Minnesota District News: July-August 2009

Minnesota District News: July-August 2009

Associate Editors:

Minneapolis District

Mark R. Omlie

Associate Editor
7373 France Avenue South, Suite 602
Edina, MN 55435

Did She Say December?
The Mineapolis District’s 84th Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting is on the books for Friday, December 4, and don’t ever say you didn’t get fair warning.
This year we are pleased to announce that Mark E. Hyman, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., will be coming to the Twin Cities to present his first lecture in our area in almost 10 years. A widely recognized national speaker, Mark Hyman is well respected and strongly endorsed by dental education leaders. He travels throughout North America, speaking at nearly every major dental meeting, among them the American Dental Association, Hinman Dental Meeting, Yankee Dental Meeting, Michigan Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, and Chicago Midwinter.
Dr. Hyman’s presentation “A 360 Slam Dunk Guide for Successful Teams - Complex Treatment Planning” is an entertaining and memorable prescription for challenging economic times. His personal testimonials about events in his home and work life will connect with everyone on the team.
Participants will learn how to:
1. Understand the urgency to lead and re-align dental practice today.
2. Rank the doctor and the team in the 35 key leadership issues for peak-performing teams.
3. Consider key communication barriers and how to overcome them.
4. Learn how to blend high-tech and high-touch relationship-based care.
“My mission,” said Dr. Hyman, “is to energize dentists and their teams, helping them to reconnect with the zeal that propelled them into this highly fulfilling profession. While some patients may be delaying procedures in the current economy, a well-trained team can succeed in the toughest times. I will show you how significant changes can turn a struggling practice into a profitable, productive, and joy-filled environment.”
Mark Hyman, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his dental degree from the UNC School of Dentistry. He teaches at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the UNC School of Dentistry. He was voted one of the 100 leaders in Dental Continuing Education by Dentistry Today magazine, which recognized him as one of our profession’s “Top 100 Clinicians in Continuing Education” for the past ten years. He was honored by the North Carolina Dental Society as Young Dentist of the Year in 1995. He has received the Mastership Award of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Hyman’s appearance would not be possible without the co-sponsorships of four companies: CareCredit, Patterson Dental, Philips Sonicare, and VOCO. MDDS sincerely thanks each of them for their support and participation.


Rounding Out the Day
The District is pleased to present on that same December 4 speaker Cathy Jameson, President and Founder of the Jameson Management Group. Please reserve some time for this very dynamic program for you and the entire dental team. The continuing education meeting will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka, Minnesota. You will gain five core continuing education credits for attending this meeting. Please watch for more information in the next few months.


Are You Ready to Wobble?
The annual Trapshoot Tournament returns to the Metro Gun Club in Blaine Wednesday, August 19. There are several shooting events offered at this location: trap, skeet, sporting clays, and the duck tower as always. This year will also offer both wobble trap and wobble skeet ranges. Metro Gun Club has a pistol range for those who would like to try this event as well. The day will culminate with the annual wild game dinner and prizes. Everyone is welcome to attend!


Mix and Match
Our other summer event is the Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer, coming up Wednesday, September 9 at Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie. This event will include members from both the Minneapolis and Saint Paul District Dental Societies and the entire MDA membership ... everyone is welcome to join in on the fun! Again this year participants have the opportunity to bring a guest for just $50.00! Where else can you have a full afternoon of fun with lunch and dinner included for only $75.00? So for all you tennis players, grab a bud, come on out, and have a fun-filled afternoon at Bearpath. Don’t forget there are always lots of prizes and surprises as well.


Just to Make It Perfectly Clear ...
All MDA members are welcome to the above events! Registration forms for all of them are included within the August Brush-Up newsletter or on the District website www.mplsdds.org. If you are outside the Minneapolis District and would like to attend, or if you have questions or need a registration form, please contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845. Everyone is welcome, so please join us!


Welcome, New Members
Congratulations to the following new members of the District. Their membership 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, invite them to join you at an upcoming District meeting, or take a new member to lunch. Let’s welcome them to the Minneapolis District!
Jennifer L. Beaudin, D.M.D.
Ellen D. Dufresne, D.D.S.
Benjamin S. Fenger, D.D.S.
Sarah J. Magnuson, D.D.S.
Heidi J. Pound, D.D.S.
Jessica M. Rustad, D.D.S.
Mary L. Truchon, D.D.S.
Lisa A. Yonke, D.D.S.
Eric P. Younger, D.D.S.


