Mark R. Omlie
7373 France Avenue South, Suite 602
Edina, MN 55435
Annual Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Evening Planned for Thursday, April 29
The Minneapolis District Dental Society 2010 Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Evening will be Thursday, April 29, at the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club. Officers for the upcoming year are Mark R. Omlie, president; Lee Ann M. Herbert, president-elect; Cale A. Strait, vice-president; and Gary A. Bolmgren, secretary/treasurer. The MDDS will present its Guest of Honor Recognition Award during the evening’s program as well. The 2010 Guest of Honor is William P. Hoffman. Please plan on attending this evening and honoring these members as they take office for the 2010-2011 year. We will be honoring Bill for all his years of service to the dental profession in a wonderful program.
The Minneapolis District also will say thank you to Alejandro Aguirre for his past year as the president of the District. Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, Dr. Aguirre obtained his dental degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). He obtained a Master of Science and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Minnesota. He is a partner at Endodontic Associates, Ltd. with his brother, Ramon Aguirre, Robert Edmunds, and Abbas Tabibi. Alejandro lives in Plymouth with his wife, Laura, and their daughter, Andrea Jauli. We have heard a rumor that he wants to learn to speak French in the near future. Perhaps he will have some free time now, although he will continue to hold office as the MDA Trustee for the Minneapolis District for the next two years. Please thank Dr. Aguirre for all his hard work in advancing the Minneapolis District in its goals and mission over the past year. Thank you, Alejandro!
Again this year, we will be honoring all the Minneapolis District past presidents at this event. So all you past presidents out there, watch your mail for your special invitation and mark this date down in your calendars now! Everyone wants to see you at this special evening. Please plan on attending this wonderful event, getting reacquainted with colleagues you have not seen in awhile, enjoy the hors d’oeuvres, wine, dinner, and the full program.
Registration information will be included within the next Brush-Up newsletter, or you may find the registration information on the website. Please watch your mail as well. If you have additional questions regarding this event, please contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845.
Congratulations to Members Who Have Reached Membership Milestones
The Minneapolis District Dental Society congratulates the following members who have reached membership milestones within our organization. We say thanks for their contribution to the dental profession through their years’ membership. Please congratulate these longtime MDDS members as they reach these milestones.
25-Years of Consecutive Membership
Craig Adelmann, D.D.S.
Baird Alwin, D.D.S.
Scott Armstrong, D.D.S.
Beth Brandsness, D.D.S.
Bruce Brandsness, D.D.S
David Curtis, D.D.S.
Gordon Engstrand, D.D.S.
Daniel Eulberg, D.D.S.
Michael Gallagher, D.D.S.
Sarah Gallagher, D.D.S.
John Giebehain, D.D.S.
Gregory Harms, D.D.S.
Clarice Hermunslie, D.D.S.
Kirby Johnson, D.D.S.
John Keller, D.D.S.
David Klein, D.D.S.
Kenneth Kokkinen, D.D.S.
Michael Krumholz, D.D.S.
Leilani La Belle, D.D.S.
George Lindy, D.D.S.
Douglas McNaught, D.D.S.
Michael Mrosak, D.D.S.
Ann Norrlander, D.D.S.
Marie Oberle, D.D.S.
Mary Owen, D.D.S.
Brian Quinlan, D.D.S.
Abdollah Rahimi, D.D.S.
Loyle Raymond, D.D.S.
Barbara Richie, D.D.S.
Kenneth Starcznski, D.D.S.
Cindy Trosen Sundet, D.D.S.
David Uppgaard, D.D.S.
John Wittenstrom, D.D.S.
Diane Wolter, D.D.S.
50-Years of Consecutive Membership
Richard Carver, D.D.S.
Raymond Eckles, D.D.S.
Robert Farish, D.D.S.
George Fischer, D.D.S.
James Hunder, D.D.S.
Lloyd Leonard, D.D.S.
J. David McGill, D.D.S.
Byron Rudolphi, D.D.S.
LeRoy Wang, D.D.S.
Vincent Winter, D.D.S.
Garrit Ye, D.D.S.
10th Annual Give Kids a Smile and Children’s Dental Health Care Day Held
What a difference a day makes! On Saturday, February 6, 2010, the Minneapolis District Dental Society held its tenth annual “Give Kids a Smile” day at the Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic in Minneapolis. Many thanks to Mary Jo Copeland for opening her heart and the doors of Sharing and Caring Hands, so that we could provide a full day of dental care to the children who are most in need. It was truly a celebration of service to the community and a commitment to volunteerism by members of our Minneapolis District. We provided more than $42,650.00 in dental care to 113 children who may otherwise have no access to care. Our volunteers provided oral hygiene instruction, dental exams, toothbrush prophylaxis, fluoride treatments, radiographs, sealants, extractions, pulpotomies, stainless steel crowns, and composite and amalgam restorations. We had face painting, a coloring table, and a goody bag with toothbrush and floss for each child.
We would like to recognize AppleTree Dental, as we were able to once again use their mobile dental units for this every special day. Use of this equipment helped us to more than double the size of Sharing and Caring Hands’ permanent dental clinic, which gave us the opportunity to see even more patients in a single day. Thank you, AppleTree Dental, for all your help and assistance.
