District News November-December 2010

District News November-December 2010

Associate Editors:

Minneapolis District

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

Midwinter Meeting Coming Up Fast
We will be ringing in the new year before you know it, so it is not too early to get your registration forms in for the Midwinter Meeting. Dr. John A. Molinari will be presenting an outstanding lecture titled “Emerging Infections: More than a Yuck Factor!” The topic will be offered in three sections: infection control, infectious diseases, and a complete update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on pertinent information and hot topics.

“Infection control” will discuss the most current regulations and recommendations for dentistry. 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.

“Emerging infectious diseases” will consider challenges presented by multiple microbial groups and diseases in the context of current epidemiology and scientific evidence.
“Occupational respiratory infectious diseases: aerosols, spatter, and precautions” will round out the program. Airborne infections continue to be among the common reported transmissible diseases. The spread of microbial pathogens by droplets, aerosols, and spatter during provision of patient care have 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.

Dr. John 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, and is also co-author of Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry, third edition, 2009.
Please contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845 if you have questions, or check the MDDS website (www.mplsdds.org) under calendar and events. The continuing education meeting will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka, Minnesota. You will earn five infection control continuing education credits for this lecture.

11th Annual Give Kids a Smile Needs You
The Minneapolis District Dental Society will be sponsoring its 11th Annual Children’s Dental Health Care Day for children in need at the Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic in Minneapolis. This day helps children who would otherwise go without to access dental exams, X-rays, treatments, and dental education. With your help and support it is guaranteed to be a successful day!
Our event will be held Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic, 525 North 7th Street, Minneapolis, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please consider volunteering a few hours to this very worthwhile event. We are in need of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental students. To sign up, please contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845. If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Teresa Fong at (763) 786-4260 or the District Office.

Summertime Events Wrap Up
Monday, August 2 marked the Minneapolis District Golf Day at Golden Valley Golf and Country Club. The golf committee was very pleased that 91 golfers were able to take a day way from their dental practices and join the fun. The course was in absolutely beautiful condition! Competition was great, and the weather was fantastic — almost too hot for August!
Thirty-eight companies were represented by sponsoring holes, the hole-in-one, putting, or longest drive contests, or the on-course beverage carts. Twenty-eight company reps joined the members for a round of golf. Raffle prizes followed a wonderful buffet dinner and dessert table. 

A delicious array of appetizers was prepared by the chef for the members, guests, and sponsors thanks to sponsorship by Drs. Mark Omlie, Fred Haas, Stephen Gulbrandsen, Kyle Tidstrom, Eric Stich, Brett Kurtzman, Jennifer Beaudin, and Andrew Pearson.

Craig Veurink was the only person who sank the 22-foot putt to win that mini-event. Kirby Johnson’s ball did a 360 and popped out of the hole, so he was almost a winner.
Just a reminder that the golf tournament has moved to an every-other-year format. The next tournament will be scheduled for summer 2012. Stay tuned.
This year’s big winners included Mario Tiziani and Jason Jenny winning the members’ men’s low gross, Lani LaBelle winning the women’s low gross, Steve Mahler winning the men’s senior division, and Chuck Hirt winning the Master’s. The sponsor’s low gross was won by Kevin Shea from Shea Practice Transitions. Congratulations to all the winners.

Thank you to the following sponsors:
3M/ESPE Dental Products Division
Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, P.A.
Baker, Tilly, Virchow, Krause, LLP
Bank of America - Practice Solutions, Inc.
Boos Dental Laboratory
CareCredit Patient Payment Plans
Craniofacial Imaging
Dyste Williams Insurance Company
Erickson Technologies, Inc.
Excel Dental Lab, Inc.
Gateway Bank
HealthPartners Dental Group
Hermanson Dental - a dti company
JNBA Financial Advisors
Jackson-Spah Central Dental Studio
Junnila Company, Inc.
Karkela Construction, Inc.
Lafferty, Bullock and Associates, Merrill Lynch
Lemke Dental Lab, Inc.
Maguire & Strickland Refining, Inc.
Meuwissen, Flygare, Kadrlik & Associates, P.A.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants, P.A.
Northern Dental Alliance
Park Dental
Patterson Dental Equipment and Supply Company
Peoples Bank of Commerce
Procter & Gamble - Crest/Oral-B
Renstrom Dental Studio, Inc.
Sabo Dental Lab, Inc.
Shea Practice Transitions
Statements Plus Compliance Solutions, Inc.
Udell Dental Laboratory, Inc

