Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship Becomes the First Endowed AADR Fellowship

Posted on May 6, 2016

Alexandria, Va., USA– The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is pleased to announce that the AADR Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship is the first endowed AADR Fellowship as part of the AADR Matching Campaign that launched in 2014. This Fellowship is endowed thanks to generous donors and the AADR Board of Directors, which is matching donations to fund the endowment at $250,000 allowing for at least one Fellowship of $10,000 to be granted annually. As the fund grows with additional contributions, additional fellowships and/or larger grants can be provided.

The Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship was created in recognition of Dr. Haffajee's many contributions to clinical research in Periodontology and Oral Biology and her prominence as a female leader in the field. The immediate goal of this fellowship is to support women researchers at the early stages of their scientific careers. The long term objective of this fellowship is to increase the representation of women at the higher ranks in science and academia in the field of Oral Biology.

For more than 30 years, Haffajee focused on clinical and translational periodontology research for the improvement of oral health. She also played an important role in paving the way for the next generation of women in periodontal science. Further, she was a dedicated wife and mother of two wonderful daughters, and was a great example of finding the elusive work-life balance. Haffajee passed away on August 16, 2013, at 65 years old following a long battle with cancer. Her mentee and friend Flavia Teles created the fellowship, for which an endowment was started with a very generous gift from Haffajee's husband, Charles Haffajee.

The AADR Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship is open to women members of AADR who: are within 10 years of their last professional degree; have demonstrated a commitment to a research career in oral biology as well as academic promise, which will be evaluated based on the candidate's CV, project and the support demonstrated in the supervisor/department head letter; hold a D.D.S./D.M.D. and/or Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree; and hold an appointment at the post-doctoral, instructor, assistant professor level or equivalent at a research/academic institution.

Applications for the 2017 cycle must be received by October 13, 2016. More information is available at To learn how you can help with this or other AADR initiatives, visit or contact Sheri S. Herren at or +1.703.299.8094.    

MIS Implants Signs Distribution Agreement with Datum Dental for OSSIX PLUS Membrane

Posted on May 6, 2016

Fair Lawn, NJ - May 6 2016

MIS Implants, a global leader in implant dentistry, announced today a distribution agreement with Datum Dental Ltd, a global manufacturer of dental regenerative products, for the distribution of the OSSIX PLUS membrane in the USA. 

MIS USA President, Motti Weisman, commented that “We are very excited to reintroduce the OSSIX Plus membrane back to Implantologists in the USA market.  Due to a string of acquisitions, this previously market leading premium membrane left the market in 2005.  Many customers who have used OSSIX in the past are excited about the return of this unique product.  We are thrilled to partner with such an innovative company with such a long successful history in the USA.”

The OSSIXâline of membranes was introduced in 2001 and has over 15 years of clinical history with over 90 publications supporting its clinical success.  The OSSIX PLUS resorbable membrane is manufactured using a proprietary collagen cross linking technology called GLYMATRIX to cross link collagen molecules using sugars.  GLYMATRIX is based upon the naturally occurring glycation process in the human body.  OSSIX PLUS maintains a barrier for 4-6 months, resists degradation when exposed, and provides sufficient time for bone regeneration of osseous defects. 

Dr. Michael Jaffin of NJ, a former user of OSSIX, commented, “This is a unique membrane.  I used the OSSIX membrane in the past and I was very happy with it.  I really like the membrane’s handling properties and I’m looking forward to bringing it back into my clinic.” 

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AADOM Continues Green Initiative with Hotel Selection in Boca Raton

Posted on May 6, 2016

Red Bank, NJ:  April 18, 2016: The American Association of Dental Office Management’s (AADOM) Annual Conference will take place September 15-17, 2016 at the beautiful Boca Raton Resort & Club. AADOM is proud to be a supporter of companies that espouse sustainability and green efforts. Boca Raton Resort & Club is part of the Hilton Worldwide family. Hilton Worldwide was recognized in 2015 by Forbes as a Top 50 Green Brand and by Newsweek as one of the Top Green Companies in the World.

