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Life is about constant learning. It’s easy to think that when you leave school and move on to a job or career, the educational experience ends. But the truth is, learning never ends. As kids head back to school this season, it’s important to remind them of the importance of education. It’s not just about the curriculum and the homework. It’s about growing and becoming a better person. It’s about finding yourself. Education is more complex than we often give it credit for. When I think back to all the things I’ve learned over the years and how they relate to my professional career, I can’t pinpoint one thing, or even a handful of things, that have had a major influence on my life. Rather, it’s a combination of many lessons. It’s a lot of little arrows that have come together to form something much greater. I think that’s true for many people. Our lives are filled with small moments and lessons, mixed in with traditional education and training, each one representing a different arrow. What you get out of your education and life’s learning experiences is all dependent on your perspective. For instance, some people see education as a chore, and they want to get through it and move on to the next thing as soon as possible. There are a lot of reasons behind this mindset, but when you can find the right motivation, education transforms into something greater. When you have the right mentors or you are pursuing a field of interest you truly love, or both, the possibilities are endless. That’s what education became for me. Honestly, if I could make a career out of it, I would stay in school. Maybe I would earn a law degree or learn more about hands-on physical medicine and the healing arts in general. A LIFETIME OF EDUCATION

chiropractics, and the healing arts. These areas of medicine go hand in hand with dentistry, treating TMJ, and even sleep apnea. It’s remarkable how different disciplines come together like that. There are so many fields of study that have nothing to do with dentistry that have impacted my career. When I was a middle schooler without any inkling of becoming a dentist, I was involved in model-making, woodworking, chemical drafting, photography, and more. While not all of these directly carried over into adulthood or my career, they definitely stuck with me. They left me with a greater attention to detail, fine motor skills, and an eye for beauty, which all are applicable to dentistry. My advice to young people, and really anyone, is to find your passion and embrace the learning experience. You will discover truly remarkable things about the world and yourself. - Dr. Tony Butchert

These may very well be topics I learn about in the future. I may not go back and get a law degree, but I may explore hands-on physical medicine,


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EXTRACURRICULAR OVERLOAD How To Demystify Your Kids’ Jampacked Schedules

Every parent knows that a poorly organized tangle of kids’ activities is a recipe for a migraine. As school starts up again, so does sports season, and your kids’ extracurricular ambitions pile up like the falling autumn leaves. Don’t let yourself get burned out. Here are some tips to stay sane in the midst of the extracurricular whirlwind.

every page. One particularly attractive option is the Cozi app (, which not only consolidates an entire family’s calendars, but allows you to include to-do lists, shopping lists, recipes, chore checklists, and more. Whichever system you choose, keep it updated. Its word is law. Form parent alliances. Those soccer practices Jacob’s going to? There are other teammates there, and they have parents shuttling them around, just like you are. Set up carpools — Noah’s mom drives them both Tuesday while you’ve got Thursdays — to manage scheduling conflicts between your kids and drastically reduce the time you spend as a chauffeur. To simplify the process and make sure everyone’s on the same page, check out the Carpool- Kids app at It’ll let you directly invite other parents and set up weekly or one-shot carpool schedules. Maintain balance. You almost certainly will need to say no to additional extracurricular activities every now and then. Sure, simultaneous baseball, football, and soccer seasons might seem healthy and fun for your kid, but you need to consider your own needs, as well. Many parents give their children free rein over what to choose, but limit activities to one or two per season. Johnny wants to do underwater basket weaving? Strange choice, but sure — though he’ll have to abandon either fencing or ice hockey. Make sure you weigh each child’s needs equally, and keep the rules the same for each of them.

Consolidate all your

scheduling, jotting, and activity-tracking into one system. Let’s get one thing

scrawling “Abby piano lesson rescheduled 9/21” on the first scrap of paper you come across. That doesn’t mean you have to be

hyper-organized, but it does mean that you need to keep your entire calendar in one place, whether that place is Google Calendar, a fridge whiteboard, or the old-fashioned standby: a calendar with a lighthouse on

What Our Patients are Saying TESTIMONIALS

“Analysis and information were conveyed in remarkable detail and in a high- tech manner. I left not only with a thorough understanding of my dental health, but how to improve respiratory functions to improve a spectrum of health and athletic performance.” –Joshua B.

