DR. RICHARD L. JACOBSON, D.M.D., M.S.

Dr. Jacobson is a recognized expert, clinician, and researcher in orthodontics for children and adults. He has been in practice for over 30 years and has analyzed, documented, and completed treatment on over 12,000 patients. Dr. Jacobson has advanced training and extensive experience in orthodontics for jaw surgery, jaw and bite disorders, temporomandibular joint disorders and obstructive sleep apnea.

The core of his treatment philosophy is directed toward progressively enhancing the overall health, optimal function, and natural aesthetics of his patients. His treatment is preventative, interceptive, corrective, and bio-mimetic. Dr. Jacobson received his postdoctoral certification at the UCLA School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics in 1981.

He then pursued advanced training in jaw and bite disorders at the UCLA Temporomandibular Joint Department earning a master’s degree in oral biology in 1983. Over the next five years, he received additional training at the American Institute of Bio-progressive Education where he was invited to teach with one of his mentors Dr. Robert M Ricketts, world renown for his contributions to the profession of orthodontics and his expertise in temporomandibular joint disorders and orthodontics for jaw surgery.

Dr. Jacobson later befriended Tom Graber DDS MS PHD and incorporates his teachings into his lectures, presentations and clinical practice in Pacific Palisades, CA.

Dr. Jacobson taught part time at UCLA School of Dentistry, department of Orthodontic for 20 years, postdoctoral students studying Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics. He has also lectured on jaw and bite disorders, orthodontics and jaw surgery throughout the United States and abroad. Publications include articles in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, the American Journal of Orthodontics, and the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

He also authored several chapters in various books including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Lippincott-Raven Publishing) and Peterson’s 3rd Edition two volume textbook, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His text book, Cephalometrics, From Basic to 3-D published by Quintessence (best-selling textbook) is used by orthodontists, surgeons and postdoctoral orthodontist and surgery residents at universities throughout the USA and abroad and translated into different languages. Dr. Jacobson served as President of the UCLA Orthodontics Alumni Association in 1985 and again in 2001.

He also served as Director of the Foundation for Orthodontic Research and Education from 1990 to 2000 and was elected president. He served on the UCLA/St. John’s Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team, and as Director of the W.O.D.T., a multi-disciplinary diagnostic team of specialists including prominent maxillofacial surgeons, otorhinolaryngologists, rheumatologists, neurologists, orthodontists, dentists, and speech pathologists. It was this experience and the recruiting of Dr. Stephen A. Schendel (Professor Emeritus and Chief of Plastic Surgery, Stanford University, Department of Plastic Surgery), that inspired the launch of Face Center LA.

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