Meeting Schedule & Speakers

NESO Boston 2021 Schedule

Friday, November 12
7:30 am - 5:00 pmBoard Meetings
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmRegistration Open



Hosted by Simply Orthodontics


Saturday, November 13
7:00 am - 7:00 pm Registration Open
7:30 am - 6:00 pmExhibit Tables Open
7:45 am - 8:45 amBusiness Meeting (NESO Members invited)
9:00 am - 10:00 amThe Peniche building a successful practice. (1CE)
Ms. LeeAnn Peniche
Join LeeAnn Peniche as she shares the 5 steps she has used to build some of
the most successful practices in orthodontics. LeeAnn will discuss how to build
and inspire an exceptional team, communicate practice standards, monitor the
most valuable metrics, achieve the highest case acceptance and how to make
the hard decisions in order to stay true to your culture. All the Peniche Way
1. Share team building skills which are most enhanced through excellent communications
2. Discuss how creating your culture is key and how to navigate those hard decisions that may need to be made to preserve the culture that has been created
3. Review the key metrics for measuring the success of your practice

10:00 am - 11:00 amDisruptive Technology, Remote Care and the Future of Orthodontics (Hosted by Dental Monitoring)
Dr. Lou Chmura
Dr. Chmura will talk about the power of AI and virtual practice solutions to help orthodontists in 2022 and beyond. The discussion will be round the technology that will define this industry from remote monitoring to the importance of data. Learn how these solutions will help increase profits, decrease time per case and improve patient experience.
11:00 am - 12:00 amUtilizing advanced digital technology to achieve efficiency and profitability objectives (Hosted by LightForce) Dr. Geoff Sudit
Dr. Geoff Sudit chronicles his quest for the ultimate patient experience and taking full control of his business. Utilizing the highly advanced technology of Lightforce and other platforms, Dr. Sudit details how he has transformed his business and day to day into a highly efficient, creative and rewarding environment.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch with Exhibitors
1:00 pm - 1:10 pmNESO Officer Installation and Recognition
1:10 pm - 2:15 pm56 Years In Orthodontics: Lessons Learned (1 CE)
Dr. James McNamara
Dr. Jim McNamara has been an orthodontic resident, doctoral student in anatomy, university professor, teacher, mentor, researcher, textbook author, editor, international lecturer, and private practitioner during the last four decades. He has treated over 15,000 orthodontic patients in his career. His broad experience in both clinical and experimental arenas and his worldwide travels have provided him a unique opportunity to synthesize an approach to clinical practice that not only is evidence-based but also is focused on the art as well as the science of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics (with particular emphasis on the uses of rapid maxillary expansion and functional Jaw orthopedics).

In this presentation, the speaker will trace his own experiences in experimental and clinical research, describing how his approach to treatment has evolved over the last 50+ years. From an initial interest in the FR-2 appliance of Fränkel as well as in developing a technique for using RME in the early mixed dentition, the speaker followed his intuition which sometime was counter to conventional orthodontic wisdom at the time. Whenever possible, an evidence-based approach was used to help determine appropriate treatment protocols for problems in all three dimensions of the face.

Some of the major observations to be discussed include:
• The importance of treatment timing according to malocclusion type, with Class II correction most effective during the circumpubertal growth spurt
• The role of the cervical vertebral maturation (CVM) method in diagnosis and treatment planning
• The use of the facial mask, bone-anchored intermaxillary elastics and the Carriere 3 appliance in growing Class III patients
• The use of rapid maxillary expansion in the treatment of tooth-size/arch-size problems
• Definitive Class II correction with the Herbst and Carriere 2 appliances at puberty
• Promoting spontaneous improvement of Class II and Class III malocclusion
2:15 pm - 3:15 pmA Third Way of Moving Teeth (hosted by Brius)
Dr. Mehdi Peikar
BRIUS is the third way to move teeth (after traditional braces and aligners) which moves the teeth more efficiently and thus the treatment time will be decreased dramatically. This lecture introduces the BRIUS and its clinical and biomechanical advantages. The ideal cases to start with BRIUS will also be discussed in addition to several different malocclusions that could be addressed by BRIUS and be treated within the least amount of time.
3:15 pm - 4:30 pmIt's All About The Flow...The Workflow (1CE)
Dr. Jason Cope
Have you ever thought that doing in-house aligners (IHA) is too much of a hassle or too expensive upfront to justify taking the leap? If you have, think again! Current technology provides today's orthodontist everything they need to get started at historically low costs and manage their own IHA production facility with their own brand that represents and builds their own reputation instead of an outside lab’s brand. Modern software allows us to maintain quality, while considerably reducing the expense of outsourcing labwork and delaying treatment starts or refinements. This presentation will introduce the major steps of the Digital Workflow utilizing In-House Aligner Fabrication as the example. Various cost examples and pros/cons of different systems will be presented to answer the question “is it worth going all in”. We will also cover the basics of setting up a digital lab as well as 3D printing. Several clinical examples will be used to demonstrate which clinical cases are most appropriate for in-house aligners. While many see the future of orthodontics as doomed by market disruption, it is actually an exciting time to reinvent ourselves and create even better experiences and outcomes for our patients. Welcome to the future of Orthodontics! Its bright, and more importantly, we are in control of it!
1. After this lecture, you appreciate the factors critical to implementing a digital workflow.
2. After this lecture, you will understand how to setup a digital lab.
3. After this lecture, you will appreciate what cases are most appropriate for in-house aligners.
4. After this lecture, you will be able to understand the essentials of becoming your own aligner manufacturer.
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmCelebration Reception with Exhibitors



NESO Boston 2021 Speakers

James McNamaraDr. James A. McNamara

Dr. James A. McNamara, a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, received his dental and orthodontic education at the University of California, San Francisco, and a Doctorate in Anatomy from the University of Michigan.  He serves as the Thomas M. and Doris Graber Endowed Professor Emeritus in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, and Research Professor Emeritus at the Center for Human Growth and Development.  He is the author (with artist William L. Brudon) of the text Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. 

