District News - May-June 2011

District News - May-June 2011

Associate Editors:

Minneapolis District

Cale A. Strait, D.D.S.

Associate Editor

6545 France Avenue South

Edina, Minnesota 55435

William P. Hoffmann is MDA Guest of Honor for 2011

The Saint Paul Hotel was the place to be Saturday, April 30 for the MDA Presidential Gala. Many MDA dignitaries were present to honor the Minneapolis District’s own William Hoffmann as its 2011 Guest of Honor. The MDA put together a lovely evening, including special entertainment by a gifted harpist. MDA president Timothy Flor presented the award. Dr. Hoffmann was joined by his wife, Carol, their children, Thomas, Michael, and Emily, who traveled more than 1,100 miles to join in the celebration with their father.

Dr. Hoffmann has been very involved with organized dentistry throughout his professional career. He is a past president of the Minneapolis District Dental Society, and has served as both member and chair of several committees as well as being a delegate to the Minnesota Dental Association House of Delegates. At the state level, Bill has served on several committees and currently serves as chair of the board of the Minnesota Dental Association Political Action Committee. He is a past president of the Minnesota Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and has served as a delegate to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons’ House of Delegates. He is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the International College of Dentists, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Hoffmann has served as a mentor for several high school, college, and dental students, encouraging their pursuit of the dental profession.

Dr. Hoffmann has also served the Minneapolis community by providing free oral surgery care at Sharing and Caring Hands and at the Uptown Community Clinic. Bill founded the Annual Children’s Dental Day Event (Give Kids a Smile Day) at Sharing and Caring Hands, providing comprehensive dental care for homeless children as well as providing international volunteer oral surgery services in Guatemala and in Haiti for the past eight years. In 2005, he was recognized by the Minnesota Dental Association with the Humanitarian of the Year Award, and was also recognized with the “WCCO Good Neighbor” Award. He received the International Mission Volunteer Certificate of Recognition in 2009 from the American Dental Association.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Hoffmann has served his church, Pax Christi Catholic Community, as a liturgical minister for served several years. He has served as scoutmaster for a large Boy Scout troop in Minnetonka and has helped mentor more than 40 Eagle Scouts. He has, as well, served local youth programs by coaching youth baseball, basketball, and soccer for ten years. Bill also served on the board of trustees of St. Thomas Academy.

Dr. William P. Hoffmann is truly an outstanding dentist and a credit to our profession and community.


Julie E. Clouse Awarded 2011 MDA New Dentist Leadership Award

The MDA Presidential Gala put the Association spotlight on yet another MDDS member this year. Julie Clouse was awarded the 2011 MDA New Dentist Leadership Award. Dr. Clouse was joined by her husband, Ryan, and her parents, Thomas and Jeanne.

Julie Clouse is a 2004 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. As a student, she served for three years as the ASDA class representative, providing leadership to the dental students in many different capacities. Currently Julie is serving on the MDA New Dentist Committee, the MDA Publications Committee, and acts as a liaison to the Public Relations Committee. She has published articles on behalf of the New Dentist Committee for Northwest Dentistry in 2009 and 2010. She is also a valued member of the MDA Membership Committee.

For the Minneapolis District, Julie is on the Executive Council, and was the first person to be tapped to lead the district’s Membership Outreach Program, where she personally performed approximately 40 site visits to non-members.

Dr. Clouse is active in her community and has been a participant in the Peace Lutheran Church Honduras Dental Mission, making five mission trips to Honduras.


Annual Meeting Does the Honors

On Thursday, April 21, outgoing MDDS president Mark Omlie hosted members and guests at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel for the District’s 2011 Annual Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Evening. Our newly installed officers are Lee Ann M. Herbert, president; Cale A. Strait, president-elect; Susan E. M. Block, vice-president; and Gary A. Bolmgren, secretary/treasurer. We all look forward to continuing to advance the Minneapolis District in its goals and mission under the direction of Dr. Herbert over the next year.

Also honored during this special night were 15 past presidents who were in attendance as well: Alejandro Aguirre, Paul Arnesen, Bashar Bakdash, Teresa Fong, Patrick Foy, Bill Hoffmann, Douglas Lambert, Tom Larkin, Steven Litton, George MacGibbon (our oldest living past president — 1961), Michael Perpich, Jon Moren, James Nickman, Harold Panuska, Rick Render, Herb Schulte, and R. Bruce Templeton.

The District also expressed its appreciation to Patrick Foy, R. Bruce Templeton and Michael Till for serving as Minnesota Dental Association presidents representing the Minneapolis District over the years. And a tip of the collective hat as well to Michelle Bergsrud, currently serving at the MDA level as treasurer. Thank you, Michelle. Your time and talents do not go unnoticed!

