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I have taken time to reflect on my good fortune to have known John Baranko as a friend and mentor. He was peerless in his devotion to his family, friends, patients, peers and his profession. Our heartfelt condolences to Joy, his family, and friends. John was a gentle man and a true loss to the human community. He will be greatly missed.

The key generation of leadership and inspiration (the transition from Dr. Wiebrecht to the present) is being strained. Springing from uncommon mentors such as Jack Hockel, Terry McRoberts, Berne Howard, Jack Clark, John Baranko and Bill Nequette are a group of clinical researchers, educators, innovators and clinicians. Common to this organization as a reflection of our mentors is the desire to share this important philosophy with all who will listen who possess the desire of improving patient care and quality of life. Doctors like Frank Marasa, Darick Nordstrom, Conrad Sack, Steve Saffold, Tom Paison, Gideon Nussbaum, Jim Kennedy, John Young, Brian Hockel, Dave Arnold and Dave Woodhams are a cross section of the many practitioners in this organization who are a wealth of relevant clinical information and talent unsurpassed by any group. Even though we have a membership with a diverse educational background and treatment philosophy, our common strength is the concept of organic occlusion and the Crozat philosophy of therapy.

Our only limitation in being able to share the Crozat philosophy of malocclusion therapy is our own ability to quantify our results. Much of the orthodontic literature is anecdotal, and a weakness of orthodontic research is due to the difficulty in gathering data from a large enough pool to be substantiated. This opens a huge door for us to enter if we will only step through. We have the tools to quantify our orthodontic pre- and post-treatment records. Through digital photographs, superimposed cephs (also digital), gnathologically mounted models, and Kernott analysis, the transverse functional philosophy of treatment can be quantified, and our well kept secret path to a functional, nondestructive organic occlusion can be shared with the whole profession.

Please, for the health of this organization and the legacy of your mentors (if not for yourself) develop a system and delegate responsibility to your staff to complete the task of obtaining pre- and post- treatment records that are able to be quantified. This would afford our organization a treasure trove of substantiated treatment philosophy that could readily be published.

It is a genuine leap of faith for our students to begin orthodontic/orthopedic education and to offer this therapy to their patients. I congratulate them for taking the leap into a treatment philosophy and an organization that offers any curious doctor a wealth of information and satisfaction. I know that much of my success can be directly related to the mentors and friendships made available to me in the AAGO.

See you in Ireland, Phoenix, San Diego, Phoenix and Philadelphia.

David O. Olson, DDS
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Title Annotation:President's Message; American Academy of. Gnathologic Orthopedics
Author:Olson, David O.
Publication:American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics Journal
Article Type:Speech
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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