District News March-April 2011

District News March-April 2011

Associate Editors:

Minneapolis District

Lee Ann M. Herbert

Associate Editor

1525 County Road 101 North

Plymouth, MN 55447


2011 Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Evening

The MDDS 2011 Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Evening will be held Thursday, April 21, at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel. Officers for the upcoming year are president, Lee Ann M. Herbert; president-elect, Cale A. Strait; vice-president, Susan E.M. Block; and secretary/treasurer, Gary A. Bolmgren. The District will present its Guest of Honor Recognition Award to James D. Nickman during the evening’s program. Please plan to attend and honor these members as they take office for 2011-2012. We will also say “thank you” to outgoing president Mark R. Omlie and First Lady Joey Omlie. Mark has done an outstanding job providing leadership and direction for us.

Bruce Betterman and Pancho will provide musical entertainment for the evening again this year. Last time no one wanted the music to stop, so we are very grateful for their willingness to join us again for our special evening during the social reception time. We will also be honoring our District past presidents at this event.

Questions? Please contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845.

Dental Day at the Capitol Breaks Attendance Records

The Capitol was filled with 160 MDA member dentists meeting with their legislators Wednesday, March 2, 2011. The Minneapolis District had 38 of its members present for the day, along with 50 dental students from the U of M. Dental Day at the Capitol was a one-day event that brought together dental professionals as a collective voice addressing oral health care issues. The critical issues facing dentistry this year include: limitation of fees for non-covered services, third-party audit, and reinstatement of dental benefits to the developmentally disabled and others.

Just ask any of the following members who attended what rewards are inherent in this participation.

Alejandro Aguirre

Monica Alley

Mark Bachman

Bashar Bakdash

Jennifer Beaudin

Neal Benjamin

Susan Block

Robert Bodin

William Dunbar

Gregory Dvorak

Teresa Fong

Lee Ann Herbert

William Hoffmann

Thomas Keane, Jr.

Robert Kochenderfer

Venetia Laganis

Douglas Lambert

David Linde

Patrick Lloyd

Jennifer Marker Johnson

John Marker

Todd Marshall

Mark Matsumoto

James Nickman

Joey Omlie

Mark Omlie

Michael Perpich

Chuck Puffer

Gary Rohrer

Herb Schulte

Christopher Steele

Cale Strait

Tasha Strait

Cindy Trosen Sundet

Todd Tsuchiya

Jonathan Twomey

Walter Warpeha, Jr.

2011 Midwinter Meeting was the Place to Be!

More than 300 member dentists, dental students, and staff members joined in the 85th Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting Friday, January 28 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka. The day began with a hot breakfast buffet and mingling time with colleagues and sponsors in an almost overflowing exhibit hall. Then all attention turned to guest speaker John Molinari.

Dr. Molinari’s two lectures covered the most current infection control regulations and recommendations for dentistry along with the most recent updates and continuing data regarding health care risks and preventive measures. Also, he discussed the airborne infections which 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. The lectures were very well received by those in attendance.

Our thanks to Chair Melissa S. Zettler and her committee — Alejandro Aguirre, Sandra Houck, James Nickman, Karen Reese, Herb Schulte, and Tasha Strait — for producing another fine meeting.

We extend our sincere appreciation for the support of this year’s sponsors, in particular for making it possible for the dental, dental hygiene, and dental assisting students to be in attendance.

Gold Sponsors

3M-Espe Dental Products

Advanced Head & Neck Imaging Center

AFTCO Associates

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

BENCO Dental Supply Company, Inc.

Brasseler, USA

CareCredit – Patient Payment Plans

Crescent Products, Inc.

Designs for Vision, Inc.

Dyste Williams Agency

Erickson Technologies, Inc.

Excel Dental Studios

Federated Insurance

Gateway Bank


Harrison Dental Studio

Henry Schein Dental

Hermanson, a dti dental lab

Higher Standards

Junnila Company, Inc.

Karkela Construction, Inc.

Maguire & Strickland Refining, Inc.

Marsh Insurance

McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb

Meuwissen, Flygare, Kadrlik & Associates


Patterson Dental Supply, Inc.

PEB – XL Dent

Peoples Bank of Commerce

Philips Sonicare

POS – Professional Office Services

Procter & Gamble – Crest/Oral B

Saber Dental Studio

SharePoint Credit Union

Shea Practice Transitions, P.A.

