Minnesota District News - May-June 2010

Minnesota District News - May-June 2010

Associate Editors:

Minneapolis District

Lee Ann M. Herbert
Associate Editor
1525 County Road 101 North
Plymouth, MN 55447

Bashar Bakdash Awarded 2010 MDA Guest of Honor Award
The Minnesota Dental Association’s Presidential Gala was the place to be Saturday, April 24, with many MDA dignitaries present at the Saint Paul Hotel to honor Bashar Bakdash as the Association’s 2010 Guest of Honor. The MDA put together a lovely evening for those in attendance, with special entertainment by comedian Mary Rowles. Dr. Bakdash was joined by his daughter Nadia and her boyfriend, who flew in from California, and by his life-partner, Gale Shea.

Dr. Bakdash was the president of the Minneapolis District Dental Society in 2002-2003, and he represented the district as a delegate to the MDA House of Delegates for several years. He continues to be very active in the MDDS. He is currently the publications chairperson and manages the district website. In April 2008, Dr. Bakdash was honored with the 2008 MDDS Guest of Honor award. He is an active member of the Minnesota Dental Foundation Board of Directors.

Bashar considers himself fortunate to have been mentored by and to have worked with a number of individuals associated with dental, public health, academic health centers, universities, professional organizations, government, and private industry. These interactions and mentorship opportunities have prepared him to be able to incorporate innovative ideas including photography, mass media, marketing research, public relations, and information technology into all facets of his profession. He loves the idea of being a life-long learner and to be able to provide faculty, staff, and students with the opportunities and support to do the same.
Finally, Dr. Bakdash attributes the professional success that he has enjoyed to the support of his immediate and extended family, colleagues, students, and patients who over the years affirmed his belief to “Be a good citizen of your institution, keep everything in the right perspectives, do not forget the big picture, and be a visionary rather a follower.” Please join us in applauding Dr. Bakdash on his outstanding achievements and his commitment to organized dentistry!

Annual Meeting
On Thursday, April 29, outgoing president Alejandro Aguirre hosted members and guests at the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club for the District’s 2010 Annual Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Evening. Stephen Gulbransen and Wm. Gregory Lawton, both MDDS past presidents, installed the 2010 officers. They are Mark R. Omlie, president; Lee Ann M. Herbert, president-elect; Cale A. Strait, vice president; and Gary A. Bolmgren, secretary/treasurer.

A lifelong resident of Minnesota, Mark Omlie received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1974 and his M.D. degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1976. He completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1979 also at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Omlie is board certified and a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is a partner Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants in Edina with Frederick Haas, Stephen Gulbrandsen, Kyle Tidstrom, Eric Stick, Brett Kurtzman, and Jennifer Beaudin. Mark lives in Eden Prairie with his wife, JoAnn, and their daughters, Jessica and Christine. His daughter, Jamie (Omlie) Antonin, is married to Matt Antonin and his son, Jim Omlie, is a first-year dental student at the University of Minnesota. We have heard a rumor that Mark wants to get a foursome together for a game of golf at the MDDS Golf Event on Monday, August 2. If you would like to golf with Mark, give him a call! We all look forward to continuing to advance the Minneapolis District in its goals and mission under the direction of Dr. Omlie over the next year.

Also, honored during this special night were 15 past presidents who were in attendance as well: Bashar Bakdash, Teresa Fong, Patrick Foy, Stephen Gulbrandsen, William Hoffmann, Douglas Lambert, Thomas Larkin, Wm. Greg Lawton, George MacGibbon (our oldest past president - 1961), Jonathan Moren, James Nickman, Harold Panuska, Gerald Rosdahl, Michael Perpich, and Herbert Schulte.

