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Annual Meeting Held Despite Flooding
The Southeastern District Dental Society held its Annual
Meeting in Winona
on Friday, August 24 despite devastating flooding in the surrounding area. To
say the meeting was well attended would be an understatement considering what
it took to get there. A great helping of kudos goes to Dr. Gary Marcoux and his
staff for being with us. Their office had water up to the countertops. Thanks
for coming, Gary,
and the District hopes you can get back to your practice soon!
line-up of speakers for the day included Drs. Sreenivas Koka, Jon Ebbert, and
Larry Baddour of the Mayo Clinic. Wow — great speakers, informative and fun.
The topics were “Biphosphonate-Associated Jaw Necrosis”, “Helping Smokeless
Tobacco Users in the Dental Setting”, and AHA’s “Revised Guidelines for
Infective Endocarditis”. The advantage of the three-speaker set-up is that each
one speaks for an hour and then is done. If you are starting to droop a little
bit, then wham: new guy, new topic. It does make it difficult to sleep. For
those of you who chose not to attend, please consider coming to our next CE
meeting in Rochester
March 7, 2008.
the lectures, the business meeting was held. Your new line-up of officers for
the 2007-2008 year is
as follows: Duane Price, President, Rochester; Warren
Johnson, President-Elect, Faribault;
Eric Overby, First Vice-President, Austin; Mike Flynn, Trustee, Winona; Travis
Schmitt, Secretary/Treasurer, Austin.
contact one of these people or your community representative with questions or
the business meeting, about 20 attendees headed over to the MinnesotaMarineArt Museum to see the exhibits and enjoy wine tasting. A special thank you to Drs. Chris
Carroll and Mike Flynn (AND THEIR STAFF!) for hosting a great meeting.
The MDA House of Delegates was held September 7 and 8 in Duluth. Our District had
submitted three resolutions for deliberation at the 2007 House.
1. A mandate that all districts contribute $50 per member to a technology fund for
the MDA to use for web-conferencing.
2. To update the MDA website to have an MDA store and online functions for prepaid
3. A change in the bylaws for remote meetings (via web cam etc.) to only require a
majority vote instead of a two-thirds vote.
focus for our district was to increase the awareness and importance of
technology. The result of our efforts was the passage of the remote meetings
resolution and the creation of a task force to look into technology issues.
Technology is our future — especially to our younger members and our future
members who are now currently in diapers.
Dental Society Does Football
The Austin Dental Society made 120 mouthguards for Austin youth football in
August. The group had a great time, and many, many parents were thankful not
having to do their annual “boiling”.
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Goes Home a Winner
The annual Trapshoot Event drew 110
MDDS members and guests to Blaine’s
Metro Gun Club August 22. Byron Korus from Chuck Wagon/Special Events Catering
again prepared the member-donated wild game for the dinner, which followed
competition in DuckTower, Skeet, Sporting
Clays, Trap, and Wobble Trap.
Ah, the eating. A buffet of wild hors d’oeuvres, an
international cheese and fruit display, and the entrees: Caesar salad with wild
rice venison sausage, venison-sausage-stuffed mushrooms, goose and duck
fricassee, pheasant in mushroom crème sauce, chicken-fried venison, venison
chili, assorted line-caught fish, firecracker salmon, paella, baked beans, all
enjoyed with family, friends, and industry representatives. Thanks to all who
donated game to our annual showstopper, and to our sponsors for making so much
The evening’s shotgun raffle drawing traditionally
precedes the trophies. This year’s winner was Al Doucette, a guest of Herb
Schulte. After a whole bunch of years in attendance, Al couldn’t believe his
number was finally drawn!
Special thanks to Chair Michael Gallagher and the
The MDDS gratefully acknowledges the following companies
for their support of the Annual Trapshoot Event.
Boos Dental Laboratory
Marcus Dental Laboratory
Maguire & Stickland Refining,
Minneapolis District Dental Society
Udell Dental Laboratory
W.E. Mowrey, Co.
On September 5 the courts were
buzzing at the Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer at Lifetime Athletic Club in Eden Prairie. A
picture-perfect blue-sky day…but 90 degrees outside! People were actually saying it was too hot
for tennis! Next year’s tennis event will be another hot ticket - thanks to
Jessie Veil, we’re moving to Bearpath. Put a post-it on the frig for Wednesday,
September 9, 2008.
