Background and Pre-Dental Education
Born and raised in southern Mississippi, Dr. Lacey Harris attended Hancock School and graduated Valedictorian and a National Merit Semi-Finalist in 2004. Dr. Lacey, as her patients affectionately call her, then attended the University of Southern Mississippi on academic scholarship and triple majored in Polymer Science, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry. She graduated summa cum laude in 2009 with Honors College Distinction.
Dental and Orthodontic Education
Dr. Lacey Harris earned her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, graduating Valedictorian of her class and was honored with numerous academic awards as well as an honors distinction in research. After graduating dental school, Dr. Lacey was one of only seven students accepted to one of the nation’s top orthodontic residency programs at the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston. There she completed a two-year orthodontic residency earning a Masters of Science in Dentistry with a focus in Orthodontics as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Orthodontics, serving as class president both years. Dr. Lacey remained at the University of Texas after graduation, and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor. When she isn’t busy in her office, she enjoys teaching orthodontics to residents and dental students.
Orthodontists complete an additional two to three years of graduate orthodontic study beyond dental school. They may then apply to become board certified. Dr. Lacey is board certified and has completed the voluntary, rigorous examination process offered through the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the ADA and sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists. Only one in three orthodontists becomes board certified.
Honors and Awards
During her orthodontic career Dr. Lacey was honored to receive numerous awards for her research, clinical experience, and academics. She has won national awards for her cases. She won 2nd place at the College of Diplomates of the ABO, AAO Resident Case Display and 1st place for the Invisalign University Challenge Class I Category. She was honored to present her case in Las Vegas at the University Summit. Some of her additional awards include:
• American Association of Orthodontists Award
• Wallace V. Mann, Jr. Award (Graduating Senior with Highest Average)
• Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society Inductee
• Delta Dental Student Leadership Award
• Mississippi Association of Orthodontists J. Julius Ratliff Award
• Dean’s Scholastic Achievement Award
• UMMC 50th Anniversary Award
Involvement in organized dentistry is important to Dr. Lacey, and she is an active member of the following organizations:
-Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
– American Association of Orthodontists
– Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
– Texas Association of Orthodontists
– The University of Texas Orthodontic Alumni Association
– The Orthodontic Foundation Board Member
-Omnicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, Mu Mu Chapter
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Lacey has an interest in conducting research in order to improve care for all patients. She has over a decade of experience in basic and clinical science research, and has several presentations and publications. During residency, she defended her Master’s Thesis project entitled “Cone-beam computed tomography evaluation of the morphology and resorption of premolar and molar roots in response to rapid maxillary expansion.” She has two peer-reviewed publications and Dr. Lacey continues to be actively involved in research through the University of Texas.
Outside the Office
Dr. Lacey married Dr. Chris Harris prior to the two of them attending dental school together. They have a beautiful and sassy daughter named Allison, affectionately nicknamed “Allie”. When she is not busy practicing or teaching, Dr. Lacey enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. In addition, she enjoys cooking, baking, traveling, and exercising.