The resort’s golf course has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. The course features a butterfly garden, bird houses and an area dedicated to local wildlife. AADOM President Heather Colicchio states “Boca Raton is a gorgeous location and the resort is going to be a treat for our attendees. The resort leaders believe in making the guest experience a memorable one. I am proud we are able to achieve all of this and support our efforts within our Green Leader Initiative at the same time.”

To learn more about AADOM’s Green Leader initiative visit our site for more information. Registration for the 12th Annual Conference is now open to the public at this site:


OSAP Conference to Include IC Compliance Briefs

Posted on May 6, 2016

Atlanta, GA:May 6, 2016-“Enlighten us but make it quick!” is the idea behind Compliance Briefs, a session being offered at the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) 2016 Annual Conference, June 2-5, in San Diego, CA. Novice and expert speakers will share infection control compliance success stories, tips, and resources in targeted 5-minute talks. The fast-paced session will have participants filling their notepads with ideas for new tools, tips, and strategies for their office, school, or consulting practice. Space is still available for the content-rich OSAP conference, which will also include sessions on new infection prevention tools and updates on emerging and re-emerging diseases like Zika and measles. Leading experts will address top compliance and safety issues and offer resources, expert guidance, and evidence-based solutions. For more information or to register, go to

The annual OSAP Annual Conference is the premier infection control education and networking event in the dental industry. Nationally and internationally known experts discuss current and emerging issues relating to infection prevention and safety in oral healthcare settings, and provide attendees with essential resources, valuable tools, and new approaches for better protecting patients and staff.

This year’s conference will address the challenge of conveying the critical importance of infection control by giving participants the opportunity to learn powerful skills from Andy Goodman, a nationally recognized author, speaker, and TED presenter who teaches professionals how to use storytelling techniques to improve the impact of their communications. This special speaker is being sponsored by Midmark Corporation. Other highlights of the conference include lessons learned from a disease outbreak from contaminated dental water, workshops on writing IFUs (Instructions for Use) and infection control certification, updates on antibiotic resistance and HIV/HPV/HCV, and an optional, private, docent-led dental tour of the USS Midway ship. The entire program can be viewed on the OSAP website.

The OSAP Annual Conference provides a unique opportunity to mingle with and learn from the leading authorities in the critical and rapidly changing field of infection prevention and safety in oral healthcare. Attendees have their choice of in-depth lectures, interactive learning sessions, and tightly-focused programs designed for specific specialists such as educators and consultants. The top companies in infection prevention and safety exhibit both time-tested and new products, and attendees have the opportunity to learn about important aspects of the products and take home valuable information on how the products can help them maintain a safe environment for dental staff and patients.

The OSAP Annual Conference is targeted to educators, infection control coordinators, consultants, compliance officers, risk managers, researchers, policy makers, sterilization technicians, and others in dental clinics, private practices, large group practices, hospitals, universities, government facilities,  and companies that manufacture or sell infection control products and services. The breadth and depth of the educational programs offered ensures that attendees at every level, from student to expert, will expand their knowledge base and make important contacts.

Annual Conference attendees can select sessions that fit their needs from a variety of concurrent program choices. The San Diego location also offers many leisure options for free time and for family members accompanying attendees. One of the highlights of the annual conference is the “Fun’d Raising Auction,” which includes dozens of amazing gifts, experiences, and one-of-a-kind items up for bid.

Celebrating over 30 years of service to the worldwide dental community, The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is a growing community of clinicians, educators, researchers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP focuses on strategies to improve compliance with safe practices and on building a strong network of recognized infection control experts. OSAP offers an extensive online collection of resources, publications, FAQs, checklists and toolkits that help dental professionals deliver the safest dental visit possible for their patients.

ClearChoice Expands to Arlington, Texas

Posted on May 5, 2016

Denver – ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers announced the opening of an expanded ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in Arlington, Texas. This new center is the most recent expansion for the ClearChoice network, which also opened an affiliated practice in Tampa, Florida, last November. 

The ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in Arlington is the sixth center to open in Texas and the 30th nationwide. ClearChoice was founded in 2005 to provide an innovative all-in-one treatment facility for dental implant procedures. This concept provides patients of the affiliated practices with a collaborative treatment plan between the prosthodontist, oral surgeon, and laboratory technician and delivers high-quality care under one roof.

“The mission of ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers is to provide the edentulous population with a true solution to their dental issues,” says Kevin Mosher, CEO of ClearChoice Management Services. “Patients in need of implants often settle for a denture, which can be a poor substitute for natural teeth. The doctors within the ClearChoice network provide clinical treatment options that can improve the quality of life for people with missing or failing teeth.”

The ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in Arlington is led by Jennifer Kim, DDS. This week, Dr. Kim and her staff began offering full treatment solutions including dental implant surgery and prosthetic reconstruction.

Dr. Kim says she and her team are excited to be able to provide dental care to the people living in Arlington and the surrounding areas west of the Metroplex.

“Our goal is to change the perception of dentistry and provide a unique experience supported by compassion and understanding of each individuals' reason for seeking care," she says. "The experience that our patients have received has changed their attitude and brought excitement back into their lives."

ClearChoice will run an educational campaign in the local market, featuring real patients, in an effort to inform the public about the dental treatment options that are available to them and how these procedures can improve a patient’s quality of life.


Pittsburgh Gears Up for Nation’s Largest Gathering of Dental Hygiene Professionals

Posted on May 4, 2016

Newswise — Chicago, IL (April 26, 2016) — With the2016 Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at the 93rd Annual Session (AS) less than two months away, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) has over 1,800 individuals registered to attend what will once again be the largest assembly of dental hygiene professionals in North America. To add even more excitement and energy to the setting, this years’ convention also coincides with the city of Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial celebration.

With the week-long convention taking place at the David Lawrence Convention Center on June 8-14, attendees will not only experience Pittsburgh’s emerging and vibrant downtown, but also the city’s numerous avenues for entertainment including outdoor adventure, art, history, festivals, spectator sports, shopping, and great food and dining. Thanks to data provided by the ADHA and an event evaluation done by the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the direct business sales impact of ADHA’s annual meeting is estimated at $2.6 million.

“It is an honor for Pittsburgh to be hosting the American Dental Hygienists’ Association this summer,” said VisitPITTSBURGH President and CEO Craig Davis. “We have been looking forward to this event for some time, and attendees can be assured that we will be rolling out the red carpet for them. This year we are celebrating the bicentennial of the incorporation of our city, and visitors are discovering why Pittsburgh has been labeled a city to have on your bucket list. So conference attendees should come with high expectations, because we are going to work hard to exceed them.”

CLL 2016 at the 93rd Annual Session features a robust schedule that participants will be able to tailor their experience to fit their own personal needs and desires. Highlights this year include:

• Continuing Education (CE) courses being delivered by more than 50 speakers and covering five different tracks (Clinical Practice, Educator, Professional Development, Research, Public Health)

• Opportunities to reconnect, network, and have fun at unique events including the Community Service Day, the In Motion: 5K Run-Walk-Fun, Plenary Sessions, IOH Benefit/President’s Reception, and the Awards for Excellence Luncheon. 

• EXHIBITS 2016 featuring the latest, state-of-the-art dental products and services on the market. With over 120 exhibiting companies taking part in the two-day event, the exhibition floor will be filled with the most cutting edge needs for any dental office.

“CLL is an experience like no other in the field of dental hygiene, and the ADHA could not be more grateful to Pittsburgh for serving as its host,” commented ADHA CEO Ann Battrell. “The pride our attendees show for their profession coincides with the pride Pittsburgh citizens have for their city. It’s that passion that makes this event so special. At no other gathering of dental hygiene professionals will you find such an all-inclusive blend of opportunities for both career and personal development.” 



