District News - July-August 2010

District News - July-August 2010

Associate Editors:

Minneapolis District

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

Good to Go:
Summer Event 2010 Checklist
Each of the following events is open to MDA members statewide.

MDDS Golf Tournament, Monday, August 2, Golden Valley Golf Club, Golden Valley, Minnesota. The tourney 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. Plan a trip to the cities and join us!

MDDS Annual Trapshoot Tournament, Wednesday, August 18, Metro Gun Club, Blaine, Minnesota. The day culminates with our unique gourmet wild game dinner and prizes. An event not to be missed, even if you’re not a shooter.
The dinner is as delicious as it is different. Hors d’oeuvres are followed by hunter’s salad, and the entrees include venison meatloaf, wild boar pot roast, quail, pheasant, grouse, duck, elk chili, goose, bear, moose stroganoff, poached filet of salmon with maple glaze, halibut, and smoked turkey. Served with root vegetables, cowboy potatoes, BBQ baked beans, rolls and butter, and the popular beer soaked and barbequed corn on the cob. Homemade brownies will finish you off. Join us for what promises to be a great day!

Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer, Wednesday, September 8, Bearpath Golf and Country Club, Eden Prairie. The Tennis Committee has a fantastic day arranged. Play on outdoor clay courts, all competition in doubles, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Dinner follows. Players of all skill levels welcome!
Registration forms for the summer events have been mailed out. If you need a form, contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845 or go to the MDDS website to print a form.

2010 - 2011 General Membership Meetings and Continuing Education
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Subject: “Exploring the Links Between Oral Health and General Health”
Speaker: Bryan S. Michalowicz, D.D.S., M.S., Professor and Erwin Schaffer Chair in Periodontal Research, Division of Periodont-ology, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Subject: “Keys to Successful Treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea”
Speaker: Jonathan A. Parker, D.D.S., staff member of four different sleep disorders centers in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, and diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Since 1993, Dr. Parker has provided care in a practice limited to management of TMJ disorders and head, neck, and jaw pain.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Subject: “Pain & Root Canal Therapy: Partnering with the Dental Community to Explore the Factors Involved in Peri-Operative and Persistent Pain”
Speaker: Donald R. Nixdorf, D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Professor, Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Annual Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Dinner Meeting
Installation of President: Lee Ann M. Herbert, D.D.S.
Honoring the 2011 Guest of Honor: To be announced

Midwinter Meeting Moves to January
Mark your calendars for Friday, January 28, 2011 and the 85th Midwinter Dental Meeting! We are pleased to announce that Dr. John A. Molinari will return with another outstanding lecture on infection control issues. “Emerging Infections: More than a Yuck Factor!” will be presented in three sections: infections control, infectious diseases, and a complete update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on pertinent information and hot topics! Herewith a snapshot of the topics and objectives.
“Infection Control” will discuss the most current infection control regulations and recommendations for dentistry. The most recent evidence-based information will be discussed to address issues where perceptions and misuse of infection control procedures and products are in conflict with scientific and clinical knowledge. A major goal of this presentation is to help dental professionals increase their understanding of the “why” as well as the “what” of infection control practices.
Participants should be able to:
• Understand the rationale for effective, practical, infection control precautions.
• Use aseptic procedures as fundamental components of an infection control program.
• Understand the application of standard precautions when providing patient care.
• Describe recent advances and applications of heat sterilization technology.
• Describe the use of disposable barriers and disinfectants used in environmental surface asepsis.
• Describe factors which can lead to dental unit waterline (DUWL) contamination.
• Describe and understand strategies which may minimize forms of bio and DUWL contamination.

“Emerging Infectious Diseases” described over the past four decades include those caused by newly discovered microbial pathogens, re-emergent infections with drug-resistant strains, and infections which have become increasingly resistant to previously successful antimicrobials.

