Trapezio, formerly the Academy of Orthodontic Assisting (AOA), today announced its exclusive partnership with Zuelke and Associates, Inc., the renowned financial experts for orthodontic practices worldwide.

Continuing with its aggressive expansion plans, Trapezio has now added the Zuelke Financial Coordinator Certification course to its diverse roster of training management solutions for orthodontic practices.  Offered exclusively through Trapezio, the Zuelke Financial Coordinator Certification course provides orthodontic practices with access to the industry’s most comprehensive, proven financial management curriculum.  Combining the expertise from Zuelke’s methodologies and workshops with the anytime-anywhere access to Trapezio’s training curriculum, orthodontists will immediately benefit by implementing efficient processes related to risk identification, credit management, accounts receivable control, profitability, and much more.  Directly related to Trapezio’s mission of comprehensive staff training, employer accountability, and established training platforms, this partnership serves to further that core goal by delivering a proven system for managing the long-term, financial health of the orthodontic practice.  Trapezio plans to launch the online Financial Coordinator Certification course—the first of its kind in the orthodontic industry—in 2010 as it is implemented into the technical backbone of the Trapezio platform.

“This partnership is not only a monumental achievement for the orthodontic industry, but it also marks a milestone for our company. Zuelke and Associates is synonymous with excellence in the industry and we at Trapezio are very excited to partner with them,” Trapezio’s President Chad Greer explains.  “With the unmatched experience from Zuelke and Associates, we now will provide a unique offering that incorporates the fundamental, financial systems essential to building a high-performing and well-disciplined business foundation.  Setting fundamental benchmarks for competency and knowledge should be the cornerstone of every practice.”

Zuelke and Associates President and founder, Paul Zuelke—long considered the leading authority on finance and credit management in orthodontics—sees the partnership as a “win-win-win” for his company, Trapezio, and the orthodontic marketplace.  Says Zuelke, “Our proven systems and fundamentals are used by many of the most successful practices in the country.  This partnership provides the needed outlet for access by practices all across the nation.  Trapezio’s technology, combined with our financial expertise, will make the new course available and accessible in a way never before experienced in orthodontics. We very much look forward to the launch of this new venture.”

About Trapezio

Founded in 1998, Trapezio offers convenient and affordable staff training for orthodontic team members worldwide. In addition to the online programs, which earn graduates a certificate of completion and the designation AOAC (Academy of Orthodontic Assisting Certified), Trapezio also provides hands-on training, supplemental lessons and other programs to help offices train high quality auxiliary personnel to complete their professional team.  Created by Dr. Doug Depew, Trapezio empowers orthodontists to provide the highest quality care to patients in an environment that benefits the patient, the staff, and the doctor. Trapezio and its AOA curriculum are endorsed by the American Association of Orthodontists for educating and training orthodontic assistants through a platform that covers a variety of topics including oral and dental anatomy, intra-oral procedures, appliances, models, infection control, x-rays, patient management, and much more.  For more information on Trapezio, please visit or call (877) 976-4536.

About Zuelke and Associates

Based in West Linn, OR, Zuelke and Associates has been providing comprehensive financial and consulting services to the healthcare industry since 1980. Teaching its clients through consultations, workshops, lectures, seminars, books, and DVDs, Zuelke and Associates has more than 1000 clients worldwide. Its mission is to empower its clients to build and maintain a practice that provides a high quality of life by using proven techniques of risk identification, credit management, and accounts receivable control. Paul Zuelke is president and founder of Zuelke & Associates, Inc. His     extensive ten year professional background in lending and corporate finance, combined with 30 years of consulting experience, position him as the leading authority in using effective credit granting and credit management to build a quality health care practice. For more information on Zuelke and Associates, please visit or call (800) 845-4766.

Chelsea Reese, AOAC