Dr. Andrew Kelly – Dental Center of the Carolinas – Andrew Kelly, DDS Clemmons, NC
Biography on Dr. Andrew W. Kelly
Dr. Kelly earned his undergraduate degree in Medical Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from California State University at Long Beach in 1979. While at Cal State Long Beach, Andrew knew he wanted to practice health care but was unsure of exactly what. Toward the end of his years at Cal State Long Beach, Andrew discovered his interest in dentistry.
In 1983 Dr. Kelly became a graduate of Howard University College of Dentistry. After graduating from Howard University, Dr. Kelly initially took a job working with one of his former professors and also worked at the University as an Academic Reinforcement Instructor. Dr. Kelly realized that this was not the career path that he wished to follow so he moved back to Los Angeles, California to establish his practice. While waiting to pass the board examination Dr. Kelly worked at Southern California Edison Company as a Medical Analyst. This allowed Dr. Kelly to negotiate health care contracts and it also gave Dr. Kelly the opportunity to conduct health care seminars for the employees of the company.
After passing the California Dental Board, Dr. Kelly Worked in several private and group dental practices to gain clinical and business experience. After approximately 2 years Dr. Kelly established his first practice in Ladera Heights, California. After six years in this location Dr. Kelly outgrew this facility and moved his practice to Playa Del Rey, California which was approximately five miles away. After two years at this location Dr. Kelly purchased a second location in Inglewood, California. After several years Dr. Kelly decided that he wanted to practice in an environment that would allow him to practice his profession and sharpen his management skills. Dr. Kelly moved to North Carolina and accepted a job with a large dental management company. After being there for two years Dr. Kelly decided to go back to private practice.
Since arriving in North Carolina Dr. Kelly has served as a Deputy Examiner for the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. Also Dr. Kelly donates several hours of his time per month to free dental clinics in the Piedmont Triad Area. Dr. Kelly is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology a member of the Forsyth County Dental Society, The American Dental Association, The North Carolina Dental Society, The Piedmont Society of Advanced Dental Studies, International Congress of Oral Implantology a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, and an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Kelly is an avid learner and strives to stay well informed of all new techniques and developments in his beloved profession.
Dr. Kelly is a 1988 Graduate of the Core Vent Institute in Encino, California. Under the guidance of Dr. Gerald Niznick, Dr.Kelly became proficient in the placement and restoration of dental implants. Dr. Kelly is also a graduate of The Implant Maxi Course at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Kelly has been placing and restoring implants since 1988. Dr. Kelly maintains a private practice in Clemmons North Carolina that is dedicated to Cosmetic Dentistry, and implant placement and restoration.
Biography for Dr. Alfonza H. Williamson
My name is Dr. Alfonza Williamson Jr., and I was born and raised in Clinton North Carolina. My education began in the local schools and continued there through the eleventh grade. My introduction to Winston-Salem came in the fall of 1982 when I entered the NCMB Music competition. I won a full scholarship for piano performance to the North Carolina School of the Arts the following fall for my senior year of high school and college. During this period of my life music took me all over the country and even Europe for competitions and study. I remained at NCSA for the next three years but found that even though I truly loved classical piano, it was not what I wanted to do exclusively as a career for the rest of my life.
I decide to enter the US Army in the summer of 1987, and my military tour began in August of the same year. After Basic Training, I went to the Armed Forces School of Music, where my musical emphasis changed from classical to jazz. At the completion of my music training I was sent to Ft. Bliss Texas. During this time I played just about every type of music from marches to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. I also arranged and scored music for the army band and several local groups. I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in seventeen months instead of the usual four to five years and was waivered again to go before the promotion board before the end of my three year tour. My commander recommended me for warrant officer school to eventually command a military band but again my desire to purse something else as a career other than playing music came to mind.
I returned to North Carolina at the end of tour and entered WSSU with a full scholarship in music education in 1991. I took all of the required classes and graduated with honors and the highest average in the education department in the spring of 1993. I was offered a position with the Winston Salem/Forsyth County School System right away and begin teaching the same year. I enjoyed each and every day that I spent in the classroom and remained there for almost a decade, but soon realized that something was missing. I spent my final year teaching thinking about the possible change in direction that I might take. I searched for something that would allow me to nurture my love for science, give me continual contact with lots of people and allow the use of hands that I had spent a lifetime developing. When I thought about my past interest and my current needs, I realized that dentistry had always appealed to me. As a small boy I spent so much of time in the dental office of a family friend that he gave me many of his instruments and hand pieces when he retired.
I reentered WSSU that fall to take all of the required and recommended courses for dental school. After completion of the required courses I taught biology and anatomy/physiology at Carver High School the following year while I applied to dental schools. After many interviews and scholarship offers, I decided to attend Howard University College of Dentistry. During my time at Howard I got married, started having children and continued to come home every weekend for my musical responsibilities at First Baptist Church on Highland Avenue as Coordinator of Music just as I have done for the past 25 Years. After graduating, I began in public health dental clinics and transitioned to private practice at Asheboro Dental Care. My family and I now reside in Clemmons NC.
I am now married to my sweetheart Sabrina and we are the proud parents of Dylan, Max and Gigi. I am still organist at First Baptist so that I can continue to satisfy my musical needs from Handel’s Messiah to the latest contemporary music.
It is with great excitement that I announce that I am now with Dr. Andrew Kelly at the Dental Center of the Carolinas. We invite you to experience the best in up to date dental care from a staff that is caring and concerned with your individual needs. We offer the latest in implants and sedation along the great cosmetic dentistry.