The Northwestern District's Steve Eck heads even farther north; a voice from Christmas past; heads up for the new year; and a passle of parties.
Gregory P. Miller
1140 South Avenue
North Mankato, MN 56003
Christmas Story to Keep
have found that dentists are very intense and passionate about their hobbies.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit with one dentist with just such an
intensity and commitment to his particular life-long hobby.
David Osdoba is a retired dentist whose hobby is
building model train lay-outs. Recently I had the privilege to visit his home
one evening, and Dave shared his private world of model trains.
the lower level of Dave’s home, in a room about 42 feet by 27 feet, a huge
plywood platform stood four feet off the floor. Here and there were model train
tracks in different stages of development. At various locations throughout the
room there were gigantic bridges and buildings made of intricate narrow pieces
of wood and metal. Each elaborate structure obviously took countless hours to
the perimeter of this large wooden platform was a narrow aisle just wide enough
for a person to walk. At strategic places throughout the layout there were
small holes where 78-year-old Dave could pop through from underneath and climb
around on the platform to do his labors. A small wheeled stool close to the
floor provided Dave with the means to scoot around a labyrinth of two-by-fours
that supported his platform. Filling much of the subterranean space were boxes
containing railroad cars and other unknown model train parts.
began constructing this gigantic railroad playground around Christmas 2006, and
he plans on completing it by Christmas of 2008, although I get the feeling that
a project like this will never be totally done. There will always be some
feature to add to it just to keep the fun going.
forgot to mention these railroad cars are not the small ones that most of us
remember from our childhoods. They are called “garden railroads” because they
were designed to be set up outside and are somewhere between 1/20th and 1/32nd
the size of the real thing. The best I could figure, each railroad car was
about six inches tall and 18 to 24 inches long. (Dave will probably cringe at
my inexactness when he reads this.)
interest in model trains began when he was five years old. In fact, he still
has that first “wind-up” train from some 73 years ago. However, the childhood
train that he remembers the most is the one he got at around 10 years of age.
He walked past a local hardware store almost every day and admired a beautiful
Lionel train that was going round and round on its track in the window. Dave
tried to convince his father to buy the set before it wore out from running in
the store all day, every day. Finally, two weeks before Christmas, Dave’s
father agreed to buy the train set, but he made young Dave agree to keep it wrapped
and not even look at it until Christmas Day arrived. Today Dave appreciates the
sacrifice his father made buying a train set for $22.50 when his income at the
time was only $30 a week.
were times in Dave’s life when he couldn’t spend as much time on his trains as
he does now. He had a career to tend to and a wife and six children to support.
Dave graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1954. He
married his wife, Donna, in 1955 during a two-year stint at the
Great Lakes Naval Base before starting a private dental practice in Mankato. I am amazed at
how understanding Donna must be of Dave’s model train passion. She let him
consume a good share of their yard for his previous model train set-up. Now,
after moving into a new house two years ago, she has agreed to sacrifice almost
the entire basement to his hobby!
am looking forward to seeing Dave’s gigantic creation when it’s completed about
a year from now. I can only imagine all the intricate details and colorful
scenery. Dr. Osdoba will be sitting at his master control booth flipping
switches to control the path of his trains as whistles will be blowing and the
wheels will be making a clackety-clack sound on the metal track. It’s going to
be a wondrous sight!
Travis A. Schmitt
204 4th Street SW, Suite 144
Austin, MN 55912-4427
Spring Meeting To Tackle Major Issue
of the big issues currently facing the profession of dentistry is the proposed
advanced dental hygiene practitioner (ADHP). The ADHP would be able to perform
restorative functions (prepare teeth for fillings) in addition to his or her
regular hygiene duties. The ADHP represents a giant leap in responsibility for
a hygienist, who is predominantly trained in soft tissue management and not
predominantly trained in restorative care. The ADHP is being advocated by some
groups as a way to help solve the continuing access to care problem. While it
seems obvious from our standpoint that this is not a solution to the access
problem, this argument may be an effective tool to “bend the ear” of
legislators who may not be informed.
of care is the primary concern. If the caries on tooth #30 extends into the
pulp, is the ADHP qualified to begin endodontic therapy?
the ADHP be placing fillings when other treatments (such as a crown) would have
a better prognosis for the patient?
will be the ADHP be performing these services? Mobile clinics? Community
clinics? Their own offices?
like these are important.
is why it is extremely important for dentists to make sure their legislators
know about these concerns. To easily reach your legislator, you may go to the
Minnesota Dental Association website and sign in, then go to the legislative
line, where you will find a list of Minnesota
legislators. You can then e-mail, write, or call. And you are strongly
encouraged to invite them to a personal, face-to-face meeting to follow up.
fall into the trap of, “Oh well, someone else will take care of it.” Just
remember, if you want it done right, do it yourself!
discussion, along with other “current issues in dentistry”, will take place at
the March 7th meeting. Please come to learn about this and other important
matters! Your future is dependent on what you do in the present.
SEDDS/ZVDS Spring Meeting
Friday, March 7, 2008
Ramada Hotel and Conference
the Entire Staff!
a.m.: Registration - coffee and rolls
Kevin L. Rieck, D.D.S., M.D. on “The Complex
Steve Shuman, D.D.S., M.D. on “Update on Medical-Dental Management Concerns in
Peggy Simonson, R.D.H., B.S. on “New Tips for Managing Older Patients”
SEDDS and MDA Officers and Staff on “Current Issues
p.m.: Lunch – sandwich and soup buffet
$60.00 per person
Seating – Register Early!
further information, please contact Dr. Duane Price at (507) 288-2539 or at 615 16th Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902.
James D. Nickman
500 Osbourne Road, Suite 345
Fridley, MN 55432
In Memory: Dr. Erwin Schaffer
Minneapolis District Dental Society recognizes the passing of long-time member
Dr. Erwin Schaffer, legendary dean of the University of
Minnesota School of Dentistry, with our deepest sympathies to his family,
friends, and colleagues. Because Dr. Schaffer truly belonged to the wider
world, Northwest Dentistry has
devoted space for eulogizing “The Dean” in both its News Notes (page 4) and
Feature departments (page 25). Please join us all in remembering a man who was
truly one of a kind.William Gregory Lawton, Associate Editor
2007 Midwinter Standing Room Only
than 450 member dentists, dental students, and staff joined in the 82nd Annual
Minneapolis District Midwinter Dental Meeting Friday, December 7, 2007 at the
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka.
The reviews we heard declared the meeting is certain to return to this venue
next year. Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Student District Dental Society, the
day began with a hot breakfast buffet and mingling time with colleagues and
sponsors in the exhibit hall. Then attention turned to guest speaker Dr. John Molinari.
you were not there, you missed out! Dr. Molinari provided an outstanding
presentation on the updated CDC infection control guidelines; pandemics and
what can be done to prepare for them; precautions to take traveling abroad;
appropriate vaccinations for health care professionals; and a myriad of other
topics. Dr. Molinari provided one of the best and most practical lectures
participants have heard in years from what they told the organizers of the
go to Midwinter Program Committee Chair Melissa
and committee members Joann
Sandra Houck, Stephen
James Nickman, Michael
Karen Reese, Herbert
Chester Schultz, Clayton
and Mr. Paul Peterson for working so diligently to produce
another fine meeting. Brava as well to Mary
and Candy Hazen, representing the assistants and
commercial companies supported the meeting with financial contributions as well
as their attendance in the exhibit hall. We extend our sincere appreciation for
their support. A special Thank You as
well for making it possible for the dental, dental hygiene, and dental
assisting students to attend.
Dental Products Division
Med Systems, Inc.
Professional Dental Staffing
Dental Supply Company, Inc.
Menden, Faust & Nelson, P.A.
for Vision, Inc.
Dental – a DTI Company
Spah Dental Studio, Inc.
& Strickland Refining, Inc.
Dental Supply Company
Flygare, Kadrik & Assoc.
Dental Supply, Inc.
– Professional Economics Bureau of America, Inc.
Bank of Commerce
& Gamble – Crest/Oral B
Dental Studio, Inc.
Saber Dental Studio
Sabo Dental Lab, Inc.
Practice Transitions, P.A.
Insurance Solutions, Inc.
Dental Studio, Inc.
Krause & Company, LLP
mark Friday, December 1, 2008 for the 83rd Annual Minneapolis District Dental
Society Midwinter Dental Meeting for the entire team. Five core continuing
education credits will be given. The meeting will be at the Minneapolis
Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka.
Next General Assembly March 13
are pleased to have Dr. Michael
join us to provide the latest information on treating autistic dental patients
in the dental office. Dr. Reiff is a physician at the University of Minnesota
and has treated autistic patients for many years. Bring your staff: every
dental practice and staff member could benefit from this lecture.
registration form is in the February Brush-Up.
If you need a form, please contact the District office at (651) 631-9845, or
email@example.com under calendar and events.
Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Evening
2008 Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Evening will be Thursday,
April 17, at the Golden Valley Country Club. Officers for the upcoming year are
James D. Nickman, president; Alejandro Aguirre, president-elect; vice-president, yet to be named; and Gary A. Bolmgren, secretary/treasurer. The Guest of Honor Recognition Award
will be presented to Bashar
for all his years of service to the dental profession. Please plan on attending
to honor these members as they take office for the 2007-2008 year. We will also
be honoring the District’s Past Presidents at this event. Please plan on
attending this wonderful event, get reacquainted with colleagues you have not
seen in awhile, enjoy the hors‘d oeuvres, wine, dinner, and program.
Summer Sporting Events
MDDS Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Monday, August 11 at Golden Valley
Golf Club in Eden Prairie,
a new location this year. The tournament has never been held at this venue, and
we are thrilled they have agreed to schedule our event. The event will kick off
with a delicious lunch before a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. This event is open to
all MDA members statewide, so plan a trip to the cities and join us! As always,
there will be lots of prizes and special events for all participants.
annual Trapshoot Tournament is set for Wednesday, August 20. We will be
returning to the Metro Gun Club in Blaine.
The day will culminate with a gourmet wild game dinner and prizes. For those
who have not participated in awhile (or never have), join us! This is an event
not to be missed…even for the novice. Everyone is welcome to enjoy or famous
wild game dinner even if you are not in the tournament.
Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer will be Wednesday, September 3 at the Bearpath
Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie,
and will include members from both MDDS and the Saint Paul District Dental
Society. Play is on outdoor clay courts; all competition is doubles. Play will
go from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., with dinner following. Players from novice to
advanced are encouraged to come.
forms for all summer events will be in upcoming issues of the Brush-Up.
Welcome, New Members
to the newest members of our District. Please give them a call, invite them to
join you at an upcoming district meeting, or take a new member to lunch. Let’s
welcome them to the Minneapolis District!
Rachel T. Meyer, D.D.S.
Sonja Munozlatorre, D.D.S.
Laura Sellinger, D.D.S.
Upcoming Programs and Events
Thursday, March 13,
Dr. Michael Reiff
“Treating the Autistic Dental Patient”
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
Golden Valley, Minnesota
Thursday, April 17,
of Officers and Guest of Honor
Guest of Honor: Bashar Bakdash, D.D.S.
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
Golden Valley, Minnesota
Tuesday, August 5,
2008 – Tentative Date
MDDS Caucus Meeting
All Members Welcome
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
Golden Valley, Minnesota
Monday, August 11,
District Golf Tournament
Open to All MDA Members
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
Golden Valley, Minnesota
September 3, 2007
Greater Twin Cities
LOCATION: Bearpath Golf and Country Club
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
MDA House of
Airport Marriott Hotel
Friday, December 5,
Midwinter Dental Meeting
Guest Speaker: TBA
Marriott Southwest Hotel
John E. Lueth
P.O. Box 310
Bemidji, MN 56619
Eck in Alaska
Alaska, land of three million lakes (unlike Minnesota,
too many to advertise on their license plates!), one fifth the size of the
lower 48 states, and with one eighth the population of Minnesota … often described as the Last
Frontier. It is a part of the world very different in many ways from the
Northwestern District, but home to many people with a similar spirit of
adventure and self reliance. That is probably why it attracts many Minnesotans
to its wildness and beauty. One of these Minnesotans is Steve Eck.
Eck grew up in our district, northwest of the small town of Gonvick. He attended Bemidji State College,
completing pre-dental requirements in two years, then on to the University of
Minnesota School of Dentistry. Completing school in six years (class of ’69),
Steve was practicing dentistry by age 23!
a number of years practicing in Pine
City, it was time for a
change. Retirement!? Taking a year off, Dr. Eck built a post-and-beam log home
on land outside Gonvick — a marvelous, grand structure, it truly reflects the
magnificence of the North Woods. (It would also fit nicely into an Alaskan
taking the year to complete his North Woods retreat, Steve returned to
practice. For approximately a year, he answered the call to provide much needed
dental care at the Leech Lake Reservation Indian Health
Service Dental Clinic in Cass
helping out there, Steve reduced his commute to practice with district member Kurt Albright in Fosston, also for about a year. It was there, and at
retirement age, that a familiar call to the attractions of Alaska prompted Steve to take a bigger step
and check in to actually living in one of his favorite areas. (Dr. Eck had been
traveling to Alaska
to hunt and fish since he began practice.)
living in Wasilla, about 35 miles north of Anchorage, with his wife Karie, Steve has
done what many of us fantasize about but do not always do: Act on our
dream! Steve’s had been to spend more
quality time in Alaska.
Now he lives there year ‘round, commuting to the Southcentral Foundation’s
Fireweed Dental Clinic, where he practices as a personal contract general
is located in the Mat-Su Valley, named for the Russian “Matanuska” and
Athabaskan “Susitna” rivers in the area. Matanuska Glacier is also visible from
the highway. The valley, in south central Alaska, is about an hour’s drive
north of Anchorage and south of Denali National Park and Reserve. According to
Steve, it is a growing area in a huge, relatively flat valley with about 70,000
inhabitants, and has appealed to many people as a place to build a home.
Average summer temperatures range in the mid to high 60s; winters in the mid
20s (practically tropical compared to Minnesota!), perhaps why many early
settlers tried their hand at farming. Not as many remain, but it is obviously a
good growing area, evidenced by the Mat-Su visitors’ website list of
record-setting giant cabbages! Check out the 90-pounders!! They dwarf the
children! You could survive an entire Arctic winter on one of those babies —
if you like sauerkraut and pigs-in-a-blanket!
than monstrously large vegetables and other outdoor attractions, a fair portion
of Steve’s time is spent at the Fireweed Dental Clinic in Anchorage. Under the
authority of the Alaska Native Claims Act, which allows natives to operate
their own health care delivery systems, the Southcentral Foundation was formed
to provide medical care for its members. With funding through IHS in addition
to its own foundation contributions, the corporation provides medical and
dental services to members, covering a huge area for the state.
Anchorage Service Unit (ASU) Dental Program literature describes the Alaska
Area Native Health Service. With nine tribally operated service areas in
Alaska, the ASU is the largest, with more than 130,000 eligible Alaska Natives
and American Indians. The ASU Native birth rate is 30.1 per 1,000, while the national
average is 14.5. Alaska Natives are moving to Anchorage from villages at the
rate of 2,000 per year. And the caries rate among this population is
approximately 2.5 times the national average. Most villages do not have
fluoridated community water. Soda pop arrives in the village by the
pallet…sometimes bumping the dental team off the flight! All reasons that the
services are needed and the providers are kept busy.
facilities include a campus with hospital, primary care facility, and two
dental clinics, one at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC), the other the
Fireweed Dental Clinic.
Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage is the largest hospital in the Indian
Health Service, with more than 1,500 employees. It is the tertiary care referral
center for the Alaska Area Native Health Service as well as a teaching and
research facility. There is a 24-month hospital-based ADA-accredited program
which prepares career oriented dentists of the Indian Health Service for Senior
Leadership Billets in the general practice career tract.
ANMC Dental Service, a 23-chair dental clinic with two operating room suites,
provides statewide services on a referral basis. Emergency dental care is
provided 24 hours a day through the emergency room department. Oral surgery
treats primarily trauma and wisdom tooth removal. Pedodontists handle small
children with complex dental needs. There are one to three general dentists
whose role is to handle all emergency dental care, working strictly to take
people out of pain, and the ANMC primarily cares for school aged children with
Eck practices in the Fireweed Clinic where the regularly scheduled dental care
is provided. The clinic occupies two floors of a three-story building, with
optometry on the other. Steve told the clinic folks he would probably stay two
years or so, but they figured it was likely that he’d be there longer!
the notable features at Fireweed are 27 dental treatment chairs, electronic
charting, digital X-rays, three oral surgery suites, three digital panoramic
X-ray machines — and a heckuva nice view!
staff of 140 includes 17 full-time general dentists, three oral surgeons, four
pedodontists, an endodontist, a prosthodontist, and one orthodontist. There are
nine hygienists, 53 dental assistants, and two registered nurse case managers.
Dentists are hired as Public Health Commissioned Officers; Southcentral
Foundation direct hires or on personal contract.
Eck’s overriding impression of the member patients is that they are truly
appreciative of the care and are very nice to work with. Because patients
rarely see the same dentist over time except for multiple appointment
procedures, the clinic’s dental assistants introduce dentist to patient at each
visit. The patients almost unfailingly tell the dentists how nice it is to meet
them and shake their hands.
treatments are fully covered for members, with co-pays for some of the more
expensive options such as full dentures and implants. Medicaid and private
insurances may at times cover portions of the costs.
dentists, either full- or part-time, have a fair degree of flexibility in their
schedules. A part-timer like Steve will be involved with examinations, single
appointment restorations, and extractions not requiring an oral surgeon. One
benefit of part-time status Steve enjoys is being allowed to choose his “time
in”. Under the right circumstances it would not be impossible to work the
entire winter and then be off to enjoy the famous Alaskan summer! (There are
sure to be dentists out there for whom the difference in pay from private
practice is more than made up for by this flexibility and the allure of Alaskan
adventures.) In general, the prosthodontists and endodontist take care of
multiple appointment procedures, but full-time general dentists may also do
some as well.
patient treatment flow generally includes first an appointment with the
hygienist and exam by the dentist and then appointments for any necessary
restorative work by the appropriate Public Health Service practitioner or a
of dentistry, there are so many things to enjoy about Alaska. Steve has been
traveling there for more than 30 years to hunt. Non-residents are required to
hire hunting guides for brown bear, goat, and sheep hunting, but having
established residency after one year, Steve will pay less for licenses and is
allowed to hunt on his own. Fishing includes salmon, trout, halibut, and many
other species which can be pursued in streams, rivers, lakes, or the ocean, and
it can be as good as it is challenging. The Talkeetna, for instance, is a
glacially fed river, and therefore very silty. The water is not at all clear.
Fish travel through these sections without spending time to feed, so the
fisherman’s strategy is to find a clear tributary entering the river. The fish
will stop in such areas to clean their gills, rest, feed, or even spawn, making
this a most productive area for catching fish. When the fish are running,
fishermen stand shoulder to shoulder jockeying for hard-fought advantage in
location. Hence the term “Combat Fishing”.
Kenai Peninsula is world renowned for its fishing. Most fishing in streams and
rivers is for spawning salmon, and because there are several species of salmon,
there is something running virtually from spring through to fall! Outdoor
activities cover many possibilities also, and Steve said the berry picking
ranks right up there! Of course, everyone has heard of the Iditarod Sled Dog
Race. And the Northern Lights are said to be truly spectacular.
the next time you are musing about better days and finding a way, give a
thought to how Dr. Steve Eck reinvented retirement and made his way — north.
927 Trettle Lane
Cloquet, MN 55720
This Writing …
again! It’s time to check in on the Northeastern District and the events that
have taken place over the last couple of months.
solidly upon us, and it has been a great one for winter sports enthusiasts.
Everyone from skiers to snowmobilers has benefited from the thick layer of
white stuff covering our yards, sidewalks, and trees. By the time you read
this, hopefully you will have stopped writing 2007 on your checks and in your
way back in November an open house was held at the Kitchi Gammi Club to welcome
our area’s newest orthodontist, Nathan
Halstead, and his wife Corrina
to the Northeastern District. Nathan is joining the orthodontic practice
Schweiger, located in the Medical
There was a great turnout at the event, and we were treated to some amazing
appetizers and tasty beverages. Nathan, Corrina, and their children Emma and Hans moved here from Portland,
Oregon, where he previously
practiced. Nathan received both his D.D.S. and M.S. from the University of
Minnesota School of Dentistry. Please take the time to say hello to Nathan the
next time you see him at a meeting or around town.
event that occurred in November was a New Dentist Mingler, held at Blackwoods
Bar and Grille in Duluth.
The turnout was a little less than expected, but that was likely due to the
exodus of several newer dentists in the area to their respective deer hunting
shacks for the hunting opener. Nonetheless, those who did attend enjoyed some
good food and reportedly had a great time. Thank you to Chris Carlson for coordinating the event! I regret that I was not
able to make it to this event, and thus there is no “evidence” of what
transpired. As it turns out, I probably should have skipped deer hunting, since
I harvested a total of zero pounds of venison this year.
December the Northeastern District welcomed Dr. Steve DeKoster to Northland Country Club, where he gave a day-long
presentation on CEREC technology. Dr. DeKoster maintains a private practice in Hutchinson, Minnesota
and has been utilizing the CEREC system since 1998. He is a certified CEREC
trainer and has lectured and trained dentists throughout the country. I was
unable to attend the presentation due to an emergency pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota, but heard
through the grapevine that Steve gave a very good presentation.
to Mike Miskovich, the 2007/08
recipient of the Northeastern District’s Guest of Honor Award! Mike is a
past-president of both the Northeastern District Dental Society and the Itasca
Dental Society. He serves on the Give Kids a Smile committee of the MDA, and is
a member of the Duluth Dental Forum. In addition, Mike is active in St.
Joseph’s Church and serves on the Itasca County YMCA Board. Mike and his wife Elizabeth have raised five children and
enjoy spending time with them in addition to doing all the great outdoor things
that Grand Rapids is so well known for. He currently practices with his son Peter. The award was given out at a
special lunch presentation during the December NEDDS meeting.
Northeastern District Midwinter Dinner Dance returned to Northland Country Club
this year. It took place in the evening after Dr. DeKoster’s presentation, and
rumor has it that all had a good time. I didn’t hear of any wild stories from
the evening, but it’s very possible my sources are keeping “mum”. As the party
started, I was just arriving in Hoven, South Dakota and getting pumped up for a
few days of pheasant hunting. Judging by all the smiles in the pictures that Greg Kaake so graciously took for
Northwest Dentistry, you all had a great night with good food, drinks, and
and a Ty
congratulations to the following couples and their new additions to the
Northeastern District: Jeff and Anna Johnson welcomed baby Grant; Eileen and Michael Patterson
welcomed twins Zachariah and Cleo; and Brian and Lisa McDonald
had a baby boy named Ty.
Saint Paul District
Loren J. Taple
1227 Northwood Parkway
Eagan, MN 55121
Wishing You a Spicy Life
Saint Paul District Dental Society held its 54th Annual Midwinter Meeting
January 4 at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel. The Midwinter Committee
presented topics and speakers that appealed to all members of the dental team,
and attendees were able to choose from ten breakfast seminars and eight morning
speakers. In addition to the programs, the meeting offered attendees a wide
variety of commercial exhibitors. Past SPDDS presidents and invited guests
enjoyed gathering for an early morning breakfast prior to the seminars.
Dick Wiberg received the District’s Outstanding
Service Award and was honored at the luncheon.
honored with awards were Arlene
CDA, RDA, for her outstanding work in the dental assisting field, and Tiffany Moore, for the numerous contributions she has made in the dental
field and in particular for her role as Director of Dental Services at the
Union Gospel Mission.
Welcome, New Members
Lisa K. Amundson graduated from the University of Iowa
College of Dentistry in June, 2007. She is a general dentist practicing in Cottage Grove. She and
her husband, Erik, live in Woodbury.
Jason D. Johnson is a periodontist and practices at
Jensen & Jensen in Maplewood.
He is a graduate from the University
of Minnesota and
completed his M.S. degree in 2007.
Lawrence H. Kent graduated from Baylor College of
Dentistry in 1984 and received his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery certificate
in 1992. He practices at Gadient, Andreasen and Associates in Roseville
and resides in Blaine
with his wife, Janet.
Jonathan I. Siverson is a 2007 graduate from the University of Minnesota. He practices at Isaacson
Gentle Dentistry in White Bear Lake.
Bon Voyage, or How Do You Say “Lucky Duck” in French?
SPDDS congratulates Dr. Dwight
on his recent retirement.
Lead By Example
District congratulates and thanks the following SPDDS members who have achieved
Paul D. Anderson, D.D.S.
Elizabeth J. Cooper, D.D.S.
Richard W. Copeland, D.D.S.
Kimberly A. Harms, D.D.S.
James A. Hilton, D.D.S.
Stephen G. Hunter, D.D.S.
James L. Kernik, D.D.S.
Andrew F. Peterson, D.D.S.
Stephen K. Shuman, D.D.S.
Monson Scholarship Awards Make Annual
SPDDS has had the privilege of distributing funds from the George S. Monson Foundation for many years. Dr. Monson was a Saint Paul dentist and an
SPDDS member until 1933. In 1981, his daughter, Ruth Monson, created the George S. Monson Foundation for the purpose
of supporting education in the field of dentistry.
are given from the Saint Paul District Dental Society Fund of The Minneapolis
Foundation to dental students and assisting and hygiene dental students. The
SPDDS Foundation Committee reviewed the applications submitted in November and
awarded the following students with grant money.
the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry: Benjamin Christopherson, Nhu
Mark Phillips, Nicholas
Amy Truong, and Duy
the Century College Assisting and Hygiene Programs: Angela Redmond, Darlene
and Cindy Thor.
the Dakota County Technical College Assisting Program: Katie Drebenstedt.
students were invited as guests to the Midwinter Meeting January 4 and were
recognized at the luncheon/program.
And I’ll See You There …
February 16, 2008
April 19, 2008
Long Range Planning
May 19, 2008
Officers and Spring Social
and Country Club
August 13, 2008
West Central District
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