U.S. Bank
Twin Cities Periodontics
Valley Dental Arts, Inc.
W.E. Mowrey Co.
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Welcome, New Members
Congratulations to the following new members of the district. Their membership allows them to develop a strong network of fellow professionals who understand the day-to-day triumphs and tribulations of practicing dentistry. Let’s welcome them to the Minneapolis District!
Anuradha Vallabhaneni, D.M.D.
Kristie L. Scherweit, D.D.S.
Lindell C. Kemmet, D.D.S.

Upcoming Programs and Events
Friday, January 28, 2011
85th Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting

Subject: “Emerging Infections: More Than a Yuck Factor!”
Speaker: Dr. John A. Molinari
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota
Five core hours of continuing education credits available

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

Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota
One hour of core continuing education available

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 Determined
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota



Saint Paul District

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

It Wouldn’t Be the House Without You
Our gratitude to the following SPDDS delegates for their participation in and important contribution to the 2010 Minnesota Dental Association House of Delegates: Sarah Boo, Ben Christopherson, Norman Coates, Michael Downie, Scott Doyle, Jason Johnson, Bill Harrison, Steve Henseler, Christine Hermanson, Rosalie Perpich, David Resch, Dave Rischall, Stacy Shearen, Annika Simon, Loren Taple, Howard Taylor, Joe Trowbridge, and Paul Zollinger.

Welcome, New Member
Amy Truong is a 2009 graduate from the University of Minnesota, and practices at Waynewood & Associates, P.A. Family Dentistry. Welcome to the Saint Paul

The SPDDS Midwinter Meeting 2011
The Saint Paul District Dental Society 57th Midwinter Meeting will be held Friday, January 21, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in Saint Paul. All members are welcome to attend. Featured topics and speakers include:
7:15-8:10 a.m. Breakfast Seminars:

Professional Sports Team Dentistry - Mike Pelke, D.D.S.
Massage Techniques and Exercises - Jen Swenseid, C.M.T.
Aging Wisely: Over the Top Patient Care - Lorraine Dudley
Protect Yourself Against Insurance Fraud - Michael Perpich, D.D.S.
Communication with Style - Dianne Testa, RDA, R.D.H., B.S.D.H.
Lasers - What You Need to Know - Dan Shannon, D.D.S.
Adventures of Trips to Peru and Honduras - Eric Grutzner, D.D.S.
Preparing You and Loved Ones for Times Ahead - Kristin Kopp, CSA

Medical Emergencies - Karl Andreasen, D.D.S.
Pain & Endodontics - Donald Nixdorf, D.D.S.
Are Clenching and Bruxing Stress Induced? - Leesa Morrow, Ph.D., LP

Applications of New 3D Imaging Technology - Ernest Reeh, D.D.S.
Infection Control - David Resch, D.D.S.
Save That Ridge - Deborah Johnson, D.D.S.

The Food Mood Connection - Cassie Weness, LD, RD
Everything You Wanted to Know About Root Canals - Wendy Gulden, D.D.S.
Bisphosphonate-Associated Osteonecrosis of the Jaw - Raj Gopalakrishnan, D.D.S.
To request a Midwinter program and registration form, please go to http://saintpaul.mndental.org or call (651) 697-0831.

And I’ll See You There
57th Annual SPDDS Midwinter Meeting
January 21, 2011

SPDDS Executive Council Meeting
February 1, 2011

Children’s Dental Health Day
February 26, 2011

Saint Paul Children’s Museum

Dental Day at the Capital
March 2, 1011

Smile Island Style 2010
A volunteer dental team visited the remote Bering Sea village of St. Paul Island, Alaska from June 27-July 6 this year, marking the tenth Smile Island volunteer team organized by Dr. Terri Snell of New Brighton. Dr. Snell was joined by Dr. Mike Madden; Maureen Bishop, RDA; Rachel Tharaldson, RDA; Camille VanderVegt, R.D.H.; and Deborah McGlynn-Chui, R.D.H.

