Welcome to The Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists!

The Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists (GLAO) is a constituent of the American Association of Orthodontists. The GLAO advocates on behalf of its members and promotes the value and advancement of the Specialty of Orthodontics. Component organizations of the GLAO include: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario (Canada), and Pennsylvania (west of the Alleghenies).

A Message from The GLAO President...

Dr. Walter Schratz

As Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion of the world famously quipped, “Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.”   Well COVID-19 provided the knockout punch for our face-to-face Annual Session planned for Cleveland, Ohio in September, 2020.   With great uncertainty still persuasive in many areas of the country, and with the highest regard for the health, safety and welfare of our members, staff, partners and the communities they serve, we made this most difficult decision.  Your board met via virtual medium to discuss the matter exploring an array of scenarios, none of which provided the security necessary to conduct such a meeting.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time in the course of human history.  Although, saddened with the acknowledgement that we won’t be seeing you in person, know that we are still maintaining an active interest in you and your teams’ behalf.  Current information regarding a variety of topics with associated resources is posted routinely on the website for your use.  

Many practices have already begun resumption of their daily operations within the context of the new “normal.”  To that end, the GLAO Annual Session planning committee is working to provide an abbreviated virtual experience, that’s timely and relevant for all members.  In the course of the next few months, many changes are likely and we want to present to our members the most up to date and accurate program possible.

Be on the look out for more information coming your way.  If you haven’t done so, as a way to stay connected, consider joining the GLAO Facebook page.  As always, please feel free to contact myself, the board or our executive association for any concerns. 

Lastly, I take great pride in being your president and know difficult these times have been.  My desire is to take former Harvard Law School graduate and football coach, Daron K. Roberts advice, “Most people are long on advice and short on action.”   Our goal is to be more of the latter and provide meaningful, directed information for everyone’s benefit.  Stay the course.

Dr. Walter W. Schratz
2019-2020 GLAO President


We moved!
Effective Jan. 1, 2020
the GLAO office location will be:
400 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Ste. 120
Worthington, OH  43085.

Two New At-Large Trustees Selected to Join AAO Board

Dr. Valmy Pangrazio-Kulbersh Installed as President of TheAmerican Board of Orthodontics

News and Information Regarding COVID-19

Learn About the AAO Donated Orthodontic Services Program!

E-News Deadlines:

May 15, 2020
August 15, 2019
November 15, 2020
February 15, 2021


Read the May Issue
of the GLAO E-News



GLAO 2020 Virtual Educational Experience
September 26, 2020

GLAO 2021 Annual Session
October 14-16, 2021
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana

GLAO 2022 Annual Session
September 15-18, 2022
Hilton Cleveland Downtown
Cleveland, Ohio



View our current newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest news and information, council reports and career opportunities for GLAO members.

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2020 GLAO Virtual Educational Experience

A virtual educational experience is being planned for Saturday, September 26th

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GLAO Leadership 19-20


Our qualified board members are dedicated to educating and informing our members about the latest advancements and research in orthodontics.

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The Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists

  • The Great Lakes Association of Orthodontist - 400 W. Wilson Bridge Rd., Suite 120, Worthington, OH 43085 Phone: (877) 274-6420, (614) 221-5720 Fax: (614) 221-1989

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