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The Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists was founded in 1912 and has grown to nearly 3,000 members. PCSO is comprised of component organizations and is the largest constituent organization of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Our Mission

The Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists is a professional organization of orthodontic specialists whose mission is to help its members provide the highest level of care to the public by providing quality continuing education, providing a framework for a strong political voice, facilitating two-way communications between the organization and its members, and supporting the successful practice of orthodontics.

Our Leadership

Dr. Marie Lathrop
Dr. Marie LathropPresident
Dr. Tom Merrill
Dr. Tom MerrillPresident-Elect
John Wachtel
John WachtelSecretary-Treasurer
Dr. Trista Felty
Dr. Trista Felty PCSO Trustee to the AAO
Dr. Robert Meister
Dr. Robert MeisterImmediate Past President
Dr. Paul Kasrovi
Dr. Paul Kasrovi Delegation Chair
Ms. Callie Castro
Ms. Callie CastroExecutive Director

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ADA selects vendor to investigate root causes of problems with eligibility, verification of benefits

On June 22, 2021

The ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs has selected a Nashville health care technology company to investigate whether there are market solutions to effectively help solve problems dentists currently face regarding eligibility and benefits verification.Read more

CDT 2022 ready for pre-order to ensure dentists, dental team have most up-to-date information

On June 21, 2021

The CDT 2022 and Coding Companion Kit with App delivers the newest additions and changes to the CDT Code and is available for pre-order online.Read more

Dentists look ahead in wake of repeal of McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption

On June 21, 2021

The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, legislation that repeals the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for health insurance companies, became law on Jan. 13. So, the question is, what happens now?Read more

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How Breathing Habits Influence Skeletal Growth and Development presented by Dr. Rebecca Bockow is an interesting read. Dr. Rebecca Bockow goes over the importance of tongue position, airway and sleep development, tongue position and skeletal growth and development, and more. To read more of the presentation summary, click here: http://www.brightcopy.net/allen/pcso/93-2/index.php#/p/44
Nevada is currently recruiting a member from Northern Nevada to serve as president-elect, because they did not have a state meeting or a PCSO annual session, where they usually identify and elect the next president. Nevada’s board is excited to begin addressing some of the pressing governance needs. We are thankful for the PCSO-hosted session on governance that will help the society with more structure, policy, and updated bylaws to move forward into the future. They look forward to future meetings continuing this progress. To read more Component Reports in the PCSO: http://www.brightcopy.net/allen/pcso/93-2/index.php#/p/20
Meet the presenter of this year’s ‘President’s Lecture’ – Dr. Laura Iwasaki, Professor and Chair, Department of Orthodontics, Oregon Health & Science University, School of Dentistry. Dr. Iwasaki is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and has been involved in the clinical practice of orthodontics for several decades. Her research is focused on the biomechanics and behavior of the human craniomandibular complex with special interests in the TMJ, jaw muscles, and tooth movement. Mark your calendar for Dr. Iwasaki’s lecture, ‘Differences in Facial Types and Jaw Loading’ on Oct. 22 at the 1st Annual WOCON – 2021. We’ll see you there!