Sjoquist Architects, Inc.

Statement Plus Compliance Solutions, Inc.

Straumann USA, LLC

Sunset Dental Technologies

Sunstar Butler

Twin Cities Medical Staffing

Udell Dental Laboratory, Inc.

Ultradent Products, Inc.

US Bank

VOCO America, Inc.

Wells Fargo Insurance Services

Wells Fargo Practice Finance

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Xocai “Healthy Chocolate”

Zirc Company

Silver Sponsors

Casey, Menden, Faust & Nelson, P.A.

HealthPartners Dental Group

Park Dental

Quadent Studio, Inc.

Sabo Dental Lab, Inc.

Wornson-Polzin Dental Lab

Please save Friday, February 10, 2012 for the 86th Annual MDDS Midwinter Dental Meeting for you and your entire dental team. Five core continuing education credits will be given. The meeting will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka.


Give Kids A Smile Treats 170 Children!

What a difference this day makes! Saturday, February 5, 2011, the District held its eleventh annual “Give Kids a Smile” day at the Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic in Minneapolis. Many thanks to Mary Jo Copeland for opening her heart and the doors of Sharing and Caring Hands so that we could provide a full day of dental care to children who are most in need. It was truly a celebration of service to the community and a commitment to volunteerism. We provided more than $54,900.00 in dental care to 170 children who may otherwise have no access to it. Our 160 volunteers provided oral hygiene instruction, dental exams, toothbrush prophylaxis, fluoride treatments, radiographs, sealants, extractions, pulpotomies, stainless steel crowns, and composite and amalgam restorations. We had face painting, a coloring table, and a goody bag with toothbrush and floss for each child.

Apple Tree Dental once again gave us the use of their mobile dental units, more than doubling the size of Sharing and Caring Hands’ permanent dental clinic. Thank you!

The Minneapolis District Dental Society gratefully acknowledges the following companies for their support of the Sharing and Caring Hand’s Give Kids a Smile Day.

Apple Tree Dental

3M – ESPE Dental Products

Minnesota Dental Foundation

Mayclin Dental Studio

Procter & Gamble Crest/Oral-B

American Dental Association

To our volunteers, thank you for your time and your talents. Those Minneapolis District Dental Society members (dentists only) who participated in this year’s event are:

Nicole Amundson

Laura Aguirre

Jennifer Beaudin

Steve Bejarano

Donald Blakeslee

Anthony Boe

Adena Borodkin

Megan Eakins

Ronald Erickson

Teresa Fong

Sarah Gallagher

Erin Gunselman

Lee Ann Herbert

Sandy Houck

James Indrehus

Bennett Isabella

Joan Jakubas

Kirby Johnson

Venetia Laganis

Douglas Lambert

Stephen Litton

Sarah Magnuson

Donald McPartlan

James Nickman

Nancy Norling

James Osberg

Ian Park

Michele Prom-Olson

Ipinder Puri

Larry Slepicka

Larry Steininger

Justin Swanson

Ronald Vescio

Gerald Wimmer

Fu Wong

Melissa Zettler

Please plan to volunteer for next year’s event, Saturday, February 4. This is a great opportunity to serve others in our community, renew old friendships, make new friends, and add a few CE credits to your portfolio.

Thanks to Teresa Fong for coordinating another very successful event. Dr. Fong has provided 11 years of leadership along with Dr. William Hoffmann.

Through one staff member, volunteer dentists, and dental auxiliary, the Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic operates throughout the year, providing dental care to those in our community without means to afford it. More volunteers and funding are always welcome. For more information, please contact Michelle Quade at District office (651) 631-9845, or Melissa Cozart at Sharing and Caring Hands (612) 596-3463.


Welcome, New Members

Please welcome Devon Halberg, D.D.S. as our district’s newest member.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Annual Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Evening

2011 Guest of Honor: James D. Nickman

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel

Minnetonka, Minnesota


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

MDDS Caucus Meeting

All Members Welcome

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel

Minnetonka, Minnesota


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Trapshoot Event

Metro Gun Club

Blaine, Minnesota


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Greater Twin Cities Tennis Event

Bearpath Golf and Country Club

Eden Prairie, Minnesota


Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17, 2011

MDA House of Delegates

Duluth, Minnesota


Friday, February 12, 2012

86th Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting

Special Guest Speaker: TBA

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel

Minnetonka, Minnesota

Saint Paul District

William H. Harrison

Associate Editor

2282 Como Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55108-1722

Children and Parents Learn About Good Oral Health

The Saint Paul District Dental Society hosted Children’s Dental Health Day Saturday, February 26. This is the twelfth year the event was held at the Minnesota Children’s Museum in downtown Saint Paul, and the activity is one of the most visible things we do each year. This community event is successful due to the people who volunteer their time, among them our member dentists, hygienists, and assistants, and students from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Century College, and Dakota County Technical College. Angie Hilo, who practices in Eagan, served as chairperson of this event.

