Ms. Laura Kelly, AAACD, Appointed CEO Of MicroDental Laboratories And Modern Dental USA
MicroDental Laboratories and Modern Dental USA announced that Ms. Laura Kelly, AAACD, has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer for the companies’ operations in North America and Canada. In this position, Ms. Kelly will be responsible for developing and growing comprehensive laboratory prosthodontic processes and solutions, business expansion, and new market education and communication for both the MicroDental Laboratories and Modern Dental USA brands. Reporting directly to Mr. Godfrey Ngai, Director and CEO of Modern Dental Group, she will be based at MicroDental Laboratories in Livermore, California.
“I am honoured and privileged to return “home” to the very place that launched so many opportunities for me to contribute to this amazing profession,” acknowledges Ms. Kelly, who began her career as an entry-level technician at MicroDental, adeptly broadened her talents and expertise as a ceramist, and simultaneously played an instrumental role in advancing the laboratory’s success in cosmetic dentistry during the 1990s. “I look forward to aligning the dedicated and skilled technician families at MicroDental and Modern Dental to support the dental community through close partnerships, education, and on-going product advancements that ultimately help to enhance oral health, function, and smile aesthetics.”
Throughout her tenure in the dental laboratory industry, Ms. Kelly’s career has been punctuated by numerous accomplishments and leadership roles. In 1993, she became one of the first dental technicians to achieve Accreditation from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), an organisation for which she has served on more than 50 committees and is currently a member of the Past President’s Advisory Council. In 2006, Ms. Kelly was elected President of the AACD, becoming the first technician and first woman to serve in this capacity. In addition to serving in leadership roles in the AACD, she was also elected to serve as Secretary for the International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry (IFED), as well as in numerous boards and advisory roles within the dental community. Prior to her new position, Ms. Kelly also held Vice President and Senior Vice President positions at diverse dental laboratories, including MicroDental (1995-2001) and LK Dental Studios—the boutique laboratory she established in 2008 (2008-2015).
“Ms. Kelly’s appointment as CEO of MicroDental Laboratories and Modern Dental is a testament to her experience pioneering for dental technicians, as well as her true understanding of the importance of the doctor/technician relationship for achieving successful case outcomes,” said Dr. Jeff Morley, co-founder of the AACD and founder of AACD Accreditation. “She is truly qualified for the responsibilities now awaiting her within the profession of dentistry in this new role.”