The speaker was the recipient of the 2008 Albert H. Ketcham Award, considered by many the highest award in orthodontics worldwide.  Most recently, the AAO honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Orthodontic Research in 2021.  He also was the recipient of the Milo Hellman Research Award given by the American Association of Orthodontists in 1973 and was the E. Sheldon Friel Memorial Lecturer of the European Orthodontic Society in 1979.  Dr. McNamara also received the Research Recognition Award of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in 1983.  Dr. McNamara has delivered the three named lectures at the annual session of the AAO, including the Salzmann Lecture in 1994, the Mershon Lecture in 2002, and the Edward H. Angle Memorial Lecture in 2014.

Dr. Jim practices in Ann Arbor with his daughter Laurie in a beautiful 1889 Victorian.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He is Editor-in-Chief of the 56 volume Craniofacial Growth Monograph Series published through the University of Michigan.  Dr. McNamara has published over 330 scientific articles in refereed journals, has written, edited or contributed to 80 books, and has presented nearly 450 courses and lectures in 45 countries. 

Jason Cope

Dr. Jason Cope

Jason B. Cope received his DDS, Orthodontic Certificate, and PhD from Baylor College of Dentistry. He has published 32 journal articles, 36 book chapters, and two orthodontic textbooks. In addition, he has given over 320 presentations around the world. Dr. Cope’s private practice is located in Dallas, Texas, where he treats patients 3 days a week. Dr. Cope was a pioneer in the development of Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs). In 2003, he partnered with IMTEC Corp to develop the Ortho Implant, the first US manufactured orthodontic MiniScrew Implant (MSI). He coined the term Temporary Anchorage Devices and the nomenclature system used to describe the various TAD systems. He also developed the Cope Placement ProtocolTM, the first minimally invasive protocol utilizing drill-free MSI placement with topical anesthetic only.

Other MSI protocols and products he developed include the biomechanically-oriented palatal approach to openbite closure, a patented openbite-closing transplatal arch, biomechanically-oriented molar protraction, the temporary replacement of missing lateral incisors in adolescents, a patented locking closed coil spring, as well as Class II and Class III distalization protocols. Most recently, Dr. Cope’s activities have been focused on the integration of digital 3D data into orthodontic workflows. A specific focus is merging the intraoral scan with CBCT data to create a functional working model for digital treatment planning and tooth movement in preparation for customized in-office aligner delivery and digitally guided bonding (DGBTM) with the fabrication of directly printed bonding, thereby avoiding the traditional laboratory process.

Dr. Lou Chmura

Dr. Chmura lectures nationally and internationally to encourage orthodontists to use technology to do more than just straighten teeth. Dr. Chmura is a sought-after advisor to Suresmile, Henry Schein Orthodontics, ICAT, and numerous other companies. Plus, he’s also an Invisalign Premier Provider! Dr. Louis Chmura is an international Educator on various topics – including Sleep Apnea & Orthodontics, Carriere SLX Treatment and Invisalign, and SureSmile. Dr. Chmura is a pioneer in the orthodontic treatment of sleep-disordered breathing and a ground-breaking doctor in accelerated orthodontics.

Dr. Chmura is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dr. Chmura also has written over 20 professional publications and has given over 100 professional lectures on various topics involving using technology to achieve more comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plans. Dr. Chmura has written several textbook chapters on the innovative uses of a Diode laser in an orthodontic office.

LeeAnn Peniche

Ms. LeeAnn Peniche

Through innovative, proven and proprietary Systems, LeeAnn Peniche has consistently brought smiles to orthodontists for more than 30 years. As the founder and President of Peniche & Associates, she has earned a reputation as one of the country’s premier orthodontic consultants who specialize in case acceptance, scripting, marketing and practice systemization. Over 3,000 practices have experienced first-hand her creative outlook, years of expertise and proven track record of success. LeeAnn’s life has been committed to providing Orthodontists and their practices with the tools and Systems for their continued success through lectures, in office training as well as her trademarked Treatment Coordinator IntensiveTM Workshop, Office Management AcademyTM, YES AcademyTM and Millennial Marketing AcademyTM.


Dr Peikar

Dr. Mehdi Peikar

Dr. Mehdi Peikar is the inventor of BRIUS and the founder of BRIUS Technologies, Inc. Dr. Peikar is a practicing orthodontist from the UCLA School of Dentistry. Prior to practicing orthodontics, he received a master’s degree in Quantum Mechanics and Condensed Matter from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D in Biomechanics from Johns Hopkins University. His unique background in academia has been instrumental in the design of BRIUS and continues to drive success in achieving superior biomechanical results. The first BRIUS was tested on a wax model and has since received FDA approval with numerous successful treatments.