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Dr. Jernell Escobar, a dentist for over thirteen years, purchased Dr. Dan Palmerlee's practice in 2013. Palmerlee retired after 43 years and moved to Portland, Oregon to be with his family. He left some big shoes to fill as his clientele were loyal and many had grown up under his care. But Jernell proved to be “a calming force” for those of us who enter a dentist office with fear and trepidation and thus precipitated a smooth transition. Dr. Wafelbakker DMD, known to many of us as Dr. Bas, the guy who put braces on our kids, grandkids, friends and relatives. Not many of us, however, know Dr. Bas Wafelbakker as the internationally known orthodontist who shares his orthodontic skill in an innovative and creative technique with his peers. Dr. Wafelbakker is one of a small group of US doctors using a combination of procedures called MEAW (Multiloop edgewise archwire) and SureSmile. Because of Bas’ expertise, he is invited every year to Vienna to lec- ture at the home base of the MEAW procedures. Every other year he is invited to speak at the MEAW/ SureSmile international training conference. These invitations have taken him to Miami, South Korea, Japan and, in the last month, to Viña del Mar in Chile. 72 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN december 2018-january 2019