Legacy & History

Two Foundations of LOA Orthodontics

What does LOA stand for anyway? LOA is an acronym for Lancaster Orthodontic Associates, that used to stand for Long Orthodontic Associates. Dr. Ross Long Sr. took over the practice from his father in law, Dr. H.K. Cooper, who established one of the first orthodontic practices in Pennsylvania in 1921 in downtown Lititz, PA. Dr. Long Sr. and his two sons, Dr. Rusty Long and Dr. Andy Long, then proceeded to grow the practice on Fruitville Pike into one of the premier orthodontic offices in the Southeast Pennsylvania. Dr. Rusty pursued his passion of cleft and craniofacial care by becoming the director of the
Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, the organization that his grandfather Dr. Cooper founded, and he is currently the Director Emeritus. The Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic is a non-profit, and is the only cleft center in the world that is independently run (not connected to a major hospital or university). The current doctors at LOA have committed to providing orthodontic care to the Clinic, and currently Dr. Sarah and Dr. Kristin spend one day each week there. We believe that kids born with facial differences deserve the best care possible and we are honored to provide our time and talent.
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