St. Paul Island has the largest community of Aleut (Unungan) people, with a population of about 450. Located 240 miles north of the Aleutian Chain and 300 miles west of mainland Alaska, St. Paul is mentioned frequently on the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch”. It is home to Arctic foxes, reindeer, millions of sea birds, and in the summer, to thousands of Northern fur seals. It is closer to Russia than Juneau!

The dental team provided comprehensive care to residents of the village of St. Paul, including fillings, extractions, root canals, prophys, exams, and scaling and root planing. More than 200 patient visits - i.e., more than $76,000 in donated services - illustrated that this is one of the few opportunities the adults of the island have to access preventive/periodontal care from a registered dental hygienist. During their stay, the team organized a youth night for the island’s children to come learn about careers in dentistry. It was attended by kids from three to fifteen.

The dental team had an opportunity to explore the island’s wildlife and scenery and to learn about its history, and they participated in the village’s Independence Day parade, games, and picnic. A ride out into the Bering Sea on a tugboat added to a trip that was a heady mixture of hard work, adventure, and fun.


Northeastern District

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

Minnesota Nice Guy
It’s been a pretty nice fall here in Northeastern Minnesota. The leaves were striking, an abundance of grouse have been parading around the woods, and generally speaking the weather’s been pretty good. We have a different definition of “pretty good weather” here in Minnesota. Most other places would label our “pretty good” as “pretty lousy”, but we are just being Minnesota Nice about it because we don’t want to hurt the weather’s feelings.

The October NEDDS meeting, featuring Dr. Terry Donovan, was a good one for a number of reasons. First, Dr. Donovan is Canadian, so he’s got this great accent that immediately identifies him as “Clearly Canadian”. Second, he spoke with a candor that you don’t often see in speakers - easygoing, an occasional cuss word, and references to beer. So with that lead-in, how could you not like him? Dr. Donovan spoke about a variety of subjects, including the use of various restorative materials in situations where abrasion of the dentition is present. He also spoke about the different types of porcelain restorations available to us and the situations where they are indicated to be used. It was an interesting talk and provided a lot of great information for those in attendance.

The other event that took place this fall was the annual MDA House of Delegates, held in Bloomington this year. I won’t go into detail about the happenings at the House this year, except to say that our Northeastern District was well represented, and one of the resolutions passed this year originated from here. You will be able to read more about this resolution and the initiative which is being developed from it in this issue of Northwest Dentistry (pages 29-31).

That’s all I have for you this time around. Take care!


Northwestern District

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

From the Editor:
This story comes from one of my dental hygienists, Jaime (yes, Jaime ...unique spelling) Kirchofner. She works for us (North Country Dental, Bemidji) and hails from Rugby, North Dakota. My interview with Jaime revealed a family with no discernable generation gap, and an authentic grande dame in the lead, wherever that may take them.

Do You Follow in the Flight Path of Your Grandmother?
It was Grandma Edie Beste’s idea to go skydiving. For almost her entire life she had wanted to. At the age of 80 years young she had gone for the first time, and now, at the age of 84, she decided she wanted to go again. So she asked if there were any family members who wanted to go with her. A few hands went up ... a few others decided they had other things to do! Schedules were checked, plans were made, and arrangements with the skydiving company were concluded. In the end there were seven family members who opted in, but other than Uncle Dave, who had gone with Grandma Edie four years before, no one had ever jumped out of a plane.

Uncle Les was in charge of finding a place for the group to go skydiving. Grandma Edie’s previous experience in Fargo was where only one person could go up in the plane at a time. Uncle Dave settled upon the Skydive Twin Cities company of Baldwin, Wisconsin. It was booked, and there was no looking back!

Thirty minutes east of the Twin Cities one finds the small grass runway and skydiving setup. Accommodations include areas to sit and relax, grill outside and picnic, and take in all there is to see involved with skydiving. Instructions prior to arriving on the day of the jump were not extensive: wear comfy clothes (tennis shoes are a must), show up at the airstrip, and pay! Jaime’s mob let the company know ahead of time that they wanted a video of the jump, and being of sound mind they all decided they shouldn’t eat too much before they jumped ... just in case!

