December 08, 2016
What a great fall we had, and now unfortunately it’s time for winter.
Fall and winter is busy for me with different speaking engagements. I was invited to speak September 9th in the Minneapolis area on treatment protocols for implants and on use of lasers to prevent gum disease. Dentists and auxiliaries were given hands-on participation for this course. On September 23, our office invited lactation consultants, nurses, and pediatricians for a half -day lecture with Dr. Annette Skowronski from Detroit, MI. Dr. Skowronski spoke to us on effects of not treating lip and tongue -ties at an early stage. Jeannette Miranda and I lectured to hygienists and doctors on October 14th in the Sun City West area of Arizona. The topic was on use of diode and CO2 lasers to treat hard and soft tissue in the oral cavity. At the end of October, I attended the annual American Academy of Implant Dentistry meeting. I participated in some hands-on courses for soft tissue grafting and use of special biologics to aid in healing. It also gave me a chance to visit with some of my colleagues from all parts of the country. On November 11-12, I participated in Academy of Laser Dentistry’s board meeting and project planning sessions. Later that month, on November 26-29, I was extremely honored to speak for two days at the Greater New York meeting, the largest dental meeting in the United States. I lectured there on proper maintenance for implants and how to treat infected implants. The lecture was offered twice during the 4 day meeting. I also taught a hands-on course on how to obtain a patient’s blood in order to use it in surgical procedures to provide increased healing.
January will include attending a specialized course to expand bone in the oral cavity and teaching a course in New Jersey to a group of specialists on the use of dental lasers to treat implants.
My family, as I stated in the last newsletter, grew by two. Amanda’s twins are now 5 months old! They are a great bundle of joy, which we get to experience close-up, as Amanda & Chris and family are living with us temporarily! They purchased an existing home to allow Chris more room for his construction business equipment. They put their house on the market and it sold in a week. So Grandma and I get to watch the girls grow! Charlie is now 3 and is doing well, holding her own. She amazes us all! Recently, Make-a-Wish gave Charlie her wish to visit the San Diego Zoo and other sights in the area. What a great organization to provide such wishes to children! Amanda is working two half days to keep up her hygiene skills and to talk to adults for a few hours a week! Chris’s flat concrete business has been very busy, especially during the awesome fall weather.
Adam (my oldest son) and his wife, Tiffin, are expecting a boy in the middle of March! This will be the first “Kusek” lineage to be born! I tease Adam that I hope that he experiences a child EXACTLY like he was growing up! In November, he told us he is being transferred to Des Moines for Monsanto, so it looks like we will be traveling to Des Moines for visits. Tiffin’s pregnancy has been going well, barely showing at this point. Once they get relocated, she will look for a new job in the field of microbiology. Hey, this could mean the birth of a little soccer player and Cornhusker fan (even though his mother is a Hawkeye fan)!
Alex, my youngest, will start working with our practice in May, 2017, after graduation. I have been waiting for this event for more than 10 years! After my last associate, I decided to wait and see if he was interested medicine or dentistry. I’m so thankful that he chose dentistry!! His presence will definitely help ease the load of a very busy practice. I’m also pleased that all of our patients, who’ve come to feel like family, will have a great clinician to take over when the time comes to retire (which will hopefully be quite a few years). Once he starts, he will be taking extra courses to train for implants and sedation. Then the mentoring will begin!
Jody has been very busy with her three stores (Forget-me-Not, Eddy Joy and Harrisburg’s Forget-me-Not). It’s handy to own a baby store with three babies in the family! I hope all is well with you and that you have a wonderful holiday season; and as always we are so grateful for your confidence in us by referring your family and friends.