The Montana Center for Laser Dentistry is proud to announce that Dr. Kalli Elford has joined the team. Dr. Kalli is a Montana native. In fact, Dr. Dave Dodrill and Dr. Kalli grew up in the same small Montana town of Twin Bridges and have been friends for many years. Dr. Kalli graduated from Montana State University and attended Dental School at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon where she graduated with High Honors and was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society.
Dr. Kalli has spent the last several years in private practice in Billings, MT. She brings with her a gentle touch and a wealth of knowledge. Dr. Kalli enjoys all aspects of dentistry, including orthodontics and is a Master Provider of Fastbraces and Invisalign. As a patient, you will appreciate her detail-oriented approach and her commitment to comfortable, personalized dental care.
Outside of the office, Dr. Kalli enjoys cooking, hiking and spending time in the outdoors with her family, husband Ted Hayes and one-year-old daughter, Maeve.
Dr. Scott Green is a general dentist at the Montana Center For Laser Dentistry in Kalispell, MT in a technology general practice with a special interest in bite problems, headaches, and TMD. He lectures nationally and internationally on digital occlusion and TMD biometric analysis. Dr. Green has been using the T-Scan for more than 25 years and trains dentists and dental team members on T-Scan use, interpretation and integration of T-Scan, JVA and EMG into their practice. Dr. Green received his D.M.D degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has extensive General Clinical Practice and teaching experience.
Dr. David M. Dodrill received his D.D.S. degree cum laude in 2007 from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. His second-year dental laboratory classes were actually audited at the Universidad de Costa Rica – all in the Spanish language with fellow Costa Rican dental students. He is also a graduate of the Advanced General Dentistry Program at Idaho State University.
Since 1998, his freshman year at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Dr. Dodrill has been involved in the dental profession in some capacity, as a student, employee, or volunteer. His understanding of both dental techniques and dental office management are extensive.
In 2008, after completing the Advanced General Dentistry Program, Dr. Dodrill joined a private dental practice (treating general as well as pediatric patients) in Kalispell, Montana. Then, he moved back to Virginia in 2009 and worked with a private practice in Charlottesville that specializes in multiple areas of patient treatment.
In November of 2011, we were thrilled to welcome Dr. Dodrill to the Montana Center for Laser Dentistry. Dr. Dodrill is certified in the following areas: A.C.L.S., VCU Rotary Endo, nitrous oxide, and Invisalign. He has volunteered with many dental outreach programs, including some with the Special Olympics and Give Kids a Smile Day. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Dodrill enjoys skiing, fly-fishing, hiking, koi ponds, athletics, travel, and his family.
Dr. Mark P. Colonna graduated from the Loyola University School of Dentistry Chicago in 1983. After receiving his degree, he practiced in St. Charles, II and taught at the dental school until 1992, holding the positions of Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology and Assistant Clinical Professor of Operative Dentistry.
In 1992, he moved to Whitefish Montana and later founded the Montana Center for Laser Dentistry, where he began offering his patients the latest in minimally invasive dental care technology. A pioneer in the use of laser dentistry, Dr. Colonna is the first dentist in the world to use the laser technology to prepare teeth for full crowns and porcelain veneers using only the laser, i.e., without the use of drills or the need for local anesthesia.
In addition, Dr. Colonna lectures and instructs on laser dentistry, and laser endodontics (root canals) across the country and the world. His articles on the topic appear in various well-known dental journals. Dr. Colonna is a member of the American Dental Association, Montana Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics, The American Association of Endodontists, and a founding member of the World Clinical Laser Institute. He is also a lifetime member of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry (WCMID).
From the latter, Dr. Colonna has received the “Clinician of the Year” award, which acknowledged his work towards the advancement of minimally invasive dentistry. Dr. Colonna has also earned Diplomat status in the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry and has received a Mastership Certification from the World Clinical Laser Institute (the highest laser certification available). On August 5th, 2012, Dr. Colonna was awarded the “Inventor of the Year” for the invention of the PIPS™ technology, that uses laser photons, to clean and completely remove biofilm from root canal systems by the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry (WCMID). He shares this award with his research partner from Arizona, Dr. Enrico DiVito, with whom he also shares ownership in a number of patents related to laser dentistry.
Dr. Colonna is also certified in Invisalign Orthodontics. In addition, from 2006-2010, Dr. Colonna served on the State of Montana’s Board of Dentistry Examiners. Promoting excellent dental health, educating on prevention, and caring for his patients through minimally invasive techniques, including the use of a dental operating microscope and high power magnification, are the keys to Dr. Colonna’s treatment philosophy. He is a dentist who truly loves what he does and wants the best for his patient family.