Children’s Dental Health Day is designed to provide awareness and oral health education directly to the public. The kids attending enjoyed visiting with the Tooth Fairy, Happy Tooth, and Count Plaqula.

Stationed throughout the Museum were various interactive activities. One of the favorites was the “Dentist for a Day” station. At this area, kids were able to wear smocks, gloves, and masks and perform exams on their parents’ teeth all the while enjoying having their parents at their mercy sitting in the dental chair. We would like to thank Patterson Dental for the use of the dental chair and intra-oral camera.

Another popular attraction was “Ask the Dentist”. Kids and their parents could ask the dentist questions and get educational materials on topics running the gamut from fluoride and general oral care to whitening and oral piercings. In addition to these areas, we also had “Sip All Day Get Decay” and “Sour Candy” displays, and demonstrations on sealant placement and proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Dentispree 2011

Save a place for a spree, we say - i.e., please join us for the fun on Friday, May 20 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Eastcliff mansion on the East River Road in Saint Paul.

The planning committee met at the Happy Gnome (now a tradition) to plan our biggest social event of the year, and they have once again come up with some unique ideas for this year’s party. For only $25 per person, attendees will enjoy an evening of social camaraderie, a nice variety of appetizers, beverage tasting, and, a hush falls on the audience — “Mystery Entertainment — What Does the Future Hold?”

The evening will begin in the beautiful courtyard of Eastcliff mansion, a treat in itself. Eastcliff is a 20-room house overlooking the Mississippi River in Saint Paul which serves as the official residence of the president of the University of Minnesota system. In 2000, the home was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

After an hour of social mingling and guided tours of the residence, a brief ceremony will be held to install the new SPDDS officers and Executive Council members, and then the party continues!

All MDA members and a guest are invited to attend. SPDDS members will receive personal invitations in the mail. Outside the district, members may call the headquarters office to request an invitation at (65) 697-0831 or go online to make payment at http://saintpaul.mndental.org.

The Saint Paul District Welcomes Our Newest Members

Preetika Arora, D.D.S.

Elizabeth Rydell, D.D.S.

Brandon Helgeson, D.D.S.

Jelena Simic, D.D.S.

And I’ll See You There

April 13, 2011

Lunch & Learn

Speaker: Dr. Eric Schiffman

May 20, 2011

“Dentispree” Social Event and Installation of Council Members

Eastcliff Mansion, Saint Paul

August 10, 2011

SPDDS Caucus

3:30 p.m.

January 20, 2012

SPDDS Midwinter Meeting

“Unplugged” and Outdoors, Part Two

In Part One of this report (January-February 2011), I covered the “silent sport” of mountain biking in our Midwest region. My focus this time is a grand pasttime of many of the original Nordic settlers in our region, cross-country skiing!

International History

The history of cross-country skiing dates back thousands of years, starting when humans realized that by attaching two shaped pieces of wood to their feet, they could travel faster when game hunting in snow-covered fields and woods. A ski was unearthed in Sweden that is dated at 4,500 years old, and parts of skis have been discovered in swamps in Switzerland. Interestingly, there are cave drawings in Norway depicting hunters using some kind of primitive ski, dated at 5,000 B.C. It was not until the early 1800s, however, that skiing began to develop into a leisure sport.

Cross-country skiing appeared in the first Olympic Winter Games held in Chamonix in 1924 where Norwegian Torleif Haug swept all three races (the 18 kilometer, the 50 kilometers, and the combined). The first women’s race (10 kilometer) took place in 1952 in Oslo. Other men’s and women’s events and race formats have been added since their respective debuts at the Games.

Cross-country skiing saw a significant change in 1988 in Calgary when the sport evolved to allow not only the classical “kick and glide” technique events, but also the new skating technique events. Another innovation was the mass start, which saw all athletes starting at the same time instead of one-by-one every 30 seconds; this was introduced in the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002 along with the introduction of the sprint event (approximately 1.5 km).

