Lifetime Dental Care - December 2017 | (715) 257-4335 LIFETIME PAGES DEC 2017


This summer went by way too fast. Then fall went by too fast. I find myself hoping the winter goes by just as fast so we can get back around to spring! The Farmer’s Almanac suggests that we’re in store for a mild winter, but what does “mild” really mean? We all have our opinions as to what a mild winter looks like. I hope that I can keep the snow shovel in the garage, but that might be too much to ask. A YEAR GONE BY And Christmas Memories Before the mild winter sets in, I want to take a moment to look back on the year. I’ve accomplished quite a bit. I’m always striving to learning new things, whether it’s something I can apply to my practice or something more personal. This year was no different. The world is filled with so much to learn and, for me, learning is an exhilarating experience. I wasn’t the only one to end the year with a sense of accomplishment. My two daughters did, as well. As I shared in an earlier edition of the newsletter, one of my daughters got married in September. My other daughter moved into a new home. They’ve certainly had some changes in their lives. Speaking of changes, this year, one of our long-time dental hygienists left us for greener pastures. Or, I should say, green forests. Amy and her husband moved to Hayward, Wisconsin, though it may not have been her first choice. She thought about moving up to Alaska, and when you love the great outdoors as much as she does, Alaska is a good choice. But you can’t go wrong with northern Wisconsin, either. While we said goodbye to one member of the team, we welcomed another. We brought on a new dental assistant, who also splits her time at the front desk. She happens to be a millennial and helps keep the rest of the office in touch with our youthful side. In her short time here, she’s learned a lot about TMJ and sleep apnea and has taken a few courses with me. She’s quickly become a valuable part of the Lifetime team.

“The world is filled with so much to learn and, for me, learning is an exhilarating experience.”

As we wrap up the year and go into the holidays, I want to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and

holiday season. It’s a time of giving and making memories. I remember one Christmas as a kid when I got a pair of snow skis. That same year, my dad purchased a fancy console stereo. It was unlike the home stereo equipment of today. This was a piece of furniture, made of wood, and a practically a work of art. I opened my skis from Santa Claus and decided to set them off to the side. Innocently, and without much thought, I placed the skis near my dad’s exquisite piece of furniture. These skis were ready for the slopes. They came with a finely sharpened edge. The skis slid away from where I had set them, right into my dad’s stereo system, cutting a huge gouge in the side. He was not happy. Still, that was a good Christmas. Not all Christmases come with such memories. My dad was a World War II vet and served at the Battle of the Bulge. It was one of the biggest battles of the war, and it took place over Christmas, 1944. My dad talked about how cold it was. He spent that Christmas in a fox hole, away from his family. He sacrificed a lot, but he made it home, as tens of thousands did not. On that note, I want share my thanks with the servicemembers and veterans who have served and sacrificed to keep us safe during the holidays and every other day of the year. Again, I hope you have a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a happy new year! Here’s to making wonderful holiday memories! –Dr. Anthony Butchert


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