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In 1979 she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and a Masters in Health Care Administration from St. Ambrose University in 1999.

In 2016 Dr. Kell was the first to receive the University of Iowa College of Dentistry’s Leadership Award and previously was honored as the Dental Alumna of the Year Award in 2012. In 2010-12 she chaired the University of Iowa Alumni Association after serving as a member for six years. She is a strong supporter of the UI and the College of Dentistry as a member of the U of I’s President’s Club, several UI College of Dentistry Campaign committees, and serving on the Dental Alumni Association Board.

Dr. Kell currently serves as the FDI World Dental Federation President-Elect and is a member of their Executive Committee. . She previously was an FDI Council member as the North American Liaison and is the past Chair of the FDI’s Education Committee also serving on the FDI Science Committee and FDI Strategic Planning sessions. From 2004-2008 she was on the Board of Trustees for the American Dental Association after serving on numerous Councils and Committees.

Dr. Kell is a member of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, American Association of Health Care Executives and Delta Mu Delta Honorary Society, and a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Kell is a Past-President of the Iowa Dental Association and the Davenport Dental Association. She was the President of the American Association of Women Dentists and national President in 1988-89. She received their AAWD Lucy Hobbs Taylor Woman Dentist of the Year Award in 2007.

Dr. Kell lives in Davenport and has been involved in various civic activities, enjoys playing golf, and visiting with friends and relatives.

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