In addition to presenting threats to the general population, a number of these infections also present occupational risks to health care providers. This presentation will consider challenges presented by multiple microbial groups and diseases including blood-borne pathogens (Hepatitis B and C viruses, human immunodeficiency virus and AIDS), bioaerosols (influenza viruses including comparison between seasonal and pandemic influenza, and tuberculosis), direct contact (staphylococcal infections including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus/MRSA), and the context of current epidemiology and scientific evidence.
Participants should be able to:
• Understand the transmission and impact of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
• Comprehend occupational risks presented by these diseases.
• Apply appropriate vaccination and other infection control precautions to minimize the potential for occupational infection.
“Occupational Respiratory Infectious Diseases: Aerosols, Spatter, and Precautions”. Airborne infections continue to be among the common reported transmissible diseases. The spread of microbial pathogens by droplets, aerosols, and spatter during patient care has also historically presented occupational risks for health care professionals. While routine use of recommended precautions has been shown to be effective in reducing exposure to known respiratory infections, discovery and emergence of other airborne pathogens require continued assessment of cross-infection risks and infection control measures.
This seminar considers representative viral and bacterial respiratory diseases which present occupational challenges for dental health care providers, including influenza (seasonal and pandemic), the “common” cold, tuberculosis, bacterial pneumonia, and pertussis (i.e., whooping cough). A/H1N1 influenza (“swine flu”) pandemic will be featured, highlighting origin, current epidemiology and incidence, transmission patterns, virulence, differences from seasonal flu, and effectiveness of vaccination. Respiratory infections are discussed using distinguishing microbial characteristics, person-to-person cross-infection risks, epidemiological patterns, disease impact, and health care provider occupational hazards. The use of appropriate precautions against respiratory pathogens is also evaluated in the context of emerging disease challenges and recommended protective approaches.
Participants should be able to:
• Comprehend the impact of emerging and re-emerging respiratory infectious diseases.
• Discuss representative viral and bacterial diseases, including influenza, tuberculosis, SARS, and bacterial pneumococcal pneumonia.
• Understand how influenza pandemics develop and the impact of the current A/H1N1 influenza pandemic.
• Comprehend occupational risks presented by these diseases.
• Apply appropriate infection control precautions to minimize the potential for occupational cross-infection.

Dr. Molinari received a B.A. in Biology from St. Vincent College and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine. He is currently Director of Infection Control for The Dental Advisor. Previously, he served for 32 years at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Infection Control. He has published more than 350 scientific articles, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. Dr. Molinari is also co-author of the text book Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry, with the third edition published in 2009.

Please mark Friday, January 28, 2011 for this very dynamic program for you and your entire dental team. The C.E. meeting will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka. Five core continuing education credits.

Welcome, New Members
Rebecca L. Benson, D.M.D.
Corey J. Brenner, D.D.S.
Kara A. Engelbreks, D.D.S.
Sarah L. Hermanson, D.D.S.
Barbara K. Junker, D.D.S.
Renee M. Kinney, D.D.S.
Bridget J. Lervick, D.D.S.
Joseph T. Madden, D.D.S.
Meaghan E. Morrell-Huot, D.D.S.
Megan L. Mulligan, D.D.S.
Sandra R. Nelson, D.D.S.
Tyler B. Peterson, D.D.S.
Linh N. Tran, D.D.S.
Steven P. Tran, D.D.S.
Nancy L. Zeis, D.D.S.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Monday, August 2, 2010
Minneapolis District Golf Event

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

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
MDDS Caucus Meeting

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

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Trapshoot Event

All MDA Members Welcome
Metro Gun Club
Blaine, Minnesota

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Greater Twin Cities Tennis Event

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

Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25, 2010
MDA House of Delegates

Hilton Airport Hotel
Bloomington, Minnesota

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Subject: Exploring the Links Between Oral Health and General Health
Speaker: Bryan S. Michalowicz, D.D.S., M.S.
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Subject: Keys to Successful Treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Speaker: Jonathan A. Parker, D.D.S.
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

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

Speaker: Dr. John A. Molinari
Subject: Emerging Infections: More Than a Yuck Factor!
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Saturday, February 5, 2011
11th Annual Give Kids A Smile Day

Sharing and Caring Hands
Dental Clinic
Minneapolis, Minnesota
(Many Volunteers Necessary, Please Come and Join Us for this Very Worthwhile Event!)

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Subject: Pain & Root Canal Therapy: Partnering with the Dental Community to Explore the Factors Involved in Peri-Operative and Persistent Pain
Speaker: Donald R. Nixdorf, D.D.S., M.S.
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Annual Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Meeting

Installation of President: Lee Ann M. Herbert, D.D.S.
2011 Guest of Honor: To be announced
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

It was a grand turnout!
The School of Dentistry celebrated Dr. Ed Ziegler and his 48 years as a School of Dentistry faculty member at a retirement party in his honor on June 15, 2010. The room was crowded with friends, family and co-workers who came to say ‘thank you’ and to wish him well in his next great adventure.