Many thanks also to all of our donors for the event as well as Henry Schein Dental for providing comprehensive/complete restorative kits for every child who was treated. Again, the Minneapolis District Dental Society was chosen as one of the site in the United States to receive this wonderful gift. Thank you, Henry Schein Dental! Please see the list of donors below.
The Minneapolis District Dental Society gratefully acknowledges the following companies for their support of the Sharing and Caring Hand’s Give Kids a Smile Day.
3M - ESPE Dental Products Division
Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals
Henry Schein Dental Company
Minnesota Dental Foundation
Procter & Gamble Crest/Oral-B
Our wholehearted thanks go out to our volunteers. Without YOU, the Minneapolis District event would not be able to put together such a generous and worthy day of giving. We had more than 130 volunteer dentists, dental specialists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental students, other dental auxiliaries, as well as other volunteers.
Thank you all for giving of your time and talents. Those Minneapolis District Dental Society members (dentists only) who participated in this year’s event are as follow. If your name is inadvertently missing, please accept our apologies — and please contact us and let us know right away!
Sean Bates, D.D.S.
Michelle Bebeau, D.D.S.
Anamaria Betterman, D.D.S.
Susan Block, D.D.S.
Adena Borodkin, D.D.S.
Megan Eakins, D.D.S.
Ronald Erickson, D.D.S.
Teresa Fong, D.D.S.
Sarah Gallagher, D.D.S.
Brian Grove, D.D.S.
Lee Ann Herbert, D.D.S.
William Hoffmann, D.D.S.
Jaimie Hoiland, D.D.S.
Sandra Houck, D.D.S.
Eric Hunter, D.D.S.
Kirby Johnson, D.D.S.
Rupam Kademani, D.D.S.
Teresa LaLomia, D.D.S.
Douglas Lambert, D.D.S.
Stephen Litton, D.D.S.
Justin McHugh, D.D.S.
Donald McPartlan, D.D.S.
Sakshi Narayan, D.D.S.
Eric Ness, D.D.S.
Mark Omlie, D.D.S.
James Osberg, D.D.S.
Michele Prom-Olson, D.D.S.
Daniel Sampson, D.D.S.
Larry Slepicka, D.D.S.
Gerry Wimmer, D.D.S.
Fu Wong, D.D.S.
Melissa Zettler, D.D.S.
If you were unable to participate this year, please plan to volunteer for next year’s event on Saturday, February 5, 2011. We would love to have you join us. It is a great opportunity to serve others in our community, renew old friendships, make new friends, and add a few CE credits to your portfolio.
Once again, it was truly a celebration of service to our community and to the children who are most in need. Teresa Fong coordinated another very successful event, and the Minneapolis District thanks her!
Through one staff member, volunteer dentists, and dental auxiliary, the Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic operates throughout the year, providing dental care to those in our community without means to afford care on their own. More volunteers are always welcome at the clinic year-round. Funding is greatly needed and welcome as well. Please consider a gift of your time, or send a tax-deductible contribution. For more information, please contact Michelle Quade at the Minneapolis District Dental Society office at (651)631-9845, or Melissa Cozart at the Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic at (612) 596-3463.
Summer Sporting Events Announced
Time to Schedule Yourself Out of the Office For Some Fun in the Sun...
The Minneapolis District Dental Society Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Monday, August 2 at Golden Valley Golf Club in Golden Valley, Minnesota. The tournament will return to the Golden Valley Country Club at the request of several previous golfers. The event will kick off with a delicious lunch before a shotgun start of 1:00 p.m. This event is open to all MDA members statewide, so plan a trip to the cities and join us if you like. We would enjoy having you spend an afternoon with us! As always, there will be lots of prizes and special events held throughout the day for all participants. So, get the date on your calendar and join us for what is promised to be a great day!
The annual Trapshoot Tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, August 18. We will be returning to the Metro Gun Club in Blaine, Minnesota. The day will culminate with a gourmet wild game dinner and prizes. For those of you who have not participated for awhile or who have never joined us, this is an event not to be missed, even for the novice. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the wonderful wild game dinner even if you are not in the tournament. The wild game dinner is absolutely delicious.
The Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 8 at the Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie. This event is open to all MDA members statewide! Please come out and join us ... everyone is welcome! The Tennis Committee has a fantastic day arranged. Play on outdoor clay courts. Again this year, all competition is doubles. Play will begin at 1:00 p.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m., with a dinner following. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to come - from novice to advanced.
Registration forms for all summer events will be included in upcoming issues of the Brush-Up newsletter. If you need a form, please do not hesitate to contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845.
Welcome, New Members
Congratulations to the following new members of the District. Please give them a telephone call and welcome them to the Minneapolis District, 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!
Kelly C. Espe, D.D.S.
Jack M. Fiedler, D.D.S.
Ryan T. Fransis, D.D.S.
Joseph E. Gendler, D.D.S.
Christopher M. Hormuth, D.D.S.
Pamela J. Hughes, D.D.S.
Christopher G. Kelly, D.D.S.
Roy Krengel, D.D.S.
Elizabeth M. Lawson, D.D.S.
Jay M. Jones, D.D.S.
Maria Mulet Pradera, D.D.S.
Bradford J. Pugh, D.D.S.
Desiree C. Sanchez, D.D.S.
Tracey L. Schilling-Hysjulien, D.D.S.
Upcoming Programs and Events
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Annual Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Meeting
Installation of President: Mark R. Omlie
2010 Guest of Honor: William P. Hoffmann
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
Golden Valley, Minnesota
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 (Date tentative)
MDDS Caucus Meeting
All Members Welcome
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Monday, August 2, 2010
Minneapolis District Golf Event
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
Golden Valley, Minnesota
All MDA Members Welcome
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Metro Gun Club
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Greater Twin Cities Tennis Event
Bearpath Golf and Country Club
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25, 2010
MDA House of Delegates
Hilton Airport Hotel
Friday, December 3, 2010
85th Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting
Special Guest Speaker: To Be Announced
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Thought for the Day
“Kindness is like snow — it beautifies everything it covers.” Author unknown
Project Homeless Connect Volunteers Making a Difference
Minneapolis District Dental Society members continue to volunteer for the Project Homeless Connect events held throughout the year. Recent events were held December 7, 2009* and March 29, 2010, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The District recognizes and applauds the contribution of all the volunteers, and invites new participants to contact Dr. Adele Della Torre at (612) 703-3628 for information on how to help.
Howard W Taylor
3909 Silver Lake Road, N.E.
Saint Anthony, MN 55421-4352
A Day Like No Other
The Saint Paul District Dental Society hosted Children’s Dental Health Day on Saturday, February 20. This is the eleventh year the event was held at Minnesota Children’s Museum in downtown Saint Paul, and what we do on this day alone has become one of the most visible things our district does each year. Children’s Dental Health Day falls into the category of “community event”, and its success is due to the people who volunteer their time to make it not only so effective a message, but so much fun as well. We all should thank our member dentists, hygienists, and assistants, and the students from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Century College, and Dakota County Technical College. An extra gold star goes to our Dr. Angie Hilo, who practices in Eagan, for her good-doing as chairperson of this event.
Children’s Dental Health Day was created to engage the public at large, and small, (parents and children) and designed to provide awareness and education about oral health. For the children attending, the cast of characters they enjoyed visiting with included the Tooth Fairy, Happy Tooth, and Count Plaqula. As well, stationed throughout the Museum were various interactive activities. One of the favorites was the “Dentist for a Day” station. At this area, any kid could don a smock, gloves, and mask and perform exams on his or her parents’ teeth while their victim-of-choice was sitting in an actual dental chair. We would like to thank Patterson Dental for the use of the dental chair as well as an intra-oral camera.
Another popular stop was the “Ask the Dentist” area. Kids and their parents could ask the dentist questions and get educational materials on topics running the gamut from fluoride, general oral care and whitening, to oral piercings. In addition to these areas, we also had “Sip All Day/Get Decay” and “Sour Candy” displays, and demonstrations on sealant placement and proper brushing and flossing techniques.
This year we were pleased to have Children’s Dental Services join us with their own display table of activities.
Dentisthesia: The Spring Break We All Deserve!
The planning committee for our biggest social event of the year has come up with some unique ideas for this year’s party. This talented group of people recently met at the Happy Gnome (where else would one plan a social event?) and came up with a theme that is considerably different from those of past celebrations designed to break winter’s icy grip.
“Dentisthesia?” you say. “Is that a word?”
To which we say, “It is now.”
To promote Minnesota products, we will offer a “tasting fest” of a variety of Minnesota-produced beverages, including wines, beers, and root beer. For only $25 bucks per person, participants will enjoy an evening of socializing, a nice variety of appetizers, the aforementioned beverage tasting, and entertainment provided by local performers. If you think “camaraderie” has too many syllables, just start with “Hello”.
Lest you think we are simply signing up for the “dessert first” philosophy of life, we hasten to add that the evening will begin in the courtyard of Eastcliff Manor with the installation of our officers and Executive Council members for the coming year.
All MDA members and their guests are invited to attend. SPDDS members will receive a personal invitation in the mail. Outside the district, members may call the headquarters office to request an invitation; the number is (651) 697-0831. Please join the fun on Thursday, May 27, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Eastcliff along the Mississippi River. It is a beautiful site from which to view the season that is unfolding.
Welcome to Organized Dentistry.....
New SPDDS members: Drs. Ladan Danialian, Jamshid Mahmoodi, and Guizhen Zhang.
And I’ll See You There...
June 2, 2010
SPDDS Lunch & Learn Seminar
Subject: Pediatric Dentistry
Speaker: Dr. Richard Baylon
MDA Central Office
May 27, 2010
“Dentispree” Social Event and Installation Ceremony
January 21, 2011
SPDDS Midwinter Meeting
An Investment in Saint Paul Dentists
Saint Paul dentists have a great reputation for being skilled and talented dentists with strong social consciences and high ethical standards.
This was a reality that the Saint Paul District Dental Society Executive Council was recognizing at a meeting about two years ago. Most of these Saint Paul docs were members of the Saint Paul District Dental Society. Through our membership dues and their diligent participation in multiple district activities, the SPDDS had the luxury of a budgetary overage. So how do you reward these exceptional dentists? At the same time that question arose, along came its partner: How do you encourage dentists who are not members to experience the benefits of membership in their local district?
Multiple ideas were presented and discussed, and finally one was selected. Drs. Karl Andreasen and Norman Coates initiated and guided the new program, titled “Lunch and Learn”.
The concept behind the program is this:
• Create a one-hour educational program worthy of one CE credit
• Have it taught by local speakers
• Offer it during a lunch hour
• Make it open to member dentists and staff
• Invite non-member dentists to attend
• Keep the cost genuinely affordable
The philosophy behind “Lunch and Learn” was that the District would subsidize the costs associated with the program. The “tuition” was never intended to cover all of the costs for mailing, the meal, rent, or stipends for the speakers. The hope was for the tuition to at least cover a significant portion of the program.
As the concept evolved, location was recognized as a key factor for this program to be successful. The MDA staff was very receptive to our use of the meeting rooms at our MDA headquarters. Its central location and excellent highway accessibility were very favorable features. The unexpected bonus was the use of the facility at no charge. This really gave us the opportunity to launch a program and subsidize it effectively while we tested the waters to see if there was an interest and a need for this type of program.
The results have been wonderful!
Attendance has been excellent. The number of attendees has varied from 15 to 30. Our capacity for seating is 30 attendees, but it is finding adequate parking for them that is a greater concern. If attendance numbers start to nudge 40 in the future, we will approach the hotel across the street from the MDA Central Office for permission to use their parking lot. Some of the programs have relevance for staff members, and that seems to significantly affect the attendance.
The “Lunch and Learn” program has offered a tremendous variety of topics already. These have included treating patients with dry mouth; OSHA standards; office emergencies; various aspects of cosmetic treatment; materials and techniques for restorative treatment, and ... We eagerly seek suggestions for topics and also presenters.
The only area of the program that has not met hopes and expectations relates to the number of non-member dentists who attend the “Lunch and Learn” programs. Relatively few non-member dentists have attended.
As we move into the spring and summer, be sure to watch your mail and join us for lunch on a Wednesday. Also, please invite another dentist, particularly if he or she is a non-member. If you’re looking to make a contribution to organized dentistry, this is another very good opportunity to do that.
324 W. Superior Street, Suite 828
Duluth, MN 55802
A Favre Cry
We’re gradually moving toward spring in the Northeastern District. Maybe you’ve heard a few more birds singing in the morning, noticed the days getting longer, or found something you thought you lost during the winter beneath the melting snow. Regardless, it’s a time of optimism and speculation - will it be a warm summer; how will the Twins do in their new stadium; is Favre coming back? I can’t answer any of these questions, but I can tell you a little about what’s been going on in the Northeastern District over the last couple of months.
The Christensen Mix
The January NEDDS meeting was held on a bright and sunny day at the Greysolon Plaza Ballroom in Duluth. Our speaker for this very well-attended meeting was Mr. Derek Hein, the Chief Operations Officer of the CR Foundation. That doesn’t stand for “centric relation”, but rather for Gordon Christensen’s Clinician’s Report. If you are not familiar with this publication, it is produced monthly and exists as a non-profit, independent research institute. They test and compare dental products and techniques to help us understand whether they will work “as advertised” or not.
The program was really informative, touching on all kinds of products that we use every day in our own offices. Some of the many subjects discussed included composites, cements, metal-free restorative materials, magnification, infection control, and CAD/CAM technology. One product I found particularly interesting was a new 3M product called “Blingtech Supreme”, which is a nanohybrid composite filled with 18 karat gold flakes. Finally a product is available to conservatively give your patient the look of anterior “gold caps” without the added expense! There was plenty of time for those in attendance to ask questions both during and after the presentation, and many took advantage of this opportunity. Since we are bombarded with so many different products on a weekly basis in our own offices, it is nice to hear about the things will really work well for our patients.
During lunch, a special presentation was made to Duluth oral surgeon Duncan Puffer: the prestigious Beerhalter Award. This award is given to a dentist in the Northeastern District who has shown a strong dedication to participation in continuing education and who demonstrates clinical excellence. Duncan has served the Northeastern District at many levels over the last several years, and was instrumental in bringing together the Duluth chapter of the Seattle Study Club about five years ago. Please take some time to congratulate him on this award the next time you see him!
Our February NEDDS meeting took place at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth, and featured two speakers. The first presenter of the day was Dr. Lou Graham, giving a talk titled “Oral Cancer and Perio Topics for the Entire Dental Team”. Dr. Graham is a general practitioner in Chicago, Illinois who has lectured internationally. He is very progressive, and utilizes some of the newest technologies available in his practice. Some of the topics he focused on included using the VELscope, which is an oral cancer screening system; and OralCDx, which is a brush biopsy tool for use in dental offices. He stressed the importance of incorporating these types of technologies in our offices to better serve our patients and catch oral cancer or dysplasias that may turn to oral cancer at a very early stage. Dr. Graham also talked about new systems for screening a patient’s oral bacteria to help determine the presence of periodontal pathogens and the most effective ways to treat them. The fast-paced lecture was full of information that should help us to better understand the wide array of new screening tools available to us, and how they could be incorporated into our own practices.