Cross-country skiing is the sport with the largest number of events and provides one of the largest sources of medals at the Olympic Winter Games.

Midwest History

In the mid to late 19th century, and particularly the early 20th century, Scandinavians immigrated to the United States in their greatest numbers, with some of the largest numbers of settlements occurring in the upper Midwest. With them came their passion for skiing. Ski clubs sprang up all around the country, and today in places such as Minnesota and Wisconsin ski races and events are held almost every weekend during the winter months. The list of events for kids and adults are endless! There truly is some sort of group or club within a short distance for every age and ability in Minnesota and Wisconsin

One of the largest events is the 50-kilometer American Birkebeiner, held in Hayward, Wisconsin. The American Birkebeiner stems from the Norwegian Birkebeinerrennet, a 58-kilometer ski race held in Lillehammer each March. It is named after the birkebeiners, the “birch legs”, who were a faction in the Norwegian civil war in 1200. They were the underdogs, and often so destitute they had nothing but the bark of birch trees to wear on their legs and feet. When the birkebeiner chieftain died in 1204, the baglars, the rival faction, saw a dangerous rival in his son Haakon Haakonson, who was born in 1204, just after his father died. The birkebeiners wanted to bring him to safety in Trondheim. Two men took the two-year-old boy, in very harsh winter conditions, across the mountains in Osterdalen. He later became King Haakon, and ended the civil war.

Today in Norway, skiing is so popular and the Norwegians so famous for their excellent skiers, it is said that the Norwegians are born with skis on their feet. This might be a slight exaggeration, but the Norwegians do provide many opportunities to become proficient on skis.

Benefits and Getting Started

What does all this have to do with dentistry? When we talk about “caring for the whole patient”, we should also be cognizant of caring for the whole dental practitioner and dental team as well. Cross-country skiing is truly a lifetime, non-impact sport that is easy to learn, healthy, family friendly, accessible, affordable, and offers great variety!

Easy to learn. Cross-country skiing uses natural movements. It doesn’t require special skills to get started, and has a short learning curve. Just a couple of hours spent being coached by a professional instructor will give you the skills needed for a lifetime of fun!

Healthy. Cross-country skiing is one of the healthiest recreational activities for both body and soul. You can enjoy the beauty of nature with its towering trees, mountain vistas, or snow-covered meadows while experiencing a total body workout. It uses all your muscle groups and is a terrific cardiovascular activity, plus, you can do it at your pace and according to your fitness level, from smooth gliding on gentle trails to bounding up, over, and down varied terrain.

Family friendly. Cross-country skiing is a multi-generational activity. Infants and toddlers can ride in a backpack or on a sled, even while it is also gentle for grandparents and great-grandparents. Teenagers who want to go fast can skate ski, a technique that combines the leg motion of ice skating and the arm push of cross country skiing. Even the family dog can join you, as some centers welcome canines on designated dog trails. (Special enclosed sleds, called pulks, with a back support for a child, can be rented at many ski areas. They’re designed to be pulled by a cross-country skier.)

Accessible. There are more than 350 cross-country ski areas in the U.S. and Canada. Most are less than two hours from urban centers, and many are even within an hour’s drive. In Minnesota and Wisconsin we are blessed to have hundreds of trails and centers just out our back doors!

Affordable. A cross-country skiing day trip costs an average of $12 for a trail fee and $35 for a trail pass, rental equipment, and a lesson package. Compared with other winter vacations, a cross-country ski escape costs much less. A weekend vacation for a family of four — including accommodations, breakfast and dinner, trail fees, rental equipment, and a lesson — is available in New England for less than $500. A week’s getaway for a couple at a lodge or ranch in the U.S. or Canadian Rockies — including seven nights lodging, all meals, and skiing — is priced from $2,000.

Variety. Cross-country ski areas offer lodging and skiing choices from log cabins with wood-fired saunas surrounded by back-country ski terrain to romantic country inns with miles of groomed trails just outside the door. Cross-country skiing can also be combined with an alpine ski resort vacation or with a village B&B getaway weekend of shopping, dining, and cultural pursuits. You can ski with friends and family or choose solitude - the choice is yours!