Fall Forward
Congratulations to the following delegates and alternate delegate who will represent us at the MDA House of Delegates, September 24 and 25 in Bloomington. All district members are welcome to attend the caucus where the 2010 resolutions will be discussed.
Three-Year Term
Mark R. Omlie, President
Lee Ann M. Herbert, President-Elect
Cale A. Strait, Vice-President
Gary A. Bolmgren, Secretary/Treasurer
Alejandro M. Aguirre, Trustee
Susan E. M. Block
Patrick J. Foy
William P. Hoffmann
Michael J. Perpich
Jamie L. Sledd
Two-Year Term
Bashar Bakdash
Julie A. Chavez
Andrew M. Doroschak
Teresa L. Fong
Kirby Johnson
Leilani L. LaBelle
Venetia Laganis
Jo Ann Omlie
Karen J. Reese
Sally W. Schuette
One-Year Term
Bruce L. Betterman
Kimberly G. Bohlig
Donna M. Hecker
Thomas A. Karn
Ian A. Park
Richard T. Pihlstrom
Tasha T. Strait
David C. Streif

Alternate Delegates
Jennifer L. Beaudin

Julie E. Clouse
David W. Klein
Douglas L. McNaught
Jonathan C. Moren
Hugh J. Murdoch
Kimberlee M. Murphy
Jeffrey L. Ryan
Melissa S. Zettler


Saint Paul District

William H. Harrison
Associate Editor
2282 Como Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108-1722

Howard Taylor Becomes SPDDS President
Dr. Howard Taylor is a general dentist who has practiced for the majority of his career in the Roseville community. A high percentage of his post-graduate education and training focused on the comprehensive care necessary for the patient with advanced stages of dental diseases. He continues to enjoy working with people, and informing and educating people about the benefits of good dental health and the choices available to achieve good dental health.

Howard and Cherry have been married for 33 years. They have three children and three grandchildren from their two married daughters. A lot of their disposable time is given to being grandparents, and summers are enjoyably spent at their lake cabin introducing the grandkids to the fun and beauty associated with a lake and the greater outdoors.
Dr. Taylor is an active member in the SPDDS Speakers Bureau. Speakers Bureau is a great organization in Saint Paul that makes it easy to meet and develop friendships with other dentists while learning leadership skills. It is also a vehicle to keep one informed about current developments and trends in dentistry, to be aware of legislative issues that are confronting dentistry, and it is as well a way to stay current with the MDA and SPDDS efforts to serve the membership. Through the bureau, Dr. Taylor was introduced to participating in organized dentistry by becoming a member of the Executive Council as the treasurer. While participating on the EC he was elected by the membership to be a delegate to the House of Delegates.

Howard believes the Saint Paul District is a very healthy and strong district that has benefited from multiple years of great leadership and participation from the membership. As a result, he believes he can best serve the membership by staying current with all of the issues confronting dentistry and organizing this year’s agenda to allow the EC and committees to be aware of dental issues that will affect the profession, and to continue exploring more ways to serve the membership.

Dentisthesia: The Spring Break We All Deserved
Paul Kirkegaard
, SPDDS Committee Chair
How much fun and camaraderie can be packed into three hours? Just ask any of the 75 people who were able to attend this year’s Dentisthesia! The Social/Installation Committee is still trying to figure out how every time this event has been held at the University of Minnesota President’s home, Eastcliff, the weather has been gorgeous.

The Saint Paul District gives our heartfelt thanks to Hermanson Dental Lab for sponsoring the music, to Andreasen, Kent, Gadient and Associates and Associated Dentists for sponsoring the wines, and to Twin Cities Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for sponsoring the beers. These sponsors added a ton of value to the event and gave the committee room to explore ideas to help make the event even better for the attendees.

The Eastcliff grounds were blooming, well-planted, and spacious for the Dentisthesia group. Those who enjoy walks around beautiful gardens took full advantage of what the gardeners of Eastcliff have created.

Karl Andreasen and Dave Resch won prizes for bringing the most guests — each received a selection of wines and beers made in Minnesota. What a nice way to share the fun of Dentisthesia!

Our MDA president, Bruce Templeton, was kind enough to attend and install our new president, Howard Taylor, President-Elect Bill Harrison, and new Executive Council members Kristine Goulet and Jeff Rozinka.

All the attendees were able to express their appreciation to Christine Hermanson for serving as president this past year and to wish our newest officers and EC members well and thank them for their service to the District.

As “per usual”, the evening ended too quickly. As one of the attendees mentioned, “This is the best dental meeting we’ve had in the 30 years of my membership.”

