Minnesota Districts - September-October 2008

Minnesota Districts - September-October 2008

Associate Editors:

Minneapolis District

Minneapolis District
Alejandro M. Aguirre
Associate Editor
2805 Campus Drive, Suite 445
Plymouth, Minnesota 55441

Paul Belvedere Headlines Fall Meeting
The District's Fall C.E. meeting Thursday, October 30 will feature guest lecturer Dr. Paul Belvedere speaking on "Direct Composite Dentistry: It Solves Problems and Functions for Decades". Our new location is the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka. Course goals and objectives include:
• Share the successes and failures of composite dentistry.
• Develop an understanding of how best to use composite.
• Show images of the step-by-step techniques.
• Cover the common sense reasoning to support "bulk placement."
• Demonstrate the importance of using matrices to form "molds."

"To restore teeth to look like teeth" has been Dr. Belvedere's goal for more than 50 years. Tooth-colored restoratives have experienced tremendous advancements in chemistry and usage. With the advent of resin-based composites, we all had to crawl before we walked. Additionally, we will be examining failure and learning how to succeed so that today we can run.
Dr. Belvedere is Co-Director of the Postgraduate Program in Esthetics and Contemporary Dentistry, an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and an Associate Professor at State University of New York at Buffalo, New York.

You will receive one core continuing education credit for this lecture. To get a registration form, contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845 or the MDDS website (www.mdds@mplsdds.org) under calendar and events.

83rd Annual Midwinter Meeting
In an outstanding program back by popular demand, Ms. Jo Ann Pulver will present two brand new lectures: "Successful Confrontation Skills for Managing Conflict" and "The Art and Science of Effective Communications." It's Friday, December 5 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka. Plan on it!

Missed It By That Much ...

August 11 brought MDDS' Golf Day at Golden Valley Golf and Country Club, with 110 golfers taking a day away from practice. The course was beautiful, the competition great, and we almost had a hole-in-one (net worth $35,000)! Ron Starszynski of Virchow, Krause, and Co. landed the ball a squeaking two feet from the eighth hole. Words cannot describe his emotion.
Forty-three companies sponsored holes; the hole-in-one, putting, or longest drive contests; or the on-course beverage carts, and 33 company reps joined the members in play. Post-game brought raffle prizes and a wonderful buffet dinner and dessert table.
The tournament has moved to an every-other-year format to attract more golfers. Summer 2010 is next. We'll let you know once we set a date.
This year's winners were Kirby Johnson and Bob Boyat (a tie) winning members' men's low gross at 80; Mary Beth Johnson, women's low gross; Bruce Betterman, men's senior division; and Pat Gaspard, Master's (65+). Dan Cooke from A-DEC took sponsor's low gross.

MDDS thanks the following businesses for their continued support of the golf event.
3M/ESPE Dental Products Division
AmeriPride Services, Inc.
Bank of America -
Practice Solutions, Inc.
Benco Dental Supply Company
Boos Dental Laboratory
Bremer Bank
CareCredit Patient Payment Plans
Casey, Menden & Faust, P.A.
Dyste Williams
Erickson Technologies, Inc.
Federated Direct Insurance
Fortune Management and the Practice of Distinction
Gateway Bank, Inc.
HealthPartners Dental Group
Hermanson Dental - a dti company
I.C. Systems, Inc.
JNBA Financial Advisors
Jackson-Spah Central Dental Studio
Karkela Construction, Inc.
Keystone Dental formerly LifeCore
Lemke Dental Lab, Inc.
Meuwissen, Flygare, Kadrlik & Associates, P.A.
Northstar Orthodontics, Inc.
Park Dental
Parsons Preferred Dental, Inc.
Patterson Dental Supply Company
Peoples Bank of Commerce
Premier Prosthodontics, Inc.
Procter & Gamble - Crest/Oral-B
Quadent Studio, Inc.
Renstrom Dental Studio, Inc.
Sabo Dental Lab, Inc.
Statements Plus Compliance Solutions, Inc.
Straumann, USA, LLC
TDIC Insurance Solutions, Inc.
Udell Dental Laboratory, Inc.
U.S. Bank
Valley Dental Arts, Inc.
Virchow, Krause &
Company, LLP
Wells Fargo Insurance Services
W.E. Mowrey Co.


MDDS' annual Trapshoot, one of our largest events, was held August 20 at the Metro Gun Club in Blaine. Seventy members and guests participated. For the seventh year, Byron Korus from Chuck Wagon/Special Events Catering did an outstanding job preparing the member-donated wild game. Duck tower, skeet, sporting clays, trap, and wobble trap led up to a lunchtime barbeque cooked this year by Executive Director Michelle Quade and Lori from Metro Gun Club.
As always, a buffet of wild hors d'oeuvres, international cheeses and fruit, and the camaraderie with family, friends, and industry representatives started off the evening. The ever-delicious wild game dinner followed. Many companies donated the door prizes handed out by perennial emcee Kurt King. This year's winner of the grand prize shotgun was Craig Hirschey, son of W.E. Mowrey's Walt Hirschey. A special thank you goes to Chair Michael Gallagher and the Trapshoot Committee for another successful event!

Trapshoot Trophy Winners
Member Dentist Guest
Class A Chuck Puffer Matt Beckrich
Class B Jon Jenkins Tim Dvorak
Class C Greg Dvorak Larry Schroeder
Master Craig Rathjen Bob Schum
Sporting Clays
Class A Michael Gallagher Mike Larson
Class B Duncan Puffer Jeff Dvorak
Class C Greg Dvorak Tim Johnson
Master Michael Leonard Scott Gierdal
Class A Gregory Lawton Dave Prince
Class B William Wilkie David Frye
Class C Bob Lawton Josh Leonard
Master Craig Rathjen Fred Klein
Duck Tower
Class A Kurt King Fred Klein
Class B Bob Lawton Steve Leonard
Class C Duncan Puffer Michael Larson
Master Dave Dungey Bob Schum
Schein Shoot Winner: William Wilkie

MDDS thanks the following sponsors for their support of
the Annual Trapshoot Event.
Boos Dental Laboratory
Gateway Bank
Henry Schein Dental
Klein Dental Ceramics
KNW Group
Marcus Dental Laboratory
Maguire & Strickland Refining, Inc.
Medalist Awards
Minneapolis District Dental Society
Patterson Dental
Udell Dental Laboratory
W.E. Mowrey, Co.

What Bear, Where?
The Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer's new location, Bearpath Golf and Country Club, was picture perfect, and not to be missed. Of course, if you did, we're headed back there next year thanks to Jessie Veil. It'll be Wednesday, September 9, 2009.
Watch for it.
Winners '08 were Wendy Gulden, women's division. Men's Divisions went to David Noren, Sachin Mehta, Kenton Johnson,
and Eric Stich. After the matches came a picnic dinner in the newly remodeled club house. Thanks to Rob Derr, who stepped in for Julie Chavez as emcee for the evening's program. Anyone interested in joining the tennis planning committee may contact Julie at (952) 929-4644 or Michelle in the District Office.

Around the House
Our district congratulates outgoing MDA president Jamie Sledd, our member, for her many years of service to the MDA. MDDS' Todd Tsuchiya will continue as Association treasurer, and R. Bruce Templeton is now MDA second vice-president.
The District thanks its delegates and alternate delegates: James Nickman, Alejandro Aguirre, Mark Omlie, Gary Bolmgren; Bashar Bakdash, Bruce Betterman, Susan Block, Kimberly Bohlig, Rob Derr, Wendy Gulden, Donna Hecker, Lee Ann Herbert, Sandy Houck, Kenton Johnson, Robert Kochenderfer, Woojin (Woody) Kwon, Douglas Lambert, Todd Marshall, Jonathan Moren, Nancy Norling, Jo Ann Omlie, Michael Perpich, Richard T. Pihlstrom, Charles Puffer, Karen Reese, Richard Render, Cale Strait, Tasha Strait, and David Streif.
Alternate delegates were Mohamed El Deeb, Stephen Gulbrandsen, John Gulon, Badri Jureidini, Kim Murphy, Clayton Shepard, Christopher Steele, and Jesse Veil.

Welcome, New Members
Congratulations to the following new members of the District.
Alegaonkar K. Archana, D.D.S.
Benjamin R. Bowling, D.D.S.
Shawn D. Knorr, D.D.S.
Claire O. Mielke, D.D.S.
Sonja Munozlatorre, D.D.S.
Angela N. Pieper, D.D.S.
Kelsey S. Sharpe, D.D.S.


Saint Paul District

Christine H. Hermanson
Associate Editor
1055 Highway 36 E.
Maplewood, MN 55109-1911

Great, Scott!
The SPDDS Nominating Committee has selected Dr. Scott Lingle as the 2009 Outstanding Service Award winner. He will be honored at the luncheon/program at our Midwinter Meeting. January 16.

In the Summer, In the City
While this isn't exactly "no news", it is good news. District members were out enjoying our varietous summer with only the spare but important activities in preparation for this fall's duties to bring them back inside. Among the tan and dutiful were our SPDDS delegates and alternates to the MDA House of Delegates, who met in caucus at the Minnesota Humanities Center August 13. Joining our 17 delegates and alternates were MDA president Jamie Sledd, Speaker of the House Mike Kurkowski, MDA Executive Director Dick Diercks, and SPDDS staff Kathy Krauter and Cindy Smith.
Joking aside, we all sincerely thank the members of this year's delegation for accepting this important responsibility. They are: Loren Taple, Chair; John Aamodt, Karl Andreasen, Pete Cannon, Norman Coates, Lois Duerst, Jennifer Eisenhuth, Laura Eng, Bill Harrison, Steve Henseler, Christine Hermanson, Sarah Melstrom, Tom Neafus, Rosalie Perpich, Joni Richmond, Emma Spahl, Donna Stenberg, and Howard Taylor. Our alternates are Scott Doyle, Heather Robinson, and Joe Trowbridge.

Well Organized
Please join us in welcoming the following new members to our district and to organized dentistry!
Alan L. Baumann, D.D.S.
Bennett Isabella, D.D.S.
Michael M. Bruinooge, D.D.S.
Gloria E. Lopez Franco, D.D.S.
Tam B. Pham, D.D.S.
John F. Reardon, D.D.S.
Tara M. Wagner, D.D.S.

Something New:
Lunch & Learn Seminars
A new series of lunch-time seminars has been started by the Saint Paul District. Initiated by Dr. Norm Coates, and aided by Dr. Karl Andreason, seminars have been held monthly from noon to 1:15p.m. at the MDA building. Topics have included "Geriatric Dentistry" with Dean Patrick Lloyd, "Twenty Drugs Every Dentist Should Know" by Dr. Chris Bascik, "Red and White Lesions" with Dr. John Koutlas, and "Cliff Notes on Crown and Bridge" with Dr. Don Erickson. A small fee covers the cost of a box lunch, and SPDDS members, non-members, and office staff are invited to attend.

Dr. Coates reports that "My goal was to get non-members involved to introduce them to the benefits of belonging to an organized group in dentistry. I thought if we made the seminar prices affordable, they would have no choice but to come over, thereby seeing the new MDA building and the advantages of networking
with other dentists. We haven't been able to achieve that goal yet, and would like to see more non-members attend. One goal we have achieved is to have assistants and hygienists who are not traditionally a part of the dental society see some of the things that we do, especially in this year when we have a certain amount of acrimony between the hygienists and dentists legislatively. We all have the same goal of providing good dentistry for the public."
Seminars are designed to promote active questioning and discussion. Attendance has ranged from 15 to 50, with the smaller groups preferred by some attendees, who felt more comfortable expressing their opinions and soliciting advice from both the speaker and other attendees. Reasons cited for attending have included location, topics pertinent to general dentistry, good timing, presenters, small groups, and invitations being sent to members and non-members.
Members have expressed an interest in practice management topics as well as more clinical issues. Since many general dental offices are now doing more periodontal procedures, that was also recommended. Dentists expressed plans to include their staff at future presentations.
This program was approved for one year, and will be reviewed by the SPDDS' Executive Council in September for continuation. The large, well equipped MDA conference room is an ideal setting for this type of meeting. MDA staff members have also been very excited to host us and give tours of our beautiful new building. Dr. Coates sums it up well. "I am satisfied. There is a lot of competition for continuing education seminars, but this one is different. It gives people a chance to communicate, network, and not feel crowded...it feels like part lunch, and part continuing ed and scientific seminar. It's been very successful."
Our next noon seminar will be October 22, with Dr. Howard Taylor discussing "Transitioning to the Next Stage of Practice". Come to share your experience and benefit from the wisdom of Dr. Taylor and the group.
Information about future presentations can be found on our website.

Update on the 5:05 Clubs
The Saint Paul District is continuing to promote 5:05 Clubs as a way for dentists to get to know one another within their zip code area. These meetings are casual, happy-hour type gatherings that have no agenda. Leaders met in late May and were encouraged to organize meetings again this fall. Most of the groups have met a number of times, and although attendance may have been small, the camaraderie and fun have been great. Members should plan to hear (via e-mail or phone) from their leaders within the next few months. If you don't, (or never have), please call Dr. Laura Eng or Kathy Krauter, and they will find out the plans for your group.

It's the Big One
SPDDS Midwinter Meeting 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009

For all member dentists, staff, and colleagues
Crowne Plaza Saint Paul Riverfront
Speakers (CE Credits)
Programs and registration forms
will be mailed to SPDDS members; outstate members may contact SPDDS to receive a program by mail at
(651) 697-0831.

Don't miss this day for you and your staff!


Northeastern District

Gary Hedin
Associate Editor
324 W. Superior Street, Suite 828
Duluth, MN 55802

The Required Ado
Here we go with another Northeastern District Report! I'm writing this after getting shut out by the grouse population of Northeastern Minnesota this morning, but I'm trying to keep my spirits up. It was a busy summer in our district, and I have some interesting things to write about, so without further ado...

Rain Checks Cashed
The rescheduled NEDDS golf outing took place at Northland Country Club in early August. A number of golfers showed up to the event, every one of them convinced that he or she had finally corrected that slice. The weather this time around was really very nice, and the course was in great shape. In fact, the greens were so fast that you actually had to put a little pine sap on your ball to get it to stay on. After the round was finished, we all gathered in the clubhouse for a tasty dinner buffet and presentation of the awards. Peter Mayer was the dominant force during the day, showing that he can drive, putt, and take out four third molars in under two minutes. The winning team consisted of Steve L'Abbe, Doug Lambert, Kyle Kolquist, and Matt Anzelc. Everyone had a great time, and it was nice that the event could still be held despite the tsunami-like weather on the original date.

Anchors Weighed
In mid-August the Northern Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons held their annual summer gathering, this year on the Vista Fleet. I say the Fleet because so many people attended that two boats were actually necessary to carry everyone. Rumor has it the original plan was to tow a coal barge behind the main boat, but a bunch of us passed the hat around to get a second boat fired up. It was a perfect evening for the boat cruise, and everyone enjoyed the good food and beverages.
Not only did a lot of dentists from the region attend, but a huge number of staff were also on board for the cruise. I had a chance to meet one of the new dentists who has come to our area. Jordan Anderson has joined the practice of Lee Jess in Grand Rapids. Jordan is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota and is originally from North Dakota, while his wife is from the Grand Rapids area. Please take a moment to welcome Jordan if you see him at some NEDDS events this year. Finally, thank you to Chuck, Duncan, Marty, and Peter for hosting this fun August event!

‘Nuf SAIDs
In September the first NEDDS meeting of the year was held at Barkers Island, in Superior. The presentation was titled "Fitness in Dentistry: Exercising Your Options". Our presenter was Tim Caruso, a physical therapist from the Chicago area who has presented at the Star of the North Meeting. Several years ago Tim developed an interest in physical therapy for those working in the dental profession because he had noticed so many of us coming in with back and neck pain. While he says he is still learning as he goes, Tim had a lot of very good information to share, and he did it in a lively and interesting way. Throughout the day he discussed many subjects, including musculoskeletal pain, physiology, proper posture, strength and flexibility training, simple exercises that can be done in the workplace, and dental equipment designs that minimize stress and fatigue on the body. The presentation was filled with quite a bit of useful information and tips that we can easily incorporate into our offices and daily routines to keep us more productive and less dependent on NSAIDS. Thanks to Eileen Patterson for helping to get Tim up to our meeting. She had heard him speak before and thought he would be a good addition to our continuing education line-up for this year.

Moose Lips Sink Ships ...
Well, there you go - I'm out of things to say for this edition of Northwest Dentistry. Next time you can look forward to hearing about the House of Delegates, the October NEDDS meeting, the introduction of our newest NEDDS members, and a clinical study on the implantation of moose teeth into edentulous patients. Take care!
NEDDS Officers for 2008-2009
Steve L'Abbe
First Vice-President:
Chuck Babst
Second Vice-President:
Mike Hagley
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
Duane McDonald




Northwestern District

John E. Lueth
Associate Editor
P.O. Box 310
Bemidji, MN 56619

Northern Dental Access Center

a clinic operated by Mississippi Headwaters Area Dental Health Center, serving patients in need in and around Bemidji-Beltrami County

Mission: Working to provide access to a dental home for those in need.

Vision: to be a not-for-profit, non-competitive dental service for the underprivileged and underinsured, providing access and education for emergency and preventive care, paying particular attention to children.

The Northern Dental Access Center will
• Accept patients on Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) or other subsidized care plan.
• Be a place where area dentists can refer MHCP patients.
• Be financially self-sufficient with paid, professional staff.

In addition
• This will be a place where area dentists can refer medical assistance patients.
• Once fully operational, the Center will be self-sufficient with paid, professional staff.
• A case management approach will serve this population that is in need of more intense monitoring, follow-up, and personal care.
• Additional partnerships with nursing homes, day treatment facilities, and other organizations may also play a key role in making sure that the disadvantaged population has dental access.
• Rotations of Northwest Technical College Dental Assistant students will be scheduled each semester.
• Volunteer private practice dentists will provide services to augment the paid staff.
• A dedicated hygiene/oral health education suite will assure ongoing patient education and preventive care.
Community Access Dental Clinic Moves Forward

John Lueth, D.D.S. President, Mississippi Headwaters Area Dental Health Center, and Jeanne Edevold Larson, Executive Director
After several years of planning and fundraising, a new community access dental center is closer to opening in the Bemidji and Beltrami County area of northwestern Minnesota. This grassroots, collaborative project has brought together leaders from all sectors of the region who agree that lack of access to oral health care by disadvantaged populations is becoming an alarming public health issue.

Our population faces a variety of economic, geographic, and cultural barriers that have made it very difficult for many families to get the oral health care they need, and for people on Medical Assistance or other subsidized care programs, finding a dentist is no small task, and providers among human and social service agencies see increasing burdens on resources to assist in finding that care.

A small group of people in health care, private human service organizations, and dentists began gathering for lunch meetings in 2005. We agreed that even though this region is designated a dental professional shortage area and that a large number of children and families are forced to leave the region to receive dental care that the issue was greater than just "not enough dentists". There were concerns about reimbursement issues, unique patient needs, and decreased public awareness and understanding about the role of oral health care in both personal and community health. The dream of a new clinic, one that would not only address critical access needs but could also become a dental home for people in need, began to take shape.

Small financial commitments from Beltrami County and local community foundations supported formal planning efforts that took place over another two years. It seemed to take a long time, but it was a deliberate approach to take it slow and build a coalition of people and agencies who would have long term ownership of the clinic's success.
There was no single agency to take on the legal and financial challenges of such a large project. Many community access clinics are part of a hospital or university, but this project is an autonomous collaborative with many partners who have contributed time, resources, and expertise to the design of this project.

Named the Mississippi Headwaters Area Dental Health Center, this new organization set out on its collaborative journey. An informal community advisory group spent those months and years devising a vision and mission, clarifying our target audience, benchmarking other clinics to construct a functional business model, finding partnerships, developing cash flows, building awareness among area agencies, elected officials, business owners, and more, and, of course, much time was spent raising the money.

We modeled the approach on the Wilder Foundation's framework for building community collaborative, and that has really been the key to coming this far. Through it all, stakeholders, including the private practice dental community, were kept informed.

We were optimistic that the clinic would cash flow positively once full, effective operations were in place, so the key obstacle was start-up funding for a facility, equipment, and initial staffing. Additional challenges lay in locating the right facility and recruiting the dental providers. Through community presentations, news releases, and personal contacts, a web of public awareness harnessed energy and helped garner basic start-up funds. Exhaustive grant writing efforts have paid off as well, and most of the needed start-up funds are in place.

A number of facilities were toured and negotiated until we were able to settle on a newly-vacated optical clinic that sits near both the area's hospital and clinic campuses in north Bemidji. With the legal name of the organization being such a mouthful, naming the clinic also became a challenge. Recognizing that the long-term goals of the agency may be greater than the operation of this single clinic, we settled on a manageable "Northern Dental Access Center". As of this writing, electric and plumbing contractors are preparing for new equipment.

The target audience for this new clinic will be people who are on Medical Assistance or other Minnesota Health Care Plan (MHCP) or subsidized care programs. During the first year of operation, this will be the only population served, in order to assure sufficient budget needs are met. The Board has agreed that after a year of operation, the community advisory board and area dentists will be consulted on the development of means-based strategies that meet the non-competitive vision of the organization while also acknowledging the growing number of low income people who are not enrolled in MHCPs.

A Dental Director will provide leadership in the dental services provided by the clinic. Additional dentists will serve in contract or volunteer capacities. And with up to nine operatories available, we hope to accommodate as many volunteers or contract dentists who have an interest in serving this population, many of whom are desperate for care. A dedicated hygiene suite will provide ongoing preventive and oral health education, and large waiting areas will welcome families.

The local Sunrise Rotary is investing funds to create a special child-friendly waiting area, and we are pursuing a partnership with area schools to have students on site for child care when patients have small children who need to wait. Beltrami County Health and Human Services will have a public health outreach worker on site as well as explore providing child and teen screenings/check-ups on site. The local non-profit association Community Resources Connections will help us staff a Patient Information Center to help patients with Medical Assistance or other paperwork, as well as provide information and referral for families needing other services.

Overall, the fundamental approach is to provide an atmosphere that is respectful, welcoming, and caring. A focus group of potential patients helped us understand that many people we plan to serve are accustomed to being denied access, made to feel like they are judged only on what's billable rather than on what they need, or feel rushed through like they are on an assembly line. We hope to slow things down a bit, get to know our patients, and really become a dental home for them.

We know that there are thousands of people in pain who will need our help. If we are successful, we will make that experience positive enough that they will return for preventive services, and they will learn more about their own power in improving the health of their families.
Another goal is to have a treatment coordinator on staff who can sit down with patients, face to face, and discuss treatment plans and options. This "vertical dialog" (as opposed to one with the patient lying in a dental chair) will help build personal ownership in the treatment plan and help us identify and address any barriers to success.
Down the road we would love to expand to offer specialty dentistry, perhaps through visiting pediatric or other specialists; develop mobile prevention programs to get off-site; perhaps look at additional clinic sites; and work to affect regional and state policy to improve the overall state of oral and public health.

It's a tall order, and for now there is just enough to get the doors open this fall. It will take additional grant funds and some time to build resources in order for service enhancements to be in place, but with the commitment of so many, we know we will succeed.
There is room for you to get involved. We welcome dentists or hygienists interested in helping. Bemidji is a great location for hunting, fishing, outdoor fun, and local entertainment, and our patients would appreciate your service!

For more information, please contact:
Jeanne Edevold Larson
Executive Director
P.O.Box 279
Bemidji, MN 56619
218-444-3984 (temp. office
number; expires 11/08)
Email: jedevold@paulbunyan.net

Northern Dental Access Center Funding Partners
Beltrami Area Service Collaborative
Beltrami County Commissioners
Bemidji Area United Way
Delta Dental of Minnesota
George W. Neilson Foundation
Mardag Foundation
MeritCare Clinic-Bemidji
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Northwest Minnesota Foundation
Patterson Foundation
PrimeWest Health
Private Practice Dentists
Sunrise Rotary

...All Are Welcome!!

• Recruitment of professional staff
• Procurement and installation of equipment; systems set-up
• Secure funds for Panoramic X-ray unit, payroll for admininstrative support and treatment coordinator, incidental office and dental supplies
• Ribbon-cutting ceremony
• Start scheduling appointments!

• Dental caries (tooth decay) is the single most common chronic disease of childhood (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). According to [author query], for every $1 spent on preventive care, about $4 is saved in dental costs (The National Institute of Dental Research).
• National studies find substantial disparities in the level of access to dental services by poor and minority groups who are at most risk of developing dental disease and infection. The service region in and around Beltrami County hosts the highest birth rates in the state, highest percentage of single parent families (alarming rates of infant mortality and births to teen mothers); highest rates of overall poverty and children in poverty, especially among American Indians; and lowest median household income and highest rates of public assistance payments per capita (Minnesota State Demographer, 2000).
• In 2003, fewer than 1/3 of Minnesota children under age 21 who were enrolled in Medicaid received any dental visits (American Dental Association, 2003). In northwest Minnesota, more than 6,000 children (ages birth to 19) are enrolled on Minnesota Care and Medical Assistance - 16% of all children, almost double the state average. (State of Minnesota 2000 Health Profile). These children and their families face lifelong consequences of not having a dental home. Diabetes, heart disease, and premature low birth weight babies all have a positive correlation with the incidence of periodontal disease.
• Nationally, it has been estimated that 51 million school hours per year are lost because of dental-related illness alone (Oral Health in America: A report of the Surgeon General, 2001).
• The dentist to population ratio in rural Minnesota is below the national average of one dentist for every 1,800 people (MDH, 2002). All area counties in the northwest Minnesota region are designated DHPSA (Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas, MDH, 2004).
• Beltrami County residents on public assistance made over 4,600 dental visits outside the area.

Community Partners
Beltrami Area Service Collaborative
Beltrami County Health & Human Services
Bemidji Area Schools
Bemidji State University
Bemidji Sunrise Rotary
Bi-County Community Action Council
Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji
Headwaters Dental Society
Headwaters Regional Development Commission
Indian Health Service
Legal Services of
Northwest Minnesota
MedSave Family Pharmacy
MeritCare Clinic-Bemidji
North Country Health Services
Northwest Area
Health Education Center
Northwest Technical College
Park Rapids
Community Dental Clinic
Peoples Church
(outreach of ELCA)
Private Practice Dentists and Hygienists

More are added every day!



Southern District

Ken A. Windschitl
Associate Editor
2000 South Broadway Street
New Ulm, MN 56073

History is Always in the Making
The Southern District of the Minnesota Dental Association includes 19 counties. We border two states and have 196 dentists as members. It seems like there is always something going on.
Recently a number of long-standing members have retired. Perhaps you were classmates of theirs, or visited with them at meetings. I have asked some of them to update us on how they are enjoying their retirement.
I recently saw retired dentist Dr. Bob Belling at our district's continuing education course. It is not unusual to see retired dentists at continuing education courses. One may wonder why they still take courses when they no longer need them. I think it is because they genuinely like being dentists and enjoy keeping up with their friends and educators. I can tell you for sure that Dr. Belling is enjoying his retirement. He has a "tropic" tan you can only get in Minnesota from spending most every day on the lake or golf course.
We have some new members in the district as well, and I have included a short bio on two of them. It seems as if we have more members retiring than we have new. I suppose this means the new people will have to work twice as hard as the retiring members! Maybe it only feels like it.

A New Face to Place:
Tom Hoover, D.D.S.

Tom Hoover spent his formative years in Arvada Colorado, a suburb of Denver. He attended the Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he dual majored in biology and chemistry. He attended dental school at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where he graduated in 2002. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Navy, completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency followed by two years as a solo dentist on board the USS Oak Hill (LSD-51). In 2005, Tom returned to the University of Minnesota and completed the three-year Advanced Education in Periodontology residency. In June of 2008 (after a much deserved cycling vacation in Austria and the Czech Republic), he joined the periodontal practice of Gary Jernberg in Mankato, Minnesota. Tom and his wife, Amy, are avid cyclists and enjoy traveling. Their 10 year old daughter Gelsey enjoys the things most girls in that age group enjoy (i.e., "Hannah Montana and all things cute and fuzzy"). Tom's professional interests include hard and soft tissue grafting, implant site preparation, and the perio/systemic health connection.

Putting the ‘Home' in Homerun: Adam Beers, D.D.S.
Dr. Adam Beers graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota with a major in chemistry. After undergraduate school, he attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and graduated in 2006. Adam then decided to pursue a one-year general practice residency program in Madison, Wisconsin.
Both Adam and his wife, Katie, are from the Slayton area in southwestern Minnesota. They are busy parents of a son, Russell (age two). They began looking for opportunities in southwestern Minnesota and read about one in Springfield. Springfield Medical Center and the Springfield community were looking for greater access to dental services. Following what a few other smaller communities have done, the decision was to start a dental clinic and employ a dentist.
Springfield Medical Center is part of the Mayo Health System. The Springfield Dental Clinic is the first dental clinic within the Mayo Health System. Since March 2007, Adam has been involved in the planning, hiring, and development of this new dental clinic. He began seeing patients in October 2007, and has the privilege to meet and discuss ideas with area dentists. Adam and his wife are active in the community and have come to know many people, which has made the transition to their new community that much better. Adam played on the amateur baseball team this summer.
The dental clinic has been well received, and Adam and Katie are excited to have the opportunity to provide quality dental services to Springfield and surrounding communities.

Well, Done
R.R. Belling, D.D.S.

Dr. R.R. Belling of Springfield retired May 31 after 40 years of practice. Two of those years were spent in the Army, the rest in the town where "everything I wanted was". Dr. Belling is involved in his community and church. He served 19 years on the Board of Education in their school district, and as a board member of both St. John's Lutheran Church and the Springfield Golf Club. (Feel free to construct your own joke here.) He is an active member of the South Central Dental Association, and the Minnesota and American Dental Associations. As well, he is a member of the American Legion.
In retirement, Dr. B and his wife, Cheri, plan to spend more time with their children and grandchildren, and to golf and travel. He loves to fish, and "more time" will include their lake home.
For the past 25 years, Dr. Belling has made weekly trips to St. John Lutheran Home, where he cares for the dental needs of nursing home residents, and he will continue to do that.
The dental equipment from the Belling office is headed for Jamaica, where his nephew and a group of other dentists do mission work. "He has invited me to go along with them this fall," he told us. "I think I would like to do that."

Retired, Sort Of ...
Dan Youngren, D.D.S.

As of July 1, 2008, Dr. Dan Youngren of St. James is retiring (sort of) after 31 years in the same location.
Dan purchased the practice from Dr. Glaydon Kern in 1977 immediately after graduating from the University
of Illinois College of Dentistry. This was due to Dr. Kern's relocation to Battle Lake. The practice has now
been purchased by Dr. Thomas Backenstose, who, while being a board certified prosthodontist, will continue the general practice format.
Dan and his wife, Barbara, are taking up full-time residency in Custer, South Dakota, where they have had a second home for several years, thus fulfilling a dream of living in the Black Hills. They are currently building a new home, and after completing the process anticipate evaluating the dental opportunities available on a part-time basis in their new location. Most of their time is taken up with hiking, hunting, and entertaining friends who come to visit the Hills. "I loved the tenure in St. James, and look forward to the opportunity God has provided for us in South Dakota," states Dan, who is currently spending most of his time "playing carpenter" and enjoying the Custer climate.

An Elegant Avocation:
John Bengtson, D.D.S.

John Bengtson was born and raised in the rural community of Dassel, Minnesota. He graduated from Dassel High School, and from the University of Minnesota Dental School with honors in 1964.
After graduation, John began a practice in Winthrop, Minnesota, and in 1971 he began a satellite office in Fairfax, Minnesota. In 1983 his son David took over the Winthrop office, and Fairfax became John's full-time office.

It was in 1978 that John and his wife, Clarice, began doing volunteer work with a trip to Oxaca, Mexico. They went up into the mountains and extracted teeth for the Mexican Indians over a two-week period, all with neither electricity or running water. Desiring to be able to do restorative dentistry, John then answered an ad in the American Dental Journal titled, "Wanted: dental volunteers for Israel". In 1981, he made his first volunteer trip to Israel, this for a one-month period. This last March, John completed his 19th trip to Israel, thus spending more than one year of volunteer time at DVI, a children's clinic in Jerusalem. "It always is a joy to be able to provide dental care for indigent children," John told me, "and I always feel that I have received more than I gave."

In 1995, John received the First Annual Distinguished Service Award given out by the Minnesota Dental Association, having spent more than 20 years on the Peer Review committee, first at the District level, then four years on the State Peer Review Committee, two years as its Chair. In 2003, Governor Pawlenty appointed John to a four-year term on the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry.

Dr. John Bengtson is a past Chair of the South Central Dental Study Club. He has gone through the chairs of the Southern District Dental Society and was its Chair in 1977. Being active in organized dentistry has been gratifying to him, and he would encourage young dentists to get active in their component societies.

During his last trip to Israel last March, John was awarded a medal of recognition and certificate of appreciation for the many years of volunteer service to the indigent children of Jerusalem. The presentation was made by the honorable Uri Lupolianski, mayor of Jerusalem. Present for the ceremony was the Dean of the Hadassa Dental School, the dental director of DVI, and many of the clinic staff. Zev Berger, the husband of the late Trudi Berger, spoke about the many times John had spent with them and of the great need to continue the work of DVI for the many needy children of Jerusalem who would not otherwise receive proper dental care. The DVI/Trudi Berger Dental Clinic has volunteers from 17 different countries and more than 10,000 patient visits per year.

In a letter John Bengtson notes, "I would just like to say that dentistry has been a wonderful profession, and I have enjoyed practicing for more than 44 years. After spending many years in peer review and on the Board of Dentistry, I am concerned that the dental profession is being driven by consumerism, where cosmetics has become more important that therapeutic dentistry. While I am in favor of selling cosmetic dentistry, I think it is most important that we differentiate what is cosmetic and what is therapeutic so the patient can make an informed decision. Integrity must always continue to be the hallmark of our profession."

John and his wife, Clarice, plan to spend time traveling and enjoying their home in Phoenix during the winter.

Wrapping It Up With a Bow:
James P. Knudson, D.D.S.

Forty-one years ago my "child bride" from Oklahoma, Darla, and I came to Mankato to live, work, love, and raise our two daughters: Kari, now 38, and Jill, 34. We started working in the Hilltop Doctors Building on Belle Avenue, where we stayed for nine years. In 1976, Drs. Dwain Merickel, Doug Burgess, and I built the Madison Avenue Dental Building at 730 Madison Avenue. Dwain sold his practice to Dr. Jim Kalina seven years ago, and his share of the building to Doug and me about four years ago. Doug sold his practice and share of the building this past March to Dr. Brent Olson, and I have sold both to Dr. Travis Prunty as of August 1.

Providing dentistry for the greater Mankato area has been a sheer delight. Our patients became more like family than patients, and employees became friends to look forward to seeing every morning. We will miss these relationships and yet treasure them.

After working two years for the United States Army and in private practice in Mankato for 41 years, the time has come to retire. Dentistry has been great to me and my family. I leave knowing the dental health of our area is being left in caring, capable hands.

