Fellow NESO Colleagues,
First of all, I want to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and successful 2019!
With the close of what was an innovative and exciting NESO annual session at Mohegan Sun, I was inducted as President of our organization, and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.
I have been involved in NESO for roughly ten years, during which I have tried to learn as much as possible about organized dentistry and orthodontics on both the local and national level. At the time when I first became involved with NESO, I didn’t think that I would ever find myself in the position to be writing this article. However, over the years, I realized how important it was for me to have a voice in the direction that both NESO and the AAO were headed. At the time, there were few young (less than ten years out of residency) female volunteers at either the local or national levels, which was even more of an incentive for me to step out of my comfort zone and volunteer. I can not express how much both my professional and personal life have been enriched by my involvement in NESO and the AAO, as I have had the opportunity to help change the direction of both organizations while forging deep and meaningful friendships with people I would have otherwise never met.
I hope to spend the next year serving NESO with the same passion and determination, and to steer our organization in a progressive and forward-thinking direction. I encourage and implore you to reach out with any recommendations, thoughts, suggestions and concerns. The future of our specialty is of utmost importance to me, and I am firm in my belief that we are stronger in numbers. I also encourage anyone who is interested in becoming involved to reach out, as our future voice depends on the infusion of fresh minds and passionate individuals.
It is my honor to serve you, our NESO members, and look forward to the year ahead.