He attended Albright College as a biology major and was granted early acceptance to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Upon graduating in the top 2% of his class, Dr. Howland was nominated to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Howland chose to pursue a career in general dentistry and pursued hospital-based training as a Resident in General Dentistry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital (through the Harvard Dental School).
The following year, Dr. Howland was invited to serve as chief resident, mentoring and educating the incoming class of general practice dentists. This position gave Dr. Howland the opportunity to teach at the Harvard Dental School as a Clinical Fellow in General Dentistry.
During his time in Boston, Dr. Howland also spent two years at the Dana Farber Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Center, where he learned how to pre-treat the complications that can arise from the treatment of those cancers. A number of non-dental medical issues can present as oral complications, and the ability to recognize these symptoms can have life-saving results.
Dr. Howland is married to Suzanne (Rehrig) Howland, a lifelong Lehighton resident and principal in the Lehighton Area School District. They currently reside in the borough of Lehighton, along with their two children, Addison and Anna.
With a pair of left-handed dentists sitting chairside at Howland & Lacey Family Dental, it begs the question: can two lefties ever be right?
“Always,” Dr. Howland says.
Dr. Meredith Lacey, a native of Dallas, Pennsylvania, graduated from Dallas High School (Valedictorian), Virginia Polytechnic Institute (B.S., Biology, summa cum laude), and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (8th in class).
It was her general practice residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network, though, that gave her a chance to practice her newfound skill.
“You learn a lot of valuable information in dental school, but you don’t come out ready to practice,” Dr. Lacey says. “My residency was an opportunity to refine those skills, and to broaden my abilities relative to emergencies, trauma, and odontogenic infection.”
Dr. Lacey’s interest in dentistry emerged early on, but the drive didn’t take root until the end of her undergraduate career. “I started college knowing I wanted to be a healthcare provider, but when I shadowed a dentist and saw that it was science with some subjectivity, I knew it was for me.”
Dr. Lacey says she is glad to be part of a practice where she can grow while benefitting from the advice and guidance of someone who has been in the trade for 15 years.