The European Aligner Society aims to provide information on orthodontic aligner therapy to clinicians and public through effective communication, and education. Information will be underpinned by promoting high standards in orthodontic aligner treatment and through research.
The European Aligner Society was launched in May 2014 through the combined enthusiasm of 6 clinicians with a passion for aligner therapy. The original concept, raised in a late-night post-meeting session in Amsterdam, resulted in the formation of a registered Society, with 5 founder members – Dr Tommaso Castroflorio, Dr Clemens Fricke, Dr Graham Gardner, Dr Francesco Garino, and Dr Leslie Joffe. Dr Juan Carlos Rivero Lesmes joined as a director soon thereafter. The 6 clinicians directed the fledgling EAS on its path as a scientific society, whose aims are to provide information and education on aligner therapy, a treatment modality which has shown an incremental growth in interest over the last decade amongst both clinicians, patients and technology companies.
Board of directors
Dr. Tommaso Castroflorio
President 2022 - 2023 and Director of Education
I’m a specialist orthodontist and a researcher. I work with passion and energy in both the clinical and the research settings. I love teaching and new technologies: this is the reason why I wrote several scientific papers in order to try to contribute to the knowledge about orthodontics and oral physiology. In my clinical practice I love evidence based orthodontics. EAS could be the right non-profit project that Orthodontics needs in order to obtain sound evidence supporting aligner therapies.
Tommaso is an Orthodontist living and working in Torino, Italy. He obtained his DDS degree from the University of Torino and from the same University he obtained the postgraduate degree in Orthodontics. He was always involved in research and following this passion, he travelled a lot across Europe and he received a PhD degree in Human Anatomy fro the University of Milan, Italy.
Since 2003 he has a private practice in Torino where he focused his work on orthodontics and temporomandibular disorders. In 2007 Tommaso started to work with aligners and from 2012 he is an adjunct Professor of the Specialization School of Orthodontics of the University of Torino where he is the teacher of “Orthodontics with Thermoplastic Aligners.
Dr. Francesco Garino
Director of Meetings and Past president 2018 - 2019
I’m an orthodontic specialist, EBO certified, using aligners since 2001 and have a great passion for new technologies. I like to share projects, about me they say I’m dynamic, curious and strong to reach goals I have in target. I like to work in team in all projects, that why I like the EAS project.
Francesco Garino received his degree as M.D. at the University of Torino (Italy) in 1994 and became specialist in orthodontics at the University of Padova (Italy)in 2000. Since he became specialist he works in his private orthodontic practice in Torino (Italy) together with his father, Dr. G. Battista Garino. In 2004 he became European Board of Orthodontics certified, a certificate of excellence in orthodontics. Dr. Garino enjoyed to be chief dental officer during the Winter Olympic games in Torino in 2006.
He is international member of the AAO, active member of the SIDO, member of EOS , fellow of the WFO and active member of ESLO Dr. Garino has published more than 70 articles on self ligating system, interceptive treatments, TMJ, digital technologies, aligner therapy and intraoral scanning in national and international journals. Dr. Garino has been lecturing extensively in Europe, Middle East, USA, is Invisalign® Clinical Speaker since 2008 and Member of the Align Technology European Advisory board.
Dr. Alain Souchet
Past-President 2020 - 2021
I’m an avid user of any 3D technologies in orthodontics – I am frequently volunteers with R&D to test materials and softwares – my dream-practice would be having a comprehensive workflow transferring data between all 3D and CAD-CAM technologies …
Alain was awarded a post graduate certificate in Stomatology, with Professeur Michelet, in Bordeaux. He then went to Professeur Jean Delaire’s Unit in Nantes, and received a Diploma in Dento-Maxillo-Facial Orthopedics from the University. In the late 80s, Alain opened a practice in Bordeaux for orthodontic treatment of children and adults (lingual and invisible). In 2000 he left Bordeaux and took over the practice of a retiring colleague in Mulhouse.
Alain works with adult orthodontics, meaning pluridisciplinary treatments in collaboration with the patient’s general dentist, in order to find periodontal, dental, prosthetic, implantologic and surgical solutions.
Dr. Gina Theodoridis
Orthodontic treatment with aligners has evolved through the years from an adjunctive option for selected cases, to a global trend, pursued both by doctors, as well as patients. I have always been a strong proponent of sharing knowledge and expertise with my peers, in order to improve our skills, as well as a means of protecting the principles of our specialty. The European Aligner Society is committed to serving this purpose and it is my greatest honour to be a member of its Board. I see EAS as a dynamic international community that, besides advancing aligner therapy, it forges strong bonds between its members and emphasizes our core mission: to continue providing orthodontic treatment using the highest standards of care.
Dr. Gina Theodoridis obtained her Orthodontic degree from New York University, School of Dentistry, in the USA.
Ranked top of her class, she was honored with the Theodore L. Jerrold Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence.
After completing her specialization, she fulfilled a teaching fellowship in New York University, where she served as a faculty member for two years.
She has been working intensely with aligners since 2000 when the technique was born and is currently an Invisalign Platinum Elite provider. She has published articles and is an international lecturer about aligner treatment, as well as combinations of aligners and orthodontic mini implants.
In 2015, she was involved in the establishment of the Greek Orthodontic Aligner Study Club, a peer based study team founded in Athens, Greece; she has been the Clinical Team Manager of this group. She is also a founding member of the Greek Orthodontic Aligner Society and since 2018, an elected member of its board. She maintains a private practice in Athens, Greece.
Prof. Jose Luis Gandia
My relationship with orthodontics begins after obtaining my medical and stomatology specialist degree in the early 1980s. At that time I took a 2-year specialization course in Orthodontics, after which I continued my integration in that team of the Department of Orthodontics of the University of Valencia. And since then I shared that activity with the private practice of orthodontics, also in the city of Valencia. Since 2011 I began to be interested in orthodontics with aligners from which we have developed a Master's degree at the University of Valencia since 2013.
Since then, I have developed an intense professional, teaching, continuing education and research activity. But, above all, and what I am most proud of is the training of young orthodontists where I am the Head of the Master of Orthodontics at the University of Valencia after becoming a Full Professor in 1992. I also belong to several orthodontic societies such as EAS , SEDO, WFA, AAO, EOS and many other professional and scientific associations. I have published in practically all orthodontic and related magazines and have been a national and international speaker for many years.
Head of Communications
Mauro Calvone has more than 25 years of experience in the world of communication, covering different roles in many different agencies: visualizer, graphic designer, art director, photographer and director.
He has worked on for national and international projects: Suzuki, Jeep, Iveco, Alpitour, Juventus, Lacoste, Rolling Stones are just some of the brands for which he worked.
However, his interest in communication has gone far beyond the purely advertising field: among others, he has won the Solinas prize (the most important Italian award) for an original screenplay, he took part in the Biennale Arte di Venezia, produced and directed short films, won awards for photography, graphics and cinema, with recognitions all over the world.
Dr. Les Joffe
CEO and Executive Secretary
I am a specialist orthodontist with 40 years’ experience of clinical practice and teaching. My journey with Invisalign started in 2001 and I have experienced other aligner treatments along that journey. I have also been involved with Associations for the past 24 years and believe strongly that the strength of a profession lies in coming together as a community, sharing ideas and improving itself from within.
Les Joffe completed his dental training in 1970 and his 3-year post-graduate orthodontic training at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1976. He spent 1977 taking the Tweed course and tutoring at the Tweed Foundation in the USA. Les started in specialist orthodontic practice in the UK in 1978, and has been in private practice in Harley Street since 1986. He obtained his British Orthodontic Certification Boards in 1982 and became Chairman of the Certification Board in 1992. Les is past Chairman of the Specialist Practitioner Group of the British Orthodontic Society (BOS), Honorary Treasurer of the BOS (2004 – 2008) and BOS CEO (2009 – 2012).
