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NEW AND YOUNGER MEMBERS continued YOUNGER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Melissa Bailey I asked Dr. Melissa Bailey, an AAO and PCSO member and 2012 graduate of the Loma Linda School of Dentistry's (LLUSD) postgraduate orthodontic program, to share some highlights about her life as a new orthodontist. VB: Where are you currently practicing? MB: I am self-employed in private practice in Orinda, CA. I also work as the managing orthodontist at two branches (Pittsburg and Livermore, CA) of a corporate-owned practice. private practice and my two corporate jobs, so it has been difficult to find even some personal time. VB: Do you believe the curriculum of your postgraduate orthodontic program provided sufficient depth and breadth to prepare you for the clinical practice of orthodontic care? MB: I feel very fortunate to have attended the residency program at Loma Linda. I was able to learn from first-rate clinical faculty members who supported the residents and encouraged us to try a variety of treatment modalities. For Class II correction, for example, I have used the Herbst, the MARA, the Forsusā„¢ Fatigue Resistant Device, headgear, the CarriereĀ® Distalizer, and TADs, and have prepared patients for orthognathic surgery. A faculty member once told me that for every orthodontic problem, I should be able to think of at least five different treatment modalities. This really opened my mind and challenged me to explore all of the various treatment options available. VB: Tell us about your office. MB: I have a very small office of about 600 square feet, with two chairs in the bay. I chuckle when my friends complain that their 1,200-square-foot offices are too small. You learn to be very creative with space management when your practice is tiny. I consider my private practice to be a modified start-up VB: Looking back, what has been the most positive aspect of in the sense that the basics (chairs, instruments, supplies, your residency since graduation? etc.) were here, but the patients MB: I really enjoyed working were not. When I took over as part of a mini-practice the practice, there were just a group with my "big brother" handful of existing patients. Greg Olson and my "little The office was very outdated brother" Chris Wood. We and did not have a panoramic/ managed the same pool of cephalometric machine. I orthodontic patients during Dr. Bailey with her Dr. Bailey's big brother (Dr. Dr. Melissa Bailey in her knew that in order to grow the husband, Jeff, and Greg Olson) and little brother Orinda private practice; residency; we had a dedicated son, Benjamin. practice, the office needed a (Dr. Chris Wood) in residency; front office staff member facelift and the ability to take who scheduled all the patient appointments as well as dental radiographs. It took me a year into practicing before I finally assistants who helped us with our patients. We had so much got the courage to spend the money to remodel the office. I was fun in clinic and we learned a great deal from each other. extremely happy with the results of the remodel and wished that I had done it earlier. VB: What advice do you have for graduating residents? VB: With the high student debt load orthodontic residents are facing, can you tell us how you are handling your debt burden at this time? MB: My debt burden was $325,000. The student loans I accumulated are a heavy financial burden for me and my family. In order to make ends meet, I have had to extend my payment terms to 15 years. Even then, it was difficult to obtain financing to purchase a modest family home. My plan is to refinance my high interest student loans (some of which are as high as 7.7%) and pay as much toward the principal as possible each month. VB: Are you currently certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO)? If not, are you planning to get your certification in the future? MB: I am hoping to get certified within five years of starting my practice. VB: Are you involved in any professional or non-professional community service in your area, and if so, which one(s)? MB: I am not at this moment, but I am planning to participate as a volunteer orthodontist at the Craniofacial Center in Oakland. In several years, when I have gained more practice experience, I hope to become a part-time clinical faculty member at an orthodontic residency program. At this time, I am working an average of six days a week, between my 14 MB: Be open-minded and try to learn as much as you can from your clinical faculty. Visit as many private practices as you can, because that door closes when you graduate. Try to figure out what you want to do once you graduate, and start making plans while you're still in residency in order to make those goals a reality. Enjoy your time as a resident, because you will look back one day and think that your residency days were "the good old days." VB: This issue of the PCSO Bulletin focuses on TADs. Have you incorporated TADs into your practice? MB: I practice in a town where premolar extractions (and extractions of some primary teeth) are referred out to the oral surgeons because many of the general and pediatric dentists do not want their patients to associate them with unpleasant procedures. I placed six TADs while in residency, and feel comfortable with it. I have not yet incorporated TADs into my practice. VB: What is your favorite part of the PCSO Bulletin? MB: My favorite part is "Earl's Pearls." Dr. Johnson's clinical tips are great because they are relatively simple to implement, and very practical. In fact, I recently bought the e-book edition of Earl's Pearls from Amazon. It's a compilation of some of his most popular clinical "pearls." It's an easy read and I highly recommend it. S PCSO BULLETIN * SUMMER 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Bulletin Summer 2014

The Big Easy: Not Always So Easy
About the PCSO Mission Statement
AAO Trustee Report
PCSO Business
AAO Council on Scientific Affairs (COSA) Report
Component Reports
PCSO at a Glance
AAOF Report
Decrease Stress and Increase Volume
Resident Spotlight: Loma Linda School of Dentistry Postgraduate Orthodontic Program
Younger Member Spotlight: Dr. Melissa Bailey
Third Molar Protocols
Editorial: Special Section
PCSO Program Talk: Orthodontic Residency Programs and the Use of TADs
Case Report: Pre-Treatment
Faculty Files: TADs in Orthodontics: A Review
Seasoned Practitioner's Corner: Dr. Terry McDonald Interviews Dr. Michael Chaffee on TADs
Case Report: Post-Treatment
Pearls of the Pacific: Instant Edentulous Anchorage
Portrait of a Professional: Dr. Earl S. Johnson
Sweet Farewell: Retainers and Retention
In Memory: Dr. Burton Littleton Fletcher

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