District News - November-December 2011

District News - November-December 2011

Associate Editors:

West Central District

Jeannie R. Foss
Associate Editor
15167 Edgewood Drive, Suite 240
Baxter, Minnesota 56425
 
September Shoot in Crow Wing County
The dentists up in Crow Wing County have again submitted great pictures of their annual golf and duck shoot. A cool morning of golf with a little competition among friends  was followed by a few beers and burgers. The fleet black SUVs seemed to arrive in Secret Service style at Rice Creek Hunting Preserve in Little Falls. There was a husband-wife dentist team who decided to make a date out of the duck hunt and reserved the best blind in the house. This annual event always is a great success, and ends with a wonderful game feed to fill up the manly hunters. Is that an echo of Tim Allen’s uber-guy “Arr arr arr” still floating across the hills? 
 
House of Delegates Session Brings New Leadership
The West Central District was proud to have our own Dan Rose running for the MDA’s second vice-president position. I’m sure it was a close election, but Dr. Rose pulled  ahead and was elected. Because he was our trustee, the vacant position was filled by the District’s very wonderful leader, Kevin Dens, from Brainerd. Both of these gentlemen have done so much within our district over the past two years, and I am confident that they will accomplish plenty in the years to come. 
 
Our current president, Matt Rindal from Pequot Lakes, proved to be on task as he led our delegation this year. Michael Collinsfrom Alexandria is our vice-president, and was able to get through a very challenging resolution committee meeting and emerge still smiling. Without great volunteer dental leaders like these, dentistry would not be
what it is today. So next time you see any of these four gentlemen, give each of them a huge pat on the back. They deserve it for a job well done.
 
Third Annual Wine, Cheese, and Meteorology Event
Appetites for “all of the above” in place, WCDDS members arrived en masse at beautiful Grandview Resort on Gull Lake for an evening that began with Jim Olsen working his magic on the guitar background music in the main lodge. The wine and cheese started the evening out well, and I was impressed to see dentists from the Northwestern, Saint Paul, and Minneapolis districts joining us this year. Without a single live siren, we were able to watch tornado after tornado with that great tour guide Jonathan Yuhasfrom KSTP Channel 5 news. He is always an extremely interesting and gracious speaker. We had some fun contests 
during the break, and the big winners received large wine baskets. There were several weather book baskets given away as well. (I know how to do prizes! Hint hint: Come to this event next year!)
There was a lot of socializing throughout the evening, including many reunions of various dental classmates who had not seen each other for nearly 10 to 15 years.
 
Top of the List for ’12
January 14, 2012 (get used to saying it), Fergus Falls Annual Conference. Our featured speaker will be Sandy Botkins from Washington D.C., an expert on tax law and health
care tax set-ups. This event is free for University of Minnesota dental students, who will just need to register for it. Anyone thinking of retiring soon would find this a wonderful opportunity to network with the graduating senior dental students. This event is open to all dentists, and we hope to have 100 dentists and medical doctors in attendance. Please contact me, (Jeanni Foss) with any questions at (218) 828-0565. The conference center does have special rates with a block of rooms available. Dental
sponsors will have tables open during the breaks of the event. Don’t miss out!

 


Saint Paul District

Rosalie Perpich
Associate Editor
1725 Tower Drive West
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082
 
We Were There
The District thanks the following SPDDS delegates for their participation and important contribution at the 2011 MDA House of Delegates: Bill Harrison, Chair; Pete Cannon, Norman Coates, Scott Doyle, Lois Duerst, Steve Henseler, Christine Hermanson, Jason Johnson, Perri Kauls, Sam LaChance, Rosalie Perpich, Vacharee Peterson, Dave Rischall, Jeff Rozinka, Annika Simon, Donna Stenberg, Howard Taylor, Paul Zollinger, and alternate Kristine Goulet.
 
House Honors Speaker Kurkowski
The Minnesota Dental Association’s President’s Award provides the opportunity for the current MDA president to extend an appreciation and recognition to an individual. This year President Tim Flor selected SPDDS member Michael Kurkowski, who concluded seven years of service as Speaker of the House. Dr. Kurkowski always gave his best in his role as Speaker and performed with a unique sense of calm, the latter a quality not to be “under-esteemed” when the business of the House is being done. Congratulations, Mike; well done.
 

The SPDDS Midwinter Meeting 2012 All members Are Welcome to Attend

The Saint Paul District Dental Society’s 58th Midwinter Meeting will be held Friday, January 20, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in Saint Paul. Featured topics and speakers include: 

Breakfast Seminars:  7:15-8:10 a.m.

“The Right Location to Grow Your Dental Practice”, Thomas Junnila, CCIM,  “Denture Troubleshooting”, Christine Hermanson, D.D.S., “Confused About Antibiotic Prophylaxis? Join the Club!” Brent Florine, D.D.S., “Treatment Acceptance: Discovering Your Team’s Synergy”, Lorraine Dudley, “Clinical Application of Botox and Dermal Fillers”, Robert Conlin, D.D.S. , “Transforming Challenging Child Behavior Using the Present Moment”, Tina Feigal, M.S., Ed., “Endodontic Considerations in the Management of Traumatic Dental Injuries”, Dennis McMahon, D.D.S., “Numbing That Hot Mandibular Molar”, Robert Kaufman, D.D.S. 

Morning Speakers: 8:20-9:10 a.m.

“Clinical Applications of Computerized Occlusal Analysis”, Robert Kerstein, D.M.D., “Being an Optimist in Difficult Times: How to Stay Focused & Positive”, Kristin Volk-Funk, M.Ed., “Dentistry and the Law: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Care”, David Aafedt, 

9:35-10:25 a.m.
“Avoiding Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office”, Bruce Templeton, D.D.S., “Reshaping the Way We Care for Our Aging Population”, Dianne Testa, RDH, BSDH, “Periodontal Surgery to Enhance Esthetic Outcomes”, Renee Camara, D.D.S.

10:50-11:40

"Practical Pediatric Dentistry”,Richard Baylon, D.D.S., “Are Clenching and Bruxing Stress Induced?”, Leesa Morrow, Ph.D., JD, LP, “Test, Don’t Guess: Salivary Diagnostics for the Dental Team”, Diane Larson, RDH 

To request a Midwinter program and registration form, you may go to http://saintpaul.mndental.org or call (651) 697-0831. 

 

And I’ll Meet You There …
SPDDS Midwinter Meeting
January 20, 2012
Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel
Saint Paul, Minnesota

February 3 and 4, 2012
Give Kids A Smile

February 7, 2012
SPDDS Executive Council Meeting
All members welcome
Rosedale Tower
6:00 p.m.

February 11, 2012
Children’s Dental Health Day
Minnesota Children’s Museum

February 21, 2012
Dental Day at the Capitol

Life Balance and Vision
I recently had the opportunity to interview Mr. Imtiaz Manji, CEO of Scottsdale Center for Dentistry and Spear Education. Mr. Manji has been educating and motivating  dentists for more than 25 years, working with clinicians, clinical educators, and leaders in the top companies serving the dental industry. Working with practitioners, he communicates practical methods for how to create not just a successful practice, but an ideal life in dentistry. More recently he has been a founder and co-chair of the Open Wide Foundation.

Dr. Perpich: Your work involves a focus on the word visionary, does it not? 
Mr. Manji: I think being a visionary comes down to two things. First, of course, is being forward-thinking. A true visionary is in love with possibilities, always asking “what’s next?” with excitement and anticipation. They spend concentrated time and effort working toward the future they have defined. It does not have to be on a grand scale. For every Gandhi or Steve Jobs there are thousands of people who are motivated by powerful personal visions for their lives, and those are usually the people who get the most from life. 
 
The second piece is an ability to inspire others to contribute their energies toward that vision. If you can carry the vision in your head to the people around you so they feel the same excitement, that’s when things really take off.
 
Dr. Perpich: What is important to accomplish such a vision?
Mr. Manji: Most important is the doing. A vision is not just a dream; rather, it implies a concrete action plan with built-in accountability. What is the desired result in concrete terms?  How will I know I’m getting there? What are its milestones, timelines? You must be able to answer those questions honestly and hold yourself to a realistic plan.
 
Self-accountability is usually the difference-maker, because you are the only scorekeeper. No one else will keep that fire going; it has to come from within. Anyone serious about a vision will learn to love the self-accountability. It’s a measurable way to say, “I have been honest to myself.” 
 
