District News - Sept-Oct 2010

District News - Sept-Oct 2010

Associate Editors:

Minneapolis District

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

Project Homeless Connect December 13
As health care professionals we all know from our routine exchanges with the general public that not all can access dental care. The cashier at the local hardware store with obvious periodontal disease, the newspaper delivery man with missing teeth, the young mother at the park with carious front teeth - who hasn’t seen them? Have you ever asked yourself , “What is the minimum level of basic care that all Minnesotans should be able to access?” Perhaps the answer is at least relief from the pain and suffering of infection. That is exactly what we try to do for the poorest among us at Project Homeless Connect, where an unfortunately large number of folks line up to have teeth extracted.

On Monday, December 13, the Tenth Bi-Annual Project Homeless Connect will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center. For the first time ever, the schedule of volunteer dental professionals for that day has been completely filled by previous volunteers. But help is still needed. We have local dentists who open their private practices the day after the event to provide more basic care for these patients, and this is where we desperately need more volunteers. It would be a great service if you practice within the city and are able to provide some pro bono care. A filling or two might mean that person won’t be waiting for an extraction next year! Please consider helping by opening your dental practice to those in need following the Monday, December 13 Project Homeless Connect event.

Please contact Adele Della Torre for more information at adeledds@gmail.com.

Trapshoot Event Hits the Mark
The District’s annual trapshoot event was held August 18 at the Metro Gun Club in Blaine. This event continues to be one of the largest annual events, with 87 members and guests. The trapshoot committee is one of the longest standing committees within the District, some members believing it was formed when the District was formed in 1926!

The shooters always begin their day competing in Duck Tower, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Trap, and Wobble Trap, followed by a wonderful barbeque luncheon.

Many members choose to make this an annual event with family and friends. For the ninth year, Byron Korus from Chuck Wagon/Special Events Catering did an outstanding job preparing the wild game for the dinner which was donated by many members.

Donated door prizes were handed out by program emcee Kurt King. This year’s winner of the shotgun raffle was Mike Seppelt, a friend of MDDS member Thomas Pink, who practices in Maple Grove. Congratulations to all the lucky winners! Our thanks to Chair Michael Gallagher, scorekeeper Herb Schulte, and the entire Trapshoot Committee for another successful event!

And a huge “thank you” goes out to the sponsors of the trapshoot: Henry Schein Dental, Holt Dental Supply, Inc., Klein Dental Ceramics, Maguire & Strickland Refining, Inc., Medalist Awards, Minneapolis District Dental Society, and W.E. Mowrey, Co.

Greater Twin Cities Tennis Tournament
The tennis courts were a buzz with players for the Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer at Bearpath Golf and Country Club. It was so nice a day that dinner was moved to the outside patio so the participants could enjoy one last summer evening! Wednesday, September 7, 2011 will be your next chance to join us for this special event.

Winners on the day were: Men’s Champion, Bryan Johnson (who drove 1-½ hours to join in from the Southern District!); runner-up Jesse Veil; third place was Dave Noren. The Women’s Champion was Wendy Gulden, and runner-up was Sarah Gallagher.
Thanks go to event chair Julie Chavez.

MDA House of Delegates
The MDDS was very active at the House of Delegates September 24 and 25 at the Minneapolis Airport Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota.

We would like to recognize MDDS members for exceptional contributions to organized dentistry through their recent service to the Association. R. Bruce Templeton completed his term as MDA president at the meeting, as did Todd Tsuchiya as MDA treasurer. We are happy to announce that Michelle Bergsrud was installed as the next MDA treasurer at the HOD. The following MDDS members served as delegates and alternate delegates: Mark Omlie, Lee Ann Herbert, Cale Strait, Gary Bolmgren, Alejandro Aguirre, Bashar Bakdash, Bruce Betterman, Susan Block, Kimberly Bohlig, Julie Chavez, Andrew Doroshak, Teresa Fong, Donna Hecker, William Hoffmann, Kirby Johnson, Thomas Karn, Leilani LaBelle, Venetia Laganis, Jonathan Moren, Joey Omlie, Ian Park, Michael Perpich, Richard T. Pihlstrom, Karen Reese, Sally Schuette, Jamie Sledd, Tasha Strait,
and David Streif. Alternate delegates were Jennifer Beaudin, David Klein, Douglas McNaught, Hugh Murdoch, Kimberlee Murphy, Jeffrey Ryan, and Melissa Zettler.

Welcome, New Members
Emilio O. Galarrage, D.O.
Alejandro Kovacs, D.D.S.
Peter R. Lynch, D.D.S.
Amber L. Pearson, D.D.S.
Mark M. Stapleton, D.D.S.

