Minnesota Districts - July-August 2008

Minnesota Districts - July-August 2008

Associate Editors:

Minneapolis District

Alejandro M. Aguirre

Associate Editor

2805 Campus Drive, Suite 445

Plymouth, Minnesota 55441

 

Golf Shoes and Welcome Mats

MDDS summer sporting events are heading for the finish line as far as registration is concerned. That includes our “back this summer” heads-up for the Minneapolis District Dental Society Golf Event. Dust off your clubs and join fellow Minneapolitans on Monday, August 11 at our new-this-year location, the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club in, say it with us, Golden Valley, Minnesota. The event will kick off with a scrumptious lunch before its shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. One thing that never changes is that there will be lots of prizes and special events held throughout the day for all participants. Golf chairperson Nancy Norling and her committee members continue hard at work planning a wonderful day for everyone! And here’s another head’s-up: Remember your friends, because all MDA members are welcome to join the fun. So get the date on your calendar and join the MDDS for what is promised to be a great day at Golden Valley Golf and Country Club! Our red carpet says everyone is welcome!

 

Next Up

The District’s annual Trapshoot Tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, August 20. The popular event will be returning to the Metro Gun Club in Blaine, and there are several shooting events offered at this location. As always, there will be trap, skeet, sporting clays, and the duck tower, but also this year will be both wobble trap and wobble skeet ranges. Additionally, Metro Gun Club has a pistol range for those who would like to try their hands at this event. The day will culminate with the legendary annual wild game dinner and smorgasbord of prizes. Everyone is welcome to attend!

 

Moving Target

The summer’s final summer event will be our Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer, scheduled for Wednesday, September 3. There is a new location this year that is sure to be a hit with all tennis players. We are very pleased to announce that the 2008 Tennis Mixer will be held at the Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie! This event will include members from both the Minneapolis and Saint Paul District Dental Societies as well as the entire MDA membership. We are very sincere in the invitation that everyone is welcome! Again this year participants have the opportunity to bring a guest for only $50.00. Where else can you find a full afternoon of fierce competition and terrific camaraderie that includes lunch and dinner for only $75.00? So all you tennis players, grab as many friends as you can handle and come on out for a fun-filled (or any other version of the game) afternoon of tennis at Bearpath Golf and Country Club. Prizes, surprises, and an invigorating glide into fall make this event the icing (no Minnesota foreshadowing intended) on the cake.

 

The Short List

All MDA members are welcome to the above events! Registration forms for all summer events are included within the August Brush-Up newsletter or on the District website at www.mplsdds.org. If you are outside the Minneapolis District and would like to attend one of the events, or if you have any questions or need a registration form, please do not hesitate to contact the District office at (651) 631-9845. We would love to have you join us.

 

Welcome, New Members

Congratulations to the following new members of the District. Membership in the MDDS allows them to develop a strong network of fellow professionals who understand the day-to-day triumphs and tribulations of practicing dentistry. When you see these doctors at our next component meeting, please take a minute to welcome them to organized dentistry. Give them a telephone call and welcome them to the Minneapolis District or invite them to join you at an upcoming District meeting or take a new member to lunch. If this report is any indication, looks like “welcome” is the watchword in the Minneapolis District!

David S. Gesko, D.D.S.

Sarah J. Jorgenson, D.D.S.

 

Upcoming Programs and Events

Monday, August 11, 2008

Minneapolis District Golf Event

All MDA members welcome

Golden Valley Golf and
Country Club

Golden Valley, Minnesota

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2008

Annual Trapshoot Event

Metro Gun Club

Blaine, Minnesota

 

 

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

First MDDS Caucus Meeting

All members welcome

Golden Valley Golf and Country Club

Golden Valley, Minnesota

 

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer

All MDA members welcome

Bearpath Golf and Country Club

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

 

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Second MDDS Caucus Meeting

All members welcome

Golden Valley Golf and Country Club

Golden Valley, Minnesota

 

Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20, 2008

MDA House of Delegates

Minneapolis Airport Marriott

Bloomington, Minnesota

 

Friday, December 5, 2008

83rd Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel

Minnetonka, Minnesota

 

 

 




Saint Paul District

Christine H. Hermanson

Associate Editor

1055 Highway 36 E.

Maplewood, MN 55109-1911

 

An Interesting Year to be President

Dr. Loren Taple was installed as president of the Saint Paul District Dental Society May 9 of this year. Dr. Taple graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1989, then completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency, also at the U. For the past 18 years he has practiced general family dentistry at Eagan Dental Associates, now Northwood Dental, a private fee-for-service practice that emphasizes family and cosmetic dentistry.

