December 15, 2022

Message from President Dr. Joe Moon

Dear SWSO Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the entire SWSO Executive Board, I would like to wish all of you Happy Holidays! As we wrap up an amazing 2022, I just wanted to take a minute to express how excited I am about what 2023 has in store for the SWSO. 

With the approval of the provisional by-laws at the Annual Session in Austin, we are hard at work with the next steps in our merger with SAO. Just like any case that we treat in our practices, a good plan is needed at the start. To ensure we have that good plan as a merged association, we will be meeting next month with our colleagues at SAO for a joint strategic planning session where we will sit down to define our vision for the future and identify the specific goals and objectives of our merged association. 

Although the details are yet to be ironed out, one thing I can assure you is that our merged association will truly be stronger together and we will be able to provide more support and resources to all of our members. If you have any questions regarding the merger or any other topic, please feel free to reach out as we are always available to support our members. Thank you all for your membership and thank you for supporting our association and our profession.

Dr. Joe Moon, DMD

SWSO President

SWSO Reminders

Obtain CE Certificates


  1. Sign in on the AAO member website at then navigate to the CE Manager by clicking Education > Practitioners > CE Manager.
  2. Next, click ‘Add a Credit’ then select the ‘MSO/SAO/SWSO 2022 Annual Session’ and individually select the session(s) to add. Your sessions will be recorded and you can print a CE certificate for the conference at your convenience.

For assistance with the AAO CE Manager, please contact AAO at 800-424-2841 or

2024 ABO & AAOF Award Nominations
Submit a Nomination Today!

The deadline for the 2024 ABO & AAOF Awards is quickly approaching and the SWSO would love to nominate your favorite candidate for each of these awards.

Please review each of the award decriptions below and submit your qualified candidate choices by Friday, December 30, 2022 so we can get the proper documentation in order for submission by each award's deadline:

  • ABO: January 15, 2023
  • AAOF: February 1, 2023

Albert H. Ketcham Memorial Award

The American Board of Orthodontics created The Albert H. Ketcham Memorial Award in 1936. It is awarded annually to an individual who, in the judgement of the ABO Directors, has made a notable contribution to the science and art of orthodontics.

Ketcham Award Winners

Required documentation for the Albert H. Ketcham Memorial Award nomination should include:

  • candidate's name 
  • candidate’s contact information 
  • candidate’s current curriculum vitae
Submit Ketcham Nomination

Dale B. Wade Award of Excellence in Orthodontics

The award honors an exemplary senior clinician and Board Certified Orthodontist who demonstrates exceptional dedication to orthodontics through clinical excellence and/or devoted teaching in the image of Dr. Wade. 

Wade Award Winners

Required documentation for the Dale B. Wade Award of Excellence in Orthodontics nomination should include:
  • candidate's name 
  • candidate’s contact information 
  • candidate’s current curriculum vitae

Submit Wade Nomination
The Louise Ada Jarabak Memorial International Teachers and Research Award is the given each year by the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation to recognize exceptional leadership in orthodontic teaching and research.

Nominees must be teachers of orthodontics. Their professional career must include a program of meaningful orthodontic research, presentations at national meetings, and personal sacrifices to promote the orthodontic specialty.

Jarabak Award Winners

Required documentation for the Louise Ada Jarabak Memorial International Teachers and Research Award nomination should include:
  • nomination letter
  • the nominee's curriculum vitae/resume which outlines such areas as orthodontic teaching/research accomplishments, orthodontic teaching/research positions held, orthodontic publications, and orthodontic scientific presentations.

Submit Jarabak Nomination

AAO Reminders

Desired qualifications for committee members: 

  • Talented member with a passion for advancing AAO’s DEI efforts. 
  • Each member must be willing to serve a two-year term, with an option for renewal for up to three terms. 
  • The ability to attend monthly committee meetings in the evening via conference call or Zoom, communicate via email, and meet annually in person (including the next in-person meeting on March 4, 2023 in St. Louis, MO). 

Special Committee on Inclusion & Engagement (SCIE) Applications

Due: December 31st.

Applications are now open to join the AAO’s Special Committee on Inclusion & Engagement (SCIE).

View Application

In addition to filling out the application above, please submit your CV to Brandon Hackworth at

AAO Trustee At Large Applications

Due: January 15, 2023

The AAO Board of Trustees is looking to fill one opening with a member who will bring diverse viewpoints and strengthen the volunteer leadership team. This position has a three-year term.

Trustee At-Large Application

How to Apply to Become an AAO Trustee-at-Large

  1. Please download the online application (see "Trustee At-Large Application" button on the left).
  2. Complete application
  3. Scan your completed version and return it to with your CV by January 15, 2023. 

Click below for additional information about the position and to review application instructions and access to the online application form.

Learn More

Two requests for your help that will only take a few minutes of your time:

1) Take the survey!

We value your feedback and insights: the results from this survey will help inform our data-driven approach to AAO Advocacy priorities in Washington, DC and in states throughout the country.

2) Share the survey!

We want all AAO Members to participate in this survey. Please share the link with your networks via e-mail, text, Facebook groups, etc. Let folks know you have taken the survey and why you believe this opportunity to gain feedback directly from AAO Members is important. 

AAO Annual Public Policy Survey

Now Open

With a few minutes of your time, you can help the Legal & Advocacy team plan for possible future work and important positions on relevant and timely issues with potential impact on our members.  

2022 AAO Public Policy Survey

Save the Date!

We look forward to seeing you next year at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Fernandina Beach, Florida, October 26-28, 2023.