Back to this year: Renovations at the club meant we
picnicked with lunch and dinner catered. Oh, yes, and — the winners were:
Christine Swanson and Wendy Gulden (tied in the women’s division), Jonathan
Twomey, and Kent Gulden, Wendy’s dad, on his first time with us.
Congratulations to all!
Bravo to event co-chair Rob Derr, who stepped in for
Julie Chavez who was “elsewhere” — i.e., the U.S. Open. I guess you can’t
really call that a conflict of interest. Julie is looking for Tennis Planning
Committee members. Please contact her at (952) 929-4644 or call Michelle at the
The MDDS was very active at the
House of Delegates, held September 7 and 8 in Duluth. The many resolutions presented,
discussed at length, and passed are covered in Minnesota News in this issue.
We would like to congratulate Saint Paul’s Dick Wiberg for his many years
of service to the MDA, culminating this year as its president. Todd Tsuchiya
was re-elected to a three-year term as Treasurer; Bruce Templeton was installed
as First Vice-President. And, the new President of the Minnesota Dental
Association installed for the upcoming year is our own Jamie Sledd, who
practices in Maple Grove.
Dr. Sledd will be working on the member communications and updating the website
to include many new items. Congratulations, Jamie! We look forward to a
Thanks to the following members who served as delegates:
Officer Delegates: Gregory Lawton, president; James
Nickman, president-elect, Gary Bolmgren, secretary/treasurer, and
Vice-President Alejandro Aguirre, who missed the House due to a cancelled
flight out of Chicago.
Delegates: Bashar Bakdash, Bruce Betterman, Rob Derr,
Andrew Doroschak, Michael Doroschak, John Gulon, Sandy Houck, Christopher
Johnson, Mary Beth Johnson, Robert Kochenderfer, Woody Kwon, Venetia Laganis,
Douglas Lambert, Patrick Lloyd, Todd Marshall, Daniel Marvin, Frank Mork, Chuck
Puffer, Michelle Reynolds, Sally Schutte, Clayton Shepard, Herb Schulte,
Christopher Steele, Cale Strait, Gary Williams, Thomas Karn, and Thomas Pink.
Congratulations to the following new
members of the District. Membership allows them to develop a strong network of
fellow professionals who understand the day-to-day triumphs and tribulations of
practicing dentistry. Please take a minute to welcome them to organized
dentistry at our next component meeting.
Rizwan K. Alvi, D.D.S.Gerald C. Anderson
, D.D.S.Andrew S. Atchison
, D.D.S.Nichole J. Edwards
, D.D.S.Leslie A. Hollevoet
, D.D.S.Eric R. Mintalar
, D.D.S.Chad M. Nelson, D.D.S.Grant E. Raykowski,
D.D.S.Sheila C. Thorstenson
You KnowThursday, January 24, 2008
General Assembly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Noah Sandler
Subject: “Changes in Sedation and How It
Affects Your Dental Practice”Golden Valley Golf and Country ClubGolden Valley, Minnesota
Saint Paul District
David R. Resch
Saint Paul, MN55102
House of Delegates 2007
The MDA’s House of Delegates for 2007 was
held at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center September 7 and 8. The
Saint Paul District extends its gratitude and appreciation to the following
delegates for their participation and important contribution.
David Resch, Chair John Aamodt
William HarrisonChristine Hermanson
Joni RichmondEmmaLee Spahl
Current and Choice
The Saint Paul District Dental Society is
very proud of the hard work and contributions made by outgoing MDA president
Dick Wiberg. You have served us well. Thank you, Dr. Wiberg!
Donna Stenberg was
nominated and elected MDA Trustee for the Saint Paul District. She replaces Saint Paul’s Don
Erickson, who has stepped down.
Bring a Friend
The Saint Paul District welcomes the following
new members to organized dentistry!Mari M. Bellmont
, D.D.S.Jonathan J. Falkowski
, D.D.S.Samuel S. LaChance
, D.D.S.Charles N. Miller
, D.D.S.Lezlie A. Nelson
, D.D.S.Chad M. Rasmussen,
D.D.S.Katie L. Schelling
, D.D.S. Ernest S. Reeh
, D.D.S. Christina L. Rohr
, D.D.S. Joseph Schara
, D.D.S.Stacy M. Shearen
The First Thing You’ll See …
The first thing you’ll see when you turn
to your 2008 calendar should be the star for the SPDDS Midwinter Meeting
Friday, January 4. This very special meeting is for all SPDDS member-dentists,
their staffs, and colleagues. Join us at the Crown
Plaza Saint Paul Riverfront for exhibitors, speakers, and CE credits. Programs
will be mailed to SPDDS members in October; outstate members can contact the
District Office at (651) 697-0831 to receive a program by mail.
