The ABO was founded in 1929 and is the oldest specialty board in dentistry. The ABO was first established by Dr. Albert Ketcham and several colleagues who believed that the specialty of orthodontics should have a certifying body.
Board certification is an elective process, and only 40% of all orthodontists are board certified. The first step of the certification process is an examination of the applicant’s credentials. Only dentists who have completed an advanced education program in orthodontics approved by CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) are eligible to apply for certification. Next, Dr. Sturgill had to pass a written examination. Lastly, he had to present six cases with an oral defense of their treatment and must also undergo an oral examination of cases presented by the Board for analysis.
Dr. Sturgill is thankful to the whole staff at Gardner Orthodontics, as well as his patients and family for supporting him in this accomplishment: “I feel a strong responsibility to provide the highest level of care to our patients and our community. I am committed in my pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in the field orthodontics.”
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Sturgill for his recent accomplishment on becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics!