valley Dental Hygienists' Society. For the past forty years Ms. Euler has worked in private practice as well as public health settings. She has been an educator at TSTC since 1999 in the dental hygiene and dental assisting programs. She serves as a mentor with the Office of Student Success.
Jill Brunson, C.D.A., RDA
Ms Brunson has been an Instructor for the Dental Assisting Program at Texas State Technical College for 9 years. She has been a dental assistant for over 26 years. She worked with the American Red Cross and attained her title as a Dental Assistant while working with dentists on the military bases to include Fort Carson, Colorado and Fort Benning, Georgia. Ms Brunson moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where she worked for a private dentist, as well as the Indian Health service in a remote Eskimo village, Kotzebue. She returned to Oklahoma where she continued to work for a private dentist. While there, she received her Coronal Polishing and Sealants Expanded Function Certification. Upon moving to Harlingen, Ms. Brusnons worked for a private dentist. Ms. Brunsons's training and current certifications include: National Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Registered Dental Assistant State of Texas (RDA),with expanded function certifications in: Nitrous Oxide, Sealants, Radiology, Infection Control, Jurisprudence, and Coronal Polishing. Ms. Brunson has also attended the renowned Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida, for dental assistants expanded training, and she was given a completion certificate as a Dental Assistant I. Ms. Brunson has reviewed text books for dental publishers. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree from UTB-TSC in the field of Psychology.
Office Number: U-145 Phone: 364-4765
Dr. Bob Bennett, Instructor and Supervising Dentist of Dental Hygiene/Dental Assisting. Director of Instructional Projects
Dr. Bennett received his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from Southern Illinois University and his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. After graduation from dental school, he was in the Dental Corps of the U.S. Army for 3 years. He was in private practice in Illinois for seventeen years, and was also an instructor in the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Programs at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois for eight years before coming to the Valley. He has completed the prestigious radiography educator's courses at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University Of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School.
At TSTC, Dr. Bennett serves as the Dental Hygiene Clinic's supervising dentist and also teaches Head and Neck Anatomy and Dental Materials. He is a member of the Texas Dental Association.
Office Number: U-195 Phone: 364-4690
Lori Renteria, R.D.A., Teaching Lab Assistant for Dental Hygiene
Ms. Renteria is the patient coordinator for the dental hygiene clinic at Texas State Technical College. She has worked with the dental hygiene program since January of 2008. She helps with scheduling appointments for the dental hygiene student in the clinic. She also helps in the radiology labs.
Office Number: U-167 Phone: 364-4696
Laura Esquivel, CDA. RDH
Ms. Esquivel has been a clinical dental hygienist for 6 years before coming to TSTC in the Spring of 2010 to work in the Dental Hygiene Department. Prior to her dental hygiene career, she worked as a dental assistant for 3 years. She is a graduate of TSTC Harlingen's first dental assistant class of 1999. She teaches in both the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Departments.
Office Number: U-165 Phone: 364-4975