We have lived on beautiful Lake Washington northwest of Mankato for the past 19 years, and enjoy visits from our daughters, sons-in-law, and our four grandchildren.


Southeastern District

Travis A. Schmitt
Associate Editor
204 4th Street SW, Suite 144
Austin, MN 55912-4427

Annual Meeting Brings Changing of the Guard
On Friday, September 12, the Southeastern District Dental Society held its Annual Meeting at the Ramada Hotel in Rochester, with a crowd of about 90 in attendance. The program included talks by Dr. James Van Ess on "Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Treatment Options", and Dr. Nelson Rhodus on "New Developments in Dental Management of the Patient with Cardiovascular Disease" and "Update on the American Heart Association's Premedication Guidelines". MDA first vice-president Tim Flor, Waseca, gave the group an update on a wide gamut of news and activities currently taking place at the Minnesota Dental Association. Thanks to Drs. Van Ess, Rhodus, and Flor for their great presentations!

At the business meeting, we witnessed "the changing of the guard" as Warren Johnson, Faribault, will be the new man in charge as president; Eric Overby, Austin, will be the new president-elect; Tim Holland, Owatonna, will be the first vice-president; and Chris Carroll, Winona, will be our new secretary/treasurer. Again, our District is fortunate to have another strong leadership team.

September Song
Chris Carroll, Winona, will be replacing me as your associate editor. I enjoyed my "run" over the last five years. Chris will be a fun and energetic replacement. Please welcome him by sending him material to have published. And please contact any of our district's leaders. We are here for you! Have a great fall, all ... TAS


Student District

Michael Lee
Associate Editor
2833 Lexington Avenue North #D
Roseville, MN 55113

Fast and Flexible
Bon jour from the Student District! School is back in session University-wide, and we are all, or at least most of us, excited to get back to work. Third- and fourth-year students are now full-time in clinic, second-years are spending all hours of the day in the pre-clinical lab, and first-years are already well into their coursework. We introduced ASDA to the first-year students at a lunch presentation appropriately titled "ASDA 101". President-Elect Tim Anderson led the ensemble cast of committee chairs in introducing ASDA and organized dentistry to these new student dentists. We conveyed the message that getting involved in ASDA is a tremendous way to begin serving the profession and to have a lot of fun while doing it.

At the end of August, ten student delegates from the School traveled down to Scottsdale, Arizona for the American Student Dental Associations 38th Annual Session. At the "Ideal ASDA" awards luncheon, our Minnesota chapter was recognized with the "Outstanding Advocacy" award for its admirable efforts in advocacy over the past year. Moreover, on countless occasions throughout the week students from schools across the nation shared their appreciation and support for the remarkable effort our Student District demonstrated in regard to being visibly concerned and mindful participants in the shaping of new legislation regarding dentistry in our state. We also received an award for "Newsletter Improvement" due to our revitalized "Central Groove" chapter publication. Last year, two impressive issues went to print. This year, we aim to get three and possibly even four issues of the "Central Groove" out to each of our student members. Annual Session ended with a Caribbean themed blow-out on the final night. Several of our fellow Minnesota delegates made valiant efforts in the limbo competition, but to no avail. We had a blast and are looking forward to our next Annual Session in Louisville, Kentucky coming up (already!) in late March. ASDA is undergoing a calendar change this year, so it will only be a mere six months until we will be called back together to set forth new directives.

The "Mouths in Motion 5K" run/walk event was a tremendous success. In only its first year, nearly 60 contestants sprinted, jogged, or strolled 3.1 miles around the University campus, raising more than $1,000 for oral cancer research. The event's success can be attributed to its organizers, Jen Dylla (D2) and Tim Anderson (D2), as well as our nearly 20 volunteers and generous sponsorship partners TDIC, Proctor and Gamble, ADEC, the MDA, and Dyste Williams, among others. The top male, Bart Johnson (D1), finished in 16:53, and the top female, Cindy Blendermann (D1), finished in 19:55. Both top finishers, coincidentally, are first year dental students. I guess this proves that not only is each year's dental class smarter and more talented than the last, but they are apparently faster as well. Judging by the feedback we have received, next year's Mouths in Motion will be a can't-miss event for many of our students, faculty, and hopefully many more of you, members of the Minnesota dental community. Please keep this in mind if you are looking forward to getting connected with the school, students, or just want to contribute to a noble cause.

The third-year students took the prosthodontic and endodontic portions of the CRDTS board exam the weekend of October 4 and 5. We, unlike any other school, have the unique opportunity to take these portions of the exam during our third year, leaving us with one less worry during our final year.

We also have a number of noteworthy upcoming events at the school. We have our membership and ADPAC drives scheduled to kick off in the coming weeks. On November 5, we will be having our annual vendor fair. Lastly, the ASDA Eighth District meeting will be hosted by the University of Iowa in Iowa City this year. A number of our students will get the opportunity to head down to Hawkeye land and interact with students from the other schools in our district. At these meetings we will hear presentations on a range of dental issues, share thoughts and ideas about how to strengthen each of our chapters, as well as to catch a glimpse of dental school life at another school.