Mother of Pearls Conference (MOPC) 2018 2018-09-22T06:36:25+00:00

Mother of Pearls Conference (MOPC) 2018

Priceless pearls from the best in the world!
The oysters will be opened

Mother of Pearls Conference (MOPC) 2018

The Cove - Orthodontic Conference Venue
Priceless pearls from the best in the world!
The oysters will be opened
Mother of Pearl Orthodontic Conference

12 Continuing Education Credits Available

October 19th – 21st

The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation

5141 California Ave #200
Irvine, CA 92617

  • Friday: “Kravitz Kickoff” streamed lecture & social event
  • Saturday: Full day of lectures
  • Sunday: Half day of lectures

$795 Value Pricing

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About the Conference

Orthodontists, United! A meeting for orthodontists, by orthodontists. No gimmicks, fluff, or celebrities; just a pearl-packed educational opportunity from respected voices that is designed to transform your practice with actionable tips and tricks with a fantastic ROI. Guidance to help bridge the gap between epiphany and implementation, to get you to start DOING (aren’t we all tired of getting excited about what we COULD be doing, only to feel confused, isolated, and powerless in knowing where to start?). Spicing it up with fresh tools and opportunities so orthodontists have more choices and can learn what we must do in the modern landscape to survive and thrive (and not allow more strident, corporate voices to drown us out). Don’t miss this! Infinitely more valuable than a few helpful pearls . . . this is The Mother of Pearls!

CE Credits Administered By:

Speaker Line-up

  • Douglas Andrew

  • Jason Cope

  • Oleg Eisenstein
  • Dwight Frey

  • Ann Marie Gorczyca

  • Cole Johnson

  • Greg Jorgensen

  • Kliff Kapus

  • Bob Miller

  • Brandon Owen

  • John Pham

  • Tom Pitts

  • John Pobanz

  • Dovi Prero

  • Adam Schulhoff

Conference Details

Orthodontic Pearls has always been about keeping it real: being transparent and balanced, generously sharing information and techniques that will help each other, provide the best patient care, and lift our profession. The Mother of Pearls Conference is an extension of the aims of Orthodontic Pearls—respected voices coming together to do just that.

Set in a high-tech, yet smaller and more intimate venue, the first annual MOPC aims to get you up close to the action and to rub shoulders with speakers and all your Pearls colleagues.

A weekend in October is a fantastic time to visit SoCal! With easy access from John Wayne International or Long Beach airport, we have arranged a special MOPC group rate of $199/night at the following Marriott hotels:

  • Fashion Island (Main)
  • Bayview (Overflow when Fashion Island books up)
Click to Book Hotel with Pearls Discount and Free Event Shuttle

Or Call
(877) 622-3056

(NOTE: Shuttle fare is on us! For your savings and convenience, we have paid for an event shuttle serving only those at our official, discounted Marriott hotel. So, make your life easy–book this hotel! Take advantage of the exclusive Pearls pricing, enjoy the beautiful location and the great amenities, and save money by grabbing the free shuttle!)

Designed to minimize or avoid doctors missing clinic days, the MOPC starts Friday evening, Oct 19, with a special “Kravitz Kickoff” streamed lecture, followed by a fun, casual social event to break the ice and start things off right. Then, with an efficient schedule—a full day of lectures on Saturday, October 20, and a half day on Sunday, October 21—you’ll come away feeling empowered and excited (not overwhelmed).

Don’t miss this! When we say space is limited, it’s not just a cliche—it’s true!

Speaker Bios and Topics

Douglas Andrew

Ten Keys to Dramatically Transform Your Practice by 10X and Establish a Profitable Career

Douglas Andrew is a popular speaker, columnist and multi-bestselling author on both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal lists. He just released his eleventh book and was interviewed on Best-Seller TV, NASDAQ and CNBC. His weekly national “Live Abundant Radio” show is in its tenth year of being aired. Doug teaches unique principles of wealth, health and life fulfillment. He is regularly featured for his transformational viewpoints and perspectives in national publications including Forbes, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global and Huffington Post, and has recently become a popular contributor to Harvard Business Review. He is most grateful to maximize his personal true wealth with the greatest treasures of all—his wife of 44 years, Sharee, and their six children, with spouses and sixteen grandchildren. Doug and Sharee have mentored thousands of troubled youth and they actively volunteer in organizations for teenage suicide prevention.