The jump was scheduled for about 7:30 in the morning. Jaime hadn’t been sure if there was a best time of day to jump, but figured “first of the day” considered the possibility of delays due to weather. And, in fact, this is what happened. The rule is that you cannot jump until you can see the sky. On their designated morning, they arrived to find heavy fog and cloud cover. The fog did lift during the morning, but the clouds didn’t break until around 3:30!

So what really happens when you decide to do something this precipitous? First the intrepid crew received some brief instruction: a five-minute video about the skydiving process, then liability release forms to sign, and then they paid for the jump.

The “classroom” instruction consisted of information about what they needed to do when jumping out of the plane. For instance, when about to jump, you need to arch your body back and keep your hands in by your chest, holding on to the gear. The jumper in tandem with you will tap you on the shoulder to put your hands outward, and tap you again when they go back to your chest. When it’s time to pull the cord, another tap on the shoulder means arms go back in to the chest. Upon landing, be certain to keep your legs straight out in front of you. Most people will land in a sitting position, but of course our Jaime was the one in the group who landed standing up. It may have been the size difference between Jaime and her tandem instructor Byron! Everyone jumped “tandem” — i.e., tied to an experienced jumper who actually does all the work. Jaime and company were literally “just going along for the ride”!

With the weather socked in, our heroes played cards, catch, and caught up with each other. The jump people asked if any of them had a preference about who they wanted to jump with. Jaime’s mom, G’ma Edie, and Jaime wanted to go together because they thought it would be great to have three generations jumping out of the same plane!

The moment of destiny finally arrived, and over the loudspeaker came the call to report to the training room. Paired with their tandems and into their gear, the family headed to the plane.

Excitement was high. Jaime was “pumped” to be going; she was nothing but smiles. After waiting all day, she was not nervous at all. A pre-flight interview was taped, and then it was onto the plane.

As the plane gained altitude and the time approached to jump, Jaime got a little nervous. Five other solo jumpers were sitting in the front of the plane. They jumped at about 4,000 feet. When Jaime saw how fast they fell, all she could think was, “I really have to jump out of this plane!” They continued to climb to 13,000 feet — two and a half miles in the air!

Jaime’s mom jumped first, and Jaime got to see her go, as if watching her “just disappear” can be called “seeing her go”. Then Byron moved her over to the open door, where they had her smile for the cameraman. Sitting for a second, maybe two, then it was “Ready!” Moving slightly forward, next came “Set!”. Then they leaned back, and on “Jump!” they went sailing out of the airplane at 120 miles an hour.

Jaime felt a stomach-flip like a ride at the Fair, turned a somersault, found herself free-falling, and then the nerves were gone. “Freefall was the absolute best part!” she told us. “You have no concept of where the ground is or how fast you are falling.” Freefall was 50 seconds at 120 mph, in fact. Interestingly enough, it was fairly noisy as they fell. The instructor did the maneuvering until he could pull the ripcord. When he did, there was a great “pull-up”, and then all was quiet.

The standing landing was Jaime’s personal flourish, quickly aced out by Grandma Edie’s arrival. Did they ever love seeing the faces of the other family members as they landed! Uncle Les, the pilot, was actually kissing the ground. The whole event was pronounced awesome, and then, alas, it was time for the long drive home. With memories to celebrate, they left their day’s adventure to work its way into their imaginations and create what might be next ...

Post Script
Grandma Edie has let it be known that she wants so to go skydiving again in another couple of years. And around the office, Jaime now answers to either “Junior Birdman” or “Wonder Woman”. Silver bracelets optional.


Southeastern District

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

Michelson to Receive MDA Humanitarian Award
I am very proud to report that Joel Michelson, SEDDS past secretary/treasurer and Rochester, Minnesota oral surgeon, will receive the Minnesota Dental Association’s Humanitarian Service Award at the Star of the North President’s Gala. The Gala will be Saturday, April 30 at the St. Paul Hotel starting at 6:00 pm. To honor one of our own, the Southeastern District Dental Society will host a hospitality room and cash bar at the hotel starting at 9:00 pm.

