Dr. Mel Collazo received his dental degree (DDS) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1986) where he was the President of his Class all four years of dental school. He received his Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Facial Orthopedics from the University of California-Los Angeles (1989) and also received a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology from UCLA. Dr. Collazo has served as the President of the UCLA Orthodontic Alumni Association, the Foundation for Orthodontic Research and President of the Arkansas Association of Orthodontists. He has been a part-time faculty member of the UCLA School of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics and the UMKC School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Diagnosis. He also lectures both nationally and internationally.
While practicing in Los Angeles, Dr. Collazo had the opportunity to treat many of Hollywood’s biggest name celebrities including Academy Award winners, Grammy winners, Golden Globe winners and winners of pageants such as Miss USA, Miss America and Miss California.
Dr. Collazo currently serves on the Board of Directors for Delta Dental of Arkansas and is a former Chairman of the Board. Dr. Collazo has also served on the Board of Directors for Renaissance Health Service Corporation (RHSC) which is an Affiliation of seven Delta Dental member organizations. As a result of his extensive Board service and continuing education, he received the Certificate of Director Professionalism and was named a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Dr. Collazo served as the national Chairman of the Council on Orthodontic Practices (COOP) while also serving as Chairman of the Practice Transition Seminars for the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Collazo is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists (FACD), International College of Dentists (FICD) and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Dr. Collazo and his lovely wife of 37 years, Sheri, have two sons that are both dentists. Taylor is an orthodontist in Germantown, Tennessee and a partner in a pediatric dental group. Austin lives in Denver, Colorado where he has found success in both dentistry and being an actor/model. Taylor and Austin both attended the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry where Dr. Collazo and his wife donated the necessary funds to start an endowment to assist dental students.
In his time away from the office, Dr. Collazo is a Deputy Sheriff and is a recent graduate and current Board member of the FBI Citizen’s Academy in Little Rock.
In addition to his involvement in the dental profession and law enforcement, Dr. Collazo is an avid tennis player. He is a former world ranked tennis professional, was recently ranked #1 in the United States in Men’s Doubles in his age category and has been selected to the U.S. Gordon Cup tennis team. In 2008, Dr. Collazo and his family were named the “Arkansas Tennis Family of the Year” by the Arkansas Tennis Association.