 

Dr. Taple has served on the District’s Executive Council for the past six years, and he spent six years on our Peer Review Committee prior to that. He has also served as an SPDDS delegate to the MDA House of Delegates multiple times. In 2004, Loren was awarded the Humanitarian Service Award by the MDA for his volunteer work in Jamaica, Cuba, and here in Minnesota. He is also the immediate past president of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Alumni Society. Loren’s wife, Robin, is the president of Momento — Adornment for the Home, a business that designs and manufactures personal keepsakes. They have three children: Bayley, a sophomore at Saint Paul Central High School; and Miri and Levi, both students at Saint Paul’s Capitol Hill gifted and talented magnet school. In their spare time — oh, who’s kidding who — they have no spare time.

 

Dr. Taple looks forward to leading the Saint Paul District Dental Society this coming year. When asked his feelings about the upcoming year, he said, “Grassroots member involvement on the important issues facing dentistry today and being relevant to the membership is what I hope I can help foster this year. There are so many members within our district who are committed to these goals, and our staff is second to none. I feel confident that we have a great year ahead.”

 

SPDDS Executive Council for 2008-2009 Officers:

Loren J. Taple, president

Christine H. Hermanson,  president-elect

Rosalie J. Perpich, secretary

Howard W. Taylor, treasurer

Donna J. Stenberg, trustee

 

Executive Council Members:

John C. Aamodt

Karl H. Andreasen

Norman F. Coates

Michael J. Downie

Scott L. Doyle

Lois F. Duerst

Jennifer L. Eisenhuth

William H. Harrison

Steven J. Henseler

Thomas E. Neafus

Joni M. Richmond

Kou B. Vang

 

The SPDDS thanks outgoing council members R. David Resch and Elizabeth J. Cooper for their generous contributions.

 

In Case You Sit Next to Him

Please welcome our newest member to the Saint Paul District and organized dentistry. Dr. Michael M. Bruinooge graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2002. He is a general dentist and practices at Northern Dental Partners in Stillwater.

 

And I’ll See You There

August 13, 2008

District Caucus

Humanities Education Center

Saint Paul, Minnesota

 

Friday, January 16, 2009

SPDDS Midwinter Meeting

 

More Fulfilling Fillings

Dr. Fred Kalinoff has made humanitarian dentistry his second career. Since retiring from private practice in January 2004, Dr. Fred Kalinoff has made 35 trips to Mexico to provide dental care to some of its poorest citizens. Northwest Dentistry recently visited Dr. Kalinoff in his Stillwater home to learn more about his passion for humanitarian dentistry and get some advice for others who are interested in volunteering their services.

CLH

 

NWD: What piqued your interest in humanitarian dentistry?

 

Dr. Kalinoff: In 1962, while working in Mississippi, I became involved in the Civil Rights movement. That experience had a profound effect on me; it lit a small flame within me, and I decided to eventually do more humanitarian work. More than 40 years later, here I am.

 

NWD: How did you get started?

 

FK: While backpacking in Mexico’s Copper Canyon in 2002, I realized there were no dentists, so I asked one of the local MDs if I could return and treat the local people. With his encouragement, I returned in late 2003, carrying what I needed in a couple of cardboard boxes and doing only extractions. After four or five solo trips, I hooked up with Liga International (www.ligainternational.org), a group of doctor/pilots based in California, and have since made 27 trips with them.

 

NWD: What’s a typical day like on one of these trips?

 

FK: We get up early, load the truck, and drive to the town we will work in. Setting up takes about an hour. We usually work in a schoolroom, but we have also worked outside and in medical clinics. Whenever I work in a school, I insist on seeing all the kids, so we do not need to return to the village for a couple of years. We do extractions for any person who needs them, and we do fillings, prophies, and sealants for the students. We work until we are done, which could be at 2:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m.

 

NWD: Where do your supplies and equipment come from?

 

FK: I bring many of my own supplies, and I ask that dentists who come along also bring a few things. Dave Crane, a dental school classmate of mine who has traveled to Bolivia for more than 20 years, was instrumental in getting me into this, and he has given me many things that he has not been able to use. Over the years I have acquired a lot of equipment, some of which I bought, some of which was donated, and some of which was purchased with an $18,000 grant from the Stillwater Rotary Club. Most of this equipment is now kept in Copper Canyon.

 

NWD: Could you tell me a little bit about the area and the towns you visit?

 

FK: Mexico’s Copper Canyon is deeper and larger than the Grand Canyon and is home to 75,000 Tarahumara Indians, considered to be the least culturally changed of all of Mexico’s indigenous people. Located 500 miles southeast of Tucson in the Sierra Madre mountains, some of the areas we have visited require us to use two translators: one from the Indian dialect to Spanish and another from Spanish to English. During the summer, we work in the mountains where it is a bit cool; in winter, we work at the bottom of the canyon where it is fairly warm.

 

All the towns we visit have boarding schools, some with as many as 200 students, and most of the towns have medical clinics which were set up by Tom Scharman and his wife between 1976 and 1996. Before Tom went to work, the infant mortality rate was 40 percent. Now it is a much improved but still staggering 20 percent.

 

We’ve found that the kids in the larger towns have more access to sugar and therefore have more problems than those who live farther out. Many of the people who live in the outlying areas are subsistence farmers and have disposable incomes of $20 or $30 per year, so candy is not much of an option.

 

NWD: What are the greatest rewards in doing this kind of work?

 

FK: Where to begin? I’d like to list all the highlights and all the people who have helped out, but that would be impossible. More than anything else, I love to see Tarahumara students pursue careers in dentistry. Dentistry in Mexico, as in the U.S., is a middle-class endeavor, and it has historically been out of reach for young people who were, say, raised in a two-room adobe house with dirt floors and half a dozen siblings. One high point came a couple of years ago, when I took nine University of Minnesota dental students along with me on one of these trips and their enthusiasm inspired one of the local girls to go into dentistry. Though she ultimately dropped out of dental school, I am optimistic that a state initiative to establish junior colleges in some of the larger Mexican/Tarahumara towns will open the door for more students there to pursue dental careers. To help with that, I now provide scholarships for two Indian dental students through the Canyon Scholars program.

 

Another high point came on my most recent trip, in early June, when one of those nine U of M students, Lindell Kemmet, made his second trip. There were 18 people on the trip, and we decided to split the group in two, with Lindell leading one and me leading the other. It worked out beautifully, and Lindell has earned my everlasting gratitude.

 

NWD: What are your greatest needs?

 

FK: First of all, we need dentists, assistants, hygienists, and translators. We also need supplies, hand instruments, surgical forceps, and small equipment such as light curing units, ultrasonic cleaners, amalgamators, etc. Finally, we are trying to take new grads down in June of each year and, of course, they are all broke, so money to help them out with the mission trip would also be appreciated. Those interested in learning more about how they can help can visit www.dentalvolunteermission.com.

 

NWD: Do you have any advice for dentists interested in this type of service?

 

FK: As my friend Dave Crane told me, “Just go ahead and do it!” That’s essentially what I did. I stumbled along for a while, but it worked out. Missionary dentistry, in comparison to missionary medicine, is a piece of cake.

 

I had planned to do this kind of work for the last 25-30 years. Now I wish I had retired earlier, because I’m having such a good time. There are lots of volunteer opportunities out there, and I’d encourage everyone who reads this to take advantage of one or more of them.

 

For more information, contact Dr. Fred Kalinoff at kalinoff@comcast.net or (651)428-7906.

 




Northeastern District

Gary Hedin

Associate Editor

324 W. Superior Street, Suite 828

Duluth, MN 55802

 

Where the Good Stories Come From, or, Some Summer Days Are Longer Than Others

We are officially in the season known as “summer” in the Northeastern District. Summer here is defined as three or more days when the temperature stays above 45 degrees. Summer also means that there are no regularly scheduled NEDDS meetings taking place for me to tell you about.

 

Normally the Annual Golf and Fishing Outing is held during the first part of June. It was slated to take place at Northland Country Club and the St. Louis River, respectively. However, we awoke to some truly terrible weather on Friday, June 6, and found out the answer to an age-old question: Who is more willing to brave lousy weather in pursuit of the thing they love – golfers or fishermen? Well, as it turned out, the answer is fishermen. Four brave and/or not-so-bright souls from the Northeastern District and one guide showed up at the landing bright and early for a day of fishing in what was at no point small enough to be called a walleye chop. We spent the day fishing in high winds and scattered downpours that alternated with periods of sun. In a way, it was a lot like some days at the office.

 

Despite adverse weather, our guide took us to some hot spots that ended up producing some amazing walleye. Peder Morse was hands-down the fisherman of the day. He caught several nice fish, the largest coming in at roughly 30 inches. We couldn’t get an accurate measurement because all we had was a 10 mm perio probe to measure it with. Next year we are definitely bringing a 20 mm probe. The other fishermen were Mike Bussa, Steve Dahlgren, and Gary Hedin. I think a few more folks were planning to come, but the weather made them think twice. The important things were that everyone got a fish into the boat and nobody (except the guide) was working that day!

 

During our day on the water we were informed that the golfers had called off their portion of the event, which included dinner at Northland. Unfortunately, we had already thrown back all of our fish and were at risk of starving. Apparently the high winds and rain were deemed not conducive to a good round of golf – I suppose it is easier to hold on to a wet St. Croix rod than a wet Taylor Made driver. Fortunately, the golf event was rescheduled for early August, and I have no doubt it will be well attended.

 

Kudos to everyone in the Northeastern District who participated in the 32nd annual Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Several dentists from the area laced up their running shoes and hit the pavement this June on what turned out to be a beautiful day — maybe even “summery”! Marathon finishers included Gary DeLoia and Tim Langguth. Half marathon finishers included Joe Schneeweis, Brian Landrigan, Clyde Finch, Peder Morse, Willie Schuldt, and Gary Hedin.  I also know that several dentists were either along the race course cheering the runners on or, in the case of Adam Huneke, at the finish line working as volunteers. It’s really neat to see everyone come together to make such a great event run smoothly.

 

That’s all I’ve got for this issue of Northwest Dentistry — I’m going to go and polish some amalgams now.

 GJH

 

Northeastern District Dental Society 2008-2009 Schedule

August 12, 2008 (Tuesday)
District Pre Caucus Meeting

Kitchi Gammi Club
6:00 p.m.

September 12, 2008
Ergonomics

Tim Caruso, P.T.
  Barkers Island

September 19-20, 2008
MDA House of Delegates

Bloomington, Minnesota

October 10, 2008
Oral Medical Emergency

Jim Swift, D.D.S.
Northland Country Club

December 5, 2008
Morning: Pathology

   Michael Rohrer, D.D.S.
   Kitchi Gammi Club
Evening: Midwinter Dinner Dance
   Shack Shakers Band

January 9, 2009
Infection Control

John Molinari
DECC

February 13, 2009
Dental Implants*

Russ Baer Blackhawks DDS
Grand Rapids, Minnesota

March 13, 2009
Jerry Pedersen
University of Minnesota Speaker
Hibbing, Minnesota

May 13, 2009 2:00 p.m.
Business Meeting

Kitchi Gammi Club

June 5, 2009
Annual Golf and Fishing Outing
Fortune Bay

*Please note: This is a hands on meeting. Early registration will be required. No exceptions. Please plan accordingly so you won’t be disappointed.

 

NEDDS Officers for 2008-2009

President:
     Steve L’Abbe

First Vice-President:
     Chuck Babst

Second Vice-President:
     Mike Hagley

Secretary/Treasurer:
     Chris Carlson

Executive Council:
     Bob Idziorek

     Gary Hedin

     Eileen Patterson

     Scott Polzin

MDA Delegates:
     Kim Lindquist

     Gary Hedin

     Mike Ludwig

Alternate Delegates:
     Tim Langguth

     Gary Madison

     Byron Rowell

     Joe Schneewies

     Jim Swanstrom

Trustee:
     Duane McDonald

 




Northwestern District

John E. Lueth

Associate Editor

P.O. Box 310

Bemidji, MN 56619

 

Summer Meeting

The NWDDS held its annual summer meeting in Bemidji June 27; seminars at the Hampton Inns and Suites. The morning presenter was Dr. Bill Baker, oral surgeon, former pro hockey player, and Olympic hockey player of Miracle on Ice fame, speaking on topics in oral surgery. Among other things, Dr. Baker refreshed the memory and/or enlightened attendees’ knowledge of antibiotic prophylaxis, bisphosphonate issues, coumadin management, dentoalveolar surgery, and orthognathic surgery planning.