Upcoming Programs and Events
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Subject: Treating Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA):
Changing Patients Lives or Creating Side Effects
Speaker: Jonathan A. Parker, D.D.S.
One hour of core continuing education available
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

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

Subject: Emerging Infections: More Than a Yuck Factor!
Speaker: Dr. John A. Molinari
Five core hours of continuing education credits available
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
Volunteers needed

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Subject: Pain Associated with Root Canal Treatment:
New Reasons Why We Need to Inquire More About That Symptom
Speaker: Donald A. Nixdorf, D.D.S., M.S.
One hour of core continuing education available
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

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

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota


Saint Paul District

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

Continuing Education Seminar to Present Forensics of Katy Poirer Case
The SPDDS will host a continuing education seminar Wednesday, December 8, 2010 titled “Abduction and Murder of Katie Poirer”. The speaker will be Thomas Rumreich, D.D.S. District members, staff, and non-members as well are welcome to attend.

Dr. Rumreich will present a detailed account of the abduction and murder of Katie Poirier by Donald Blom. He will explain how a forensic team was able to identify the calcined remains of Katie in Donald Blom’s fire-pit. Surveillance video of the actual abduction will be presented, along with crime scene photographs and the evidence that led to Blom’s conviction.

Dr. Rumreich practiced general dentistry in Forest Lake for 30 years. He is a 1973 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and also holds a Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Tulsa. Dr. Rumreich is the forensic odontologist for the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, and in that capacity does their forensic identifications. He also works with law enforcement on cases involving dental evidence. He has appeared on television shows Discovery, Discovery Identification and Forensic Files.

To register, please call the SPDDS office at (651) 697-0831 and mail your check payable to: Saint Paul District Dental Society, 1700 W. Highway 36, Suite 840, Saint Paul, MN 55113.

Outstanding Service Award Goes to Laura Eng
The SPDDS Nominating Committee has selected Laura Eng as the 2010 SPDDS Outstanding Service Award winner. She will be honored at the luncheon/program at the January 21, 2011 Midwinter Meeting.

Laura Eng grew up in Peoria, Illinois, went to the University of Iowa for dental hygiene, and then the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where she met her husband, Bob, now an orthodontist in Saint Paul. Just days before graduation, she was very fortunate to meet Dr. Patrick Mascia, with whom she practiced for 25 years until his retirement.

Laura started her involvement with the Saint Paul District as Chair of Children’s Dental Health Day at the Zoo many years ago. Since then she has been enthusiastic about what organized dentistry can do to enhance our practices and balance our lives. She has worked to make membership valuable to all dentists at the SPDDS, MDA, and ADA levels. Laura has been the Chair of the SPDDS and MDA Membership Committees and has served on the ADA Council on Membership, along with other membership-related activities. She was on the SPDDS Executive Council and served as president in 2005. During that time, she developed the SPDDS 5:05 Clubs, where members can meet informally with other dentists who work near them.

SPDDS Welcomes Our New Members to Organized Dentistry
David A. Bates, D.D.S.
Jeffrey M. Eggert, D.D.S.
Brian M. Gray, D.D.S.
Matthew J. Hutchinson, D.D.S.
Mercedes L. Porter, D.D.S.
Nathan E. Robison, D.D.S.
Charlotte J. Ziegler, D.D.S.

And I’ll See You There ...
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Subject: The Abduction and Murder of Katie Poirer
Speaker: Thomas Rumreich, D.D.S.
Ramada Plaza Hotel
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
1330 Industrial Blvd., Minneapolis 55413 (35W & Industrial Blvd. - across street from MDA)
$45.00 per person includes dinner

Friday, January 21, 2011
Midwinter Meeting

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

“Unplugged” and Outdoors!
For years now our society has become increasingly “plugged-in”. We can’t seem to do anything without first checking e-mail on our iphone, texting, “tweeting”, updating our Facebook profile, checking out our Linked-in account status, etc. Many dental offices even have mobile access to their patient files from their smart phones, and patients are e-mailing or texting the office staff or the dentist on a daily basis. At times, way too much technology!

Now I’m one of the more “geeky” dentists around, with most of the above technology at my fingertips frequently! However, with this technology has come the tendency to be way too “busy” to have time for ourselves or do healthy, relaxing things with our families outdoors. And no, driving all over creation for kids’ sports is not relaxing ... even though many of them are outdoors.
With this in mind, I would like to shed some light on some family “silent sports” experiences available in our region over the coming months and issues. I hope many of you will find them enjoyable.

