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May 9, 2023

Dr. Roberto Hernández Orsini  Installed as Secretary/Treasurer of The American Board of Orthodontics

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) installed Roberto Hernández Orsini, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.S., of Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, as secretary/treasurer for the year beginning April 23, 2023.

The other 2023-2024 officers of the ABO are Timothy S. Trulove, D.M.D., M.S., of Montgomery, Ala., president; Jae Hyun Park, D.M.D., M.S.D., M.S., Ph.D., of Phoenix, Ariz., president-elect; and Patrick F. Foley, D.D.S., M.S.D., of Mundelein, Ill., immediate past president.

The ABO directors are responsible for establishing policy concerning the board certification of specialists in orthodontics. Each ABO director represents one of the eight constituent organizations of the AAO and serves an eight-year term, which culminates in the position of president. During his tenure as an ABO director, Dr. Hernández Orsini  has represented the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists (MASO). As secretary/treasurer, Dr. Hernández Orsini, is chair of the Clinical Committee and a member of the Executive and Certification Committees.

Dr. Hernández Orsini is associate professor in the graduate orthodontic program at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine. He is also an assistant adjunct professor in orthodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, and maintains a private practice in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. He is board certified and an examiner for the ABO. He is also a member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists, Midwest Component.

Dr. Hernández Orsini earned his master’s degree and certificate in orthodontics from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. His dental degree and pre-dental education are from the University of Puerto Rico. He also holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina.

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 as the first specialty board in dentistry, The American Board of Orthodontics is partnered with the American Association of Orthodontists and is recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards as the national certifying board for orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. 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 successful completion 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.

May 8, 2023

ABO Announces Newly Certified/Recertified Orthodontists

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) granted certification to 165 orthodontists during the first and second quarters of 2023, while another 26 orthodontists completed their 10-year certification renewal requirements. 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.

Attaining first-time ABO certification requires successful completion of the Written Examination and then the Clinical Examination. Orthodontists gaining recertification must successfully complete the Recertification Examination and requirements.

“On behalf of the Board, I congratulate all those who have completed the certification or certification renewal processes,” said Dr. Patrick F. Foley, ABO 2022-2023 president.  “The continued interest in pursuing certification sends to the public the message that excellent orthodontic care can be best delivered by the orthodontic specialist.”

The ABO currently represents 61% of AAO membership.

To learn more about ABO certification and the Scenario-Based Clinical Examination, visit The website offers information about the Clinical and Written Examinations, including study aids and registration information.

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

Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists

 Newly Board Certified

Dr. Ashley Bancroft-Dobrin

Dr. James M. Barra

Dr. Amy E. Buchler

Dr. Marie-Elena Cronin

Dr. Nicole Czajka

Dr. Leyla R. Davoody

Dr. Ashtyn Goodreau

Dr. Angelica Maria Herrera

Dr. Avigael Rebecca Lerman

Dr. Sheira Lee Ramos Velez

Dr. Ashima Sharma

Dr. Elizabeth Carter Stapleton Leiner

Dr. Jingyi Wang

Dr. Robert Yu

Dr. Wenjing Yu

Dr. Sara Zadmehr


Dr. Alicia P. Stoutland

Dr. Kelly A. Wray

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