Before buying equipment, it’s best to decide what you’ll be doing most often. Ask yourself:

• Do you plan to ski mostly on machine-prepared trails at a nordic center; will you mostly break your own trail in the woods, over fields, and on golf courses; or will you follow in the tracks of other skiers breaking trail?

• Will you generally use a snowmobile trail that’s packed but not specifically tracked for skiing?

• Do you prefer to classic ski (also called diagonal stride) or to

skate ski?

Personally, I recommend renting gear for the first few outings and trying different kinds and brands before buying. Most cross-country centers and outdoor retailers in metro areas rent equipment, and many of them carry state-of-the-art demo gear from a variety of manufacturers. As your skills improve, you will come to know the type of skiing you prefer, and buying equipment becomes easier. So do yourself and your family more than a favor, and give some tracks and trails a try!


“Can you imagine anything freer and more exciting than when you, swiftly as a bird, zoom down the wood-clad hillsides while country air and spruce twigs whiz by your cheeks and eyes; brain and muscles tense, ready to avoid any unknown obstacle which any moment might be thrown in your path? You are one with your skis and nature. This is something that develops not only the body but the soul as well, and it has a deeper meaning for a people than most of us perceive.”

— Fridtjof Nansen, 1890

Northeastern District

Gary Hedin

Associate Editor

324 W. Superior Street, Suite 828

Duluth, MN 55802

Deep Thoughts from A Drift

Waiting for spring in the Northeastern District is a lot like a difficult extraction. There are moments when you think it’s going to come out quickly, moments when you think it will never come out, and moments when you wonder why you are there in the first place. Eventually it does come out, and what a feeling of relief! Or you call your friendly oral surgeon and punt, which would be the equivalent of taking a vacation in February or March. I can assure you that spring is on the way, but I make no promises how long it will take to get here.

My GPS Has a Sarcasm Mode

The January NEDDS meeting was held at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, in Duluth. Our speaker for the day-long presentation was Dr. John Molinari. He spoke about infection control, which is a subject that generally doesn’t elicit too much excitement, sort of like cold testing a necrotic tooth. However, Dr. Molinari has a way of making even a fairly dry subject interesting, and he kept the large audience engaged throughout the day. Dr. Molinari is the Director of Infection Control for “The Dental Advisor”, and had previously served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry for the past 32 years. In other words, he knows his stuff. We had a number of dignified guests at the meeting, including Patrick Lloyd, Dean of the U of M School of Dentistry, Tim Flor, MDA president, Dick Diercks, MDA Executive Director, and Michael Zakula, MDA president-elect.

Perio and Systemic Health on the Dias Again

Our February meeting took place at the Kitchi Gammi Club, in Duluth, and featured periodontist Brian Mealey. He gave a very interesting talk about the connections between periodontal health and the health of the rest of the body. Dr. Mealey is Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He spoke about periodontal disease as it relates to other inflammatory diseases, the influence of systemic conditions on periodontal health, and how to implement this knowledge on a daily basis in your practice. It was really an informative lecture, and Dr. Mealey is a very good presenter. With the increase in awareness by the general public about these issues, it’s good for us to have a solid base of knowledge when talking to our patients.

Raise a Glass

At the February meeting, Jeff Somrock was presented with the Robert Beerhalter Award, which is given to a member of our Northeastern District in recognition of outstanding clinical skills, pursuit of continuing education, and a willingness to share knowledge with one’s colleagues. Dr. Somrock has been very involved in dentistry in our area for a number of years. He practices in the Woodland neighborhood of Duluth, has served as Northeastern District president, and has been an active member in many study clubs and national organizations. Anyone who has talked to Jeff for more than 15 seconds also knows that he is very passionate about fishing as well. Please take a moment to congratulate him on this award the next time you see him at a meeting!

Dental Day at the Capitol

Finally, I wanted to mention that Dental Day at the Capitol took place recently. A number of our member dentists took part in the event and traveled to Saint Paul to speak with their legislators about the issues currently affecting dentistry. Thank you to those who participated! Hopefully next year we can get a few more faces down there to tell our elected folks what we are all about.

That’s about it for now. Have a good spring!


Northwestern District

John E. Lueth

Associate Editor

P.O.Box 310

Bemidji, MN 56619

What? When? Huh?

How’s this for a plan: Give the dentists of the Mississippi headwaters region an opportunity to get together for a great meal, and why not throw in a tour of the fabulous new convention center/ice arena while you’re at it?! Winner-winner-what’s-for-dinner.