He was an Honorary Senior Clinical Tutor in the Eastman Post-Graduate Orthodontic Department from 1998 to 2008.
In 2000, Les and a number of colleagues set up Ortho World 2000, a corporate setting up and managing orthodontic practices, which was taken over in 2007 by Independent Dental Holdings. Ortho World introduced Invisalign to the UK in 2001.
In 2001 Les was Invisalign certified and in the past 16 years has undertaken aligner treatments using a variety of aligner system. From 2012 - 2015 Les was on the European Advisory Board for Invisalign Europe.
The past 4 years have seen Les acting as a mentor to newly qualified orthodontists in the clinical setting of a number of practices. In 2017, Les retired from the clinical setting to take over running EAS full-time. Les is a member of the British Orthodontic Society, and World Federation of Orthodontists.
Dr. Sandra Tai
Ambassador, Canada and North America
Dr. Sandra Tai received her graduate training in Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota, USA. She is currently a practicing Specialist in Orthodontics in Vancouver, Canada and Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthodontics at the University of British Columbia. Dr Sandra Tai has been an Invisalign certified orthodontist since 2000 and is currently an Invisalign Diamond Plus Provider who has treated over 2,000 cases with Invisalign clear aligners. Dr Tai is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Aligner Orthodontics and the author of the textbook “Clear Aligner Technique”.
She is a Fellow of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists, Canada. Professional affiliations include memberships in the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists and International Dental Federation. Dr Tai has lectured extensively on clear aligner technique all over the world. She is one of the pioneer testing doctors on Invisalign with Mandibular Advancement and Invisalign First appliance and is involved in several research projects on clear aligners.
Dr. John Kaku
Dr. Kaku Obtained his Orthodontic Certificate and MSD degree from Boston University and is Instructor at the Japanese Academy of Non-Extraction Orthodontics.
He is a Member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Japanese Orthodontic Society and the Japanese Association of Adult Orthodontic and also a Recipient of the Joseph E. Johnson Table Clinic Award for Non-extraction treatment in the Asian face using the Coordinated Arch Development Technique from the American Association of Orthodontist. Published over 40 articles and lectured worldwide.
Currently maintains two Private Practices (SuperSmile International Orthodontic Office) in Hiroo and Ohyamacho Shibuya Tokyo, JAPAN.
Dr. Kaku is an avid windsurfer and travels to the windiest islands with his son Tony.
College of Past-Presidents
Dr. Graham Gardner
Past President 2016 - 2017
I am a specialist orthodontist with 22 years of clinical experience and 10 years’ teaching experience. My philosophy is to provide treatment that balances the science and art elements of leading-edge orthodontics, resulting in better dental function and good facial aesthetics. I am a strong believer in harnessing technological advances to improve treatment, administration and communication using Invisalign since 2001.
Graham Gardner qualified as a dentist in 1984 and as a specialist orthodontist in 1991 at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Since then he has been involved exclusively in orthodontic practices in South Africa and in the UK. Graham has been using Invisalign since it was first introduced to the UK and has been awarded the prestigious Diamond Invisalign Provider status.
Graham is a clinical speaker for Align Technology where he runs Invisalign accreditation and master classes for dentists, orthodontists and consultants in the UK and Ireland and also provides one-on-one mentoring for a group of Irish specialist orthodontists. He represents the UK on the European Clinical Advisory Board for Align Technology.
He is a member of the British General Dental Council; the Specialist Practitioner Group of the British Orthodontic Society and is a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists and is a past president of the Eastern Cape Branch of the South African Dental Association. Graham is a founder member of The Invisible Orthodontist group in the UK and fulfils the clinical educator role within this organisation. Graham is proud to be the first President of the European Aligner Society.