Getting to know Leslie Hayes

Born and raised in Livingston, Montana, Leslie Hayes completed her undergraduate work at MSU in 1986, here in beautiful Bozeman.  She achieved her DDS degree from the University of Minnesota in 1991 and immediately moved back to Bozeman to start her practice.  She is the current President of the Montana constituent of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the current chairman of the AGD Fellowship Exam Committee Team C and is also on the continuing education committee of the Montana Dental Association

Her dedication to leadership in the dental field has spanned many years as she has served as President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer of the 6th District Dental Society of the American Dental Association (ADA) and as Secretary/Treasurer, President Elect and President of the Montana Academy of General Dentistry, and Chairman and committee member of the Self Instruction Committee of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Hayes received a Fellowship in the American College of Dentists which is focused on esthetics in dentistry and a Fellowship in the International College of Dentists which focuses on community service both local and international.

In addition to her commitment to leadership, she has demonstrated her commitment to continuing education starting in 1992 when she began working toward her Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry.  Earning her Fellowship in 1997, she continued to work toward her Mastership in the AGD, which she received in June 2015.  Fellowship and Mastership in the AGD required passing a written exam, taking at least 1000 hours of continuing education with 500 of those hours being hands-on courses.  She is so passionate about continuing education that she currently serves as the chairman of the AGD Fellowship Exam Committee Team C and serves on the Montana Dental Association Continuing Education committee.  Continuing education is such a passion for Dr. Hayes because she sees it directly benefiting her patients’ needs.  When she saw a real need for a simple approach to orthodontics, she pursued a special 2 year course to meet that need, approaching this service as she does all of her work: simply and honestly.
Dr. Hayes is one of the friendliest and most approachable people you will meet and her dedication to her patients and to her profession extends to the greater Bozeman community, as well.  She has served on the boards of the Bozeman Area American Red Cross, Gallatin Valley United Way, and Cancer Family Network of Montana.
When she’s not in her office or attending professional conferences, you might meet Dr. Hayes hiking with her poodles, Luke and Stella on trails around Bozeman.  She also loves to quilt with friends, travel the world with her mother and spends as much time as possible with her two granddaughters.