A nice Saturday

I feel like I’m expending a fair amount of mental energy these days, and really just loving a day to decompress with my wife and children without interruption or concern. Today was one of those days. I woke up and read some of Steve Jobs biography and then did some pumpkin carving research. I read up on techniques and downloaded some templates I knew the kids would love—Angry Birds, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, Yugi Oh. Daria bought pumpkins and carving instruments earlier in the week so we set up and carved away. Dylan carved a Legend of Zelda Triforce pumpkin design and Daria and I helped Brigs and Noah. It was funny coaxing them into pulling the seeds and goo out as they really don’t get their hands dirty all too often. But they dug right in and did...

Going Home

After an enjoyable 4 days in Tampa, Florida I am returning home. I miss my family and I am excited to deliver some goodies I bought for them. The shopping in some of these larger U.S. cities is truly impressive, and I always wish that Daria was with me. I want to spoil her rotten and take her on a shopping spree someday. The purpose of my trip was a Cone Beam CT Diagnosis and 3D Treatment Planning course not only for dental implants but for complete dentistry. What is exciting is we are almost at the point where we will not even need to take impressions of people’s mouths with goo. After working daily with CB/CT I cannot imagine practicing without this technology. A sleep apnea component is on its way as well where we will be able to use the CB/CT to...

Sleepy Time

I’m excited to add yet another set of skills to my dental practice. This month I begin my training to provide IV sedation. The course will take place over the next several months and is known to be among the most comprehensive in North America. I’m also excited as Daria occasionally seems this close to needing an IV and if needed I will be able to help her in a pinch. Also sleep related I’ve started working closely with the local sleep lab to help treat my obstructive sleep apnea patients. I’m thrilled with my new assistant as well and enjoying working with someone who is pleasant, organized and shows up everyday to work. I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here in Lethbridge and the training I’m getting from...

Las Vegas Review

For the third time in as many months I find myself in Las Vegas. Each trip has found me pursuing advanced education in implant surgery and prosthetics. I’m very excited about this field and the remarkable things I have already done. I look forward to pacing my ever expanding knowledge with clinical experience. My passion grows and grows each month on this front. But enough on that subject. This trip found me at a different venue: the Rio, a good walk from the strip. The Rio is a typical Vegas hotel with pretty good restaurants, and some 70 floors spread over 2 towers. The buffet was the best of the four I have tried in Las Vegas and also the lowest priced! A typical casino resides on the main floor and I am amazed how the motivation for the big win seems...

Fun Filled Week

This past week we spent an amazing 3 days at Echo Lake, Montana. Activities included: Swimming, Kayaking, Jet-Skiing, Wakeboarding, Tubing, Quadding on the ATV’s, putting together a playground and watching movies. Jam packed fun! Everyone got a ton of sunshine and the water was 80°F. Absolutely amazing.This is exactly what our family needed as I transition to the new job and the trip really got our summer off to an incredible start. Dylan learned how to wakeboard and it was a real treat to watch him. I even managed to get in some solid reading time on my Jack Canfield book and the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. We also went to the Calgary Stampede: The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. My In-Laws graciously got us tickets to the grandstand show which...

A New Chapter

I’m excited to begin a new chapter in my dental career. This month I start practicing with Dr. Bryan Murray at his surgical center in Lethbridge, Alberta. What is thrilling to me about this new opportunity is the chance to work with a new dental team and move even closer to achieving my goals for patient treatment and dental philosophy. The areas of dentistry that I am most passionate about are those that really change the quality of peoples lives. For me these areas are reconstructive dentistry and TMJ, dental sleep medicine, and cosmetic dentistry. My interest in these areas are due to the experiences I have had with patients and family. It has been nothing short of amazing to be able to take someone who has chronic headaches to no headaches, to treat a...

Today

I made $50 bucks today for about 1.5 hours of work signing people in and out of a dental conference. To offset that increase we bought another mic for Daria’s podcasting along with some headphones. We traped on over to Wal-Mart too, to replace our toilet-drenched cordless phone with a new model. We ended up getting a two-phone package (backup!) with the ability to two-way radio between the two units. Doubt we will use that feature too much but having a second cordless phone will be a nice addition around here since the cordless is inevitably on the floor your not come ring time. I’m weighing the purchase of a computer. The demos always go on sale at my local campus computer store with every Apple hardware update and this particularly computer is the...

Halloween 2005

It is that wonderful time of year where we all get to play make believe. I think the dressing up is just as fun as the candy, if not more since I can eat candy pretty much whenever I want. This year Dylan is going as Frodo Baggins of Lord of the Rings fame, Joshua is going to be a Dragon, complete with wings, and Brigham is going as a Turtle, Noah is going to be a little Lamb. I’ve seen most of them dressed up and they all look amazing or cute in their costumes. Daria and I are trying to figure out our costumes still, although I do have a special costume planned for Monday at school. Just in case someone from university is actually reading this before Halloween I won’t be revealing my costume just yet-but it is sure to get a response, particularly...

Root Canals

I saw an emergency patient yesterday with an initial complaint of a sore tooth. The pain was severe enough that she couldn’t sleep at night. She had many other large cavities that will also likely need root canals but those teeth aren’t bothering her yet. Just getting in to see us was a huge struggle for her and unless we can find a way to motivate and educate this young lady she will continue to have major dental problems. She told us that she wouldn’t come back in the fall for any treatment because she is a seasonal worker and avoids all expenses after the summer. Several times throughout the appointment she became quite emotional. I think the initial prick was the finances but the whole combination of pain, being made aware of the multiple...

Summer Plans

This summer I will be working at the school again, but this time in a different capacity-as a Dentist! Our provincial licensing body allows for a temporary license for dental students between their 3rd and 4th year, under the provision that a dentist be supervising (or in other words on-site for any needed consultation). This will be a true eye opener in many regards as we can begin, commence and finish treatment without the checkpoints of dental school. The onus will be on us to ensure the best treatment. I expect it will make me a better clinician knowing that unless asked I will have the final say. The position offered has been 5 days a week, however, I’d like to work 4. I proposed this alteration and they are amenable to it. I want this extra day to...