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...

"United we stand, divided we fall" is a phrase that can be traced back some 2,600 years to the 6th Century B.C.  John Dickinson, one of our nation's Founding Fathers, is attributed to be one of the first ones to use it in modern times in his song, "The Liberty Song."  This saying is most often used when looking to inspire unity and collaboration, and its premise is that together we can achieve greater success than we can alone.  How true is that?  And how many ways are there to say the same thing? From "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" to “Strength in numbers”, the message is the same.  And together as part of GLAO and the AAO is the only way we can protect our specialty.  Nowadays advocacy is the best weapon, and our meeting this year is in one of the most important advocacy places.  I encourage you to stay up to date with all advocacy moves made by our associations, at local, state board, and national levels.  Some groups and organizations are formed to change, dilute, and eliminate the orthodontist from the equation, and without advocacy, we cannot reach the ears of those who are voting and be able to show why an in-person examination is important.  Our next Coffee Chat is scheduled on Saturday, June 24, and we will have Nathan Mick, AAO’s director of advocacy, to share how advocacy works and what we can do to protect our specialty.  Our annual meeting, so close to the Capitol, will also have an advocacy focus.  Our meeting chairs Drs. Fatima Ahmed and Tasha Hall did such a great job putting this meeting together.  Look at the diversity of speakers and topics.  We have presentations on aligners, custom brackets, hybrid treatment, practice management, and even artificial intelligence.  If those topics are not reason enough to attend, remember that you are part of a group and together is the only way we stand.  Another old proverb says, “One arrow alone can be easily broken but many arrows are indestructible”, so let’s be many.  We hope to see you at our joint Annual Session with MASO at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland, on September 22-23, 2023.  Let’s make our specialty indestructible!

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Juan Martin Palomo ([email protected])
2022-23 GLAO President

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GLAO/MASO 2023 Annual Session
September 21-23, 2023
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland

GLAO 2024 Ad Interim Board Meeting
March 8-9, 2023
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

GLAO/MASO 2024 Annual Session
October 16-20, 2024
The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman's Reef
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

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