And I’ll Meet You ThereFebruary 1-2, 2008
Give Kids A Smile Day
February 16, 2008
SPDDS Children’s Dental
Health DayMinnesota Children’s Museum
In a Perfect World …
A practice transition is something you
always hope goes the way you planned. Ideally, it is something you want to plan
well in advance of the actual event. This only benefits the dentist, his or her
patients, and anyone else who is involved. What happens, however, when you don’t
have a plan, or you are not able to fully implement the one you do have because
you find yourself without the lead time you would have wanted? This is the
situation that fellow Saint Paul
dentist Dr. Stuart Lorberbaum found himself in this past year. I recently spent
some time with Dr. Lorberbaum reviewing the circumstances surrounding the
transition he faced which ultimately forced him to close down his practice. I
think his story is unique, and hopefully it will shed some light on
possibilities that perhaps we have not really considered as we plan for our own
departure from practice.LAT
: What is the overview of your
: After receiving my dental
degree in 1978, I associated with Dr. Saul Kanun on the 10th floor of the PioneerEndicottBuilding in downtown Saint Paul on 4th and Robert Streets. I had
purchased the practice, and shortly thereafter moved it to the first floor of
the same building, practicing from three operatories for the next 27 years.
: What were the circumstances
surrounding closing your office?
: Over my 28 years of
practice, I’d had three different landlords. When the building was shut down
this past May, only one other tenant among those who were left had been there
longer than I had. The landlord who owned the building for the last two years
was US Bank. So what happened was not totally unexpected because US Bank had
moved its operations to a new facility outside the downtown area. This left the
Pioneer Building about 80% vacant. However, though US Bank had left the
building, their lease did not end until May of 2007.
The Pioneer Building
is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, and as such, its
landlord receives certain tax breaks. In return, the building is required to be
publicly accessible on its first three floors. US Bank was never able to find
another tenant, and eventually sold the building to my last landlord, who was
based in Texas and had no ties to the area or the remaining tenants.
Of course, I had
been hoping things would just carry on as they were. I had “in-a-perfect-world”
thoughts that there was actually a fair chance of that happening. After all,
the building was on the National Register; landlords were desperate for
businesses to stay in the downtown area; those of us who remained were
long-term, stable tenants. For about a year before I had to close my office, it
had been implied many times that I might be able to carry on “as is”. As it
turned out, things did not work that way. Two weeks prior to the US Bank lease
ending, we remaining few tenants were given eviction notices.
: What options did you see yourself as having at that point?
Dr. Lorberbaum: Because I had known about
the possibility of this happening for about a year, I did have a few choices.
One, I could merge my office with another practice; two, I could relocate the
practice and build a new office space; or three, I could just close down.
: Had you made preparations for
retiring before this all occurred?
: For about the last four
or five years I had been working on a part-time basis, and I would say had
partially retired. I was in the office two days a week, and my goal had been to
continue doing that for another two or three years. Given that, it was not
worth it to build a new office anywhere. That left merging with another office
or shutting down. By noon on Monday, May 7, I had seen my last patient in my
office, and by May 9 I had totally vacated the space.
: How did you handle equipment
: Because I did not have a
lot of time to dispose of the records and equipment, I ran an ad in Northwest
and the Saint Paul District’s newsletter. I also looked into agencies
in town that would take donations. Most of them, such as the Union Gospel
Mission, already had most everything they needed in regard to equipment.
Looking to charities outside the country changes a donation to a financial
contribution because of costs involved with packing and shipping. It also
becomes logistically complicated. So I was left with the options of putting it
all in storage until I could get rid of it or simply throwing it away, an
option I did not like.
: I understand serendipity
prevailed, and you were able to donate.
: Yes. One day after I had
rented storage space, I found Mano a Mano
(Hand to Hand), a
non-religiously-affiliated organization right here in Mendota Heights, which
was willing to take all my equipment and include it in a shipping container
they were putting together for Bolivia. All three operatories, my waiting room,
and supplies went to Bolivia! Mano a Mano
is a group which, working with
physicians, nurses, and dentists, has, over the last 26 years, set up about 27
clinics in the poorest areas of the country.
