Welcome to The Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists!‚Äč

The Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists (GLAO) is a constituent of the American Association of Orthodontists. Components of the GLAO include: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario (Canada), and Pennsylvania (west of the Alleghenies). The GLAO advocates on behalf of its members and promotes the advancement of the Specialty of Orthodontics.

A Message from The GLAO President...


What are you willing to do?

Yes, it is that time of year. Time to reflect on how things went last year, and time to plan for this year. I am not a huge football fan, but I recently watched the first episode of a Tom Brady documentary: Tom vs. Time. It was quite an interesting show, and the one thing that stuck with me that he said was, “What are you willing to do, and what are you willing to give up to be the best you can be?” He talks about making sacrifices in your time and energy in order to achieve your goals.

Take a moment to think about how much time and energy you devote to your practice, and ask yourself whether you are the best orthodontist that you can be. Are there things that you could change in both your office and your out-of-office time that would improve your professional life as an orthodontist? Would you grow as a person if you mentored a younger orthodontist or if you had students visiting or volunteering in your practice who are thinking of going into orthodontics as a career choice? Would you benefit from being more involved in organized dentistry? Could you grow as a person and as a professional from serving on an orthodontic committee or serving as a board member in your local, state or national organizations?

We all know that we have limited time and energy. How we chose to spend our time and energy molds us into the person we have become and can change us into a different person should we make different choices. When you say “yes” to something, that means you have to say “no” to something else. These are the difficult choices that we grapple with daily. Do I chose to get involved in the local orthodontic society and attend their meetings, or do I chose to watch television or go to the movies? Finding a healthy balance between these things can be difficult.

The GLAO wants AND needs more involvement from its members.  We now have a Facebook page for our members and hope that you will join us.  We are sending out email blasts with important information about open positions in leadership.  We are always asking for input from our members and hope you will take the time to let us know how we can serve you better.  Once you join our Facebook group please make sure to invite other GLAO members.  The more people who are in the page and generating discussion, the more beneficial the site becomes. What can the GLAO do to help you as an orthodontic professional?  I have chosen to give up both time and energy in the hope that I am becoming the best orthodontist that I can be.  Through my professional responsibilities and through my relationships with GLAO leaders I have gained so much more than I have given.  I think that is the true key to becoming the best you can be.  When you are willing to give it your all you receive benefits that you had never imagined. 

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E-News Deadlines:
February 1, 2018
May 1, 2018
August 1, 2018
November 1, 2017


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AAO 2018 Annual Session
May 4-8, 2018
Washington, D.C.

GLAO/MASO 2018 Annual Session
September 13-16, 2018
The Fairmont Royal York
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

GLAO/MASO 2019 Annual Session
September 12-15, 2019
Marriott Resort Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach
Fort Lauderdale, FL

GLAO 2020 Annual Session
September 24-26, 2020
Hilton Cleveland Downtown
Cleveland, Ohio



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GLAO Annual Session

The 2018 annual session will be held September 13-16 at Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, ON during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

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