Conversation was brisk amongst the three-plus generations of dentists and spouses along the shores of Lake Bemidji for the annual Headwaters Dental Society “Christmas Dinner”. What? Christmas? This group has normally (and I offer that word in its broadest sense) had its Christmas Dinner in January or February anyway – after the December rush – but this year’s event could’ve been billed a “Pre-Equinox” party! Boasting a great turnout of 37 from as far as McIntosh, Fosston, and Park Rapids, elbow room found recent graduates, new practitioners, the retired, and the entire spectrum in between truly appreciating this once-a-year opportunity for reconnection. The venue changes every gathering, and this time we were treated to a complete tour of the brand newest WCHA arena, stinky locker rooms and all!

A FFrrrrrrigid FFrrrrrriday in FFarrrrrrrgo

On January 21, 2011 — appropriate cross-cultural fanfare — in a spirit of promoting interstate commerce, the Winter Meeting of the Minnesota Dental Association’s Northwestern District Dental Society was held … across the river in Fargo, North Dakota! (This a result of the Moorhead conference site undergoing remodeling.) Although temperatures plummeted to minus 40 and then some on the morning of the meeting, dental office staff from around the region made a fine showing on Frigid Friday. “Less is More: Practical Concepts for Changing Times” was the upbeat and up tempo presentation by Dr. Doug Lambert (Edina) for the morning session, which warmed up the crowd quickly so that within minutes the teeth stopped chattering and core temperatures, fueled by coffee, pastries, and Doug’s informative and engaging delivery maintained just the right level for the entire day — at least until trekking outside to see if the old buggy would fire up in the late afternoon!

Criss-crossing the state – from Hibbing to Fargo, and later in the day on to Saint Paul — MDA President-Elect Mike Zakula reported to the district members on Association activities, keeping everyone up to the minute on the plethora of activities, actions, and issues facing the MDA, as well as fielding questions, concerns, and suggestions.

The meeting also included a recap of the two Dental Town Hall Meetings conducted in early December in the Northwestern District, with participation by Minnesota state legislature senators and representatives (meetings which, parenthetically, were appreciated by the legislators attending and resulted in doors opening to NWDDS representatives — non-constituents in some cases — wishing to speak with them during Dental Day at the Capitol three months later! An appreciated dividend of the time invested in December, 2010.)

Dean Patrick Lloyd of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry also made the trek to the Great White North — squeezing the trip into his busy schedule as well — providing a dental school update. The district members always appreciate the opportunity to discuss the School’s current status and what may be in store for the future.

As has become customary at the winter and summer district meetings, a door prize drawing was conducted for a $100.00 voucher valid for the Star of the North Meeting. Our winner this time was Kevin Johnson of Bemidji.

Notes and Announcements

The 2011 Summer Meeting of the Northwestern District will be held in Bemidji Friday, June 17, at the Hampton Inn. Dentists, spouses, and staff are invited on the Thursday evening prior (June 16) for an informal reception from 7:00 to10:00 p.m. The Lakeside Room will provide a beautiful view of and access to Lake Bemidji, so come prepared to enjoy the great outdoors sun, sand, and water – weather permitting! Watch for further meeting and registration information soon.

Special Olympics will be holding a Track and Field Athletics Competition Friday, April 29, in Bemidji at Bemidji State University. In conjunction with the athletic activities, there is the opportunity for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants to volunteer in conducting oral health screenings of the athlete/participants. Dental personnel can volunteer for a couple of hours or the whole day. Watch for more info at http://www.specialolympicsminnesota.org/pgm-cal-details.inc.php?id=420d3cacd0bb6c5f5a08273ccfa747ee or Google Special Olympics.

Call for Historical Information About the NWDDS, Formerly Known as the Crookston Dental Society

The MDA 2013 House of Delegates will be held in the Northwestern District, the centennial year of the District. If anyone has historical information or stories about our district, please contact or provide them to John Lueth or Roger Sjulson. We would like to be able to assemble this information into a Centennial publication, and greatly appreciate stories, photos, documents, or whatever items may be of interest to members past, present, and future. Thanks!

And While You’re Still Relishing the Cold …

Mark your 2012 calendars for the Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing and Dental C.E. on the weekend of January 27-29, 2012 at Sportsman’s Lodge! Watch for more information to follow, and start to sharpen those hooks! A Beer and A Bobber can be just the thing to break the dark cold spell of winter!