NuSmile Thanks Its Customers for 25 Years of Support

Posted on May 4, 2016

HOUSTON, TEXAS, April 19, 2016—NuSmile Ltd. announced today that it is celebrating its 25th anniversary by offering a “25th Anniversary 20% Discount” to the customers who have made its quarter-century of pediatric restorative dentistry leadership possible. Any U.S. dental practice placing an order with the company at the upcoming American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) 2016 Annual Session in San Antonio will receive a 20% discount.

“We’re the only company in the world that can say our crowns have been selected for use in over four million esthetic pediatric crown restorations,” said Diane Johnson Krueger, NuSmile’s founder and CEO. “We take great pride in being able to say that, but we wouldn’t be able to if it weren’t for many thousands of talented, caring and loyal customers.” Ms. Krueger credits NuSmile’s customers for more than choosing NuSmile products; she credits them for being the inspiration behind the unprecedented quality and innovation of those products.

“All of our products were developed and refined based not only on our in-depth understanding of dental materials science, but on the insights we’ve received from the dentists who use our products every day,” she said.

For example, when exploring its entry into the market for pediatric zirconia crowns, Ms. Krueger and other NuSmile team members conducted an exhaustive investigation of published and internal research while also asking pediatric dentists what they most wanted in a zirconia crown. Many dentists said they were concerned about the fact that saliva and blood contamination occurs 100 percent of the time when the zirconia crown is placed on the tooth during the trial fit stage. These informed dentists realized that the phosphates in saliva strongly adhere to zirconia, significantly impairing cement bond strength and risking cementation failure. NuSmile’s unique solution: the NuSmile ZR zirconia pediatric crown system, featuring reusable pink Try-In crowns that are identical in size and shape to the actual zirconia crowns. Try-In crowns eliminate the need to place the zirconia crowns in the mouth prior to cementation. “The first time our NuSmile ZR crown enters the patient’s mouth is also the last time, which makes blood and saliva contamination impossible,” said Ms. Krueger. “Prior to our introduction of this system, the clinician’s only option was to use the actual zirconia crown for trial fitting, which adds time-consuming cleaning steps or risks cementation failure. Listening to our customers’ concerns was critical to our ability to solve this dilemma with our unique Try-In crown system.”

Another example relates to a product category in which NuSmile was not previously involved. For years, pediatric dentists had been asking for a luting cement that would be ideal for bonding not only zirconia crowns, but stainless steel crowns and space maintainers. As these dentists’ restoration options expanded, their cement armamentarium did as well, increasing their inventories and creating unwanted complexity. Glass ionomer cements were the most common choice for use with preveneered and stainless steel crowns, as fluoride release was an important criterion. However, the dentists wanted an option that offered better ease of handling and mixing and dual-cure flexibility.

As a result, in 2014 NuSmile launched BioCem® Universal BioActive Cement, a hydrophilic, dualcure, bioactive cement that releases not only fluoride, but calcium and phosphate as well. This enables NuSmile BioCem to form hydroxyapatite while still exhibiting exceptional bond strength between dentin and zirconia, pre-veneered and stainless steel crowns.

The company’s latest product, NuSmile NeoMTA, was introduced in response to pediatric dentists’ desire for an affordable MTA for pediatric pulp therapy. For decades, many pediatric dentists in the U.S. had felt that the only affordable and scientifically proven medicament for pulp therapy was formocresol, which has been banned in many other countries due to toxicity concerns arising from its formaldehyde component. While numerous scientific studies have confirmed that MTA is at least as effective as formocresol for pulp therapy, most pediatric dentists have been unable to incorporate it into their practices due to a price that was several times that of formocresol. Fortunately for these dentists, bioactive, non-cytotoxic NuSmile NeoMTA carries a dramatically lower price tag than other MTAs. In addition, it does not stain, offers much easier handling, and mixes to a putty-like consistency similar to other commonly used materials like ZOE. “Once again,” said Ms. Krueger, “our customers’ insights and suggestions were instrumental in allowing us to introduce a clearly superior product that benefits both them and their patients.”