Dr. Perpich: You talk about “balancing your life”, which is a huge struggle for most people. 
Mr. Manji: I think people with this anxiety about not getting what they want from life have a conflicted relationship with time. Take a look around at drivers in afternoon  traffic. They will look for any way to save a few minutes. But what do they do when they get home? How many hours are spent in front of the TV or idly surfing the web?  Suddenly the minutes aren’t so valuable anymore.
 
Everyone gets the same number of hours in a day. The people who seem to be getting more are just more focused about how they use theirs. It comes down to planning, execution, and accountability. There is never going to be enough time to do it all; successful people are strategic and selective. I believe that when you say “yes” to something, you say “no” to something else. Those who have mastered balance in their lives are very clear about what is important, and they protect those things first.
What is important should be appointed, whether work, family, or time spent on your vision so you can fund the life you want in a better and more efficient way. Call it “the scheduling paradox”: The more you commit to scheduling the important things, the freer you become. Once it is appointed and you are accountable to it, it’s no longer a  distraction. It’s liberating to know your time is being used in the most strategic and rewarding way. 
 
Dr. Perpich: What advice can a parent can give a child on life lessons?
Mr. Manji: Be open to learning. I don’t necessarily mean the “stay in school, get an education” message. Have that energizing “What’s next?” mindset. Be inspired by rather than fearful of change. This is going to become more and more important as our world changes more and more rapidly.
 
It’s easy for even young people to lock into behaviors and patterns of thinking, but don’t limit your future; approach life with an energizing frame of mind. Learning what a  true personal vision is and how to create one, what values are and how to protect them, what healthy relationships are and how to nurture them, then they can have an incredible life right from the start. The best thing we can do is to encourage that instinct for curiosity and help them keep it alive as they grow. People with that sense of  lifelong learning live the most rewarding lives, and people who are not afraid of change are best equipped to overcome the barriers life throws at us. 
 
Dr. Perpich: You have taken this farther, haven’t you.
Mr. Manji:Yes. The need to give on some level is part of what makes us feel complete as humans, but for a lot of people, dentists included, there is a sense of being overwhelmed by the demand — there are just so many ways to give. Creating an organized opportunity to leverage dentists’ contributions — not just economic, but time and skills — toward a lasting legacy and an enriching life experience was exciting. My partners and I came up with The Open Wide Foundation. We’re creating clinics — starting in Guatemala — to bring quality dental services to people who need it most desperately. Our goal is 1,000 dentists contributing $1,000 and one week of their time. That  translates into almost 20 years of dentistry, in one year. That will get the clinics built, then scale them in a sustainable way, bringing in support from the community, local 
governments, and the universities and dental students. Anyone may to go to the foundation’s website at www.speareducation.com/openwide to see what it’s all about and get involved.

 


Student District

Aaron Baumann
Associate Editor
515 Delaware St. S.E.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
 
Balance in Action
I would like to begin this report by saying to the practicing dentists of Minnesota that it has been wonderful to meet so many of you in the last few months at both the MDA House of Delegates and the Fall Leadership conference. The welcome you extend to us as students always impresses me. Every time I leave an MDA event with my classmates, we inevitably end up talking about how much fun it is to interact with practicing dentists, and how excited you all are about the field that we are learning how to be a part of.
 
As always, things are busy and exciting here at the U. Student leaders have been busy planning events, traveling, and helping others. The Gophers even got in on the excitement and won a Big Ten football game!!
 
I have to recognize Kate Lenz (D3) and Brad Pfeifle (D2). As our activities coordinators, they have been integral in making organized dentistry a success at the U. Fall is our busiest schedule of events, and this year has been no different. The Mouths in Motion 5k race raised more than $2,000 for oral cancer research. A resounding “thank you” to all of you who came to the U and ran with us!
 
The annual Student Vendor Fair was held on the October/November cusp, with an event space filled with vendors and students. It was a smashing success, and is not only
the largest fundraiser of the year for us, but an important benefit for our membership, giving us access to new technology, practice opportunities, labs, and products. Add the homecoming tailgate event, and we have had a thoroughly busy fall event schedule.
 
Fall is also the time of year for travel. MNASDA has a great reputation around the country as a leader in organized student dentistry, and as I write this, eight U of M students are on their way to San Antonio, Texas for the Western Regional Meeting to further that reputation. Meeting topics range from chapter development to member benefits, leadership to advocacy. Not only will U of M students be listening, we will be speaking! Aruna Rao (D4) and I are both national leaders with the Legislative Grassroots Network, and will be giving two talks about advocacy and policy making. We hope to inspire others and give them the tools to be effective communicators to the membership at their local chapters as well as with their policy makers on the local, state, and national levels. These trips are a great exposure to organized dentistry, and I am excited to be bringing four first-year students with us this year so that they can catch what we call ASDA fever.
 
On the topic of travel and speaking, Katie Divine (D3) is an editor for national ASDA publications and has been to North Carolina to speak to dental students from the Central Region, encouraging them to get involved and write for our publications. Since her appointment to ASDA’s editorial board, U of M students have written at least six articles for different publications read by dental students nationwide!
 
Katie, Aruna, and I will be attending our National Leadership conference in Chicago, meeting with other leaders from around the country to determine the direction of our association and our 20,000 members. We could not do what we do, taking time off from school as well as all pursuing the events back at home, without the support of our chapter leaders, the School, and the MDA. A big thank you to all of you.
 
A final reminder. As many of you know, our largest meeting will be in Minneapolis this March. More than 300 dental students will be converging on our city, and I am extremely grateful for the support the MDA has given us in hosting one of our social events. I hope that any of the MDA leaders who can will join us during the conference to see how students do things and to show off our wonderful state. A big thank you to a group of Deans at the dental school who have personally contributed to send 10 of our students to this meeting! Your support and commitment to organized student dentistry ensures a strong chapter for many years to come. 
 
Finally, I hope that each and every one of you has a wonderful holiday season. May it be full of happy reunions and full stomachs!
AB


Northwestern District

John E. Lueth
Associate Editor
P.O. Box 310
Bemidji, Minnesota 56619
 
A Halloween Haloo
The trick-or-treaters are scurrying around the neighborhood tonight. Every year is different while also the same. Tonight there have been two dragons and one pirate. When the pirate’s mom reminded the threeyear-old to snarl “Aaaaarrrgg”, he was truly, if cutely, terrifying, right down the hair drawn on his chest (to go with the beard drawn on his face!). Strangely, quite a few of the trick-ortreaters failed to utter the signature phrase ”Trick or Treat!” What’s with that? I realize All Hallows Eve long ago became the North American Candy Manufacturers Full Employment Holiday and that few, if any, kids nowadays would have the slightest inkling of the origins or historical significance of the day. But to not even have the wherewithal to mumble, shout, or squeak out that most beloved declaration of cariogenic collection craziness! What’s this society coming to?! What are you NOT teaching your kids!?
 
That has caused me to recall my own Hobnobbin’ with the Goblins memories – some fond, some not so. 
 
Years ago a little boy who came to our home found himself “most impressed” (i.e., frightened) by my father dressed as a Samurai Warrior, brandishing his three-foot Civil War cavalry sword and all, as he stomped his feet and growled, “Let me see your Trick!” At the same time, my mother, in her best Hawaiian moo-moo, glided in speaking softly and kindly to the smaller children, handing them candy and secretly giving my dad the Evil Eye. It was an hour later our first little boy returned, bringing a friend, and a father. He stood safely back about 30 feet as his buddy walked up, knocked, and voila, there was The Warrior! Validation! One small voice in the wilderness crowed, “See! See! I told you so!”
 
I grew up thinking of Halloween for weeks in advance: What Trick could I perform should someone actually ask? My parents had, of course, taught me that a trick should not harm or be destructive. I had heard about the bad stuff like tipping outhouses. (We were town kids, a generation removed from using a bath-with-a–path.) To me as a gradeschooler, soaping a window seemed tremendously daring. Generally I had no real Trick prepared.
 
However, growing up with a high school principal for a father, it was an almost annual event that the wrath of some misbehaving juvenile delinquent resulted in his children’s
lovingly carved pumpkins (excitedly and lovingly set out with a candle inside to create a warm glow and greet those coming to our door) resulted in those pumpkins smashed
to smithereens on our sidewalk. Tears and lack of understanding followed as we little Halloween celebrants tried to understand “why someone would do this”.
 