Please show your support and plan on attending both the President’s Gala and our reception for Dr. Michelson. This is a well deserved award for a truly super guy.

The Joel Michelson Everyone Should Know
Joel Michelson is being recognized by the MDA for his humanitarian work both at home and abroad.

Born in Cameroon, West Africa, Joel served as a teacher there for three years before entering dental school. His volunteer work began in 1986. He has worked in a United Nations Refugee Camp in Thailand, has made 14 trips to Kenya, and has been to Guinea, West Africa to provide volunteer clinical work. On these trips he has not only served as an oral surgeon, but has also worked to build Hope Centers, which are located in five of the six Kenyan villages where the mission teams work on construction of schools, clinics, and housing. The Kenyan government then provides public health nurses who travel among the villages. Joel’s oral surgery is usually in difficult conditions, sometimes outdoors under a tree, with hand chisels and mallets. Electricity when they have it is provided by a portable generator. It is often 123 degrees at mid-afternoon, and the lines can be three to four blocks long for these services. Perhaps most importantly, Joel teaches the public health nurses how to perform oral surgery. In several cases he has been so successful the nurses now train other nurses, and oral surgery is available to the population throughout the year. Joel also teaches children’s Bible study, and brings Christian music in the native language as often as he can find it. As well, he mentors and otherwise helps prep other dentists who wish to do this kind of mission work. In recent years Joel has worked with the Christian Medical Dental Education Commission of the Christian Medical Dental Association. Joel is also a regular volunteer at the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic in Rochester. As well, he provides volunteer work for overseas missionaries staying in Rochester, and he has participated in the Donated Dental Services program.

Joel Michelson volunteers his talents and efforts on a continuing basis on both the local and international levels. His efforts have resulted in countless free and discounted services being provided through these many programs to residents of Rochester, greater Minnesota, and the communities of Africa and Thailand. Beginning in his youth, Joel has made a life-long, concerted effort to apply his time and talents where they can be of service to others.

Big Changes in Minnesota’s House and Senate
With the 2010 election shaking up the roster in the state legislature, now is a great time to re-establish relationships with our legislators in southeastern Minnesota. Whether the legislator is a freshman or a stalwart incumbent, please contact Travis Schmitt (tschmitt00@gmail.com) to document your relationship with your legislator. If you have a legislator as a patient, please cultivate your relationship with that person. Make yourself available to answer questions about dental issues. Work to encourage him or her to think of you first if they have a dentally related policy question. Now is a fabulous time to reaffirm your relationship with your legislator, and please pass on the information to your district leaders! Thank you in advance for your assistance with this.

SEDDS 2011 Annual Meeting to be Held in Owatonna
President Tim Holland is now busy planning next summer’s annual meeting. Of course details right now are sketchy at best, but more will follow over the coming issues. However, our fearless leader has promised to best the SEDDS meeting held in Austin last August. That will be quite a feat: Austin had an open bar at lunch, with filet mignon, mahi mahi, or gourmet chicken being served, and the weather was beautiful. So if you did not attend our meeting last summer, this meeting in Owatonna CANNOT be missed.

MDB President Michael Birdman attends meeting

A big thank you to Midwest Dental Benefits president Michael Birdman for attending our SEDDS Executive Committee Meeting November 9. Michael shared his vision of the future for MDB and the current challenges facing it. The MDA Executive Council and the MDA Board of Trustees are making critical decisions that will greatly impact MDB. Please contact me or the MDA if you have specific questions about this evolving issue.


Southern District

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

No Generation Diastema Here!
I was visiting with a friend of mine recently about the future employment plans of his college senior son. His son is an extremely gifted student and could easily choose whatever field he desired. He had initially entered college planning on majoring in biomedical engineering. He has stayed on course to graduate with this degree. However, as the years have gone by, he has had some doubts about staying in this field. As a junior he took the MCAT and achieved a score that would be acceptable at any medical school.
This past spring he spoke of wanting to pursue a profession where he could make a big difference in society. Something in the area of green energy came to mind. Finally, this fall, he has come to the conclusion that veterinary medicine is what he wants to do.