Upcoming Programs and Events
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
First MDDS Caucus Meeting

(All Members Welcome)
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Annual Trapshoot Event

Metro Gun Club
Blaine, Minnesota

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer

(All MDA Members Welcome)
Bearpath Golf and Country Club
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Second MDDS Caucus Meeting - Tentative

(All Members Welcome)
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Friday, September 11 and
Saturday, September 12, 2009
MDA House of Delegates

Rochester Marriott Hotel
Rochester, Minnesota

Friday, December 4, 2009
84th Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting

Speaker: Dr. Mark Hyman
Subject: “A 360 Slam Dunk Guide for Successful Teams - Complex Treatment Planning”
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

 

 



Saint Paul District

Howard W. Taylor
Associate Editor
3909 Silver Lake Road N.E.
Saint Anthony, MN 55421-4352

A Toast to Wine and Llamas
Christine Hermanson, D.D.S. was installed as president of the Saint Paul District Dental Society May 14.
Dr. Hermanson graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1977 and practiced general dentistry in Wisconsin, New York, and California before relocating to Minnesota. She completed graduate studies in prosthodontics at the University of Minnesota in 1991, and has practiced prosthodontics since then at Maplewood Prosthodontics. She has been on the faculties of both the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and the SUNY at Buffalo School of Dentistry. Dr. Hermanson has served on our District’s Executive Council for the past six years, Peer Review for six years, Midwinter committee for three years, and as a SPDDS delegate to the MDA for
six years.
Dr. Hermanson’s husband Tom is retired after 30 years of owning and operating Hermanson Dental Services, a nationally recognized dental lab. In fact, Christine was his customer before she was his spouse. It was his influence that prompted her to become a prosthodontist. Their daughter Carrie is a sophomore at Hill Murray High School, and her adult son Andrew Wallmeyer is a journalist who is now pursuing an MBA at the U of M.
The Hermansons live on a 10-acre hobby farm in Lake Elmo which they share with five llamas and the usual dogs and cat. They have hosted field trips for pre-school and school age children at their urban “farm”. As avid gardeners, they have a field of Asiatic lilies and daylilies as well as a young vineyard. Dr. Hermanson also plays oboe and English horn in area community theaters, in their church, and in the Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra, which performs 10 concerts throughout the state each year to benefit local food shelves.
Dr. Hermanson is honored to be leading the Saint Paul District, a district with a history of strong and accomplished leaders. Legislative issues will continue to be in the forefront, with the introduction of the Dental Therapist bill and critical care access provider funding. Third party audits which unfairly target practices also need to be addressed this year. “Many of our members may not have the time or inclination to be very active in our association now, but perhaps they will in the future. This is a challenging economy for dentists, and I will be careful to use our funds wisely, and keep my attention on the needs and wishes of our members. I urge you to share your comments and concerns with me at any time.”


Oh What A Night
On May 14, District members gathered at Eastcliff for the installation ceremony of the 2009/2010 SPDDS officers and Executive Council members. After the formalities, the group enjoyed a tasty spread of food catered by Gourmet Thyme, and wine and beer tasting by the entertaining Chuck Kanski of Solo Vino. And then there were the singing sensations that participated in karaoke and impressed us with their musical talent!


Introducing the 2009/2010 Executive Council
Christine L. Hermanson, President
Howard W. Taylor, President-Elect
Rosalie J. Perpich, Secretary
Karl H. Andreasen, Treasurer
Donna J. Stenberg, Trustee


Executive Council Members:
John C. Aamodt
William H. Harrsion
Ben J. Christopherson
Steven J. Henseler
Norman F. Coates
Thomas E. Neafus
Michael J. Downie
Joni M. Richmond
Scott L. Doyle
Kou B. Vang
Lois F. Duerst
Paul K. Zollinger
Loren J. Taple
,
   Immediate Past President


And I’ll See You There
August 19, 2009
SPDDS Caucus

Humanities Education Center
Friday, January 15, 2010
SPDDS Midwinter Meeting.


