The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley, Harper Collins, NY 2011, It is a pleasure to read about the positive trends and innovations of history and see how they can lead to a very bright future. The ingenuity and creativity of mankind has overcome seemingly insurmountable problems in the past and there is little reason to […]
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
The Longevity Project, by Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D. and Leslie R. Martin, Ph.D.. Starting in 1921, 1500 California school children were studied as they grew, aged, and died over the next 80 years. Surprising discoveries regarding health and long life were made. Personalities and habits of living proved to be the major factors influencing longevity. […]
The First 20 Minutes, The surprising science of how we can exercise better, train smarter and live longer, by Gretchen Reynolds, Icon Books, London, 2013. For those of us retiring, the most important part of this book is the last chapter, “Conclusion,” in which the author describes the negative effects of sitting. Sitting for long […]
10% Happier, by Dan Harris, Harper Collins Publishers, NY 2014. “Mindfulness” is a buzzword gaining increasing attention as many people discover the benefits of techniques to function well in our world of increasing distractions. Dan Harris presents his journey as as a keptical TV reporter and anchor into the world of meditation and mindfulness to […]
Abundance, The Future is Better than You Think, by Peter Diamandis, and Steven Kotler, Free Press, NY 2014. This book is a distinct paradigm buster. It is a well-documented insight into future uplifting possibilities for humanity. This book helps to get past the negativity that permeates current news which creates mass pessimism. The explosion of […]
Summary 10th Annual Meeting. Dr. Hugh Habas, Dr. Blaine Leeds, Dr. Maria Kunstadter October 26, 2018 We’re pleased with the turnout for our 10th Annual Meeting with Dr. Hugh Habas presenting, “Retirement Money. Creating it. Managing it . Using it”. In the afternoon session on Tele-dentistry, Dr. Blaine Leeds described the operation of “SmileDirect […]
The popular Life After Dentistry program is being offered on the RCL Oasis of the Seas cruise March 24-31, 2019. Dr. Alan Roadburg is presenting his three hour “Life After Dentistry” workshop and Dr. Neil Hiltunen will speak for an hour on “The Science and Passion of Retiring” at sea during the “Oasis‘ cruise from […]
We are exploring a connection with the International College of Dentists to expand our global reach. This is because our mutual interest in volunteer opportunities may benefit each group. New opportunities arise all over the world as dentists transition from full-time practice to a new, freer stage of life. Our transition can be a rewarding […]
The China Study, by Thomas M. Campbell II, MD, and T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Ben Bella Books, Dallas, TX, 2016. This updated version of the original study is called, “The most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted.” It is remarkable that this book and the research to back it up has not swept our nation. […]
Retirement Game Changers: Strategies for a Healthy, Financially Secure, and Fulfilling Long Life, by Steve Vernon, FSA, Rest-of-Life Communications, 2018, Steve Vernon, who has spoken twice at our ARD Annual Meetings has written another book, packed with actionable suggestions and references to valuable websites. This book is an updated version of Steve’s earlier book, Money […]