The term “silent sports” refers to any human-powered, non-motorized aerobic activity such as bicycling, running, paddlesports, multisports (triathlons, duathlons, biathlons, and adventure races), cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, inline skating, etc. There is even a Midwest magazine, Silent Sports, which was founded to report on the high level of participation of citizen and elite athletes in many Midwest events like the American Birkebeiner (North America’s largest cross-country ski race); the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival (the nation’s largest off-road race/festival); the Grandview Firehouse 50 (one of the largest citizen bike races in the U.S.); the WORS Series, a mountain bike race series that draws more than 7,000 riders each year; prestigious marathons in Chicago, the Twin Cities, and Duluth; and the North Shore Inline Marathon, the largest of its kind in the country. Events like these, and the thousands of smaller events, were the catalyst for Silent Sports.

Many “silent sports” are “lifetime”, non-impact activities that individuals and family members of most ages can participate in throughout their lives. One of these is cycling and in particular, off-road cycling or “mountain biking”. Although most cyclists using these bikes would never climb a mountain with one, they got their name from doing just that.

Mountain biking was born in the mountains north of San Francisco in the early to mid 70’s. A few crazy road cyclists modified some old messenger bikes from the 40’s with motorcycle style tires and rode them down fire roads for fun. Since this time mountain bikes have become very high tech and can sport features like dual suspension and lightweight carbon frames. There is literally a model for every style of riding.

In our region, the CAMBA (Chequamegon Mountain Bike Association, a non-profit group dedicated to the adventure of mountain biking in Northwest Wisconsin) trails are an excellent place to ride those bikes and are considered the premier system of off-road cycling trails in the Midwest, located in and around the Chequamegon National Forest region of Northwest Wisconsin.

The off-road bike trail system consists of more than 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a near-wilderness area of striking beauty and peaceful solitude. Area cyclists have created the CAMBA trail system to make this vast, unique area available to everyone.

CAMBA’s user-friendly system is designed to encourage off-road bicyclists to enjoy and explore the Chequamegon Area. Trail markings include frequent reassurance markers, intersection (“You Are Here”) maps, and other helpful features.

The CAMBA system is also quickly becoming the “Singletrack” Mecca of the Midwest. These are typically the most intimate of trails and can be of varying difficulty. Many mountain bikers consider single-track riding — riding on trails that are wide enough for just one biker at a time — to be the sport’s highlight.

In addition, CAMBA has undertaken several novel educational programs, including CAMBA Kids, an introduction to off-road bicycling for young cyclists, and Finding the Rhythm of the Trail, an adult oriented program to teach the basics.

Almost anyone can hack a trail through the woods. However, to do it in a manner in which no long-term environmental damage occurs is more difficult than it appears. All new trails constructed by CAMBA are done in accordance with International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) standards.

Each CAMBA cluster is comprised of 40-100 miles of trail. The routes follow a variety of paths, including logging roads, fire lanes, snowmobile and ski trails, double track and extensive singletrack trails. There are no paved bike paths in the system. You are truly away from the city!

As you explore the system, you will ride through rolling terrain dotted with lakes, rivers, streams, ridges, and meadows carved by glaciers during the last ice age. The entire system is heavily wooded, and it’s not unusual to sight deer, bear, porcupine, bald eagles, and a wide assortment of other forest animals every time you are out. Wildflowers bloom from late May through the summer. From June through September, berry picking — wild strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries — can add a tasty diversion to your tour. My wife and kids absolutely love that part! The fall colors begin in late August and reach their awesome peak near the end of September and early October. Most trails in the system are rideable from May through November.
Several area bike shops close to CAMBA trails offer bike sales and rentals, clothing, accessories, and repairs as well as trail riding recommendations.

The CAMBA website can be found at www.cambatrails.org. For lodging assistance and other area information, contact the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce (800) 533-7454 or Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau (800) 724-2992.


Northeastern District

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

A Fish Bigger Than Who?
Hello again! It’s September, which means another season of continuing education meetings and other events will be taking place in the Northeastern District. I hope everyone had a good summer and made the most of all the hot and sunny weekends we had this year.

The September NEDDS meeting took place at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth, and featured Dr. Glenn DuPont giving a presentation titled “Solving Anterior Wear Problems”. Dr. Dupont is the Director of Education with the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study, located in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is in private practice in Florida and has lectured nationally and internationally for many years. We were very lucky to have a speaker of his caliber in Duluth with us for this presentation.

