Georgia School of Dental Staffing

About Us

Our Mission:

Assisting 101 school was founded on the concept of helping individuals through our unique and enhanced training programs to achieve a more rewarding career in a professional environment.

We pride ourselves in having one of THE BEST Dental Assisting programs in Georgia with almost all of our students finding a position within 60 days from graduation.

We realize that making a decision to choose a new career is not easy, and it is even harder to manage your current responsibilities while you study and learn a new career.  That is why our mission is to focus our teachings on practical clinical skills that dental assistants use on a day to day basis.  With this mission in mind, our students will not be wasting valuable time on complicated academic lectures or tasks that most dentists do not perform anymore.

After all, we believe in second chances and Assisting 101 can help you reach this new life changing career while holding your hand and guiding you every step of the way.

Happy Career!  Happy Life!

Tour of our state of the art Facility:

Assisting 101 hands-on training is held at our state of the art dental facility located in Marietta, GA.

This private dental office is equipped with one surgery suite for sedation and oral surgery procedures, as well as pediatric rooms designed for small children. In this practice our students are exposed to all types of dental procedures to better prepare them for their new career.

This private dental office is also the site where once a year Assisting 101 past and present students help the doctors hold an annual Free Dental Day event to give back to our community. Over the past 8 years our teaching staff and students have helped us provide FREE dental services to over 1600 patients with the value of $720,000.00.

Our team:

We have a great team of doctors and instructors that work very hard to make sure each student is prepared with the skills necessary to start a dental assisting job right after graduation.

24/7 access to your instructors is one of the unique features of our classes. We believe in the accessibility and availability of instructors beyond just the classroom. Upon acceptance to our program, each student will be enrolled in our private group chat line and will have access to many more illustration videos as well as fast responses to any questions. Our teacher commitments to our students don’t just end upon graduation from this program. Once you are part of our alumni you will still have full access to your instructors and can seek help or advice on a variety of issues.

Meet our team:


Michael Mansouri D.M.D., F.A.G.D, Director

Dr. Michael was introduced to dentistry by a dentist that trained him to become a dental assistant. Dr. Michael worked as a dental assistant all through college and developed a true passion for the dental field. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he applied and was accepted into dental school. He graduated dental school in 2003 and has been practicing dentistry ever since.  Dr. Michael’s passion for dentistry pushed him to further his education and in 2015 he became a Fellow of Academy of General Dentistry, a title that is held by only 6% of all dentists in the country.  Dr. Michael credits his achievements and success to the dentists that pushed him to become a dental assistant.

Azita Mansouri D.M.D., Instructor

Dr. Azita’s fascination with the dental field began when she was in high school.  She observed and assisted a Pediatric Dentist in her hometown of Tallahassee, Florida.  He performed dentistry with so much enthusiasm and provided such great care to his patients that it instilled the drive for Dr. Azita to become a dentist.  Dr. Azita graduated as Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida State University in 2002. Upon completion of her Undergraduate degree, she attended the University Of Florida College Of Dentistry and received her DMD degree in 2006. She continues to achieve greater advancements in the field by attending continuing education courses so that she may provide the most up to date treatment for her patients.

Mehrdodd Mansouri R.D.H, Instructor

Mehrdodd began his career in dentistry right out of high school. He completed a short program very much like the program offered through Assisting 101 and began working at a local dental. After working as a Dental Assistant for a few years, Mehrdodd fell in love with the profession of Dental hygiene and continued working as a dental assistant as he furthered his education.  In 2006 he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene and has been working as a hygienist/ assistant ever since.

Sharon Lisjak, CDA, EFDA, Instructor

Sharon is a certified dental assistant born and raised in Buffalo New York. She started her dental career in 2006 working for the Seneca Nation of Indians dental clinic/ Indian Health Services. She enjoyed working within the Native American health system on the reservation. Sharon later moved to Marietta in 2015 with husband, Dr. George Lisjak, professor in basic sciences at Life University. Sharon then became part of the Mansouri Family Dental Care practice in East Cobb as her new home and dental family.

Julie Dodd, Office Management Instructor

Julie has been working in the dental field for over 20 years. After receiving her degree in business and computer programming, she realized that her passion is in dentistry.   In her first job position she did it all: assisting, scheduling, insurance, accounts receivable and everything else involved with running a dental practice.  After working as a consultant with many different dental practices, she made a move to Georgia from Wisconsin.  Currently as an Office Manager for Dr. Mansouri, she is in charge of all operations including hiring and conducting interviews.  Julie is very enthusiastic about teaching basic front office operations to new dental assistants.  She is also a great coach when it comes to interviewing and getting resumes completed.