Welcome to The Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists!

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

A Message from The GLAO President...

Dr. Walter Schratz

As Corona Summer 2020 winds down and routines beg to find their way back into our lives, even schools are screaming to resume in some manner, shape or form; my fervent prayer is that everyone is and remains healthy during these challenging and uncertain times.  I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to provide you with an update on the Great Lakes Association Orthodontists (GLAO).

Our Annual GLAO Meeting will be virtual this year and is scheduled for Saturday, September 26th at 8:00 am.  This is a first for the GLAO and our Planning Committee has worked diligently to present a meaningful and informative meeting which includes:  aligner therapy face-off, customizable appliances and practice management tips for these trying times.  Also, there are several hours of staff recordings that offices can use on demand for training, education, etc.  Registration is currently open; CE is available and best of all - it’s FREE - did I mention FREE! 

Due to ongoing concerns surrounding Coronavirus and the safety of everyone involved, a unanimous decision was made in May to cancel the in person annual meeting in Cleveland.   Because numerous contracts were in place well ahead of the meeting, a financial impact to the association was anticipated.  Much to the board’s delight, we are happy to report, no significant penalties were incurred.  Many of these were mitigated by shifting the annual meeting back to Cleveland in 2022.  A big Hooyah to our very own Debbie Nunner and staff for their tireless efforts made on our behalf.

For many of us, these challenging and unprecedented times have required extreme actions in ways we have never expected.  I’m reminded of Abraham Zaleznik, a Harvard Business School professor, who described the Transformative Process on Leadership Formation, during a major event.  A leader often turns inward in order to reemerge with a created sense of identity, hence “Twice Born.”  Each of us has had to endure uncomfortable or unpleasant adjustments in this reality forced upon us these past few months.  How has this experience affected the way you practice or how you interact with your family, etc.?  We all have been impacted by COVID-19 and weathered this storm and had to find innovate ways to cope and survive.  Seize this opportunity to use your creative talent to the fullest.  I would encourage everyone to utilize the full complement of resources available on our website and on the AAO’s website.

As frustrating as our current situation is, surprisingly many positive advances have altered the world in which we live in for the better.  For example, would you believe that the air quality index in Los Angeles was one of the best in the world these past few months?  My point is why would we want to go back in time and return a city to pre-corona levels of air quality.  Indeed, there have been positive changes in the world, our society and our practices that we should embrace as we move forward.  As Seneca stated, “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”   We are a very resourceful group.

Lastly, I’ve endeavored to serve this association with pride and integrity.  My actions intentionally have utilized, “consequential thinking,” whereby I’ve tried to consider many of the outcomes before acting.  Time will tell, but know that your Board and I have given much time and energy into our decisions and I hope we’ve represented the association in a committed and dedicated manner.  In these challenging times I am also mindful of part of the Navy Seal Creed, “I preserve and thrive on adversity.  If knocked down, I will get up, every time.”  While perhaps we have heard these words, they’ve never rang truer as we do our own self introspection.  We have proven how resilient we are in the face of this adversary, much like the country at large and have pivoted with a great display of ability and agility.  I remain optimist that the best is yet to come;  for our patients and for our practices.

Thank you again and remember, “Walk slowly, but never Backward.” - Abraham Lincoln

Walter W. Schratz, DMD, MSD
2019-2020 GLAO President

“Challenges are what makes life interesting…overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”
Joshua J. Marine


We moved!
Effective Jan. 1, 2020
the GLAO office location will be:
400 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Ste. 120
Worthington, OH  43085.

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E-News Deadlines:

November 15, 2020
February 15, 2021
May 15, 2021
August 15, 2021


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of the GLAO E-News



GLAO 2020 Virtual Educational Experience
September 26, 2020

GLAO 2021 Annual Session
October 14-16, 2021
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana

GLAO 2022 Annual Session
September 15-18, 2022
Hilton Cleveland Downtown
Cleveland, Ohio



View our current newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest news and information, council reports and career opportunities for GLAO members.

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2020 Virtual Educational Experience -07-29-20

GLAO 2020 Virtual Annual Session

On September 26th, 8:00am-12:30pm, the GLAO will provide a valuable, LIVE, engaging, virtual educational experience for the GLAO members! 

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GLAO Leadership 19-20


Our qualified board members are dedicated to educating and informing our members about the latest advancements and research in orthodontics.

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The Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists

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