Jason Cope

The Digital Dilemma – Does Implementing A Digital Workflow Make Sense?

Dr. Jason B. Cope received his DDS, Orthodontic Certificate, and PhD in craniofacial bone biology from Baylor College of Dentistry, in Dallas, Texas. The PhD work that Dr. Cope performed on the then novel bone growing technique, distraction osteogenesis, generated 12 peer-reviewed journal articles, a feat unheard of in the three years it took to complete his PhD. In addition, he was awarded 6 national awards for his distraction osteogenesis research.

Dr. Cope currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Orthodontic Department at Baylor College of Dentistry and an Adjunct Associate professor in the Department of Graduate Orthodontics at St. Louis University. He is also a visiting professor at several universities abroad.

Dr. Cope’s was a pioneer in the development of Temporary Anchorage Devices focusing on the development of clinical protocols and products to enhance MiniScrew Implant (MSI) use. In 2003, he partnered with IMTEC Corp in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to develop the Ortho Implant the first US manufactured orthodontic MSIs. He coined the term Temporary Anchorage Devices and the nomenclature system used to describe the various TAD systems. He also developed the Cope Placement ProtocolTM, the first minimally invasive protocol that utilized drill-free MSI placement with topical anesthetic only. He also developed a patented life-like triple-density typodont for teaching MSI placement methods. Other protocols and products he has developed include the MSI-based palatal approach to openbite closure protocol, the patented openbite closing transplatal arch, and the patented locking closed coil spring.

Most recently, Dr. Cope’s activities have been focused on the integration of digital 3D data into standard orthodontic workflows. A specific focus is the merging the intraoral scan with CBCT data to create a working digital model for bracket placement and the fabrication of direct printed indirect bonding trays, thereby avoiding the entire laboratory process.

A prolific author and speaker, Dr. Cope has published 30 journal articles, 36 book chapters, and two orthodontic textbooks. In addition, he has given over 300 presentations, speaking across the US, and in numerous countries on 6 continents. Dr. Cope is an ad hoc reviewer for every major American scientific orthodontic journal. Dr. Cope’s private practice is located in Dallas, Texas, where he treats patients 4 days a week. The remainder of his week is spent teaching orthodontic residents at Baylor, performing clinical research, and developing educational material, and new orthodontic products.

Oleg Einstein

Oleg Eisenstein

3D Printing and In-House Aligners

Dr. Eisenstein was born in Russia. He attended the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, graduating in 2002. He then progressed to Jacksonville University for his Orthodontic residency, graduating in 2008.

Dwight Frey

Dwight Frey

Defining Esthetic Goals

Dr. Frey graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and from Northwestern University Dental School. He completed a General Practice Residency Program at the University of Colorado Health Science Center before obtaining his Specialty degree in Orthodontics from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC.

Dr. Frey was a contributing author to the TAD Clinical Reference Guide by Dentaurum and the Invisalign Innovation Leadership Panel. He is also the author of “SAP & VIP: Making Smiles Great Again!” and the creator of the VIP and MTD concepts and the RGB System of Orthodontic Classification.

Dr. Frey is passionate about enhancing the Cosmetic Focus and Clinical Techniques of Orthodontists Worldwide and has lectured both Nationally and Internationally on the topic of Cosmetics in Orthodontics. Dr. Frey lives in the Chicago suburbs with his lovely wife Shannon and three children, Chase, Kirby, and Carter. His interests include spending time with family, golf, skiing, cycling and all Chicago sports.

