North Texas Dentistry Volume 9 Issue 3 2019 ISSUE 3 DE - Page 26

NEWS & notes Dr. Moody Alexander Wins American Association of Orthodontists 2019 Humanitarian Award The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has named Dr. Moody Alexander of Drs. Alexander Orthodontics as the recipient of the 2019 Humanitarian Award for his commitment to giving back and serving others through his volunteer efforts locally and globally. Besides creating numerous opportunities to serve his hometown of Arlington, Texas; Dr. Alexander founded EthiopiaSmile along with his wife, Emily, to bring dental prevention and basic oral hygiene to underserved Ethiopians. He has worked tirelessly to provide healthier living conditions along with medical and dental care for villagers in Dube Bute, Ethiopia. The AAO Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to change the quality of human life that extends beyond the usual scope of private ortho- dontic practice, academic functions or organized dentistry. Representing thousands of orthodontists in Texas and the Southwest, the Southwest Society of Orthodontist nominated Dr. Moody Alexander for this recognition. He accepted this prestigious award on May 5 at the 2019 AAO Annual Session in Los Angeles. “I am so proud of EthiopiaSmile and all the work we have done in the past 11 years. This award is an incredible honor. I hope too that this recognition calls attention to the needs of others so we can engage even more friends, family and patients to join efforts and change lives for the better,” Alexander said. EthiopiaSmile began in 2008 after Alexander noticed the exten- sive dental-related illnesses and mortality spreading across the entire country. Since its creation, EthiopiaSmile has taken six mission trips to Addis Ababa where they helped thousands of 26 NORTH TEXAS DENTISTRY | www.northtexasdentistry.com