Following dinner, the 2011 Guest of Honor Award was presented to James Nickman. Teresa Fong was the emcee of a very special presentation highlighting Dr. Nickman’s dental career and his volunteerism throughout his life.

Teresa Fong put together a remarkable tribute to Jim’s dental career, which included some very enjoyable stories, letters from many of his friends and colleagues from around the country, and a whole bunch of video tributes as well - including a very special tribute from his daughter, Beth, who was away at college and could not be with him for this very special evening. These tributes provided such interesting insight into Jim’s life and professional career.

Dr. Nickman was then honored with an engraved plaque on behalf of the District for his valuable contributions to dentistry and his community. Congratulations, Jim!

The MDDS Annual Meeting 2011 was a celebration not to be forgotten any time soon. To Dr. Teresa Fong, our sincere thanks for all the time and effort you put into the special program. Those in attendance surely enjoyed themselves.


2011 MDDS Guest of Honor James D. Nickman

James Nickman, D.D.S., M.S., a pediatric dentist with Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates, was born in Denver, Colorado, and moved to Montana in the early 1970s. He graduated from Helena Capital High School in 1981, attended Montana State University in Bozeman and graduating with a degree in chemical engineering in 1985. Jim then moved to Midland, Texas, where he was employed as an engineer with Texas Instruments until 1993. Jim received his dental degree in 1997, and completed his pediatric training and Masters of Science in 1999 at the University of Minnesota. He continues to volunteer his time as an associate clinical professor at the University Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic.

Jim has been very active in organized dentistry. As a dental student, he was involved with the American Student Dental Association, serving as a district trustee and as its national vice-president in 1997. Jim has also held many positions in the Minneapolis District Dental Society, including serving as president in 2008-2009. In addition, he has been active in the Minnesota Dental Association (MDA), serving on many committees and numerous times as a delegate to the MDA House of Delegates. Jim is also a past president of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Alumni Society.

In the pediatric dentistry community, Jim has served as the president of the Minnesota Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, president of the North Central Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and currently on the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Honored with the Jerome B. Miller/Crest Oral-B “For the Kids” award in 2009, Jim has been inducted into the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family and in the outdoors.


Membership Milestones

The Minneapolis District Dental Society congratulated members who have reached membership milestones within our organization at the Annual Meeting as well. The District put their hands together for the contribution to the dental profession made by the honorees through their years of membership. If you see these folks at a meeting or around town, please congratulate them as they reach these membership milestones.

25-Years of Consecutive Membership – 2011

Ramon Aguirre-Gaudiano, D.D.S.

Kathy A. Arnold, D.D.S.

Paul E. Berg, D.D.S.

Michael J. Hauwiller, D.D.S.

Michael J. Leonard, D.D.S.

Todd W. Marshall, D.D.S.

Eric M. Ness, D.D.S.

Jeffrey E. O’Neil, D.D.S.

Alice M. Ottavi, D.D.S.

David S. Padula, D.D.S.

Paul D. Rynders, D.D.S.

Steven M. Rzepecki, D.D.S.

Eric L. Schiffman, D.D.S.

Mary E. Seieroe, D.D.S.

Christine M. Swanson, D.D.S.

Douglas D. Talus, D.D.S.

50-Years of Consecutive Membership – 2011

Leonard H. Arndt, D.D.S.

Maurice L. Burchardt, D.D.S.

Lee S. Chapman, D.D.S.

Wallace L. Christenson, D.D.S.

John Z. Doroschak, D.D.S.

Duane A. Michaelis, D.D.S.

Robert R. Miller, D.D.S.

Carl J. Olson, D.D.S.

Richard D. Philstrom, D.D.S.

Paul G. Smith, D.D.S.

Gregory T. Swenson, D.D.S.

Michael J. Till, D.D.S.

Frank W. Worms, D.D.S.


Get Out Your Calendar

The annual Trapshoot Tournament will be returning to the Metro Gun Club in Blaine and is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17. There are several shooting events offered at this location. Of course, there will be trap, skeet, sporting clays, and the duck tower as always. But also this year we will offer both wobble trap and wobble skeet ranges. Additionally, Metro Gun Club has a pistol range for those who would like to try this event. The day will culminate with the annual wild game dinner and prizes. Everyone is welcome to attend!

