by Shadi Samawi
“The shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story.” ~ Anthony de Mello
Almost 10 years ago, at the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO) meeting in Paris, France, I attended a full day course by the late & great Dr. Vince Kokich. It was one of the most memorable courses I have ever had the pleasure of attending in my professional career to date. A very engaging and knowledgeable speaker, Dr. Kokich thrilled us with his brilliant story-telling approach, and in the process, provided us with excellent tips and ideas about multidisciplinary management of various orthodontic problems. It was a long day, but I clearly remember I was so engaged throughout it all, that when it was finally time to wrap up, I felt so disappointed that it was over, and wanted more. Very few speakers would leave you wanting more, as Dr. Kokich did.
As I was going back through my archive of orthodontic articles, I re-discovered this Editorial piece written by Dr. Kokich himself a few years ago in the American Journal of Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJODO), of which he was Editor-in-Chief at the time. It was titled The key to adult orthodontics, but I believe it is as relevant to all dental professionals aiming for excellence, as it is to orthodontists.
Sadly, Dr. Kokich passed away last year, but no one can tell the story better than the storyteller himself, so I’ll leave you to read it in his own words, hoping that – regardless of your field of specialty – its message would come across loud and clear.
Click the image below to enlarge and read the full Editorial.