Ann Marie Gorczyca

Ann Marie Gorczyca

101 Marketing Pearls for a Successful Orthodontic Practice

Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca has been a clinical orthodontist for over 25 years. After completion of her orthodontic residency program, she worked with world reknown orthodontist Dr. T.M. Graber in Evanston, Illinois. Since moving to California, she has taught at both UCSF and University of the Pacific Dental Schools and worked in a multispeciality group practice prior to opening her own orthodontic office in Antioch, California.

Dr. Gorczyca opened Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch in 1996. She has enjoyed serving the great East County community including her patients, the community and greater East Contra County dentists. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Gorczyca is an adjunct clinical professor at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific. She has also taught at UCSF Dental School, and Northwestern Dental School.

She is author of the book It All Starts with Marketing and is a frequent lecturer on dental management. Dr. Gorczyca is also founder of the East Contra Costa County American Association of Dental Office Managers Study Club (AADOM).

Cole Johnson

Master of your Team, Captain of your Soul

Dr. Johnson was born in Salem, OR.  He got his undergrad degree in Biochemistry from Brigham Young University Idaho.  Dr. Johnson attended Oregon Health & Science University for his dental degree and then was accepted at the Virginia Commonwealth University for Orthodontic residency.  He currently owns a practice in Salem, OR.  Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with his family.

Greg Jorgensen

A Dozen Pearls from My First 25 years

Dr. Greg Jorgensen has been in the private practice of orthodontics since 2012. He attended BYU, Wash U in St. Louis, and the University of Iowa. He is the President of the New Mexico Association of Orthodontics and currently serves on the AAO’s Council on Communications. He has published numerous professional articles and lectures nationwide.

Kliff Kapus

Zen and the Art of Orthodontics

Former exotic animal handler & molecular biologist, Graduated UOP dental Class of 97 and UOP ortho residency 1999. Private practice in Cupertino, CA in 1999 and then in Livermore, CA in 2007 to present.

Neal Kravitz

Life Pearls

Dr. Neal D. Kravitz, D.M.D., M.S., is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, member of the Edward Angle Society North Atlantic component, and clinical faculty at Washington Hospital Center.   Dr. Kravitz is a graduate of Columbia University and received his D.M.D., from the University of Pennsylvania.  He maintains two thriving orthodontic practices in Northern Virginia.  Dr. Kravitz is a prolific writer and a passionate editor for numerous journals.  He lectures internationally on treatment planning, practice management, clinical pearls, and ethics.

Bob Miller

Orthodontic Wow-ism

Having earned his B.S. degree in Zoology from the Clemson University in 1979, Dr. Miller went on to receive his DMD degree in 1983 from The Medical University of South Carolina. After dental school, Dr. Miller completed an orthodontic residency at the Medical College of Virginia in 1985.

After completing his orthodontic residency, Dr. Miller served proudly in the USAF where he was Chief of Orthodontics at Clark Air Base in the Philippines for three years. Dr. Miller began practicing in Culpeper Virginia in 1988 and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1992. He later voluntarily recertified in 2006.  Dr. Miller is a past president of the Virginia Association of Orthodontics (1995).

He is a pioneer in the area of orthopedic correctors, having developed the Flip Lock™ Herbst device in the early 1990′s. Recently, Dr Miller assisted in the development of the Esprit™ spring and now lectures worldwide on this latest, most technologically advanced Class II corrector.

Brandon Owen

Digital-CAD/CAM Orthodontics: Ushering a New Golden Age for the Profession

Brandon Owen has been in private practice in Fort Collins, CO since 2006. Professional memberships include the Midwest Angle Society, ABO, CDABO, ICD, PFA, OKU, and AAFE. He is a board member and secretary of the American Lingual Orthodontic Association and is a board member and Chair of the Innovation Committee for Delta Dental CO. He has 6 patents and numerous patents pending. As the inventor of the forthcoming KLOwen custom bracket appliance, he has been offered contracts to lead digital product development for 3 of the 4 largest bracket companies in the world. He spent over 3 years with GAC Dentsply as a clinical lead on their lingual and digital products. He lectures globally on the topics of CAD/CAM Orthodontics, Lingual Braces, and TMD.