Now this pronouncement came as a huge surprise to his parents, as “he doesn’t even like animals”! When questioned about his decision, he told his father how he had watched him as he grew up, and how he had thought he had the perfect job and the perfect life. His father was a veterinarian, and he had seen how hard he worked and how well respected he was in the community. He could see what his father gave of himself, and how he made a difference in people’s lives. If being a veterinarian could lead to such happiness and content, he felt he would like to be a part of it.

Now as true as this story is, we all know that you do not need to follow in the profession of your parents to be successful and find happiness and contentment. What it does serve to show is how children do observe their parents and often want to emulate them. It never fails to remind me how we as dentists must be a blessed group, as many of our children have followed us into the profession.

The Southern District is one of the smallest districts in the state, yet it has had at least 16 father/son or father/daughter dentist family combinations. There are the Carlsons, Jernbergs, Reiters, Dunlaveys, Runcks, Curtis’s, Dumkes, Osdobas, Johnsons, Townsends, Starrs, Nelsons, Petersons, Utofts, Schultes, and McGuiggans. My apologies if I missed any, as I am sure I may have. There are also several others who have left our district or are retired.

It should be clarified that Paul Johnson from Marshall does not officially qualify yet, as he has two sons in dental school. Think of the debt! It should also be noted that the McGuiggan family is on their third generation, with the potential that the fourth could be on the way soon. This year marks the 88th year of a McGuiggan practicing in southwest Minnesota!

I have spoken with several of you, and as a group everyone has agreed that they were inspired into the profession by the example set forth by their fathers. This reflects a genuine and continuing sense of strength and purpose about the dental profession and about the positive example given by the parent just as it does with my friend and the example he has been for his son. May we all remember how blessed we are.

Friday the Fourteenth Just Sounds Luckier
Just a short reminder to keep the date Friday, January 14, 2011 as the day we will meet for the Southern District annual Midwinter Meeting. Shelly Ryan, a consultant with Advanced Practice Management, will talk about the “Team Approach to Dentistry”. Her talk will focus on ways to make your practice run more efficiently, comfortably, and productively. See you all in January!


Student District

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

Style and Substance the Student District Way
The last couple of months have been busy for our Minnesota ASDA chapter! As all of you know, the MDA House of Delegates was held at the end of September, and your Student District made certain that their ideas and concerns were heard! Our group of students enjoyed meeting, greeting, and being involved in planning the coming year for the MDA and all of its members. It was good to see all of the familiar faces that we have met over the last couple of years, and fun to meet new members as well.

Since the previous issue of the journal, Minnesota ASDA has hosted its third annual Mouths in Motion 5K. It was a great success. Leanna Marking (D2) and Andrew Knofczynski (D2) put in long hours getting the event put together for all of the runners. Bart Johnson (D3) had the fastest time for the third year in a row after showing some concern about a challenge from another runner for the first 10 feet of the race. But then he realized that his only real competition, Sergio Reyes (winner of the Twin Cities Marathon), was not in the area that weekend.

Over the Halloween weekend a group of students volunteered to take time away from their busy school schedules to get to know ASDA a little better in Chicago for ASDA’s Western Regional Meeting. Districts 8,9,10, and 11 joined to hear from our leaders hailing from west of the Mississippi. We had time to listen to what others were doing to advance their ASDA chapters and spread advocacy in their own areas. We also had the opportunity to listen to and speak with Drs. Rhett Murray and Denny Zent, ADPAC Chair and Chair Co-Tempore, respectively, where our group heard what ADPAC does for the community of dentistry. Dr. Chris Salierno, Past President of ASDA (2004-2005), from Long Island, New York, gave an interactive presentation on (natch) giving presentations, leadership, and “schmoozing”. He commented on how “dental school teaches you to be a dentist; ASDA transforms you into a professional.” We also want as a group to thank our district’s trustee, Jack Huebner, from the University of Nebraska/Lincoln College of Dentistry for all of his efforts in putting the meeting together for our benefit.