Variations on Trick-or-Treating-at-the-Principal’s-House have included opening the fire hydrant across the street. Below-freezing temps made an ice sheet of the street, but the new-fallen snow gave the sheriff the opportunity to match the tennis shoe footprint to the offender. There was the rock thrown through a window, after which dad sat the rest of the night in the darkened porch. When the next miscreant came up the unlit walk, he had the bejeebers scared outta him when from the pitch dark depths of the porch dad spoke to him! I imagine they were merely words of wisdom! 
 
But most of my memories are good ones … Bonnie, the crazy (in a good way) mom during my high school years, who was such a good “bad witch” — hairy nose wart and all!  that she spent the entire day visiting classrooms around the district at the request of teachers and students, where she cackled and “cast spells”. And all the years our  entire office staff, in costume, walked up the street to have lunch at Bridgeman’s, returning the block-and-a-half down Main Street to the chorus of honks, jeers, and cheers. Bob, the professional photographer next door, or Monty from the local gazette, would take our staff portrait: 
 
Nancy in her father’s old police uniform, complete with handcuffs, taking into custody Lorraine in wide-striped prison uniform top, including striped pillbox hat. Lynn in her  huge, bright yellow Tweetie Bird costume. Terry sporting the tiara and brandishing a magic wand in her fabulous self-made Tooth Fairy dress. Some tall bearded guy, perhaps in sandals, tunic, shawl over shoulder, braided headband, and seven-foot staff, as Moses, of course leading the office staff somewhere!
 
Those were the days. Makes me want to dig out the offi ce photo album. I hope your Halloween was as “Boo-tiful” as ours! 
 
 
NWDDS Ice Fishing Adventure
January 27-29, 2012
See Details Below




Southern District

Jeffrey J. Taylor
Associate Editor
313 Main Street N.E.
P.O. Box 307
Mapleton, Minnesota 56065-0307

A Development to Ponder
I recently read a copy of a letter that was addressed to various Minnesota health care program administrators, politicians, and referring dentists from Main Street Dental  Clinics (MSDC).  This letter was a notification that MSDC had, with great regret, decided to close the its Managed Care office. The MSDC Managed Care Office had incurred  very substantial financial losses in 2010 due to the loss of the Critical Access funding and changes to the dental benefit packages. The current condition of the state’s  finances and additional cuts to Medical Assistance reimbursements made it obvious that these operating losses would continue indefinitely. The secondary purpose was to notify the letter’s recipients that dental homes would need to be found for the 27,000 (not a typo!) Minnesota Medical Assistance patients previously treated at the Managed  Care office. The letter also officially notified the programs that MSDC was resigning as providers for Minnesota health care programs. 
 
MSDC worked and planned hard to provide care for an extremely large number of Medical Assistance recipients. A specific clinic was devised and procedures were streamlined  to maximize the total amount of care provided. Initially, this system allowed MSDC Managed Care to operate without financial losses and even expand the MA patient base  greatly over time. Reductions in recipient benefits and reimbursement resulted in losses. 
 
Minnesota dentists generally get a lot of heat from those folks who are aware of the difficulty patients enrolled in MA have in finding care, but are not aware of the reasons. I  have personally and calmly explained to some folks that the amount I am reimbursed by MA is a small fraction of my usual fees. I have demonstrated to these folks that I  must perform the same procedure twice more for private pay patients to recoup the cost of overhead not reimbursed from MA.
 
Are instances such as MSDC’s the fault of Minnesota dentists? Absolutely not! MSDC gave it their best shot for as long as they could. It is neither reasonable nor possible to  personally subsidize public health care costs to the extent required under current conditions. You, as a member of the MDA, have the opportunity to express your concerns to legislators either personally or via Dental Day at the Capitol. We are all painfully aware that we are truly “our brother’s keeper” and are sincerely concerned about  necessary dental care for those not in a position to pay for these needed services. What can you and I do to mitigate these concerns? As a profession, is our collective  voice too weak to educate policy makers about the significant barriers that dentists encounter dealing with Minnesota health care programs? What would constitute a  reasonable proposal by the MDA to the legislature and HHS regarding a possible “fix” for Minnesota health care dental benefits? The ADA website has a section under  Advocacy that addresses “Repairing the Tattered Safety Net”. That and related reports on the ADA.org website should be required reading for all MDA members. 
 