(Planning committee: Christine Hermanson, Emma Spahl, Barry Travis, Suzanne Kappel-Geib and Kathy Krauter).

Introducing the 2010/2011 Executive Council Officers:
Howard W. Taylor, President
William H. Harrison, President-Elect
Rosalie J. Perpich, Secretary
Karl H. Andreasen, Treasurer
Donna J. Stenberg, Trustee
John C. Aamodt
Ben J. Christopherson
Norman F. Coates
Michael J. Downie
Scott L. Doyle
Lois F. Duerst
Kristine M. Goulet
Steven J. Henseler
Christine L. Hermanson,
Immediate Past President
Thomas E. Neafus
Jeffrey J. Rozinka
Kou B. Vang
Paul K. Zollinger

And I’ll See You There ... Lunch and Learn Seminars:
October 6, 2010
Subject: “Medical History & Head and Neck Exam”
Speaker: Dr. Michael Downie

December 8, 2010
Subject: “Abduction and Murder of Katie Poirer”
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Rumreich

SPDDS Midwinter Meeting
January 21, 2011

Crowne Plaza Saint Paul - Riverfront
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Honduras 2010
David Kubes, D.D.S.

It was in 2008 that I made my first trip to Honduras to do volunteer dental work with International Health Services of Minnesota (IHS), an organization which has been going to that country for 28 years. This last February I went again, with new recruits from our dental practice: hygienists Sherry Hood and Susan Brown and assistant Michelle Kolkman. Susan’s son Brian went as a general helper. Nearly 100 volunteers from different continents went to 10 sites across Honduras where dentistry and medical care were provided to the public, along with supplying pharmacy needs and eyeglasses. Our group, made up of people from Minnesota, Kentucky, Argentina, and California, went to Queterique, near La Esperanza in southwest Honduras.

Getting ready for third world destinations requires an interesting mix of imagination and practicality. The excitement began well before the traveling part, with immunizations for typhoid, tetanus, and hepatitis, along with malaria pills. Then it was time to pack. Mosquito netting and flashlights reminded us there would be no electricity or plumbing, and that we would all be sleeping on cement floors in the local village school, which shuts down for us so we will have a place to work and sleep for the week of our stay. Most people opted for mattresses and mosquito netting, but tents had their proponents too. Head lamps were to become our best friends on the trip, and we used up lots of batteries!

Arrival put us into a big yellow school bus, which would hold team and supplies for the seven-hour ride up (yes, up) the beautiful countryside from La Ceiba to Quiteique, where we would work. Along the way we saw natural springs, banana trees, cotton fields, coffee farms, and plenty of jungle-like terrain. As we proceeded higher into the mountains, we could both feel and see the weather change. In a strange way, it started to look a lot like Minnesota: big, tall pine trees took over the landscape. Ever smaller villages came and went as we ascended. Blink and you will miss some of them, but everywhere we saw the short, black-haired Hondurans of this region in their flip flops, long patterned skirts, bandana-like headdresses, and cowboy hats! The bumpy dirt road was a hard but exhilarating way to see and enjoy a lot of the countryside.

We arrived both exhausted and excited - and wondering what we were about to get ourselves into. Exiting the bus, we saw the village school that would be home base for dental office, pharmacy, medical office, and sleeping. We had arrived in the highest city in Honduras: 6,000 feet above sea level - and a million miles away from what felt like anywhere! Nerves had their moment, but we had to move to set up our beds and gear. It gets dark fast, and it is dark up there! Our only light was from the stars - beautiful, but not nearly bright enough!

Some of the other camps would be sitting in 85-95 degree weather at night, but it was quite the opposite for us. Sleeping bags, long underwear, hats, even mittens (!) were needed by some of our team. The 35-degree nights could warm to 60 during the day if we were lucky - which made it difficult to warm up the “solar” shower facilities we had planned on using. Only a few brave souls braved that experience. I was one. Yikes!

The outhouses and the sink with water were about 50 feet behind the school. This was where Brian filled bags for our showers and any water needed for anything except drinking. Next to the faucet were three outhouses, one of which actually flushed. This is an experience in consciousness-raising everyone should have. One biffy had no seat or door, one a cracked seat close to a billion years old. But the best one had not only a door with a lock, but a new seat the Argentinean women had brought. If that isn’t perfect planning, what is? This seat, by the bye, was put on by General Helper Brian, who did many jobs no one should have to do, and he did them without ever complaining! Lest you think I make too much of this item, let me just say what a sweet feeling it was in the pitch-black, middle-of-the-night, freezing cold to plant one’s tush on something as reassuringly familiar as that seat. Call it a slight feeling of home. Which of course ended quickly when you realized you needed to find the water switch to flush the toilet, mindful not to put the paper in the toilet but do lock the door so the dogs don’t get in! Finish by stumbling over to the cement sink to wash your hands in the coldest water on the planet.

Meals were made for us, and were simple and filling. We could heat water with propane for tea or oatmeal. The staples were the best: snack bars, granola bars, or, if we were lucky, apple sauce! Lunches and dinners were mainly provided to us by locals hired by HIS. We could almost always count on black or refried beans, tortillas, white rice, chicken, potatoes, eggs, and cooked veggies. One day we had soup. All the food was from the land and prepared by hand. (The town lives directly off the land, though some go to other towns to sell food.) When you were dead beat tired and starving, those meals were delicious. Water was also provided by HIS. We were told the village water was safe to drink and fluoridated, but trust me, it was not to be drunk by non-natives.

The people, of course, were the best and most interesting part of the trip. They made it worth all the hardships, making difficult working situations tolerable by being such wonderful patients. Our hygienists had the most difficult cleanings. Such hard calculus, but the patients tolerated every step. They were all so interested in learning how to clean and floss. Education about oral care, especially with the older generation, is simply not there, some never having had their teeth cleaned even once. We could never have seen to all the village’s dental needs, so my time was spent extracting teeth. It was sad to see such young people with such huge problems. On one side of the 12x12 room we were educating, on the other extracting. During our three days of clinic time, I extracted more than 100 teeth - all because the patients, young and old, made it possible to work so efficiently. To sit for treatment giving us their full trust, even with a sympathetic translator, I found simply amazing. We had to ask which tooth or area hurt the most, because there were so many sites of literal pain in those mouths. I extracted more abscessing deciduous molars on children this time than on any other trip I’ve made. Sugar cane, a free or cheap and delicious treat for them, was everywhere. Even a school store sold mostly that and candy - disturbing, but completely believable based on what we had been treating all day.

Our fellow volunteers were a great source of friendship and laughter during this adventure. For that we were so thankful. At the end of the day we would sit around our room, some in bed under the nettings, others at the tiny table made for eight-year-olds, and we would talk and laugh for hours under candlelight. Those are great memories. We came into this not knowing these people, and we finished with a wealth of knowledge and wonderful new friends. The day ended as slowly people would fade into the night, into sleep... Except, of course, for the night an imagined rat among the bedclothes turned out to be real, and really big to boot. It is just too bad you all missed seeing our girl Michelle jump on a chair to invent a “rat dance”, complete with a head lamp on!

By trip’s end we had accomplished hundreds of procedures, from fluoride, oral hygiene instruction, extractions, scaling, pharmacy needs, medical help, and providing glasses to people who had never before seen the hills of their beautiful home. Our necks, feet, legs, and backs were aching, but we also felt a bit sad that we were not able to do more. We just had to tell ourselves there is always more help needed anywhere you go. We were so lucky to have been able to help, yet in the same breath never have I wanted to see home so badly. Hot water, drinking water, safe salads, loved ones, dogs, and electricity were the things we could not wait to come home to the most.

Many weeks in our lives are forgettable. One week in a third world country, living in a rural community, experiencing life outside your norm, is a week not easily forgotten. When you are surrounded by a team whose goal is to get down to the business of helping, that makes the work, well, work. You get a whole new look at life. It almost feels weird to say that I went there to help them, but I am the one who came away with so much. We came, we served, and we left with our lives enriched greatly by the Honduran people and their beautiful country.

For any of you interested in learning more, you may visit www.IHSofMN.org, or contact me at kubes208@hotmail.com. IHS is an organization with many great people who have their hearts in the right place.



Northeastern District

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

The Short, Sweet Season of Summer Up North
Summer is in full swing in the Northland, and as such there isn’t too much to report about the happenings in the Northeastern District. I will keep it nice and short so you can go back out to the boat or check on the steaks you are grilling.

A Business Day
In May, the Annual Business Meeting was held at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth. The purpose of this meeting is to go over the activities of various committees throughout the past year, discuss the issues that organized dentistry is working on at the local, state, and national levels, and to hand over the reins to the new district officers. Those of you in the Northeastern District have long since received the meeting minutes, which I would recommend you take a look at so you can better understand what our leadership has been up to.

