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Dopazo Receives Memorial Teaching Fellowship Award

Published: July 31st, 2008

Category: Honors, Awards & Appointments, News, Orthodontics

Leandra Dopazo, D.D.S., M.S.The board of the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation recently awarded the Michael Matlof Memorial Teaching Fellowship Award to Leandra Dopazo, D.D.S., M.S., clinical assistant professor of orthodontics.

This is the third year that Dopazo has received this fellowship from the AAO Foundation and remarked in her application for the award that she feels fortunate to be a part of the college’s orthodontic department, and that she’s committed to scientifically contributing to orthodontics as a whole, and in particular as a clinician and educator.

Dopazo joined the faculty of the college in December 2005 and is currently involved in teaching, research and in the faculty practice clinic. She directs the predoctoral curriculum, collaborates with faculty in pediatrics, and teaches the predoctoral elective course to the dental students.

The American Association of Orthodontists Foundation is the charitable arm of the American Association of Orthodontists which has 15,000 members in the U.S., Canada and abroad, and was established in 1900 as the American Society of Orthodontists.

Interesting ortho tidbits:

Dr. Edward H. Angle was the first dentist to limit his practice to orthodontics only and is considered the “Father of Modern Orthodontics.”

–The prefix “ortho” means straight or correct. “Dontics” refers to teeth. So “orthodontics” literally means straight or correct teeth.

The first woman orthodontist was Dr. Carrie Locke of Nashua, New Hampshire.