The second speaker of the day was Dr. Doug Lambert, a general practitioner from Edina and a well-known composite wizard. Doug has lectured widely and has developed a number of techniques for providing high quality esthetic restorations to his patients. His presentation was titled “Composite Technique/Material Update (Stress-Free Posterior Composites)”. During his talk Doug shared a number of clinical pearls, which have worked well for him and should undoubtedly help those in attendance to make their composites a little better. Some of the specifics he covered included methods to obtain good interproximal contact and ways to minimize material shrinkage and post-operative sensitivity. Those who have heard Doug speak before were treated to another good lecture on a subject we can all find challenging at times.
It’s Greener on the Other Side of What Again?
The next time I write the North-eastern District Report, it will hopefully be a little warmer and a little greener outside. Those in the deep south of Minnesota will have already played a few rounds of golf while we are still watching the last of the snow mounds melt, but that’s just life in the Northeast! Take care.
What Happens at Lake of the Woods Stays at Lake of the Woods
During a recent interview in this journal, the subject was asked a question-within-a-question about the background of one of the topics; to wit, “Is there a story there?” To which he replied, “There’s always a story.” Every year (actually every other year) since its inception, the Northwestern District’s Lake of the Woods Dental Meeting and Ice Fishing Weekend has proved that sage remark. This year’s report is no exception. In fact, it is so story-rich that we took a vote and proclaimed Associate Editor John Lueth the Sage of the North. Herewith his saga. That’s why they call it that.
John E. Leuth
P.O. Box 310
Bemidji, MN 56619
Then You Should Have a Banner
The NWDDS motto for the Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Weekend is: If you don’t have fun ... it’s your own fault!
Part the First
Sportsman’s Lodge, January 29-31, 2010. The Northwestern District welcomes fisherpersons, sometimes called fisherones, to Lake of the Woods and its frozen environs for something called worknplay - sounds faintly Scandihoovian. Prepared or not, everyone heads for the ice, and the games begin. The first thing to surface is a rumor, well substantiated, that Saint Paul’s Mike Kurkowski, apparently not satisified with being the MDA’s Speaker of the House, aspired to be king, just in time to decree that his fellow fishers take the fish off his hook! He appears in the photo to begin his ascent to royalty during the lecture break. The smile upon the visage of Mike Schafhauser, left, harbors a secret. But more of that later.
As they were sent off to the Bombardiers for the journey across the hard, cold, snow-covered icy expanse of the lake to their comfy warm fish houses, a Fisherman’s Quiz was given to the population of each ice house to work on throughout the day. Fabulous cash and prizes were promised at the end of the day for the smartest pescatori. Smartphone use did not have to be prohibited ... it’s often impossible to connect. (Note: Some plans may vary!)
Here are only a few of the questions. See how smart you are, and play fair ... don’t peek at the Internet!
1. Choose the lure commonly used for ice fishing.
a. Swedish Pimple
b. Dutch Elm
c. German Jigger
d. Norwegian Swimmer
2. Which is not a manufacturer of augers?
3. Which of the following is not a live bait typically used for ice fishing?
d. Wax worms
4. In what year was the fishing reel invented?
5. How thick should the ice be before a car can be driven on it?
a. 5-8 inches
b. 18 inches
c. 15 inches
d. 8-12 inches
6. Northern pike are also referred to as pickerel.
7. Which of these companies manufactured flashers?
c. HT Enterprises
8. A dipsy diver would be useful in ice fishing?
9. What item is commonly used to get slush out of your ice fishing hole?
10. What is usually used as bait on a tip-up?
b. Artificial bait
d. Live minnow
(Find the answers at the end of this saga and see if you passed! Special thanks to Phyllis Sjulson for compiling the entire Fisherman’s Quiz.)
Just to make things legitimately dentally-related: One ice house occupant was rumored to be having “test anxiety” during the day in trying to answer the questions.
Part the Second: Fish Stories
Childhood “Fish Tale” Confession
As often happens under isolated conditions (such as fish houses), the conversation turned to the confessional. One anonymous attendee admitted that as a kid, he would catch carp with his buddies, doing so early enough in the day to be ready for excitement later. The limp and lifeless carp were laid on the local rails, after which the boys hid in the bushes to wait for the scheduled train to pass by and spectacularly “fillet” the fish! No names are known, because What Happens at Lake of the Woods ...