According to Ms. Krueger, a key to NuSmile’s ability to act on its customers’ suggestions has been its unprecedented collaboration with many of the world's leading universities and research organizations, such as the Houston Biomaterials Research Center at UTDB Houston, the University of Texas San Antonio, the University of Washington, University of Tennessee-Memphis, and THE DENTAL ADVISOR. “For 25 years, our commitment to serving our customers has been matched only by our commitment to a rock-solid scientific foundation supporting all of our product development work,” said Ms. Krueger.

The market-leading sales of NuSmile products inspired by its loyal customers have enabled the family-owned company to demonstrate its own loyalty by contributing over $2 million to the AAPD, CAPD/ACPD, EAPD, AMOP, IAPD, ICPPD and other pediatric dentistry organizations over the past 25 years.

Dental practices wishing to take advantage of “NuSmile’s 25th Anniversary 20% Discount” may do so by placing an order at the company’s booth (#201) at the AAPD 2016 Annual Session May 27-29 in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees are also invited to stop by the NuSmile booth at 4:00 pm Saturday, May 28 for an event commemorating the company’s 25th Anniversary. More information about NuSmile and its products can be found at


Big Apple Welcomes Incisal Edge Magazine’s 40 Under 40

Posted on May 4, 2016

PITTSTON, PA — May 4, 2016 — A former professional NFL cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals, and current “Science Cheerleader” who encourages young women to pursue careers in that discipline.

A competitive bodybuilder, actor and model who dedicates many of his runway appearances to support charitable endeavors.

A lifestyles author, and avid yogi who applies her conservative and therapeutic approaches to educate future dentists at two of the most prestigious schools in the country.

Dr. Heather Crockett-Miller, Dr. Matt Huff and Dr. Niki Fallah, described above, offer three examples of the how America’s best young dentists seem to create additional hours within each day during which they balance life with career, find creative ways to give back, and all the while achieve the professional excellence that allows them to provide unsurpassed patient care.

Fortunately, these professionals are used to a feverish pace. Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, will host a two-day whirlwind event later this week in New York City to celebrate 40 of the top young dentists in the nation, including these three standouts.

Their itinerary includes face time with Forbes Editor Randall Lane, an exclusive high fashion photo experience at a brand new destination with rooftop views of the city near Madison Square Garden – Rock & Reilly’s, and a celebration of all that they have achieved thus far in their professional careers.

Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime — and nothing better exemplifies this than the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 edition, a series of informative profiles of the finest young practitioners in our industry. Whether they’re renowned for their medical innovations, their volunteer work and philanthropy or simply their commitment to outstanding patient care, these 40 honorees— nominated by industry experts from around the country and vetted by an independent panel — represent the best of dentistry today, and the promise of even better dentistry tomorrow.

On May 5 and 6, the honorees will put their chairside techniques on hold and prepare to be preened on location by magazine staff and celebrated photographer Jeff Friedand style director Joseph DeAcetisto create a photography portfolio.

