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October 2019 Issue

Representative Needed for AAO Council on New & Younger Members (CONYM)
The PCSO is looking for a representative to join the AAO Council on New & Younger Members (CONYM). The term would begin in May, 2020, and expire in May, 2022. At that time, the representative would be eligible for re-appointment for one additional two-year term. All interested members are encouraged to apply. Current CV along in addition to letter of interest will be due by November 8.

For more information, click here.
PCSO Trustee to the AAO Board of Trustees to be selected in 2020

The PCSO is looking for a representative to join the American Association of Orthodontists Board of Trustees. The term would officially begin in May, 2021. All qualified members are encouraged to apply.

Every eight years the AAO House of Delegates will elect a new PCSO Trustee.

For more information, click here

WANTED: PCSO Call for Volunteers
Please consider getting involved with the PCSO. A small amount of your time will be well worth the connections you make with others in our specialty. Click here to indicate your areas of interest.

Note: the terms of service for committee work vary. Task forces tend to be very-short-term time commitments. Other committee assignments are typically a two-year appointment with the option of renewing for an additional term if so desired.
If you have any questions, please contact Callie Castro, Executive Director. Thank you!
Apply today to attend the 2020 PCSO Leadership Development Conference
We invite you to apply for the 2020 PCSO Leadership Development Conference. 

WHERE: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
WHEN: March 6-7th, 2020

Click here for more information and to apply.
PCSO/RMSO Annual Session Recap
The Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists hosted its 83rd Annual Session in Honolulu, HI from October 3-5, combined with the Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists. The meeting was full of great content, networking with colleagues, and fun times at the Welcome Party luau. There were over 1,500 total registrants, including 583 doctors and 689 team members for the meeting with over 55 exhibiting companies. Several doctor lectures will soon be available for viewing at
The 2019-2020 officers were installed at the PCSO business meeting. They are:
  • Dr. Robert Meister, President
  • Dr. Marie Lathrop, President-Elect
  • Dr. Tom Merrill, Secretary-Treasurer
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Tom Merrill, Dr. Marie Lathrop, and Dr. Robert Meister. 
Alumni receptions allowed graduates from select PCSO residency programs to gather and catch up with fellow alumni from the school. The New and Younger Member Meet-Up & Mai Tais gave attendees the opportunity to mingle with board members as well as fellow new and younger members.
There were 23 scientific posterboard presenters this year from ten residency programs. The top three winners were announced.
  • First place: Mona Hamoda & colleagues (University of British Columbia) for “Positive Airway Pressure and Mandibular Advancement Splints; a Randomized Controlled Trial”
  • Second place: Alexandra Chamberlain-Umanoff (University of Southern California) for “Assessment of 3D surface changes following virtual bracket removal”
  • Third place: Renelle Conner (A. T. Still University) for “Survey of Orthodontic Treatment Offered to Native Americans on Reservations, Tribally Managed Programs and Urban Health Programs”
Pictured from left to right: Drs. Kurt Stormberg (president), Mona Hamoda, Alexandra Chamberlain-Umanoff, Renelle Conner, and Laura Iwaskai (judge). 
PCSO was pleased to honor the following individuals for their contributions to the society.
  • Dr. Gary R. Baughman, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Dr. Norm Nagel, Award of Merit
  • Dr. Robert Merrill, Annual Session Awardee
  • Dr. Trista Felty, inaugural PCSO Rising Stars Award
  • Ms. Anne Evers, honored for over 25 years of service as the PCSO Bulletin publications manager
Dr. Gary R. Baughman, Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Norm Nagel, Award of Merit
Dr. Robert Merrill, Annual Session Awardee
Dr. Trista Felty, inaugural PCSO Rising Stars Award
Ms. Anne Evers, honored for over 25 years of service as the PCSO Bulletin publications manager
The hallmark event for the Annual Session, the Welcome Party sponsored by 3M, included a traditional Hawaiian luau with photo opportunities with the dancers, an additional photobooth, great food, tons of fun for the whole family, and a closing fireworks display!
We look forward to hosting next year’s 1st annual Western Orthodontic Conference, a joint meeting of the PCSO & RMSO, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA, October 22-25, 2020. Save the date now and plan to join us for great fun!
PCSO Annual Sessions

