I attended the National Autonomous University in Mexico City for my Doctorate of Dental Surgery and hold two degrees in orthodontics, one from Mexico, the other a Specialty in Orthodontics from Howard University’s Postgraduate Program, in Washington, D.C.
Every year I complete many hours of continuing education. In addition to attending numerous lectures, seminars, and conferences, I participate in the Damon® and Insignia™ Forums, am part of the Spears Study Group, and the Northern Virginia Orthodontic Study Club.
With the constant changes in orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments and technologies, it’s essential I remain current. My patients trust me to provide the highest level of care; continuing education ensures I exceed their expectations.
Dr. Calkins is a constant student and invests in her education with access to seminars of unique quality in the Specialty of Orthodontics, Temporomandibular Joint and Dental Sleep Medicine. During 2014, she has participated in the following seminars :
AMERICAN BOARD OF ORTHODONTICS DOCTOR CERTIFICATION
The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) was founded in 1929. It is the oldest and most prestigious specialty board in dentistry. The ABO’s aim is to elevate the standards of the practice of orthodontia, to familiarize the public with its aim and ideals, and to protect the public against irresponsible and unqualified practitioners.
The Board upholds four main objectives supported by its mission:
To become board certified, an orthodontist has to pass a rigorous set of written and clinical examinations, as well as a comprehensive review of his or her credentials. The initial process of becoming board certified can take anywhere from five to ten years. Once certified, the orthodontist must become recertified every ten years to maintain board-certified status.
A board-certified orthodontist, also known as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, has been voluntarily examined by his or her peers on the basis of knowledge and clinical skills. Becoming board certified signifies the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.
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