Sterilization Monitoring Service

team-ddsSMS at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry

“Experience, Reliable, Well-Organized”

SMS is Ohio’s only in-state sterilization monitoring service.  Our biological monitoring provides peace of mind and affordable pricing to our dental practitioners.  With a proven record of prompt, dependable service, SMS testing and documentation makes it easy for dental practitioners to comply with weekly testing mandated by most state dental boards, including the Ohio State Dental Board.  Weekly testing is also recommended by both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA).

  • Reliable
    Providing rapid, accurate weekly spore strip test results to almost 2,000 dental offices across the country.
  •  Highly Experienced
    More than 25 years in service with access to an authorized OSHA trainer, infection control specialists and with a full-time biologist in the laboratory
  • Competitively Priced
    One low cost includes testing, supplies and free CDE for the entire office. SMS is non-profit and helps support the next generation of dental, dental hygiene and graduate dental students at Ohio State. No hidden fees.
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John R. Kalmar, DMD, PhD; Director

John R. Kalmar, DMD, PhD is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Radiology. Dr. Kalmar received his DMD from Southern Illinois University in 1979 followed by training in hospital dentistry from the UNC – Chapel Hill and training in oral pathology at Emory University.

In addition, he earned a PhD in Experimental Pathology from Emory in 1989.  From 1992-1999, Dr. Kalmar served on the faculty of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Rochester as well as the Eastman Dental Center.  He joined the faculty at Ohio State in 1999 and served as the Graduate Program Director in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology from 2000 until 2011, when he was appointed Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

He recently resumed the duties of Program Director in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and is the current President of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Karen K. Daw, MBA, CECM; Assistant Director

Karen Daw, MBA, CECM, provides training in infection control and compliance. She is an Authorized OSHA Trainer and a Certified Environmental Compliance Manager.  Ms. Daw received her BA degree in Communication from The Ohio State University and has earned two MBA degrees with concentrations in Business and Healthcare Management. She is currently Assistant Director of the Sterilization Monitoring Service, the Safety Improvement Coordinator for The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, a co-chair for the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention, and has authored numerous articles for Spore Check News on OSHA Compliance and Infection Control in Dentistry.


Rachel Flad, BS; Channel Coordinator

Rachel is a lifelong Columbus resident and graduated from Defiance College in 2010 with a degree in Forensic Science and Mathematics.  After graduation, Rachel worked for the Target Corporation where she was a Senior Team Leader for over three years.  Rachel joined the SMS team in 2013 and prides herself on providing excellent customer service to both current and potential subscribers.

Company information

a.   Website –

b.      Phone Number – 614-292-6737, 888-476-7678 (toll-free)

c.       Address – 305 W. 12th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

d.      Email Address –

e.      Fax Number – 614-292-8752

f.        Contact Person – Karen Daw and Rachel Flad