John Pham

The Future is Now — For Orthodontists, By Orthodontists

Dr. John Pham is a 3x entrepreneur, engineer, and ABO certified orthodontist. Drawing on +20 years of high technology startup and engineering experience, Dr.Pham is bringing disruptive change to dentistry as CEO and co-founder of INBRACE, an innovative paradigm shift in aesthetic orthodontic treatment. His research is featured in numerous cover articles in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, and he is frequently invited to speak on cutting edge technology topics at industry association meetings, orthodontic conferences, and residency programs. Dr. Pham completed his orthodontic residency at USC, where he currently leads the Advanced Orthodontics and Viterbi Engineering technology group.

Tom Pitts

WOW Esthetics with Efficiency, Techniques for Smile Arc and Vertical Incisor Display, Non-Extraction Biomechanics for Crowding, and How to Avoid Anterior Flaring

Dr. Pitts is a world-renowned lecturer and clinician. He is highly recognized for his continued teaching of orthodontic finishing and clinical excellence. Dr. Pitts is a clinical professor at UNLV and founder of the well-respected Pitts Progressive Study Group, Masters Continuum, and Pitts 21 Study Group.

Dr. Pitts has been published in multiple journals and clinical publications and is the Editor of The Protocol magazine. He has been actively teaching the orthodontic community in a variety of setting both nationally and internationally since 1986.

Dr. Pitts is now practicing at Ortho Country Orthodontics in McMinnville, Oregon

John Pobanz

Pobanz Pearl Jam 2018

Bio. Dr. John Pobanz has owned and operated  Pobanz Orthodontics in his hometown of Ogden Utah for 20 years. He loves to share Pearls with anyone who will listen. In his spare time ; he teaches at UNLV, and hangs out with his wife Angela. He snow skis, runs trails and loves on his kids and team. Getting a little better everyday is his mantra.

Dovi Prero

Get your patients to love you: Delivering Outstanding customer service and creating a loyal fan base through focusing on small details

Adam Schulhoff

Be a Master, not a Tool

Dr Schulhof graduated with high honors from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and received his specialty training from Columbia University. His early interest in Lingual Orthodontics and esthetic treatment has led to his becoming a top provider of Incognito in the USA and the world. Dr Schulhof was part of the LingualCare Clinical Advisory Board and is now a Key Opinion Leader for 3M. He has presented lectures on lingual orthodontics, esthetic treatment, practice management and marketing throughout the US and worldwide. Dr Schulhof is also active in research and development and is the developer of Incognito Lite.

For patients looking for traditional treatment, Dr Schulhof’s approach is still exceptional. “Each patient is unique, and deserves unique and personalized treatment” Says Dr Schulhof.”  At The Schulhof Center treatment options consist of customized esthetic treatment using Aligners, Lingual or Ceramic labial systems to express a bespoke final result for each patient.

Dr Schulhof believes that the future of the specialty lies with amazing practitioners having both the choices and the right tools to treat each patient based on their biomechanical, lifestyle and esthetics needs.

Local Attractions in Beautiful Southern California for the Family



16.2 miles (about 30 minutes)

Crystal Cove State Park

4 miles (about 10 minutes)


Little CDM

2.2 miles (about 10 minutes)

Laguna Beach

7.9 miles (about 15 minutes)


2.0 miles (about 10 minutes)


Irvine Spectrum Center

12.2 miles (about 20 minutes)

Fashion Island

0.3 miles (6 minute walk )

Balboa Island

2.5 miles (about 10 minutes)

Thanks to all those who have made this meeting a reality.
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Refund policy: full refund before Sunday, August 19, 2018; 50% refund between August 19-September 19, 2018; no refund after September 19, 2018 (unless extenuating circumstances, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis).