Lee Ann M. Herbert
1525 County Road 101 North
Plymouth, MN 55447
Give Kids a Smile Day Celebration of Success
December 5 was a perfect day to celebrate ten years of MDDS’ Give Kids a Smile Day program with an afternoon filled with conversation, edible delights, and cheer! Teresa Fong opened her home to District volunteers from each of the events at the Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic. Members have provided dental treatments to more than 1,000 children totaling more than $350,000 over that time, to which we say “Bravo!”
Also in attendance were Michael Helgeson and staff members Deborah Jacobi and Karen Engstrom from Apple Tree Dental. Without Apple Tree’s mobile dental units and dental staff members, GKAS would not be able to provide treatments for the children. Our thanks!
MDDS’ 11th Annual Give Kids a Smile Day Event will be Saturday, February 5, 2011.
Congratulations to the following individuals who have reached milestones of service with GKAS.
Ten Years: Teresa Fong and William Hoffmann, Co-Chairs; Sandy Houck, Kirby Johnson, Douglas Lambert, Daniel Sampson; Melissa Cozart, Sharing and Caring Hands hygienist; Karen Engstrom and Deborah Jacobi, Apple Tree Dental; MDDS Executive Director Michelle Quade.
Five or more years: Donald Blakeslee, Rick Diehl, Venetia Laganis, Donald McPartlan, James Nickman, Nancy Norling.
Take Our Word for It for Now …
The 85th Annual Midwinter Meeting featuring Dr. John A. Molinari was the place to be, and a complete recap of the event will be in the March-April issue of the journal. It is never too early or too often to thank Midwinter Chair Melissa Zettler and her committee: Alejandro Aguirre, Sandy Houck, Jim Nickman, Mike Perpich, Karen Reese, Herb Schulte, Tasha Strait, and Jess Veil for working so diligently and producing another fine meeting.
February 17 General Membership Meeting
Features Root Canal C.E.
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 core continuing education credit will be given for this lecture.
This General Assembly meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. (social reception), 6:15 p.m. dinner, followed by the 7:15 continuing education lecture. Dr. Nixdorf is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Division of TMD & Orofacial Pain, with an adjunct position in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Nixdorf practices orofacial pain management at the Minnesota Head & Neck Pain Clinic and the University of Minnesota TMD, Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Clinic, with a particular interest in diagnosing and treating patients with persistent dentoalveolar pain complaints. His research is currently focused on the definition and description of persistent non-odontogenic pain via traditional epidemiological methods, being involved in the Dental Practice-Based Research Network, quantitative sensory testing techniques, and emerging MRI-based methods, such as functional MRI. The long-term goal of his research is to be able to identify patients at risk for developing persistent pain following dental procedures so that treatments can be implemented to reduce the pain and dysfunction these people experience.
Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Evening
Thursday, April 21
Join us at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka as we thank 2010-11 president Mark R. Omlie and welcome 2011-12 officers Lee Ann M. Herbert, president; Cale A. Strait, president-elect; our “tba” vice-president; and Gary A. Bolmgren, secretary/treasurer. The MDDS will present its Guest of Honor Recognition Award during the evening’s program, as well as honoring all the Districts past presidents at this event.
Summer Sporting Events Announced
The annual Trapshoot Tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17. We will be returning to the Metro Gun Club in Blaine. The day will culminate with a gourmet wild game dinner and prizes.
The Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer will be Wednesday, September 7 at the Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie.
Welcome, New Members
Congratulations to the following new members of the District.
Agnes M. Wawra, D.M.D.
Jalissa J. Kruckman, D.D.S.
Nicholas P. Lowe, D.D.S.
Sahar Rezuyaedi, D.D.S.
Dmitriy E. Vazemiller, D.D.S.
Christopher M. De La Mater, D.D.S.