The final summer event is the Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer that is scheduled on Wednesday, September 9. Again this year we are pleased to announce that the 2010 Tennis Mixer will be returning to the Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie! This event will include members from both the Minneapolis and Saint Paul District Dental Societies as well as the entire MDA membership. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun! Where else can you have a full afternoon of fun with lunch and dinner included for only $75.00? So for all you tennis players, grab a friend and come out and have a fun-filled afternoon of tennis at Bearpath Golf and Country Club. Don’t forget, there are always lots of prizes and surprises as well.

All MDA members are welcome to the above events! Registration forms for all summer events can be found on the MDDS website. If you are outside the Minneapolis District and you would like to attend one of the events, or if you have any questions or need a registration form, please do not hesitate to contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845.

Welcome, New Members

Congratulations to the following new members of the District. Why not give them a call and welcome them to the District with an invitation to join you at an upcoming district meeting or just lunch. Find your own way to welcome them to the Minneapolis District!

Abdirahman U. Ahmed, D.D.S.

Patrick G. Becicka, D.D.S.

Cory J. Brenner, D.D.S.

Angela B. Bukstein, D.D.S.

Carrie A. Carlson, D.D.S.

Havva Z. Ertugrul, D.D.S.

Sarah J. Kim, D.D.S.

Nancy N. Lam, D.D.S.

Sarah J. Melstrom, D.D.S.

Phuong-Giang T. Pham, D.D.S.

Ipindar S. Puri, D.M.D.

Michael A. Wasemiller, D.D.S.


Upcoming Programs and Events

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

MDDS Caucus Meeting

All Members Welcome

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel

Minnetonka, Minnesota


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Annual Trapshoot Event

Metro Gun Club

Blaine, Minnesota


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer

All MDA Members Welcome

Bearpath Golf and Country Club

Eden Prairie, Minnesota


Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 2011

MDA House of Delegates

DEC – Duluth Entertainment

Convention Center

Duluth, Minnesota


Friday, February 10, 2012

86th Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting

Speaker: Dr. Theresa Gonzales

Discussion Topic: “Shades of Blue:

Recognizing Patterns of Abuse, and Dentistry’s Role in the Forensic Arena”

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel

Minnetonka, Minnesota


Saint Paul District

William H. Harrison

Associate Editor

2282 Como Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55108-1722


Welcome, New Member

Please welcome the following new member of the Saint Paul District Dental Society to organized dentistry. Dr. Christopher J. French practices at The Oral Surgery Center in Woodbury.

And I’ll See You There

August 10, 2011

SPDDS Caucus

January 20, 2012

SPDDS Midwinter Meeting


Unplugged and Outdoors Part Three: Geocaching

In Parts I and II of my series on lifetime activities for families of the staff, I chronicled several family friendly, “silent” sports: cross-country skiing and mountain biking. Both are excellent choices in our region. However, I couldn’t end this series without adding a bit of “tech” to another great, family-friendly activity: geocaching!

Okay, most of you are thinking “What on earth is geocaching?” Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global PositioningSystem (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date he or she found it and signs it with an established code name. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (tupperware or similar) or ammo boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching is often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek”, sharing many aspects with benchmarking, trig pointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and way marking.

The activity was originally referred to as “GPS stash hunt” or “gpsstashing”. This was changed after a discussion in the gpsstash discussion group at eGroups (now Yahoo!). A member suggested that “stash” could have negative connotations, and suggested “geocaching” instead.

Geocaches are currently placed in more than 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica. After 10 years of activity, there are more than 1.3 million active geocaches published on various websites, and more than five million geocachers worldwide.

Geocaching is similar to the 150-year-old game letterboxing, which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories. Geocaching was conceived shortly after the removal of Selective Availability from GPS on May 1, 2000, because the improved accuracy of the system allowed for a small container to be specifically placed and located. The first documented placement of a GPS-located cache took place on May 3, 2000, by Dave Ulmer of Beavercreek, Oregon. By May 6, 2000, it had been found twice and logged once. According to Dave Ulmer’s message, the original stash was a black plastic bucket buried most of the way in the ground and contained software, videos, books, food, money, and a slingshot.

The Oregon Public Broadcasting program “Oregon Field Guide” covered the topic of geocaching in a February 2010 episode, paying a visit to the original site. A memorial plaque now sits at the actual site, the Original Stash Tribute Plaque.

For the traditional geocache, a geocacher will place a waterproof container containing a log book (with pen or pencil) and trade items, then record the cache’s coordinates. These coordinates, along with other details of the location, are posted on a listing site. Other geocachers obtain the coordinates from that listing site and seek out the cache using their GPS handheld receivers. The finding geocachers record their exploits in the logbook and online. Geocachers are free to take objects (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value. Kids absolutely love this, and are excited by the anticipation of what might be in the geocache or what they might leave in return. My girls like to trade out small items like toys.

