Greetings! November marks the time of year when we pause to give thanks. I am deeply thankful for the wonderful profession of orthodontics and for the patients that I have the privilege to care for. I am thankful that we are returning to meeting in person and for the resources and technology that allowed us to stay connected during challenging times. I am also thankful for the opportunity to serve as President of the Executive Board of the New York State Society of Orthodontists as we reset our goals to better serve the members of our great State.

NYSSO is a component of NESO. Our mission is to promote excellence in orthodontics through engagement, communication, advocacy, and continuing education. New initiatives include expanded communications through email and the NYSSO newsletter, virtual continuing education programs, new social events, and advocacy for legislative issues that impact the way we practice.

Engagement of new and younger members is a priority; they are the future of our profession. NYSSO recently sponsored a successful Halloween event for New York orthodontic residents with over 115 in attendance! Take a look at some of the fun and fresh faces in the event Gallery below. Their enthusiasm gives me confidence that our profession’s future is in good hands.

Advocacy matters! NYSSO is working closely with the AAO Advocacy team to address the issue of the certified dental assistant workforce shortage and other regulatory issues important to our members in New York State.  We will be sending out more important updates on all the fantastic efforts from the NYSSO leadership. Stay tuned!

Thank you to the contributors and to our support team at NESO that helped to make this very first NYSSO newsletter a reality. I hope you will enjoy the content and will take the time to get to know the members of the NYSSO Executive Board. We look forward to your suggestions for topics at future educational sessions and hope that you will join us for our virtual CE event on Thursday, November 10th at 7:00 pm featuring Chris Bentson. See more information on the event and register below!

Membership matters; there is still much work to be done. Let’s work together to keep our wonderful profession strong!

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and joyful holiday season!

Best Regards,
Yanique D. Le-Cadre, D.M.D, M.S.
President, New York State Society of Orthodontists