Attention:
I continue hoping to receive info about any active study groups, etc. for this district report. I have yet to receive photos or accounts of any member activity that were legal  to print in this august publication. Be warned that if this dearth of information continues, I will be forced to simply fabricate something about you folks to fill space. Will be good experience for my next career as a newspaper reporter. 
 
Occupy Mankato
The MDA website lists the dates for the Mission of Mercy (MnMOM) to be held in Mankato as August 16-19, 2012. More information will be disseminated as details are worked  out. 
 
The ADA website has an article on the inaugural MOM held in Missouri where $1M in services were donated. Platinum sponsors listed were Delta Dental, DentaQuest,  Doubletree Hotel, Heart of the Ozarks Sertoma Club, McDonald’s, and Subway. 
 
HOD 2011
The last edition of NWD contained an excellent article covering the 2011 House of Delegates meeting. I could not attend this year, but would like to thank the Southern  District delegates for their commitment. I have personally found the HOD to be a fascinating experience. You participate in directing the path of your MDA, reconnect with colleagues, share concerns, and meet new friends. In fact, most years the Southern District delegates are seated at the table directly behind the Student District delegates,  so that presents the opportunity to meet the amazing young people who will hopefully become the future leaders of Minnesota dentistry. The traditional tactic used to  attract the students’ attention is to ply them with sugary treats, usually bags of M&M’s. HOD is likely much more interesting and greatly more fun than you might imagine.  You may find it to be an activity that you would enjoy 
 
Upcoming Meetings and CE 
Southern District Midwinter Meeting
Friday, January 13, 2012
South Central College
North Mankato
Six hours CE
Speakers to be announced
 
South Central Dental Study Club
Monday, January 16
Subject: Titanium Frameworks
Speakers: Jackson Fairmont Dental Lab


Minneapolis District

Cale A. Strait
Associate Editor
6545 France Avenue South
Edina, Minnesota 55435
 
MDA House of Delegates
The MDDS was very active at the House of Delegates (HOD) September 16 and 17 at Duluth Entertainment Conference Center. Resolutions were presented, discussed at  length, and passed. Back this year was an almost completely electronic House. Flash-drives with all the information necessary for the meeting, transferable to the delegates’  laptops, were provided, thus alleviating printing costs considerably for the Association.
 
A huge thank you goes out to the following MDDS members who served as delegates and alternate delegates: President Lee Ann Herbert, President-Elect Cale Strait, Vice-President Susan Block, and Secretary/Treasurer Gary Bolmgren, and MDA Trustee Alejandro Aguirre. The list continues with Bashar Bakdash, Jennifer Beaudin, Timothy Bergstedt, Julie Clouse, Andrew Doroshak, Russell Dylla, Patrick Foy, Teresa Fong, William Hoffmann, Woody Kwon, Leilani LaBelle, Venetia Laganis, Kimberlee Murphy, Mark Omlie, Joey Omlie, Sally Schuette, Jamie Sledd, Cindy Trosen Sundet, Tasha Strait, R. Bruce Templeton, Jonathan Twomey, Gary Williams, and Gerald Wimmer. Thanks as well  to alternate delegates Colin McCarty and Elizabeth Thelemann
 
Staff Appreciation Special Event
On Thursday, January 12, 2012,
Guest speaker Judy Kay Mausolf will present “Communication Solutions: Attitudes, Breakdowns, and Conflict Resolutions” as part of the MDDS’ Staff Appreciation evening. With more than 25 years in the industry, Ms. Mausolf’s speaking presentations and performance coaching focus on developing leadership, opening mindsets, elevating  attitude, and strengthening communication skills to build healthy, high performing doctor/team/patient relationships. 
 
We are celebrating in high style. Bring two or more staff members – everyone will receive a free drink! Drawings for raffle prizes will be held, and we have many great prizes to  be given away. It’s time to salute your staff members. 
 
86th Midwinter Dental Meeting
Friday, February 10, 2012
We will be ringing in the New Year before you know it, so it is not too early to get your registration forms in for the Midwinter Dental Meeting. It’s time to register your entire  dental office for this meeting. Col. Theresa S. Gonzales, D.M.D., M.S., will be coming to the Twin Cities from Germany to speak to our society. 
 