As I mentioned, most of the typical cache “treasures” are not high in monetary value but may hold personal value to the finder. Aside from the logbook, common cache contents are unusual coins or currency, small toys (kids love ‘em), ornamental buttons, CDs, or books. Also common are objects that are moved from cache to cache called “hitchhikers”, such as Travel Bugs or Geocoins, whose travels may be logged and followed online. Cachers who initially place a Travel Bug or Geocoins will often assign specific goals for their trackable items. Examples of goals are: to be placed in a certain cache a long distance from home; to travel to a certain country; or to travel faster and farther than other hitchhikers in a race. Higher value items are occasionally included in geocaches as a reward for the First to Find (called “FTF”), or in locations which are harder to reach. Dangerous or illegal items, basically anything non-family-friendly, are generally not allowed and are specifically against the rules of most geocache listing sites.

Geocache container sizes range from “nanos” which can be smaller than the tip of finger and only have enough room to store the log sheet to 20 liter (five gallon) buckets or even larger containers. The most common cache containers in rural areas are lunch-box-sized plastic storage containers or surplus military ammunition cans. Ammo cans are considered the gold standard of containers because they are very sturdy, waterproof, animal and fire resistant, relatively cheap, and have plenty of room for trade items. Smaller containers are more common in urban areas because they can be more easily hidden.

If a geocache has been vandalized or stolen, it is said to have been “muggled” or “plundered”. The former term plays off the fact that those not familiar with geocaching are called muggles, a term borrowed from the Harry Potter series of books which was rising in popularity at the same time geocaching got its start.

Geocaches can vary in size, difficulty, and location. Simple caches are often called “drive-bys”, “park ‘n grabs” (PNGs), or “cache and dash”. Geocaches may also be complex, involving lengthy searches or significant travel. Examples include: staged multi-caches, underwater caches, caches located 50 feet (15 m) up a tree, caches found only after a long offroad drive, caches on high mountain peaks, caches located in challenging environments (such as Antarctica or north of the Arctic Circle), and magnetic caches attached to metal structures and/or objects.

Given all this potential excitement, how does one get started? The most convenient way is to visit your local outdoor/camping store. Most large retailers carry a variety of GPS units that are affordable and designed specifically for geocaching. It’s best to try them out in person to see which one may suit your needs best. Many come with built-in software and are designed to be plug-n-play with your computer and the most popular geocaching sites. Do your family a favor and give geocaching a try!



Northeastern District

Gary Hedin

Associate Editor

324 W. Superior Street, Suite 828

Duluth, MN 55802


Abridged Too Far, or A Short Report From the Semi-Frozen Nort’

Hello again! It’s been a pretty quiet spring in the Northeastern District. We have only had one meeting since my last article, and it took place in Hibbing. A sincere thank you to Jerry Pedersen, director of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s Hibbing Clinic, for setting up and hosting the event. Jerry does a great job every year bringing some excellent speakers to our area, and by all accounts he did it again.

Dr. Brent Rundquist was the speaker for our March NEDDS meeting. He is an endodontist who practices in the metro area, and he also serves as an adjunct professor at the School of Dentistry. I was unable to attend the meeting, but the folks I talked to who did make it there told me that Dr. Rundquist did an excellent job speaking about endodontics. Thank you to Dr. Rundquist for making the trip north and for providing our members with a good presentation!

By the time you read this article, we will have had the NEDDS Annual Business Meeting and installation of your new officers for 2011-12. They are: Doug Erickson, president; Chris Carlson, first vice-president; Kim Lindquist, second vice-president; and Gary Hedin, secretary/treasurer. Please take a moment to thank Mike Hagley for his outstanding service during the past year as president of the Northeastern District. He has done an excellent job, and will finally have some time to go fishing!

The annual NEDDS Golf and Fishing Outing will be taking place June 10 at Pokegama Golf Course and Pokegama Lake, respectively. It should be a great day to get out and have some fun with your friends and colleagues in the beautiful Grand Rapids area. Make sure you set aside some time to take part in this annual event!

That’s about it. Hope you are having a good spring and planning some fun activities for this summer!




Northwestern District

John E. Lueth

Associate Editor

P.O.Box 310

Bemidji, MN 56619


Dentistry in a Different Light: A Civilian Dentist’s Perspective on Military Dentistry

Zachary Hazelton, D.D.S.*

Take a moment to think about yourself… What kind of arrangements do you need to make when you go on vacation for a week or two? Now put yourself in the shoes of a soldier who is being deployed for 12 to18 months. What type of arrangements does that person need to make before departing for such an extended and challenging period of time?

