Tija is certified by the Dental Assistant National Board of Review as a Certified Dental Assistant. She is certified in expanded functions in Prosthedontics, Restorative I and II (2002, Nichols Career Center) and Orthodontics (2005, Nichols Career Center) by the Missouri Dental Association along with her Nitrous Oxide Certificate (2006, Missouri Dental Board) and the Mastery Skills Exam (2002, East Central College). She is a member of the American Dental Assistant Association (ADAA), has published many articles in Dentistry IQ.com, is a regular monthly contributor to Dental Assisting Digest and sits on the board of the Greater St. Louis Dental Assistants Society. She attends continuing education courses to keep her certification current. She has to date over 29 years of experience in dentistry, graduating from the Missouri School for Doctor’s Assistants in 1981. She is the current office manager and assistant (2003-Present) to Dr. Eric Hurtte, owner of Boardwalk Family Dental and the Dental Careers Institute.