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ARCHIVES: June 2012

Jun

28

Joplin Event - The Videos

Posted by Paul on 6/28/2012 3:57:00 PM


It's been three weeks since we celebrated the one year anniversary of the tornado with the Joplin dental community. My earlier blog posts details that great evening. Several people have asked how they could watch again or share with others the two videos we showed that night.
It may take a while to load but these links shouldlet you watch them. To share with others, you can point people to the blog or copy and paste the links to send to other people. I hope you enjoy them!
"Reflections" is a tribute to an emotional year in the city of Joplin.
"Year of Recovery" is a more linear look at MDA offices that were affected and their road back to seeing patients in new places.


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Jun

27

What's on Your Frontline?

Posted by Paul on 6/27/2012 3:33:00 PM


Did you see the PBS special report last night entitled, "Dollars and Dentists"? If so, what did you think? It didn't always portray the profession in a positive light and it probably raised more questions than it answered. I can imagine you have strong feelings one way or another.
I won't dare try to cover all the activity that is going on in the arenas of workforce models, reimbursement rates, public image, legislative reform, etc. I will simply state that the MDA and ADA and your local leadership are working hard to protect the profession and the public while exploring ideas in the changing landscape. It seems more important than ever to be unified and engaged as an association.
Membership matters!
If you missed the program, I will reprint the links we sent to our members before the show.
The ADA has prepared a statement for media use; however, state and local dental societies, as well as individual dentists, are welcome to use the statement, either in its entirety or to develop their own statements or talking points. The Frontline homepage, has related dental stories.


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Jun

22

Staff Retreat - Passion Play

Posted by Paul on 6/22/2012 3:24:00 PM


A special highlight of the retreat was attending the Great Passion Play. The area boasts a 130' foot Christ statue that can be seenfrom many avista in the rolling hills.It's held at sunset and under the stars in what I believe they said is the largest outdoor theater in the country. The elaborate set and large cast reenacts the final week of Jesus' life on earth. It's set to afabulous music track from the London Philharmonic Orchestra. We had an absolutely beautiful summer evening to enjoy this stirring and triumphant story. I recommend it if you are in the area.


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Jun

22

Staff Retreat - Animal Rescue Park

Posted by Paul on 6/22/2012 3:14:00 PM


Turpentine CreekWildLife Rescue Park is just 7 miles outside Eureka Springs. It serves as a habitat for all sorts of largeanimals that have been abused or abandoned. Most of these are tigers, pumas, cougars, lions, and other large cats. They even have a Liger (cross between an lion and tiger - seen above).The tour was very educational and the park staff were mainly hard working interns who obviously love big animals. Once again, I won't recall all the interesting stories of rescue and funny behavior. I would like to go back and stay on property because they say you can hear the roaring all night. It's a must see stop if you love big cats.


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Jun

22

Staff Retreat - Ghost Hotel

Posted by Paul on 6/22/2012 2:44:00 PM


Thankfully, the MDA and MDIS staff are afforded a little team building retreat each year. This year Margie planned a diverse trip to Eureka Springs, AR where we stayed at the Crescent Hotel which was built in 1886. From 1937-1940 it was owned by Dr. Norman Baker who made it the Hospital for Curable Cancer and claimed that the spring water had magical cures. Several deaths have occurred on the property during construction and over the years and this has resulted in a booming ghost tour business.
Brave souls that we are, we took the evening ghost tour. Time does not allow me to tell all the tales but our tour guide did show us the room where Theodora supposedly rearranges your things when you leave. We also saw the morgue (questionable doctor skills?) andthe guidetested the energy meter on the floor. Watch out, the meter is hot! You can ask the staff next time you see them how well they endured their haunted stay.


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Jun

19

Hidden Secret in Action

Posted by Paul on 6/19/2012 1:50:00 PM


Youmight as wellget use to me talking about the Well Being Program and the MDA's Well Being Foundation. I'm a big fan! They offer excellent resources to our memberson a wide variety of wellness issues. Perhaps most importantly is the advocacy and support they provide for impaired professionals. Under the able leadership of Rebecca Mowen, the WB program is here for you or to help youwith someone you care about in the dental office who might need assistance. Nationwide the pressures of the profession have adversely affected many. That's understandable. What's encouraging is to see how lives and careers can be saved with caring, professional treatment.
Today I had the pleasure of hearing Rebecca speak at the Utah School on Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies Conference. This well established event held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT draws hundreds of people who have something to do with counseling, treatment, and recovery. Many attendees are in recovery themselves. There is a strong healthcare professional track including a separate dental group that numbered close to 30.
Rebecca spoke to this group on the topic of Women, Addiction, and Dentistry. Shedid a superb jobwith a very engaged audience. She addressed gender differences and other uniquefactorsthat influence the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of the female healthcare professional. It was a real honor to see Rebecca shine in this setting.
While my trip was brief, I learned a lot about the chemical disease of alcoholism and I met a number of wonderful people who had great suggestions for how we can grow our WB program. I'm excited to see how we can help our members and stably fund this program. Plus it was a blast to get out of MO and see some mountains!
For more info on the MDA's WB program, visit www.modental.org/wellbeing.


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Jun

12

The MOM next door

Posted by Paul on 6/12/2012 3:13:00 PM


Access to care issues are not confined to our state obviously and last weekend I was able to participate in the IL MOM up in Grayslake, IL. I had several motivations. First these events are so rewarding, it was a pleasure to volunteer my time. Second I owed a favor to my buddy, Jay Landers who is the executive director of the IL State Dental Society Foundation. Jay was a real trooper serving in Springfield during our first MOMOM last fall. Finally, I wanted to do some recognizance on the event since we are hosting MOMOM 2 in Cape Girardeau next May.
After a rather slow start on Friday, Saturday was a great day.The wonderful facility accommodated 850+ people. They partnered with the CURE Network to provide visual and medical services as well. By the end of it all, they had 2,082 dental, vision, and medical patient visits with the delivery of1.13 million dollars in whole-body care.Kudos to the whole team!
I did my best to recruit our neighbors to come join us in Cape next May. They were definitely ready after experiencing the high of pulling off such an event. I also had someinsightful discussions with some leaders and took some notes on differences I observed. Each of these events has it's own special feel. I can't wait to see how Dr. Ruopp and her team pull it all together at MOMOM 2.


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Jun

08

Joplin Anniversary Event - Part 2

Posted by Paul on 6/8/2012 3:58:00 PM


Everybody in Joplin was so cooperative and I wish I could show you every office but here's a small slice of some different imagery from a few offices. I know you probably want to see operatories, storage cabinets, and reception spaces but every office has those so use your imagination.
Top left is the iconic dolphin that sits out front of pediatric dentist, Dr. Benji Rosenberg's office. Kids of all ages like to take their photo with it. Top right features a nice memorial marking the tornado in Dr. Mike Fitterling's new office. In my opinion what made this event and year special was realizing that offices are just bricks and stone but the dental family is much stronger than that.
Bottom left is some hi-tech wizardry in oral surgeon, Dr. Glenn Makowski's office. A whole different kind of art is displayed at bottom right in the office of Dr. Mark Woodin, once again showing you that MDA members are diverse and talented. That's why you want to read this blog because I just might feature your office or talents!


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Jun

08

Joplin Anniversary Event - Part 1

Posted by Paul on 6/8/2012 3:58:00 PM


It's not often that you mark the one year anniversary of an F-5 tornado but that's what we did in Joplin last night. The MDA and SWDS along with the assistance of many great sponsors hosted a special event entitled "Reflections on a Year of Recovery". It was a great day for all.
We started in the afternoon as over 60 people signed up to take tours of many of the rebuilt dental offices. Then a total of 185 gathered for a nice reception and dinner at the beautiful Ramsay Building downtown. It was awesome to see the dental community gathered together sharing their stories from an unforgettable year. It felt like a family picnic in some ways!
Several guests joined us including current MDA President Dr. Elwood Rice; past MDApresident (during the tornado) Dr. Mark Zust and his wife, Phyllis;other MDA and MDAF board members; MDIS representatives; and a strong supportive contingent from our sponsors at Patterson, Benco, Carestream, Delta and Goetze.
Of special note were our guests, Carthena Green and Peggy Wilson from the Joplin Community Clinic. In true MDA member form, this event was a charity event and proceeds will go to benefit that local organization that serves the needy with dental services. More on that exciting story in a future blog post.
The program focused on looking back at the progress made in the one year since the total devastation. We showed some video clips and heard from Vicki Wilbers at the MDA, dentist and local city councilman Dr. Benji Rosenberg, and SWDS president Dr. Brad Laird. But perhaps the most moving moments were when Drs. Mike Fitterling, Ed McAllister, and Charley McGinty shared their stories. It was humbling and inspiring all at once.
I'll post some more photos. Thanks to all the local leadership, sponsors, and MDA staff who made this memorable event possible!


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Jun

04

GKAS Golf

Posted by Paul on 6/4/2012 3:42:00 PM


Sometimes work involves a little fun and today was one of those times. I was happy to represent the MDA Foundation and support Give Kids a Smile by playing in their charity golf tournament at Bogey Hills Country Club.
The turnout was great and it's super to see so many dentists and vendors get behind this worthwhile charity. I suspect one of the reasons for the great turnout is the great treatment you receive. Check out executive director Joan Allen (3rd from L) and her fantastic crew above.
I played with a fine contingent of Henry Schein guys. You can see Keith Giebe, Brad Corder, and Steve Burroughs above in a dry moment. Our play was rough at times and servicable at times but our capacity for fun never waivered. Mercifully the rainchased us off the course for a bit and I drove on back to celebrate my anniversary. These stout young Henry Schein men were able to finish the round and post even par. I don't think we won! But lest you think I'm always finishing last, I did play in a scramble with my son and his friends and we won with a 14 under score.
I could post about golf all day but I'll keep to the point - cheers to GKAS and all those who support their excellent work.


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