(aka Anonymous the Second)
Not to be outdone by other stories of daring dives to the deep to retrieve fish which spit the hook once they eyed their air-breathing captors, the occupants of one house tried to spin (in the current journalistic sense) their own daring deed. The trio disembarked their Bombardier and strode into the throng of tall-tale-telling Happy Hour participants with the object of their admiration sporting a very wet pants leg. The yarn as it unfolded claimed this wet leg came from diving down the ice fishing hole to retrieve a fish! A certain swagger and devil-may-care delivery cast suspicion upon the veracity of the story. Onlookers suspect that what may actually have caused the perfusion of the pants was, yes, Michelob Light beer — spilled from the outside.
The Perfect Polar Bear Move
Performed by MDA-President-To-Be Mike Flynn, with Witnesses (all titles capitalized on the day) Patrick Lloyd, Mike Zakula, and Doug and Kim Williams.
• Doug is reeling in a fish.
• Backstory: Doug had lost a fish before when it got up to the hole and flipped off, no one being able to grab it before it made its way down the hole and back to the safety of 32’ of lake below the ice.
• Back to the story: Like a precision drill team:
- Kim moves Doug’s can of Diet Dew;
- Zak moves the minnow container;
- The area around the hole is now cleared for Doug. In a flash, Flynn is on his belly, ready to assist Doug in any way possible. The fish comes up through the water, enters the water column of the hole, and is coming out of the water and into the house when — the fish comes off! With lightning fast reflexes, Mike plunges his arm up to his elbow down the hole ... far past the flailing fish ... his hand forming a paw. He scoops upwards through the entire hole with the fish being caught in the motion and successfully flipped into the house. Whereupon it can only be assumed that the remaining free hands pounced upon it. With cheers for their success and the tip of a beverage to Mike for the “perfect polar bear move”, the sun shall set on this True Story.
Part the Third: Lake of the Woods 2010 Fishing Awards
Largest Fish: 26” walleye; Mike Schafhauser, Saint Paul
The Tale of the Largest Walleye Caught: Echoing a tale heard from several ice houses when they told of heroic measures to land their walleyes, the Saint Paul crew assisting Mike in hauling in his award-winning walleye seemed to all shout out the story at once. Mike was reeling the fish up toward the hole, others were moving obstacles from near the hole, shouting advice, and ready to dive into the hole with arms or any appendage at their disposal to scoop the big critter up and into the house. The behemoth is reeled up and gets into the hole. Mike brings it up the icy cylinder, and just as it breaks the surface of the water in the hole ... the line breaks! With some commotion, a tense moment or two when the fish might have flipped, flopped, and otherwise found its way to the hole and once again to freedom, Pat Mascia is said to have sacrificed himself to secure the ‘eye! He dived after it to keep it from heading right back down the hole. I believe much of what they said. Pat even showed me the nice gash on the backside of his forearm (reportedly from sharp ice at the edge of the hole!) to show for his daring effort.
Most Fish: 12; Brett Cooper, Bemidji
Yours Truly was fishing in the very same ice house and witnessed every fish caught. Not only did Bret catch the most fish, but he caught them all from the same corner of the house. Bottom line, Bret hogged all the fish! (Okay, maybe the rest of us caught two fish and maybe missed a couple. Bret earned the trophy!)
Fewest Fish: Phyllis (Like Voldemort, ”last-name-not-to-be-spoken”), Fosston. In a tie-breaker; the other contender to remain anonymous ... unless he goes fishless at year 4! Score to date: Nada, Nichts, Zippo, Got nuthin’, Goose egg X 3 (2006, 2008, 2010).
Largest Eelpout: Roger Ettel, Saint Paul
Roger won this award with a 21” “coiled” ‘pout ... His [somewhat abridged] retort when recognized for his achievement: “How do you measure [a slimy thing like that] when it’s coiled [around your arm]!”
Part the Other
The higher level brain activities of the weekend were well attended in both senses of that phrase. The dental seminar was given by Dr. John Kayusik, Mankato. Dr. Kanyusik presented an overview of orthodontics for the general dentist (including diagnosis and treatment planning) and discussion of autotransplantation of teeth, what’s new and on the horizon in orthodontics, and controversies in orthodontics. Presentations were informative and tailored to the interests of the attendees. As well, some very interesting time was spent recapping some of Dr. K’s volunteer activities in association with Health Volunteers Overseas in the countries of Viet Nam, Moldova, and Tanzania. We greatly appreciated his contributions to the weekend.
Fisherman’s Quiz answers:
a, b, c, b, d, true, d, false, c, d
Dr. Mack Visits the Kindergarten Class
My partner Bob Mack struck out this morning to one of the local elementary schools to meet with its kindergarten class. Armed with Dental Health Month literature and goodie bags for 30 kids, each of the latter chock full of the usual suspects, he displayed a ready willingness to dive into the Brownian Movement of five-year-olds. If you’re old enough to remember Art Linkletter, the phrase “Kids Say the Darndest Things” may resonate with you.
The time spent with the kids was filled with information about teeth and gums, brushing and flossing, some electronic wizardry with the assistance of the class’ self-professed high-tech-junkie teacher, and finally some questions from the kids.
