Our President-Elect, Marsha Krumm, and I were pleased to attend the 90th ADAA annual session in San Antonio this past October. As with every year, we were captivated to be part of the oldest, largest group representing Dental Assistants. With meetings on legislation, finance, and marketing, we worked with other state associations to answer questions about how the professional, educated Dental Assistant is ready and able to help meet the changing needs of our patients. We also had the distinct honor of attending ADAA President Kimberly Bland's inauguration. President Bland is the first person in the 90-year history of the association to have been elected to a second term as president. We are elated to have her lead this evolving organization for a second term!
Speaking of changes, the North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners finalized rules to expand the functions of Dental Assistants and hygienists. This would allow us to provide restorative treatment under the supervision of a dentist. Another change relating to access to care is the adoption of the case management outreach model. This model initially uses grant funding for a statewide pilot project to reimburse dental assistants and hygienists for services like oral health assessments, preventive services, and case management in community settings such as schools and long-term care facilities. Case managers would link high-risk dental patients to dental homes.
Although the North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners recently approved expanding the scope of practice for the Registered Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist, the Board's action will not be final until approved by the Legislative Council's Administrative Rules Committee.
I want to say thank you to all of our board members for another successful year! It has been a year filled with exciting changes and imminence progress. As always, the NDDAA follows the ADDA Mission Statement, "To advance the careers of dental assistants and to promote the dental assisting profession in the matters of education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities which enhance the delivery of quality dental health care to the public."
We very much value your continued support and participation with the association!
Tyler Winter, CDA, RDA, LDA
NDDAA State President
P.S. If someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the ADAA, please visit www.dentalassistant.org for the full list of benefits—we invite them to become inloved in the professional organization that promotes Denal Assisting!
NDDAA and Daniel Biesheuvel have organized a NDSCS Dental Assisting scholarship in memory of Wanda Biesheuvel. To read more about Wanda and her amazing dedication to Dental Assisting, see the beautiful story below. If you would like to contribute toward the scholarship please make checks out to: Wanda Biesheuvel Memorial Scholarship and send to: Daniel Biesheuvel 615 N 18th street Bismarck, ND 58504.
NDDAA and Daniel Biesheuvel are organizing a NDSCS dental assisting scholarship in memory of Wanda Biesheuvel.
If you would like to contribute toward the scholarship please mail donation to Lisa Morgan 419 24th St S #3 Fargo ND 58103 or bring along to state meeting & give to Lisa at that time.
Ethiopian Dental Care Trip
My name is Daniel Biesheuvel. I was married to Wanda (Milton) Biesheuvel for twenty-three years and nine months and eighteen days until her sudden death at home on July 3, 2014. Now I can go on and on about Wanda and our twenty-five years together, but I want to tell you about our Trip to the Jemo church compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Our church, Bismarck Community Church (BCC), in Bismarck, ND began a partnership a year and a half ago with Jemo. We found Jemo through the help of Children?s Hope Chest (CHC). CHC matches churches with compounds to aid in financing projects needed by that compound. Our goal is to make Jemo self-sufficient within seven years. BCC also sponsors 200 children at Jemo. Each sponsorship pays for a mandatory school uniform, school supplies, food for the child in school and cooking oil and flour for the family. Wanda and I planned on going on a mission trip in 2015 for our twenty-fifth anniversary. Then the call came to make us change our plans.
Last fall, CHC decided to bring a medical team to Jemo to review the health needs of the compound, do some medical assessments, care for any immediate medical needs and provide food and activities for those children. Wanda was asked to provide dental care and education. Of course, she immediately said yes. I was asked to be the official photographer for the trip.
For the next six months the medical staff researched the area, talked to CHC staff about the needs in Jemo and accumulated the medical supplies for the trip. Each volunteer needed to raise the $2800 for trip expenses so public and personal fund-raisers were held.
When May 8, 2014 arrived we took the dozen plastic totes full of supplies and each person were allowed two suitcases for personal clothing and more supplies. We left Bismarck, flew to Washington, DC and the next day boarded Ethiopian Air for Africa. Thirteen hours later we landed in Addis Ababa, gathered the dozens of pieces of baggage, went through customs, loaded them all on the top of two buses and drove to the Monarch Hotel where we stayed.
Sunday we visited the compound and attended their church service. We were greeted by scores of beautiful children and their families.
The next day the medical services began. Each day the children sang to us when we arrived. The children eagerly lined up and five were brought in at a time. Eye chart exams were done, dental care was completed, dermatological and spa treatments were performed, medical assessments were done, essential vitamins, meds were issued and eye drops were applied. Each child?s height, weight and vitals were taken and they visited with a local doctor. Each area had a local interpreter to assist in communication.
Now to what Wanda did.
Wanda with the help of her interpreter, Natneal McKennon, helped five children at a time. Wanda checked each child?s teeth, assessing their age and looking for any problems. Any immediate dental needs were directed to a follow-up visit with a local dentist. Wanda applied a fluoride treatment to each child, provided them a new toothbrush, toothpaste and then taught that group how to properly brush. In a two day period, Wanda saw over two hundred children, brushing her own teeth with them forty-three times! It was the best time she ever had.
Wanda has been a certified dental assistant for thirty one years. In 2008 she was recognized by the Dental Assisting National Board and the North Dakota Dental Assisting Association for twenty-five years of service. She faithfully attended seminars to keep up her certification credits for all those years, even after a shoulder surgery prevented her from chair-side the last six years of her life. She was the assistant for Dr. William Congdon for twenty-eight years and for Dr. Richard Heib for three years. She then became the front desk manager for Dr. Arliss Brend. She was a valued and respected dental professional who was consulted by her dentists on a regular basis for advice on proper patient dental care. She was dedicated to her trade and never accepted anything but the best for her patients and from her co-workers. The dental profession has lost a valuable and loved member.
Wanda was in her element at Jemo. She loved Ethiopia, she loved the Jemo compound, the staff and volunteers. She adored all the children she came into contact with. She especially loved working with her interpreter, Natty. Wanda was ready to go back at the very first chance she could. She was already preparing for the next medical trip to Jemo or any other compound Children's Hope Chest directed her to.
She lived her life serving others, loving others and being a perfect role-model for all around her. I, correction, WE will all miss her.
For those who do not know me I am the new 7th District Trustee. I have been in dentistry for approximately 24 years. I love dental assisting and can't imagine doing anything else other than being part of a dental clinic.
I have been working at A Lifetime of Smiles in Bismarck for over 19 years. My doctors of 16 years just recently retired and we have 2 new dentists.
I have been on the ND Dental Assistants Association board for 22 years serving as state representative and several terms as President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President.
Being involved as a trustee has been a goal of mine for a very long time and I look forward to the challenge. My first year has just finished and I have learned a LOT, but know there are still things that I need to learn.
Please feel free to contact me if there is anything that you need help with or have questions on. I will try my best to get the answers for you.
This past year the convention was in New Orleans. There were forums on social media, membership, legislation are just a few to mention. The ADAA Board continues to strive forward in getting our profession the recognition that it deserves. I believe that we have made some great steps in the last year. The future of the dental assisting profession relies on all of getting the best kept secret told!
Jennie Aasand, RDA
7th District Trustee, ADAA
by Kim Laudenslager