“We’ve been going there for well over 10 years. Dr. Tony and the group are very good. Have never had a problem, and tonight, he came in special to fix my broken tooth. I would highly recommend him. And the girls that clean

teeth are great also.” –Shirley G.

has dedicated his life to his practice and really knows his stuff. I was also very impressed. I appreciated the follow-up note the office sent me after my visit. Thank you. I would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Tony and his team!” –Liz G.

“I had the privilege of being a patient at Dr. Butchert’s office recently. I must say, it was the most thorough dental visit and exam I have ever had. It was great! His office was extremely comfortable, and the office staff was very friendly. He talked me through everything that was going on in a way in which I really understood, and he had good visuals to aid him. You can tell this man


BRIGHTEN YOUR SMILE Are Lumineers Right for You?

Did you know you can achieve straighter and whiter teeth without braces or conventional whitening techniques?

Veneers are ideal if you want to achieve any of the following:

Close spaces or gaps between teeth

That’s where Lumineers come in.

• Whiten teeth with severe staining or discoloration

Lumineers have quickly become the popular choice among people who desire straighter, whiter teeth. Not only are Lumineers a pain-free way to achieve amazing results, they do so without damaging your existing teeth, unlike traditional veneers. In short, Lumineers are a more advanced form of veneer, using newer techniques to produce amazing results. Veneers are thin shells, typically made of porcelain or resin, that are bonded to the front of your teeth to enhance the beauty of your smile. In some cases, veneers can be used to correct many types of smile imperfections that generally cannot be corrected by orthodontics. They may be used as an alternative to orthodontic treatment on a case-by-case basis. What are veneers?

• Improve the appearance of irregularly shaped teeth

Correct slightly crooked teeth

• Restore broken, chipped, fractured, or worn teeth

Veneers are designed to match the natural appearance of tooth enamel. Plus, porcelain veneers are stain- resistant, meaning your smile will stay bright for years to come. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, ask us about traditional veneers or Lumineers. We’ll answer your questions and help you find the perfect solution for your best smile!





1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 cup dried whole grain elbow macaroni 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

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2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups) 1 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped (2 cups) 2 tomatoes or 4 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (1 cup)

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Kosher salt

Ground black pepper (optional)

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1/3 cup chopped red onion

Snipped fresh basil

2 cloves garlic, minced

Grated Parmesan cheese

1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained

DIRECTIONS 1. In a very large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, and garlic. Cook, uncovered, 7–10 minutes or until vegetables are almost tender, stirring occasionally. 2. Add beans, broth, pasta, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer 7–10 minutes more or until vegetables and pasta are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper; top with basil and Parmesan cheese and serve.

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A Lifetime of Education 1 2 2 3 3 4 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Hear What Our Patients Are Saying An Amazing Way to Brighten Your Smile One-Pan Harvest Pasta A Celebration of Hard Work

How To Demystify Your Kids’ Jampacked Schedules


Americans work hard, and on the first Monday of every September we take a moment to acknowledge their efforts. Labor Day has a fascinating history, and one that you might not expect. The roots of Labor Day stretch back to the Industrial Revolution, when jobs became plentiful, but not without a cost. As conditions worsened and work days grew longer, unions sprang up as a way to protect the rights of the common laborer. Workers in Canada didn’t fare quite so well because unions were illegal. In 1872, workers marched directly to the door of Canadian Prime Minister John Macdonald, demanding the right to organize. He relented, and the march became a Canadian tradition. As for who brought the tradition to our country, there are two competing candidates. Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and member of the American Federation of Labor, witnessed the celebrations in Canada and proposed a similar parade to New York City’s Central Labor Union in 1882. That same year, machinist Matthew Maguire proposed a national Labor Day after a public demonstration by the Central Labor Union.

Labor Day didn’t become a federal holiday, though, until a few years later. In 1894, the American Railway Union went on strike against the Pullman Company in what is now known as the

Pullman Strike. President Grover Cleveland called in the Army and U.S. Marshals

in an attempt to break the strike, and several workers in Chicago lost

their lives. In an effort to quell tensions and garner union vote support, President Cleveland signed Labor Day into law just six days after the strike ended.

Our country would not be what it is today without the immense effort of laborers. As you enjoy the last long weekend before fall, take a moment to acknowledge just what a difference these hardworking people make.


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