Additionally, Alejandro Aguirre mentioned to those present that R. Bruce Templeton was not able to attend the annual meeting, but sent his deepest regards to everyone. Dr. Aguirre asked for a round of applause in thanks for Dr. Templeton, who is currently serving at the current MDA president. Thank you, Bruce.
We also said thank you to Patrick Foy, Gerald Rosdahl, Daniel Shaw, and Jamie Sledd for serving as Minnesota Dental Association presidents representing the Minneapolis District over the years. Also serving at the MDA level as the current treasurer is Todd Tsuchiya, who will be completing his term in September 2010. Thank you, Todd!

Following dinner, the 2010 Guest of Honor Award was presented to William Hoffmann. Douglas Lambert emceed a very special presentation highlighting Dr. Hoffmann’s dental career and his life-long volunteerism. Doug put together a remarkable tribute which included some very fun stories, letters from the mail bag, gag gifts, special treats, and many individuals who provided insight into the Bill Hoffmann that so many of us know and love! Joining Doug as special guest speakers were Nina Norby, Melissa Cozart, Richard Weisbecker, Teresa Fong, and Tracy Schulz. Bill was then honored with a lovely plaque on behalf of the District for his valuable contributions to dentistry and his community. Congratulations, Bill!
To Doug Lambert and his guest speakers, many thanks for the time and effort you put into the special program.

2010 MDDS Guest of Honor William P. Hoffmann, D.D.S.
Dr. William P. Hoffmann was born in Michigan City, Indiana April 1, 1955. He graduated from Kalamazoo College with a B.A. and earned his D.D.S. from the University of Michigan in 1981. He completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Minnesota in 1985.

Dr. Hoffmann spent two years teaching at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He then joined Metropolitan Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, P.A. and has practiced there for the last 23 years. Dr. Hoffmann has enjoyed a diverse clinical practice involving the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including implant, temporomandibular joint, and orthognathic surgery, as well as 18 years of level one maxillofacial trauma surgery.

Bill Hoffmann has been very involved with organized dentistry and is a past president of the Minneapolis District Dental Society. He has served as a member and chair of several committees, as well as a delegate to the Minnesota Dental Association House of Delegates. At the state level, he has served on several committees and currently serves as chair of the board of the Minnesota Dental Association Political Action Committee. He is a past president of the Minnesota Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and has served as a delegate to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon’s House of Delegates. He is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the International College of Dentists, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Hoffmann has served as mentor for several high school, college, and dental students, encouraging their pursuit of the dental profession.

Dr. Hoffmann has also served the Minneapolis community by providing free oral surgery care at Sharing and Caring Hands and at the Uptown Community Clinic. He founded the Annual Children’s Dental Day Event (Give Kids a Smile Day) at Sharing and Caring Hands, providing comprehensive dental care for homeless children, as well as providing international volunteer oral surgery services in Guatemala and in Haiti for the past eight years. In 2005, he was recognized by the Minnesota Dental Association with the Humanitarian of the Year Award, and was also recognized with the “WCCO Good Neighbor” Award. He received the International Mission Volunteer Certificate of Recognition in 2009 from the American Dental Association.
Dr. Hoffmann and his wife, Carol, will celebrate their 31st wedding anniversary next month. They have three college-aged children: Thomas, Michael, and Emily. They enjoy family activities together including fishing, golf, hiking, camping, and both downhill and cross country skiing. Dr. Hoffmann is an avid Minnesota, Michigan, and Notre Dame football, basketball, and hockey fan. He keeps hoping that one of them will win another championship soon!

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Hoffmann has served his church, Pax Christi Catholic Community, as a liturgical minister for several years. He has served as scoutmaster for a large Boy Scout troop in Minnetonka, helped mentor more than 40 Eagle Scouts, and has served the local youth programs by coaching youth baseball, basketball, and soccer for ten years. He also served on the board of trustees of St. Thomas Academy.

Dr. Hoffmann is truly an outstanding dentist and a credit to our profession and community, and the Minneapolis District Dental Society is proud to name him as our 2010 Guest of Honor.