Thankfully, our military helps these soldiers make these overwhelming arrangements before deployment through the Soldier Readiness Program, or SRP. SRPs for our Minnesota-based soldiers typically take place at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The SRP is designed to ensure that all aspects of a soldier’s well-being are accounted for and in order before deployment. The process includes a medical exam, dental exam, mental health screening, family readiness, legal considerations, financial arrangements, and even meeting with a chaplain. Typically, a soldier will complete an SRP several times before deployment to give him or her a chance to correct any deficiencies and make necessary adjustments and arrangements between SRP events.

With that scenario in mind, now please take a moment to think about your patients… When a patient has a toothache on the weekend, two days can feel like an eternity. Imagine that patient is overseas and hundreds, even thousands, of miles from the closest dental clinic — a clinic that may not be fully equipped. To complicate matters, the logistics of transporting that soldier to a dental clinic may involve a convoy of several vehicles and soldiers who are at risk of encountering roadside bombs, RPGs, and IEDs during transport. This is why the dental exam portion for the SRP exists and is so important. It has been said that failing the dental exam is the most common reason for making a soldier non-deployable.

Let’s take a closer look at the dental aspect of the SRP. There are dentists in the military to examine these patients, but the military will request aid from civilian dentists if the need exceeds their capacity. A typical exam at an SRP event includes a panoramic radiograph to screen for gross pathology and to serve as means for identification of the deceased if necessary, four bitewing radiographs, PSR screening, and a hard tissue exam. This information is used to place a soldier in one of three categories:

Class I: No dental concerns, good hygiene, and the patient receives regular preventive care. With a Class I status, the soldier is considered deployable.

Class II: A few mild dental concerns such as incipient decay, mild to moderate calculus accumulation, or any other dental concern that is not anticipated to require urgent care in the next 12-18 months. With a Class II status, the soldier is deemed deployable, but advised to seek care prior to deployment.

Class III: There are significant dental concerns which are likely to require urgent dental care in the next 12-18 months. These concerns can include, but are not limited to: decay extending to or beyond the DEJ; partially erupted third molars (there are a lot of these, as most soldiers are in the 18-25 year age range); missing anterior teeth (military issue gas masks have a “straw-like” mouthpiece that requires anterior occlusion); endodontic concerns; and suspicious oral pathology lesions or temporary restorations. With a Class III status, the soldier is not deployable. Class III Soldiers are further categorized by the difficulty to restore health. Classification A is “easy (one to two dental visits)”; B is “moderate (three to four dental visits)”; and C is extensive (four or more dental visits).

What can you do to help? As a dentist, there are a number of ways to help. Upon a dental exam at an SRP event, soldiers listed as a Class II or III will be asked to find a civilian dentist to help correct their dental concerns. You can help by accommodating these patients, as they may only have one month to have their dental work completed. Oftentimes the military will pay for the soldier’s dental expenses if he or she is within 90 days of deployment. To ensure that you are properly reimbursed for your treatment, it is imperative that you follow the orders that the soldier brings to your office and/or have your treatment plan authorized before beginning treatment. Typically, the military will authorize amalgam restorations in the posterior, composite restorations in the anterior, build-ups (not crowns), partials to replace anterior teeth only, root canal therapy, full mouth debridement (not scaling and root planing), and third molar removal or extractions as prescribed. For regular recall patients who are in the military, you can help streamline the SRP process by filling out Form 2813, which can be found as a PDF with Google. By having this form completed, a soldier may avoid a several-hour wait to see a dentist at Camp Ripley and, therefore, have more time to make the other necessary arrangements.

As dentists, we also have a good understanding of how life changes can affect oral health. These soldiers are going through a significant life change that will impact their habits, diets, and hygiene. These changes can be the perfect recipe for decay or other oral health problems. In the grand scheme of things, these soldiers have bigger concerns than their teeth, so we need to make it as easy as possible for them to take care of themselves. We may recommend techniques for improving brushing and flossing, xylitol gum, a prescription fluoridated toothpaste, fluoridated rinses, tobacco cessation, and dietary consideration. You may also consider donating preventive supplies to those on deployment. Finally, upon return from deployment, many soldiers are in need of dental care to help restore their oral health to an acceptable level. Next time you see a person in the military, I hope you think of his or her overall well-being and oral health in a different light.