Upcoming Programs and Events
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 core continuing education
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Annual Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Meeting
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
MDDS Caucus Meeting
All Members Welcome
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
All MDA Members Welcome
Metro Gun Club
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Greater Twin Cities Tennis Event
All MDA Members Welcome
Bearpath Golf and Country Club
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 2011
MDA House of Delegates
William H. Harrison
2282 Como Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108-1722
57th Midwinter Meeting Shines Its Light
It was January 21 at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel, and all “57 varieties” jokes to the side, this year’s Midwinter Meeting presented something for everyone. The Midwinter Planning Committee, led by Chair Scott Doyle, presented topics and speakers that appealed to all members of the dental team. Attendees were able to choose from seven breakfast seminars and nine morning speakers. Hosted by President Howard Taylor, SPDDS past presidents and invited guests enjoyed gathering for an early morning breakfast prior to the seminars.
Laura Eng was the recipient of the SPDDS 2011 Outstanding Service Award. We are grateful for the hard work and dedication she has given to our district. Dr. Eng served as SPDDS president in 2005 and has made many generous contributions of her time and talent with great enthusiasm. She has worked hard to make membership valuable to dentists at the local, state, and national levels as she served as Chair for both SPDDS and the MDA Membership Committees and served on the ADA Council on Membership, along with other membership-related activities.
Also honored with awards were Barbara Seidel, LDA, for her outstanding work in the dental assisting field, and Louann Goodnough, RDH, BSDH, for her contributions to her profession and community.
SPDDS extends a sincere thank you to our Meeting exhibitors, sponsors, and advertisers. They provide us with extra resources that are needed to provide our members with exceptional programs, education, and networking opportunities.
Advanced Head & Neck Imaging Center
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Benco Dental Co.
Excel Dental Studios
GC America, Inc.
Harrison Dental Studio
Henry Schein Dental
Health Partners Dental
Hermanson Dental Lab
Junnila Company, Inc.
Lemke Dental Laboratories, Inc.
Maguire & Strickland Refining
Peoples Bank of Commerce
Procter & Gamble, Crest Oral-B
Renstrom Dental Studio, Inc.
Shea Practice Transitions, PA
Sabo Dental Lab, Inc.
Sjoquist Architects, Inc.
Sunset Dental Technologies
Udell Dental Laboratory, Inc.
Wells Fargo Insurance Service
Xocai ‘Healthy Chocolate’
School of Dentistry Students Awarded George S. Monson Foundation Scholarships
SPDDS has had the privilege of distributing funds from the George S. Monson Foundation for more than 20 years. Dr. Monson was a Saint Paul District member, and upon his death, his daughter created the fund for the purpose of supporting education in the field of dentistry.
In 2010 the Foundation Committee awarded grants in the sum of $13,000.00 from the Monson Fund to two third-year and three fourth-year dental students. Our congratulations to third-year students Scott Durand and Siara Zee Elovich, and fourth-year students Jennifer Dylla, Neil Johnson, and Christopher Shearen.
The Minnesota Dental Association and the Saint Paul District Dental Society Honor the Following Members
25 Years of Membership
D. Theodore Johnson
50 Year Golden Club Members
J. D. Vogel
Life Members in 2010
To these honorees we wish to say that your support of organized dentistry is appreciated, and we hope that you will continue your involvement in your professional association throughout your dental career.
Welcome a New Member
Hema Menon, B.D.S., M.S.
And I’ll See You There …
Children’s Dental Health Day
Minnesota Children’s Museum
SPDDS Long Range Planning
Saint Paul District
Copper Canyon Mission
Fred Kalinoff, D.D.S.
In 1978 my parents retired to a small town just north of the Mexican border. Visiting them, I would always see ads or articles for Copper Canyon in their Sunday paper. Copper Canyon is located about 500 miles southeast of Tucson and 500 miles southwest of El Paso. It is deeper than the Grand Canyon and five times larger. It is inhabited by 75-100,000 Tarahumara Indians, who are Mexico’s least changed indigenous Indian population. They are subsistence farmers who raise corn, squash, goats, and cattle, living in adobe homes or log cabins. A few still live in caves.