Bringing Smiles Out of Hibernation

Along with a plethora of dental offices across Minnesota on February 4 and 5, dentists, staff, and dental assisting students pitched in to provide free dental care to hundreds of kids in northwestern Minnesota. At Lakeridge Dental (Detroit Lakes), Don Steinmetz, Krisiti Riewer, Ryan Manke, and their staff provided prophies, exams, and minor work as needed when found for several of the children seen. Other offices in Detroit Lakes known to have participated in GKAS were Dental Associates (Drs. McCauley, Zunich, and Kivi) and West River Dental (Drs. Jordan and Ritchie). In Fosston, the office of Roger Sjulson worked so hard all day that the good doctor wearing the bunny-nose mask literally collapsed into his office chair for a brief period of hibernation before packing it in and heading home for the weekend!

As in the past two years, the Bemidji collaboration of the Northern Dental Access Center with the dental assisting program of Northwest Technical College/Bemidji provided care to scores of children, but in addition served as a community resources connection for families. One hundred thirty-seven persons were seen for care ranging from exams, prophies, OHI, fluoride varnish, X-rays, and sealants to restorations, extractions, and more.

Working simultaneously, dental assisting students were encountering their first pedodontic patients in order to provide those services they will ultimately be able to provide in practice, while referring patients to the NDAC for their other care needs. The total value of treatment for their combined efforts was more than $41,000! Public health personnel were on site as well, contributing their talents, and the Community Resources Connections agency was available for families unsure of eligibilty for various public programs or how to navigate the system. Close to two dozen eligible persons or families were assisted in applying for MN Care, medical assistance, provided with referrals, or informed of community resources from which they might receive assistance.

Thank you to all the offices of the Northwestern District, known and unknown, who participated or supported Give Kids a Smile this year!

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Student District

Adam Swingdorf

Associate Editor

515 Delaware St., 15-106

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Holes in Their Shoes

The Student District has been busier than ever throughout the early months of the year. We have traveled to Omaha Nebraska via 12-person van, held our annual Give Kids a Smile event at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, danced our shoes off at our annual G.V. Blacktie Formal Dance, and participated in the American Student Dental Association’s Annual Session in Anaheim, California.

Our district meeting, held in Omaha, Nebraska, was quite the trip. We were welcomed by the Nebraska Dental Association’s president-elect Ken Hermson. We continued our weekend with updates from our fellow ASDA District 8 chapters. We had the opportunity to meet with dental-related companies as well. As Creighton was our host, their dean, Dr. Barkmeier, worked with ASDA leaders to get hold of enough tickets to go to the Creighton vs. Indiana State basketball game at the Quest Center.

Our next big event was our Give Kids a Smile Saturday, hosted again at the University. The event simply would not/could not have taken place without our fearless leaders Marcus Miller (D3), Michele Scholtz (D3), and Priya Muthu (D3), who worked ever so hard to gain volunteers, acquire space and materials, and advertise for the event. Their hard work paid off as more than 37 Academic Health Center representatives; 256 students (DDS, DH, and DT); 13 residents, including pedo, endo, pros, and geriatrics; 21 faculty; 21 staff members; and nine hygiene faculty were able to provide care for 173 children in one day! That day alone there were 171 exams completed among numerous other procedures to prevent disease and restore function. As a group, we were able to provide the equivalent of $122,236 worth of dentistry if it had been done in private practice. Thank you to all who donated money, supplies, space, time, and food! We couldn’t have done it without you!

February continued with our Annual G.V. Blacktie Formal Dance. Kate Lentz (D2) and Katie Divine (D2) put hours of time and effort into creating an event enjoyed by all. This year the event was held at the Saint Paul Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul. A good time was had by all, and to top off the event, unlike years past, we were even invited back next year.

At the beginning of March, Minnesota ASDA traveled with a group of eight students to Anaheim, California, to participate in the ASDA Annual Session hosted by the Disneyland Hotel! We joined more than 400 other dental students from all of the other 58 dental schools from around the country. While there, we caught up with old friends and made many new ones as we had the opportunity to listen in on keynote speakers including Mr. Bruce Kimbrell from the Disney Institute, who spoke on leadership.