Dr. DuPont discussed several cases of varying complexity, but stressed that the treatment for any of these patients starts with breaking down the case into some fundamental basics. He focused on the importance of beginning with a stable and repeatable centric relation, which directly impacts the success of any dental treatment provided to the patient thereafter. Worn anterior teeth are a tremendous challenge for many of us to restore with long-term success, and the information presented should get us on the path to have greater predictability with these patients. He presented five requirements of occlusal stability, which included: stable stops on all teeth of equal intensity when the condyles are in centric relation; anterior guidance in harmony with the border movements of the envelope of function; disclusion of all posterior teeth in protrusive movements; disclusion of all posterior teeth on the non-working side; and disclusion or non-interference of all posterior teeth on the working wide, with either the lateral anterior guidance, or the border movements of the condyle. I won’t go into a tremendous amount of detail here, but for those who were in attendance, I think it was very worthwhile and we all learned some important information. Dr. DuPont teaches a number of lecture and hands-on courses at the Dawson Center, and if you are interested in learning more that would probably be a good place to start.

During the business portion of the meeting, we had an opportunity to meet several dentists who are new to our area. It’s funny because I don’t consider my six years of practice to be very many, but with all the new faces around I feel kind of like an old timer. Next thing you know I’ll need glasses and my hair will be receding. Oh wait, that’s already happened! Anyway, please welcome the following new members to the Northeastern District: Seth Amadio has joined Stephen Johnson’s practice in downtown Duluth; Dan Loban has purchased the practice of Ray Aus and is in solo practice on Central Entrance in Duluth; Jamie Evavold has joined the Fond du Lac Dental Clinic in Cloquet; and Jake Smestad and Jim Gunelson have joined the practice of Jake’s father-in-law and Jim’s father David Gunelson in Hibbing. Please take the time to make our new members feel welcome in the Northeastern District, as those before you did when you moved to the area. It’s really exciting that so many new faces are practicing in our area, and it should assure us that our neighbors’ dental needs will be well taken care of for many years.

The day after the Northeastern District meeting, we took Dr. DuPont on a Lake Superior fishing excursion near Duluth. Glenn is an avid fisherman and has caught many fish in the Florida area that are much larger than I am. However, he had a great time out on the big lake and was able to land a nice lake trout during the day. Others who participated in the fishing included Doug Erickson, Gene Altiere, John Wainio, Jeff Somrock, Duane McDonald, and Gary Hedin. Everyone was able to bring home a fish and some great memories too! It was difficult to keep the tackle in the water very long, however, because Dr. Erickson kept insisting on polishing the spoons with rouge and Tripoli every half hour to keep the biofilm away...

By the time this issue of Northwest Dentistry is in your hands, the House of Delegates will have taken place. Your delegates for this year’s House included: Adam Huneke, Kim Lindquist, Peter Mayer, Mike Hagley, Chris Carlson, and Gary Hedin. (Please see the Summary of Actions of the House in this issue.) If you are interested in getting involved in organized dentistry, participating in the House is an excellent way to understand the issues facing our profession, and I would encourage anyone to consider doing this next year.

I want to thank Gene Altiere for some of the photos taken for this article, and also thanks to all of you who attended the September NEDDS meeting. Attending these meetings is an awesome way to connect with your colleagues, helping us to view each other as friends, not competitors. If you haven’t been to a meeting for awhile, consider signing up for one this year.


Northwestern District

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

Doctor, doctor, give me the news
I’ve got a bad case of lovin’ you
No pill’s gonna cure my ills
I’ve got a bad case of lovin’ you

Get your music and your history groove on and dance into the past with “Doctor, Doctor Give Me the News” lyrics accompanying your visit through the Beltrami County Historical Society in Bemidji. Here you can visit the sights and sounds of early health care in northern Minnesota as you explore a variety of healing techniques. Ranging from traditional Ojibwe healing through jack pine home remedy concoctions, the highly regarded Lake Julia Sanatorium’s illness-cleansing North Woods fresh air treatment, and apothecary bottles galore, this recently opened exhibit tells much about the healing arts of days gone by. And included, of course, is a section displaying early dentistry in Beltrami County.

Where to begin...
Did you know the earliest know organization of barbers — yah, the guys who cut your hair — was formed in 1096 in France when William, Archbishop of Rouen, prohibited the wearing of a beard? (Man, I’d be in trouble! My wife won’t let me shave; she doesn’t like my chin. And my adult children have never seen me without facial hair. Besides, I’m dangerous with sharp objects early in the day before the first cuppa!) Anyway, barber-surgeons, or chirurgeons, began to thrive all over Europe. They were the doctors of the times, and royalty as well as the common people came to them to have their ailments treated as well as for shaving and haircutting. The physicians proper were in continual conflict with the barber-surgeons. Barbers embraced dentistry as well as surgery, retaining the privilege of practicing dentistry and surgery for several centuries.

