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Congratulations, graduations and gratitudes!

Vandana KatyalBOSS Courses

As 2019 draws to a close, I find myself looking back at what has been another incredible – and incredibly busy! – 12 months for BOSS, packed with new course offerings, technological advances and the expansion of our alumni of highly skilled dentists. I am really proud of what we are achieving, both in terms of enhancing outcomes for more patients across Australia, and in progressing the careers of more dental professionals.

This year was a big one for our groundbreaking professional development course, the Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Orthodontics. It is very satisfying to be able to report that, of the 55 dental practitioners that enrolled this year, 51 have already successfully completed their assignments and passed the requirements for the Diploma!

This is a huge achievement for everyone concerned, with graduates being the very first in Australia to receive the accredited qualification PGDip Dig. Orth.(UK). From my interactions with graduates, and from witnessing the high quality of their work, I know that each of them, having done this evidence-based, modern and practical qualification, will work ethically, safely, efficiently and within their scope of practice when managing orthodontic cases.

So, firstly, a huge congratulations goes out to all grads for their diligence and dedication. And, secondly, I give enormous thanks to them for placing their faith in BOSS to deliver this innovative professional development: we know that it will reap dividends both professionally and personally, in terms of the rewarding new challenges they will now experience.

I would also like to thank graduates for their wonderful feedback – it makes it all so much more rewarding to know that the experience

Having always steered away from clear aligners and only stick with fixed braces, I’ve finally decided to give aligners a go this year. BOSS is extremely practical, informative and backed up by heaps of research. Dr. V is a great mentor, she’s always helpful and truthful. The team at BOSS and CCC smiles are just amazing, always there to help you whenever you need, even if it was a question that’s be repetitively asked many many times =p. I would highly recommend BOSS to anyone who wishes to start their journey in digital orthodontics. With Dr. V and her team behind me, my confidence level is soooo much higher and I feel like I am delivering my treatment to a higher standard and overall making me a better clinician. Thank you Dr. Vandana!!

Dr Claire Chiu, Dentist VIC

On the subject of giving thanks, you may be familiar with the concept of ‘daily gratitudes’ – the process of consciously taking a few moments each day to consciously contemplate and give thanks for something good in your life. So many of us lead such busy lives these days, multitasking and rushing from one thing to the next, that a state of stress can become the norm and obscure the elements of good fortune that we enjoy. Even a few seconds of mindful reflection, and giving thanks, is good for the soul and helps to put into perspective the difficulties we sometimes face.

Smile Train, the corporate give-back partner that BOSS supports is a great example of this. Just looking at a snapshot of what these wonderful people do to transform the lives of poor kids with cleft lip and palate also prompts us to give thanks for the blessed lives that we live here in Australia. On behalf of myself and Smile Train, I would also like to say a big thanks to you for helping us fund these lifechanging operations. For each BOSS course enrolment, we donate the cost of one surgery.

Without corrective surgery, these kids are destined to live lives curtailed by severely restricted social, educational and employment opportunities, so we are incredibly proud of the fact that in 2019, BOSS and our associated companies have directly funded these operations for 55 children. That’s 55 lives completely and utterly transformed for the better.

These kids did not have access to medical care and some had to travel hours to get this surgery, often sleeping on hospital floors when no beds were available. Our mission in 2020 is to help 100 children – and with your kind referral or review of BOSS courses, we will be well on track to achieve this goal.

Last, but not least, I would like to say thank you to our sponsors and to my team for making every Best Orthodontic Seminars and Sessions event this year so successful. Every member of the team has been absolutely integral to our growing success, so we raise a glass of thanks and acknowledgement, and toast to another wonderful year to come.

 

‘To a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020!’

What People Are Saying

  • Having always steered away from clear aligners and only stuck with fixed braces, I’ve finally decided to give aligners a go this year. BOSS is extremely practical, informative and backed up by heaps of research. Dr. V is a great mentor, she’s always helpful and truthful. The team at BOSS and CCC smiles are just amazing, always there to help you whenever you need, even if it was a question that’s been repetitively asked many many times. I would highly recommend BOSS to anyone who wishes to start their journey in digital orthodontics. With Dr. V and her team behind me, my confidence level is soooo much higher and I feel like I am delivering my treatment to a higher standard and overall making me a better clinician. Thank you Dr. V!!

    Dr Claire Chiu, Dentist QLD
  • I joined BOSS in 2018 for the full year, and the wealth of knowledge that Vandana shares is immeasurable! This course is perfect for absolute beginners and also those with more experience, and Vandana caters it perfectly for the whole group. All her information is evidence based and very relatable for general dentists, giving you information that those “generic” 1-3 day clear aligner courses cannot give you. BOSS is a very comprehensive course. I highly recommend it, I plan to join BOSS again!

    Dr Michelle Sujenie, Dentist VIC
  • Since I have joined the postgraduate diploma in orthodontics I have noticed all the applied practical learning/knowledge on my patients and I am only half way through the year. Dr Vandana is a genuine educator. She goes way beyond to simplify every lecture and I really like her evidence based information and that is available for us 24/7. Her webinars helped a lot for busy dentists and loved the feedback we get in the one on one sessions with our cases. It make us think every step of the way. But the best thing I like is to see she is giving back to the community and her association with Smile Train in helping children with cleft palate is just beyond words. Thank you so much for being nice and approachable.

    Dr Claudia Braybon, Dentist
  • I just attended the 2018 Boss Course 1 in Melbourne. It was a comprehensive introduction into orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning. I have walked away feeling confident in my knowledge and abilities. I recommend this course to beginners and those with more experience. The group was small and the course felt tailored to our individual levels of experience. Dr Katyal was so kind and approachable and generously shared her knowledge. The course was heavily scientifically based and Dr Katyal frequently referred to the literature and gave recommended pre-readings to enhance our knowledge and make the most of the session.

    Dr Rachael McDonald, Dentist, Melbourne
  • Dr Katyal shares so much of her own protocol and is extremely generous not only with her time but with the well thought out information she provides along with the course such as inventory lists, marketing material and case presentation templates. She tailors her advice to your own experience and helps with appropriate case selection, points out possible pitfalls and helps you understand how to overcome them. The course is also up-to-date using the latest technologies in orthodontics and is heavily evidence-based.

    I would recommend it to anyone wanting to start doing some orthodontic treatment or looking for a more comprehensive course to assist in some ortho they are already doing.

    Dr Becky Dudman, Melbourne
  • This course has taken my knowledge of clear aligner orthodontics to the next level. In a field which is historically protected/guarded by the orthodontic profession Dr Vandana is very generous with her years of specialist knowledge and experience. I would highly recommend this to every dentist wanting to incorporate clear aligners in their practice.

    Dr Justin Ward, Dentist NSW

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