Invite your family to share your experience at the 2018 Annual Session, May 4-8 in Washington, D.C.. With high-quality childcare and myriad educational and sight-seeing opportunities for spouses, the meeting can be an enriching experience for non-orthodontists of all ages. There is no cost to register spouses and children.

AAO Tours Registration is Open

Many Annual Session attendee families enjoy taking advantage of local tours offered by the AAO. In conjunction with the 2018 Annual Session, the AAO will offer tours of many popular Washington, D.C. attractions. Tour options range from traditional monument visits to walking, biking and Potomac yacht tours.
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Educational Opportunities for the Non-Orthodontist

Dr. Sheldon Seidel, serving as 2018 Orthodontic Staff Program co-chair, encourages spouses who work in the orthodontic practice – or who have separate business or healthcare careers – to examine the many business topics scheduled within both the Doctors Scientific Program and the Orthodontic Staff Program.

“Technology series speakers will present during Tech Talk, two half-day lecture series,” says Dr. Seidel. “The Business of Orthodontics LIVE! series will feature two three lecture sessions. Both Tech Talk and the Business of Orthodontics LIVE! are included in the Doctors Scientific Program, but spouses are welcome to attend.”

In the Orthodontic Staff Program Administrative, Clinical, Marketing and All-Staff series, attendees will gain key knowledge of topics like pros and cons of cloud computing, social media marketing, printing and making clear aligners, overhead control, and leadership.

Dr. Seidel also recommends lectures from the Orthodontic Staff Program that will explore a variety of well-being topics that impact both personal well-being and effectiveness at work. Options include:

  • Nancy Rothstein, “Sleep is Essential: For You & Your Patients”;
  • Dr. Eric Paster, “Patient Personality Assessment for Effective Communication”;
  • Dr. Desiree Walker, “Pain, Fitness and Dentistry: My Story from Dental Student in Pain to American Ninja Warrior Athlete”;
  • Dr. Jacqueline Huggins, organizational consultant and training developer, “Bridging the Divide,” (examining communication between Baby Boomers and members of the Millennial generation);
  • Brad Montgomery (Featured Speaker), “Happiness as a Business Asset.”


  • Kristy Menage Bernie RDH, MS, RYT, “Yoganomics: Postural Health & Ergonomic Considerations for the Dental Professional”’
  • Pam M. Smith, RDN, “Energy for Life: An Insider’s Guide to Living Better Longer.” Part 2 of the presentation will be on Monday: “Forever Young: Eat Well, Live Well, Age Well!”

Camp AAO Offers Fun for Kids

“Camp AAO” returns to the 2018 Annual Session, offering high-quality childcare services on-site at the convention center for children from ages 6 months to 12 years. Children participate in age-appropriate activities including arts and crafts, active games and more in a safe, nurturing environment.

Young people who are age 6 and older have the option to participate in the Camp AAO youth tour program, accompanied by chaperones from ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements Inc., which manages Camp AAO. Youth tours will include afternoons at the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
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  • Treat Your Family to Enjoyable Events
    Spouses or older children/teens may enjoy many of the memorable Annual Session events planned for 2018. Tickets for all events may be purchased/reserved at Annual Session registration.
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  • Learn More
    The December issue of the Practice Management Bulletin offers additional details about the Orthodontic Staff Program, Mega Trends for doctors and staff and the Doctors Scientific Program, as well as Washington, D.C. entertainment options.
    View the Practice Management Bulletin