The noon lunch and business meeting included the election of officers for the coming year. Our new officers are: Kristine Riewer, president; David Andersen, president-elect; Douglas Williams, vice-president; Roger Sjulson, secretary/treasurer; Erik Satvold, delegate; and Julia Fosman, alternate delegate.

The afternoon seminar featured Dr. James Fricton speaking on teledentistry and TMD treatments. With 40 dentists present, this was the best summer attendance the District has had in years.

 

Dr. Fricton impressed upon the audience the ability to convey electronic digital records between sites as well as transmit pictures as being two aspects of teledentistry – when combined, for example, with collaborative dental hygiene practice – which may be able to significantly benefit dental access in remote, underserved areas, some of which exist in northwestern Minnesota. With current technology, it will be possible to conduct video consultations between University of Minnesota specialists (in their offices) who are connected to the rural dentist and the patient (in his or her own dental office).

 

In a regulatory disconnect, health care providers are going to be required to establish and use electronic prescribing of medications beginning January 2009. Dr. Fricton related that electronic medical and dental records will be required further down the road, but the prescribing requirement has come before all software providers have incorporated it into their electronic dental record.

 

Dr. Fricton thoroughly covered the current teledentistry capabilities as well as touching upon the technological movement toward “telehealth”, electronic medical and dental record usefulness and considerations, and the consumer-owned personal electronic health record.

 

Following the seminar, a golf scramble was held at Maple Ridge Golf Course. Four teams were registered, and the rainy weather held off long enough to get the golfing completed. The winning team was Robert Larson, Jim McDonald, Phyllis Sjulson, and Roger Sjulson. Prizes went to Brad Mott, longest drive; John Leuth, shortest drive; Roger Sjulson, closest to the pin; and Roger Sjulson, longest putt — the putt was longer than John’s drive. With witnesses on hand, Roger Sjulson aced hole #2 with a six iron. However, no prize had been planned for a hole in one. The reward will have to be the fun and bragging power of getting his first! Patterson Dental covered the green fees and the cart rental for everyone. 3M donated a sleeve of golf balls for each player, and TDIC gave $200 to be used for prizes for all the golfers.

 

Our winter 2009 meeting will be held in Maplelag, north of Detroit Lakes. The summer 2009 meeting is planned for Itasca State Park.

 

Pocket Knife to Passion: Motivation and Muse

There are probably as many paths to a career in dentistry as there are individuals practicing: a childhood dentist, a parent or grandparent; practice in a different health care occupation. I wasn’t ready to stop being a student. But we do not only practice dentistry. We often also answer to inspiration and pursue an avocation, a labor of love. Each of us has a siren song to refresh, restore, renew, or call us to a place within ourselves. One man’s path in to the profession and his answering the muse are described here. What is your muse?

 

For Jim Ghostley, now-retired Bemidji dentist, his muse, his carving career, and perchance his dental career, began in third grade. The year was 1938. Jim attended a two-room rural school in Puposky, a small village north of Bemidji. It was in the days when every boy had a jackknife in his pocket. Zero tolerance in schools was generations in the future. Common sense and social custom were different than today. That pocketknife went everywhere. Boys had knives, and they whittled stuff.

 

It was at this age that Jim carved his first piece of significance: a squirrel from a bar of Ivory soap! Proudly presented to his mother, it became a keepsake for years thereafter. Jim distinctly remembers seeing it - a bit misshapen, droopy, and crystallized - when he visited on leave from the military service around 1950.

 

Raised by his physician mother Dr. Mary Ghostley, Jim graduated from Bemidji High School in 1948. In the Navy Hospital Corps, he served as a hospital corpsman or medic, then was called back for the Korean Conflict. Nearing the end of that service, Jim was asked to go on a “repatriation cruise”, around the world on a converted transport ship delivering wounded United Nations soldiers to their home countries. Although this extended his enlisted service by several months, Jim said it was worth a chance to “see the world”.

 

A little bit more about his upbringing may further help understand his path into dentistry. Dr. Mary, widely respected in northern Minnesota, had graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1909. Not many women attended medical school in those years. Married to a classmate, the physician pair settled in International Falls to to establish a practice with another husband and wife physician couple. During the typhoid fever epidemic of 1911, Dr. Mary’s husband succumbed to exhaustion and illness and died. Certainly Jim’s proximity to the health care profession contributed to guiding him along a path toward dentistry and carving.

 

The G.I. Bill helped Jim earn his B.S. in art and biology from Bemidji State Teacher’s College. He taught for seven years: biology, swimming, art, and supervising district art programs. Married in 1953, Jim and his wife Connie headed off to the School of Dentistry with two children in tow and a third born the first week of school! It was in dental school that the legendary A.B. Hall prompted a change in medium, to “Regular Casting Wax/blue”. Hall supposedly crushed the blue wax carved efforts in his fingers to suggest students try again. Jim says he never had to walk back to his bench carrying a crushed wax-up and, in fact, his impression was that A.B. rather liked him.

 

Upon graduation in 1963, Jim began practice in Bemidji. Now on to amalgam carving, it would be some time before woodcarving became a more serious pursuit. During his practice career, Jim served our District in officer and president positions, as Northwest Dentistry associate editor in the 1970’s and 80’s, and as our representative on MDA committees. I joined him in 1983.

 

In 1979, Jim seriously putting his artistic talents into woodcarving. Over the years he has been in wood carver’s circles, meeting folks from the area, displaying his talents at woodcarver’s festivals, and regularly gathering with fellow carvers and woodworkers in Bemidji. Still proudly displayed and in use in the office is Jim’s first attempt at wood burning, an 18-inch hardwood slab that escaped the wood stove for “practice”, a wetland scene of a mallard drake landing amongst cattails, perfectly rendered, with a clock to keep me on time!

 

I suspect that his upbringing in northern Minnesota amidst bald eagles, loons, fish, forest, family, and friends has inspired, shaped, and provoked his muse. If he can see it or think it, he can carve it! Jim has carved totems, log frame bed headboards from angels and doves to pet dogs. A recent favorite is carving gunstocks, including deer, grouse, trees, or themes of special significance such as the one for his son which honors his military service.

 

Jim’s favorite wood to carve is walnut. Basswood is what he uses most. Most of the best basswood for carving comes from Minnesota and surrounding states because, when harvested in the winter and treated properly, it has the nicest grain and color compared to that grown elsewhere. Butternut has a beautiful grain. Jim goes where his creativity and skill take him, bringing forth an idea from the mind’s eye and creating something tangible and lasting which can be appreciated by one’s self or by others, an expression of something inside which is brought outside for some reason other than necessity.

 

Whether or not you can carve wood, you likely have a muse just as Jim Ghostley does. His muse and ready good humor remain: what he does, he enjoys. What is your muse?

 JEL

 




Southern District

Gregory P. Miller

Associate Editor

1140 South Avenue

North Mankato, MN 56003

 

Bridging the Dental Divide — Providing Access to the Underserved

The Open Door Health Center, or more commonly known as “Open Door”, is finding a way to reach out to those who do not have access to dental care. Since January 2008, Open Door saw an average of 330 patients each month. If they are able to sustain that level of care, it will mean nearly 4,000 dental appointments this year.

The history of Open Door dates back to 1993 when community volunteers began helping with health care needs of the uninsured people in the Mankato area. In 1995, funding was obtained for one dental chair. A Thursday evening preventive pediatric dental clinic began with volunteer dentists and dental hygiene students. Gradually, the evening clinic was expanded to provide diagnostic and cleaning services to hundreds of children, and eventually included a small number of adults as well.

In 2000, a move to the current location on 309 Holly Lane in Mankato made it possible to add a second dental chair so both the hygienist and dentist could be working simultaneously. It was not until 2002 that funding was finally found to hire the first paid part-time dentist, and that was only to offer restorative work one day each week.