Among this year’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 recipients are 15 women and 25 men from20 states: Eric Appelsies, DDS,  Newport Beach Dentistry, Newport Beach, California, Christopher Armento, DMD, Red Barn Dental, Middletown, New Jersey, Nick Augenbaum DDS, FICOI, AFAAID, Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Rocky Point, New York, Taurance N. Bishop, DDS, Smile Brite Dental Care, Newark, Delaware,  Ryan R. Boylan, DDS,  Ryan Boylan Comprehensive Dentistry, Chesapeake, Virginia, Fouy Chau, DDS, MS, Encino Orthodontics, Encino, California, Daniel K. Coleman, DMD, MS, Rhode Island Periodontics, Providence, Rhode Island, Stephanie Collins, DDS, Stephanie Collins, DDS, Flagstaff, Arizona, Heather Crockett-Miller, DDS, MPH, Community Health Center, Middletown, Connecticut, Niki Fallah, DDS, MS, Mills-Peninsula Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Millbrae, California, Theodore Gialanella, DDS, Gialanella Family Dentistry, Albany, New York, Ashley E. Hoban, DMD, Summerlin Pediatric Dentistry, Las Vegas, Nevada, Carlos J. Huerta, DMD, The Dental Boutique, New York, New York, Matthew P. Huff, DDS, Precision Dentistry & Implants of Kerrville, Kerrville, Texas, Lisa Indelicato, DMD, Red Barn Dental, Middletown, New Jersey, Andrew Jordan, DDS, Vita Dental, West Chester, Ohio, Alexandra Kantor, DDS, Newport Beach Dentistry, Newport Beach, California, Jenna Khoury DMD, The Brush Stop Pediatric Dentistry, Carlsbad, California, Thien Le, DDS, Springdale Dentistry, Annandale, Virginia, Karl Maloney, DDS, Branchburg Oral, Maxillofacial and Implant Surgery, Branchburg, New Jersey, Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, Salem Dental Arts, Salem, Massachusetts, Micah G. Mortensen, DDS, MSD, Redwood Orthodontics, Salt Lake City, Utah, Katelyn Murray, DMD, Verber Dental Group, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Ron Nguyen, DDS, Bolsa Dental, Westminster, California, Amy Planz, DDS,  Hillsborough Pediatric Dentistry, Hillsborough, New Jersey, Jaime L. Preble, DDS, Pine River Dental Center, Pine River, Minnesota, Ashton A. Prince, DMD, Bloomington Courtyard Dental, St. George, Utah, Christen Simpson Raynes, DDS, MBA, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and Simpson Dental Associates, Ravenswood, West Virginia, Jean A. Resnevic, DMD, Dr. Jean Resnevic Dental Care, Greenville, Rhode Island, Ryan Rother, DMD, Verber Dental Group, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Aaron Shaftel, DDS,  Vita Dental, West Chester, Ohio, Jeff Y. Shao, DDS, MS, Showtime Orthodontic Arts, The Woodlands, Texas, Uyen Thompson, DDS, Thompson Center for Dentistry, Chula Vista, California,  Ambrose To, DDS, Damascus Dental Group, Damascus, Maryland, Hitesh Tolani, DMD,  Virtudent, Boston, Massachusetts, Michael C. Verber, DMD, FICOI, Verber Dental Group, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Whitney Wauligman DDS, Wauligman Dentistry, Cincinnati, Ohio, Giles Willis Jr., DDS, MPH, Willis Family Dentistry, Cary, North Carolina, Jonathan W. Wong, DDS, MS, Renovo Endodontics, Schaumburg, Illinois, and Jacob Young, DDS, Young Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Belton, Missouri.

To learn more about Incisal Edge, visit:

The cover of 2015’s 40 Under 40 edition. Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. 


VITA Hosts Premium Porcelain Course

Posted on May 4, 2016

YORBA LINDA, Calif. - With price pressure in the marketplace heating up, ceramists are being forced to find new and innovative ways to create restorations with larger profit margins. To address that concern, VITA North America recently offered a Premium Porcelain course, led by renowned instructor Bobby Williams, CDT, to teach participants how to use the industry’s most aesthetic porcelain to create profitable restorations.

“The job of a ceramist is getting more challenging because they have to contend with greater price pressure in the marketplace,” Williams says. “In this course we showed them how they could leverage VITA VM13 and 3D shade-matching techniques to deliver a much more accurate shade-matching porcelain with a higher profit margin.”

The two-day, hands-on workshop walked students through the details of an accurate and repeatable model process, followed by a step-by-step advanced layering technique of VM13 ceramics.Under Williams’ direction, attendees focused on creating ideal working refractory models and dies, preparing refractory dies for porcelain application and manipulating layering techniques to mimic natural dentition. Students also learned the importance of internal staining with fluorescence, contour, texture, and final polishing techniques. In the hands-on portion, participants applied their newfound knowledge and artistic abilities to produce their own esthetic and profitable restoration, all in VITA North America’s state-of-the art Training Center.