October 22 - 25, 2020
Disneyland Hotel
Anaheim, CA​

October 21 - 24, 2021
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

October 27 - 30, 2022
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA
The Fall 2019 PCSO Bulletin is now available online! 
View the full issue here
Portrait of a Professional: Sunil Kapila, BDS, MS, PhD
Interviewed by Dr. Gerald Nelson, San Francisco, CA
Sunil Kapila has been a dedicated clinician and teacher since dental school in Kenya. He is a three-time chair of orthodontic departments and graduate program director and has been active in the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Foundation and on AAO councils.

Read the full article
Practice Management Diary: Patients First
Dr. Jeffrey Nichelini, American Canyon, CA
Last month we received my favorite compliment to date. An established adult patient turned to an obviously new patient and said, “This place is great, it's like Cheers: everybody knows your name, and they treat you like family.” The comment was not meant for me, but I overheard it, and I could not have been more proud.

Read the full article
California Passes Dental Law Regarding Self-Applied Orthodontic Treatments
On October 13, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1519 into law, granting the California Dental Board continued authority to oversee and regulate dental services in the state. The bill passed the California legislature with zero no votes. As Governor Newsom noted in his signing statement, "The bill includes significant policy changes related to the regulation of self-applied orthodontic treatments administered via telehealth and other technological platforms."

Read the full press release here
About the AAO Mentoring Program
This program is all online to encourage members from any geographic location to connect, build relationships, share knowledge, and learn from one another. Our interface makes mentoring easy and intimidation-free, complete with tools and resources to establish the right connection and guide the mentoring relationship. You can learn more about the program and register here:
The next cohort begins on Friday, October 18th. Participation is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact the AAO, Lauren Carr, at if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration!
Time is Running Out! Renew Your Membership for 2020
To pay your 2019-20 dues online, follow these steps at
  • Mouse over the Member Center tab at far right; *
  • Click on Pay My Dues/Open Invoices on the pulldown;
  • Log-in when prompted to do so;
  • Find your membership renewal under My Open Invoices, and click Add to Cart;
  • Follow the check-out process to pay;
  • To view your entire invoice, click the invoice number under My Open Invoices.
You may also pay by phone. Call Member Services at (800) 424-2841. (Interested in paying by monthly installments? Call Member Services for that too.)

Thank you for being a member of the AAO & PCSO!

* If you are accessing the website on your phone, the mobile display shows “Pay Dues/Open Invoices” on the home page, so disregard the first step above with mobile access.
Why renew your membership with AAO & PCSO? 
Consumer Alerts from the AAO

The AAO believes there are a number of factors and questions consumers should consider before choosing to undergo direct-to-consumer orthodontic treatment options. Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material and should only be conducted under direct orthodontist supervision. That’s why the AAO makes every effort to inform consumers of the importance of orthodontic specialists as well as the potentially irreversible and expensive damage that can result from online teeth-straightening companies.

Renew your membership here

Not convinced? Here are nine more reasons to join. 
The Social Practice
Here are some sample Facebook posts for you to use in the coming weeks.
Week of 10/20: (Continue to share AAO website & social media content for NOHM)
Week of 10/27: Happy Halloween! Enjoy your trick or treating, but be sure to avoid overly chewy, sticky, or hard candies while you have braces.
Week of 11/3: Nov 3rd is daylight savings time – be sure to turn you clocks back tonight. Why do we have DST? Find out here.
Week of 11/10: Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all that have served.

—Dr. Dawn Pruzansky, Adjunct Faculty, A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health 
Send PCSO Content to Share on Social Media 
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