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Congratulations, graduations and gratitudes!

Congratulations, graduations and gratitudes!

Vandana KatyalBOSS Courses, Dr Katyal’s Publications

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.

Congratulations, graduations and gratitudes!

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

  • I completed the BOSS UK Diploma in 2021 and when it became available, signed up for the AU course as well. I completed the AU course at the end of last year and can honestly say BOSS (now Digital Orthodontic College) has completely changed my approach to clear aligner treatments and increased my confidence with treatment planning immensely. The fact that the course is 100% online was a huge drawcard for me initially since I have two young children, work clinically part-time and run my own business. It allowed me the flexibility to study when I had the chance and didn’t result in any loss of clinical time. Dr V is extremely passionate about orthodontics and more importantly sharing her wisdom and that comes through in her approach to teaching. The course is extremely comprehensive (NB: the AU course has quite a few complex assessments) and covers everything starting from the basics of tooth movement, which sets a good foundation and is therefore suitable even for beginners. The monthly/bimonthly webinars allow students to share cases and is a safe space, non-judgmental and therefore an incredible learning platform. I had been doing clear aligner treatments prior to starting this course, but BOSS helped me see patients with new eyes and has overhauled my treatment planning approach. I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone interested in learning, or to extend their knowledge about, clear aligner treatments.

    Thank you so much Dr V!

    Dr Lora Banicevic, Dentist NSW
  • The Australian accredited 10905NAT Graduate Diploma of Digital Orthodontic Treatment offers comprehensive training in the field, gives the candidate the opportunity to do things in a self-paced manner, while getting a personalised 1-on-1 learning experience with Dr Vandana Katyal. It was an excellent choice for me and gave me the flexibility to get the well-designed training done in my own time frame. I would strongly recommend the course to any practitioners who is looking to upskill themselves with a no-compromise high quality course, while also having to juggle between busy practices and family schedules.

    Dr Charles Sun, Dentist WA
  • I started this course unsure of how much I would benefit. The in-person lectures were fantastic (although the course is now 100% online) where I made good friends and learned a lot. The online resources are extensive and second to none, accessible at your convenience. The webinars were great – usually with the right mix of teaching, cases demonstrated and the attendees’ cases being discussed. I was also invited to deliver a webinar on intra-oral scanners, 3D printers and in house aligner manufacturing (from a dentist’s point of view) – which I enjoyed.
    Most of all the course gave significantly more confidence what can be done with aligners, how plan the setup efficiently with the end in mind and how to make the processes to get there smoother. As a result, a MUCH larger chunk of my work is now aligner based. My conversion rate for aligner treatments has definitely increased along with my confidence. The course has easily paid for itself. Full disclosure: I was invited to deliver a webinar on intra-oral scanners, 3D printers and in house aligner manufacture to my BOSS batch mates, which I also thoroughly enjoyed doing. I declined any remuneration for this, although it was offered.
    Dr Shammi Moopen, 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 NSW
  • Received my Diploma in Digital Orthodontics from BOSS and couldn’t be more stoked! Huge shout out to Dr Vandana Katyal and the BOSS team for a wonderful year. I would recommend BOSS to every dentist no matter their level of experience with Orthodontics and clear aligners. Starting off with barely any orthodontic experience, I have commenced about 9 cases in the matter of months and BOSS gave me the confidence to predictably deliver results for my patients through clear aligners which are the future of modern orthodontics.
    Dr Sarang Sathe, Dentist NSW
  • I chose Boss’s clear aligner diploma because I wanted to know the latest evidence based practice to enhance my treatment planning and case execution. I now have a much better understanding of how to diagnose, what movements can be done and what will get me into trouble. The flexible nature of the course delivery also fit perfectly into full time work and my otherwise packed schedule. The monthly case presentation webinars are also great to not only get feedback from Dr Katyal, but also to validate your own thoughts self-assess and see how you are tracking with your learning.

    Dr Gregory Nguyễn, Dentist NSW

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