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Doc?
Tell us the story of how you became an orthodontist.
I developed temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD)
in 1979, with a clicking and pain of the left joint. I went to the
orthodontist I always referred to, and he suggested removing the
UL4 to make my left side Class I and give me canine rise. (That
was the treatment back then.) But my upper midline was already
to my left, and this would have left the UR1 in the center.
So I started taking classes wherever I could fi nd them to
learn more about TMJD and orthodontics. This led me to learn
alternative techniques in orthodontics, such as Crozats, functional
appliances and even Frankels. I learned how to place brackets and
use straight wire from the American Orthodontic Society, an
organization for teaching general dentists orthodontics. I treated
myself with Crozats and have been pain/click-free now for more
than 37 years.
I got so obsessed with orthodontics that I applied to the
University of the Pacific and was lucky enough to be accepted.
Pacific was a very thorough progressive program and met my needs
perfectly. The hard part was going back to school with a family in
Albuquerque. I flew home 94 weekends during those two years.
I worked on Saturdays to make ends meet.
You have a varied background: You were a general dentist
for years before you decided to go into ortho. Now you're an
American Board of Orthodontics-certified orthodontist who's
earned many distinctions and awards in your career. What's
been your driving force in all your endeavors?
I've always found that taking courses and learning new
techniques has made me not only a better practitioner but also
more excited about dentistry and a more successful businessman.
I was in a partnership that didn't work out, and at age 59 started
all over again in a part of town where I knew nobody. I forgot
how hard it is to start an ortho practice!

Coming soon:

Tips to maximize
clear-aligner business
Dr. David Harnick calls clear aligners
the "workhorse" of his practice-and he's
agreed to share some advice based on his
years of expertise. Look for his article in
the October 2017 issue of Orthotown.

OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS
Name and credentials:
David J. Harnick, DDS, MS
master in the Academy of General Dentistry;
diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
Graduated from: University of Pacific
Orthodontic Program, 1988
Practice name: Harnick Orthodontics
Practice locations: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Practice sizes: 4,500 square feet (east Albuquerque);
3,000 square feet (west Albuquerque)
Staff at this location: Two front desk; two chairside;
one treatment coordinator
Website: harnickorthodontics.com
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Orthotown August 2017

Orthotown.com Highlights
Embrace Progress: The Standard of Care (Records, Anyone?)
Industry News
New Products
Message Board: Girl with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Message Board: Inverted Impacted Teeth, Patience is a Virtue
Office Visit: What's Up Doc?
The Speed of Light
What's Your M.O?
Untangling Web Marketing
Ad Index
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Orthotown August 2017 - Embrace Progress: The Standard of Care (Records, Anyone?)
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