Serving Our Senior Population
Rose Perpich, D.D.S.
Dignified Dental was formed to improve dental service to retirement communities.The mission of Dignified Dental is “to assist mature adults in maintaining oral health; to care for patients with all aspects of medically compromised conditions and to educate families, caregivers, and the health care team.”
To pursue this mission, I am working with a dental hygienist through collaborative practice to serve nursing homes.Collaborative practice hygiene has been around a few years.Many have heard about it, and some have not.It is different from the most recent legislation advanced for dental hygienist and oral health practitioners and has not, in my opinion, been utilized to its fullest potential.For those who are not familiar with collaborative practice, it is a written agreement between a hygienist and a dentist to enable the hygienist to provide preventive services to underserved populations without a dentist present and refer to a dentist concerns or areas in need of possible treatment.This does not include medically compromised patients.The patient must be examined by a dentist first.The dentist completes the initial exam in the retirement facility, and then a preventive plan is written.After the initial visit, preventive services can be provided under general supervision.The complete requirements for a hygienist to practice collaboratively can be found in Minnesota Statute §150A.10, subd.1a and are available at www.normandale.edu/dental.
In a joint effort between Presbyterian Homes and myself, I designed and built a two-chair office in Gables Care Center at Boutwell’s Landing in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota.This state-of-the-art facility will serve all of the needs of the residents on campus.The clinic opened in February 2009 surrounded by other services including doctor exam rooms, a beauty and barber shop, manicure and pedicure salon, and a child care center.The campus itself covers more than 100 acres with more than 500 people living in a variety of situations from townhomes, brownstones, assisted living, memory care, and long-term care.This makes it much easier for couples with different care levels to live in close proximity to each other.As health needs change, couples can transition to other levels of care and still live close to spouse and friends.We provide dentistry to residents from the entire campus.We utilize digital radiographs, intra-oral photography, and paperless charting.We can do all aspects of dentistry from preventive to oral surgery.This will enable our hygienist to provide preventive services through collaborative practice when a dentist is not available.I currently practice one day a week with an assistant and hygienist, and as we grow I plan to add more hygiene days to accommodate a strong preventive care program.
Some key differences in dealing with patients of this age group are the medical conditions, communication with family members, and physical restrictions.One way my team and I have kept abreast of education and special needs related to medically compromised patients is by completing a mini-residency in long-term care with Dr. Stephen Shuman at the University of Minnesota.To open communication with family members, we contact them before initial exam appointments and follow up with a preventive oral health plan.Earning trust through communication and education assists in resolving misconceptions that the mouth is not in connection with overall health.
We are also working on educating the health care team on the importance of oral health and its correlation to overall health.Through inservices and individual instruction, we educate the entire health care team.From nursing assistants to physical therapists, we strive to elevate the value oral health.Many are unaware or have very limited information on this connection.
To assist with the physical challenges, we have installed dental chairs with air bags under the base.This accommodates wheelchairs and lifts by being easily repositioned to an ergonomic working position after patient transfer.
In discussing this clinic with friends or colleagues, many people have assumed we see a lot of dentures. Actually, most of our patients have their natural teeth.We all know people are keeping their teeth much longer.Our patients want to continue preventive care and maintain the investment they have made in their teeth.Family members verbalize for loved ones how important keeping their teeth and a pretty smile has been to their mothers or fathers.
The idea of retirement years is changing from what we think of when we remember our grandparents.Communities are being built to serve a generation which is much older and much more active.I have been fortunate to partner with Presbyterian Homes, who developed Liberty Personally Designed living, an innovative approach to care.Residents rise at their leisure and enjoy meals on their own schedules.These communities serve all aspects of our aging population.Campuses have banks, ballrooms, stores, entertainment, and are very active.With this change, combined with the dissolution of our old image of “nursing homes”, with more and more “sandwich generations” caring for children and parents, we as health care professionals are challenged to meet the needs of the growing retirement population and adapt our delivery of care to these patients.Collaborative is a safe, traditional, private practice option for all general dentists in Minnesota.

 



Northeastern District

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

The Wisdom of the North
Hello again — it’s time to catch up on what’s been happening in the Northeastern District over the past couple of months. Summer is so short up here that we don’t have many meetings, because if we do they might fall on the only nice day of the summer. We have had two events take place, and I’ll tell you about them...


The Work At Hand
Our Annual Business Meeting was held at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth in early May. The meeting served as a good overview of the year, with reports given by the officers as well as representatives of the various NEDDS committees. A more lengthy discussion about the Dental Therapist legislation took place, and our new ad hoc committee on drug seeking, headed by John Wainio, gave a report. Outgoing president Steve L’Abbe made his final remarks to the group, and the new Executive Council was sworn in. Trustee Duane McDonald led the ceremony. Let’s just say that these guys had a little trouble staying in sync during their oath, and if they were an a capella singing group they wouldn’t have a recording contract. They are, however, excellent dentists and very dedicated to organized dentistry and the Northeastern District.
Your officers for 2009-2010 are: Chuck Babst, president; Mike Hagley, first vice-president; Chris Carlson, second vice-president; and Doug Erickson, secretary/treasurer. Please take the time to thank Steve L’Abbe for all the hard work he has done for our Northeastern District over the past year! After the swearing in ceremony, those at the meeting enjoyed a good meal and some conversation in the upstairs of the Kitchi Gammi.