Up to the year 1416, barbers were not interfered with in either practice, but it soon became evident they were attempting too much. It was impossible to expect ordinary human beings to competently practice surgery, dentistry, and the various and sundry tonsorial operations. People began to complain that the barber-surgeons were making them sick instead of well. Many barber-surgeons resorted to quackery in order to cover up their ignorance of medicine and anatomy. These abuses came to the attention of the mayor and council of London. In 1416 an ordinance was passed forbidding barbers from taking under their care any sick person in danger of death or maiming, unless within three days after being called in, they presented the patient to one of the masters of the Barber-Surgeon’s Guild. Until 1461 the barbers had been the only persons practicing surgery. Still in its primitive stage, new surgical discoveries were being made regularly, and the barbers found it impossible to keep up and maintain their skill in dentistry and barbering. (Too many “close shaves”?)

As surgeons began to forge to the front, they became increasingly jealous of the privileges accorded the barbers. But for a long time they could do nothing to prevent the barbers from acting as surgeons. In 1450, the Guild of Surgeons was incorporated with the Barbers Company by Act of Parliament. (Associate Editor’s note: Hang in there. We’re gittin’ close!) Barbers were restricted to bloodletting, toothdrawing, cauterization, and the tonsorial operation. However, the board of governors regulating the operations of the surgeons and barber-surgeons consisted of two surgeons and two barbers. Every time a surgeon was given a diploma entitling him to practice his profession, the diploma had to be signed by two barbers as well as two surgeons.

Factoid: The modern barber pole originated in the days when bloodletting was one of the principal duties of the barber. The two spiral ribbons painted around the pole represent the two long bandages, one twisted around the arm before bleeding and the other used to bind afterward. Originally, when not in use, the pole with a bandage wound around it, so that both might be together when needed, was hung at the door as a sign. But later, for convenience, instead of hanging out the original pole, another one was painted in imitation of it and given a permanent place on the outside of the shop. This was the beginning of the modern barber pole.

And here we are: The home of the Beltrami County Historical Society is located in the historic southern corridor of downtown Bemidji, between Lake Irving and Lake Bemidji, the Mississippi River flowing through and connecting the two lakes. The Great Northern Railroad Depot housing the museum, built originally in 1912 by “empire builder” James J. Hill, was restored a little more than a decade ago through the determination and generosity of area members and donors, and is on the National Register of Historic Sites.

The path of early health care in Beltrami County can be followed in “Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News”, with the dental exhibit reported to be one of the favorites. Centerpieces of the display are the “Alternating Dental Machine”, dental delivery unit (ca. 1930s) made by Ritter of Rochester, New York, with its belt-driven handpiece looming large over the patient’s chair and oodles of hoses connected to gizmos, thing-a-ma-jigs, and doo-dads which allowed the cutting edge practitioner of the day to perform amazing feats of dental prestidigitation! And close at hand is the other large centerpiece of the display — what every well-equipped dental office of its day contained — a tall, upright dental cabinet capable of holding all the many and varied hand instruments, medicaments, and supplies Herr Doktor might desire...possibly even some early 20th century precursor to the “treasure chest”, intended to encourage good behavior in the chair by little people!

Laboratory equipment for waxing, casting, surveying, and polishing are among the many items for museum-goers to look over. A gold foil annealing oven (brand new and unused out of the box for this exhibit, in spite of its age!) will make even the recent dental school graduate ponder “just what could that be”. Visitors can see cards of denture teeth, endodontic hand instruments, amalgam alloy dispensers; some of you will remember one glass vial dispensing aspirin-shaped alloy “tablets” along with a second vial filled with liquid mercury simultaneously dispensing “just the right amount” into the reusable amalgam mixing capsule when the dentist pushed the dispenser button. Push the lever once for one spill, twice for two spills. Nothing to it...compared to the older style mortar and pestle on display.

Of course dentists all know that every single individual who ever practiced dentistry must have invented and named a hand instrument after himself! Mind-bogglingly, many of those instruments are present for viewers to ponder as well. Plus torches, ovens, plaster bowls, and spatulas. Articulators of sufficient variety to make you sweat, and burs galore. Man, they had a lot of stuff back in the day. And we still do!

Complimenting and contrasting with the collages of turn-of the-19th century ads for legitimate and snake oil-like sounding elixirs and products or treatments is a continuous loop DVD of today’s latest technology. Now that truly might have made the heads of our ancestor/predecessor colleagues explode. Put the whole exhibit together and one gets a wonderful glimpse into our chosen vocation plus a few bonus tidbits of knowledge to boot. Do as one local office did recently. After contributing quite a few ideas and hours assisting in pulling the dental portion of the History Center exhibit together, along with the generous contributions of several individual area dentists, labs, and vendors, the entire staff enjoyed a pizza lunch during a brief staff meeting in the classroom at the Center before touring the health care displays. Then it was back to the office, brush and floss, and the afternoon of patients — treated with today’s techniques and tools...tomorrow’s historical society display!?!

