AAO Voluntary Certification Program® Participant Testimonials

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Since its inception in 2010, the AAO Voluntary Certification Program® has made a positive impact on orthodontic staff members’ careers, as well as their practices and patients. Read below to see what program participants have to say about their experiences.

“Having the AAO Voluntary Certification makes me more confident in my orthodontic career. It gives me the confidence I need to talk with patients and parents about orthodontics. It also shows the commitment I have made to orthodontics.”
Melissa Carstens, SOA
Shaumburg, IL
 
“Being certified sends a clear message that you are committed to your career in orthodontics. Most patients realize that being certified requires taking continuing education courses and demands a high level of expertise and professionalism.”
Lisa Augustine, SOA
Schaumburg, IL
 
“I believe voluntary certification acknowledges a level of assisting not yet recognized and helps maintain a high standard of skills and knowledge.”
Christy Campie, SOA
Clinton, IA
 
“Certification helps my career by letting the doctor know I care about my work and always strive to learn and achieve all I can for my profession.”
Joanne Schweitzer, SOA
Simi Valley, CA
 
“I feel confident and it gives us acknowledgement for what we do. Because we don’t just assist; we do a lot of orthodontic work and adjustments.”
Krysta Uribe, SOA
Piru, CA
 
"Certification gives extra confidence to us as assistants and hopefully erases all sense of doubt for our patients, as to our professionalism."
Carmela LoCascio, SOA
Homer Glen, IL

“Certification shows that I have taken the opportunity to learn more in the orthodontic field so I may be knowledgeable to patients.”
Kelly Gere, SOA
Aubrey, TX
 
“Certification contributes to my personal growth and confirms my level of knowledge and skill.”
Marsha DeRosia, SOA
Ann Arbor, MI

"Orthodontic assisting is at its highest level when training, education and experience are maximized; the orthodontic assistant certification exemplifies this goal."
Dr. Barry Booth

Homer Glen, IL

“Certification helps set a standard for which we should aspire, which allows us to better care for our patients.”
Dr. Spencer Pope
Flossmoor, IL
 
“It is a logical progression that orthodontic specialists would want to have assistants on their patient care team who specialize in orthodontic assisting and have taken the additional steps necessary to recognize that advanced training.”
Lisa Augustine, SOA
Schaumburg, IL
 
“The certification process gave me insight into the areas where I was strong and where I needed to concentrate on improving.”
Marsha DeRosia, SOA
Ann Arbor, MI

“The specialty of orthodontic assisting is helped by certification by encouraging assistants to learn new techniques and refresh what they already know but haven’t heard for a long time.”
Katie Lendrim, SOA
Potomac Falls, VA
 
“Certification ensures you know the facts about the field to deliver the best treatment and experience for the patients.”
Chelsie Odom, SOA
Lewisville, TX
 
“Patients like to see certificates and diplomas, because they make them feel more confident.”
Mandi Vergara, SOA
Little Elm, TX
 
“Certification would mean a dental assistant has more skills and value to the orthodontist.”
Christy Campie, SOA
Clinton, IA

"Certification displays the level of expertise and dedication I have in my profession."
Carmela LoCascio, SOA
Homer Glen, IL

"Certification gives our team confidence and pride in our profession. Patients appreciate the level of expertise and training the orthodontic assistants in our practice have achieved."
Dr. Barry Booth
Homer Glen, IL

“Having a staff of Specialized Orthodontic Assistants® can bring much success to a practice. The patients and parents should have more confidence in the practice knowing the doctors and the staff have done as much as they can to have a well-trained and qualified staff. The confidence level of the certified assistants will definitely show with the quality of care that is given.”
Melissa Carstens, SOA
Shaumburg, IL
 
“Becoming certified helps the practice by ensuring that all of the assistants have up-to-date information and resources. It also looks great for the doctor to have certified assistants because not all orthodontic practices do – it may make the parents more confident that their child is receiving the best care because the assistants are formally educated in how to work in the mouth.”
Katie Lendrim, SOA
Potomac Falls, VA
 
“Becoming certified contributes to the success of the practice by showing our patients we continually keep up on our credits and our knowledge in the field.”
Joanne Schweitzer, SOA
Simi Valley, CA
 
“If our assistants know we expect a higher level of professionalism and proficiency from them, they will in turn be more proud of the job they do.”
Christy Campie, SOA
Clinton, IA

“Certification helps place patients at more ease knowing they have a certified professional working with them.”
Angela Hickman, SOA

Schaumburg, IL
 
“The more knowledgeable assistants are the more they can help the patients.”
Mandi Vergara, SOA
Little Elm, TX
 
“Patients are aware we specialize in our work and are more confident we do great work.”
Krysta Uribe, SOA
Piru, CA
 
“Certification will give me more self-assurance and self-belief for the patient.”
Angie Diaz, SOA
Westlake Village, CA
 
“Being certified makes me feel confident in procedures.”
Marsha DeRosia, SOA
Ann Arbor, MI

"Patients appreciate the level of training and expertise in our practice."
Carmela LoCascio, SOA
Homer Glen, IL

“My assistants are reinvigorated and enthusiastic about orthodontics, which carries over to their care of the patients, creating a wonderful work environment and experience for the patients.”
Dr. Spencer Pope
Flossmoor, IL

"Our patients trust and respect Booth Orthodontics for the clinical assisting team's experience and training."
Dr. Barry Booth

Homer Glen, IL 

“The assistants could be proud of their accomplishment and we as a practice could highlight the fact that we have attained a higher level of orthodontic assisting and professionalism.”
Christy Campie, SOA
Clinton, IA

"The Specialized Orthodontic Assistant® program allows our practice to soar above the rest. Our patients can feel at ease that the assistants of Booth Orthodontics have taken the initiative to excel in their profession."
Carmela LoCascio, SOA
Homer Glen, IL
 
“Having a Specialized Orthodontic Assistant® gives potential patients the security that they are being given the best care by knowledgeable assistants.”
Jamie Perry, SOA
Justin, TX
 
“Having an SOA assures the patients that they will get the best treatment expected by knowing the assistants are experienced.”
Chelsie Odom, SOA
Lewisville, TX

“I have noticed an increase in respect, not only from the doctor and other assistants, but also from our patients.”
Krysta Uribe, SOA
Piru, CA
 
“Becoming certified enhanced my reputation, my knowledge, my legitimacy and my confidence.”
Marsha DeRosia, SOA
Ann Arbor, MI
 
“Having the SOA certification lets people know employees are willing to go to the extreme.”
Vy Nguyen, SOA
Haltom City, TX