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the group. In the Oregon Dental Association, I
recently served as a committee member on the
Member Engagement Task Force and as Oregon
Dental Conference speaker host and now sit on
the Government Relations Council. Within PCSO,
I recently served as the chair of the New and
Younger Members Committee and used to contribute to this interview column for the Bulletin.
In the community, my passion project is helping
to organize the water aid station every year for
the Girls on the Run 5K, a nonprofit organization
that teaches elementary school girls about leadership, health and fitness, and confidence. I also
have volunteered at several community dental
clinics this past year, mostly helping in triage.

Dr. Christian Solem and I. I met Dr.
Solem at a PCSO conference a few
years ago. He currently does social
media for PCSO. I'm so excited that
he has recently joined Permanente
Dental Associates and will be
covering my maternity leave before
settling in full-time at the Kaiser
Dental office in Vancouver, WA.

Do you believe the curriculum within your postgraduate orthodontic program had sufficient
depth and breadth to prepare you for the clinical
practice of orthodontic care?
I am grateful for my residency training and felt
very prepared for clinical practice after residency.
In residency, I believe I started around 70 patients
and had around 160 active patients. Within this
patient population, I was exposed to a variety of
techniques including traditional and self-ligating
brackets, direct and indirect bonding, interceptive
treatment, limited and comprehensive treatment, interdisciplinary treatment, Invisalign,
craniofacial patients, orthognathic surgery cases,
multiple Class II correctors, TADs, and lasers.
Looking back, what has been the most positive
aspect of your residency since graduation?
By far the most positive aspect of my residency
was interacting with the orthodontists who
devoted their time to the residents. These mentors were incredibly selfless and giving with their
time and knowledge, and I enjoy continued relationships and camaraderie with them even now,
as we often see each other at local continuing
education events.
What are your future plans as a member of
PCSO/AAO?
I have had such a positive experience with organized dentistry and feel fortunate to have gotten

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so connected in leadership at the beginning of
my orthodontic career. The doctors and volunteers of the PCSO leadership are just incredible,
and truly give so much of their time to advancing
and protecting our profession. With Baby Peterson's impending arrival, I am stepping back a little, having recently passed on the role of New
and Younger Members Committee Chair to Dr.
Payam Owtad. I have also transitioned my role as
contributor to the New and Younger Members
section of the Bulletin to Dr. Mina Katchooi. Since
starting residency, I've attended every PCSO conference and nearly every AAO conference. This is
the first year I'll be missing them; I was in my
third trimester of pregnancy for the AAO conference, and will have a newborn baby during this
year's PCSO Annual Session, but I am excited to
attend the AAO Midwinter Conference and PCSO
Annual Session next year. I really love the intimacy of the PCSO and AAO Midwinter meetings,
and I love the excitement and fast pace of the
AAO meetings.
What systems/techniques have you used in private practice that have worked well for you?
At Permanente Dental Associates (PDA)/Kaiser
Dental, we use .022-slot 3M Unitek Victory® and
Clarity® Advanced Flash Free Brackets. I love
these brackets! To bond a full case takes me less
than 10 minutes, infection control is better, and
our bracket breakage rate has decreased since we
began using them. For our software, PDA recently
transitioned to a dental version of Epic®, called
Wisdom®. This allows our Electronic Health
Records to be integrated with a patient's medical
chart. The benefits include full access to patients'
health records - which helps to ensure their
safety and well-being during all dental procedures - and the ease of coordinating care with
patients' primary care providers. Lastly, I started
using the Xbow® Class II corrector by Dr. Duncan
Higgins as I finished residency (at the recommendation of one of my most dogmatic orthodontic
mentors, Dr. Terry McDonald, who teaches many
of the McLaughlin Philosophy courses). He
showed me a study in which the Xbow was
found to have less mandibular incisor proclina-

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