Meet Dr. Casey-Kelly

For Dr. Mary Casey-Kelly strives to make her patients feel special and to know they are family.

Dr. Mary Casey-Kelly | Oklahoma City OK | CJ Dental Studio

At the age of 14, she knew she wanted to be a dentist, when she had experienced some frightening treatment and her dentist calmed her down and helped set her on a path to becoming a dentist. After attending OSU for 3 years she was accepted to the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry a year before completing her BS in Pre-Med. Upon graduation from OU College of Dentistry in 1986, she moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where she completed a hospital residency program in General Practice at Montefiore Hospital. She then returned to Oklahoma City to take over the dental program at St. Anthony Hospital, where she was the director of the General Practice Residency for 20 years.

In 1994 while running the residency program at St. Anthony, Mary also decided she wanted to have a private practice. She bought the practice of retiring dentist Dr. Tommy Lecas and started Saints Family Dentistry. Along the way she met a young college student who was interested in possibly having a career in dentistry.

That is when she met Katherine Lawrence, who after spending a week together decided dentistry was a perfect match for her. Who knew that several years later, Katherine would be joining the practice and Saints Family Dentistry would become CJ Dental!

Mary has attended the Pankey Institute and the Spear Education Institute, both are advanced educational institutes in restorative dentistry and occlusal disease. Each of these institutes require long hours of vigorous study usually for 2-7 days for each course. In addition to these educational institutes, Mary has attended hundreds of hours of continuing education in areas of dentistry as well as sedation, emergency medicine, and advanced cardiac life support.

Mary is very involved in the Special Care Dentistry Association, a national organization that is specifically focused on providing dentistry for those with special needs. Mary was the president of the American Association of Hospital Dentistry in 2007, is a Diplomat of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry, and a Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentistry. She also sat on the National Post-Graduate Residency Education Review Board for the ADA from 1999-2003 and 2005-2006.

Mary is also active locally in the Oklahoma County Dental Society, having served as a member of the Board of Directors, and on the Department of Human Services sub-committee. She sat on the Anesthesia Sub-Committee for the State of Oklahoma Board of Dentistry, chairing the committee for the final years of her commitment. Mary also has been a volunteer for the OK Mission of Mercy, providing dental services in Oklahoma City; and as a volunteer for Pan American Medical Mission Foundation providing dental services in Central America. Mary is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and has served as a Deacon and an Elder, as well as teaching 1st grade Sunday school for 8 years, and serving as a Confirmation mentor for many years.

She was a member of Leadership OKC Alumni, being a member of Class XI; and is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City.

Mary met and married the love of her life, Tom Kelly, and had 14 wonderful years before losing him to cancer. During their marriage they were blessed with 4 beautiful grandsons who reside in California. Mary has multiple nieces and nephews who are like her own children as well as several “adopted” kids. She is also a great aunt to Emmarie, Layla and Jedd…the next generation to spoil! Mary’s hobbies include gardening, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She especially enjoys the relationships she has with her staff at CJ Dental. Each member of the team is very special to her and she wants to make sure they understand she considers them family – just as she is with her patients. For Dr. Mary Casey-Kelly, dentistry is not just a job, it’s a calling. She strives to make her patients feel special and to know they are family.