Serious But Not Earnest
The other big event that took place recently was the Annual Golf and Fishing Outing. This year the word “tennis” was also supposed to be in with golf and fishing, but not enough of you wanted to swing a racket. Does anyone else think that calling a score of zero “love” is a little different? It could be interesting when fishing: “I got a whole lotta love on my stringer”, or “There’s love beer in the cooler - we better go back to the dock”. Or how about in golf: “I’m love over par” or “Our cart broke down because there’s love gas”.
In all seriousness, it was a cool and windy day for golf and fishing and the always spectacular Wilderness at Fortune Bay golf course and Lake Vermillion, respectively. The dominant team this year consisted of Tom Seidelmann (who also had the low gross of 41), Kyle Kohlquist, Tim Smith, and Matt Anzelc. They had a best ball score of 37 and a scramble score of 30. Impressive! Other individuals who had particularly good shots included long driver Michael Patterson; long putters Doug Clark Sr., Greg Kaake, and Jordan Anderson; and close pinners Curt Wilson and Peter Mayer. A number of great gifts were given to those mentioned above, and Gary Hedin was given a pity award as the “coldest golfer”. That’s what happens when you wear shorts when it’s 50 degrees and windy as heck. The official word on the fishing is that it wasn’t too good. The wind and cold temps, coupled with fish that just didn’t want to bite, made for a long day on the water. But on the bright side nobody fell overboard or got seasick.


Half-Caf at Grandma’s
Finally, some of our very own NEDDS members participated in Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon this June. There are probably some of you I didn’t know were out there, but those I’m aware of include Grant Nelson, Abby Pershke Johnson, John Conry, Tim Langguth, Brian Landrigan, and me. Congratulations to all who participated in such a great hometown event!


Look Both Ways
That’s all I’ve got for you this time around. Be well and have a good summer!
GJH

 



Student District

Tim Anderson
Associate Editor
1362 Preston Lane
Shakopee, MN 55379

Transformers
Now that spring has morphed into summer, so have many aspects of the Student District. Our eager third-year students are now becoming fully transitioned into the clinics, and our fourth-year students are beginning to think of the next (here’s that word again) transition in their dental careers.


The Vision Thing ...
Each year the Student District will as well welcome its new leaders, who will take over the executive roles and allow our past leaders to function as mentors. I am very honored and privileged to have been given the opportunity to take on the role of president of the Student District. Our last executive committee has done a great job in expanding upon the solid foundation that our chapter has established. I am confident that our new set of leaders will follow in a similar manner and build upon that foundation.


Smoke Without Mirrors
With all of the nice weather, it is always challenging for students to remain focused on the tasks at hand. In order to take advantage of the weather and offer the students a break from clinic or classes, ASDA held its annual Spring Picnic at Psi-Omega Fraternity. Students had the opportunity to relax after a long day, while President-Elect Adam Swingdorf (D2) worked the grill. The great weather and good food make the picnic one of our members’ favorite events each year. While the third- and fourth-year classes returned to the clinic over the month of July, the second-year class enjoyed their ten-week break. This provides the students with an opportunity to do research, shadow in an office, or merely take a much needed vacation.


It Only Sounded Like “Retreat”

On July 12, the leaders of the Student District met for the annual Minnesota ASDA Leader Retreat. The retreat offers students an opportunity to brainstorm and formulate a strategic plan for the upcoming year. Areas of focus for our district included membership benefits, communication, leadership development, and membership involvement. The retreat also provides the leaders with the tools they will need to make their respective committees more efficient and productive. As is the case with any organization, communication is key. Much of that focus is being addressed by our website (www.mnasda.net), run by Anna Keeney (D4), which was recognized at ASDA’s Annual Session for “Best Website Content”.


I’ll Think About It When I Get Back
By the time you are reading this, the students will be off on their much anticipated August break. However, we have many important events coming up in the next few months. Our new first-year class will begin their orientation August 17. This is a very important event because it is often the introduction to organized dentistry for the new students. Our Communications Chair, Brett Moore (D4) will be providing the new students information about ASDA through a scaled-down version of our newsletter, “The Central Groove”. The incoming students will be inundated with a plethora of new information and opportunities. This only exemplifies the need for our chapter to reach out to those students early in their dental education so that they may become active members of organized dentistry.


Watch Out for That September Weather
With the arrival of the September, we will begin a whirlwind of even more activities for our chapter. Most important are those involving membership and ADPAC drives. Both of these activities are being taken on by our membership chair, Zee Elovich (D2) and our legislative liaison, Aruna Rao (D2). In addition, with the great success of last year’s oral cancer run/walk, the second annual Mouths in Motion 5K will be taking place September 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Coffman Union.* The event is open to the public, and we encourage participants of all levels to come out and support the cause.


Don’t Look Back
As anyone can see, the Student District is busy as usual. We are all very excited about the progress we have made over the last year and are looking forward to addressing our goals for the upcoming one. However, it is important to remember that the Minnesota Student District has established a reputation as an “ideal chapter” after which other schools around the country model their chapters. This success is due in part to our close relationship with the MDA and the dental community. In my short time as president, I hope to continue that relationship and foster further growth within the chapter.
TA

 



Northwestern District

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

From Headquarters to Headwaters:
NWDDS Summer Meeting
Veritas caput - the true head (no, not Roger Sjulson!) - Itasca State Park. The source of the Mississippi River. The beginning of a 2,552 mile journey to the ocean. Where Native American and early settler history abounds. Where a bison kill site gives hints of life long ago and the more recent Civilian Conservation Corps story is told in the interpretive center. Itasca was the site of the most recent summer meeting of the Northwestern District Dental Society Friday, June 19.
Amidst the busy schedules of summer, approximately 75 dental professionals took time to attend the day-long gathering and listen to speaker Dr. Kevin Nakagaki. Tasked with covering the topics of “Managing Medically Compromised Patients Along with Avoiding Medical Emergencies”, Dr. Nakagaki did an outstanding job delivering potentially sleep-inducing material in an engaging manner with his Scandinavian humor shining through!
MDA First Vice-President Tim Flor trekked north to the Headwaters to dialogue with NWDDS members, and the District changing of the guard saw President Kristi Riewer, Detroit Lakes, pass the torch to Dave Andersen, Park Rapids. In the district officer pipeline are President-Elect Doug Williams, Bemidji; Vice-President Erik Skatvold, Moorhead; and delegate Julia Fosman, Park Rapids. Still hanging on to every other position is Secretary/Treasurer and NWDDS Trustee Roger Sjulson, Fosston.
But the weekend was not just about managing challenging medical issues of our dental patients or discussing the state of organized dentistry in our state. After the PowerPoint projector had cooled down and the enamel dust had settled, a number of meeting attendees continued to enjoy the Itasca Park and various NWDDS activities. From a golf outing followed by BBQ and wine tasting to fishing one of the parks many fine fishing lakes, to a talk by a local expert on archeology and park history, folks had more than enough interesting and fun choices to enjoy for the remainder of the weekend!
A golf scramble at Eagle View golf course near Park Rapids attracted several hookers and a slicer or two. After replacing all divots, Summer Hill Farms was the site of a BBQ and wine tasting. Several tireless folks continued their evening enjoying an archeology and local history presentation by a local expert. Terry Larson of Northern Adventures guide service grew up at the border of the park and is a modern day jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the Headwaters area. His grandparents lived near and worked in the park, teaching Terry all about the nature, history, and culture of the region. Now he guides and outfits upper Mississippi canoe adventures, as well as being a great story teller and amateur archeologist.
But the fun didn’t stop after a full day Friday! Saturday dawned clear and warm. After a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs, and wild rice pancakes topped with blueberry syrup at Itasca’s Douglas Lodge or similar fare from the travel trailer campsite kitchen of Phyllis Sjulson, a small flotilla of canoes enjoyed a three-hour tour of the infant Mississippi. Departing from near the source of the river, the intrepid paddlers lazily worked their way down stream for more than three hours. Crystal clear water, wild rice, and fresh water sponges. Whitetail deer, waterfowl, and the meandering Mississippi. It was a great warm and sunny day to paddle a piece of wild country in the Northwestern District Dental Society. Remember our motto, “If you didn’t have fun...it’s your own fault!


Heads-Up for More

Mark your calendars for the Lake of the Woods dental meeting and ice fishing weekend at Sportsman’s Lodge January 29-31, 2010. For more information or to request registration materials, please contact:
Lake of the Woods
c/o Roger Sjulson
109 Johnson Avenue North
Fosston, MN 56542-1327
(218) 435-6738
rwdds@gvtel.com

 



Southeastern District

Christopher E. Carroll
Associate Editor
150 East Fourth Street
Winona, MN 55987

An Invitation
The Southeastern District Dental Society extends a warm invitation to all of you to come join us at our Annual Meeting Friday, August 21, in the beautiful and historic town of Faribault. It is just a short distance to the southwest from the Twin Cities, and we will see to it that the trip will be worth your while.
Registration will be from 7:45-8:30 a.m. at the Legion Hall. We will have two speakers, a short business meeting, lunch, and then an afternoon free for golf, biking, fishing, sightseeing, shopping, or any number of other activities. The fee will be $60.00 for dentists and $30.00 for staff.


Welcome to Faribault
Faribault is a city of great experiences set along the beautiful Lake Country of Southern Minnesota. The Faribault area serves as a perfect year-round backdrop for a refreshing vacation or family outing. The relaxed lifestyle and picturesque surroundings draw many people to Faribault: Its lakes, nature, history, shopping, and recreation all combine to make Faribault a perfect place to live or visit.


History and Recreation
Faribault is rich with historic sites. It has more buildings on the historic register in its downtown than any other out-state city. The Rice County Museum is a real treasure and is located in Alexander Park, which is named after the founder of the city, Alexander Faribault. You can tour the house Alexander lived in, located on its original site, which was one of the first framed houses built in the area.
Faribault also has a great tradition of festivals and events. The community celebrates an annual Heritage Festival in June, and hosts the county fair in July, in addition to two outstanding festivals that bring in people from all around the region, the Tree Frog Music Festival and the Faribault Airfest and Balloon Rally held in September. City parks, golf courses, a BMX track, paintball course, archery, disc golf, softball, baseball, all buzz with activity for spectators and participants. For rollerbladers, bikers, and walkers, you can pass by scenic lakes and prairies as Faribault is the hub for the Sakatah trail system which takes you on a 45-mile adventure. The city also claims 10 miles of paved trails to explore and the 750-plus acres of the River Bend Nature Center, where you’ll be delighted by the trails and programs offered.
The 10 area lakes and two rivers create the scene for fishing, boating, canoeing, restful walks by the lakes and even hearing some fish stories. With so much wilderness area around, bird watching and wild flower excursions are very rich prospects in Faribault.
In the fall, an autumn adventure in Faribault could include roaming through pumpkin fields and apple orchards, a music festival, a ride on a glider, or visiting the farmers market. You may want to take in a drive through the campuses of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s school and the Minnesota Academy of the Deaf. Both sit on majestic settings, and there isn’t a better place to be in the State of Hockey than watching hockey at Shattuck. As Sports Illustrated put it, “Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is to high school hockey what Harvard is to law school.”


Shopping
How about shopping? There is wonderful shopping in the historic downtown with lots of antique and specialty shops. The Faribo West Mall is a treasure of stores surrounded by the fastest growing area in the city for shops and retail. A trip to Faribault is never complete without a stop at the Faribault Woolen Mill Store.
Donahue’s Greenhouse and Farmers Seed and Nursery are both nationwide distributors. Donahue’s is renowned for clematis and poinsettias, and Farmers Seed is the famous catalog company. Both make great stops in the spring and at Christmas time.
With its small town lifestyle, proximity to Minneapolis/Saint Paul, access to I-35, and a commitment to economic development, Faribault is an ideal location for business growth and prosperity. The historic downtown, Faribo West Mall, and other shopping areas, along with friendly neighborhoods, excellent schools, extensive recreation, and cultural activities make Faribault wonderful. Come enjoy all the experiences of Faribault!
To learn more: Tourism and Communications Director, Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, 530 Wilson Avenue, PO Box 434, Faribault, MN 55021; (507) 334-4381 or (800) 658-2354; todd@faribaultmn.org.