From the Editors: We don’t care how old you (we really don’t, on general principle), every one of us has had a day like this. Yup, you do feel lost, like your feet aren’t quite under you. Fact is, though, there they are, just waiting for directions, like the rest of your tools. Fact is, your personal GPS may just need a little operator adjustment. So here is a gentle prescription for your malaise and app-rehension: Read, re-read, or remember “The Emperor’s Nightingale” by Hans Christian Andersen. Then accept the invitation to step out of your head, out of the infamous “box”, out of your comfort zone, and out the door. With any luck at all, the next buzz you hear should come on wings.

Some Days I Feel Like I’m Hopelessly Lost!

Today I walked into the dental hygiene room to perform a dental exam for a woman born in 1963, only slightly younger than I am. I could even consider us to be of the same generation. I am greeted by a snappy reggae-like tune coming from a chair in the corner. In this pint-sized kid chair sits a tiny towheaded blonde girl holding an electronic device. I “get my groove on” and bust out a few dance-like moves — well, at least in my own mind — getting a really big grin from her. (“Hey Grandma, check out the big guy moving funny to the music!”)

Grandma is amused as well, but I’m thinking she’s amused in a different way. As I’m chatting with the younger-than-I-am woman in the dental chair (aka Grandma), the child shows off by playing me a selection of tunes and muttering the word “download” as she shows me one.

I ask Grandma what it is the little girl has upon which she is playing this variety of music.

Grandma tells me it’s an iPhone.

I ask Grandma how old is the electronic whiz, and am told, “She’s three.” The patient (aka Grandma) further tells me that she (Grandma) has downloaded all sorts of “apps” for little kids, and that her three-year-old granddaughter knows how to operate them.

Now, I’m familiar with the term “app” — you know, rhymes with “sap”…what I feel like not having a “smart phone”. But I don’t need a smart phone when I’m outside actually doing things. A sunrise walk listening to and identifying spring’s bird songs, or the solitude of a paddle on a secluded area lake sans “smart” works better for me.

Then Grandma proceeded to inform me about this tiny terror’s older sibling. Her four-and-a-half-year-old grandson had the benefit of electronic “tutoring” such that when he presented for kindergarten testing recently, he passed with flying colors — and shapes! The testing included identification of colors. He knew those — no problem! It also included questions on simple shapes. When the tester asked about the circle, the square, and the triangle, the four-year-old got them right with almost an air of boredom. Testing over; this kid knows enough to go to kindergarten. That was when he literally stunned the teacher by pointing at some unasked shapes lying on her desk. “That one’s an octagon. That one’s a hexagon!”

Grandma had taught him how to play an app game teaching shapes.

Great, I am being electronically outdone by a three-year-old and a four-and-a-half-year-old!

So here’s the deal for me: Although I have heard smart phones, iPads, and the like, (all manner of electronic gadgets into which so many people young and old have buried their noses) referred to as “electronic pacifiers”, and that a three-year-old can “out nerd” me, I know these devices can be tremendously helpful. Brave words. I’m still not there. I’m still hung up on coffee and a face-to-uninterrupted-face conversation with a friend, or the same over a Guinness. These I will continue, even as I to come to grips with how to properly function with my otherwise underutilized opposable thumbs!




Southeastern District

Travis A. Schmitt

Associate Editor

204 4th Street SW, Suite 144

Austin, MN 55912-4427


Hello, Southeastern District!

Hope all is well! This issue will mostly be a collage of many different images and light on the reading.

First: Please plan on attending the District’s Annual Meeting in Owatonna — look to the postcard (right top, and in your mail) for details. Last year, we had a fabulous program, great food (filet and mahi mahi), and a great time.

Do not miss this year’s installment! President Tim Holland is promising to best the Austinites. He has personally received assurances from the chef that the food will be spectacular!

We must also direct you to notice the two photos of our SEDDS security detail, aka Rick Nolting. He has been on missions with Seal Team Six. Why am I pointing this out? We do not want to send him to pick YOU up for the Annual Meeting — come, come of your own free will. Come. Sit. Stay. Kidding aside, we would like you to come.

On a most positive note, we can celebrate having our very own Joel Michelson, Rochester, as the recipient of the Minnesota Dental Association 2011 Humanitarian Service Award. Congratulations, Joel! The Southeastern District hosted a reception for Dr. Michelson after the President’s Gala at the Star of the North Meeting at the St. Paul Hotel. To those who attended, thank you for supporting Joel. To which we can only add to this written record what we all have been saying to and about Joel since the award was announced: Congratulations, and thank you for your great service to your fellow man!

Our trustee, Matt Vaillant, placed third in the Star of the North photo contest with “Noogie”. Matt has proposed a resolution for a free “noogie” for those who do not attend the annual meeting. Kidding aside, we would like you to come. (The echo in here is something fierce.) Congrats to Matt! There were a lot of good photos at Star of the North!

