Get the Most Out of Retirement, by Sally Balch Hurme, American Bar Association, Chicago, 2017 Packed with useful information and check lists, this is a practical, thorough, and easy to use guide for planning virtually all aspects of retirement.
About Neil Hiltunen
Neil Hiltunen graduated with a BS from Denison University in 1968 and a D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. After completing a General Practice Residency at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania, he and his wife, a dental hygienist, opened a practice in a home/office setting in North Hampton, New Hampshire in 1974.
Neil has been always been active in the community. He continues to be involved in his church, Boy Scouts, and volunteering in a local dental clinic. He and a colleague initiated the Doctors With a Heart program in New Hampshire in 1986. In addition, he has been a member of the New Hampshire Dental Society and served as a component Trustee, and State Peer Review Chairman for many years. He was a member of the State Board of Dental Examiners and President for two years.
A member and Examiner for the Northeast Regional Board for the past 14 years, he has had the opportunity to connect with experienced dentists from many states.
He sold half his practice in 1996 and the other half in 2005, making the transition toward retiring. After selling the second half of his practice and relinquishing all management responsibilities, he started Daily Dental Services LLC, offering locum tenens services to other practices when available. He continues to work in his former practice as an independent contractor.
After three years of a one-day-a-week schedule, it became clear that there was time available for doing something of additional value. An assessment of his lifetime accumulation of resources led Neil to conceive of a group of dentists pooling their talents and ideas to make the best of their later years. Through periodic meetings to address a variety of topics of interest to retiring dentists, the Association of Retiring Dentists was born.
Since then the website has been launched, and many small local meetings have been held. Five Annual Meetings have been conducted at which nationally known authors have spoken, attended by over 90 dentists and spouses each year. The membership is now over 420 representing 43 states and four countries.
Entries by Neil Hiltunen
Sounds sort of musical doesn’t it? Our view of the future often includes dates for events and achieving goals. These dates are arbitrary, calculated, or out of our control. We may retire because we’re “supposed to”, not for any well-thought out reason. The more we focus on a particular date, the more it takes on […]
High Performance Habits, by Brendon Burchard, Hay House, Inc. 2017, The author identifies and simplifies actionable behaviors to help anyone achieve their higher and best purposes. The six areas are: clarity of mission, energy to achieve, a sense of necessity, being massively productive, developing influence through networking, and having the courage to act. These valuable […]
The Sociopath Next Door, by Martha Stout , Ph.D., MJF Books, New York, NY 2005. As dentists we need to be aware of the characteristics of sociopaths, not only as patients but also as employees or associates/partners who may manipulate us or steal from us. Sociopaths have no conscience and feel that they can do […]
Killing Sacred Cows, by Garrett B. Gunderson with Stephen Palmer, Greenleaf Book Group, LLC, Austin, TX, 2008. The ideas in this book make us reconsider our paradigms about investing. The ever-present advice to sock away money into 401-k plans seems to be useful mostly to the financial industry, allowing that industry to use vast sums […]
Hillbilly Elegy, Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J. D. Vance, Harper Collins, NY, 2016, Having read this immediately after “Teeth” I couldn’t help but recognize the common thread of how tooth decay and unsightly smiles weave their way through the failing fabric of rural society. It is an easy, well-written success […]
Summary of 9th Annual Meeting October 27, 2017 Alan Roadburg, PhD Life After Dentistry, Making it Happen Thanks to Dr. Mickey Goldin for all the photos on this page. As a social gerontologist, Alan Roadburg is uniquely qualified to guide us in our exploration of this new stage in our lives as he has lifetime […]
Teeth, The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America, by Mary Otto, The New Press, NY, 2017. In a matter –of-fact analysis of the delivery of dental care in America, Mary Otto presents the tapestry of how history, and social and economic factors are interwoven in today’s fabric of oral […]
Stonemasons 4 This will be the last of our Stone Masons’ Story. We have presented many issues and situations to think about that can influence all of us at this stage of our lives. Retiring is the freedom to go in any direction depending on how we think, plan, and communicate. “Mindsets are not […]
Stonemasons Retire III (a Few Years Later) This continuing story is about maintaining the same mindsets when entering the retiring phase of life. None of our workers looked around to seek or understand the changes they were facing. Of course, these scenarios are fiction and can take unlimited different pathways. Each of the pathways of […]