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Association of Retiring Dentists to meet in October

August 11, 2016

By David Burger

Photo of Dr. Neil Hiltunen
Neil Hiltunen
The Association of Retiring Dentists will convene in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Oct. 28 for its annual meeting.

The city’s Executive Court Banquet Center will host the one-day program, which will provide six hours of continuing education by the New Hampshire Dental Society.

Drs. Robert Brooks (Resilient Retirement: Planning it. Living it), Paul Brand (Impact of Embezzlement), Phil Higgins (Compass Points, Changing Directions) and Arnold Nadler (Going From Owner to Employee: What Do You Give Up and How?) will present, along with Connie Young (Medicare:  What You Need to Know), Shelley Perreault (The Role of Insurance in the Dentist’s Life Cycle) and Mark Franco (Legal Obligations When Retiring From Practice).

“We all will retire,” said Dr. Neil Hiltunen, the association’s president and co-founder. “It may or may not be on our terms, but assuredly, we all will stop working someday, and none of us will get out of here alive. Prepare.”

He added: “My father also had no plans to retire from dentistry before he had his heart attack in his office at the age of 72. He lived about two months and finally died from complications from bypass surgery in 1979. Dad loved what he was doing, as do many of us who have difficulty imagining life without dentistry. But passion by itself doesn’t make a smooth transition.

Ignoring the inevitable doesn’t prevent it from happening. It just removes us from making difficult decisions and leaves our future to chance.”

For more information, contact Dr. Hiltunen at Registration is at

ARD is also asking its members and others who are either fully or partially retired to complete a questionnaire that will serve as part of the basis for author Alan Roadburg’s next book, “Life After Dentistry.” Mr. Roadburg has already published the book “Life After Medicine.” The questionnaire is available at Those completing the questionnaire will be provided access to the results.