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 […]
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
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 […]
I recently attended Alan Roadburg’s workshop in Toronto at the Ontario Dental Association’s Annual Spring Meeting. It was impressive how he was able to consolidate his decades of knowledge and experience into practical use for retiring dentists. I’m certain everyone who attends our 9th Annual Meeting on October 27,2017, will come away with practical personal […]
The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor, PhD., Crown Business Div. Random House Inc. NY, 2010. This outstanding book provides important insight into how our attitudes influence our personal success and environment. Contrary to popular belief, success doesn’t result in happiness, rather, it is the result of happiness. Happy people
Recently, while traveling with a dentist friend to grade exams, we discussed “work” as it relates to retiring. As we understand Neurolinguistics, words influence how we think and behave. Consequently they influence our view of, preparations for, and living in retirement. This is because our retirement is based on how we view “work”.
“Work” is commonly used in relation to “retiring”, and though we all think we know what it
We’re following up on our stonemasons story and exploring how their attitudes toward “work” may influence or predict their retiring process.
Our traveler’s brief chats at the cathedral construction site lasted only a few seconds each. It is overly simplistic to say that the workers’ responses characterized their entire lives, and we know nothing about their circumstances or ages. A virtually unlimited number of factors have influenced their responses at that moment, both external and internal, and short term and long term.
As one of our ARD colleagues observed, this story is like an “onion” with many layers needing to be peeled away. Let’s try.
For the sake of simplicity,
I grew up in a lovely, pre-Revolutionary town in southern New Jersey and was educated at Dartmouth College, psychology major, and graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1971. I joined a senior doctor in a general practice in Hampton, NH, directly from school and began my solo practice 10 years later. I […]