At the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual Session in San Diego last month, the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) presented a number of awards at its annual College of Diplomates luncheon.

Andrew J. Haas, DDS, MS, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, received the Dale B. Wade Award of Excellence in Orthodontics, which is awarded to an exemplary senior clinician and board-certified orthodontist who demonstrates exceptional dedication to orthodontics through clinical excellence and/or devoted teaching in the image of the award’s namesake, Wade, who was a past president of the ABO.

A graduate of Loyola University and the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC), he maintained a private practice for 52 years in Cuyahoga Falls. His three sons—Roger, Mark, and Eric—have since taken over the practice. Haas has continuously taught graduate orthodontics for the past 60 years, holding professorships at UIC, Ohio State University, and Loyola.
Haas pioneered and developed all three forms of palatal expansion—rapid, semi-rapid, and slow.

Deborah Priestap, DDS, MS, of Milford, Mich, received the O.B. Vaughan Special Recognition Award, which recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to orthodontic education and furthered the ideals of the ABO.

A graduate of Ohio State University College of Dentistry and University of Detroit, she maintained a private practice in Milford for 23 years. Currently, she is an adjunct professor of graduate orthodontics at the University of Detroit Mercy, a position she has held since 2000. From 1999 to 2015, she served as an adjunct professor of graduate orthodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Priestap is a member of the Michigan Board of Dentistry, which allows her to work with all facets of dentistry. She is also a past president of the Michigan Association of Orthodontists, and past vice president and past director of the Council of Michigan Dental Specialties. She is a board-certified orthodontist and serves as an examiner for the ABO’s board examinations.

Michael Riolo, DDS, MS, of Seattle, received the Earl E. and Wilma S. Shepherd Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual for outstanding dedication and advancement of the ideals and mission of the ABO.

A graduate of the University of Michigan and Georgetown University, Riolo was in private practice in Michigan for 30 years. He is currently a faculty member of the University of Detroit Mercy, serving as an adjunct clinical professor of orthodontics. Board certified in 1981, Riolo began his service with the ABO as its director in 1997. His service culminated with his presidency from 2004 to 2005.

In addition to his involvement in the ABO, Riolo is a past president of the Michigan Association of Orthodontists, as well as a member of the American Dental Association; the AAO; the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists; and the Angle Midwest, a component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists.