Dr. Aaron Molen received his Bachelors degree in Zoology from BYU and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loma Linda University. Dr. Aaron's dental school research evaluated changes in condylar position using cone-beam CT. This research, performed with two other students, was awarded third place in the basic sciences category at the general meeting of the International Association of Dental Research. While in his final year of dental school Dr. Aaron served as the Speaker of the House of Delegates of the American Student Dental Association.
After completing his initial eight years of undergraduate and dental education Dr. Aaron completed a three-year orthodontic residency at UCLA where he served as chief resident of the program. While completing his residency Dr. Aaron concurrently earned a Masters Degree in Oral Biology from UCLA. His Masters research focused on using cone-beam CT to improve the treatment of patients with cleft palates.
Dr. Aaron has lectured internationally on the subject of maxillofacial cone-beam computed tomography in such exotic locales as Shanghai, China and Herradura, Costa Rica. Dr. Aaron has also given multiple lectures at the prestigious national meeting of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) on the topic of cone-beam CT. In addition, he serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJO-DO) and the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics (JCO). Dr. Aaron has also authored a text book chapter on CBCT in Orthodontics and written several peer-reviewed articles on the topic.
Besides his frequent speaking engagements Dr. Aaron still lectures to the UCLA orthodontic residents on the topic of 3D diagnosis and treatment planning. Dr. Aaron is the youngest doctor to be offered a faculty position in the history of the UCLA orthodontic department.
In addition to his teaching and lecturing obligations Dr. Aaron has continued to stay active in organized dentistry. Dr. Aaron currently represents the 2500 member orthodontists of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO) on the AAO's Committee on Orthodontic Information Technology (COIT) whereon he serves as the chair of the cone-beam CT sub-committee. Dr. Aaron also serves on the Board of Directors of the PCSO. Dr. Aaron maintains professional memberships in the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, International Association of Dento-Maxillo-Facial Radiology, and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists.
Dr. Aaron associates in a private orthodontic practice with his father Dr. Bruce Molen and older brother Dr. Rick Molen. It's for this reason that he answers to Dr. Aaron instead of Dr. Molen to avoid any confusion in the office. They maintain three offices in the Washington state cities of Auburn, Sumner, & Enumclaw.
Dr. Aaron was born in Seattle and has been married to his beautiful wife for over 10 years. Together they have two daughters. A little known fact about Dr. Aaron is that he is fluent in Tagalog, a Filipino dialect. In his free time, Dr Aaron enjoys snowboarding, backpacking, and tinkering with computers.