In March of 2001 I went solo backpacking there finally, and in November of that year a friend and I hiked the river. It was during the latter trip I realized there was no dentist for the canyon people, and I asked permission, which was granted, to return to provide dental care for the Indians. In late 2003 I made the first of five solo trips, performing only extractions, but in 2005 I hooked up with Liga International, a non-profit group of flying doctors from southern California who had been going to Mexico since 1934.
I started bringing others with me then, mostly dentists. We bought a portable dental unit, chair, and a year later picked up two more portable units via a Rotary International grant. We started doing fillings and sealants for children while maintaining an extraction-only policy for adults. Even with the accumulating equipment, we had to make children our priority, although no adult in pain or with an infection is ever turned away.
Work in the towns is done in a schoolroom, where we also sleep. We eat in the cafeteria with the students: beans and rice for breakfast, rice and beans for lunch; supper is back to beans and rice. No one has ever gotten sick. “Menudo” is considered very good eating, and to make us feel honored, we were served this for lunch one day. I am used to the stuff, but I figured I’d better tell the others what they were eating – intestines. No one ate much.
We treat from 100-130 persons per village, once in awhile finding something very interesting, such as the young man with an ameloblastoma involving about 80% of his mandible. There were willing surgeons, but we could not find a facility willing to comp his hospital stay. It took a year, but we found Children’s Surgery International, based in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and their group of ENT doctors who for the past few years have gone to Mexico and performed between 30 and 35 cleft palate surgeries a visit. The patient was taken to Cleveland Hospital for 14 hours of surgery to remove the diseased part of his mandible and replace it with part of his tibia. He is doing well, undergoing reconstruction of his occlusion through the collaborative efforts of a periodontist, oral surgeon, and prosthodontist.
The villages are difficult to get to, especially with a one-ton truck loaded with dentists and equipment. Because they are so remote, it is difficult for the children to get candy/sugars, and their decay rate is minimal. Nor do they have money for sweets.
The kids are tremendously fine patients with no fear of the dentist, even upon extraction. When I did have an unwilling child on my hands once, though, I made the mistake of proceeding anyway. He cried, and the 12 other children fled for the hills. Since then we stand a child aside who seems apprehensive and see him or her at the end of the day. A common extraction is removal of a supernumerary central incisor, which seems to be more common among the Indians than in the general population.
Sealants have been our most common service, and upon return visits we are gratified to see most are still intact. Among a dozen towns spread out over 600 miles, we manage to visit each every other year, and how satisfying it is when the whole town turns out to thank us at the end of a visit.
In 2007 I took along a group from the School of Dentistry: Abby Perschke, Amy Gehant, Kristen Bothen, Nick Lowe, Jenny Nguyen, Lindell Kemmet, Chia-Yin Lo, Arly Goulding, and Sean Laidig. The experience I had with them made it possible two years later for me to say yes to a request from Boston University Dental School to take their senior dental students with me. My only requirement is that they have finished their oral surgery rotation. What a boon these students are — especially for heavy lifting!
In November of 2010, the head of the local health program volunteered to put up a building for us if we would furnish it, a goal I have had all along. We have some equipment, but need much more: instruments, especially oral surgery; dry heat sterilizer, amalgamators, curing lights, ultrasonic cleaners, cavitrons, and on.
My friends Dr. Lewis Pierce and Katie Craft, retired prosthodontist and microbiologist, respectively, are on board for this project, and Dr. P has already put together two such clinics in Africa recently.
A friend of mine, Dr. Tom Alderson, U of M ’66, was killed in Viet Nam in a helicopter crash on a “winning the hearts and minds” mission. These missions took dentists and doctors to small villages to provide care for the local people. If this newest project comes to fruition, we would like to dedicate the clinic to Dr. Alderson.
We and the Tarahumara Indians we serve need the continuing help of volunteers and donations of equipment, instruments, and supplies. For more information about these trips, you may go to www.dentalvolunteermission.com, www.ligainternational.org, or www.canyonscholars.com for the scholarship program.
324 W. Superior Street, Suite 828
Duluth, MN 55802
You guessed it — another Northeastern District report hot off the press. This time I am actually writing it ahead of the deadline. I am not sure how that’s possible, but we’ll see how I do without the pressure of a deadline breathing down my neck.
Winter came early to the Northeast, and to Minnesota in general. The weather folks tell us we are on track for a very snowy winter, and they don’t appear to by lying. The snowmobilers, skiers, snowshoe enthusiasts, ice fishers, and snowman-building parents among you are celebrating. Many of you may not be so excited. I can definitely see both sides, but as a fan of winter, I am pretty happy right now.
The December NEDDS meeting was held at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth, on a brisk but sunny day. Dr. Michael Rohrer, an oral pathologist from the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry, was our speaker. He presented a talk entitled “Cold Sores, Canker Sores, and Other Sores”. Now that is truly a lecture that only a dentist could love. Can you honestly see anyone else in their right mind paying money to hear about that stuff?? I can’t either. Truthfully it was an excellent talk, and Dr. Rohrer did a fantastic job of discussing an issue that we are frequently faced with. The myriad lumps and bumps we encounter in the oral environment every day can be very confusing, and having some simple guidelines for diagnosing and treating them is worth their weight in gold. Well, maybe not quite that much, considering the current price of gold …
The half day meeting was very well attended, and Dr. Rohrer took the time to answer plenty of questions. Many of us who had him as a professor in dental school were shaking in our shoes the whole time, waiting to be pinned down with a tough question. You see, in dental school Dr. Rohrer had us sit alphabetically so that he could remember our names and ask questions like “Dr. McDonald, can you give 66 differential diagnoses for the 2 millimeter red bump on this patient’s lip?”, or “Dr. Pedersen, what are 24 potential causes for these little white striations on the patient’s cheek?” He went easy on us, and we can be thankful for that!
During lunch, an award presentation was made to one of our own. Tim Smith was presented with the Northeastern District Guest of Honor award. This is an award that is given to an outstanding dentist in our district each year who has demonstrated a passion for dentistry, sharing knowledge with colleagues, and a high level of involvement in our dental society. Tim easily meets these criteria and more, and was a very fitting honoree. He was lightly roasted by some of his colleagues, including Kyle Kolquist, Tom Seidelmann, and Matt Anzelc, and gave a very nice speech. In his speech, Tim related his formative years and how they have made him the person that he is today. It was really nice to have Tim’s wife Linda and some of his family in attendance as well. Please take a minute to congratulate him the next time you run into Tim at a meeting!
The annual Dinner Dance was held the same evening as the continuing education meeting, and it made for an awesome evening. About 70 people enjoyed good food and conversation, pre-dinner music by the talented Michael Patterson, and after-dinner dancing to the music of the Shack Shakers. Northeastern District president Mike Hagley and his wife Mary Donnellan enjoyed the evening and did some dancing, as did Dr. Rohrer and his wife Cecilia. They were moving too fast for me to take any pictures, and I think Mike may even have been break dancing at one point. It seemed like everyone was having a great time, including my two-month-old daughter Linnea. She was definitely the youngest person in the crowd, and seemed to be enjoying herself in the ways that two-month-olds do. We hope that if you came to the party this year you will return again, and if you couldn’t make it, consider attending next year. It’s an important part of what makes the Northeast such a collegial place to practice and call home.
Now that you’ve heard what is going on in the Northeastern District, I hope you will come out to a meeting sometime soon, get some CE credits, visit with your friends, and meet some of the many new faces in our area!
John E. Lueth
Bemidji, MN 56619
Dental Town Hall Meetings Conducted in Erskine and Bemidji
The brainchild of Roger Sjulson (Fosston), Dental Town Hall Meetings were conducted in Northwestern Minnesota in early December. Pursuing a proactive approach to educating their legislators about issues facing dentistry and patients, two separate meetings - in centrally-located Erskine, and the district’s most populated eastern city Bemidji – gave both dentists and legislators the opportunity to dialogue after the dust had settled from the November elections, and before legislator’s schedules got terribly busy.
Fifteen dentists, two newly elected legislators, and the MDA staff guy (aka Director of Government Affairs Tom Day) all met at Sparkling Waters Restaurant in Bemidji for an evening of conversation and the opportunity for the legislators to get to know the region’s dentists, as well as the issues facing dental offices, their patients, and the public. Following a welcome and introductions all around, Roger Sjulson, Northwestern District secretary/treasurer and immediate past-District Trustee, kicked off the evening with a summary of “How Dentistry Works”. Aside from being dental patients themselves, neither legislator present in Bemidji (a senator-elect and a representative-elect, both small business owners) has been otherwise particularly versed in the delivery of or issues relating to dentistry.
The areas of major MDA legislative focus for the 2011 session of fair contracting and critical care access for adults who are aged, disabled, or blind were conveyed. Limitation of fees for non-covered services, third party audits, effects of mandates (such as electronic recordkeeping) along with others brought up by both the dentists and the legislators were addressed and discussed, with Tom Day providing depth and breadth to the information. As an example of a suggestion from the legislators-elect, they encouraged dentists to inform them of ways to do what dentists want or need to do in the practice of dentistry which can be done in a way that saves money.
For our part, the main message to the legislators during the evening was delivered and received: The public’s oral health is important, the dentist is their caring oral health professional, and the MDA cares about the oral health of the public and is doing something about it.
There’s Still No Such Thing as Cyber-Pizza
If there were an award for attendance at dental webcast cyber-lectures, the dentists and auxiliaries from the Bemidji area Headwaters Dental Society would be accepting it. In their first year of remote-site learning participation, the dentists, hygienists, and assistants gathering at Northwest Technical College in Bemidji have sent more than 30 dental team members to each session.
The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Clinical Grand Rounds for the Dental Team has been presented for the past six years, September through April, on the first Thursday of the month in evening presentations broadcast from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This monthly professional development opportunity is held at the School of Dentistry and transmitted to interested locales. Clinical Grand Rounds is a series of patient-centered continuing dental education courses devoted to diagnosis and treatment of complex cases and actual patient cases. Each presentation features cases selected from a different discipline in dentistry and provides, as well, opportunities for dinner and interaction with colleagues, faculty, staff, and students.
The Headwaters Dental Society group is open to members and guests, and judging from the high attendance is a convenient and well-liked way to gather, learn, receive CDE credits…and chow down on pizza. For those arriving between 6:00-6:30 p.m., free pizza and beverages are provided.
In fact, there is no cost for any attendee of any of the lectures due to the generosity of contributions from eight local dental offices which underwrite the entire cost each of the evenings.
Dr. Bob Mack (Bemidji) was instrumental in organizing the year-long event and serves as facilitator, contact, and host for each session. The Northwest Tech facility and cyber-arrangements are possible, in large part, due to the unique cooperative collaborative “alignment” relationship of NTC and Bemidji State University.
Thursday, January 6 was cold and blustery, but 38 post-holiday learners came to hear Dr. Nelson Rhodus present on “Oral Medicine and Xerostomia”. He related a number of conditions for which research has been done which translates into what practitioners can do clinically. Red lesions, white lesions, red-and-white lesions; risk factors, changes over time; epithelial dysplasia versus squamous cell carcinoma, transcription factors; saliva and its importance - all this and more was covered in a fast-moving and informative 70 minutes by Dr. Rhodus.
Next up was Dr. John Ofstehage on “Geriatric Dentistry”, just about the time this issue went to press.
A Story from the Northland
A patient of Dr. Perry O. Dontell recently shared this with the good doctor. After much wheeling and dealing on vehicle price and extras, the Red River Valley rancher purchased a new pick-up for the ranch with all the extras he wanted. Then the car salesman decided to buy a cow from the rancher. The bill was itemized as follows:
1 cow $400.00
2 muted horns @ $25.00 each 50.00
Two-tone color finish 125.00
Automatic fly swatter 25.00
3 extra stomachs @ $20.00 each 60.00
Liquid reservoir, 4 valves @ $50.00 200.00
Genuine leather upholstery 115.00
Total Price $975.00
Travis A. Schmitt
204 4th Street SW, Suite 144
Austin, MN 55912-4427
Who’s Ready for Spring?
With our near record snowfall amounts in December and a nice blast of Arctic air in January, the question must be asked: Who’s ready for spring? With that in mind, I have included some photos to warm all our hearts. Last issue we had Joel Michelson pictured with an elephant. This issue features Eric Overby and Travis Schmitt on a Caribbean adventure on the Norwegian Epic cruise ship!
I hope everyone is having a great 2011. For those who have seen some color and felt some warmth, these pictures will hopefully bring back fond memories. For those who have not, hopefully they will warm your spirits ‘til we get to spring!
Part of the travelogue presented here is to once again broach the subject of the SEDDS hosting a meeting in a more exotic place. The West Central District tried to pull off a fantastic meeting at the Ritz Carlton Rose Hall in Jamaica, but came up a few people short. So if this is something that MAY be of interest, please let your District Executive Committee know, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, please remember our Annual Meeting will be held most likely in August! More information on this meeting will be forthcoming. DO NOT MISS IT! Tim Holland (Owatonna) is going to out-do the Austin effort of 2010, which was a spectacular meeting, so this meeting in Owatonna will be stupendous! Talk to you again in April. Be blessed!
Grant R. Sorensen
1029 Third Avenue
Worthington, MN 56187-2398
Sun Dogs and Ice Dams
The holidays have come and gone, and we are now into the cold snowy days of January, which only means our Southern District Midwinter Meeting has also come and gone. The fortunate thing is that by the time you read this we will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring.
We were honored this past weekend to be enlightened and entertained by Shelly Ryan of Advanced Practice Management. Many of you have likely heard Shelly or one of her colleagues speak. Her discussion focused on the “Team Approach to Dentistry”. Some of the key areas she covered were:
• ways to reduce cancellations and failures,
• the team approach to case presentation/acceptance, and
• collections made comfortable - the team approach.
The day wrapped up with the ever-popular game show “What Do You Say When …?” The game featured the offices of Ken Windschitl, the Anti-Dentites, vs. Steve Danielson’s Know Nothings. After some fierce competition, the duel ended in a draw. Hard to believe Ken wasn’t able to talk his way into victory! I am sure all of us were able to take a few ideas back to incorporate into our offices.
We were privileged to have our District Trustee Ed McNiece and MDA Director of Government Affairs Tom Day bring us up to date on the happenings at the MDA and the Capitol. We are lucky to have such good communication from the MDA office that most of what they said was not completely new information. However, it was nice to have the opportunity to discuss things as a group. Needless to say, it will be very interesting to see how things play out this year at the Capitol with all of the changes there and a 6.8 billion dollar deficit. Perhaps the best bit of information we heard was there will be an increase in reimbursement from Delta Dental this year.
If you have any District concerns, comments, or thoughts on future speakers, do not hesitate to contact one of the District officers. Your president is Tom Smyth from Mankato, vice-president Grant Sorensen from Worthington, Jeff Taylor from Mapleton, and Paul Roggow from Jackson.
Our Fall Meeting is tentatively scheduled for the last Friday in August, but more on this later. Until next time, have a great day!
515 Delaware St., 15-106
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Clinical Explorations:A New Student-Run Lunch Lecture Series
Jeanni R. Foss
15167 Edgewood Drive, Suite 240
Baxter, MN 56425