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Meet Our Staff

Offering the Support that Students Need

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Dr. Linda Hu, DMD, President

Dr. Hu received her DMD from Kunming Medical College, China in 1984. She also earned a Master of Oral Medicine from Shanghai Second Medical University, China in 1991. In 2000, she obtained a California dentist license and started Gabrie Dental Center. Dr. Hu is a member of the American General Dentist Association and the Southern California Chinese Dentist Association.

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Ms. Teresita Esteban, RDA, Instructor

Ms. Esteban graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine from Centro Escolar University in 1993. She has practiced dentistry several years in the Philippines. She is a Registered Dental Assistant in California. She many years of experience in both dental administration and chairside dental assisting. She is a member of the Philippine Dental Association and California Dental Assistant teachers Association.

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Ms. Maria Maldonado, Program Coordinator Spanish

Ms. Maria Maldonado is a graduate of the American Dental Academy Dental Administration Program. She performs routine clerical and organizational tasks and has many years of administrative and front desk experience serving the East Los Angeles community. She assists teachers in the classroom and and provides school tours for English and Spanish speaking students.

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Mr. Eddie Caro, BLS Instructor

Mr. Eddie has been an instructor for over 20 years for American Heart Association teaching CPR & First Aid. He specializes in care for clients in the dental field. His lessons cover the most common emergencies in a dental office and the use of the equipment such as oxygen administration. He enjoys the interaction with dental assistant students to learn how to save lives.

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Professor Constantino Gabrie, CDT, Instructor

Constantino Gabrie received his AA in Humanities from Ventura Community College in 1977, and then earned another AA in Dental Technology in 1980 from Los Angeles City College.  Mr. Gabrie is a member of the National Dental Laboratory Association, California Dental Laboratory Association, and the Dental Laboratory Owners Association of California. He trained dental laboratory technicians and owners as national trainer for Valplast International, Inc., NY. Currently holds a seat on the National Association of Dental Laboratories, National Board of Certification; NBC Board Trustee 2012 and has been nominated as an officer for 2013 - 2015 NBC Educator Board Trustee.

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Ms. Karen Rodriguez, RDA, Instructor

Karen has been in the dental field for over 21 years. Graduate from Santa Monica College with a science associate and from Los Angeles City College with a biology associate with emphasis in dental technology. I love learning more about dentistry and sharing my knowledge, because I love what I do.  When not in the office I love creating new memories with my family and always willing to try something new.


Erica Esteban, Media Coordinator

Erica assists in the student recruitment process and organization of school tours, as well as updates the school’s online platforms.  She assists teachers in the classroom and helps demonstrate the dental assisting routine. Currently she is working on her bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry, graduated from American Dental Academy in 2020 and has been working at Gabrie Dental Center and American Dental Academy since then.

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