Dr. Gonzales’ lecture is titled, “Adventures in Pathology: Allergies, Advocacy, and Identity in the 21st Century.” The lecture will be broken down into three sections  throughout the day: patterns of abuse, forensics, and oral pathology. 
 
Please contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845 with any questions or check the MDDS website (www.mplsdds.org) under calendar and events. The continuing education meeting will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka, Minnesota. You will earn five infection control continuing education credits for this lecture.
 
Give Kids A Smile Day Planned
In conjunction with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile Day, and in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the MDDS will be sponsoring its 12th
Annual Children’s Dental Health Care Day for children in need at the Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic in Minneapolis. This day will serve as a way of helping children who would otherwise go without with dental exams, X-rays, treatments, and dental education. With your help and support, it is guaranteed to be a successful day!  Our event will  be held Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic located at 525 North 7th Street, Minneapolis from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We need dentists,  dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental students to make this day a success. Please consider volunteering a few hours toward this very worthwhile event. To  volunteer, contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845. If you have further questions, please contact Teresa Fong at (763) 786-4260 or the District Office. 
 
American College of Dentists Awards Fellowships
Alejandro Aguirre and R. Bruce Templeton were awarded Fellowship in the American College of Dentists Tuesday, October 11, 2011, during ACD’s Annual Meeting and Convocation in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. ACD was founded in 1920 to recognize dentists who have made significant contributions to the advancement  of dentistry. Its mission is to promote excellence, ethics, and professionalism in dentistry. Fellowship in the College is by invitation and based on demonstrated leadership and contributions to the dental profession and society. Approximately 3.5% of dentists are Fellows of the American College of Dentists. Congratulations to MDDS’ own Drs. Aguirre  and Templeton! 
 
Quite a Fellow Indeed …
Alejandro M. Aguirre was also awarded Fellowship in the International College of Dentists Monday, October 10, 2011, during the ICD’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Las Vegas. Congratulations to Dr. Aguirre for yet another honor. 
 
The International College of Dentists is recognized around the globe as the preeminent international dental organization. One of the objectives of the college is to advance  the art and science of dentistry for the health and welfare of the public internationally. 
 
Welcome, New Members
Congratulations to the following new members of the District. Their membership allows them to develop a strong network of fellow professionals who understand the day-to- day triumphs and tribulations of practicing dentistry. When you see these doctors at our next component meeting, please take a minute to welcome them to organized  dentistry with a phone call or an invitation. 
Angie M. Barsness, D.D.S.
Anamaria Betterman, D.D.S.
Christopher M. Beus, D.M.D.
Matthew G. Del Mastro, D.M.D.
Ayesha Downs, D.D.S.
John M. Dunn, D.D.S.
Jennifer M. Dylla, D.D.S.
Christine A. Erickson, D.D.S.
Yasar Eslami, D.D.S.
Lindsay N. Hegland, D.D.S.
Dan L. Hoang, D.D.S.
Kuo-Tung Hsu, D.D.S.
Mark J. Juetten, D.D.S.
Robert L. Kaufman, D.D.S.
Scott W. Kottemann, D.D.S.
Zachary J. Lechner, D.D.S.
Holly M. McMahon, D.D.S.
Jeffrey A. Moos, D.D.S.
Barry J. Panning, D.D.S.
Jorge Perdigao-Henriques, D.M.D.
Alexis X. Simonson, D.D.S.
Andrew F. Wetterlind, D.D.S.
Amy E. Woods, D.D.S.
 
Upcoming Programs and Events
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Special Event Evening – Staff Appreciation Night
Subject: “Communication Solutions:
Attitudes, Breakdowns and Conflict Resolutions”
Speaker: Ms. Judy Kay Mausolf
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota
One hour of core continuing education available
 
Saturday, February 4, 2012
12th Annual Give Kids A Smile Day
Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 
Friday, February 10, 2012
86th Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting
Speaker: Col. Theresa S. Gonzales, D.M.D.
Subject: “Adventures in Pathology:
Allergies, Advocacy, and Identity in the 21st Century”
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota
Five core hours of continuing education credits available
 
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Subject: “How to Get the Difficult Patient Numb”
Speaker: Robert L. Kaufman, D.D.S.
One hour of core continuing education available
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota
 
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Annual Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Meeting
Installation of President Cale A. Strait, D.D.S.
2012 Guest of Honor: TBA
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota