Our Faculty

Periklis Proussaefs, DDS

MS Prosthodontist

Periklis Proussaefs DDS, MS is the founder and Director of the California Institute of Dental Education (CIDE). Dr. Proussaefs is a prosthodontist, and he has been an Associate Professor at Loma Linda University. He has been in practice for over 28 years and he highly values the contributions highly skilled and trained staff can offer to a dental practice. His visualization of the importance of properly trained staff led him to found the CIDE. Dr. Proussaefs is proud to see students, current and future dental assisting personnel coming from all over California to join the CIDE and get training that will initiate or enhance a long lasting career. 


Jorge Esparza, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Jorge Esparza RDA is an experienced Registered Dental Assistant. He is certified as an orthodontic assistant as well. Jorge has been teaching dental assisting certification courses for many years. He is passionate in conveying his knowledge and experience to new staff members who wish to get certified. His compassionate, patient, and easy-going personality along with his wealth of knowledge have made him an outstanding instructor. 


Ashraf Proussaefs, RDH, BS

Registered Dental Hygienist

Ashraf Proussaefs RDH, BS is a Registered Dental Hygienist. Ashraf graduated from University of Southern California (USC) in 2001. She was appointed clinical instructor in USC in 2001 where she taught hygiene and related topics to other hygienists and dentists. Ashraf has been in private practice since 2002. She has incomparable people skills and clinical judgment. Ashraf has offered numerous seminars for other hygienists in topics related to antibiotic treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. She has been a faculty at the California Institute of Dental Education since its inception; her wealth of knowledge, experience, and dedication in the field have made her a sought-after instructor.


Office Location

  • Ventura
  • 3585 Telegraph Road, Suite B
  • Ventura, California
  • 93003
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  • Call: (805) 676-1063