Since those earlier days, the scope of service at Open Door has changed dramatically. Recognizing the increasing problems that the low income uninsured and public program recipients have for finding dental care, Open Door began to aggressively work to build their dental program. In 2004, chart storage space was completely renovated to create four new rooms with modern equipment. Additional paid staff was hired, and they began to offer complete dental services. In 2007, a second renovation was completed bring the total number of rooms to six.

Today, Open Door is a full-service, sliding-fee-scale clinic that is able to provide care to hundreds of people who would not otherwise be seen. While volunteerism continues to provide vital support to the organization, there is a core staff of paid professionals on site Monday through Friday each week. These professionals not only provide quality care but genuinely have a heart for those less fortunate.

Many people who live in southern Minnesota lack access to basic dental services. The target population for Open Door is anyone who does not currently have a medical or dental provider due to lack of insurance, income limitations, or other barriers to access. Many of the patients require interpreters. In fact, more than 15% of dental patients indicated that their primary language was something other than English. Dental patients come from 24 different counties. The majority live in Blue Earth, Nicollet, Le Sueur, Brown, Sibley, Watonwan, and Waseca.

Many have called the people they serve a “hidden population” that only appears when there is advanced disease. Open Door is working to change that by providing early intervention and education about prevention. This work is personally rewarding, and the patients are very appreciative. If you are looking for an opportunity to help those in need, this may be the place.

GPM

 




Student District

Michael Lee

Associate Editor

2833 Lexington Avenue North #D

Roseville, MN 55113

 

In Motion

Greetings from the Student District! We are now in the midst of our summer semester. For the second year students, that means ten weeks of break or research. For us third year students, that means finally starting to treat patients up in the clinics. And for the seniors, it means more rotations, competencies, and outreach experiences at any of the off-site clinics.

In May, we welcomed 11 new students to the class of 2010. The students are members of the PASS program at the U of M. They are internationally trained dentists who will join us during our clinical years, and graduate with a license to practice in the U.S. The class of 2010 was very excited about the addition of these students, and they have already contributed much to our dental school experience.

Last April, our ASDA chapter elected a new Executive Committee, which included President-Elect Tim Anderson, Vice-President Brett Moore, Membership Chair Elisa Dommer, and Secretary Jen Dylla. This is an exquisite group of student officers, and we are excited to see how their talents and hard work will better our organization. I have now officially taken the reigns as acting president from our past president, Brad Anderson. Brad did a tremendous job over the past year keeping our chapter as the envy of all other schools. Brad will continue to serve organized dentistry through his involvement on the MDA Board of Trustees as well as through his continued mentorship of our new leaders.

The Student District has also been busy with several events over the summer. On June 4, we held our annual ASDA Picnic at Psi Omega Fraternity. Experts estimate more than 150 dental students attended the event, where we grilled everything from bratwurst to boca. We also held a leader retreat in late June at which the School’s ASDA leaders convened to set the course for our chapter over the next year. In late August, ten delegates from the University of Minnesota will attend the 2008 ASDA Annual Session down in seasonably sweltering Scottsdale, Arizona. This event brings together student representatives from each of the U.S. dental schools to decide and act upon pertinent issues including dental education, licensure, ethics, and legislative affairs.

We would also like to announce that we are organizing a 5K Run/Walk event to raise awareness and funding to support oral cancer research. The event has been appropriately titled “Mouths in Motion” and will be run on the U of M campus, starting and finishing at Coffman Memorial Union. The date of the event is September 6, and we encourage everyone in the Minnesota dental community to participate regardless of age or experience.

In August, the next new crop of eager first year students will begin their dental school journey. Through their ASDA membership, we hope to instill in them the value and necessity of organized dentistry so that they become fully invested, wholly cognizant, and reputably responsible members of our proud profession.

Please feel free to contact us at the Student District with any questions, concerns, or complaints by e-mail to asda@umn.edu.  ML

ASDA “Mouths in Motion” 5K A walk/run to benefit oral cancer research

Starts and finishes in front of Coffman Memorial Student Union on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Campus.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Race day registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 10:00 a.m.

Pre-registration is $15.00; race day registration $20.00. Register by August 22, 2008, to be guaranteed a t-shirt.