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.