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September 2020 Issue 

Registration is now open! 

SAVE THE DATE: The PCSO, RMSO, MSO, & SWSO have teamed up to bring you a great online experience for the whole team on October 2-3, 2020.

Enjoy two days of incredible lectures from industry leaders in the comfort of your own home or office. Get the team together, grab some pizza, and learn with us. The cost to attend can't be beat; members and their staff participate at no cost.

The virtual conference will take place Friday afternoon from 12:30pm - 5:15pm (Pacific Time) and Saturday from 9am - 2pm (Pacific Time). Social events and optional sessions will be available as well.

A full list of speakers and session information can be found here.
Register For The Conference
Proposed 2020-2021 Officer Slate 
The PCSO Board of Directors puts forward the following as the slate for 2020-2021 officers: Dr. Marie Lathrop (OR) – President, Dr. Thomas Merrill (WA) – President-Elect, and Dr. John Wachtel (AZ) – Secretary-Treasurer. According to PCSO bylaws, article VI – officers, the president-elect and secretary-treasurer will be elected at the Annual Session by the active members present and voting at the regularly scheduled business meeting. This election will take place at a business meeting of the virtual Annual Session on October 3 from 8:30-8:45 am PT. 

A supplemental set of Rules of Order for this virtual meeting will be utilized and can be viewed here.
PCSO call for award nominees: Deadline is 9/17 at 3 pm PT
Each year, the PCSO puts forward nominees for a variety of awards given by the AAO, ABO, and AAOF. In addition, there are awards that the PCSO gives to honor members. A description of each award is listed here. Recommendations may be presented to the nominating committee by any active or retired PCSO member. If you have a recommendation for the Nominating & Awards Committee to consider, complete the form (one for each recommendation).

PCSO virtual Annual Session lecture summary contributors: Deadline is 9/18
The PCSO seeks interested members to participate as lecture summary contributors for the Bulletin winter publication. Criteria and requirements can be provided for anyone interested. Additionally, you may view presentation summary samples in last year’s publication at If interested, please contact Clarissa Nemeth (, Publication Manager, no later than August 31.

PCSO Call for Volunteers:
  • Sign up to volunteer here
  • Learn more about committees of the PCSO here.
  • Reserve Fund & Investment Committee
    • The PCSO seeks members with expertise and interest in serving on our Reserve Fund & Investment Committee. Members may serve indefinitely on this committee at the discretion of the president. If interested, submit a letter of interest demonstrating experience and skills as they relate to investments as well as CV to Callie Castro, Executive Director, at Deadline for application is October 15.
PCSO Launches PCSO Career Center
PCSO is proud to announce our all-new PCSO Career Center - the premier resource to connect PCSO career opportunities with highly qualified orthodontic talent. You will be able to filter jobs by doctor positions, including academic, as well as team member (clinical and administrative) and state/province.

Members can access the career center, search positions, and post their CV at no charge. In addition, members will receive exclusive discounts on job postings for their practice. Post a position now and get 50% off your first month. (Use coupon code: 50DOC for doctor positions; coupon code: 50TEAM for team member positions.)

Featured Jobs
Orthodontist - Full Time - Hanford
Western Dental & Orthodontics 
Hanford, CA