One thing I can tell you is that Doug Erickson has put together an excellent set of continuing education meetings for this coming year. The September NEDDS meeting will feature Glenn DuPont, an internationally known speaker, director of faculty at the Dawson Academy, and senior partner at the International Center for Complete Dentistry. His lecture will be on occlusion, and it promises to be a well done presentation. We are hoping that some of our colleagues from other districts will join us for this high profile speaker!

Your new Northeastern District executive officers were sworn in at the Annual Business Meeting. They are:
Mike Hagley - president
Doug Erickson - first vice-president
Chris Carlson - second vice-president
Gary Hedin - secretary/treasurer.

Outgoing president Chuck Babst addressed those at the meeting with some parting remarks, and Trustee Duane McDonald swore in the new officers. The next time you see him, please take a moment to thank Chuck for his dedication and leadership over the past year!

A Day Away
The annual NEDDS golf and fishing outing was held at The Wilderness Golf Club on Lake Vermillion in early June. Unfortunately the weather was not as cooperative as folks would have liked, but that didn’t stop a few brave souls from venturing out for the day. Also unfortunately there are no pictures of the event to share, but I’m sure some great mental pictures were taken. Rumor has it that Tim Smith was a dominant force throughout the day. If any pictures do surface, I’ll be sure to share them in the next issue of Northwest Dentistry.

That brings my writing to an end for this issue. The MDA’s House of Delegates is taking place in early September, and I will have plenty to share with you at that time. Until then, have a great summer, and make some great memories!


Northwestern District

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

In Three Minutes or Less*
There are spots in this state
With dentists aplenty
Where organization and meetings abound.

I can only imagine
The luck to be landed
Where colleagues and lectures and info surround.

To be endlessly sated
By experts and wisdom
Assuredly must be so grand,

That it oft makes me wonder
‘bout dodging the blunder
Of missing our own out of hand.

Our district’s business
Is done twice a year —
That’s not “playing 100 games”.

With those two encounters
Not much need be done
To make a great sum just the same.

So the fine men and women
Of Northwestern stripe
Took to the highways in June.

Braving tornados,
(And fair weather too!)
They followed the call of the loon.

The Chase is in Walker
A landmark rebuilt
Sited grand on the shores of Leech Lake

With fishing and sailing,
Fine dining and spa,
And beer, your parched thirst they can slake.

The last time we met,
The water was “hard”,
But the walleyes and pout did surrender.

At Sportsman’s great lodge
On the Lake of the Woods
The winter displayed its cold splendor.

Our Northwestern dentists,
A hardy breed all,
Although we do gather just twice

Take pleasure attending
A C.E. by blending
A meeting with weather that’s nice.

So June 17th
While the winds were awhirling
And damage was wrought o’er the land

The officers gathered,
A reception was offered -
With fallout shelter at hand!

The 18th of June
(Of course the sun shone)
A multitude gathered within.

Tooth wear and erosion,
Abfraction, abrasion,
And drinkin’ the “Dew” as a sin,

Cementation and bonding,
Feldspathic or Leucite,
Zirconia as In-Ceram,

Cast gold’s best fit margins,
Core restorations,
And shade selection for glam.

Doctor Tom Larson’s
“Best Practices” lectures
In restorative dentistry provided

All in attendance
Much good information
With research and facts fair — all-sided.

Secondary caries,
Control measures too,
More topics he thoroughly covered.

On the “only human” side
Our treasurer I spied —
Around the sweet treats he hovered.

Our twice-a-year business
In quite a brief meeting
Was covered in detail, but short

Tim Flor as our leader
And MDA guest
Fielded questions and gave a report.

New dentists were noted,
And some who had passed,
Reports from committees beside

Elections conducted,
officers chosen
To carry on Northwestern pride.

Then honoring Roger**
For dentistry given
United Way Volunteer of the Year

The gavel was passed
And Dave looked so happy
We lined up to buy him a beer!

That was the second
Of two meetings this year
Officially there will not be more

To new prez Doug Williams
Is given our banner.
As Big Cheese it now is his chore

To lead our fine district
With help from the others...
Asking Phyllis if she could do more!

** Sjulson - When you stop thinking in jingle-time, please see the subhead in this report about our honoree.
†That would be newly minted NWDDS immediate past-prez Dave Andersen.
‡That would be Phyllis Sjulson, the Redoubtable. Create a chair in her name, and for Pete’s sake let her sit down for a few minutes!

The Real Deal
All summer musing aside, and the amusing poetry it inspired, we now direct your attention to someone who dodges the spotlight as if it was noon on the hottest day of the season: our district’s go-to guy for more time than we can count on our combined fingers, Roger Sjulson.

