Dr. Laura Olsen Taylor was raised in Mooresville, North Carolina, and graduated as Salutatorian from Lake Normal High School in 2005.She attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington for vocal performance with a minor in chemistry and graduated summa cum laude in 2009. She spent time studying at Ulm Universitat in Ulm, Germany, and attended UNC Charlotte for her post-baccalaureate work. She performed as a soloist with the Wilmington Symphony, toured with a chorale in Europe, and is currently a member of the Davidson Choral Arts Society and a regular cantor at St. Therese. She attended dental school at Case Western Reserve University, graduating with her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in 2014. She has practiced dentistry in the Mooresville area since that time and took over Olsen Taylor General Dentistry from her parents in June 2016. As a dentist her goal is to help her patients achieve and maintain good oral health through treatment plans that meet their individual needs.
Dr. Taylor has a great passion for learning and is a lifelong student. She is committed to continued education to raise the standard of care in her practice and in her community, and she actively seeks out continuing education courses to advance her knowledge and skillset. Dr. Taylor has received advanced training in the Turbyfill Denture technique and advanced comprehensive and full-mouth reconstruction training through Dawson Academy. Dr. Taylor is a scholar and alumni of the Dawson Academy, having completed the core curriculum through their program. She is also the study club leader for the Dawson Academy in the northwest part of North Carolina. She is a member of the American Dental Association®, the American Ccademy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Charlotte Area Study Club and the Seattle Study Club.
Dr. Taylor and her husband, Cameron, have been married since 2011. They have two sons, Liam and Colin, and four rescue cats — Zetti, Bella, Cosette and Izzy. Outside of the office, her hobbies include classical music, playing piano and musical theater. She also loves hiking and camping in the mountains with her husband and sons, water skiing with her father and kayaking with her mother.
Dr. Taylor is many things — a dentist, a business owner and even an opera singer! She is also a busy wife and mother. She loves taking care of our patients’ smiles and makes time outside of the office for her family. You can trust Dr. Taylor to give you and your family the same care that she gives her own.
Dr. Richard & Dr. Donna Olsen
After earning her AB in psychology at the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling at Wayne State University, Dr. Donna Olsen received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the School of Dentistry at Case Western Reserve University in 1985. She is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental fraternity, and as a senior at Case Western Reserve, she received the Oral Medicine Award. She completed her general practice residency at the Lakeside VA Medical Center and one year of post-graduate work in oral pathology at the University of Chicago Zoller Clinic. She also studied the Dawson Center Curriculum. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, the Second District Dental Society and the Academy of Dentistry International
She practiced dentistry for 31 years, beginning as an interim director at a dental clinic in Huntersville Oaks. She entered into private practice in Charlotte in 1992 and then moved to Mooresville, where she and her husband, Richard, practiced until 2016. Throughout her career, she always strove to help patients maintain their best possible dentition, ensure that their smiles functioned comfortably and have aesthetically pleasing smiles throughout their lives.
Dr. Olsen says that it was a total surprise when their daughter said that she planned to go to dental school, since she had always been focused on music and performance. She is humbled that the example she and her husband set inspired their daughter to follow in their footsteps. She has been very proud to watch Dr. Taylor develop into a caring, accomplished dentist and a compassionate business owner.
Now that she is retired, Dr. Olsen spends her time kayaking, cooking, gardening and reading. She also serves as a guardian ad litem for Iredell County. While she enjoys having time to spend with her family and grandchildren, she misses the relationships she had with her patients and staff.
Dr. Richard Olsen graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a major in chemistry and minor in biology in 1978. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Michigan in 1980. He served his general practice residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit in 1980 and 1981 and completed the Dawson Center Continuum. He spent 13 years teaching graduate dental studies at the Carolina Medical Center and was in private practice until 2016. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Association, the Iredell County Dental Society, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the Academy of Dentistry International, and the International College of Dentists.
As a dentist, he made it a priority to provide quality, comprehensive care to patients who desired to be pain-free and enjoy a high level of function and great aesthetics for their smiles. He is married to Donna, who is his wife, friend and colleague. They have a daughter, Laura, and a son, Erik.
When Dr. Taylor told him that she wanted to become a dentist, he was shocked on one hand, since she was always focused on music, but on the other, we was not surprised since she is highly motivated and directed and wants to help others. He enjoyed working with her and never thought that he could work side by side with his child. Dr. Taylor has proven to be what he expected: a motivated dentist who has turned into a highly-skilled practitioner.
Now that he is retired, Dr. Olsen enjoys not having to set his alarm and having more time to spend with his grandkids. He enjoys woodworking, waterskiing, reading and gardening, as well as traveling and DIY home improvement projects. But he still misses the relationships with the patients and staff that he has had the privilege to know.