During a leadership presentation at the Regional Meeting, Dr. Dugoni, Dean Emeritus from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific in California, described what it takes to be a great leader and not just a good one. He made it clear that a great leader is one who knows how to help other people succeed and how to develop/”grow” individuals while protecting the people who are taking on responsibilities with the organization. I have both heard and found for myself that organized dentistry — i.e., the ADA, MDA, and our districts throughout the state — are trying to do just that. The people who step forward to become part of these organizations and take leadership roles are the ones who are trying to grow the profession for all of those around them so that each individual may find his or her own direction for success. At the same time, these very same people are the ones who take time out of their days in order to protect their profession and those in it.

Once again, please don’t think we were all business in Chicago! We had the chance to spend Halloween Saturday in Wrigleyville, enjoying the company of thousands of other costumed individuals. After hard thought and debate, our chapter created our costumes and hit the scene dressed as popcorn, with Ross Schafer (D1) being the pivotal presence of the popcorn box. (We stay organized even when it isn’t dentistry!) Some may even say that we were the most creative costume in Chicago...

People say wisdom comes from experience. In that case, let us share some of the wisdom we gained from our turn in Chicago ...
• You can’t bring a Swiss army knife through security at MSP airport. It tends to get people a little excited.
• The Brown Line El train does not run after the bars are closed, so don’t get off the Red Line and try to wait for the next Brown Line train at that time. It won’t show up no matter how cold it is outside.
• Hard-sided suitcases can be difficult to close when over-filled, and if too much effort is put into closing them, you may come out of the situation with a bloody lip.
• Leave plenty early to get to O’Hare airport, because even if the taxi driver says there won’t be traffic, there will be.
• And last but not least, great leaders come from ASDA trips.


West Central District

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

Fall Forever
Ever so gently the fall leaves float down from the trees, and all but one joins the race to the ground as it takes its time teetering along an unknown path. The pheasants scurry through the corn, dodging the determined dogs sniffing their tail feathers. Hot apple crisp coexists with a spoonful of melted vanilla ice cream as cold bedtime wind rips though the maze of pines and hardwoods. The mist in the morning creeps across the meadows whilst the rust and gold colors mingle on the glass lakeshores. The grass is a soft bed amongst the thorns for someone who no longer whistles, but waits. The symphony of fall in central Minnesota cordially invites all to listen, to partake, and to remember ... fall is forever for you.

I want to thank all of the dentists who have sent me very kind cards and given me words of encouragement as I lost my younger sister a week ago in a tragic car accident. Ultimately she was thrown into a soft bed of grass among the thorn bushes. I wouldn’t normally write about personal matters, but this horrible event occurred the day before our fall dental social and I was a bit of a wreck that evening, as many of you can attest. Briefly, my sister was a pediatric intensive care unit nurse at St. Cloud Hospital and the mother of five kids. She touched the lives of many in the West Central District area and holds a dear place in my heart. I wanted to thank all of you again, and ask you to bear with me as I muddle through this journal article.

Fall Wine, Cheese, and Meteorology Event
What an amazing night, October 22, 2010, when way more than a gaggle of dentists and their significant others arrived at Grandview Lodge for our fall dental social. We tasted wine, sampled cheese and appetizers, and listened to beautiful guitar music in the background. We were able to meet several new young dentists as well. Jonathan Yuhas from KARE 11 News gave an unbelievable seminar on storm chasing, tornados, and emergency readiness. He had the crowd drooling in their wine glasses over La Nina and the Gull Lake tornado videos.

We decided unanimously to make this an annual event. We hope all of you who stayed over at Grandview enjoyed the area even though it was rainy out. According to the Jonathan, this next summer may be just as stormy as the last one, so perhaps we can get another storm seminar.

Jamaica Trip
Sadly, this trip has been cancelled, as we were short six couples. This event was open to our entire MDA membership, as the emails indicated. We will not be doing any trips in the near future unless there is a special request by the members at large. It took a lot of planning to get the package price, and I would like to thank Dan Rose for all the hard work that he and his wife did on our behalf. The District will, however, be holding our January annual meeting with a continuing education lecture, so stay tuned ...

For Next Time
I will post upcoming events in the next district report, so please email me dates of events if they are open for dentists in our district to attend: foss2004@msn.com or 15167 Edgewood Dr., Ste 240, Baxter, MN 56401.

As always, thank you for reading, and as the late Mr. Rogers always said, “Please won’t you be ...my neighbor?”