Membership Milestones
The District congratulates the following members who have reached membership milestones within our organization. We thank them for their contribution to the dental profession through their years’ membership.

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.
Robert Edmunds, 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.
Lee Ann Herbert, 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.
Abbas Tabibi, 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.

Summer’s A’Comin’
They’re back:
• The MDDS Golf Tournament will be Monday, August 2, returning by request of the participants to the Golden Valley Golf Club in (wait for it) Golden Valley. Kicking off with a delicious lunch before a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m., this event is open to all MDA members. Plan a trip to the cities and join us! There will be lots of prizes and special events held throughout the day for all participants.
• The annual Trapshoot Tournament will be returning to the Metro Gun Club in Blaine Wednesday, August 18. There will be the perennial trap, skeet, sporting clays, and the duck tower, and this year both wobble trap and wobble skeet ranges. Metro 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.
• The Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer is Wednesday, September 8, returning to the Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie! This event includes members from both the Minneapolis and Saint Paul District Dental Societies as well as the entire MDA membership. Where else can you have a full afternoon of fun with lunch and dinner included for only $75.00?
Registration forms for all summer events are included within the June Brush-Up newsletter or can be found on the MDDS website. If you are outside the Minneapolis District and you would like to attend one of the events, or if you have any questions or need a registration form, please do not hesitate to contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845.

Welcome, New Members
Amy T. Chi, D.D.S.
Brian E. Grove, D.D.S.
Bernard H. Hofmann, D.M.D.

Upcoming Programs and Events
Monday, August 2, 2010
Minneapolis District Golf Event

Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
Golden Valley, Minnesota
All MDA Members Welcome

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
MDDS Caucus Meeting

All members welcome
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Annual Trapshoot Event

Metro Gun Club
Blaine, Minnesota

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer

All MDA members welcome
Bearpath Golf and Country Club
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25, 2011
MDA House of Delegates

Hilton Airport Hotel
Bloomington, Minnesota

Friday, January 28, 2011
85th Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting

Subject: Infection Control Issues and Other Hot Topics
Speaker: Dr. John Molinari
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

Star Light, Star Bright ...
The Saint Paul District gave itself a surreptitious pat on the back as it watched two of its longtime members share the spotlight at the Presidential Gala at this year’s Star of the North Meeting on April 24. Mark Jurkovich received the President’s Award, and Fred Kalinoff was recognized with the Humanitarian Service Award. Formally speaking, we congratulate them for the awards and the work that was done to merit them. Informally speaking, we knew it all along.

Congratulations, both, with our thanks for your contributions and for representing your profession so well.

Welcome to Organized Dentistry
The District invites you to join us in welcoming the following new members to the SPDDS.
Amanda Buntzman Allen, D.D.S.
Jodi M. Burth, D.D.S.
Tracy Lu Grasdal, D.D.S.
Robert D. Shorey, D.D.S.
James Yang Herr, D.D.S.

And I’ll See You There ...
August 11, 2010
SPDDS Caucus

January 21, 2011
SPDDS Midwinter Meeting

I Must Be Crazy!!! I Said “Yes”
That was my reaction eight years ago when my friend Don Erickson asked my permission to put my name on the ballot for Treasurer of the Saint Paul District Dental Society. As I thought about the time and energy commitment, in a completely new arena, I was certain I had made a mistake. I had said “yes” in a weak moment, and I had the equivalent of “buyer’s remorse”.

It did not take long before I was quite aware that Don’s invitation from the Nominating Committee was a great compliment to me and a terrific opportunity; I was learning about how to effect change to improve our profession while meeting lots of great people, many of whom were also dentists.

I am writing this article as an open letter to all Saint Paul dentists to encourage you to make yourself available to participate in the activities of the Saint Paul District Dental Society (SPDDS). The District is always looking for member dentists to implement and help facilitate the programs and activities the SPDDS provides, both for the membership and for the community at large.

Saint Paul has nine committees. Each committee provides a valuable service either to the general public of the Saint Paul area or to the member dentists. Take a look at each of the committees. Most likely several committees would have an activity or involvement that you would find interesting. Hopefully that interest might entice you into offering your time and skills to further the efforts of that committee.

Midwinter Committee
This committee plans an outstanding meeting that is attended by 300 to 400 people. The program is diverse and exceptionally informative. The committee members, led by
Scott Doyle, become adept at finding and evaluating gifted speakers while developing their own leadership and organizational skills.

Peer Review Committee
The members of this valuable committee invest their time and expertise to settle disputes and misunderstandings between member dentists and their patients, all with the intent to avoid litigation and to try to create the “win-win” result. Tim Ake chairs, with his dedicated committee of Tim Bray, William Hite, Becky Maher, Tom Hardel, Mary Shipp, Thomas Rumreich, Mitchell Page, and Dave Rischall.

Nominating Committee
Christine Hermanson will follow Loren Taple as the capable chairperson with the responsibility to develop a list of people for the membership at large to approve for various leadership positions and multiple awards sponsored by the SPDDS and the MDA.

Children’s Dental Health Committee
Angela Hilo has led this committee as it develops a program centered around a day in February to interact with hundreds of children from the community to expand their knowledge and skill in personal dental health issues.

Dentispree Committee
This committee has worked diligently to find a format for Saint Paul docs to socialize and network. This group is creative and just fun. Paul Kirkegaard chairs, with the able help of Suzanne Kappel-Geib, EmmaLee Spahl, Loren Taple, Christine Hermanson, Barry Travis, and SPDDS Executive Director Kathy Krauter. They have planned another extravaganza for us for this year, titled ‘Dentisthesia’.

Membership Committee
This committee, currently lead by Kendra Boda, was created for the expressed purpose of introducing the value of the SPDDS to dentists who have not become members and to look at ways to make membership in our society meaningful to current members.

Technologies Committee
This is our newest committee. Loren Taple is leading the development of Saint Paul’s use and skill in utilizing the communication technologies currently available in our society.

Foundation Committee
SPDDS is extremely fortunate to have a foundation initially funded from the estate of Dr. George Monson to support dental education. Our treasurer, Karl Andreasen, spearheads the District’s ability to give grants to dental students from our foundation and to support the educational endeavors in our district.

That is a brief summary of our committees. Without a doubt, several of those committees must look enticing to you. There is something for everyone in this list of opportunities. These are many of the opportunities to not only serve your profession but to improve the environment for your profession into the future. The best part; you can really have fun while contributing.

But we don’t stop there.
The Executive Council is yet another way to become a part of your profession in action. The EC works with all of the committees and has the responsibility to represent the SPDDS members at the Minnesota Dental Association level. The EC manages the resources that come from the dues that all members contribute in addition to being the visioning component to organized dentistry. We look for creative ways to support dentists: educational programs, methods for dentists to network with their peers, and emotional and business support for the stresses of running a business.

Organized dentistry needs every dentist’s support and involvement, and every dentist benefits from the activities of organized dentistry.

That’s my open letter to all of the dentists. Be prepared for a call asking you to participate. By all means, say “YES”. However, you don’t have to wait to be called. We welcome the individual who will pre-empt receiving a call by offering his or her willingness to participate by calling the SPDDS office at (651) 697-0831. Thank you for saying “yes”.



Southeastern District

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

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
By order of President Eric Overby, block off Friday, August 20, for the Southeastern District Dental Society’s 2010 Annual Meeting in Austin, Minnesota.

The morning session will be CE. This means we will have two Mayo docs enlightening us, all in the elegant surroundings at the historic Hormel Home. A “short” business meeting will follow. Lunch will be at the Austin Country Club. And check out the menu: choice of filet mignon, mahi mahi, or chicken; beverages included. Please not prizes will be awarded only at the luncheon. And here’s an even more pleasing note: The District is picking up the tab for both the continuing ed and the lunch.

The afternoon’s activities will include golf, tennis, or rifle shooting. The evening will shine with a GRAND party at Travis Schmitt’s house, with poker, and, it’s true, Mike Flynn and Chris Carroll running the toga party.

With that image in mind, thus we repeat: By order of President Eric Overby, Mark Your Appointment Book Now! Registration forms will be sent soon. Remember - August 20; you really won’t want to miss it. August 20 in Austin!



Student District

Tim Anderson
Associate Editor
1362 Preston Lane
Shakopee, MN 55379

How One Chapter Can Write the Book
Each year, dental students from around the country put down the books and take a moment from clinic to meet for the ASDA House of Delegates. ASDA’s 40th Annual Session was held March 17-21 in Baltimore, Maryland. The event set an attendance record as 56 of the 58 dental schools where represented. During the meeting, students proposed, amended, and set the association’s policy, discussed pertinent issues related to students and the profession, and elected their future leaders. In addition, much of the meeting was also focused on networking and recognizing those chapters that exemplify leadership within organized dentistry.

Over the years, the students from Minnesota have worked hard to develop a chapter that is grounded in strong leadership development that focuses on advocating for the needs of its members and the profession. With our strong history and the fact that in the last few years Minnesota has become an epicenter in advancing the dental profession, it is not surprising that many other chapters looked to our students for guidance. In fact, our chapter was once again recognized as an “Ideal ASDA Chapter” in multiple categories.

Each year the leadership within ASDA selects chapters that exemplify what an “Ideal” chapter represents based on their accomplishments. The schools are judged on a 50-page, year-in-review book that is created by each chapter. This year our chapter was awarded the “Ideal ASDA Chapter for Outstanding Involvement with Organized Dentistry” due to our exemplary actions taken in the form of advocacy, involvement with our state association, and member leadership. For our involvement politically both locally and nationally, our legislative grassroots network (LGN) was recognized as the “Ideal ASDA Legislative Grassroots Network”. Both of those awards would not have been possible without the strong relationship among the students, the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and the Minnesota Dental Association. Additionally, our chapter was recognized, for the second year in a row, as the “Ideal ASDA Chapter for Outstanding Website Content”. Although many of our students contribute to our website, we would never have won this award, let alone twice, without the dedication of our website administrator, Anna Kenney, D4. Not only was our chapter awarded national recognition, but two of our students were commended for their individual contribution to the association. Tim Anderson, D3, was awarded “Delegate of the Year, District 8”, while Aruna Rao, D2, received an “Honorable Mention, Legislative Liaison of the Year”.

The Student District was able to have 10 representatives attend the meeting. Although this is a great time to get to know your fellow dental students, each representative understands that he or she represents not only the School of Dentistry, but also the state of Minnesota. As a result, our students must be very educated on sensitive issues pertaining to the state and School, and must understand the influence they can have. This influence was notably apparent as students spoke on the House floor during the meeting. Minnesota ASDA delegates lobbied in front of the entire ASDA House of Delegates to allow Dental Therapy students at the School of Dentistry to be included under the “Associate Membership” category.

The House of Delegates adopted resolution 310 after Minnesota delegates forced a vote to include DT students under the “Associate Member” definition. Under resolution 310 of the ASDA Constitution and Bylaws, DT students are now allowed to not only be involved with ASDA at a local level, but to receive the same benefits other “associate members” such as dental hygiene students. The advocacy efforts of the students went beyond just the interests of dental students to ensure that this new member of the dental profession is incorporated into the dental team model.