“The brand-new educational facility at VITA North America is top-notch and ideal for teaching, with every amenity a student could need,” Williams says.

New Officers Elected, New Trustee Installed at AAO Annual Session

Posted on May 4, 2016

ST. LOUIS (May 3, 2016) — The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) elected officers for 2016-17 and installed a new member of the Board of Trustees at its 116th Annual Session, held recently in Orlando. The AAO is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization with more than 18,000 members.

DeWayne B. McCamish, DDS, MS, an orthodontist with offices in Chattanooga, Signal Mountain, and Ooltewah, Tennessee, has been elected president of the AAO.  Dr. McCamish is a past president of the Southern Association of Orthodontists (SAO), the Tennessee Association of Orthodontists (TAO), the Chattanooga Area Dental Society, and the University of Tennessee Orthodontic Alumni Association.  His AAO volunteer service includes eight years on the AAO Council on Orthodontic Practice (COOP), with two of those years as COOP chair.  Dr. McCamish is a Diplomate of The American Board of Orthodontics, a member of the College of Diplomates of The American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. 

“Following our Code of Ethics, the members of the AAO are dedicated to providing excellence in patient care, as are our colleagues throughout dentistry and healthcare, as a whole,” said Dr. McCamish.  “The members of the AAO will always continue to work cooperatively to advance dental education and research, and to be an advocate for dentistry and patients at all levels.”

Nahid Maleki, DDS, MS, an orthodontist practicing in Washington, D.C., has been elected the president-elect.  Dr. Maleki is a past president of the District of Columbia Society of Orthodontists, and has held several leadership positions with the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists (MASO), including its presidency, and serving as a MASO delegate to the AAO House of Delegates for 12 years.  She was the organization’s representative on the AAO Political Action Committee Board of Directors, and represented MASO on the AAO Council on Governmental (COGA) affairs for eight years, serving the last year as the COGA chair. 

Brent E. Larson, DDS, MS, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been elected the AAO secretary-treasurer.  Dr. Larson is the Director of the Division of Orthodontics and associate professor of orthodontics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and has a private orthodontic practice in Rochester, Minnesota.  Dr. Larson is a past president of the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists and of the Minnesota Association of Orthodontists.  In addition, he is a past chairman of the AAO Council on Information Technology, the AAO Task Force on Orthodontic Faculty Recruitment and Retention, and the AAO Council on Orthodontic Education.  Dr. Larson has served as the educational liaison to the editorial board of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and spent 15 years as a reviewer and synopsis writer for Practical Reviews in Orthodontics, a monthly literature review publication distributed around the world. 

Steven Siegel, DMD, an orthodontist with offices in Glen Burnie and Reisterstown, Maryland, has been elected by the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists (MASO) as its trustee on the AAO Board of Trustees.  MASO serves orthodontists practicing in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania (east of the Alleghenies), Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Dr. Siegel was formally installed as MASO trustee at the recent AAO Annual Session.

In addition to Drs. McCamish, Maleki, Larson and Siegel, members of the 2016-17 AAO Board of Trustees are:  

·      Gary O. Inman, DMD, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Southern Association of Orthodontists

·      Christopher A. Roberts, DDS, MS, Findlay, Ohio,Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists

·      J. Kendall Dillehay, DDS, MSD, Wichita, Kansas, Southwestern Society of Orthodontists

·      Norman J. Nagel, DDS, MS, Simi Valley, California, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists

·      Myron D. Guymon, DDS, MS, Logan, Utah, Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists

·      John D. Callahan, DDS, MS, Fayetteville, New York, Northeastern Society of Orthodontists

·      Rolf G. Behrents, DDS, MS, PhD, St. Louis, Missouri, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

·      Michael J. Foy, DDS, MS of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Speaker of the AAO House of Delegates

·      Chris P. Vranas, CAE, St. Louis, Missouri,Executive Director of the AAO


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