Often we really don’t think about the words we use. We just make assumptions about their meanings based on our life experiences with them. The science of neurolinguistics tells us that the words we use to describe and understand a situation are closely related to our experience with that word or situation, and our understanding […]
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
First Meeting of the American TeleDentistry Association University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health June 8, 2019 The first meeting of the ATDA was held on June 8, 2019, and was very informative. On several levels it seems that teledentistry can provide exciting opportunities for our ARD members. These opportunities can be either non-profit […]
The Passion Paradox, Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness, Rodale Books, 2019. Excellent book. An important comment in this book is “The best route to making your passion a bigger part of your life is to do so gradually.” I think this is true for retiring as well. Knowing yourself is key to following a passion […]
The Hacking of the American Mind, Lustig, Robert, MD, MSL, Avery, Penguin Random House, NY 2017, Dr. Lustig is a pediatric neuroendocrinologist who has studied how our behaviors including diet and exercise influence our physical and mental state from birth. He clarifies the difference between pleasure and happiness through the understanding of the actions of […]
Dr. Neil Hiltunen and Dr. Alan Roadburg made presentations to a small group aboard the Oasis of the Seas during a cruise to Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten during the week of March 24-30, 2019. The small group allowed for informal conversations that were inspired by the many topics offered in the formal presentations. […]
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 […]
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 […]