About Risio

Risio is ready to help you take the next step in your dental assisting career. Benefit from our years of experience and commitment to high-quality training.

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Our Story

After years of personal experience in the industry, Risio founders Carey-Ann Thurlow & Casey Sharp realized there weren’t enough opportunities for dental assistants to build their careers while working. Risio Institute was created and developed to provide this vital opportunity for current and future dental assistants across the country.

Our Leadership


Carey-Ann Thurlow

Co-Founder & CEO

Carey-Ann Thurlow, Co-founder of the Institute and Chief Executive Officer, is the talent behind curriculum content and business management.


Casey Sharp

Co-Founder & COO

Casey Sharp, Co-founder of the Institute and Chief Operating Officer, is the talent behind our creative online e-learning content.

Our Program

Congratulations on taking your next step towards a career in dental assisting!

The Risio Institute Dental Assistant Distance Delivery Diploma Program is licensed through Alberta Advanced Education and offers students Canada-wide an opportunity to access and complete their education from remote areas.

We educate individuals through the latest technology in interactive distance learning theory modules and state-of-the-art clinical modules.

Our Vision Statement

Our vision is to recognize, build, and deliver a program that educates individuals who may not have access to full time education.

Through the online education we provide, dental offices across the country can enroll their team with ease, knowing they will have consistent support for a higher success and completion rate.

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Long Distance Learning

Choosing a distance delivery learning model requires a high level of discipline. However, it also allows you to create a flexible and balanced schedule with room for your other priorities.

Your dedication to your training will help you thrive in our online education environment, while your instructors’ commitment to your education will help foster and develop your learning habits. Together, we’ll work together to make you a skilled and successful dental professional who will contribute positively to the profession of oral health care.

We thank you for your interest in our program and invite you to join our learning team so we can guide you through this experience.

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