Dr.-Valmy-KulbershThe American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) House of Delegates, has elected Valmy P. Kulbersh, DDS, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich, to serve as a director of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Kulbersh is the first woman to be elected to this position.

Each ABO director represents one of the eight constituent organizations of the AAO and serves an 8-year term, which culminates in the position of the president. During her tenure as an ABO director, Kulbersh will establish policy with regard to the board certification of specialists in orthodontics, representing the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists (GLAO). She will become president in 2020, replacing Scott Jamieson, DDS, of Marquette, Mich.

Kulbersh, who has been a diplomate of the ABO since 1988, is a member of the ABO Written Examination and Technology Committees. In addition, she is the ABO liaison to the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics.

“Orthodontics is my passion,” Kulbersh said. “The American Board of Orthodontics’ main purpose is to elevate the level of orthodontic care for the public by encouraging excellence in orthodontic practice. As I join the directorship of the ABO, I will continue to embrace its mission statement for the betterment of our patients’ care and our profession.”

Kulbersh operates a full-time practice in Sterling Heights, Mich, and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit. She is a past president of the Michigan Association of Orthodontists and the GLAO, and is a component director to the Angle Midwest Component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists. She is also a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the International College of Dentists. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the GLAO. She is a member of the AAO and the ADA.

Kulbersh graduated from the National University of Asuncion Dental School in Asuncion, Paraguay, in 1974. She went on to specialize in orthodontics, graduating from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry in 1977.