Our Team

Flagship Dental

At Flagship Dental, we’ve put together a fantastic team of dental professionals. Our goal is to provide each of our patients with high-quality, personalized dental care. We take the time to stay on top of the latest developments in dentistry so that you always receive the most up-to-date care possible.

We’d love to take a moment to introduce ourselves to you. Please feel free to read through our bios and get to know us a bit before your appointment!

Meet Our Team

Michael Kelliher, DMD

 Michael KelliherDMD

After completing his BA in Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, in 1989, Dr. Michael Kelliher went on to earn his DMD degree in 1993 from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He was also the recipient of the Robert R. Andrews Senior Student Research Award.

Dr. Kelliher has been a part of Flagship Dental since 1998. He enjoys helping people attain and maintain dental health. As he says, it’s very rewarding to help someone get a great smile!

Originally from North Reading, MA, Dr. Kelliher spends his free time golfing, traveling, and attending sporting events and concerts. He also believes strongly in giving back to his community, and he does so by serving on his local school committee, coaching youth sports, and volunteering for various community organizations.

Another one of his passions is helping other dentists incorporate CAD/CAM technology into their practices. He lectures regularly on the topic and mentors other dentists through online forums. 

Chris Smith, DDS

 Chris SmithDDS

Dr. Chris Smith has been practicing dentistry for 38 years. He earned his BS from SUNY at Syracuse University in 1968. From 1969 to 1973, Dr. Smith served in the US Air Force. In 1977, he went on to earn his DDS from SUNY at Buffalo, NY. He joined Flagship Dental in 1985.

Dr. Smith and his assistant, Marie, have worked together for 30 years. This time together has allowed them to perfect their procedure flow so well that patients can be easily treated with very little stress. Dr. Smith loves getting up in the morning and getting to come to a work environment like this every day!

For the past 24 years, Dr. Smith and his family have lived in Blandford on a 12-acre horse farm. The farm requires a lot of work, and they do most of the work themselves. Since their property has been on two garden tours in the last 10 years, there is always something to mow, dig, transplant, weed, build, paint, or plow. When Dr. Smith is not working at Flagship Dental or on his property, he loves to spend time with his granddaughters from Texas.

Mary - Business Coordinator


Our business Coordinator Mary handles all of our accounts payable and finances and is a huge asset to the practice.

Having graduated from Elm's College in 1985 and then joining Flagship in 1987 as a  receptionist, Mary excels at knowing all aspects of patient accounting and bookkeeping for the office.

Her greatest please in working at Flagship has been developing relationships with long term patients. Watching the generations of patients come through the door is a benefit of her being here a long time. Mary has a gentle disposition and is a great team member.

When she is away from the office, she loves spending time with family traveling and attending plays. She loves all things Irish and playing with her dog Moppy Head.

Mary looks forward to spending the rest of her career at Flagship Dental and continuing to meet all the new patients who come through our door.


Kate - Practice Manager/Administrator


Katie is our Practice Manager/Administrator.  She has a 38 year background in the dental field and still enjoys it. Although Katie is a new addition to Flagship Dental, she is already part of the family.


Katie loves working with great teams like the one here at Flagship. For her, an added bonus is working closely with patients and finding ways for them to get their dental treatment accomplished. She says that to see patients who don't smile because of their teeth, and then to see them with brand new smiles is what dentistry is all about.


Outside of the office Katie's does a lot of volunteering with the American Red Cross as a disaster action team member responding  and as a Ambassador teaching about volunteer services. She is also a religious education teacher at St. Michael's church in East Longmeadow as well as a manager/producer with St. Michael's adult and youth theater groups. Her greatest pleasure is spending time with her husband, children and two amazing grandsons!

Sharon - Registered Dental Hygienist


Our dental hygienist, Sharon, received her training at STCC and has been with Flagship Dental for 28 years. Her favorite part of her job is the people she gets to meet and help every day.

When Sharon is not working, she enjoys watching baseball.

Mary - Registered Dental Hygienist


Our hygienist, Mary, is a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College and has been with our practice for 19 years.

Mary enjoys working with patients and helping them achieve good oral health. She also loves helping them feel comfortable during all phases of their treatment. She especially enjoys working with children and helping to make their first dental experiences positive and enjoyable.

When Mary is not caring for her patients, she enjoys going to the theater and seeing Broadway shows as well as spending time with her family. Her 8-year-old daughter keeps her and her husband very busy. 

Leslie - Registered Dental Hygienist


Our hygienist Leslie joined Flagship Dental 19 years ago, after earning her AAS degree in dental hygiene at Westbrook College. Leslie loves the difference she is able to make in patients’ lives by educating them about good home hygiene.

Outside of work, Leslie enjoys cooking, gardening, walking, and spending time with her family.  

Vicky - Registered Dental Hygienist

Vicky started her dental career over 40 years ago right here in our office with Dr Grippo.  She is a graduate of STCC, and has worked in many areas of dentistry from community dental health to pediatrics. Vicky resides in Springfield, where she raised 3 children,and is the proud grandmother to one granddaughter,Adelyn. 

Outside the office, Vicky  enjoys golfing, watching sports, and spending time with the family.

Elman - Registered Dental Hygienist

Our hygienist, Elman, graduated from Springfield Technical Community College and has been practicing since 2001.
Elman enjoys educating patients about their oral health and loves helping people develop a positive long-term relationship with their dental team. He strives to make people feel comfortable with his gentle touch and friendly manner.
When not at the office, Elman loves to spend time with his family and enjoys travel.

Allison - Dental Assistant


Dr. Kelliher’s dental assistant, Allison, enjoys assisting Dr. Kelliher in bringing advanced, comfortable treatment to patients. She assists other team members in providing our full range of patient services. Allison has been with Flagship Dental for 14 years.

Outside of the office, Allison enjoys photography and spending time with her family.

Emily - Dental Assistant


Emily works as a dental assistant to Dr. Kelliher and has been a part of Flagship Dental for 17 years. A graduate of Springfield Technical Community College, she loves working with such a close team.

Outside of the office, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, and gardening. She also has her own small business.

Jeni - Dental Assistant


Jeni is our newest employee and is joining Dr. Chris Smith as his chairside Assistant.

She grew up in Wilbraham, and went to Cathedral & Holyoke Catholic High Schools. She then went on to Porter and Chester institute where she got her dental training.

She loves getting to know all the great patients at Flagship and enjoys helping them get their procedures done with ability to put them at ease.

Her favorite pastime is hiking with her 9 year old son Devon. She also enjoys running and crossfit.

We are thrilled to have this special young women join our team….