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Dr. N. Summer Lerch Extended Biography

Board Accredited Cosmetic Dentist, Owner / Director

N. Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is a 1982 graduate of the University of Washington Dental School and a 1984 graduate of the Family Dentistry Residency program from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. She was awarded the Team Dentistry award upon completion of dental school and then went on to attain her Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1988. In 1989, after joining the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), she fell in love with cosmetic dentistry and the impact it had on people’s lives. She then renamed her practice “Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC” developed her mission statement, and set about fulfilling it. ” Beautiful smiles; life enhanced. Extraordinary patient satisfaction. A Dental practice where honor and dignity are commonplace, forever.

Accredited AACD Member

She became Accredited with the AACD in 1990, the fourth woman in the world to ever do so. In order to keep her eye trained for the best in smile design and to help others attain Accreditation, she started as an examiner and mentor for the AACD in 1992. She went on the Board of Directors of the AACD and then became the editor of the AACD Journal from 1992 through 1994. In 2003 Dr. Lerch was nominated to AACD Ethics Committee, retiring as it’s Chair in 2007. She currently continues as an examiner for the Accreditation process and is a member of the AACD Outreach Committee on Affiliate Membership.  She is both a Past-President of the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, an affiliate of the AACD and a past Board member of same. She also currently serves on the Editorial Review Board of Radiant Life, a professional publication offering wellness information; and is an advisor to, an online, experienced based, health professional search engine.

Congratulations to Dr. Nancy S. Lerch, DDS for winning the 2015 Patients’ Choice Awards in New Haven Dentistry.

Practice Management Style

Dr. Lerch’s practice management style, her team’s development in communication, and their patient satisfaction orientation earned her practice the “Best of New Haven” award by the regional Advocate newspaper fourteen years in a row. She has appeared on local television shows, has been in the New Haven Register newspaper, featuring her practice and cosmetic dentistry, and has been consulted by major magazines, i.e. Vogue and Redbook, for articles they were writing about cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Lerch has lectured locally, nationally, internationally. She is deeply committed to all people getting what they want and the smile they deserve through cosmetic and preventive dentistry.

Hope In A Smile

To that end she started “Hope In A Smile” offering free charitable Smile Design services to domestic abuse survivors in New Haven, CT which has evolved into “Smiling Souls” a program offering free dental care for all survivors who are in the DVS transitional shelter. In 2006 she was nominated to membership in the Pierre Fouchard Academy (PFA.) Candidates for active fellowship in PFA need to be ethical dentists who have made outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry and/or to society. In 2009 Dr. Lerch was a Steering Committee member of the second annual Connecticut Mission of Mercy where over 900 volunteers saw over 1800 patients in two days and provided over $800,000 of free dental care. It was an amazing and heart-warming experience!

Dental Industry Leader

Currently Dr. Lerch is a Seminar Leader for Landmark Worldwide, an international personal and professional growth, training and development company, offering coaching and breakthrough thinking so that all people have the possibility of success, fulfillment and greatness. Dr. Lerch also is an Action Team Leader for the American Dental Association, acting as a political liaison with the Connecticut State Dental Association and her representative Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro for all things forward thinking in dentistry.

Personal Life

Dr. Nancy Summer Lerch grew up in Seattle WA.  She has a son in high school who loves to ski.  Dr. Lerch loves to volunteer helping others; she likes to read, discuss politics, hike and ski and spend time with friends over wine and good food.

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