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Flagship Dental
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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

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

Dr. Chris Smith has been practicing dentistry for over 40 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.

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 Kossick Business Manger

Mary, an East Longmeadow native, has been a member of the Flagship Dental team since 1987.  A 1985 graduate of Elms College, Mary holds a degree in Business and Art.  As Business manager, her duties include coordinating employee benefits and tracking accounts receivable.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is active in the St. Michaels Players, a local theater group.

Donna Saia Hygiene Coordinator

Donna has return to dentistry after taking care of her family. Her dental training was with the United States Airforce where she worked closely with the General of Maxillofacial & Prosthetic Surgery. His specialty was creating facial parts for patients who had cancer of the jaw and face.

 

Donna resides in Ludlow and has been married to her husband Dan for 35 years. They have 2 children and 2 amazing granddaughters. During her “down time” Donna enjoys babysitting, baking, reading and traveling.

 

Flagship Dental is lucky to have Donna representing us at the front desk. Her sense of humor, huge heart and professional manner will endear her to patients.

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.

Lisa Registered Dental Hygienist

Lisa graduated from hygiene school in 1991 and has enjoyed being in this field since then. Lisa rounds out our hygiene team to six members, and with the growth in the practice in the last two years we celebrate getting another great hygienist. Lisa is very skilled in educating her patients about the importance of maintaining their teeth and does so in a very caring and professional manner. Her biggest asset is her easy going demeanor.

During her time off Lisa spends time with her sons Jimmy and Andy, and the three of them love to travel to places like the Caribbean. Lisa states “any beach, anywhere” leads to their favorite time together.

Jodi Dental Assistant

Jodi grew up in Wisconsin and moved with her husband Mike to East Longmeadow 20 years ago. She is proud to say she still remains a die-hard Green Bay Packers Fan!  Jodi is an active member in the community. When Jodi is not at work, she loves baking, reading, and spending time with her husband and 4 beautiful girls.

She is excited to be a member of the Flagship Team and all the new experiences it will bring her. As a hygiene assistant, it is her job to make sure that the hygiene rooms flow smoothly and quickly to ensure patients are in and out in a timely fashion.

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/OSHA Coordinator

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.

Anna Hygiene Assistant

Anna joined us in 2018 as a hygiene assistant. Her job is to keep the hygienists schedule flowing by assisting each hygiene member with appointments.

Anna grew up in West Virginia and moved to Austin Tx after graduating high school to join a music group as a lighting engineer. In 2017 Anna relocated to East Windsor CT to settle down after 8 years in the music industry. When not working Anna enjoys spending time with family and friends and spending time with her dog.

She is excited to be a member of the Flagship Team and all the new experiences it will bring her. As a hygiene assistant, it is her job to make sure that the hygiene rooms flow smoothly and quickly to ensure patients are in and out in a timely fashion.

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Beginning Monday June 8th we will be able to begin seeing patients for routine dental care as well as dental hygiene.  We apologize for the inconvenience these past few months and look forward to seeing our patients again!!