The Presentations
“Etiology, Assessment, and Treatment of Oral Malodor”, by Patricia Lenton, RDH, M.A. Ms. Lenton is a Research Fellow in the Oral Health Clinical Research Center at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Her baccalaureate degree is in dental hygiene education, and her graduate degree is in training and development. Since joining the Oral Health Research Center in 1989, Ms. Lenton has worked on more than 40 clinical research studies. Pat began to study bad breath in 1998, and collaborated with Dr. Michael Levitt, a gastroenterologist at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, to learn about sulfur gases and ways to analyze them. She has studied the etiology, assessment, and treatment of bad breath for more than 10 years.
Ms. Lenton belongs to the International Society of Breath Odor Research (ISBOR) and recently returned from an International Breath Conference that took place in Dortmund Germany. Ms. Lenton has presented bad breath lectures throughout the state, and several times for the Continuing Education Department at the University of Minnesota.
“Drugs and the Elderly: Better Living Through Chemistry?” by Stephen K. Shuman, D.D.S., M.S. Older adults are the leading consumers of medications, now filling about 30 prescriptions a year on average and purchasing about 40% of all over-the-counter drugs. Adverse drug events are also now estimated to occur in up to 50% of the elderly. This presentation will review potential systemic and oral complications of drug therapy in older adults and what the dental team can do to manage them. Specific recommendations for the safe and effective use of local anesthetics, analgesics, and other common dental drugs will also be provided.
Stephen Shuman is Associate Professor and Director, Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program, Department of Primary Dental Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Dental Director, Wilder Senior Dental Clinic, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN, and Walker Dental Clinic, Walker Methodist Health Center, Minneapolis, MN. He received his dental degree from Temple University in 1982 and his MS in Geriatrics from the University of Minnesota in 1989, where he now directs the School of Dentistry’s Geriatrics Program and serves as the School’s Director of Graduate Studies. In addition to his University positions, he is also Dental Director of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s Senior Dental Clinic in St. Paul and Walker Dental Clinic at Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis, where he directs clinical training in geriatrics and maintains his clinical practice. Since 1991, he has also directed the School’s nationally recognized continuing education program in long-term care dentistry, “The Miniresidency in Nursing Home and Long-term Care for the Dental Team”, and has been a featured speaker at conferences throughout the U.S. Dr. Shuman’s research and publications have focused on dentistry in long-term care, economics, and utilization of geriatric dental care, ethical and legal issues in the care of special patient populations, and medical issues affecting the dental care of older adults. Dr. Shuman served on the board of directors of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry for 10 years and was president of that organization from 1998-99. He now serves on the Minnesota Dental Association’s Community Service Committee, focusing on elder care issues.


Finally ...
Again, we wish to extend an invitation for you to join us for a fun and productive time in Faribault. Hope to see you there.
CEC

 



Southern District

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

Big Shoes
When I began my career as a dentist in New Ulm, I quickly became aware of what the other dentists around me were doing with their time. They were city mayors, members of the City Council, school board, members of bank boards, presidents of the Lions Club, country club, gun club, Optimist club ... They were Little League coaches and board members of the church. You name it, they did it — and they were there before they had to be asked. The list goes on and on.
It goes without saying that dentists are responsible for providing for their communities’ oral health. But just as important is providing for those communities in general. I know this is the case in communities everywhere. As professional DDS’s, we are actively engaged in our communities, and we have a wonderful story to tell. I’ve felt I have very big shoes to fill and a lot to give back!
As I was looking back through old photos, I came upon some pictures of myself and other young dental students on a beach of Hawaii. I don’t know where we got the money to get to Hawaii, but we did! Who would have known these young men would grow to be giving back to their communities in the unique ways they are doing today? Thirty years ago the direction we as young aspiring dental students would take was truly the Great Unknown.

 



Our particular cast of characters has done pretty well.
Dr. Bruce Kudak of St. Cloud has been doing dental missionary work in the third world. Bruce is working with an organization called HELPS International; he has been a member of its board since 1998. He has made a huge difference in many people’s lives.
Dr. Ken Larson is founder of Northern Lights, a charitable foundation in Duluth. Incorporated in 2007, the Northern Lights charitable organization has been helping children live better lives by assisting families with medical bills, hospital stays, and meals while their patients are undergoing medical treatment. What a significant way to reach out to others.
Dr. Mike Kurkowski of Saint Paul has become the Minnesota Dental Association’s Speaker of the House.
Mr. Tim Anderson, (Ringer #1) the only escapee from the D.D.S. at the end of our names, is instead a nationally known author. He is now retired and lives in Florida.

