Who We Are

Here at Allen Institute of Dental Assisting, we strive to better your future by providing first class instructors and experienced advisors.

Dr. Skeena Haider

Dr. Haider grew up in upstate New York and obtained her bachelor’s degree in software engineering from the school of computer science at McGill University in 2005 in Montreal, Canada. In 2009 she graduated from Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine on Long Island. She completed a general practice residency in 2010 at St. Lukes Hospital. She is an active member of a number of organizations consisting of dentists who keep current with the latest trends and techniques in dentistry. Her passion is pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, and smile enhancements/full smile makeovers. She has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education on advanced dental studies in the areas of oral surgery, implant dentistry, complex rehabilitation, esthetics, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, operative dentistry, prosthetics, and practice management.

Shirley McClaren, Instructor

Shirley McClaran is a Registered Dental Assistant with over 20 years of experience. She has a big smile and a warm heart to share. Her ability to make patients comfortable is just awesome. She is committed to dental excellence and always makes her patients her priority.

Shirley is married to Allen and has three grown daughters, four granddaughters and one grandson. She loves to be involved in their lives. They are all the light of her life. Shirley is from Clovis, New Mexico and is proud of her state and the heritage and culture. She loves Mexican food (wonder why?). She likes to go antique shopping and going to museums with her husband.

She has extensive experience teaching dental assisting at both Dental Careers Institute and Collin College. She takes tremendous pride in teaching and preparing her students for their new career in the dental field.