Elko Dental Specialists 
Elko, NV

Orthodontist - Part Time - Salinas
Western Dental
Salinas, CA

View all jobs on the PCSO Career Center at
PCSO Annual Sessions

October 2-3, 2020

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

October 27 - 30, 2022
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA

November 2 - 5, 2023
Disneyland Hotel
Anaheim, CA

November 14 - 17, 2024
The Westin Mission Hills
Palm Springs, CA
Dr. Angie Loo has been practicing as an orthodontist in Vancouver for over 20 years. Dr. Loo graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia in 1985, after which she completed her general practice residency at the Hospital for Sick ChildrenHugh MacMillan and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospitals in Toronto, Ontario.
At the University of Manitoba, Dr. Loo graduated with a combined certification in the specialty of Orthodontics and Masters in Science in Craniofacial Biology in 1989 and her research was published in the “Fundamentals of Bone Growth: Methodology and Applications”. Following graduation, Dr. Loo returned home to establish her private practice in Vancouver and subsequently received her orthodontic fellowship in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. In addition to being the orthodontist on staff on the BC Children’s Hospital Cleft Palate Team since 1991, Dr. Loo is an associate clinical professor at the UBC Faculty of Dentistry and the course coordinator for the graduate orthodontic program in cleft and craniofacial care. She lectures internationally on facial clefting and feels privileged to participate in surgical cleft missions overseas. Dr. Loo’s passion for treating children with cleft and craniofacial differences inspired her to form the Spring for Kids Foundation in 2009, where she currently serves as the foundation’s President. Dr. Loo’s commitment to the treatment and education of children with cleft and craniofacial differences was recently recognized with a 2011 certificate of merit from the British Columbia Dental Association.

Some fun facts about Dr. Angie Loo: 
  • I love sea kayaking with friends and family.
  • I collect heart-shaped rocks.
  • My hobbies are soapstone carving and scrapbooking.
  • We retreat to our home on Bowen Island every weekend to get away from the city!
  • I’m the Founder of the SpringforKidsBC Foundation to benefit Cleft and Craniofacial kids and I’m confident I will find that special donor who will endow $5Million to this cause.

My favorite personal memory? Seeing the Aurora Borealis in the Yukon sky

My favorite Professional memory? A mom of a cleft baby with Aperts I treated over an 18 year period tearfully sharing with me how my staff and I changed her child’s life.

The Summer 2020 PCSO Bulletin is now available online! 
View the full issue here
Book Review: Temporary Anchorage Devices in Clinical Orthodontics
Patrick K. Turley, DDS, MSD, MEd, PCSO Bulletin Section Editor
This new book edited by Dr. Jae Park is a monumental undertaking that provides an in-depth discussion on a subject that has become an integral part of everyday orthodontic practice. This book is the fruit of a monumental effort involving contributions from 113 of the world’s leading authorities on temporary anchorage devices (TADs). The book is 775 pages long; however, most chapters are fewer than eight pages, which makes it an easy read.

Read the full article
Portrait of a Professional: Dr. Richard Sparks
Dr. Jae Hyun Park, PCSO Bulletin Editor-in-Chief
Jae Hyun Park (JP): Tell me about your childhood.

Richard Sparks (RS): I was born in Phoenix,
Arizona, and grew up on a Hereford ranch in
northwestern Arizona. Eventually, we moved to
a farm in west Phoenix, where I was a member
of the 4-H Club. My older brother, John, and I
raised dairy and beef cattle along with cotton,
grain, and feed crops. 

Read the full article
AAO Members Meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Dr. Gary Inman and Dr. Greg Inman recently participated in a virtual event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Sen. McConnell emphasized the importance of masks and social distancing, and he applauded dentists and their work to ensure both employees and patients are safe when receiving needed care.

Furthermore, McConnell indicated that it is important that dental voices remain open as he believes they provide essential healthcare services. Leader McConnell also noted that any future federal stimulus package must provide liability protection for doctors, hospitals, dentists, and all health care workers and that the Senate would not consider any bill without such protections. He also discussed the success of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and his hope that the PPP is replenished in the near future.

The AAO federal advocacy efforts are made possible thanks to the generosity and support from members who contribute to the AAO Political Action Committee (AAOPAC). To contribute to the AAOPAC, you can click here. If you are interested in participating in a future AAOPAC virtual meeting opportunity, please contact AAOPAC Treasurer, Gianna Hartwig, at

Want to follow the latest updates on direct-to-consumer orthodontics? Visit the AAO Advocacy page here. 
2020-2021 AAO Membership 
Why should you become a member of AAO? 

COVID-19 Support
The AAO’s COVID-19 Task Force – comprised of practicing orthodontists, legal counsel and experts in the areas of infectious diseases, infection control and office design – is focused on educating members on best practices while continually working with federal and state agencies to ensure orthodontic practices are represented. In addition, the online COVID-19 Resource Center continues to be updated regularly with important updates and the latest resources.

Legal Services 
At some point in every orthodontist’s career, there will come the need for legal services or counsel. While the AAO does not legally represent individual members or offer official legal advice, it does provide guidance to members on issues affecting their practices and patients. Other resources, such as answers to common legal questions, sample agreements and legal seminars, are also available. 

Practice Resources 
Maintaining and growing an orthodontic practice is an ongoing challenge that affects every orthodontist in one way or another. Every AAO member has access to valuable patient education and marketing materials and can count on a comprehensive array of practice forms and releases that make your job easier. 

How to Renew
You may pay online or by contacting the AAO Member Service Center at 314-993-1700. You can sign up for extended installments and auto-renewal as well. The AAO membership year runs from June 1 through May 31.
  • Three Percent ACH Discount
    • Members who pay their invoices using ACH (electronic bank account transfer) in lieu of credit card or check will receive an additional, one-time 3% discount on their AAO member dues and consumer marketing fund. Please note for online renewals, the 3% discount will be processed as a refund after your full payment is submitted.
  • Payment Installment Options 
    • Installment plan options are available to spread your payments out monthly through April 2021. Please note that to make arrangements for dues installments, you must contact the AAO Member Service Center at 314-993-1700. Installments cannot be selected during online renewal.
Bring the Anti-Bullying Message to Your Practice and Community
National Bullying Prevention Month (October) is fast approaching. Now is the time for you and your team to organize your observance if you would like to join the AAO in raising awareness of this challenging issue a!ecting children and teens.

For the second year, the AAO will observe National Bullying Prevention Month in October as a significant part of the celebration of National Orthodontic Health Month. The AAO 2020 observance, known as #bullyingbites (, offers the following tools and creative materials:
  • T-shirt graphic
  • Pledge Form
  • Communication Materials 
  • Philanthropic Options
  • Support for Stand for the Silent
Access the current National Orthodontic Health Month materials here
Learn more about #bullyingbites and access materials here
Disaster Relief Fund Aids Affected Members
The AAO is committed to providing support to members through its Disaster Relief Fund. Members whose practices have been impacted by natural disasters* can apply to see what assistance the AAO can provide. The AAO Disaster Relief Fund will accept applications for assistance upon request from those who are affected. An orthodontist must be an AAO member in good standing to receive aid. Prior to applying for assistance, first review the Disaster Relief Fund Rules: Then, complete the following online application for assistance: If you have questions or concerns about the Disaster Relief Fund, please contact Aimee Snyder-Jackson (, 800-424-2841, ext. 531) or Sarah Goode ( (, 800-424-2841, ext. 519).

Members may also contribute a tax deductible donation to the AAO Disaster Relief Fund by going to the AAO Online Store and selecting Disaster Relief Contributions. 

*Assistance is also available to members impacted by man-made disasters such as fires or civil disorders.
Sign Up to Receive Text Messages from the AAO
If you’ve ever wished that you could receive important news like advocacy updates in real time, you’re in luck. The AAO is expanding its member communications to a new text messaging option. This new service is entirely voluntary for AAO members and is not meant to take the place of usual AAO member communications. Members who opt into this new service will receive short notices with links and materials on breaking news and other time-sensitive items – beginning later this month.

Sign up today.
#SmileStronger: Send PCSO Content to Share on Social Media 
We want to feature your office on the PCSO social media channels! 

Send us photos of your team in PPE along with any stories and pictures of how your office is dealing with and surviving the new realities of COVID-19. We also ask that you use #SmileStronger when posting. 

Please send your content to
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