As far as the
records went, I made arrangements with a couple of dentists close to my office
who I felt would serve my patients as I would have, and that proximity would
put no extra burden on them.
: In what other ways has this
transition affected you?
: It was difficult on my
family. My wife felt the reason for the transition was not fair, and in
reality, sometimes it just isn’t. I felt a person could handle something like
this in one of two ways: You could get angry and frustrated, or you could
decide to take it as a challenge, rise to the occasion, and in the process
hopefully do some good. The bottom line is, it is not all about the money. The
other side of dentistry is that it is about humanity and the human condition.
At the end of the day you have to be able to look back and be proud of how the
transition went and that you were, hopefully, able to do the most good for the
most people. I felt I was able to achieve that. Looking back with five or six months’
hindsight, one of the harder things for me was the lack of contact with
patients. After that many years in practice, you develop relationships, you
look forward to seeing the patients on a regular basis, and when it is all over
there is an emotional component to not being able to do that.
: What did you find helpful?
: Once I applied for
retired status with the ADA, they sent a packet “for the newly retired
dentist”. The materials were very helpful. However, it would have been even
more helpful to have received it a year before the transition. One other thing
people should know is that when you close down a practice you have to contact
all of the governmental agencies with which you have licenses. Each group has
to inspect the site before it will sign off on your proper handling of certain
items: How did you dispose of your X-ray equipment, how did you handle your
hazardous waste, and so on. Dental supply companies are also helpful for
helping to dismantle equipment and put a valuation on it.
: You were obviously committed
to the downtown area. What are your thoughts on the downtown Saint Paul
: I feel dentists and other
small businesses are in trouble there. But things have been like this for at
least the last 12 years. Fifteen years ago, the last time my lease was up, I
could have moved my practice out of downtown as did most of the dentists in the
Lowry Building. I felt that would leave downtown deserted. My practice was
stable, so I stayed, but that is part of the reason I eventually cut back to a
part-time, two-day week. I feel downtown has been on an economic downturn for
years. Large anchor companies have continued leaving. I don’t know how they
will turn it around. Of the remaining eight tenants in my building, three
relocated, and five, including restaurants, simply closed.
: What advice could you give to
someone in a similar situation?
: I would say definitely
have a plan. Have that plan fit your practice philosophy, which includes your
practice life, your personal life, and your spiritual life. This is more than
just the practice of dentistry. Make sure you are prepared to take into account
the emotional aspects of the change. Most people tend to look at transition
planning from a business numbers point of view. That is important, but it’s not
what you take to bed with you at night. When people go from a work activity on
which they have based their identity to areas that are brand new, it can be
very scary. These new areas are, for a lot of people, the beginning of the
final chapter of their lives. I don’t know that there is a good way to prepare
yourself for that. Keep yourself as physically and mentally fit as possible,
and it is a good idea to have a lot of friendship resources.
Editor’s note: You may find Mano a Mano
at 774 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota Heights, MN 55118.
John E. LuethP.O. Box 310Bemidji, MN56619
I Have an
Afternoon Nap on My Life List, Too
Lueth tells me the world is wondering “what crazy trip Bill took his family on
this summer”. Let’s see — Did we climb the Himalayas?
Nope. Did we walk the Great Wall of China?
Nope. Did we visit the penguins in the Antarctic? Nope. I put us on a plane to
fabulous Las Vegas
for Beatlefest 2007!
was formed in 1974. When its founder asked John Lennon if that would be okay,
Lennon said, “Hey, I like the Beatles too.” The first performance was held in New Jersey.
trip marked the first Beatlefest in Las
Vegas, at the Mirage Hotel. By the way, if anyone is
in Vegas, that is a really nice hotel with a wonderful pool area with great
waterfalls. It was July 1-3, and, of course, quite hot. But not a problem with
AC and that pool.
it was interesting. As my wife Mona said, “I feel like I’m in a cult here”
because all the time we were at the Fest, they kept talking about being in the
“Beatles family”. I guess I can finally cross joining a cult off my “life list”.
is a combination of lectures and autograph signings in the afternoon and two
concerts every night. The performers included Peter and Gordon; a reunion of
three former Wings members; Pete Best (the original Beatles drummer, replaced
by Ringo); and a band called Liverpool that backed everyone and even did Sgt.