Check out the website at http://www.beltramihistory.org/

The dental portion of “Doctor, Doctor” was made possible through loans, donations, monetary gifts, and elbow grease from and by local dental offices, several dental laboratories, dental supply houses, and others. Material about barber-surgeons was taken from information provided at the History Center exhibit, compiled by Beltrami County Historical Society Director Wanda Hoyum and exhibit designer Nicole Foss and used with permission. Thanks to Wanda Hoyum, Nicole Foss, major contributors North Country Dental, Headwaters Dental Society, Dr. Doug Williams, Dr. Richard Johnson, Bemidji Dental Lab, Donna Zug, and Debbie Kemmer.



Southeastern District

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

It’s Changing of the Guard Time in the Wild Southeast(?)
It is autumn in the lovely Southeastern District, and our annual leadership rotation has again done its thing! Eric Overby, Austin, is out of the president’s mansion, and the new sheriff in town is President Tim Holland, Owatonna. Also strapping on the guns is Matt Vaillant, Red Wing, as incoming president-elect AND new District Trustee, succeeding the Matt-Dillon-like and fine-as-cream-gravy (western slang for top notch) Chris Carroll from Winona in the latter office. And of course our big feller, Mike Flynn (Winona, Lewiston), is now the MDA First Vice-President.

Holler a big “Thank you, pardner” to Dr. Overby for running a top notch Annual Meeting and providing great stewardship of the District this past year!

Chris Carroll — what more can we say? How about how much we appreciate your effort in representin’ our territory up at the state level. Word has it you were “someone to ride the river with”, which is western slang for very reliable!
Thank you both for your great work for our district.

Well Met
On August 20, 2010, the Southeastern District Dental Society held its 97th Annual Meeting at the Hormel Historic Home in Austin, Minnesota, with 75 people in attendance.

Dr. Ricky Clay (Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic) presented on “Cleft-Lip Timing and Technique” and “Cleft Palate and VPI”. Dr. Dan Price (ENT, Mayo Clinic) lectured on “Oral Cavity Carcinoma: Treatment and Outcomes” and “Reconstruction of Oral Cavity Defects”.

These were two great speakers with some very interesting information, making this year’s presentation a nice change-up from a purely dental clinical lecture. The presentations were great, and some of the slides were provocative! The SEDDS thanks these two gentlemen for sharing with us!

For those of you who did not attend, WE WISH YOU HAD COME! Dr. Overby really rolled out the red carpet, and the venue at the Hormel Historic Home was great for the CE. The social and lunch at the Austin Country Club was superb (open bar, filet mignon, mahi mahi, chocolate desserts — the taste buds were working overtime!)

Golf on the day was just great as well: nice course, good weather, and the essential element, great fellowship. Our new pres Tim Holland looked like he had laser-guided munitions for golf balls. That guy can dial it to the pin — wow!

If you did not make it to the meeting this year, here is a request: Could you please include feedback on what you would like at the meetings, and why you did not attend. Location? Program not interesting? What would it take to bring you out to join us? Please forward by letter or email: 204 4th Street SW, Austin, MN 55912, or tschmitt@smig.net.

Your colleagues in the Southeastern District want you there for Owatonna’s Annual Meeting next year! President Holland is going to be going through “a heap of trouble” to make it great, so get a wiggle on (that’s western for hurry up) with those comments! ‘Til next time...


Southern District

Grant R. Sorensen
Associate Editor
1029 Third Avenue
Worthington, MN 56187-2398

Southern Comforts ...
With summer winding down, we know fall is fast approaching as the SDDS recently held its Annual Fall Meeting in New Ulm. The District decided to try something new this year and condensed the annual two-day event into a single day. Our CE portion of the meeting began on Friday morning and was presented by Drs. Stephen Shuman and Jill Merrill.

Dr. Shuman spoke on two different topics, both involving the older adults in our practices. The first part of his lecture dealt with “Dementia and Dental Care”, and was followed by “Ethical and Legal Issues in Geriatrics”. Both topics were very pertinent to daily practice, and remind one how treating this segment of our population can be both very challenging and very rewarding.
Dr. Merrill followed this presentation speaking on “Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office” as well as “Oral Surgery Tips for the General Practitioner”. This was another a very enlightening presentation, as one can never hear enough about medical emergencies or be too well prepared. Our apologies to Dr. Merrill, as we made her condense her presentation into about an hour and a half due to our new meeting format. Hopefully she has had a chance to catch her breath!

Our day continued with the business meeting. We heard both from District President Ken Windschidtl and our MDA Trustee Ed McNiece. Both of them emphasized the need to be involved in organized dentistry in support of our profession and each other. With all the issues facing dentistry today, we need to be united and let our voices be heard. Please mark your calendars for March 2, which is Dental Day at the Capitol.

After lunch, those who felt inclined to brave the elements headed out to the New Ulm Country Club for a round of golf. The rain held off for most of the day, so it was an enjoyable afternoon on the course. It isn’t every day when you can have both deer and turkeys visit you during your round! Not everyone completed the course due to some late rain, but I can attest that Dick Helmstetter had a very good day of golf and walked away with a bundle of proshop credit. Could it have been just a coincidence that Dick was also the organizer of the event, and he was golfing on his home course?!

The day concluded with some socializing and a banquet for those who were able to make it through the whole day. Ken passed the President’s gavel to Tom Smyth, who will lead us into the next year as president. Tom is a very capable fellow, as witnessed by his being awarded the ADA’s 2010 Golden Apple New Dentist Leadership Award this past June. It will be interesting to see if any of Ken’s traits have been passed to Tom after serving together these past four years. We have certainly enjoyed Ken, and thank him for all his hard work and dedication to the profession.

Please keep January 14 open in your schedule as this will be the date of our Mid-winter Meeting. Shelly Ryan, a consultant with Advanced Practice Management, will talk about the “Team Approach to Dentistry”. Shelly has personally worked with dentists in our area, and her background includes being a chairside assistant, financial coordinator, and office manager. Her talk will focus on ways to make your practice run more efficiently, comfortably, and productively.

We all look forward to seeing you in January!



Student District

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

How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Here we are again with fall upon us! This means two things: Summer has come to an end, and the football season has arrived! Even as we witnessed our the South Dakota Coyotes bury our beloved football Gophers at “The Bank”, we had the opportunity to reminisce about summer come and gone.

But what I could write to inform the MDA members about what the students are up to these days? I couldn’t think of anything but the excitement of weeks away from school and free time to do whatever we desired. (Well, maybe not anything we desired.) I asked our members what they did over break, and a few took the brave step to share their endeavors.

Many students (including myself) couldn’t get enough experiences around school and volunteered their time to man the “Immediate Care Clinic” that sees emergencies throughout the day. Individuals also volunteered their time to help the Oral Surgery Department with their everyday endeavors. Many of our upper classmen and women donated their time to the Outreach clinics around the state in order to keep them up and running as well. Research at the University never ceases to move forward, and it wouldn’t be possible without the help of many of the students on their summer breaks.

Others took a more relaxed approach to their time away from Moos Tower and explored the world. After first year the students get a healthy ten-week break from the rigors of dental school. For instance:
Katie Divine (D2) explored the wilderness close to both her dental home and her home on the West Coast. She spent some time canoeing and camping in our Boundary Waters Canoe Area, then traveled home to the Pacific Northwest where she was “able to cruise up to Juneau and Skagway, Alaska, where I kayaked with seals, bald eagles, and in the shallow waters of the salmon run. Then we cruised back down to beautiful Victoria, B.C. and Seattle, Washington.” And what would summer in the cities be without visiting a Twins game and stopping by the Great Minnesota Get-Together, where Katie says she “topped (the summer) all off!”

Another West Coast traveler, Eva Lau (D2), says she “visited the vibrant city of San Francisco and went surfing along the coast of Pacifica (California), in 50 degree water ... brrrrr.” Sounds a little chilly for me, but then again we’re Minnesotans, we should be able to handle such things.

Mike Terveen (D3) traveled to Diaconia Medical Center in Braila, Romania, where he “was fortunate enough to find time to volunteer...with an eight-member American team consisting of two dentists, two dental students, a dental assistant, and a few others. We spent four full days providing dental care to those in need, and in particular I was tasked with removing decades of calculus buildup. This was my third year as a team member, and this trip we had the unique opportunity to have Romanian dental students acting as our translators/assistants. This provided for an interesting perspective on our contrasting educational systems. The work was hard, but the team still took time in the evenings to enjoy Romanian cuisine and walk along the Danube River with the locals. I’m already anticipating another trip next summer, hopefully with a few more useful phrases in Romanian!”

Others brought their dental knowledge to a place a few miles closer. Zach Lechner (D4) joined eight others “to volunteer with the Indian Health Service. Four various IHS dental facilities on reservations around greater Minnesota accepted two students to work alongside the staff dentists for three weeks. Tiara Applequist (D4) and Katie Vorwald (D4) worked in White Earth near Ogema; Adam Holder (D4) and Shivan Nelson (D4)worked at Fond du Lac near Cloquet; Katie Bendickson (D4) and Baret Williams (D4) worked in Red Lake north of Bemidji; and Michael Page (D4) and Zach Lechner (D4) worked in Cass Lake for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Overall the students who volunteered had very positive experiences and were able to help serve an underserved population.”

