Beachwood dentist installed as Ohio Dental Association president

For immediate release
October 7, 2021

Dr. Thomas Kelly of Beachwood was installed as president of the Ohio Dental Association on Oct. 1 during the ODA’s House of Delegates meeting.

“Dr. Thomas Kelly has had a long and distinguished career of leadership within organized dentistry,” said David Owsiany, ODA executive director. “He is well prepared to lead the Ohio Dental Association during this critical time.”

As president of the ODA, Kelly will serve on the ODA’s Executive Committee overseeing the management of the association throughout the next year. He will continue efforts of past presidents to best serve the profession of dentistry and residents of Ohio through advocacy and legislative efforts and oral health public service programs.

Kelly is a general dentist in private practice in Beachwood. He earned his BS degree from St. Lawrence University and his DDS degree from Case Western Reserve University.

He is a past president of the Greater Cleveland Dental Society, past chair of the ADA’s Council on Membership, past chair of the ODA’s Council on Membership Services, past chair of the ODA’s Finance Committee, and current member of the ODA Wellness Trust Board of Trustees and ODA Finance Committee. He is a member of the International College of Dentists and American College of Dentists.

The Ohio Dental Association represents more than 5,000 member dentists, nearly 70% of the state’s licensed dentists. ODA member dentists provide more than $40 million in donated care and services annually, and they are bound by the highest ethical standards and have access to superior ongoing education, training and resources.


Contact: David Owsiany, ODA executive director

Phone: (614) 486-2700


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