Pepper from start to finish one night — which the Beatles did not think they
ever could do live!
a lot of stuff in Vegas, including a wonderful family lunch at the top of the
more than thousand-foot StratosphereTower. The tower rotates
360 degrees in about an hour. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Madame Tussaud’s
Wax Museum was across the street, and a real hoot. Of course, my daughter Jean
and I would have to peek at the sports book area that weekend and see how the
Twins and Yankee game was. (Not good for the Twins.) We also saw the Beatles
Love show at the Mirage. It was unreal, and I honestly cannot describe it. It
was an audio-visual miracle. I guarantee no one would ever be disappointed by
afternoon, when the family was taking the afternoon nap, I decided to try to
get in the Beatles Trivia Contest. There are four rounds of four people who
qualify to be in the final round of four. I somehow got into the first round.
Beatlefest had people from all 50 states and four continents, so I was a little
intimidated. But — I won round one pretty quickly. I then called my daughter’s
cell and said I was in the finals. After a quick poll, they thought the
afternoon nap took precedence. I gave my camcorder to a nice person who filmed
and documented the finals. I remember that one of the contestants was from London, one was from Liverpool,
and I don’t know where the other was from.
Early on I could never hit my button fast enough, and
some of the questions got really tough. Halfway through, I strung together
three correct answers in a row (five correct wins) and ended up in second
place. I got a nice Beatles book that was signed by the author, who was at the
morning, we had tickets to have brunch with the photographer who took the
Beatles’ pictures in India when they were with the Maharishi. There were about
50 people there, but I think we were the only table with kids (although they
are 17 and 19). The photographer, Paul Salzman, was very nice and visited with
people before the brunch. Many of the people there had seen the Beatles in
person or on the Ed Sullivan Show. However, after the one-on-one, Mr. Salzman
wanted everyone to introduce him- or herself and tell how the Beatles had
changed their lives. He really did. The first thing Mona said was, “You have to
through this little exercise, my daughter Jean said, “This sounds like an AA
meeting.” So when they got to our table, I introduced myself by saying, “Hi,
I’m Bill, and I’m a Beatleholic.” After which everyone said, “Hi, Bill.” Hmmm.
know if the Beatles ever changed my life. I think that Mona, Jean, and Bill Jr.
did that. Music and the Beatles were just an outlet to listen to or read
something by to relax after a busy day. And maybe that is my message here. Do
something silly, have some fun, and create memories for you and your family.
And For Our Next Request …
Next on the agenda for the Northwestern District is the
return of the Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing and Dental C.E. weekend January
25-27, 2008. Please contact Roger Sjulson at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or look for further
information in the ad located in this issue of Northwest Dentistry.
remember our motto: “If you don’t have fun…it’s your own fault!”
from the Northwestern District:
Under the category “Any reason as an excuse”:
retired former university professor and true blue Scandinavian patient of mine
(complete with accent so thick you’d swear he was “yust off da boot”) recently
was in the office for a recall appointment. He had undergone placement of a
single dental implant to replace missing tooth #19, and only days before had
the implant uncovered and healing cap placed. As we discussed whether he had
any questions or concerns about anything relating to his oral health, Kermit
said that for about two hours after the healing cap was placed his “tongue said
it felt funny”.
responded teasingly, “Well, you’ve got a metal post in your jaw!”
which he replied, “You know, I just got to thinkin’, I ‘spose when it gets cold
soon my tongue will stick to it. I guess I’ll just have to go south for the winter!”
Guidelines for When to Retire
A fisherman should retire when his net income is falling off.
A publisher should quit when he can’t handle the volume anymore.
An actor can tell he’s done when he can’t make the scene.
A dentist will know when he’s had his fill.
A photographer better retire when he just doesn’t click anymore.
A teacher should retire if she has no class.
An accountant ought to retire before his number comes up.
But a writer can go on writing until the very end.
the Burma-Shave Signs?
Slow down, Pa,
Ma missed signs
Four and five
Within this vale
Of toil and sin
Your head grows bald
But not on your chin
Does your husband misbehave?
Grunt and grumble. Rant and wave?
