Dr. Hood-Olson, DMD, specializes in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. She was raised in McLeansboro, IL, a small community in southern Illinois about 100 miles east of O’Fallon. She graduated valedictorian of her high school. Then, she attended Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, where she was awarded the Chancellor Scholarship. In addition, she received one of two positions for early acceptance into the School of Dental Medicine.
Upon graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree, Dr. Lauren was recognized with the highest overall GPA for the department of science. She went on to complete her doctorate of dental medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, IL. She again graduated summa cum laude—the only doctor in her class to earn that honor.
After graduating dental school, Dr. Lauren married Andrew Olson of O’Fallon, IL, and they moved to Rochester, NY. In Rochester, she completed her residency at the Eastman Dental Center Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital.
After their time in Rochester, she and Andrew decided to move back to his hometown to settle down and start a family. Dr. Lauren practiced in the metro-east area for many years before deciding to join Dr. Satrom in 2013 and went on to purchase his practice. Dr. Satrom is a retired colonel from the Air Force and practiced in O’Fallon from 1999 to his retirement in 2013.
ORTHODONTIST IN O’FALLON
Dr. Lauren resides in O’Fallon with her husband and two children: a daughter, Avalinn, and a son, Watkin. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her family and being active in church and community. She loves attending her kids sporting and extracurricular events. She also enjoys anything outdoors (especially sitting on her front porch reading), running, crafting, teaching, and listening to country music. Any chance they get, she and Andrew enjoy cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and the Blues!
In addition to family and her personal office time, Dr. Lauren is a professor at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. She was asked to come into the program to help in the formation of an orthodontic residency for the dental school. Devoting a significant time to teaching at the school and mentoring is extremely important for Dr. Lauren. Many Wednesdays you can find interested high school, college, or dental students shadowing in the office. As a huge advocate for her profession in organized dentistry, Dr. Lauren has been a two-time past President of the St Clair District Dental Society, Southern District Trustee to the Illinois State Dental Society board of Trustees, Dental PAC director for St Clair Co, and has been a member of numerous committees and task forces for the dental society. She spends time connecting with her local legislators to help educate them on legislation that will affect the dental profession and her patients’ safety. Keeping the future of the dental health career field strong is a passion for Dr. Lauren.