So in closing (this being the season of speeches) I urge each of you to ask yourself, am I going to go to the Annual Meeting? If not, why not? If you have never been to one, give it a try. If you come, you will be happy, and happy you did. President Holland promises!




Southern District

Grant R. Sorensen

Associate Editor

1029 Third Avenue

Worthington, MN 56187-2398

In Memory Charles F. McGuiggan, D.D.S.

Dr. Charles F. McGuiggan, life-long Southern District member, died March 14, 2011, at his home in Leisure World, Mesa, Arizona.

After graduating from Marshall High School in 1943, he enlisted in the Navy and was chosen for the V-12 program. The V-12 Navy College Training program was created by the federal government to supplement the force of commissioned officers in the United States Navy during World War II. All those in V-12 were on active duty, in uniform, and subject to a very strict form of military discipline. V-12 participants were required to carry 17 credit hours and nine and one-half hours of physical training each week. Study was year-round, three terms of four months each, and heavy on math and science.

Following his Naval Training program, Dr. McGuiggan served in the South Pacific. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to Minnesota to continue his education at the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1950. He then joined his father in general practice dentistry in Marshall. Charles was recalled under the “Doctor Draft Law” to serve at the Great Lakes Naval Base during the Korean War, returning to Marshall in 1956. After furthering his education at the University of Minnesota, he began to practice orthodontics in 1965 and established a solo specialty practice. He practiced until his retirement in 1984, when he sold his orthodontic practice to Dr. Greg Lecy.

Charles was very active in many civic and community organizations. He loved politics and talking with people. He was the Lyon County DFL chair and Seventh District vice-chair. He served as mayor of Marshall from 1960-1964. He held political fundraisers in his house for Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, and others. He would lobby at the Capitol for various projects.

In 1956, Charles McGuiggan and several other Marshall residents organized a group to bring a college to their rural town, and in 1967 Southwest Minnesota State University opened. He was the first chair of both the SMSU Foundation board and the Campus Religious Center board. SMSU remained close to his heart, and in 2007 he started the “McGuiggan Family Endowment Scholarship” for science majors. All of his six children attended either Southwest State University or the University of Minnesota. Four of his six children have advanced degrees from the U of M.

Dr. McGuiggan was appointed by the Governor to both the State Board of Education and the State Board of Vocational Education, where he served as chair for three years. He was, as well, a member of the Higher Education Coordinating Board. He was elected to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents by the Minnesota legislature in 1977 and re-elected in 1983, serving as chair in 1985-1987. During his 12 years on the board, he was proud of the fact that he never missed a monthly meeting despite the 300-mile round trip from Marshall to Minneapolis.

Although Charles never mowed during his working years, he enjoyed taking care of his lawn during his retirement. He liked walleye fishing, hiking in Arizona, grilling porterhouse steaks on Saturday nights, sunsets on Green Lake in Spicer, Minnesota, and most importantly, spending time with his family.

Charlie never lost his sense of humor. Commenting to his daughter on her last visit to see him, “I’ll see you upstairs in a few years.”


In Memory Roy John Enquist, D.D.S.

The Southern District lost another long-time member when Dr. Roy Enquist passed away January 30, 2011, at his home in Duck Key, Florida.

Roy John Enquist grew up in western Minnesota and graduated from Graceville High in 1956. He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1963. Roy served in the Army Dental Corps at Fort Polk, Louisiana, before moving to Marshall in 1965 to start his own dental practice. Roy thought Marshall was a great place to raise a family. He practiced in the building on North First Street for 35 years before retiring in 2000.

Dr. Enquist was a past president of the Southern District Dental Society.


Annual Fall Meeting Set for August 26

SAVE THE DATE: Friday August 26, 2011. The Southern District Dental Society’s Annual Fall meeting will be held at Jackpot Junction in Morton, Minnesota. Our continuing education speaker will be Dr. John Svirsky, oral pathologist from VCU. He is a nationally recognized speaker who will certainly entertain everyone. More information will follow.




Student District

Aaron Bumann

Associate Editor

515 Delaware St. S.E.

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455


A Basketful of Spring

Spring is a busy time of year, and it has been no different down at the University of Minnesota for the Student District. In the last few months we have traveled the country, won awards, and have planned for the future of both MNASDA and national ASDA.