United Way annually recognizes outstanding area volunteers, and the genuinely outstanding Roger Sjulson, Fosston, was presented an award in this category at the NWDDS meeting. John Lueth, serving as representative of the Northern Dental Access Center, did the honors in recognition of Roger’s volunteer service to that clinic, located in Bemidji. His nomination for this award described Roger thusly:

• He has far and away contributed the greatest number of clinical volunteer hours at NDAC over the past year, having worked one to two days/month
• He has acted as a mentor to dental assistants and students.
• Patients love him.
• He is a champion for the cause of access issues.

Even Norther ...
When the bone-chilling Alberta Clippers blow down from Canada and cause us to shiver uncontrollably here in Minnesota, we may think that we are crazy to live in a land of ice. Visions of places which fill us with warmth pass through our heads — even those of us with Scandinavian blood pulsing through our veins. But what if the two extremes of cold and warm could co-exist? Might this be a little bit of heaven? Turn to the feature article by NWDDS hygienist, world traveler, and NWD contributor Polly Scotland on page 23 for her story “A Land of Fire, Ice, and Extremes” — Iceland, of all places, and the Valhalla-like location we imagine.

In Memory
The Northwestern District Dental Society recognizes the passing of two of its members this past year: Robert B. Miller of Fosston, and Garrett Thomas of Crookston. Our condolences go to their families.

Officers for 2010-2011
Douglas Williams, president
Eric Satvold, president-elect
Julia Fosman, vice-president
Roger Sjulson, secretary/treasurer
Ryan Ritchie, delegate
Bradley Donabauer, alternate delegate
David Andersen, immediate past-president
John Lueth, MDA trustee nominee


Southern District

Thomas William Smyth
Associate Editor
1211 Caledonia Street
Mankato, MN 56001-4329

Mankato’s Chris Meehan Makes Minnesota Home
Dr. Meehan is an associate of Dr. Bruce Dumke, son of MDA past-president Mel Dumke. A hotly pursued interview with Chris finally produced the Q & A which follows. The “new busy” really is a beast to contend with, but persistence makes a good result as often as not.

NWD: What led you to pursue a career in dentistry?

Chris: I always knew that I wanted to work in the medical field. I shadowed several medical professions through high school and college. I don’t recall having that “ah ha” moment, but dentistry just seemed like the profession that best fit what I wanted to do for a career.

NWD: You studied at the University of South Dakota and Creighton University. What caught your attention about Southern Minnesota as a location to begin your career?

Chris: My wife and I seemed always to gravitate toward Minnesota when we were trying to decide what state to call home. The opportunities as far as recreation activities with the lakes and the hiking and biking trails in Southern Minnesota were main drawing points. Let’s just say that having the Vikings and Twins nearby were nice perks as well.

NWD: Tell us a bit more about your family.

Chris: I have been married to my beautiful wife Tammy for five years. We have one spoiled rotten dog, Rudy.

NWD: When you’re not up to your elbows in saliva at work, what do you do with your time away from the office?

Chris: My wife and I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors, so boating, swimming, biking, hiking, and running our dog Rudy are great activities. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, watching movies, and I participate in slow-pitch softball, flag football, and some basketball.

NWD: Creighton has a reputation for giving students a vast amount of clinical experience. What benefits did you feel you received from attending this institution, and/or how do you think attending Creighton prepared you for practice?

Chris: Creighton does not have any residency programs at their dental school. This gives the dental students a great deal of experience in every branch of dentistry. I feel that the clinical experience we received as students was second to none, and that it prepared me very well for private practice.

NWD: Where did you grow up, and what sort of activities and interests did you have as a youth?

Chris: I grew up in Hartford, South Dakota, which is a small town right outside of Sioux Falls. I was involved in a lot of different sports growing up, including football, basketball, fast-pitch softball, and track. I also enjoyed reading and spending time with friends and family.


Student District

Adam Swingdorf
Associate Editor
515 Delaware St., 15-106
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The End of One Year, the Beginning of Another
A lot has happened since the last everyone has heard from the Student District!

On May 14, the class of 2010 graduated from the School of Dentistry ready to hit the “real world” of dentistry. The students went in all directions, heading toward associateships, opening new offices, continuing their education with GPR’s and specialties. We wish them all luck, and thank them for the help that each has given us as we proceed through our dental education.

