ABO Announces Newly Certified/Recertified Orthodontists

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July 24, 2019
Contact: Jim Braibish, Braibish Communications, 314-570-3532,

ABO Announces Newly Certified/Recertified Orthodontists

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certified or recertified 66 orthodontists following their participation in the ABO Traditional Case Clinical Examination in June 2019 in St. Louis. The Clinical Examination is the second of a two-part certification process that also includes prior completion of the Written Examination. ABO Board Certification is a voluntary credential that represents an orthodontist’s personal and public commitment to the standards of specialty practice and lifelong learning.

“Board certification demonstrates a commitment to excellence in orthodontics to the public and colleagues,” said Dr. Nicholas D. Barone, ABO president. “I congratulate all of our newly certified and recertified orthodontists.”

The June 2019 exam marked the final administration of the Traditional Case-based Clinical Examination. All future examinations will utilize the Scenario-based Oral Clinical Examination.

To learn more about ABO certification and the new Scenario-Based Oral Clinical Examination, visit The website offers information about the Clinical and Written Examinations, including study aids and registration information. Currently, approximately 46 percent of AAO practicing orthodontists are ABO certified.

The following newly certified or recertified orthodontists are listed regionally by constituent society of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists
Dr. Aron E. Dellinger
Dr. Jeffrey M. Heinz
Dr. Jeffrey A. Jamieson
Dr. Alan Joseph Ker
Dr. Brent C. Paulus
Dr. Andrew J. Raber

Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists
Dr. Jeff A. Alba
Dr. Daniel Diaz-Rubayo
Dr. Marni E. Farahi
Dr. Zahra Heidari Zadi
Dr. Jinah Kang
Dr. Audra R. Kiefer
Dr. Kensuke Matsumoto
Dr. Juyoung Park
Dr. Kaitlyn M. Schiels
Dr. Dana Silagi

Midwestern Society of Orthodontists
Dr. Clayton T. Parks
Dr. D. Spencer Pope
Dr. Chad M. Rasmussen
Dr. Stephen C. Roehm

Northeastern Society of Orthodontists
Dr. M. Hanif Butt
Dr. Joana N. Forsea
Dr. Camille Elisabeth Marie Francois
Dr. Inessa Kandov
Dr. Melissa J. Landin-Ramos
Dr. Lawrence E. Levy
Dr. Rawan S. Nagshabandi
Dr. Lydia A. Salama
Dr. Flavio A. Uribe

Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
Dr. Hiba Alabdullah
Dr. Lesley Y. Jeong
Dr. Adrienne Joy
Dr. Zhanna Konovalenko
Dr. Lisa Ku Chang
Dr. Rebecca V. Neslund
Dr. Linda H. Phi
Dr. Christopher S. Riolo
Dr. Blair H. Struble
Dr. Nicha Ungvijanpunya
Dr. Fereshteh Yousefzadeh

Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists
Dr. J. Jacob Chartier
Dr. Taylor J. Metcalf

Southern Association of Orthodontists
Dr. Ayman A. Al Dayeh
Dr. Marielle Beauchamp
Dr. Wakeshi L. Benson
Dr. Donald T. Brown
Dr. Robert N. Galbreath
Dr. Christina B. Jackson
Dr. Ejvis Lamani
Dr. Mariesa L. Manente
Dr. Sara M. Morgan
Dr. Nathan Raley
Dr. Yanisis B. Romero
Dr. Benjamin E. Samuelson
Dr. Paul W. Sproul

Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
Dr. Tayem Abou Saleh
Dr. Yu-Tien Lin
Dr. Anurag R. Patel

Dr. Lih-Juh Chou
Dr. Yoon-Ah Kook
Dr. Mohammad Y. Tabbaa

Dr. Ann E. Alexander
Dr. Michael W. Duers
Dr. Philip S. Junghans
Dr. David A. Rothas
Dr. Alfred J. Terp

About the ABO

The ABO is the global leader in orthodontic board certification and sets the standards of care for excellence in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. The ABO’s mission is to elevate the quality of orthodontic care for the public by promoting excellence through certification, education and professional collaboration. Founded in 1929, the ABO was the first specialty board in dentistry. It is the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists. To learn more, visit

The certificate issued by the ABO signifies a certification of attainment. It does not confer any legal qualification, privilege, or license to practice orthodontics. It is not a professional or academic degree. In essence, board certification is a process by which an individual orthodontist is voluntarily examined by his/her peers as to orthodontic knowledge and clinical skills. The passage of the examination process is a demonstration to the dental profession and the general public of the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.

Jim Braibish, APR
Braibish Communications