March Winds

March took us to Anaheim, California for the ASDA Annual Session, where MNASDA introduced and moved through a resolution to define barriers to care, much the same as was passed by the Minnesota Dental Association’s House of Delegates last fall. We believe this is an important step for ASDA. In dentistry, we learn that a problem can only be solved if you can accurately diagnose what is causing it. We have learned to apply that same thinking we are taught in classes like oral pathology to the social issues surrounding dentistry as well, a true testament to the intelligence and foresight of our membership! We were also excited to promote Minnesota and the Twin Cities, as Minneapolis will be hosting the ASDA Annual Session next February. This is the first time the national Annual Session has come to Minnesota, and we are excited to show off our city and state to dental students from around the country.

March then took us to Washington D.C. for National Dental Student Lobby Day, just in time to witness the cherry blossoms in full bloom. We were honored at the conference as the Ideal Chapter for Legislative Activity. This is a truly significant award to receive, considering how many other schools do amazing work in this area. The following day, more than 300 dental students took to Capitol Hill to speak with legislators and their staffs about the Emergency Dental Responder Act, as well as funding for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. We were well received and left our nation’s capital with experience and a deeper understanding of how we can effect change to benefit our profession.

 Strong Foundations

Our chapter is also blessed with great leadership. We are honored to have three national leaders from MNASDA this year. Katie Divine (D3) is an associate editor of national ASDA publications. Aruna Rao (D4) is the vice-chair for the Legislative Grassroots Network, and is in charge of overseeing ADPAC functions around the country. And I was appointed the Western Regional Legislative Coordinator and am in charge of overseeing the legislative activity for the 21 schools west of the Mississippi.

The three of us traveled to Chicago to help determine the direction ASDA will take in the upcoming year, and I am happy to report that through the leadership of our students here in Minnesota and around the country, we are going to have yet another successful year.

Even As We Speak

All the while, things have been busy back at the dental school. Finals, competencies, and the end of term came upon us. In the midst of all the craziness, MNASDA was still busy. We held elections in April, and I am excited to introduce Alex Lund (D3) as our new vice-president; Michael Brooks (D3), Membership chair; Jim Omlie (D3), secretary; and Kirby Johnson (D2), president-elect. We also have many new committee chairs and have new events in the works, including a cross-country ski race next winter to benefit the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

 Do Not Disturb

Summer brings some respite and a chance to start fresh. We had an amazingly successful year in 2010-2011, and we are all looking forward to building on the now firmly established tradition of excellence for MNASDA.




West Central District

Jeanni R. Foss

Associate Editor

15167 Edgewood Drive, Suite 240

Baxter, MN 56425


City Bound

April is the time when all the country mice dentists go with their staffs to visit their city mice dental friends at the MDA’s Star of the North Meeting. This event tends to be the yearly getaway for the outliers. Some look forward to the shopping and fine dining, while others enjoy the continuing education and camaraderie. We load up all our cheese snacks and stuff our suitcases in the old pickup truck with the Hamdog blue grass cassette to entertain us all the way to the big city! Our pet turkeys at home serve as our security system of sorts. (Semi-urban Bird Alert: Wild turkey spotted by East Gull Lake, Minnesota.)

This year I was able to capture a few of these West Central dentists making their way through the Star of the North event. I did see many of you riding the escalators up and down at the RiverCentre just for fun since we don’t have those in the country. Many of the speedy dentists were able to dodge my pictures, but next year I will find you.


Coming Events

Friday, June 10, 2011

Dental Forensics Lecture

For dentists and staff

Location: Radisson Hotel

Cost: Dentists, $15.00; staff, $10.00

Registration: 4:30 p.m.

Dinner: 5:00-6:00 p.m.

CE: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. John Williams.

In 1974, with two NFL Super Bowls under his belt, football pro John Williams decided to pursue his passion for dentistry. Then playing for the Baltimore Colts, he went to college during the off seasons to earn a dental degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He officially retired from the NFL in 1980 after 12 years and established a dental practice in the inner city of Minneapolis.

“Part of our responsibility as dentists is to motivate and educate, as well as treat,” said Dr. Williams, who welcomes the opportunity to encourage his patients, especially impressionable youth. “Over the past 23 years, we have been a resource for many patients.”

In addition to running a successful practice, Dr. Williams is trained in forensic dentistry and is a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, a program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Following the September 11 tragedy in New York City, he participated on the identification team at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office.

 Friday, August 12, 2011

Alexandria Golf Outing, Lunch and One CE


Friday, October 28, 2011

3rd Annual Weather, Wine and Cheese Social Event

Grandview Lodge, Brainerd

4:00-10:00 p.m.

KARE 11 meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas will be speaking again on Tornado Chasing and Disaster Preparedness (two CE credits)

Cost: $30/person

Note: Blocks of rooms are saved until September 28