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Back Row (Left to Right): Dr. Craig Minich, Dr. David Lewicki, Dr. Manish Valiathan, Dr. Ryan Wenger
Front Row (Left to Right): Lori Mollohan, Dr. Sharon Schmahl, Dr. Edgar Mendieta, Dr. Violet Barbosa

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For more information about the Cleveland Society of Orthodontists, including membership, educational programs, or to ask questions about your account please contact Lorraine Mollohan, Executive Director.

Board Members

Dr. Edgar Mendieta

Dr. Edgar Mendieta

President
Dr. Edgar Mendieta

Dr. Edgar Mendieta Details

President Elect

Mendieta Orthodontics
3079 W. Broad Street, Suite 6
Columbus, Ohio  43204

(614) 279-6481
globalsmilesortho@gmail.com

Dr. Edgar Mendieta received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and went to dental school at the University of the Pacific, in San Francisco. After practicing general dentistry, Dr. Mendieta became an orthodontist upon completion of an orthodontic speciality program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Mendieta is president of the Cleveland Society of Orthodontists, was selected to participate in the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership, and is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists.

Dr. Craig Minich

Dr. Craig Minich

President Elect
Dr. Craig Minich

Dr. Craig Minich Details

Secretary/Treasurer

Minich Orthodontics
8401 Chargin Road, Suite 12
Chagrin Falls, Oh . 44023

(440) 708-0993
drcraigminich@gmail.com

Dr. Minich attended Miami University for college and earned his B.A. in Zoology. He went to The Ohio State University for dental school earning his D.D.S, and finally to St. Louis University where he received his M.S.D. and certificate in Orthodontics. Dr. Minich currently lives in Chagrin Falls, OH with his wife, Lori, and their 3 children Maddie, Grant and Gavin. He has orthodontic practices in Chagrin Falls and Mentor, Ohio. He has been on the board for the CSO since 2015.

Dr. Manish Valiathan

Dr. Manish Valiathan

Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Manish Valiathan

Dr. Manish Valiathan Details

Program Chairman

Summit Dental Specialists
8600 Alexandria Drive, Suite B
Macedonia, Ohio  44056

(330) 467-2763
valiathan@summitspecialists.com

Dr. Manish Valiathan (B.D.S, M.D.S, D.D.S, M.S.D.) received his dental and specialty training in Orthodontics from the College of Dental Surgery, Manipal the number 1 ranked Dental College in India. He joined Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he retrained and graduated from the School of Dental Medicine (D.D.S) and the Orthodontic program (M.S.D). He joined the faculty of the Department of Orthodontics shortly thereafter. A tenured Associate Professor, Dr. Valiathan holds joint appointments in the departments of Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Plastic Surgery in the school of Medicine.

He is the founding Program Director of the first University based Craniofacial Orthodontic Fellowship Program in the United States. He is a Senior Associate of the Bolton Brush Growth Study Center and an active member of the Craniofacial Biology Research group at Case. His research focus is on post orthodontic changes, craniofacial growth and craniofacial clinical outcomes. His work has received two Awards form the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation. He serves on the editorial review panel for several journals including the AJODO and Angle Orthodontist. With multiple text book chapters and peer reviewed publications, Dr. Valiathan has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of orthodontic topics. Dr. Valiathan also maintains his private practice in Macedonia, a suburb of Cleveland.

Dr. Christopher Spoonhower

Dr. Christopher Spoonhower

Program Chair
Dr. Christopher Spoonhower

Dr. Christopher Spoonhower Details

Public Relations Chairman

Spoonhower Orthodontics
4030Massillon Road, Suite B
Green, Ohio  44685

(330) 896-0600
doc@spoonhowerorthodontics.com

Dr. Spoonhower sets the highest standards of excellence in orthodontics for over thirteen years. He received his doctorate in dentistry degree after four years of training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated first in his class at Case and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society.  He was honored with academic achievement awards from the American Association of Orthodontists, Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity and the International College of Dentists. He then completed two-and-a-half years of specialty training in orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University, graduating with a master's degree in dentistry. 

An esteemed member of the orthodontic community, Dr. Spoonhower is an active member in many leading dental and orthodontic organizations, including: American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, Ohio Dental Association, Akron Dental Society, and Stark County Dental Society. As a dental mission volunteer, he donates his time and efforts to St. Jude’s Hospital in St. Lucia. He and his staff also participate in an exclusive study club with practices from all over the eastern United States.

In his spare time, Dr. Spoonhower is an active member of the Green community - donating to various local charities and working with the school district. He enjoys running, swimming, biking and hanging with his wife and two children - usually at a soccer field.

Dr. Felix Gen

Dr. Felix Gen

Public Relations Chairman
Dr. Felix Gen

Dr. Felix Gen Details

Peer Review Chairman

Dr. Gen Orthodontics
5827 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights, Ohio  44124

(440) 442-3525
felixgen@yahoo.com

Dr. Felix Gen graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He completed an advanced education residency at State University of New York at Buffalo and received both a Master of Science degree and Certificate of Proficiency in orthodontics. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors and currently holds membership at the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Great Lakes Society of Orthodontists, Cleveland Society of Orthodontists, Greater Cleveland Dental Society, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society. He currently serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at the Case Western Reserve University Orthodontic Department.

Dr. Sharon Schmahl

Dr. Sharon Schmahl

Past President
Dr. Sharon Schmahl

Dr. Sharon Schmahl Details

President

Schmahl Orthodontics
1186 Bell Street
Russel, Ohio 44022

(440) 338-5666
schmahlortho@windstream.net

Lori Mollohan

Executive Secretary

Lori Mollohan Details

Executive Secretary

lori@csoonline.org