District News - July-August 2012

District News - July-August 2012

Associate Editors:

Saint Paul District

Paul K. Zollinger
Associate Editor
925 County Road E
St. Paul, MN 55127-7197
 
SPDDS Elects President Rosalie Perpich
The Saint Paul District Dental Society is pleased to introduce Rosalie J. Perpich as its 2012-2013 president. Dr. Perpich graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry  in 1997 and completed a General Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. She currently owns a private practice in Stillwater with a satellite office at a nearby  retirement community. Her passion is to work with older adults, spending one day a week at the satellite office. Dr. Perpich’s professional involvement has included serving on the  Saint Paul District Executive Council for the last six years as council member, secretary, and most recently vice-president. She serves on the MDA Elderly and Special Needs Adult  Health Committee and is the current Minnesota liaison for the Donated Dental Services program. 
 
The District’s incoming officers and Executive Council were installed at the SPDDS  annual Dentispree social event May 24, 2012. They are: Rosalie J. Perpich, president; Paul K. Zollinger, president-elect; John C. Aamodt, secretary; Joseph P. Trowbridge, treasurer;  and Donna J. Stenberg, Trustee to the MDA. The Executive Council: Ben J. Christopherson, Scott L. Doyle, Lois F. Duerst, Steven M. Edlund, Kristine M. Goulet, Steven J. Henseler,  Samuel S. LaChance, Thomas E. Neafus, Jeffrey J. Rozinka, Annika K. Simon, Emmalee J. Spahl, Paul A. Vollmer, and Immediate Past- President William H. Harrison
 
The District extends  a special thanks to our outgoing Executive Council members for their dedication and service. They are: 
Karl Andreasen, for serving on the Executive Council for six years (2006-2012); three years as a Council member and three years as SPDDS treasurer.
Norman Coates, for serving from 2006-2011 on the Council, and as secretary from 2011-2012. 
Michael Downie, for six years of serving on the Executive Council from 2006-2012. 
 
Dentispree… “Another Monumental Dental Soiree of the SPDDS” 
A festive social occasion with a south of the border theme was held the evening of May 24 at the Town & Country Club in Saint Paul. After an hour of social milling time, MDA  president Mike Zakula installed the 2012-2013 officers and Executive Council members. Newly elected president Rosalie Perpich congratulated and thanked Immediate Past-Prez William  Harrison for his service for the past year and presented him with a plaque. 
 
A bountiful buffet of Tex-Mex goodness and a variety of local unique beverages were served. To add to the theme, the group was instructed in salsa/bachata dance lessons followed by karaoke, and a photographer added a fun touch to the event with his digital, on site photography offering instant prints for attendees to take home. 
 
Kristin Rajala Promoted
Former SPDDS member Kristin L. Rajala, D.D.S., now of Brainerd, was promoted to the rank of Colonel, Dental Corps, in the Minnesota Army National Guard in a ceremony which took  place on April 14, 2012 at Camp Ripley in Little Falls. She is currently assigned as the Officer in Charge of the Dental Section within the Medical Detachment, Joint Force Headquarters,  Minnesota Army National Guard. In her civilian career, Kristin works as a dentist for the state of Minnesota, practicing in Brainerd and Willmar. 
 
And I’ll See You There

August 17 & 18, 2012
Minnesota Dental Association Mission of Mercy
Mankato, Minnesota
 
September 4, 2012
SPDDS Executive Council
Meeting

September 11, 2012
SPDDS Caucus
Minnesota Humanities Center
6:00 p.m.
 
September 13, 2012
Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and Student Districts Event
McNamara Center
 
September 21-22, 2012
Minnesota Dental Association House of Delegates
Bloomington, Minnesota
 
January 18, 2013
SPDDS Midwinter Meeting
Crowne Plaza
 
Saint Paul, Minnesota Leadership, Membership, and Participation
Leadership has its challenges; among them how to best reflect the needs of its members. 
 
As presidents of business organizations, leaders of church groups, or captains of athletic teams, it does not take long before any of us realizes that it is not “all about you”, but that  the challenge is to pursue the desires of the members of the group. 
 
The Saint Paul District Board puzzled with this question, and incoming president Rose Perpich suggested a survey. We wanted to know what out members felt about letting assistants  remove supra-gingival calculus on children (age 18 and under) and take final impressions. The response was quite favorable. 
 
The second group of questions was to let you all know that the Governor did not reappoint Dave Linde, the immediate past president of the State Board, one of the most qualified  general dentists ever to hold that position. They ignored the MDA’s recommendation again in their recent appointments. The input of organized dentistry doesn’t seem to carry the  weight in the Governor’s deliberation and choice that it once did. The composition of the Board of Dentistry has changed significantly over the generations, and we must make certain  that experienced and articulate MDA members are duly considered in the selection process. Organized dentistry is rapidly losing the influence on the State Board of Dentistry that we  have had for many generations. All were frustrated at this news, and gave the Saint Paul District Board many suggestions that will help us focus our efforts for the next year. 
 
Dentists are some of the smartest and hardest working members of our society. We have achieved the deserved respect of our patients. Our preventive model is second to none among health care professions, and the cost of dental care has not risen like that of other health care providers. 
 
Despite all this, we do not have the influence we deserve in the political process. In so-called “access to care” discussions, we often are painted as the bad guys, unwilling to “reach  out” to those less fortunate. That is simply not true. But our virtues are lost in the messy process of our democracy. 
 
To combat this, the Saint Paul District initiated a change in the national dialogue with the wording “barriers to care” replacing the vague term “access”. Adopted by the American  Dental Association last year, all of organized dentistry is now using this improved conceptual description of “barriers” to lead to real solutions. 
 
The MDA has directed the Board of  Dentistry Task Force to make certain that we are aware of what is occurring and is being debated at the Board level and to allow us to provide the appropriate input from our association and its members. 
 
The MDA has revitalized the State Board Oversight Committee to make certain that we stay on top of new developments there. 
 
Elections have consequences. We are playing catch  up. 
 
It is not okay for dentists to just focus on our professional duties as in the past, but we must participate in the political process. Things do not have to be partisan. Look at your candidates for this fall’s election. Examine their background. Meet with them. Give them your point of view, and above all, take action. Contribute the fee of a three-surface composite to the candidate of your choice. Let others know your choice and why you made that choice. Keep the discussion friendly. Put up lawn signs. Door knock with the  candidate of your choice.
 
This is the political process. Don’t let the “messiness” scare you away from participation. Once you bypass the news headlines and get firsthand exposure to our form of government, you will be amazed how much our governmental system needs our help.
 
Each election season, every candidate needs a team of bright, successful people to spend a few hours to carry him or her on their shoulders. The last governor’s race was decided by  just a few votes. Many of the other state offices were very close as well. This is how the game is played. Be a player! Make a difference.
PSZ


Southern District

Jeffrey J. Taylor
Associate Editor
313 Main Street N.E.
P.O. Box 307
Mapleton, MN 56065-0307
 
Fall Meeting at Jackpot Junction
The SDDS Fall Meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 7, at the Jackpot Junction complex near Morton. Six hours of approved CE credit will be offered. Speakers will be R. Bruce  Templeton, addressing “Avoiding Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office” (a “core” requirement), and Patricia Lenton, G.H.D., M.A., addressing “Chronic Inflammation, Diabetes, and  the Dental Professional”, and “Oral Malodor”. Both speakers will discuss topics of interest for dentists and staff. 
 
Registration on site will begin at 8:00 a.m. Beverages and breakfast items will be provided. The morning lecture will commence at 8:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees following the morning presentation, with a separate area for the SDDS members to concurrently conduct the business of the Southern District.  The afternoon lecture will be from 1:00- 4:00 p.m., with a refreshment break between topics. 
 
All Fall Meeting events will be held on that Friday. There will not be a round of golf scheduled this year, though we hope to offer a separate golf event at a different time after the SDDS surveys members received from Adam Beers are evaluated. 

Jim Walton has been selected as the Honored Guest this fall. There will be a reception banquet held at the Jackpot  complex Friday evening to thank Dr. Walton for his contributions to the SDDS membership.  Should you be interested in arriving Thursday evening or staying Friday night, you may call  the Lower Sioux Lodge hotel at the complex to reserve a room. Phone numbers are (800) 946-2274 and (507) 697-8000. Room rates as quoted on Jackpot website  (www.jackpotjunction.com) are $45.00 for Thursday night and $65.00 for Friday night. Also, the adjoining Dakota Ridge golf course is both scenic and challenging. Again, CE speakers  have been sought who will appeal to both doctors and staff, and the SDDS “brain trust” — that’s right; we share a brain, and this is currently my week to use it — will be offering  very reasonable registration fees for auxiliary staff. 
 
Meeting notice and registration materials will be mailed to individual offices by August 1. 
 
Informal Study of Dental Radiography and Incidence of Meningioma 
A less-than-scientific study was conducted in my practice in response to the study published in the April 10, 2012 online version of the journal Cancer. My patient records indicated that I had three patients who had been diagnosed with meningioma, and, incredibly, these patients had received previous bitewing radiograph exams. Two of the three had received full mouth radiographic surveys at least once in the last 30 years, so they were obviously among the more unfortunate, as the Cancer study placed the risk of meningioma from 18  intraoral films at about half the risk of receiving two to four bitewing radiographs.
 
Upon further investigation, it was also revealed that all three patients were regular church attendees, all had been to at least one Twins game, and all three tended to vote for the Democratic Party. Furthermore, all three lived in homes that faced west, and all had believed in Santa Claus as young children. It may be our responsibility to share this information with our friends employed in television news departments so that they may more rapidly disperse news of the health threats that the previously noted behaviors might incur. 
 
Meanwhile, it is my recommendation that you disconnect your X-ray devices and simply go back to using your latent X-ray vision. You may also want to consider exchanging your office scrubs for Superman costumes. 
 
History of a Popular OTC Mouthwash
Listerine was originally compounded in St. Louis, Missouri in 1879 by Dr. Joseph Lawrence for use as a surgical antiseptic. Listerine was named in honor of Sir Joseph Lister, a pioneer of disinfected surgical instruments. Active ingredients included menthol, thymol, methyl salicylate, eucalyptol, and ethyl alcohol. These ingredients were readily available at local apothecaries at that time. 
 
In 1885, Dr. Lawrence sold his claims to the product to his business partner, Jordan W. Lambert, and the manufacturer became known as Lambert Pharmacal Co. Diluted Listerine was  distributed to dentists as an oral care adjunct beginning in 1895, and became the first nationally sold OTC mouthwash in the USA in 1914. Early marketing targeted the use of Listerine  for “chronic halitosis”, though it was also marketed in varying concentrations as a floor cleaner and remedy for diarrhea and sexually transmitted disease. 
 
There were also Listerine cigarettes, marketed in the 1920’s. Listerine was marketed as a remedy for dandruff in the 1930s. From 1921 to the mid 1970s, Listerine was advertised as a  preventive and remedy for colds and sore throats. In 1976, the FTC ruled that these claims were misleading, as “no efficacy” had been proven. In 2005, a U.S. District Court ruled  that the claim that rinsing with Listerine was more effective in preventing tooth decay and gum disease than flossing was false, and the manufacturer was compelled to publish  retractions of that claim. 
 
Current alcohol concentration is approximately 21-27%,varying with the particular type of Listerine selected. 
 
MnMOM in Mankato 
Volunteers are still being sought for the first  Minnesota Mission of Mercy, to be held in downtown Mankato August 17-18, including “civilian” non-dental staffing, so you might mention  this need to your patients. See the website, www.mndental.org/mnmom, for information.
 
Also remember that the second MnMOM will be held in Bemidji next year. There is a rumor circulating that John Lueth will be serving barbequed lutefisk to volunteers on the shores of  Lake Bemidji. 
 
Hope to see you in Morton


Northeastern District

Gary Hedin
Associate Editor
324 W. Superior Street, Suite 828
Duluth, MN 55802
 
You Had to Be There. You Really Did.
Mother Nature threw the Northeastern District for a loop this June, and all the high- speed suction in the world wouldn’t have been enough to save Duluth and many surrounding  communities from the deluge of floodwaters that overtook us. Everyone has probably seen the pictures of cars in sinkholes, submerged houses, streets that look like Jeep trails, and  zoo animals wandering the streets. Fortunately an outpouring of support from other parts of the state and country, and a lot of dedicated local volunteers, are making progress  towards getting our area back up and running.
 
The summer has been fairly quiet in the Northeast, with only a couple of things to share with you. The first was our Annual Business Meeting, which took place at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth way back in May. It was generally business as usual, with a variety of committee reports and discussion. We were, however, fortunate to be joined by a couple new faces… Our new MDA Executive Director, Carmelo Cinqueonce, was greeted warmly by NEDDS members as he took his first trip to Duluth. Fortunately it was a nice day, with no  blizzards or floods to deter him, so I think he may actually come back to see us again! Carmelo shared a bit about himself, and took the time to speak with a number of folks at the meeting about organized dentistry and his new role with the MDA. We were also joined by Laura Kramer, the MDA’s new Director for Government Affairs. She will be a huge asset to  our organization. Laura also shared some information about her background and talked about her new role with the MDA. From the looks of things, the dental association is headed in a  very positive direction, and we have some good leadership to bring us through the coming years! 
 
Following the business meeting, our new officers for the Northeastern District were sworn in. District Trustee Duane McDonald swore in the following officers for the 2012-2013  “season”: President Chris Carlson, First Vice-President Kim Lindquist, Second Vice-President Gary Hedin, and Secretary/Treasurer Brian McDonald. We had to work hard to recruit Brian  into the lineup, but we felt it was important to have a former standout hockey player at the meetings in case something goes wrong! Please feel welcome to contact any of the  above-mentioned folks if you have any concerns, comments, or are interested in learning more about how to become involved with the dental association. 
 
The other event that has taken place more recently was the Annual Golf and Fishing Day. Nearly 40 brave golfers chewed up the fairways, bunkers, and a few trees in their quest to  complete the challenging Wilderness at Fortune Bay golf course. There were no holes in one and no attacks by rabid moose, but there were a lot of happy folks out there enjoying a  day away from the office. Tim Smith had the low score, and Tom Seidelmann was honored for his years of service to NEDDS, including many years coordinating the golfing event. A  few boats of fishermen took to the waters of Lake Vermillion in their quest for the elusive fish known as the “walleye”. Apparently walleye means “fish you can’t catch today” in Greek,  because the stringers were reportedly not too full. Gene Altiere did manage to catch the largest fish of the day. However, those who chose to fish did have a good day out there, and  nobody fell in. MDA Executive Director Carmelo Cinqueonce was one of those who chose to go fishing, and it sounded like he had a good time. He did mention that the MDA’s number  one priority for the coming year was to increase the walleye population in the Northeastern District, which is something we can all look forward to. 
 
That is all for now. Have a good summer!
GJH


Student District

Kirby Johnson
Associate Editor
515 Delaware St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
 
Summer Means Transition at the School of Dentistry
Along with the steamy weather, weekends at the lake, and barbeques, summer is a time of big transitions at the School of Dentistry, especially the summer of 2012. Along with one class graduating, each class accepts more responsibility as dental students, the School’s newly selected dean will begin August 1, and new Student District committee chairs begin planning their years. 
 
In the career of a dental student, most if not all big changes occur over the summers. Perhaps the biggest transition among dental students will be for the incoming first year class,  the class of 2016, which begins orientation August 6 and starts class on August 13. The class of 2015 offi cially became second years in May, and with that began more rigorous pre- clinical and didactic coursework. On June 22 a big sigh of relief could be heard in the halls of Moos Tower as they fi nished their summer term and began a ten-week break. The class  of 2014 offi cially began their third year after a two-week break in May, and with that began seeing their own patients in the School of Dentistry clinic. Third years’ summer term final l exams ended on July 13, with three weeks of break scattered between then and Labor Day. The class of 2013 officially began their fourth year in May, continuing with rotations  through the oral surgery clinic, pediatric clinic, and orthodontics clinic, and beginning rotations through outreach clinics in Hibbing, Willmar, and the metro area. And on May 11, the  School of Dentistry sent more than 100 new graduates of the class of 2012 into their new careers. With all of these transitions come new challenges, responsibilities, and excitement. 
 
Another major area of transition within the School of Dentistry is the selection of the next dean, Dr. Leon Assael. After a nationwide search, four fi nalists were selected and came to  the School of Dentistry in late February and early March for two-day interviews that included meetings with the search committee, students, staff, faculty, and a number of the  University’s top administrators. Dr. Assael comes with an impressive curriculum vitae that boasts a great deal of involvement in organized dentistry, including a term as chair of the  Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association. His term as Dean begins August 1, and there is a lot of excitement about what he has in store for the  School of Dentistry. 
 
Summer is also transition time for the new Student District leadership. With Executive Committee elections taking place in mid-April and committee chair selection shortly thereafter,  the summer months are busy with everyone getting acquainted with their new positions, recruiting new committee members, and planning for the coming year. Planning was  jumpstarted at the annual Student District Leadership Retreat Thursday, June 14. One of the evening’s highlights included a presentation by Dr. Howard Taylor, Speaker of the House  of Delegates of the Minnesota Dental Association, on how to effectively run meetings. Other highlights were a brainstorming session for new events and activities and a presentation  about gearing up for our annual membership drive this fall. 
 
The summer calendar has also been filling up with events that have happened and events that are being planned. The Activities and Legislative Grassroots Network (LGN) committees  have already been busy. The Activities Committee planned and hosted the annual ASDA Summer Barbeque on a hot June 6 evening. ASDA members enjoyed food, socializing, and yard  games at the Psi Omega Dental Fraternity house.  On June 25, members of the LGN committee met with Laura Kramer, Director of Legislative Affairs at the MDA, to plan for the  upcoming year, and on June 26 attended a fundraiser for Senator Jeff Hayden. Senator Hayden has been a strong ally for the dental community as a senator and through his service  on the Health and Human Services Committee. 
 
There are plenty of upcoming events to look forward to. Planning continues for the Inaugural CE and Networking Event hosted by the Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Student Districts. It  will take place on Thursday, September 13 at the McNamara Alumni Center, and feature a networking reception followed by a lecture by Dr. Alan Mead on networking in dentistry.  Excitement is building around the School of Dentistry for this new event that is sure to be popular among both students and practicing dentists. Planning is also underway for an ice cream social for incoming first year students during their orientation, events during the membership drive, the MN ASDA vendor fair, numerous Lunch ‘n Learns, and many other events. 
 
Summer has already proven to be very exciting. It is fun to see fellow dental students grow as they enter new areas of their education, and even better, to see committee chairs adjust to their new positions, making them their own. An exciting summer is sure to lead into an exciting, actionpacked fall. 
 


Northwestern District

John E. Lueth
Associate Editor
P.O.Box 310
Bemidji, MN 56619
 
NWDDS Summer Meeting Tests Our Mettle
With attention spans severely tested on a supremely beautiful, sunny summer day – with a perfect view of the perfect sand beach of the resort only yards away to the left of the audience! – the Northwestern District hosted its summer meeting at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn Friday, June 15. Attendance was strong, not necessarily due to the location within the resort. (The lecture room was set up in the beachside bar area. The flashing neon proved not to be too much of a distraction!)
 
Traveling all the way from his position as professor in the prosthodontics department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, our presenter, Dr. Sorin Uram- Tuculescu kept the group’s attention with nice in-depth presentations on “Dental Patient Management” as well as “Esthetics and Dentistry”. 
 
Dr. Tuculescu is originally from Timisoara,  Romania, where he received his D.M.D. and Ph.D. (The fi rst Romanian titanium-based dental prostheses were cast during his thesis preparation.) He served as a faculty member,  hospital dentist, and maintained a part-time private practice.
 
Dr. Tuculescu’s Romanian kinship and friendship with district President-Elect Julia Fosman (also from Romania) brought  him for his fi rst visit to northern Minnesota, but also engaged the audience with his perspectives coming from the Continent and having many unique observations to share from his  global experience.
 
This meeting was also the first opportunity for district members and their offices to meet the MDA’s new Executive Director, Carmelo Cinqueonce. Not one to be outdone, Dr. Mike  Zakula with his attendance at this meeting became possibly the first MDA officer ever — at least in recent memory — to attend three consecutive meetings of the NWDDS! Thank you Zak!!
 
Wisconsin Mission of Mercy  June 29-30, 2012
A normal daily dental office schedule might have a dozen patients. Throw in some hygiene and double or triple that. But when 3,595 patients were provided free dental care on two days in Madison, THAT was a BIG schedule! With that, the Wisconsin Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy lived up to its name of MegaMOM! 
 
The fourth annual WDA Mission of Mercy  was the largest ever among MOM events anywhere around the country. Eighteen hundred volunteers and hundreds of thousands of dollars of support, donations, and services made it  possible to triage and treat so many people. Individuals of all descriptions, families large and small; people speaking English, Spanish, Hmong, and a smattering of other languages  began lining up almost 24 hours before the doors would open. 
 
