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Getting to Know the CAO Board Members

Jay Philippson

Tell us why you decided to become an orthodontist

It was actually an easy decision after spending 3 years practicing general dentistry.  Job satisfaction is almost completely internal as a GP.  You could do the best filling you have ever done in your life and the only person who would know is you.  Your assistant doesn’t know good from bad in most cases and the patient is only happy if you don’t hurt them.  In orthodontics everyone knows.  The satisfaction and pride in doing a good job is rewarded by the smiles at the end.

Tell us what made you want to join the CAO Board of Directors

First of all it was to give back as a volunteer to help in organised dentistry especially our specialty of orthodontics.  However, I have stayed on the Board totally in a selfish effort to maintain the relationships that I have developed over the years.

What was either your funniest or most satisfying moment in your career?

It happened in a parking lot in Duncan.  I had a patient that I was fighting with to wear his elastics.  Months went by and he was forgetting and not really apologetic for it.  I was sitting in my car chatting on the phone with a dental school classmate when I saw Josh walking into Superstore.  I asked my buddy to ‘hold on’ and opened the door and yelled, ‘Hey Josh.  Are you wearing your elastics?’  The next visit he had made an incredible change to his Class II correction and his treatment finished in about 4 months from then.

Tell us about your hobbies or interests outside of work.

I am an avid skier, boater and fisherman.  I also have just taken up mountain biking and do not plan on wearing a cervical collar anytime soon.  I have a woodwork shop where I have made furniture for home and my children and some turned products on my lathe.  

 

Jim Posluns

Tell us why you decided to become an orthodontist

Far and away, the best specialty in dentistry.   Being an orthodontist was the end goal, right from the start

Tell us what made you want to join the CAO Board of Directors

Excellent organization.   Lots of fun.   Great people.   When Gerry Zeit approached me about joining, it was impossible to say no.  

What was either your funniest or most satisfying moment in your career?

Delivering a speech to a bunch of Endodontists on the 10 Reasons why Ortho is Better than Endo.   

Only to be followed by a speech shortly thereafter to a bunch 0f RCDC Fellows on why Ortho is Better than Every Other Speciality (especially Public Health!).  

Tell us about your hobbies or interests outside of work.

Sailing.  Watching old movies on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

Eric Selnes

Tell us why you decided to become an orthodontist

I finished Queen’s with a MSc in Biomechanics.  Went to Dental School…liked Dentistry….LOVED Orthodontics.  Figured that out after Year 2 in Dental School.  Did my Residency and Thesis at Sick Kids and knew Ortho was the only Specialty I wanted to pursue.  Honestly, never looked back…best decision ever!!!

Tell us what made you want to join the CAO Board of Directors

I have always volunteered since being Dental School Class President.  I genuinely wanted to give back to the profession that has been so generous to me.  I value the collegiality, particularly as it literally extends from Coast to Coast in this great Country so after serving as President of the OAO (and after my Wife finished her time on the CAO Board as a Past-President), I decided it was my time to step up and join the CAO Board.  It is a fabulous experience.

What was either your funniest or most satisfying moment in your career?

My proudest career moment was finally venturing out into my own practice and restoring the Pre-Confederation 1861 Historic St. Peter’s Rectory into Heritage Orthodontics.  

The funniest moment in practice for my staff was when my 9-year-old patient told me I looked like a Rock Star with my long curly hair!!!

Tell us about your hobbies or interests outside of work.

I am an avid Wine and Art Collector but travelling is my passion.  We travel all over the globe as a family but we are particularly passionate about our Christmases skiing in the South of France.

 

 

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