Doctor earns orthodontic group’s top honor

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Dr. Maridin Lacson, president of International Association for Orthodontics, presents the organization’s top award to Dr. Kennth Lau of Pendleton during the group’s annual conference in Oahu, Hawaii. Lau also was elected during the conference to replace Lacson as president.

PENDLETON — Dr. Kenneth Lau of TMJ Treatment Center in Pendleton was elected president of the International Association for Orthodontics in April during the group’s annual conference in Oahu, Hawaii.

The IAO is the world’s largest general practice orthodontic organization, according to a press release.

Lau has initiated a cooperative academic venture between the IAO and The Duisburg-Essen International Medical College to provide a university level orthodontic specialty program, the press release stated. The seminars conducted by Lau are also registered with the Indiana State Board of Dental examiners and are ADA CERP.

The IAO also presented its top honor, The Pinsker Award, to Lau during the conference.

The award is named in memory of the association’s founder, Dr. Leon Pinsker. The award recognizes significant and lasting contributions promoting the inclusive, educational goals for which Pinsker fought, the press release states.

According to the IAO website, the organization was established in the United States in 1961 to promote international cooperation in the orthodontic field of dentistry. It is “a progressive and dynamic organization of general dentists, pediatric dentists and other dentists that provide orthodontic care to patients. … The association has a wide variety of programs in orthodontics training, education, professional support, clinical experience and literature. Today the IAO has thousands of member dentists in over 40 different countries.”

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