Upon returning to the office, I asked Dr. Bob, “How’d it go?! Did you get any of those classic kindergarten questions?” My own favorite class visit was the one years ago when the teacher would ask the kids if they had any questions for Dr. Lueth. All the hands would go up, and not one child could sit still for the excitement of being called upon. Then inevitably, one after another, their “questions” morphed into stories: ”My Grandma takes her teeth out every night and leaves them in the bathroom!” The teacher would briefly explain to the child, and the class, that that was not a question, then query again if someone else had something to ask. The next child called upon would say, “My sister had a cavity one time.”
Okay, I’ll play: “What did she do?”
“The dentist put some black stuff in it, but then the tooth fell out!”
At which time the teacher would again try to help the eager class understand the difference between a question and a story.
Bob grinned ear to ear when he told me these kids had actually asked a couple of insightful questions. At this point I was sincerely jealous. They’re only five. I rarely think to ask insightful questions!
One kid had asked, “Why do we have to get adult teeth? I like my teeth!”
Another youngster asked, “Where do your adult teeth come from?”
For those of us who have worked for so long in the adult world - you know, the world where we don’t get asked that kind of really simple but insightful question all that often - it can make you stop and consider. “Cool,” I thought. “That’s pretty basic. How do I explain that?”
I wanted to give Bob my own cool answer for the kid, but all I could think of off the top of my head was, “Well, you see, your mommy swallowed a watermelon seed, and then her tummy got verrry big...!”
I’m thinking Bob chose a different explanation.
Professional Composure 101
My patient is in the chair for a crown seating and the procedure is taking more time than usual because of all her talking and sharing of stories. Before completing the steps prior to cementation, the patient bites together, feeling a high occlusion and telling me so. “We’ll get that adjusted in proper sequence” I say. Relieved that she wouldn’t be left with a new crown which is contacting harder than her other teeth, the patient said, “So if we get it adjusted I can close my mouth!” I respond, “That’s what we want!”
Thomas William Smyth
1211 Caledonia Street
Mankato, MN 56001-4329
SRO in the Elbow Room: The Southern District’s Midwinter Meeting 2010
The Southern District Dental Society hosted our annual Midwinter Meeting January 15, 2010. Bethany Valachi, PT and founder of POSTUREDONTICS, LLC, gave a full-day presentation on ergonomics and chronic pain and injury prevention. Elbow room was hard to come by at the lecture hall at South Central College/Mankato, and numerous people commented on the high quality of Ms. Valachi’s presentation. If anyone has an interest in this topic and was unable to attend this event, Bethany will return to Minnesota for a presentation at the Star of the North Meeting this April. Check your schedules for time and location! For a review (or preview), one can visit her website, posturedontics.com.
Future District Dates to Make
Please mark your calendars for these future events.
• Friday September 10 - Southern District Dental Society Golf Tournament and Banquet
• Saturday September 11 - SDDS Annual Fall Meeting and CE
1362 Preston Lane
Shakopee, MN 55379
Students Strive for the “Ideal”
With Spring Break just around the corner as of this writing, the Student District is eager for some time off after the whirlwind of events they have been hosting. January, February, and March are without a doubt the most active months within our district’s calendar. In addition to the strenuous academic loads, our chapter’s membership has continually produced active leaders who advocate and advance organized dentistry. As a result, our district has seen an explosion of new and improved events. Each year the students participate in a nationwide “Ideal ASDA Chapter” competition by creating a 46-page book highlighting their achievements. To view the full document, please visit www.mnASDA.net.
Superlative Goal Tending
Our Career Development Committee, chaired by Anna Kenney, D4, and Hamid Khanjari, D3, has exemplified the leadership initiatives of our district. In a collaborated effort with our Student Council, by having each student donate one dollar to go to Haiti relief efforts, the students reached their goal by raising more than $500. Additionally, our Adopt-a-Family program was such a success that we were able to sponsor not one but three families, raising more than $900 worth of toys, clothes, and cash.
Kids For Kids
On February 6, Brian Peters, D3, lead the students in hosting our most successful Give Kids A Smile day at the School of Dentistry. We increased the number of appointments from 132 to 162, and did it with a record low failure rate of 13.5%. None of this would have been possible without the 260 students, faculty, and staff who volunteered.
Dancin’ the Night Away
The Activities Committee, lead by Elisa Dommer, D3, was busy preparing for one of our most sought after events. To thank our members for all the hard work and support over the year, the Student District hosts the annual “G.V. Black Tie” dance at the downtown Marriott. More than 350 students and guests made this the largest dance we have hosted.
Pizza and a Piece of Cake
One of the most improved aspects of our district has been our Legislative Grassroots network (LGN), lead by Aruna Roa, D2. With the rebirth of our “Pizza and Politics” and “Meet and Greet” programs, we can be reassured that the future leaders are well informed advocates for our profession. So much so, in fact, that seven of our students became isolated in our snow engulfed Capitol for a week. Fortunately, we had an intrepid reporter on the scene, the aforementioned Aruna Roa, our Student District Legislative Liaison. Herewith her report:
Students Face Snow-pocalypse
In general, Minnesotans and upper Midwesterners alike know how to handle snow. While the first snowfall of the year creates more chaos than is necessary and brings out the worst in our fellow drivers, school is never cancelled due to “severe weather”, and somehow we all make it where we need to be. It is difficult to imagine that with a 72-inch snowfall in the epicenter of the United States, there are fewer snowplows than in the small town of Slayton, Minnesota. Nonetheless, eight very motivated, unstoppable Minnesota students made the long, arduous trek to Washington, D.C. to do what they were meant to do: use their voices to make a difference.
A record-setting attendance of 362 students was expected at National Dental Student Lobby Day 2010, but only a fraction of that number were able to arrive. Nonetheless, the Legislative Grassroots Network (or what was left of them) handled the meeting with strength and poise, and provided information on the bills at hand.
The two bills, Student Loan Interest Deduction (SLID), and HR 855 - Enhancing SIMULATION Act - were decided upon by ASDA and ADEA as the pertinent issues facing dental students. We can definitely relate to both of them here in Minnesota. Obviously we know about being hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, and we also are aware of the importance of having technologies (like those utilized in the preclinic) to help prepare for our clinical and patient experiences. We wanted to represent our school and reach out to our representatives in Congress, so individual emails and letters were handwritten to all ten representatives (including both Senators’ offices) with whom we were supposed to meet. The response, so far, has been very positive, and there is definite support out there for the interests of dental students.
Jeanni R. Foss
15167 Edgewood Drive, Suite 240
Baxter, MN 56425
Winter’s Blast Without Cold Feet
The West Central District’s Midwinter Meeting was a blast this year, held at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd with weather that allowed for a great variety of outdoor activities. Organizers made it a family fun weekend, starting with a pizza party and swimming. (Tell your mom no one got a cramp.) Saturday’s annual District meeting included updates from Dean Patrick Lloyd of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Marsh Company, Care Credit, and Midwest Dental Benefits (MDB). We applauded the passing of the presidential baton from John Foss, now demoted to immediate past-president, to Kevin Dens, our new lead runner! We also thanked West Central’s stalwart good-doer Robert Gardetto for his many years of service to our district as MDA committee member, District treasurer, and MDA trustee. We discussed the possibility of our next Midwinter Meeting being held in Jamaica, with CE talks by various specialists from within our district. There was a distinct positive groundswell at the suggestion.
The continuing education seminar was a very entertaining ethics montage by David Satin, M.D., from the University of Minnesota Bioethics Department. It was nice to see dentists from our district bringing their supporting team members to the lecture and the lunch.
After lunch it was recess time for both adults and kiddos. Snowmobile rides, dogsled rides, horse-drawn sleigh rides, hockey, and ice skating filled the afternoon. The evening brought the much anticipated bingo game, with prizes galore donated by Marsh Co., MDB Insurance, and Care Credit. It was hard to tell if the adults or the kids had more fun.
Sadly, we report the passing of one of our retired members, Franklin Steen, Sr., from Alexandria. He was a member of the Class of 1950 from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. His son, Franklin Jr., practices dentistry in Minnesota as well. The District extends its sympathies and good wishes to the Steen family.
Upcoming District Events
Willmar’s WCD Study Club will present a continuing education lecture April 1 by Nelson Rhodus, D.M.D., on “Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease”.
The West Central District Dental Society’s May Day Conference will feature an amazing international speaker, Dr. Adriana McGregor from California, who will present a lecture and hands-on workshop in St. Cloud, at Mi Famiglia Restaurant and Conference Center. (Course description follows this announcement.) There will be limited seating for the lecture and microscope workshop, so early registration is advised. There will also be several big table vendors present, including Dentsply, Global Microscopes, Zeiss Microscopes, Hartzell and Son Instruments, and more. The event will be held Saturday, May 1, with an 8:30 a.m. registration; 9:00-11:00 a.m. lecture; lunch from 11:00 to noon, and the hands-on workshop from noon to 3:00 p.m., to cover soft tissue microsurgery/microsuturing. The lecture is $75 for dentists and $40 for staff, and carries two CE credits. The workshop is $150, with three CE credits. Please contact Jeanni Foss at (218) 828-0565 for information and registration packets. This event is open to ALL MDA members!!
Achieving the Ultimate Esthetics: Endodontic, Periodontal, and Implant Applications of Microsurgery That Enhance the Restorative Outcomes
Adriana McGregor, D.D.S.
May 1, 2010
Solving the esthetic challenges we encounter daily during surgical endodontics and periodontics as well as restorative handling of soft tissues requires an ever more demanding level of precision. Esthetic, endodontic, periodontal, and implant microsurgery have played increasingly prominent roles in achieving treatment outcomes never before thought possible with conventional surgical techniques. Examples of innovative techniques for soft tissue grafting, esthetic anterior crown lengthening, soft tissue implant rescue, extractions, immediate implant placement, and provisionalization and minimally invasive sinus elevation techniques will be presented to demonstrate how a microsurgical approach to addressing the “pink esthetics” aspects of treatment can enhance the restorative results to new levels of excellence. A detailed, practical hands-on workshop to introduce the basic concepts and principles of microsurgery will follow for those interested in a step-by-step demonstration and exercise. Space for the hands-on portion of the program will be limited to 20 attendees.