Wellington Rody, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., became a Board Certified Orthodontist in October after successfully passing the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) Clinical Examination.
A Brazilian-trained orthodontist with over two decades of experience, Rody joined the UF College of Dentistry department of orthodontics in 2012 as a full-time assistant professor after 10 years in private practice.
Rody became a member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontics in 2015 and received the 2015 B.F. Dewel Memorial Research Award for his research project: “Gene expression profile analysis of osteoclasts and odontoclasts.” In January 2015, he earned a $35,933 Biomedical Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation (AAOF) for a one-year project titled: “Biomedical, development and genetic determinates for rate of orthodontic tooth movement in humans.” No stranger to awards, Rody received the Willie and Earl Shepard Fellowship Award from the AAOF in 2012.
Rody earned his D.D.S. in Brazil from the Federal University of Espirito Santo (Brazil) in 1991 and specialty certificates from the Catholic University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and UF. Under the tutelage of Dr. Greg King, he received his master’s degree from the University of Washington in 2000.
Rody’s main research goal is to demonstrate the feasibility of using oral fluids to track bone remodeling after orthodontic appliance activation. His goal is to become a patient-oriented translational researcher in the diagnosis and treatment of mineralized tissue disorders, bridging the gap between bench research and clinical orthodontics, with the ultimate goal of identifying and developing diagnostic and therapeutic molecules/panels.