San Ramon, CA
President: Laura Kelly, AAACD
Laura Kelly, President of LK Dental Studio in San Ramon, CA, is a member of an elite group and wants her technicians to join her. One of the only 42 American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)-accredited technicians in the world and former President of the organization, she strongly encourages her 12 technicians to further their education and become involved in the AACD, the largest international organization of dentists, technicians, auxiliaries and educators dedicated specifically to cosmetic dentistry.
Two of her employees are already involved in the organization: Rocksand Grogan plans to pursue the accreditation process and Dave Stohlman has completed the written exam and is now a sustaining member. LK Dental Studio paid for Stohlman to take the exam and continues to support him as he progresses through the clinical case portion of the accreditation process by giving him time during his workday to work on cases. He has five years to document and complete the three required case types and Kelly plans to be there every step of the way.
While not all technicians at LK Dental Studio will become AACD accredited, everyone benefits from the lab’s commitment to education. The ceramists are mentored by the three AACD members and every technician who gets hired at the lab is cross trained by other experienced techs, making the already seasoned team stronger.
“I’ve seen too many owners and managers try to hide their great technicians from dentists in fear they will leave and take accounts with them,” says Kelly. “I have a strong belief that if you hire the right people, support their growth and development, and provide the right culture internally, why would they want to leave?”
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