The numbers of patients beginning to gather were small to start, but throughout the entire day while hundreds of  volunteers worked to convert the event center into a giant dental office, people desiring access to dental care slowly caused the line to grow. It was warm overnight, and by 8:00  a.m. it was 80º, sun and humidity. MOM personnel periodically checked along the line, asking how far folks had travelled, being friendly, and especially attending to how they were  doing in the heat. The temperature hit 92 on set-up day! 
 
Hundreds more people arrived through the night. By the time the doors opened at 5:30 a.m. there were almost 2,000 people  waiting. 
 
Once triaged for medical condition, patients went to dental triage. A critical task for dentists in this area is to understand the concept of triage – not anything average dentists in their own offi ces employ in the way needed at a MOM. In dental triage, dentists are equipped with a tongue blade and fl ashlight or a lighted dental mirror, giving them a reasonable  look into the oral cavity, not like the detail possible under normal dental office conditions.
 
Patients identify their chief complaint as well as their overall oral health concerns. From this information, the triage dentist establishes a highest priority. The goal is that each patient  has at least is or her first priority addressed. Once treated, they may return to the line and come through for their next priority. After dental triage, patients are routed to appropriate treatment areas. 
 
From “Extractions” (2,822 over two days) to “Fillings” ( 2,567), “Cleanings” or “Kids”, to “Lab” (where a limited number of treatment partial dentures were fabricated same-day or  overnight), every department was really hopping with activity! For patients who had endured dangerous daytime temperatures and long hours overnight, the wait was now going to  provide them at least some relief from pain, infection, or other diffi culties with their oral health. The Minnesota contingent was pressed into service at “Routing”, which turned out to  be a great training experience in a critical step of the process. 
 
The Wisconsin hosts and event leaders were very well prepared and extremely helpful and supportive. In addition to a dozen or so Minnesota MOM participants, they mentored leaders  for upcoming first-time events in Michigan and Pennsylvania for 2013.
 
Having planned and prepared for more than a year for the first Minnesota MOM event — August 16/17 in Mankato — the Minnesotans continued to learn, prepare, plan, and improve  through their participation in all aspects of the Madison MOM and the complete information sharing of the WDA MOM. Enough good cannot be said about state co-chairpersons Drs.  Gene Shoemaker and Jim Morgenroth (with Dr. Tom Raiman serving as vice-chair and Dr. Allison Dowd the local chair) along with the fantastic work of Lani Becker, Wisconsin Dental  Association Director of Member Services and Information Technology, regarding their leadership in the successful conduct of the 2012 MegaMOM (as well as the three preceding  Wisconsin MOMs) and their generous tutelage! 
 
By the numbers:
• 3,595 patient visits
• $1.75 million in care provided
• 1,205 cleanings
• 2,567 fillings
• 2,822 extractions
• 153 partial dentures
• 80 root canals
• 11 upper and 10 lower dentures Returning to the only slightly less hot northern reaches of Minnesota — a bag or two of cheese curds in hand — the Williams, Sjulsons, and yours  truly had quite an impressive volunteer experience to digest, from which to glean information useful to the operation of the upcoming Minnesota Mission of Mercy at Mankato in August  and the June 2013 BjiMOM in Bemidji.
 
But the real focus of a Mission of Mercy is to — through the providing of significant amounts of free dental care to those among us who are in need — raise awareness of the barriers to dental care faced by low-income adults and children, and challenge patients, state policymakers, and dental professionals to work together to improve the oral health of all Minnesota residents. If you volunteer, you will make a difference. For others. For yourself. For our communities. For our profession. 
 
Comments overheard:
“You should do this every week.”
This could be taken that the patient did not really comprehend what went into conducting such an event. The tremendous amount of time, talent, and resources donated for their  benefit. But, through a different lens, it could be viewed as a failure of people not in poverty (i.e., middleclass) to comprehend poverty and the incomprehensible — and sometimes insurmountable — challenges it presents.


West Central District

Jeanni R. Foss
Associate Editor
15167 Edgewood Drive, Suite 240
Baxter, MN 56425
 
Gopher Golf Day
On August 1, the West Central dentists attended a “golf and learn” in East Gull Lake. The District decided to move our yearly golf event, which raises money for the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, to the Legacy Golf Course, which is a part of Cragun’s Resort. The Cragun’s family are large supporters of the University of Minnesota and were very  excited to have this tournament event held at their competitive Dutch 18 hole course. The District extends our thanks to all our event sponsors! 
 
A speaker from the University of  Minnesota provided continuing education hours after the golfing and luncheon. Prizes were given at the luncheon. All funds raised from this event are matched by the West Central  District Dental Society and will be donated to the dental school. Gophers spotted during the event are worth extra bucks! 
 
Wine and Cheese Social
Save the date! Our greatly attended Wine and Cheese Social will be held Friday, October 12, at Grandview Lodge in Brainerd. Packages to stay at this beautifully appointed resort will  be available as usual. We have a speaker from Kare 11 joining us to share his photojournalism story. Spouses or significant others from all districts are welcome to attend. This is the  best way to get to know dentists and their significant others from around our state. This event always fills up fast, so plan on registering at Grandview around 6:00 p.m. on that Friday. Door prizes are available as well.
 
Share your Caring Story
If you have a story about how a dentist you know is taking caring to the next level, please email me your info or story. Whether it is a community clinic story, volunteer story, or a  patient experience, feel free to share. It is my opinion that if other dentists read about these experiences, they can continue to boost our reputations as dentists in our communities  and in our state by sharing a caring story with their patients, their media friends, or with their legislative partners. 
 
Please send all information that you wish to share to: 
Dr. Jeanni Foss
15167 Edgewood Drive, Suite 150
Baxter, Minnesota 56425
Fax: (218) 828-0592
Phone: (218) 828-0565


Southeastern District

Travis A. Schmitt
Associate Editor
204 4th Street SW, Suite 144
Austin, MN 55912-4427
 
Here We Go Again…
Summer is in full swing, and the 99th Southeastern District Annual Meeting is right around the corner. Time is running out to sign up, so hurry! 
When: August 24, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Wedgewood Cove in Albert Lea
Who: Bruce Christopher is our award winning speaker
Food: Filet mignon or sea bass
Fun: Golf
Go to albertleadentalcare.com for a registration form.
 
This Meeting Is Looking To Be One of Our Best Efforts In Years
First, we have pulled out all the stops and have secured a dynamic and fun speaker talking about interpersonal relationships focusing on men and women. “Why Are Women So Strange and Men So Weird” is the title of the program. This session will take a humorous look at how men and women think, speak, and make decisions differently. Bruce Christopher is  one of today’s most sought-after speakers, with his client list including American Airlines, American Express, Best Buy, GE, 3M, Wells Fargo, and more. At the heart of it all, what  separates Bruce from the pack is his outrageously funny dynamic delivery of today’s topics. Second, President Steve Schwartz has ordered a delicious meal to satisfy your palate.  Wedgewood Cove will be serving an excellent lunch of either filet mignon with a demi glace wine sauce, or sea bass accompanied with roasted quartered red potatoes, carrots, and asparagus. Starters will include warm bread along with a Caesar salad. Don’t forget dessert with profiteroles, a dollop of hot fudge, and a chocolate cup filled with whipped cream and  fresh berries. Your meal will be outstanding — Steve guarantees it!
 
Third, the Southeastern District has invited an all-star lineup of MDA higher-ups to attend. The likely guest list includes Carmelo Cinqueonce, the MDA Executive Director; Laura Kramer, the Legislative Affairs Coordinator; Dawn Jensen, MDA Membership Coordinator; MDA president Michael Zakula; MDA president-elect, our own Michael Flynn; MDA first vice- president Michael Perpich; MDA second vice-president Dan Rose; MDA Speaker of the House Howard Taylor; MDA treasurer Travis Schmitt; MDA Legislative Affairs Committee chair  Matt Anzelc; MDA Mindenpac chair Kevin Dens; and finally the MDA Mission of Mercy chair Alejandro Aguirre. Come meet the leaders of your Minnesota Dental Association and learn  what they are doing for you! A potential special addition will be the new Dean at the U of M School of Dentistry, Leon Assael
 
Fourth, the Annual Meeting Committee has been hard at work to secure PRIZES for those who attend. Last year in Owatonna, meeting participants won Twins tickets, massages, gift  cards, and more. 
 
Fifth, golf. Wedgewood Cove  offers a links style championship golf course guaranteed to satisfy the golfing enthusiast in you. Don’t worry if your golfing skills are shaky — we are a  fun group, and all levels of golf-ability are welcome. 
 
So, Let Me Recap
Speaker: Funny and informative
Food: Delicious
MDA Officers: An All-Star Group
Door Prizes: Exciting
Golf: A Fun Course
How can you NOT want to come! Don’t delay; go to albertleadentalcare.com and download your registration now. 
 
For the Hundredth Time, Mark Your Calendars!
Please plan to celebrate the 100th Southeastern District Dental Society Meeting on August 16, 2013 in Byron, Minnesota at the Somerby Golf Club. Dr. Greg Pohland from the Mayo  Clinic will be speaking. This meeting will be awesome! Enjoy your summer, and we look forward to seeing you August 24. 
TAS


Minneapolis District

Susan E. M. Block
Associate Editor
14070 Commerce Avenue NE
Suite 100
Prior Lake, MN 55372
 
End of Summer Sporting Events
The annual Trapshoot Tournament will return to the Metro Gun Club in Blaine Wednesday, August 15. The day will culminate with the annual wild game dinner and prizes.  
 
Our final summer event is the Greater Twin Cities – Minneapolis and Saint Paul District Dental Societies - Tennis Mixer Wednesday, September 5, at Bearpath Golf and Country Club in  Eden Prairie. Where else can you have a full afternoon of fun with lunch and dinner included for only $75.00?  
Reminder: All MDA members are welcome to the above events!
 
2012-2013 General Membership Meetings/Continuing Education Programs Planned 
Thursday, September 13, 2012 
An inaugural CE and networking event hosted by the Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Student Districts at the U of M McNamara Alumni Center. Speaker Alan Mead, D.D.S. will be  presenting “Networking and Mentoring in the Age of Social Media”. 
 
Thursday, January 10, 2013 – Staff Appreciation Night
Guest Speaker Bruce Christopher will entertain and inform us on “Why Are Women So Strange and Men So Weird? How to Communicate Effectively with the Opposite Sex at Work  and Home”. 
 
Thursday, March 8, 2013
Hold this date for the spring meeting; guest speaker TBA.
 
Thursday, April 21, 2013
Annual Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Dinner Meeting
Installation of President: Susan E. M. Block, D.D.S.
2013 Guest of Honor: TBA
 
87th Midwinter Meeting
Friday, February 8, 2013
We are pleased to announce that Peter L. Jacobsen, Ph.D. will present “Fighting Dental Disease Drugs, Bugs and Dental Products: What to Prescribe!” Dr. Jacobsen lectures  extensively about dental pharmacology as well as over-thecounter dental drugs and products. He is the author of the Dental Drug Booklet, a succinct handout and reference on  commonly prescribed dental medications. Everyone in attendance will receive a free copy of this booklet with a paid registration (included with course registration). He also presents  on the topic of the dental management of medically complex patients. Dr. Jacobsen has a national reputation for making his presentations lively and enjoyable. Minneapolis Marriott  Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka; five core continuing education credits for attending. 
 
Election Results
Congratulations to the following delegates and alternate delegates who will represent us at the MDA House of Delegates, September 21-22 in Bloomington. All MDDS members are  welcome to attend the Tuesday, August 28, 2012 caucus; 6:00 p.m.; Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel, Minnetonka. 
 
DELEGATES 
(three-year term) 
Cale Strait, Susan Block, Douglas McNaught, Gary Bolmgren, Alejandro Aguirre, Michael Droschak, Donna Hecker, Mark Madden, Brian Mondale, James Nickman, Ian Park, Cindy Trossen  Sundet;
(two-year term)
Monique Baune, Russell Dylla, Woody Kwon, Anthony Skinner, Jonathan Twomey, Gary Williams, Gerald Wimmer, Melissa Zettler, Julie Clouse
(one-year term) 
Andrew Doroschak, Patrick Foy, Leilani LaBelle, Kimberlee Murphy, Daniel Raether, Tasha Strait, R. Bruce Templeton
Alternate delegates
Ryan Clouse, Brian Grove, David Klein, Samira Mahabadi, Jeffrey Ryan, Brian Singletary