We must remember, though, as one journey comes to an end another begins. As you may or may not know, the Student District holds its election for the Executive Committee every year in mid-April, and this year has been no different. This year each of our candidates ran unopposed for each respective position, and MNASDA is proud to have these hard-working individuals take the step forward to each of their leadership positions. Zee Elovich (D3) will be the Student District’s vice-president; Aaron Bumann (D2) was chosen as our president-elect; Alex Lund (D2) will be our secretary; and Hamid Khanjari (D4) will lead the way in recruiting by heading up our membership. Yours truly (Adam Swingdorf) will be acting as District president this coming year.

Don’t think that our organization just runs with us four, though. We have a long list of people who are willing to take the step up into leadership roles by putting on activities throughout the year. Two such individuals, Zach Lechner (D4) and Paul Buck (D3), are in the process of bringing MNASDA to the next level for all of the students at the School of Dentistry. They are working diligently on putting together a series of lunch hour “CE” courses. The ASDA Continuing Education committee is a local student-organized committee within the Minnesota ASDA chapter that seeks to enrich the academic experience of current University of Minnesota School of Dentistry students. It introduces students to the lifelong pursuit of continuing education in dentistry and enhances their commitment to learning and professional growth. An important aspect of the committee is its goal of providing a clinically relevant review of important dental topics. As we all know, dentistry is a continuously changing branch of the medical field, and hearing proper technique and materials once in lecture is not enough to remember everything. These classes will give us the opportunity to review different areas of study within our field so that we can better not only our knowledge but our understanding.

Not only is MNASDA creating a new position this year for our chapter, but national ASDA has asked each of its chapters to create an ethics representative. This new position is in response to growing concern of ethical issues that are happening across the country. ASDA recently wrote the ASDA White Paper on Ethics and Professionalism in Dental Education. The ethics representative will be communicating with the School’s administration to foster a forum for discussion from the student’s perspective. They will also be asked to kick-start a local Student Professional Ethics Committee. These committees have been being started across the country at dental schools in order bring forth the ethical issues that are occurring within the schools as well as around the nation.

Don’t think we’re all about studying and learning, though! On June 9, Elisa Dommer (D4), Katie Divine (D2), and Kate Lentz (D2), co-chairs for our Activities Committee, put together our annual Spring Picnic! Our members took a load off from school on a beautiful spring day and enjoyed some grilling, conversation, and lawn games. As part of our tradition, the president-elect is usually chosen to take care of all of the grilling, and Aaron Bumann did a great job of it! It was a great chance for everyone to enjoy a little dinner on MNASDA and catch up with all the latest gossip.

The MNASDA Executive Committee also hosted its annual Leaders Retreat in mid-June. The retreat is a good chance for the outgoing leaders of our organization to meet with the new and give them any advice on the year to come. We get a chance to enjoy each other’s company and do some more grilling in the warm summer air!

I hope everyone’s summer is going well. Look us up next issue to see what all the first years (now second years) did on their 10 WEEK VACATION!! Talk to you all soon!



West Central District

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

Make a Day of It
The West Central District Dental Society’s annual Golf Event will be held August 13 in Alexandria. Bragging rights and all attendant hassle-mongering opportunities are up for grabs. Or just breathe in the deep, sweet scent of a day away. Hope to see you there.

For Real
It has been a fantasy for many district planners over the years to take the members to some dreamy tropical NeverNeverLand for one of their winter meetings. We all love Minnesota, but the onset of permafrost in our extremities is always a sign that a change of climate would be welcome.

So fast-forward from out of our current heat and humidity to next January — specifically January 19-23, 2011 — and consider joining us for the West Central District Dental Winter Getaway.

Participants will stay at the Half Moon in Rose Hall, Jamaica. The all-inclusive package means hotel, food and drink, and continuing education in the luxe Royal Villa Rooms. Morning continuing ed courses on Thursday and Friday total six CE hours. The opportunities for recreation and entertainment outside of those presentations include unlimited golf green fees, horseback riding, glass bottom boat tours, sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, paddleboats, kayaks, bicycling, tennis, basketball, and volleyball.

A limited block of rooms will be available to all MDA member dentists and their spouses or companions. Registration is due by October 20, 2010. Couples four-night package is $3,300.00; single four-night package is $2,350.00. Please mail your name and payment in full to the West Central District Dental Society, attention Dr. Jeanni Foss, 15167 Edgewood Drive, Suite 240, Baxter, MN 56401. A credit card will be required upon check-in. Registration is non-refundable after November 20, 2010. A package with more details will be mailed to registrants closer to the trip.