Meet Dr. Kelly Lipp

Dr. Kelly Lipp joined our practice in July, 2019 and is thrilled to be a member of the Spangler, Rohlfing & Lambert Pediatric Dentistry team.  She practices at both the Winston-Salem and Kernersville office locations.  


Dr. Kelly Lipp was raised in West Chester, PA and recently moved to Winston-Salem with her husband, who grew up in Hickory, NC. She attended The Pennsylvania State University for her Bachelor of Science and then the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, where she was awarded her Doctorate of Dental Surgery.  Dr. Kelly graduated at the top of her class with distinction in research.  

Following dental school, Dr. Kelly attended Ohio State University College of Dentistry for her Master of Science and achieved her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In residency, her master’s thesis on pediatric dental comfort following treatment under general anesthesia was presented at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry annual session. It won the Ralph E. MacDonald Award, an award given to the top research presentation at the conference.  She is also certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

  • Undegraduate Degree: The Pennsylvania State University
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Masters of Science in Dentistry: The Ohio State University
  • Pediatric Dental Residency: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Dr. Kelly recieved the following awards and recognition in dental school and pediatric dental residency:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Ralph E McDonald Award
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Student Research Award
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honors Society 
  • Kramer Award, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honors Society 
  • Academic Dental Careers Fellow
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Certificate of Merit Award
  • American Academy of Maxillofacial Pathology Award
  • American Academy of Periodontalogy Award
  • Oral Biology Award


Dr. Kelly is Board Certified through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry.  Dr. Kelly is an executive member of the Forsyth County Dental Sociey and currently serves as President. Recently, Dr. Kelly's research on post-operative comfort following dental treatment under general anesthesia was published in the Journal of Anesthesia Progress

More about Dr. Kelly

Dr. Kelly and her husband, Dr. Blake Nelson, who is a general dentist, married in 2018. They have two daughters, Ella and Sophie.  When Sophie was born, she surprised everyone with her smile --she had a cleft lip!   Sophie is now in the care of a pediatric craniofacial team and her mom to follow her growth and development.  She had her first surgical repair in the Spring of 2023. 

The family enjoys time with her family in Wilmington and his in Hickory. They also love hiking with their Goldendoodle, Teddy, traveling, exploring local restaurants, and quality time with friends. Dr. Kelly has a “bucket list” goal of visiting all 61 National Parks.   She and her husband have two daughters, Ella and Sophie.  


What parents are saying about Dr. Kelly 


"My son recently saw Dr. Kelly Lipp for a filling and she was FANTASTIC!!!!  He was very nervous going into the procedure and she was so calm, understanding, and patient.  She explained everything to him, and it really put his mind at ease.  Whe we left he said it was the best dental appointment he ever had.  I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.  Ask for Dr. Lipp she is excellent!"
-A. Aukamp

Amazing experience for our 2 year old son's dental treatment

"We had an amazing experience taking our 2 year old son in for treatment.  the staff was very accomodating to make us feel comfortable and to explain each step so our soon would feel comfortable.  Dr. Lipp was amazing!!! She is extremely knowledgeable and explained treatment very clearly.  We look forward to our next appointment!!!"
-Jennifer N.

Thanks to Dr. Kelly, my son will have minimal damage following a trampoline collision

"Thanks to the incredible care of Dr. Kelly Lipp, the damage caused by a collision at a trampoline park will be minimal for my 14yo son.  After being told at the ER that there was nothing they could do for my son's visibly damaged teeth, Dr. Lipp met us at the office late on Saturday night.  They then provided excellent physical and emotional care to both me and my son.  A couple of days later, my son's orthodontist commented that Dr. Lipp did a perfect job splinting the tooth.  Dr. Lipp is now our dentist of choice and we are extremely grateful to her." 
-Lisa B.

Made my daughter's first dental appointment fun 

"Dr. Kelly Lipp was so patient with my daughter during her first dental appointment and she made it fun!  I'm thankful so my daughter will still want to go as she gets older.  Also, Kylie is the friendliest face you see when you walk in and out plus the helpful!  I couldn't have asked for a better experience for my toddler's first appointment."
-Erin E

Took time answering all of my questions 

"Fantastic pediatric dental office.  They provide excellent, conservative care for kids of all ages.  Very clean facility with excellent staff.  I liked that Dr. Kelly Lipp spent time talking to me and answering all my questions.  Highly recommend."
-Blake N 

Excellent dental care, highly recommend

"Dr. Kelly Lipp and her staff provide excellent dental care.  If you are in the Winston-Salem or Kernersville are and in search of a dentist for your child, look no further.  she and her friendly staff have you covered.  And yes; they have Frozen on loop to make sure everyone's a happy camper.  Top rated care and service!  Highly recommend!"
-Coan M