Another experience of which the Minnesota ASDA is very proud is our president-elect Aaron Bumann’s experience at the ADA’s public policy office in Washington D.C as an extern. As he recalls it: “Working with the people assembled in Washington was truly a wonderful experience. I spent time on Capitol Hill with our lobbyists going to committee hearings, meeting congressmen and their staffers. I was able to go to fundraisers and personally talk to legislators about dental issues as well as life as a dental student.

“I spent a considerable amount of time researching dental issues while working with the public policy staff. We examined issues spanning from the long standing debate on amalgam, to how the new financial regulation bill might affect small business-owning dentists.

“I was also exposed to new and exciting scientific research opportunities for dental students at the National Institutes of Health and the ADA’s research laboratory in Maryland. Although I am not personally interested in a career in dental research, it was exciting to witness the current research breakthroughs that were happening in these labs.

“Even if only in a small way, I know that I was able to contribute to further the efforts of dentistry and students at the national level. As my time drew to a close I came to realize one thing: Dental policy can’t be produced by just a few of us! I hope that you will join me and the others involved to make a difference for our profession. I am excited to continue my involvement with ASDA and the ADA, to ensure our ability to be a profession that will be vibrant and vital for many years to come.”

I couldn’t have said it better...


West Central District

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

Summer Goes By in a Flash
This summer was one to remember in our district, with severe weather nearly every week. The town of Wadena experienced an F4 tornado and is slowly recovering. John Foss, our district treasurer, happened to be on his drive home from his Detroit Lakes office to Brainerd when the storm hit Wadena. He drove through minutes after and snapped photos which were used by KARE 11 news that evening to show the damage from the storm. He stated that without his GPS and the radar in his truck, things might have turned out much worse for him that evening. The communities in our district have come together to help Wadena in the rebuilding process.

Golfing Come Rain or Shine
Our annual West Central Golf Outing was held again in Alexandria. The weather was a little tricky that morning, with rain and storms rolling through the area delaying the start for nearly an hour. I was reminded of the Winnie the Pooh song “I’m just a little black rain cloud”. That delay, however, afforded the dentists a chance to visit with coffee in hand.

The speaker that afternoon was pediatric dentist Daniel Shaw, who spoke to our group on the Infant Oral Examination. The group enjoyed the food and question/answer session in the clubhouse. Rich Moen once again did a wonderful job organizing this event. We would especially like to give a shout-out to all the sponsors who continue to not only help fund the event but also participate in the proceedings. A big thank you to Dyste Williams Insurance, Mike Prazich Practice Transitions, Care Credit, Stephanie from 3M, and Arnie from Patterson Dental. Thank you to Tom Day from the MDA for his participation as well.

Fall Social Event - Celebrity Speaker!
The 2nd Annual Wine and Cheese Social will be held Friday, October 22, 2010. Registration is at 5:00 p.m., with the appetizer social hour and wine tasting from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The keynote address will be from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Wine Cellar at the Historic Grandview Lodge in the Brainerd area will provide a great atmosphere to meet and greet dentists and their significant others.
The event was a big hit last year, and we hope to make it a yearly social event. This year we have a great line-up of appetizers, wine tasting, music — and meteorology! KARE 11’s meteorologist and veteran storm chaser Jonathan Yuhas will speak on the topic of severe weather and will be there to answer questions about storm chasing, tornado alerts, and any other performance by weather in our theater of seasons. So do your research and come prepared with weather questions for Jonathan! Overnight room rate is $109 per couple, including breakfast. Get your registrations in early since there are a limited block of rooms available at Grandview. Please mention West Central District Dental Society when making reservations. This event is open to other MDA members, so feel free to invite a fellow MDA friend.

Annual Meeting in January in Jamaica!
This year we are planning a CE trip to Jamaica, January 19-23, 2011, with oral surgery keynote speakers Drs. Scott and Angie Rake. We have a group rate for couples or singles to stay at the newer Half Moon resort in Rose Hall, Montego Bay. Brochures and registration forms have been both emailed and just plain mailed (you know, the other kind). The resort is all-inclusive, and the group rate will be honored three days prior to or following the meeting dates to allow attendees to extend their vacations. You can check it all out at www.Halfmoon.com. Airfare is not included due to people’s preferences about airlines and schedules. The payment in full must be mailed to the West Central District by October 20, 2010, and if minimum room requirement is not met, the trip will be cancelled. (Please see the brochures for details.) We will be electing new officers at this time. Any members not able to attend who would like to be considered for any of these positions may contact me, Jeanni Foss, prior to December 30, 2010.

And As Always ...
Please send announcements, pictures, or updates to the address listed for me. Thanks for your undivided attention as usual. Peace out!