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Association of Retiring Dentists to meet in October

July 24, 2015

By David Burger

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Dr. Hiltunen
Registration is now open for the seventh annual meeting of the Association of Retiring Dentists to aid dentists retiring, or thinking about retiring, and helping them making the transition transformative.

The Oct. 23 event at the Executive Court Banquet Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Keynote speaker David Tsang is a retired General Mills executive who is now a health and life coach with Blue Zones, an organization dedicated to helping people live measurably longer lives.  He will discuss secrets to health and longevity and how to make healthy choices, in his presentation "Living Well in Retirement."

After Mr. Tsang's morning session, the afternoon will feature three sessions:

  • Ms. Melissa Grenier of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will present "Alzheimer's Disease: What You Can Do Now."
  • Ms. Christine Hegarty, director of social services at RiverWoods Retirement Community in Exeter, New Hampshire, will present "Retirement, What Works, What Doesn't, Create a Plan."
  • A panel presentation and discussion on retirement experiences, led by Drs. David Rosania, Robin Lawrence and John Girald.

The New Hampshire-based co-founder of the ARD, Dr. Neil Hiltunen, said he was spurred to form the Association after his father, a dentist too, had no plans for retirement and died suddenly after a heart attack in his office.

After that experience, Dr. Hiltunen wanted to prepare for the future, so in 1996 he sold half of his 22-year-old practice and began tapering off. Now, he joked, he works "full-time on Tuesdays."

The ARD began in 2008, and Dr. Hiltunen said there are 526 members from 43 states in the organization. The goal, Dr. Hiltunen said, is to help retired dentists "make these the best years of their lives."

He continued: "We want to guide dentists to find their passions."

The cost for the annual meeting is $175 for non-ARD members, $145 for ARD members and $105 for spouses.

Registration and payment can be done by going to

Rooms are being held at the adjacent Best Western Plus Inn, and there is a free shuttle to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport five minutes away.  

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Hiltunen at