To close out the meeting, ASDA holds a “President’s Dinner & Dance”. Of course, the event wouldn’t be a true ASDA event if there wasn’t some fun involved. The theme this year was “Nautical”. As if the students had not accomplished enough, the Minnesota chapter took home bragging rights as they were awarded the “Best Dressed Costume” as a flock of seagulls.
All in all, the meeting was a greater success than we could have imagined. I am confident in the future of our chapter as we continue to build upon our previous successes and invest in developing the future leaders of organized dentistry. It has truly been a privilege and honor to have been given the opportunity to represent the voice of our students over the last year as chapter president. I wish the best of luck to our graduating seniors, and look forward to the future of our chapter as our next Executive Committee and committee chairs take office.


West Central District

Jeanni R. Foss
Associate Editor
15167 Edgewood Drive, Suite 240
Baxter, MN 56425

At Least Stand Still Long Enough for Us to Say Congratulations
The dentists in our district were feverishly checking the P value for weather normality this spring when the lakes went out nearly a month early thanks to El Nino. Boats were cleaned, docks went in, and golf tee times were made. I finally had a baby the end of March and was not able to golf until a week after having my seven pound baby girl. I have been busy with four kids, a full-time practice, a non-profit children’s organization, district officer duties (I’m the one who coordinates CE events), and am therefore keeping this article brief and to the point. (Feel free to take my place as an editor to help ease my load — I can already hear the phone ringing at my office.)

May Day Conference
Dr. Adriana McGregor from Santa Barbara, California graced us with a superb lecture on ultimate esthetics and microsurgical placement of implants. She is an internationally known speaker who also teaches at the MicroSurgical Institute in California.

The conference was open to the entire state and was held in St. Cloud at Mi Famiglia Restaurant and Conference Center. We had dentists representing all of the specialties except prosthodontics there learning about how the microscope is revolutionizing dentistry in every field. The hands-on workshop allowed dentists to practice with 10-0 sutures. These were so fine that one dentist who uses a CPAP inhaled nearly three of them before it even made it under his microscope.

The conference was graciously sponsored by Global, who provided all the microscopes for the conference, and Hartzell & Son Instruments, who provided the microsurgical instrument kits and flew out from California to help facilitate. Also, I need to give a special thanks to Dentsply, Dentsply Tulsa, and Zimmer Implant companies for sponsoring a great Italian lunch for the dentists in between the lecture and the hands-on workshop. Optronics provided monitors, computers, cameras, and projector for the course. Also, thanks to the MDA office staff for help with emails for the event.

A Super Cool Warm Spring
The District’s officers’ meeting was held May 1, with all officers present. Our new vice-president is Matt Rindal, who practices in Pequot Lakes and was ever so kind to volunteer his time to be a part of our super cool organization. Watch for our district trustee report coming to a mailbox near you soon!

Let’s See Who’s Paying Attention ...
• July 30: Alexandria Social Golf outing and CE
• January 2011: Annual social/business meeting with CE, to possibly take place in Jamaica. Watch for sign-up information this summer!


Northeastern District

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

It Takes Level Heads to Wear This Many Hats
It’s been another busy spring in the Northeastern District! I wanted to give you an idea of some of the things your colleagues have been up to, and let the pictures tell most of
the story.

The March NEDDS meeting was held in Hibbing at the Hibbing Community College. Dental Clinic Director Jerry Pedersen was kind enough to arrange the continuing education event, featuring Dr. Stephen Shuman and Peggy Simonson, RDH, B.S. They spoke on “Current Concepts in Clinical Geriatrics for the Dental Team”. I was not in attendance at the meeting, but other members of our district related to me that it was a very good meeting on a topic that will become more and more important to our practices in the coming years.

During the meeting, two awards were presented to outstanding dental assisting students from Hibbing Community College. Jessie Szwerdvik and Theresa Drobnick were presented with scholarship checks on behalf of all the members of our district by NEDDS president Chuck Babst and Anne Badanjak, Director of the dental assisting program at HCC. Congratulations to these two outstanding students!

Following the meeting, a gathering was held at Grandma’s in the Park. Thank you to Adam Huneke for arranging this! We hope to hold more gatherings in the future, as it is a great way for new members to get to better know their colleagues in the Northeastern District.

Dental Day at the Capitol took place in the earlier part of a Northeastern spring, and some members of our district made the trip down to Saint Paul to speak on behalf of our profession. Thank you to those who attended! Hopefully next year we can be represented by even more members, as legislation surrounding dentistry continues to evolve and change at a rapid rate.

Finally, the Northeastern District was very well represented at the Upper Midwest Section of the American College of Dentists, held in Saint Paul. Larry Squillace, a retired member of the Northeastern District who served as the Chair of the Section from 2009-2010, turned over the gavel to current NEDDS member Kim Harms, who will serve as chair for the 2010-2011 term. Michael Zakula was sworn in as First Vice-Chair of the ACD, and NEDDS member Bill Stein provided the lecture at the ACD meeting with an update of the post-quake activities in Haiti. It is definitely a testament to our Northeastern District that so many members have taken on leadership roles in the ACD. Please offer them congratulations for their service and efforts the next time you see one of them!

That’s about it for this issue of Northwest Dentistry. I hope all of you make the most of your spring and upcoming summer!


Northwestern District

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

Musin’ on the Mississippi
Spring has sprung and summer’s a’comin’.
If I don’t fish soon, I’ll sure be a’bummin’!

I run into colleagues ‘round about town.
A couple have mentioned the economy’s down.

As for me, I find plenty a dentist can do.
Through hard work’s been many a business that grew.

Patients may struggle affordin’ some care,
But for things big or little, they’ll find we’re still there.

I’ve bartered for cows, and I’ve bartered for pigs,
Been paid with construction, and paid with dirt digs.

It’s not always the high fee that makes life seem great.
Genuine thankfulness and friendship will rate.

There’s our patients’ respect, a treasure so dear;
To forget its importance makes ideals unclear.

This reminds me of poetry I heard years ago,
A lesson for life which I dare not forego.

“As you travel on through life, brother,
Whatever be your goal,
Keep your eye upon the donut
And not upon the hole!”

So now it’s back to my daily spring wish
... let’s get out the gear and head out to fish! 188

Strollin’ on the Straight
The Straight River originates in the White Earth Indian Reservation and Two Inlets State Forest. Flowing through conifer and hardwood forests, it is fed by springs which provide clear, cold water. The Straight skirts the south side of the community of Park Rapids. Although less well known to many Minnesotans than streams of the Southeastern Minnesota and the Driftless area, the Straight is one of Minnesota’s premier trout streams. Serious trout fishermen travel to its banks from quite a distance, and the prospects of hooking a trophy brown are definitely to be had. Park Rapids is also where the current president of the Northwestern District Dental Society lives and practices. Although not on the lake on which he grew up, Dave and wife Amy still live on a lake — typifying the lifestyle choices available to those — not just dentists and professionals — who choose to reside in Greater Minnesota. Woods, water, wildlife, and wonderful living can be had in places such as Park Rapids. 353

Dr. Dave Andersen knows the pleasures — and the pressures — of spring. Dave grew up on a family resort. For those of us who harbor idyllic fantasies of a carefree youth spent luxuriating at a lakeside resort all summer long because we own this little bit of paradise, Dave might reply, “Get a life!” With cabins winterized in the fall and checked on periodically all through the cold season, spring usually means simultaneously promoting rentals to customers while praying that winter’s icy grip loosens early enough to prepare the cabins for those legendary early season arrivals — fishermen on “the Opener!”

Nowhere is the fishing opener felt more than in lake country of northern Minnesota. Maybe it’s because it’s such a production — at both ends of the spectrum! Cars, trucks, RVs ... almost every kind of vehicle capable is used to tow the boat out of the Cities and up to the lake. Major roads are busy. Trunk highways are crowded. County and township roads are congested near the landings. Tackle stores and bait shops bustle with eager soon-to-be anglers buying this year’s license, asking “What they’re bitin’ on?” and practicing telling lies about fish they haven’t even yet caught! On the other end of this spectrum is the bait dealer who’s been working night and day for weeks to get the live bait to the shops in preparation for the hordes of eager shiner buyers. There’s the local bratwurst maker who sets up outside the best bait shop in town on Opening Day selling hundreds of mouthwatering brats along with a soda and chips — all for a buck!