Minnesota ASDA presented and passed a resolution similar to the resolution passed at the Minnesota Dental Association House of Delegates regarding “defining dental access”. We were proud to represent ideas brought from our state to the national level, and many others were excited to see the changes made. We were also very proud to host Dean Patrick Lloyd for a super-session titled “Licensed to Drill”, where he joined Morris Shragg, Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry; the Dean of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry; and a representative from the California Dental Association to speak on alternative methods of initial licensure exam like our new NBDE. Our chapter was also awarded the top honors in advocacy among the dental schools of the country, as well as honorable mention in involvement with pre-dental membership. To cap off the week, we attended the President’s Dinner Dance, themed “80’s Rockstar”. As everyone was dressed in their best 80’s garb, Minnesota ASDA got our creativity flowing and recruited an extra member for the night from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry in order to dress as “8 E’s and a Rock with a star on it”. We thought it was pretty clever. Districts 8 and 9 collaborated at the end of the night to win the karaoke/dance competition. Next year the Annual Session will be hosted here in Minneapolis!

We are looking forward to the end of March when we will be traveling to Washington D.C. to join our fellow ASDA members at the Capitol for National Dental Student Lobby Day!

West Central District

Jeanni R. Foss

Associate Editor

15167 Edgewood Drive, Suite 240

Baxter, MN 56425

New Leadership Springs Forth!

Nearly yearly we go a-hunting for a new vice-president from within our district. With bribery and corruption, we typically entice the perfect new Grizzly leader for the West Central District. This year, sadly, brought no such Herzog-film-like adventurism. We had a dentist willing to volunteer for this position without even a truly scrumptious bribe of a famous homemade Jeanni Foss chocolate chip cookie. Stand up in your cozy little office, set your coffee down, and applaud Michael H. Collins from Alexandria for stepping in line to do your dirty work! Thank you, Dr. Collins, and I will have you all know that there are 62 Michael Collins in Minnesota, so make sure you google the right one!

Also, let us not forget the transfer of super powers that took place from Immediate Past-President Kevin Dens from Baxter to our new president, Matt Rindahl from Pequot Lakes. Dr. Rindahl, a St. Olaf Ole like myself, is a quiet hard worker with great ideas for this year. A special thanks goes out to IPP Dens, who did an amazing job last year keeping us on track. He has agreed to stay on and continue volunteering his time with committees such as Membership. He organized a highly successful year-end meeting at Grandview Lodge on Gull Lake, and continues to inspire more volunteers. Our other officers still include myself as secretary, Dan Rose as Trustee, and John Foss as treasurer.

Battling the Atrocious on the Down-Low

We had a busy year-end meeting in Brainerd Lakes. The president of the MDA, Tim Flor, stopped by to check out how cool we were and gave a quick speech. Many thanks! MDA Executive Director Dick Diercks gave us the lowdown on the down-low — always appreciated! Finally, we had a guest CE lecturer who was ever so gracious as to speak a second time for our district, Dr. Scott Rake. He was wildly popular the first time he spoke, and did not disappoint this time around. He gave a talk titled, “Exodontia; Preoperative Evaluation, Surgical Techniques and Management of Postoperative Complications”. He reviewed the top 10 questions one should contemplate when going over medical history. He also updated us on new guidelines in blood pressure, pre-medication, and pregnancy. He used the big words, bisphosphonate osteochemonecrosis, which we agreed could have been sung as supercalifragilistic expialidocious to make it less atrocious. Finally, he showed wise case selections as well as super-gross complications, and assured us general practicioners that it is ALWAYS okay to send a patient to an oral surgeon if you get in a “situation”. Thanks, Scott!

Twenty-Five Never Looked So Good

There are a few quarter-centurians amongst our group who need to be recognized for their continued support. A special thanks goes out to these docs:

Dr. Melvin Bauer

Dr. Todd McGovern

Dr. Jeff Olson

Dr. Arnie Rutman

I just started listing these WCDDS stalwarts, so if you want to admit to this 25-year thing, please send me an email and I will verify the claim so you too can get your prize! (No clue what the prize is, but it will be good.)

Migrating Shutterbugs Please Apply

Re CE Trip Photos: Please submit any fun trips you made that might inspire other dentists in our district to hightail it out of the snowy tundra. I will not submit mine since I have hogged the photo space lately…so fire away!

Upcoming Events

June 10, 2011

Spring Munch and Learn

More information to come

Alexandria Summer Golf Outing

Date yet to be determined

October 28, 2011

Fall Wine, Cheese, and CE

Grandview Lodge