So were you able to recognize these men in their 30-year-old photos and match them to their more recent ones? (We do have permission from each to share their archival selves with posterity.) And very seriously, as their friend and fellow beachnik, I can attest that it is genuinely “awesome” to share what they have achieved. It should be inspiring to all of us, no matter where we are in our careers.
One Last Thing ...
I would like to send a big “Thank you” to Northwest Dentistry Managing Editor Sue Miller and my office staff members Natalie Helget and Lisa Fredrich for all their efforts in helping me along with these articles.
KAW


Highest Priority
It is an honor that on August 29, Dr. Hal Crossley is coming to the Martin Luther College in New Ulm to present information on “Street Drugs Exposed - What Your Patients and Your Kids Are Not Telling You”.
Dr. Crossley received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island in 1964 and a Master of Science (1970) and doctorate degrees (1972) in pharmacology. The University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore awarded Dr. Hal Crossley the D.D.S. degree in 1980.
Learning objectives for this presentation include why some people become addicted to drugs and others do not; how to recognize meth mouth and manage “doctor shoppers”; signs and symptoms of commonly abused prescriptions; and OTC (over-the-counter) and illicit drugs in patients and adolescents.
This opportunity is available to law enforcement personnel, teachers, educators, receptionists, dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, family, and spouses. This six-and-one-half hour presentation is not intended for young people under the age of 18 - no exceptions.
If you missed Dr. Crossley at the 2007 MDA Star of the North Meeting, here is your chance to get in on the most informative lecture regarding drug addiction, identification, and pharmacology of street drugs. The following comments are from attendees at the 2007 Star of the North.
“Dr. Hal Crossley is a great speaker; interesting, informative, and light-hearted.”
“Dr. Hal Crossley is not only educational but entertaining as well.”
“This is the most reliable and brutally honest information on a very intense topic.”
“I’ve never cried at Continuing Education until now!”
“It would be challenging to lecture for 6 1/2 hours; Dr. Hal Crossley did a great job.”
This program is the Southern District Dental Society’s way of giving back to the community in a time of tight financial planning and budgeting. It is a public service by New Ulm’s Chamber of Commerce, the New Ulm Police Department, and the Martin Luther College, along with the dentists of the Southern District.
Police Officers Standard and Training (POST) credits will be applied for the police in attendance at no cost! Six continuing education credits will be earned for dentist and dental auxiliary also. There will be a $150 fee at registration for dentists (register
early for a mail-in coupon). Please feel free to invite your local law enforcement personnel. There will be no fee for them, but they will need to pay for lunch at the MLC cafeteria. There is a $50 registration cost for all other dental staff. Feel free to contact Ken Windschitl at (507) 354-2324 or Greg Miller at (507) 345-5464 for further details.


BYOC*
The New Ulm Country Club is holding a banquet honoring Bob Menzel and Fred Polzin, former owners of Worson Polzin Dental Laboratories, Friday, August 28. Golf begins at 12:30, social hour with the Concord Singers (internationally known performers we are very proud of here in New Ulm) at 6:30, and the banquet starts at 7:30. Cost of the meal is $25 per person. Just about everybody in the Southern District knows Bob and Fred. This will be an event none of you will want to miss!
Take advantage of the beautiful scenery that New Ulm has to offer. Make a weekend of it! Located by the Minnesota River Valley, New Ulm is the most German town in America. Martin Luther College’s distinctive 50-acre campus is located at New Ulm’s highest point next to the historic Herman the German monument. MLC has a wonderful cafeteria where food will be provided. Suggested link for visitors coming to this event is www.mlc-wels.edu. We want to see you there!
*Bring your own confetti.


By Himself (But Not for Long)
Adam H. Klein, D.D.S.

I graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, with a major in biology. After undergraduate school, I attended the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and graduated in 2005. I decided to choose dentistry as a profession because it gives me the opportunity to build long-term relationships with patients of all ages. I enjoy a variety of case types, from the simple to the complex. It is my career objective to operate a successful general dental practice, providing exceptional care, using the knowledge obtained through my experience and education.
My wife, Kimberlee, and I met in kindergarten, and are from Spirit Lake, Iowa. We are busy parents of two small children, a son, Brodee (3½) and a daughter, Adalee (nine months). We looked for dental practices in northwestern Iowa as well as southwestern Minnesota. We chose to settle in Luverne, Minnesota, which is close to family in both Iowa and Sioux Falls.
After purchasing my dental practice from Bob Kaczrowski in April 2008, we changed the name to Luverne Family Dental. Due to similar practice philosophies in treating patients, there were few changes to the practice. We infused some new technology and retained all the same staff, which helped make the transition very smooth. I enjoy staying up to date with new techniques and new technologies in dentistry.
My wife and I are both active members in the Luverne community and have come to know many people, which has made the transition to our new home easier. Luverne Family Dental has been well received, and I am excited for the opportunity to provide quality dental services to Luverne and the surrounding communities.