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AACD Orlando 2022 Meeting an Unequivocal Success


AACDMore than 1000 American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) members, dental professionals, students, sponsors, and exhibitors attended the 38th Annual AACD Scientific Session in Orlando, April 27–30, 2022. After two annual events were cancelled due to the pandemic, AACD came back stronger than ever, kicking things off with a blowout welcome reception, Wonderland: We’re All Mad Here. Then, innovative esthetic education and hands-on workshops took center stage. Headliner general session educators included Dr. Join Kois, plus Drs. Miguel Ortiz and Carlos De Carvalho. AACD 2022 delivered an exceptional continuing education experience for dental professionals who are passionate about pursuing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. The conference also offered a great starting point for those committed to begin their AACD accreditation journey — the only advanced credential in cosmetic dentistry.

The conference concluded with the memorable Celebration of Excellence gala event, Bring Back the Magic, honoring AACD’s newly accredited and accredited fellow members. In 2022, three accreditation classes took to the stage since previous conference cancellations caused them to have to wait for this honor and peer recognition.

The academy also welcomed its new president, Marilyn Calvo, DDS, AAACD. An AACD accredited member, Dr. Calvo is a 1979 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry. She has been in private practice in Encino, California, since 1980 where she focuses on cosmetic restorative dentistry.

New AACD Leaders for 2022–2023

At the AACD’s Annual Member Meeting during the annual scientific session in Orlando, the following leaders were elected:

Board of Directors

Adamo E. Notarantonio, DDS, FAACD – Vice President

Sarah Slone, DMD, AAACD – Accredited Member

Grace EM Gerrity – Corporate Member

Aikaterini Papathanasiou, DDS, DMD – University Member

Errin Depalma, DDS – General Member

American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry

Brenda K. Jennings, DDS, AAACD – Board Member

Amanda N. Seay, DDS, FAACD – Board Member

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (Elected Position)

Chiann Fan Gibson, DMD, AAACD

The AACD is excited to work with these new volunteer leaders, who will be instrumental in the continued success of the academy and its charitable foundation.

Through its charity auction and fundraising event at TopGolf Orlando, the AACD Charitable Foundation raised more than $50,000 for its Give Back a Smile program! Give Back a Smile restores damaged smiles of adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The Charitable Foundation’s incoming volunteer leaders also took office. Dwight G. Rickert, CDT, FAACD, and Les Latner, DDS, AAACD, were reappointed to each serve three-year terms on the board of trustees, and Alexandra H. Arnold, DMD was appointed for a one-year associate member term. Dwight G. Rickert, CDT, FAACD will serve as chair for the upcoming year.

The academy is already looking forward to AACD 2023 Texas, which is scheduled for April 26-29 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine. For more information, visit aacdconference.com.

About the AACD

The AACD is the world’s largest nonprofit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care, combining art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics, and function. Comprised of cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities, promoting and supporting a respected accreditation credential, serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas, and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.

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