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Dental School Alumnus Dr. Tom Bales Named a Director of American Association of Orthodontists Foundation

May  12, 2010

Tom BalesDr. Tom Bales '74B was recently named a director of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF) and will serve as the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists' (PCSO) representative to the AAOF.

As an AAOF board member, Bales will be responsible for helping to select grant recipients while supporting orthodontic research and education.

The AAOF board controls a $27 million endowment that makes grants each year to orthodontic educators throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1995, it has given out over $7 million in awards.

Two faculty members from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Orthodontic Department recently received awards and funding from the AAOF. Drs. Hee Soo Oh and Sheldon Baumrind were among a handful of orthodontic faculty from throughout the U.S. to have earned the AAOF recognition this year.

In addition to his roles with PCSO and AAOF, Bales is currently the secretary/treasurer of the California Association of Orthodontists, which represents the 1,200 orthodontists in the state. He remains involved with the Dugoni School of Dentistry, where he is a current member of the school's admissions committee. He also is a past president of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation.

Bales runs a successful orthodontic practice with two Bay Area locations along with his daughter, Katie, also a graduate of the Dugoni School of Dentistry. She is currently a member of the dental school's orthodontic faculty.

To learn more about PCSO visit and for details about AAOF, visit

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Category Type: Alumni, Honors and Awards

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