Shoot the brute some
If you dislike Big traffic fines
Till you can read these signs
Gary Hedin927 Trettle LaneCloquet, MN55720
a Single Day in Grayscale
As I write this, the grouse and bow-hunting openers are only
a week away. While this may not seem too exciting to some, I know there are a lot
of hunters eagerly preparing for the upcoming seasons. The local outdoors and
hunting shops are full of people stocking up on things they need - and probably
a few they don’t. Meanwhile, the golfers are fretting about their season
gradually winding down, although with our new warm climate up here I know a few
of you will be out looking for your ball in early December. Fall is a great
time of the year up here in the Northeastern District, and it’s pretty apparent
that people from all over the state think so as well.
a Different Kind of Exploration
All the way back in mid-July, Jim Swanstrom and his wife
Barbara were kind enough to host the annual barbeque and get-together for the
Medical Arts dentists, their spouses, and alumni. The gathering took place at
the Swanstroms’ home on PikeLake, just outside of Duluth. While the weather kept threatening to
douse us, ultimately the sun did come out, and everyone was able to spend some
quality time on the deck. Bill Kubiak, newly retired, took his traditional role
as grill master, and did not disappoint us. From my perspective as a newcomer
to the Medical Arts community, it was especially fun to visit with some of the
fellows who retired from the dental profession a number of years ago. They
still clearly have a passion for dentistry, even after a few years of not
having a mirror and explorer in hand.
Leisure of Their Company
During the month of August, the folks at Northern Oral and
Maxillofacial Surgeons held their annual party in Duluth. This year the event was held on the
Vista Star cruise boat and featured not only some great food and drinks, but
also a trip out onto Lake Superior to watch
the sun go down over the hill. Unfortunately, my wife and I were on vacation in
the U.P. of Michigan,
so we were unable to attend. Everyone I have talked to said they had a great
time, though, and I’d like to thank Greg Kaake very much for taking pictures of
— Dentists Know How to Unseal Lips
At the end of August, I was fortunate enough to go on a fishing
trip to Lac Seul, Ontario,
with Jerry and Nathan Pedersen, Mike Zakula, Eric Sjodin from Lakeland Dental
Lab, and Mike’s friend Cliff. We had some outstanding walleye fishing and
enjoyed the peacefulness of our remote cabin. Mike is probably worried that I’m
going to give away the hot spots right here on the pages of Northwest
Dentistry, but rest assured my lips are sealed.
Bound, or They Saved Dessert for Last
played host to the MDA’s House of Delegates this past weekend at the DECC. The
weather was far too nice to be inside at meetings all day, but sometimes that’s
just how it goes. I won’t go into much detail because there will be other
upcoming articles on the event. Suffice to say that the two-day meeting went
quite smoothly, and a number of very good resolutions were passed, several of
originated from our own Northeastern District.
John Conry did a great job chairing Reference Committee B,
while Steve L’Abbe served as a member of the Reference Committee A. The
delegates and alternates present from our district included John Conry, Chuck
Babst, Mike Hagley, Gary Hedin, Steve L’Abbe, Mike Ludwig, Willie Shuldt, Matt
Anzelc, Lisa Johnson, and Mike Zakula. The Friday evening session ended with a
stand-up dinner and social hour, followed by a dessert cruise on the Vista
Star. I wasn’t on the cruise to chaperone those from our delegation who were,
but everyone made it to the Saturday session intact!
I think it’s time for me to head out to my favorite hunting
store to pick up a few of those not-really-necessary items. Don’t tell my wife!
Gregory P. Miller
Associate Editor1140 South AvenueNorth Mankato, MN56003
Focus Marks Annual Fall Meeting
The Southern District held its annual fall meeting August
23-25, 2007 at Jackpot Junction in Morton,
Minnesota. The weekend began with
a caucus on Thursday afternoon with MDA Executive Director Dick Diercks and MDA president for 2007-2008 Jamie Sleddjoining us for that meeting.
Friday morning started with the Southern District business
meeting. Our trustee, Ed McNiece, updated all of
us on the many issues facing dentistry in Minnesota. After much discussion and a
luncheon, most members went off to enjoy an afternoon of golf at the Dakota
Ridge Golf Club.
The annual banquet was held Friday night, with the spotlight
this year on Guest of Honor Mankato periodontist and inventor Gary Jernberg.
Dr. Jernberg was accompanied by his wife, Mary Jeanne, and his daughter, Anne.
Mary Jeanne holds an MBA degree and is an entrepreneur in her own right. Anne
recently graduated from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.
