news summer 2016

President's Report
News from Temple Orthodontics

Albert Einstein Medical Center: Orthodontic Residency Program

University of Pennsylvania Update

President’s Report

What a great time of the year, summer in Philadelphia! I hope you are all having a wonderful and peaceful family time as well as recharging batteries for a busy and prosperous "second half" of 2016!

The Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists is once again thriving and ready to host a remarkable meeting in November. I would like to thank and congratulate our immediate past president, Dr. Charles Gemmi for his leadership and the extraordinary meeting he organized! Everyone agrees that Dr. McNamara' s lecture: "Straightening Teeth and Faces: Practical Lessons Learned During the First Forty Years." was memorable. I would also like to thank everyone on the GPSO Board for their efforts in helping to plan our annual meetings. I would like to especially acknowledge and thank Dr. Mark Mele and Dr. Steve Cohen who over the past 20 years have become the heart and working engine of this Society. GPSO wouldn't be what it is today if not because of the effort and dedication of Dr. Mark Mele and Dr. Steve Cohen!

I am extremely happy and excited to let you know that Dr. Raffaele Spena from Naples, Italy will be our GPSO 2016 speaker! Dr. Spena who is a graduate from the Department of Orthodontics of the University of Pennsylvania, is today, one of the most solicited speakers in Europe. With over 25 years of clinical practice and well-documented cases, Dr. Spena' presentations on "How to Deal with Complex Daily Malocclusions and Orthodontic Tooth Movements" will be a treat for clinicians. The date for the course will be Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Dr. Spena specifically will address the treatment of Class II and Class III malocclusions. What is the importance of torque expression in the correction of Class II and Class III malocclusions? What is the place of accelerated tooth movement and what are the different modalities available for your office? How can we efficiently treat Class II and Class III in compliance and non-compliance patients? These are some of the questions Dr. Spena will be answering in his lecture. I can't wait!

As you probably already know, GPSO Newsletter is only available in its digital format. As part of GPSO's initiative to reduce waste, we are no longer distributing newsletters on print, nor are we asking you to submit your Annual Meeting registrations via postal mail. Registration can be completed on our website with payment submitted conveniently on PayPal. If you are accustomed to conventional mail, do not fret! GPSO will still be sending out postcard reminders to you when our newsletters are up for viewing and reminders in early fall when it is time to register online for the Annual Meeting! The option of printing out and mailing in your payment and registration will also be available for those of you more comfortable with that format.

Keep enjoying the summer and see you at our next meeting in November!

Antonino G. Secchi, DMD, MS
President of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists

From Temple University Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics continues to enjoy the excitement and achievements of these past several months.

The Class of 2016 will graduate in August. We all wish them success and long careers in our wonderful profession. We also look forward to seeing them contribute back to the orthodontic profession. They are:
Patricia Campillo, Lenny Epshteyn, Destinee Zablocki, Damian Mariano, Damian Mariano, Zhanna Konovalenko, and Erin Bauerle.

The Class of 2018 arrived in July to begin their journey into the world of orthodontics. The new class is comprised of 3 Temple graduates, Amrita Bahn, Jeff Alba, and Jordan Cogan. In addition we have 2 University of Pennsylvania graduates, Jinah Kang, Marni Tuchman and Kay Chung from UCLA.

Finally, the Department would like to express our appreciation to the outstanding group of adjunct faculty, alumni and the Coben Foundation. Many travel extended distances to participate in the education of our residents. Their dedication to the program is second to none.

Albert Einstein Medical Center (AEMC) Orthodontic Residency Program


Our 2016 graduates, Drs. Erin Mahoney, Kathleen Pale and Justin Silvestre have concluded their research projects and presented their findings to Department faculty and residents. Their tiles are:

Dr. Erin Mahoney:
Comparison of Bolton analysis accuracy using iTero intraoral scans and traditional plaster models. (Mentored by Dr. Steven Cohen.)

Dr. Kathleen Pale:
The relationship between initial cleft severity and mid-childhood nasolabial angle appearance in CUCLP. (Mentored by Dr. Ross Long, Jr.)

Dr. Justin Silvestre:
Influence of tooth shape of the maxillary canine on smile attractiveness. (Mentored by Dr. Vanessa Morenzi)

Dr. Pale presented her research findings at the 2016 American Cleft Palate Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA with Dr. Rusty Long. In addition, as third year residents each displayed one completed case as part of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics (CDABO) Orthodontic Case Display Program at the AAO Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

The residents were sincerely thankful to the following clinical practitioners who welcomed them into their offices and shared their practice and patient management techniques: Drs. Paul Adams, Steven Cohen, Karen DeSimone, Chuck Gemmi, Audra Kiefer, Cary Leizer, Rusty Long, Mark McDonough, Harold Middleberg, John Nista, Carlyn Phucas, Michael Roth, and Irene Valenza. Upon graduation, Dr. Erin Mahoney joined an established practice in the Baltimore, MD area. Dr. Kathleen Pale joined the practice of her family orthodontist in the Philadelphia suburbs. Dr. Justin Silvestre joined a practice in Philadelphia. We sincerely wish them every future personal and professional success!

Drs. Wasna Dabbagh, Sheila Othman and Chirag Patel attended the Tweed Foundation Course in Tucson, Arizona in April 2016. Based on their feedback to program leadership, this experience was very beneficial. The Tweed-reinforced wire-manipulation skills will be clinically beneficial as these residents assume the transfer of patient care from their graduated partners.


Our dynamic and generous volunteer faculty has been augmented by the addition of Dr. Alexander Apple. Dr. Apple is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He received his specialty training and Masters of Science from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Apple is currently practicing in the Philadelphia suburbs. We are truly happy to have him with us at Einstein Ortho.

Our Program Leadership would like to sincerely thank the following faculty members: Drs. Alan Borislow, Steven Cohen, Charles Gemmi, Audra Kiefer, Stuart Messinger, Harold Middleberg, Michael Roth and Irene Valenza for their generosity of time and knowledge by their participation in the Mock Board exercises for the residents. We would also like to thank alumnus Dr. John Nista for his enthusiastic and well-informed participation in Mock Boards.

All are welcome to come and visit us at Einstein Ortho. We are proud of our legacy and the residents that we are educating today who will become tomorrow's clinical and professional leaders.

Vanessa A. Morenzi, DMD
Chairman and Program Director
The Alan J. Borislow Division of Orthodontics

University of Pennsylvania Update

June 2016
Our comprehensive clinic and didactic Orientation Program will begin on July 6, 2016 as we welcome our incoming Class of 2018: Dr. Emily Ding, Dr. Alexandra Greco, Dr. Mark Guevarra, Dr. Vidur Katyal, Dr. Kelly Nguyen, Dr. Kim Stapleton(2 yr. Certificate program); Dr. Adrien Hamedi-Sansgar (2nd year Perio-Ortho combined program); Dr. Leah Yi (3 yr. MSOB program).

In this semester, the first year residents completed the Tweed Course on April 3-16, 2016. Also in April, all of our second year residents participated in the written ABO exam with 100% success rate.

The 2016 graduation ceremony to be held at The Union League of Philadelphia on June 17, 2016. Dr. Rola Alkhatib, Dr. Christine Mary Martin, Dr. Mehreen F. Merchant and Dr. Bonolo Blessed Odirile are expected to receive their 2-year Orthodontic certificate. Dr. Sara Malenbaum Kasten and Dr. Chia-Ying Yang will receive their Orthodontic certificate as well as the Masters in Oral Biology Degree and Dr. Cherissa Wei-Lin Chong will be graduating from the combined Orthodontic/Periodontal program and receiving certificates from Orthodontics and Periodontics as well as her Masters in Oral Biology Degree. We wish them the all the best and continued success in their future endeavors.

Our graduating residents presented their research on June 1st. Their projects are:

Dr. Rola Alkhatib
Buccolingual inclination of molars in untreated adults and its relationship to vertical facial pattern - a CBCT study
Research Advisor: Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung

Dr. Christine Martin
The Joint Space and its Relationship with Facial Type
Research Advisor: Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung

Dr. Mehreen Merchant
Changes in the buccolingual inclination of the maxillary and mandibular first molars with growth in untreated female subjects: A longitudinal study
Research Advisor: Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung

Dr. Bonolo Odirile
The stability of the WALA ridge during growth
Research Advisor: Dr. Normand Boucher

This summer, the new first-year and upcoming second-year residents will attend 28th Annual Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program (GORP) will be held Thursday, August 4-7, 2016. The meeting will be held in Ann Arbor on the University of Michigan campus.

It is a very exciting time at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Orthodontics as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Orthodontics at Penn. We invite you to join us as for the 2016 Penn Week Orthodontics 2016: The State of the Art which will take place from Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28, 2016. The speakers and topics for the week will be:

Dr. Robert Vanarsdall:
Interdisciplinary Treatment and Problems, Solutions with Impacted and Ectopically Positioned Teeth;

Dr. David Musich:

Problem Solving in A Modern Orthodontic Practice.

Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung:

Early Treatment for Preadolescent Children, Effects of Rapid Palatal Expansion on Dentofacial Complex;

Dr. Harvey Levitt:
Combining Fixed and Removable Appliances;

Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Will Andrews:

The Six Elements of Orthodontic PhilosophyTM;

Dr. Kee-Joon Lee:

Integrated Biology and 4-D Mechanics for Non-Eruption, All-in-One Total Arch Mechanics for Effective Extraction/Nonextraction Treatment, Transverse Contgrol in Adults, Using MARPE & NonSurgical Treatment of Asymmetry, Vertical Control of Hyperdivergent Face Via Total Arch Intrusion.

The location of this program will be on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Continuing Education course will conclude with our Annual Orthodontic Alumni Celebration, Friday, October 28th to be held at the Union League of Philadelphia (information below). Complete program information and registration is available online at CEU credits will be available. Anyone interest in further information may contact Pamela Rice

The J. Henry O'Hern annual Orthodontic Alumni Day will on October 28, 2016. Our speakers are two world renowned oral surgeons, Dr. Raymond Fonseca and Dr. Timothy Turvey, who will explore the orthodontic-oral surgical relationship that has forged a collaborative relationship between these two specialties. This meeting will be held at The Union League of Philadelphia; 140 South Broad Street, Philadephia 19102 and CEU credits will be available. Program information and registration is available online. Anyone interested in further information on Alumni Day may contact Barbara Del Regino. As always, we would be privileged to have you visit with us at UPENN! Respectfully submitted by,

Chun-Hsi Chung, DMD, MS
Chauncey M. F. Egel Endowed Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Orthodontics, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

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