There’s the Legion or Boy Scouts or Eagles Club or hockey, baseball, City Park boosters promoting their Fishing Opener Fundraising Supper this weekend. There’s the All Day Craft Fair or Mall Sale or MegaGarageYardTreasureMakeup LingerieAll-for-the-Fishing-Widows Sale. And then there are the folks like poor Dave when he was a kid old enough to seriously help around the resort “getting ready” (as in “Hopefully — ooh, cross your fingers for good luck they all show up!”) for the onslaught of cabin guests to kick off the season. Yep, Dave’s helpin’ get ready. Then, when there’s no more gettin’ ready (because the clients are showing up to check in) there’s the checking into cabins, filling requests for information, scooping minnows, outfitting fishermen, starting motors, filling gas tanks, filleting fish ...
But, man, it’s great this time of year! Just ask Dave. 748

I leave you with these common words found in Norwegian dental/medical terminology.
Artery - The study of paintings
Barium - What you do when CPR fails
Cesarean section - A district in Rome
Colic - A sheep dog
Coma - A punctuation mark
Congenital - Friendly
Dilate - To live long
Fester - Quicker
G.I. series - Baseball games between teams of soldiers
Grippe - A suit case
Hang nail - A coat hook
Medical staff - A doctor’s cane
Morbid - A higher offer
Nitrate - Lower than day rate
Node - Was aware of
Outpatient - A person who has fainted
Post-operative - A letter carrier
Protein - In favor of young people
Secretion - Hiding anything
Serology - Study of English Knighthood
Tablet - A small table
Tumor - An extra pair
Urine - Opposite of you’re out
Varicose veins - Veins which are very close together 902

But Who’s Counting
Now for those of you keen-eyed readers, you will have noticed an occasionally placed three-digit number — a seemingly innocuous reference. Unlike everyone else on earth who has ever created a Word Document, I have just learned, much to my chagrin, of the function of Microsoft Word Document “Word Count”. My staff (who have much younger children than I) mockingly inform me that EVERY kid in school nowadays assigned to “type” a 500 word “paper” (Oh Luddite that I am, are “type” and “paper” still terms which apply?) is KEENLY AWARE of the “Word Count” function.

You know how when something should be so obvious to you but you do not notice it? “Where’s my pencil?” (Behind your ear!) “I can’t find my sunglasses!” (Flipped up on top of your head!) Now I “see” Word Count! Thanks, Sue! Thanks, Debbie! 1,039
(I’m not counting the numbers! Take that, Sue and Deb!) 1,049!

The Northwestern District Dental Society
Annual Summer Meeting

June 18, 2010, Chase on the Lake, Walker, Minnesota
Thomas D. Larson, D.D.S., M.S. will present “’Best Practices’ in Restorative Dentistry” (6 fundamental CE credits)

Schedule of Events:
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Reception in ballroom at Chase on the Lake
For dentists, spouses, and staff members
7:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m

Friday, June 18, 2010
7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.: Registration
8:00 a.m.-noon: Dr. Larson
Noon-1:00 p.m.: Lunch Business meeting (member dentists only)
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Dr. Larson
4:00 p.m.: Activities, including Guest cruise on the Lady Chase yacht; golf at Tianna Country Club or Long Bow Golf Club; spa available at the hotel; fishing on Leech Lake.

Note: Reservations at Chase on the Lake must be made by June 3.

For further information, please contact Roger Sjulson at (218) 435-1599 (office), (218) 435-6738 (home), (218) 435-6568 (fax), or rwsdds@gvtel.com.