Dr. Jernberg spoke to us about his “journey”. Before
was a chemical engineer for General Mills and for Economics Lab. He has used
his engineering background along with his knowledge and expertise in
periodontics to develop eight different patents. He also has two patents
pending and two that are in the writing stage. The best known of his patents is
Arestin, which is now the largest-selling local delivery system for antibiotics
in periodontal disease.
Gary first began
working on Arestin when his daughter Anne was two years old. After years of
research and development, Arestin finally went on the market when Anne was 21
years old. Gary
is developing methods of delivering various agents through synthetic vascular
grafts and cardiac stents, and he holds patents on tissue regeneration and a
drug delivery system.
Mankato and Southern Minnesota are very fortunate indeed to have a
distinguished inventor and excellent clinician such as Dr. Gary Jernberg.
The continuing education program on Saturday was presented by
Drs. Daniel Shaw and Robert Feigal, who offered us “A Pediatric Dentistry
Update”. This covered early childhood caries, prevention (with the latest
information on fluoride and sealants), traumatic injuries, behavior management,
On a personal note, I didn’t realize how much I needed to
update my knowledge on pediatric dentistry. One of the most interesting parts
of the presentation for me was videos of Dr. Shaw doing examination and treatment
for kids from two to four years of age.
All in all it was a very enjoyable and rewarding weekend. The
biggest benefit was the interaction and camaraderie with our fellow dentists
and dental auxiliaries from Southern Minnesota.
MeetingsSaturday, January 12, 2008
Speaker: Scott Lingle, D.D.S.Mankato, Minnesota
Program for both dentists and staff
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Subject: “Dental Care for Our Aging
Speaker: Patrick Lloyd, D.D.S., Dean,
University of MinnesotaSchool of DentistryMarshall, Minnesota
West Central District
No report in this issue.
Bradley Anderson2799 Rustic Place, # 308Little Canada, MN 55117
Something “Annual” Only Proves How Fast a Year Goes By
It has been a busy couple of months for
the Student District. At school, we have all rotated through our three-week
fall breaks. It allowed us some much needed rest and relaxation. For the first
time, third-year students also had the opportunity to work in the clinics full
time when their groups were not on break. It was nice to get a larger taste of
The dental school also welcomed
a new first-year class August 8. The class consists of 96 students from Minnesota and other
states around the country. Our American Student Dental Association chapter held
“ASDA 101” for the first-years September 5. This is traditionally our first
Lunch and Learn event of the year, and for this one we explain membership
benefits, the committee structure, and how to get involved in ASDA to the
students. This year ASDA 101 was again a huge success.
The Minnesota ASDA chapter was also able to have eight
delegates and alternates represent the dental students of Minnesota at the 37th ASDA Annual Session.
This occurred August 29 through September 2 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
ASDA passed a number of resolutions this year, lead by a number of resolutions
on student ethics. Other topics dealt with included collaboration among dental
student organizations, ease of communication with our members, and a definition
of a curriculum-integrated format for clinical licensure tests. It is my belief
that the resolutions that were passed will allow ASDA to have a very productive
ASDA also elected national leaders for the 2007-2008 year,
and I am pleased to announce that Minnesota’s
own Amy Truong was selected to be District Eight trustee. The Annual Session
also included the President’s Dance, which was held Saturday night. The theme
this year was country-western. All the students in attendance were treated to
dinner and line-dancing. This year at the Annual Session the Minnesota ASDA
chapter was able to take home second place in the Crest Healthy Smiles contest
for our work helping put on Give Kids a Smile day at our school.
Upon completion of the Annual Session,
our students returned to school for a week, after which eight more of them
headed up to Duluth to participate in the MDA House of Delegates. This is
always an event the students who attend really enjoy, and this year was no
exception. Being able to discuss the resolutions with the MDA leaders gives us
a great opportunity to learn what is going on in our state, and allows us to be better resources for the other students at
We also have a number of exciting/important upcoming events
at the School. The third- and fourth-years will be taking the pros and endo
portions of CRDTS the weekend of September 22 and 23. We also have our
membership and ADPAC drives scheduled to kick off October 5. Later in October
we will be having our annual Vendor Fair. That event will be held Wednesday,
October 24. Lastly, the ASDA Eighth District meeting will be held in Minnesota this year. The
meeting will be held sometime in late October or early November, and we look
forward to the opportunity to show off our new pre-clinical area to some of the
other schools in our region.
Copyright 2007. Minnesota Dental Association
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