Robin Martin-Kestler

Robin Martin-Kestler

Administrative Assistant

Portland Community College

It will mean so much more to you because you struggled and made it, than if you hadn't.


My road in life has taken me all over.
I wanted to be an EMT and then decided to pick up and move 3 hours away and start life over.
I went to school for nursing, and then changed my mind and went into forensics.
I was getting married and needed to find a profession quick so I chose Dental Assisting.
I got accepted right away into the program, got married and then divorced right before entering the dental assisting program.
Dealt with depression and adversity in the program. I was very lonely and felt alone. I was given a chance to quit, but I didn't and finished and Graduated!
Moved back home and worked as a dental assistant for years.
Decided I wanted to go back to school for hygiene. I was taking my pre-res and then was not passing. I was getting very discouraged.
Applied for the Disabilities program at school and get myself all plugged in to finish my pre-reqs and apply for the program. I am having to redo all my classes to get A's but I will get there.
Keep following my journey


High School
Clackamas Web Academy
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Portland Community College
Dental Assisting Technician
Blue Mountain Community College


Administrative Assistant

I assist the administrator with any office tasks she may need, including setting up for events and meetings,

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

What i do right now, is go to school full time, and work as an administrative assistant for the school very part time.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Work in Dental Office to see if it is something you really want to do. Go shadow a Hygienist.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Dental Assisting Technician


The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"Some of the discouragement I heard was, "The program is extremely competitive, and you will need perfect grades. You should find an easier profession." I am still struggling with this a lot, but I will not give up, it just may take me longer to complete. "

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues