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Contributors Lucas Aykroyd Timothy A. Brown Dr. Holly Fong Michael DeFreitas John Geary Janet Gyenes Dr. Neil Pollock Manfred Purtzki Dr. Kelly Silverthorn Dr. Derek Turner Corey Van’t Haaff Cover photo B. Sligl

June 20 - 23, 2012 President Donald Reikie and the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics invite you to attend their annual meeting at The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Program Chair Keith Phillips has arranged an interdisciplinary scientific program including internationally acclaimed speakers. Local Arrangements Chair Larry Over has planned a variety of exciting activities for spouses and the entire family.

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14 cool Churchill Belugas, bears and beauty 33 desert dish Discover the foodie side of Phoenix

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Guest Speakers Include: Dr. Richard Roblee - Orthodontic Restorative Communication

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Events: - Pre-meeting Golf Tournament: Held at the beautiful Cordova Bay Golf Club. - Wednesday Evening Welcome Reception: Will take place in the hotel lobby and veranda overlooking the picturesque inner harbor.

- A Thursday afternoon/evening social: At the world famous Butchart Gardens (dinner and evening event with optional afternoon tours). Foundation - Friday President’s Reception: A pre-dinner cocktail reception in the J. Robert Kelly - Restorative Materials Bengal Lounge at the Empress Hotel. - Installation Dinner and Ball: Will be held in the Crystal Ball Room of the Empress Gregg Kinzer - Occlusion Hotel on Saturday June 23, 2012. - Scientific Sessions: Held in the Conference Centre lecture theater, adjacent to the Ricardo Mitrani - Esthetic Empress Hotel. This world class venue provides an optimal audio visual Restorative Reconstructions environment for our meeting. - Children’s Program: Provided for all those families interested in a family vacation Robert Winter - Dental Ceramics in Victoria. - Spouses Social Program: Will include a BC museum tour, afternoon tea at the Empress (considered among the world’s best), and a complete tour of the Empress Hotel.

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5 March/April mix 19 CE calendar 26 classifieds/marketplace 27 sudoku 38 small talk with Dr. Abenaa Ayeh

Shooting at high noon

18 dentist unleashed

Madrid vs. Barcelona is no match

25 the wealthy dentist

The associate-to-owner transition

28 practice management Staff appreciation

29 motoring Pilgrimage to the midwest mecca

36 the thirsty dentist

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Eggs all day! cover photo: The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, with its stands of saguaro cacti. There’s plenty more to feast on in the desert heat…discover the foodie side of Phoenix. Story on page 33.

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t is spring again—cause for celebration! And with that maybe a bit of indulgence…in food, that is. Recharge within the warmth of the Greater Phoenix area, where sun-kissed produce makes its way from farm to fork in delectable fashion. There’s a foodie renaissance going on here, with creative young chefs and off-the-beat food-truck innovators taking advantage of the bounty at their footsteps. From five-star dining in an indigenous restaurant to hot dogs wrapped in naan bread, there’s plenty to sample (page 33). Or celebrate spring by embracing some Churchill cool. You may need a serious wetsuit for a dip in Hudson Bay, but the ice has broken up and the belugas are waiting for some playful interaction. Hearing their

soft squeaks and seeing their sweet smiles from beneath the water’s surface may be one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life (page 14). Then there’s Spain (page 5 and 18), sturgeon fishing (page 6) and cavorting with elephants (page 7). And, how about catching such amazing travel experiences on camera? We want to help…So, this issue we’re introducing a “photo prescription” column, where an award-winning photographer provides advice on how to get a stellar shot that actually does capture those “wow” moments (page 8). Let us know what you think and send us your photos and questions. And keep your subscription going at Enjoy!


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Foodie Phoenix, from on-the-go crème brûlée by Eric Ireland, a Le-Cordon-Bleutrained chef to divine pork belly and freshplucked oranges.

Ancient aqueduct in Segovia.

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Strolling downtown Madrid by night.


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La Sagrada Familia facade in Barcelona.

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wild sturgeons can live for more than a century. One of the fishing rods starts to twitch. Nootebos seizes it and starts reeling. The exhilaration soon fizzles; debris has been snagged by the hook. It’s to time to move farther upriver. There are about 3,000 sturgeons in the waters below our boat, says Nootebos, and on average, his guests land a sturgeon an hour. But three hours have faded away. We’ve become suspended in the watercolour scene, our repose rendered in a wash of melancholic grey and blue strokes. A lone seal barely gives us a glance before disappearing underwater. The wind ruffles the fine feathers of a great

blue heron perched on a piling. Eagles congregating in “ghost trees” look like big baubles bedecking a lacework of bare branches. This reverie is snapped as a fishing rod is pressed into my hands, and I’m thrust into a tug of war. The rod curls dangerously, and the fish pulls me forward. I heave the rod back, and reel in a few feet of line, bringing the beast closer. The struggle continues for another 10 minutes before my arms turn to jelly, and I pass the rod to another guest. Nootebos, now elated, finally steps in to bring the dinofish to the surface and guide it in into the sling attached to the stern. Within minutes he’s slipped the barbless hook

out of the beast’s maw, scanned its bony back for a tag, and measured its girth and fork length—an impressive 71 cm and 171 cm, respectively—before releasing it back into the river where it can thrive for decades to come. — Janet Gyenes IF YOU GO Harrison Hot Springs (and the surrounding villages of Kent, Agassiz and Harrison Mills) is a 90-minute drive east of Vancouver and three hours north of Seattle. For year-round sturgeon fishing, contact BC Sport Fishing Group: Make your base at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa:, or the Sandpiper Golf Resort & Rowena’s Inn: Take a self-guided farm tour:

Soak + spa Follow-up a day stalking big fish with a soak in one of the five mineral pools at Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. Then stroll to the spa for a rejuvenating massage. Counting eagles Take part in the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival by joining a walking tour with biologists or exploring the river by boat: Land of milk + honey In this fertile region, farmers produce everything from dairy and cheese to hazelnuts and honey. Drop by The Back Porch to sample some coffee and see how it’s roasted on-site in the century-old roaster. And spend some time with cheese-maker Debra Amrein-Boyes at The Farmhouse Natural Cheeses. Explore the world of cheese-making and pick up a selection of aged Cheddar, blue, Brie, fromage frais from the on-farm shop.

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at the gift shops. giving As well as getproviding homes away for the 50 elephants that live there, the centre includes an elephant hospital facility. The hospital looks after sick and injured elephants and provides service around the country with its mobile elephant clinic. Visitors who crave a more intimate experience can work one-on-one with elephants. The Homestay program offers multi-day options that pair up each guest with an elephant, to learn basic care and handling. Trekking programs put more emphasis on the mahout’s way of life and the details of elephant-keeping, and some include camping in the forest with mahouts and elephants, so you can make like Mowgli and live The Jungle Book life with your very own Colonel Hathi. —John Geary For more info about the centre, visit, and Tourism Thailand, go to

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sucks leaves from poplar trees, casting them aloft, ochre outlines swirling against sky-scraping conifers and the snow-cone peak of Mount Cheam in the distance. The rawness is spellbinding, but it has made Tony Nootebos, our sturgeon-fishing guide, antsy. Although the river itself appears calm, all this wind, rain and bounty of sockeye carcasses is a brew of bad news for hooking a prehistoric fish. A member of the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society, Nootebos says that 46,000 white sturgeons have been caught and released in the Harrison and Fraser Rivers since 1999. “Several of those fish have been re-caught 19 times,” he says. These

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splash of water off the boat’s stern… dorsal fin!… Sturgeon!? It’s gone in an instant, having eluded our bait of salmon roe. On a chilly autumn day on the Harrison River, just a 90-minute drive from the commotion of Vancouver city life, there are few people and no traffic jams, but there’s a riot of activity. On the river highway, deadheads of spent sockeye salmon bob by, hooked jaws open, gasping their last breaths. Hundreds of majestic bald eagles and gulls use the gravel shoals, churned up by spawning salmon, as their personal airstrip. Water seeps from the gunmetal sky. Wind

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elephants) were essentially out of work. Rather than sell them all off to private owners or cull them, the government set up this centre near the northwestern city of Chiang Mai to keep them working, happy and healthy. I was amazed by their trunks’ versatility; one minute they used strength to haul huge logs around, the next minute, the limbs’ dexterity came into play, painting a picture. Painting is not their only artistic skill; they play music on a series of hollow bamboo stalks. They also make wonderful pachyderm water pistols, and gave us a quick prelude of what to expect after lunch. After the demos, a few remained behind, and we had a chance to feed them treats. A few times, I wasn’t quick enough and I felt two or three small trunks grabbing my fingers for the same treat! The centre also recycles elephant dung into paper, helping conserve forests. Products made from the paper are sold


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plish-splash, I was takin’ a bath—but it wasn’t on a Saturday night...(apologies to Bobby Darin). It was actually a Wednesday afternoon, and, as they do every day right after lunch at the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre, the mahouts led their elephants down to the river for their daily bath/water-fight. At least, it sure looked like a water-fight. And everyone— elephants, mahouts and visitors—seemed to be having a good, if somewhat wet, time. Although Thais and elephants have a long-standing relationship dating back to the ancient kings of Siam, for many of the centre’s elephants, life was not always so hunky-dory. At one point, most domestic elephants in Thailand worked in the country’s logging industry; however, when the Thai government placed a complete ban on all commercial logging in 1989, the elephants and their mahouts (the individuals responsible for training and working with the

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high noon Shooting in high, bright tropical sunlight is a worthwhile challenge


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he carved prow of our Polynesian canoe glided towards a group of uninhabited islets through the calm waters of Aitutaki Lagoon in the Cook Islands. The mid-morning sun was already high and bright, but still produced enough glare off the water to mute the lovely emerald and cerulean tones of the lagoon. As we neared One Foot Island, where one of the Survivor series was shot, I composed a shot using the canoe’s prow in the foreground and the island in the background. I tried to keep the sun behind and over my shoulder. After reviewing my result I realized the glare off the water was depriving me of the incredible hues and water detail. I quickly attached a polarizing filter to my lens and repeated the shot. The resulting image popped off my camera’s LCD screen. By reducing the glare, the polarizer allowed the sensor to record more saturated tones of blue and emerald and more underwater detail, adding depth and colour to the image. But, even without a polarizer, you can achieve almost the same result by shooting the scene closer to midday. I know what you’re thinking, “What about the magic hours?” Well, in the tropics you’ll find many exceptions to this rule. Sunlight hitting water at right angles (from directly above) produces much less reflected >>

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Why you should learn to shoot in high noon: ABOVE Polynesian canoe prow shot close to midday without polarizer in Aitutaki Lagoon, Cook Islands. The high-noon light penetrates the water deeper to reveal more detail and aquatic striations. The photo ended up on the cover of Islands magazine (right) and won a gold award from the Society of American Travel Writers. FAR RIGHT The same scene, shot mid morning without polarizer.


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PRO TIPS in the

> Shoot narrow street scenes near midday to brighten the shadows.

> When shooting wide landscapes with breaking surf or

white buildings set your camera’s exposure compensation dial to -0.5 underexposure to avoid overexposing white areas.

> Remove sunglasses when shooting in the tropics and

you’ll see what your camera does. It also makes it easier to view your LCD. Sunglasses polarize light making scenes look more saturated than they really are.

> Remember to use your camera’s pop-up flash to fill in facial shadows when shooting portraits.

> Don’t look directly into your viewfinder while pointing your lens directly at the sun (like a sunset or sunrise). View the scene from a few inches away from your viewfinder to protect your eyes.

> Never leave your camera or memory cards in a sunny

place. Even when diffused, the hot tropical sun can fry electronics in a few minutes.

> The shade from a wide-brimmed hat or cap makes it

easier to see info in your viewfinder and check images on your camera’s LCD.

> Always shoot colourful subjects (buildings, fruit, flowers, etc.) during the magic hours or in open shade around midday. Bright sunlight washes out warm colours.

> Sometimes we get so involved in photography that we

forget about ourselves. Keep a water bottle in your camera bag or photo vest and sip often.



>> glare and penetrates deeper into the water and accentuates the lovely colours and water in the lagoon. I used the polarizer because I wasn’t sure if I’d have a chance to repeat the composition closer to midday. As it turned out, I did—and without the polarizer the resulting image was even better. A bright tropical sun usually poses more challenges than opportunities, so I still recommend shooting before 10 am and after 4 pm (the magic hours) when the sunlight is less contrasty and has a warmer colour temperature (more reddish hues). High sun has a cooler colour temperature (bluer) and produces more contrast, which may work fine for blue and emerald water hues, but not so well for sweeping landscapes, architecture or people. But that doesn’t mean stowing your camera at midday. Use the high sun filtering down through a jungle canopy to brighten tropical rainforest scenes. Just be careful of “hotspots” (overexposed areas) where direct sunlight hits the forest floor or foliage. On the flip side, jungle streams and waterfalls are best shot in the early morning, late afternoon or on slightly overcast days to avoid overexposing the water. Overhead light is also great when shooting inside buildings like cathedrals with large windows. At lower angles sunlight tends to hit the glass too directly causing overexposure. Also, light streaming in through windows can create hotspots within the building. Also, I often use shady spots on a white-sand beach or next to a white building for my people portraits. High light bouncing off these light-coloured surfaces brightens faces and adds catch-lights to your subject’s eyes. Remember, when shooting indoors or in the shade, to add a bit of warmth to your images by setting your camera’s white balance control to “cloudy.” On your next visit to the tropics, rather than stowing your camera at midday find shooting situations like those above where you can exploit the high, bright sun.

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Polar swimming in Hudson Bay. Summertime viewing reveals bears on the shore and in the water, feeding and fattening up for winter.

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ace down in the 5.5-degree water of Churchill River off Hudson Bay in arctic Canada, I’ve got company—a 5-metre, stark-white beluga whale is staring at me, sly little grin on his face. I stare back and squeak into my snorkel. He disappears, offended perhaps at whatever I said. But maybe not…because then he’s back, now with a friend. And there are more, like ghosts, in the distance. This is the OTHER Churchill: summer (sort of), whales, hardly any tourists. And an oc-

casional bear. Traveling halfway to the North Pole to escape the city heat does seem a tad extreme, but this quirky little town of 850 people on the western shore of Manitoba’s Hudson Bay, where local guys wait for the fly-in barber to get their hair cut, is the crossroads for one of the most amazing animal shows on earth. In fall, thousands of polar bears pad through, looking improbably cute as they play-fight and impatiently wait for ice to form so they can go hunt seals. In summer, it’s beluga whales by the thousand, chowing down on capelin, giving birth, scratching itchy backs on rocks in the


shallow rivers that empty into the bay. And my friends and I have come to join them in the water. But first, the wet suits…made of seven mil rubber thick enough to outfit a National Geographic expedition. “It’s supposed to be tight,” a guide says helpfully as we stuff ourselves like sausage meat into bottoms, tops, gloves, hoods and booties. Masks with snorkels complete the ensemble. And then we are off, past the blooming purple fireweed and white arctic daisies, past the huge town grain elevator that holds crops for European export, past the old fort. We’re riding in rubber Zodiacs, faces to the wind and looking disturbingly like a pair of Navy Seal boats on a mission. We have sorta clear water. We have sun. A beluga whale And also, for a bit, we swims up to a kayak have no whales. in Hudson Bay. The day before, they had been all over us as we kayaked. Glistening white backs arced out of the water. Breathy little puffs surrounded us as the whales exhaled through their blowholes. They bumped our tiny boats so of course, I stuck my hand in the water. And, yow, something brushed my fingers. I could see him. He could see me. He felt like a hardboiled egg without the shell…soft-ish and slick. But today, at Button Bay where the whales usually hang, we get, instead, a big ‘ole bear, slowly pacing the shore, twitchy black nose in the air. It’s maybe the same guy who showed up at a town dump the night before until driven off by the local bear patrol. Bears are here in Churchill because they’ve always been here. It’s people who are the intruders. In summer, the bears are hot and lazy. We saw them by helicopter one day, lying sprawled like rugs across cool muck and wading in shallow water just off shore. They weren’t eating because nothing…not birds or fish or even people are worth the effort. They’re waiting for ice to form in the fall, so

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When in churchill… check out miss Piggy and the M/V Ithaca. Two wrecks that, in past years, were town party spots. Miss Piggy is a Curtiss C-46 freight plane that made an emergency landing with no fatalities among the shore rocks in 1979. The M/V Ithaca, a cargo ship, ran aground in 1961 amid much controversy. You can walk up to it on low tide.

Curious beluga whale “smiling” at a snorkeler near the water’s surface in Hudson Bay.

sample the Peanut-butter tarts at Gypsy’s Restaurant & Bakery. What Gypsy’s does best is dessert, a favourite subject in a town where winter temperatures can freeze water in mid air. This is like a Reese’s peanut butter cup but much, much better and highly addictive. The rhubarb pie, also not to be missed, is made from locally grown crops. go to the Parks Canada Visitor Centre in the VIA Rail station. Learn about the area, peer into a gigantic bear’s mouth, see a bear den and an early native tent. But, best of all, buy a map of North America from the northern perspective looking south. tour the Eskimo Museum. Shelves are lined with ancient Inuit carvings of tusk, antler and stone plus there are two traditional skin kayaks. take in the Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site. The massive stone fortress that the Hudson’s Bay Company took 40 years to build in the 1700s, then abandoned 11 years later to the French without a shot being fired from its 40 cannons. Stories by the guides are worth the trip, alone. stamp your passport. Get the distinctive circular polar bear stamp at the Post Office (located conveniently next to the local liquor store). Visit the Northern Store. It’s the local answer to Walmart-meets-7/11, where you can gawk at $5 lettuce and $10 gallons of milk. Shop. (Indeed!) Inuit carvings are for sale just about everywhere including the Eskimo museum and the Northern Store. The Arctic Trading Post has the most tourist trinkets along with T-shirts, jackets and moccasins. Northern Images has the high-end art.

Retreating glaciers have scoured the Hudson Bay coastline to form the smoothly sculptured rock formations found in Churchill.

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Aerial view of “arctic rover” or “tundra buggy” on the tundra for summer wildlife viewing.

Beluga-watching off a tour boat in Hudson Bay. Huge pods swim right up to boat, attracted by the engine’s purr.

Ubiquitous polar-bearalert sign found all over Churchill, a crossroads for migrating polar bears.

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they can reach the nice, fat, calorie-rich seals. Back at Button Bay, our bear continues his slow meander, turning his head every so often in our direction. Does he smell us? There is a record of a female once taking a sharp right to find a rotting whale carcass 160 km away. Yeah, he smells us. We’re not swimming anywhere near here today. As for the belugas, they are true creatures of the arctic. The 3,000 or so that come to Churchill every summer spend winters at the top end of Hudson Bay, which in whale terms is like sticking around the neighborhood. They are tiny compared to your run of the mill 15-metre humpback…rarely longer than 5 metres, with that silly dolphin grin and hearing sharp enough to pick up sounds in water 15 miles (24 km) away. Beluga swimming started in Churchill about 15 years ago. Back then, you’d be lucky to see a couple after spending an hour in the water. Today, you are likely as not to be mobbed. And the various tour companies have worked out a good summer itinerary that includes trips across the tundra and visits to sights in the area. In town one afternoon, we visited the Parks Canada visitor center to learn more about Churchill, which lies just 885 km south of the Arctic Circle. Hudson Bay, itself, is a wonder…1,368 km long, 1,046 km miles wide and 30 – 90 m deep in most places. It’s a vast thumb of ocean water that is frozen eight or nine months of the year. In winter, Churchill is truly wretched, with howling, hurricane force winds and temperatures that can hit 70 below. Visitors to the town fort are told that by winter’s end during the early years of European settlement, walls of the fort’s living quarters were lined with sheets of ice, turning the rooms into frozen closets. No wonder the fort, which took 40 years for the British owned Hudson’s Bay Company to build, was abandoned to the French 11 years later. Because Churchill is actually 1,600 km closer to Europe than Montreal, it is also one of Canada’s major seaports. Grain is hauled north from the vast wheatfields near Winnipeg in freight trains so long, they stretch to the horizon. From Churchill, it is shipped up the bay and over to Europe during the bay’s three months of ice-free weather. As for our little sojourn, back near the Port of Churchill we finally find whales. We can see dozens of sleek white streaks along the water’s surface. When the holiday and the CE are both important! We slip in and surprise, the wetsuits Accepted Program Provider work. We’re plenty warm. We hold onto ropes strung alongside Kennedy Professional Educational Seminars, Inc. is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. the boat and the boat putters slowly, creating a wake that draws in the curious whales. Maybe the whales think we’re part of the boat. Maybe this is familiar • Alaska Cruise• Danube River Cruise • Eastern Caribbean Cruise because baby whales swim in a similar • Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour • Israel & Jordan way alongside their mothers. • Curacao The water is a pea-soup green that turns to glowing emerald, cut by shafts of sunlight. And the show is steady. First a single bull. Then a mom and her gray calf • Australia & New Zealand, 2013 (they don’t get white till five). Another • East Africa Safari, 2014 whale and then two more, side by side. Belugas are the only whales with articulating necks. They can turn their heads. FOR BOOKING INFORMATION OR RESERVATIONS CONTACT: And they do, staring at us sideways and Wendy at Carlson Wagonlit Travel • 1 866 317 8720 upside down. I swear I can see a belly button on one. OR Kathy at Kennedy Seminars • 1 877 536 6736 So, I squeak again. The water vibrates with creaky clicks that seem to touch my bones. See our website for complete details And then it comes. An answering on our programs @ squeak. Whatever I said, I guess it was okay.

Whale season runs from ice breakup in late June to end of August. While it’s possible to book individual snorkel and boat trips, most visitors do this on a package tour that may include a tour boat, Zodiac trip to see the whales from a closer perspective, and even snorkelling with the belugas. You can also spend an afternoon on the tundra or take a helicopter flight to see whales or bears. Tour boat > A 30-passenger custom boat (it looks like a fishing trawler with seats) takes people to tour Prince of Wales Fort and visit whales. This is great for getting shots of whales arcing and sometimes looking out of the water. A hydrophone lets you hear the symphony of clicks, chirps, whistles squeals and clicks. kayak > More intimate, you are on the whale’s level. These are stable, easy to maneuver sea kayaks and you stay in protected water. Sometimes, the whales gently bump your boat and if you are lucky, you will be sprayed as they exhale and might even be able to pet them. Snorkel > This is the most exciting. You are in the water with the whales, sometimes only feet away. You can hear them click and chirp and stare at them, face to face. tour operators > Tour, kayak or snorkel with Frontiers North Adventures. The Churchill tour pioneer also offers Tundra Buggy rides for an up-close view of the vast sub-arctic flora and fauna (and perhaps a polar bear or two…).; 1-800-663-9832 > Other tour operators include Churchill Nature Tours: churchillnaturetours. com; and Sea North Tours:

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magic Madrid A major part of Madrid culture is centred about the food, beer and wine—nothing is more important in the diet of Madridienos than their wonderful tapas. Tapas, small savoury dishes, are as varied as a chef’s imagination. Potato, egg, sausage, veggie, seafood, lamb, bacon, you name it. On evening strolls—after 10pm when the streets are full of people—we bar-hopped (go de tapeo) and tried a wide range of tapas. The best tapas spots are Plaza Mayor, Retiro, Salamanca, Ventas and Chamberi, each with 20 or more tapas bars and restaurants. For beer lovers (the Spanish love their cerveza), there’s a range of glass sizes. Draught comes in a cana, which could be a wine glass or smaller. My pick is the tubo, a tall, thin 10-ounce glass, served icy cold. The jarra or tanque will get your group a jug. Avoid San Miguel and Cruzcampo beers (and definitely no Corona!) and try the Mahou or Classico beer. Cava is Spain’s bubbly and my wife’s choice with tapas. The coffee is terrific, but if you order a coffee you won’t get a free tapas…bars serve free tapas while you drink and get better the longer you linger! (In restaurants, you pay for tapas.) My fondness for wine (red is vino tinto) was satisfied by some 20 grape varieties, but, for me, the Tempranillo of Rioja is still the champ. Crianza is everyday wine, Reserva more complex and Gran Reserva for special moments and a credit card overdraft. Try Sangria with a lunch salad and Moscatel with dessert. For art lovers the Paseo del Prado is a must with its three major art museums, the Museo del Prado being the most famous with its works of Velasquez, Goya and El

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Greco. And if you have children in tow visit the Retiro Park for outdoor life and treat them to an Orxata soft drink and El Helado (ice cream). Beyond the big city, within a one-hour drive, are the cities of Toledo and Segovia. Toledo, virtually in the centre of the country, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Segovia’s old city, with its 2,000-year-old Roman-built aqueduct, is another UNESCO site. The aqueduct is constructed of thousands of granite blocks without mortar. And the Cathedral is a Gothic marvel. Even the countryside feels thousands of years old and unchanged.

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bella Barcelona In Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, walk the Ramblas grand boulevard from the Placa de Catalunya at the top to the port below. It’s Anthropology 101 de Barcelona! Be sure to visit La Sagrada Familia. Started in 1882, it’s a massive Catholic Church designed to hold 13,000 people. Antoni Gaudi took over the modernist design in 1883. A must-see. Eventually there will be 18 towers, one for each of the 12 apostles, four evangelists, Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Only half of the planned towers and two of three facades are finished. The civil war in 1936, lack of funding and criticism of the design have all slowed the completion. As it is, it could take days to fully appreciate the facades and towers from the street. Touring the Casa Batllo in the evening before dinner is a highlight. Restored in 1904 – 06 by Gaudi for a local family, the façade is all waves in mosaic and broken tile, and the interior is all curves and surprises, as are the unexpected shapes and colours of the terraces and roof. Visit the central Santa Caterina Market if you’re a foodie, and be amazed by the variety, freshness and ambiance. Go when you’re hungry. And guard your wallet! Then visit the Cathedral, a 700-year-old Catalan Gothic structure completed in the 19th century. Find tranquility in the cloister and its garden. For more serenity get out of Barcelona for a day and travel north by train or car to Banyuls-sur-Mer in France or south by car or train to the beaches of Sitges and Vilanova y la Geltru. The Mediterranean is at your feet. And if this is your intro to Spain you’ll be sure to return.


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eliciously flat and laidback, Copenhagen is one of the world’s easiest cities to explore. Featuring a beautiful blend of modern and medieval architecture, Denmark’s capital is a breeze to get around on foot, by bus or train, or via innumerable bike paths. Facing the Øresund, the waterway that borders the island of Zealand, the Scandinavian port city of 1.2 million offers attractions that are simultaneously civilized, stylish, and cheerful. A natural starting point is Nyhavn. This 17thcentury canal once brought merchants’ goods into the city and now burgeons with colourful bars and restaurants. Board an electric boat and see Copenhagen on a narrated hour-long canal tour, checking out Christiansborg Palace (home to the Danish Parliament), the $500-million Copenhagen Opera House, and the iconic Little Mermaid statue. When you get peckish, culinary choices abound. Feast on open-faced sandwiches at Ida Davidsen, the

oldest smørrebrød joint in town, with offerings from steak tartare to smoked eel. Dive into the emerging Danish microbrewery scene at the 2003-founded Nørrebro Bryghus, housed in a renovated brick building and featuring tasty beers such as Ravnsborg Red and Stuykman Wit paired with locally sourced fish and vegetarian dishes. Or get avant-garde at Noma, specializing in Scandinavian fusion cuisine like Norwegian king crab with baby leeks—it’s a fixture in Restaurant Magazine’s annual ranking of the world’s top 50 eateries and has two Michelin stars. Both indoors and outdoors, you’ll find plenty to do in the city that famously hosted an international climate change summit in 2009. Stroll through the free, 25-acre Botanical Gardens, showcasing more than 20,000 plant species from orchids to banana trees. Admire giant palm trees and classical statues beneath the glass dome of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, a century-old art museum that boasts a superb collection

of Greek sculptures and a wing dedicated to French Impressionists, from Gauguin to Monet. You can burn off calories by climbing to the top of Europe’s oldest functional observatory, the 1642-completed Round Tower, and snapping some shots of the Copenhagen skyline. Scope out the endless shopping and talented buskers during a stroll along winding Strøget, Copenhagen’s famous pedestrian street. If you crave more music, a visit to the Copenhagen Jazzhouse always satisfies, spotlighting stars from Curtis Stigers to Palle Mikkelborg. And be sure to spend an evening among the twinkling coloured lights of the Tivoli Gardens, sampling pastries and pancakes and riding the old Ferris wheel at Europe’s best-known pre-Disney amusement park. —Lucas Aykroyd For more info on Copenhagen, go to

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t h e w e a lt h y d e n t i s t [ c o n t i n u e d ] >> The principal basically generates $20,000 a month without lifting a finger. In addition, the net hygiene revenues generated by Bob’s patients, after hygienist salaries and supplies, amount to an additional $10,000 per month. Why would the principal rush to make Bob a partner in the practice, when he can make $30,000 a month from his services as an associate? How can the associate make sure that he will become an owner of the practice? Have the principal commit in writing to the practice transition at the start of the associateship. There are four parts the written transition agreement should address:

the “getting to know each other” phase. During this time the associate can leave the practice without any strings attached (for example, no restrictive covenant and or any deposit). Likewise the principal can terminate without any repercussions. Once the trial period is over, the associate then pays to the principal the agreed-upon deposit and enters into a restrictive covenant agreement. The associate term can be fixed or flexible, where the associate would have the option to trigger the purchase after a certain date.

How can the associate make sure that he will become an owner of the practice?

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2. The purchase The agreement also fixes the purchase price, which is usually supported by a practice valuation. It is crucial that the purchase price be determined at the time the associate starts in the

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practice as to avoid the deal breaking issue of asking the associate to pay for his/her own production later on.

3. The cost-sharing agreement Both parties should have an agreement that in the event the purchase is completed, how hygiene revenues and common practice expenses are to be shared.

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Preparing the documents looks like a lot of work and legal fees, but it is money well spent, as it commits both parties to the practice transition process, and deals with all the issues up front. And that is a key for a successful associate-to-owner transition.


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4. The buy/sell agreement The last component of the transition document should deal with the event of a dentist leaving the practice, and how the dentist should be compensated. The typical triggering events of one dentist departing is death, long-term disability, retirement, suspension, or voluntary withdrawal. The financial arrangement for each of these events needs to be addressed.

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recently wrote an article that outlined why the staff is the main reason a practitioner stays awake at night. Then, I wrote another column outlining staff emotions brought about by a departing or retiring staff member. It’s a recurring theme in my writing and thinking about practice management. Another column I wrote was the result of a retirement party I attended. I was struck by the impact the doctor’s departure had on his staff. They were going to miss a lot of little things about him; like seeing the bike he rode daily to work leaning against the office wall. It’s just one example of the many triggers to our memory when it comes to longtime staff relationships. The staff misses the doctor and the routines they developed and shared… and the doctor misses the staff and the every day events of running a practice. These feelings are the result of many years of shared service, experiences and compliance. Of course, this is not a new observation, simply one that is often understated and out of mind. Listening to many practitioners’ concerns resulting in my own and others’ practice management strategies, I can only conclude that staff working relationships should be central to all decisions made in a practice. Many successful practitioners have adopted working hours that suit their staff’s needs. This may include working on weekends or late on certain days of the week. Flexible work hours are used to accommodate some staff with special family needs. Again these are not new ideas but just ones that require rethinking from time to time as workplace hours and conditions need to better reflect the circumstances of the staff. Some doctors go out of their way to listen to and accommodate their staff members’ needs so that they remain loyal and motivated. These professionals believe it is important to be staff inclusive in their thinking. In the end they know when staff are cared for, happy and are part of the decision making process, the result is a profitable practice for both staff and practitioner. Along this same line of thinking are the profit sharing models some practices use.

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These can involve complicated formulae that measure revenue generators or the simple use of a percentage of profit shared by all employed in the practice. Other dentists use a bonus system to reward staff members, sometimes on a regular basis, but in many practices these bonuses are given randomly as profit revenues warrant. The goal is to have profit shared by all the principals involved. While money is a strong motivator, developing a superior staff working relationship requires a number of things to go right. A practice management strategy that develops a cohesive and caring camaraderie is the objective. Many advisors recommend periodic staff pub-outings, pot-luck lunches, supporting a local charity, costume days and the like. The key is to have fun and purpose but not overdo it. It’s important to be inclusive, flexible and tolerant of everyone’s needs and wishes. There is no set formula to do this…a process of trial and error is involved to see what works. No doubt, professional development for staff, where needed, is an important component in developing a qualified and confident staff. The management of patients is crucial. Dealing with their special needs, appointments, follow-ups and all treatments must be a collective effort by a staff that has a single purpose: excellent and caring service. This staff single-mindedness of purpose often comes under the title of “team building.” Practitioners should recognize that there are many different kinds of “teams.” All of them do not look or operate the same. Recognize and build on the strengths of your individual staff members. If things go right, the end result is worth the effort expended; a staff involved in some of the decision making and profit taking that is committed to the practice can remain together and function efficiently for a long time. This type of staff working relationship triggers positive memories by the staff for a practitioner that has left them behind for retirement. And these same fond feelings and memories by staff and practitioner alike will result for any staff member who departs.

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Dr. Kelly Silverthorn is Just For Canadian Dentists’ automotive writer. He tries to keep one convertible and/or one track-day car in the family fleet.

xperiencing the Indy 500 is on any car enthusiast’s bucket list. The 100th anniversary of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” was high-time for me to quit procrastinating. And, thanks to a little luck and creative trip planning, I ticked off a few more Midwest must-do’s.

ROAD AMERICA (Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin) An hour north of Milwaukee lies picturesque Elkhart Lake. The town is home to one of North America’s most celebrated road courses. Throughout its 56 year history, Road America has challenged and titillated drivers with its 4.2

510-hp Jag XF-R. The gyrations dragged on for several hundred yards—long enough to accept “tres expensive coming” —but luck, prayer, and yaw software saved the day. The amassed journalists then applied their skills to something I’ve never done, and may never again…go-kart racing in the rain. Go karts have slick tires! Think of it as roller-derby on black ice, and you’ll get the idea. I was pleased to only spin once, otherwise collecting karting scalps with a maniacal grin and a wet diaper.

The curators have hit the sweet spot of showcasing over 100 years of technical innovations

mile length (size does matter), elevation changes, blind crests and high speeds. The Midwest Automotive Media Association thoughtfully held their 90-car-strong track test event cheek-by-jowl with the Indy 500. Thanks MAMA! On occasion a larger-than-life reputation can lead to a letdown when you actually put in hot laps. Not with Road America. The unrelenting rain made most of my many laps more challenging than titillating…especially my big-tank slapper in the



Milwaukee is the ancestral home of HarleyDavidson motorcycles. William Harley and Arthur Davidson built their first single-cylinder machine in a 10’-x-15’ Milwaukee backyard shed in 1903. That actual machine is the prize display of the many hundreds in the most excellent H-D Museum. Surely this must be the most valuable motorcycle in the world? I’m really not a Harley guy, so for me to recommend the museum, it must be good. Benefiting from a worthy budget, the curators have hit the sweet spot of showcasing over 100 years of technical innovations, markets served and competed for, effects of economic and social trends, as well as Harley-Davidson’s competition pedigree on salt, dirt, wood and tarmac. Harleys traditionally have big Vee twin cylinder engines with an iconic great thumping presence. Love it or loath it, if you have the appetite to learn more, then >>

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was also a product of the dynamic first decade of the 1900s in the American Midwest. Four Indianapolis investors put up a collective $250,000 to build a testing and racing facility that would rival England’s Brooklands. The track opened in 1908, but by 1911 the experiment of a big-purse, single yearly 500-mile event held Memorial Day weekend on the now-brick surface was pursued. That 1911 experiment seems to have worked. Taking an objective big picture of the last 100 years, only the 24 Heures du Mans could hold a candle to the Indy 500 as the world’s most important motor race. Though I’ve attended Le Mans I was still >>

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>> also tour the Pilgrim Road powertrain plant. You’ll get to handle the one-knife and one-fork big-ends of the two connecting rods, that allow both to be centred on the same single crank-journal. Without that early technical innovation you don’t have the look or sound essential to a Hog. I wish I had more time in Milwaukee. Other attractions to check out include factory tours at the Miller and/or Pabst breweries, host to half the Green Bay Packer home games, bratwurst tasting, a worldclass zoo and art gallery—and the home of Walther’s, model railroad Mecca.

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Experiencing the Indy 500 is on any car enthusiast’s bucket list >> astounded by the Indy crowd, pomp, circumstance, tradition (including military and collegiate), and outright hoopla. The almost-religious following also impresses. One Philadelphian fan I met had faithfully attended 48 Indy 500s. (Word to the wise: Bring sunscreen and earplugs, and some patience—or bicycles!— for the traffic on the way to and from. And book your seats and hotel, prior to your arrival!) Unlike many motor front of you. I saw a great race with drivers races, racers still have to compete vigorously from 13 different countries with 10 different just to qualify for Indy. The size of the winleaders. Fittingly, the final 15 laps featured ner’s prize is one of the reasons…$2,567,255 five different leaders. in 2011. Leaders are turning 220 – 225 The impressive American rookie J. R. mph laps of the 2.5 mile track in roughly 40 Hildebrand took the lead with three laps seconds, so the drama unfolds quickly in to go.1In the final corner of the lap the ODA_ASM12_7x4.75_HorizontalAd-2:Layout 2/10/12 9:20 AM final Page 1

rookie hit the outside wall, tearing both right-sided wheels off. Hildebrand careened/drove/slid along the outside wall almost a mile past the symbolic 100-year-old yard-ofbricks finish line. To the chagrin of his team and banker, Hildebrand was passed a few yards earlier by photo-finish winner Dan Wheldon going well over 200 mph. (Sadly, Dan Wheldon was killed while racing later in 2011.) Suffice to say, the Indy 500, a.k.a. the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, will entertain motor sport aficionados and casual observers alike. So too will the many other Midwest Meccas. Get off your Bucket Lists! Life is not a dress rehearsal.

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fine dine >> kai restaurant Kai means “seed” inPima. Here, Executive Chef Michael O’Dowd’s menureflects local Pima andMaricopa tribes andingredients fromthe Gila River IndianCommunity.>> caffe boa Sample products fromQueenCreek Olive Mill, McClendon’s, Maya’s andother local organicfarmers at this Tempe restaurant. farm tour >> superstitionfarms This fourth-generationfamily-run dairy farmoffers tours andwhat some call “the best chocolate milkshake ever.” OnMarch17th, there’s a “FoodTruck RoundUp” takingplace, showcasingall the hot Phoenix foodie movements.>> agritopia Tour this urbanfarm, thennoshat Joe’s FarmGrill onanoldfarmstead. farmstandagritopia.>> queencreek olive mill Yes, olives inArizona! Take a tour andthensample a cupcake made withMeyer-lemoninfusedolive oil.>> Schnepf farms Have lunchinthe orchard—a full-onsensory experience. >> the orange patch Visit anorange orchardinthe midst of Mesa, part of one of the topfooddrives, as listedby National Geographic. Drive by the aromaticblossomingtrees inMarchand April. 480-962-4490 fine fast food >> FoodTruck Friday Every Friday, from11amto1pm, the foodtrucks—includingmobile crème brûlée!—coral at the Phoenix Public Market downtown, by Central Avenue andMcKinley. Jointhe hiplunchcrowd!>> shortleashmobile hotdogeatery At FoodTruck Friday, be sure totry a gourmet hotdog—for $5! It’s fine fast foodwitha focus on local suppliers andnatural ingredients. Woof! stay >> sheratonwildhorse pass resort& spaWildhorses still roam here…andyoumay spot one onthe vast property onthe Gila River Indian Community, designedandthemedtoreflect the indigenous Pima andMaricopa people. And, withover 180,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor functionspace, it’s a great place toholda CE event inthe SonoranDesert. wildhorsepassresort. com>>mesaFindout what todoandwhere tostay at this agritourismhotspot inGreater Phoenix (andArizona’s third-largest city itself!).>> phoenix For more onall Phoenix has tooffer in my Phoenix tasting tour) that she then sells to restaurants like Caffe Boa (where I had my one-off pork-belly special) and at the downtown Phoenix farmers market. She’s part of a new boutique farming crew. Bob McClendon is another farmer who’s upping the ante in terms of local produce. His heirloom mixed greens and butternut squash make up many a salad at top local restaurants. And supplementing all that green goodness might just be goat cheese from a local dairy farm like Black Mesa Ranch. The list of local food producers and purveyors is long, from Maya’s Farm to Superstition Farms (the source of homemade gelato I also had at Caffe Boa), where you can tour the operation to see just how a dairy farm should work (think environmentally sustainable and compassionate). Then stay and sample what some call the “best chocolate milkshake ever.” Seems there’s a serious farm-to-fork (or straw) movement going on in the heart of Arizona. Cows, micro greens, oranges and olives all thrive here. Yes, oranges


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travel the world (Arizona is a top producer in the US, after Florida and California). A visit to The Orange Patch, one of Mesa’s original citrus growers with a 110acre orchard wedged between encroaching residential development (sadly, most other orchards have made way for cookie-cutter houses) and the interstate highway, is a bit of an urban escape. Inhale the orange blossoms of spring, sample fresh-squeezed o.j., and leave with plump navels, valencias, tangelos and grapefruits, just harvested, to take to a spring training baseball game (the Chicago Cubs have long made Phoenix their training grounds come March). It’s a local tradition and beats the typical ballpark fare… And, yes, olives grow here too, and damn well. Just east of Mesa is Queen Creek Olive Mill. Turns out that Arizona’s desert heat and cool nights combat the olive fly, meaning this mill doesn’t need to use any pesticides. Grown at the base of the San Tan Mountains, the olives are harvested by hand and then pressed into extra-virgin olive oil. Tour and taste the liquid sun, and end with lunch at del Piero, the olive mill’s Tuscan-inspired eatery or just bag a Queen Creek’s cupcake, made using knock-out infused olive oils, like vanilla bean, blood orange and Meyer lemon. After gelato amidst a dairy farm, oranges in the ballpark and cupcakes under an olive tree, there’s lunch in the middle of a peach orchard. Schnepf Farms is a fourthgeneration family farm and the largest organic peach grower in Arizona. The 300-acre farm is the site of Dinners Down the Orchard, and each al fresco feast features a different renowned local chef showcasing Phoenix Valley fare. Tables are set up among the spring blossoms for an all-round sensory affair—taste buds align in the outdoors with scent, sight, orchard quiet and spring sun on the skin. Open-air dining abounds here. Another bit of Arizona farming saved from development is Agritopia, an agricultural haven surrounded by a residential community. The Farm at Agritopia is part of a co-op (neighbouring residents can farm here too in the community gardens) that supplies Joe’s Farm Grill, a 60s-era single-family ranch-style home converted into a mid-century-modern food joint. Originally the family home of Johnston Farms, it retains that comfort factor with 100-year-old salt cedars still gracing the property alongside citrus trees. After a wood-fired pizza (topped with free-range chicken, naturally), I plucked an orange for dessert. The picnic scene continues at the Phoenix Public Market downtown and the Phoenix Street Food Coalition gathering of gourmet food trucks. Every Friday a group of innovative purveyors of on-the-go fare coral in downtown Phoenix for a fast-food feast. It’s not your usual takeaway…try vanilla-bean (or PB & J!) crème brûlée from Torched Goodness and the Aiko hotdog from Short Leash. Far-fromordinary, it’s an all-natural sausage topped with mango chutney, jalapenos, blue cheese and cilantro, wrapped in naan bread. Each dog is named for…a favourite dog, of course, from Aiko to Oliver. From food trucks back to fine dining, there’s Kai, the first Native American owned and operated AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star award-winning restaurant. Incorporating the traditions of the local Pima and Maricopa tribes, this modern interpretation of native cuisine utilizes produce grown right on the reserve—from the dried slice of grapefruit and mesquite bean in the signature martini to the “black ice” balsamic-like vinegar from cacti (for which one acre yields just 20 ounces). It’s the desert in a bite. And that’s the essence of this new food scene in the Phoenix Valley, where the desert soil is so willing to produce with these foodies’—the growers, the chefs, the restauranteurs, the patrons— nurturing. It’s all sun-kissed, from fine dining to food trucks.

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Food Truck Friday lunch crowd.

Perry Rea of Queen Creek Olive Mill, with olive-oil cupcakes.

Brad and Katherine Moore of Short Leash Hotdogs.

Public art in downtown Phoenix, steps from the Friday Food Truck scene. By Janet Echelman, it’s been aptly described as a “sky bloom” or floating saguaro cactus flower.

Braised pork belly at Caffe Boa.

At the Orange Patch.

Lunch in the orchard at Schnepf Farms.

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nagging success Sincethereleaseof its first vintagein2010, the smart newBCwinery NaggingDoubt has become a producer towatch. Its proprietors Roband AbbeyWestbury havealways lovedwine—with passionas real anddeepas a merlot. Robsays hefantasizedfor years about openinga winery but knewhis dreamhadtowait for theright timetoripen. Only after it hadcontinuedtonag at him—lingeringlikethepersistenceof oak or leather onthepalate—didhecomeupwiththe planfor this concept winery. Rather thangettingits namefroma region, NaggingDoubt is namedfor theitchthat sparks thecreativeprocess. It adds thought-provoking depthtothewines, simply becausemost of us can identify withthestruggles that goalongwithany truly creativework. But now, Westbury, alongwith principal winemaker Mark Simpson, has doubts in nameonly. Aninspirationtodreamers everywhere, NaggingDoubt pairs edgy art withadventurous tastes—andis preparingfor a secondvintage. Evensuccess has not convincedWestbury toforgo his boutiquevalues for commercial expansion. For now, hewants NaggingDoubt tostay small and artisanal. Eachwinehas a unique, hand-drawn label designedby Brooklynchalkboardartist and designer DanaTanamachi.Thesemedia-savvy labels alsoincorporatea QRCode, whichcustomers canscanwitha smartphoneandthenseethe actual label beingdrawnvia a time-lapsevideo. NaggingDoubt seems destinedtobea freshforce ontheCanadianwinestage.

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9. Odours andvapours can alter thetasteof winelaying flat insealed-glass bottles duringcellaringandshouldbe avoided. a) True b) False 10. Howcanroséwinebe made? a) Weget roséfromthe crushingof dark-skinned grapes, followedby limitedcontact between skins andjuice. b) Roséis a by-product of thered-winemaking process; thepink juice is removedat anearly stageof theredwine’s


I will personally send wine to the first three 100%-correct respondents drawn from the entire collection of respondents received before the end of March. Send your answers to (the winner and answers will be published in the next issue). Hint: There is often more than one right answer (so circle one, two, three or all of them!). fermentation. c) Theproductionof rosé wineis moresimilar to cider creationthantored or whitewineproduction. Grapes arecrushedand then“racked” inlayers for fermentation. The intensity of thecolour of pink canbecontrolled basedonlengthof timetheracks remain compressed. d) Blendredwinewith whitewine, andenjoy the pink product! 11. Whichelements shouldyou pay attentiontoduringyour initial impressionof a wine? a) Polyphenol levels, sugar b) Viscosity c) Alcohol content, tannin levels, acidity d) Residual salts 12. NameCanada’s toptwo winemakingdistricts. a) SaltspringIsland, BC b) Niagara Peninsula, ON c) Okanagan, BC d) Cypress Valley, SK 13. Whichof thefollowing materials areusedtraditionally tomakewinebarrels? a) Americanpine b) Frenchoak c) Aluminum d) Stainless steel 14. After France, whichcountry is theworld’s topproducer of wine? a) UnitedStates b) Spain c) TheNetherlands d) Italy 15. Whichcountry has

he other day, my daughter asked me how come we have eggs for dinner when her friends only ate them at breakfast. Interesting question, because, for the Chinese, eggs—be it steamed, scrambled or fried—are usually eaten at lunch or dinner. On further reflection, other cultures also seem to have some dinner egg dishes (quiche, omelettes, frittatas to name a few). Eggs are quite versatile, used as sides, main courses, and in many desserts. Yet, in North America, we seem to relegate them to breakfast only. One of the first dishes I learned to cook as a child was scrambled eggs with prawns. The flavour of the prawns permeates the eggs, transforming them. And scrambling

experiencedthemost pronouncedwinerevolutionin thelast 20years? a) Turkey b) Chad c) Israel d) Iran 16. Inwinecircles, theOkanagan Valleyisalsoknownas: a) Eden b) BC’sOther Bud c) TheNapaof theNorth d) TheWildWest 17. Circletheflavoursoften foundinafull-bodiedredfrom Bordeaux? a) Berryandcoffee b) Leather andchocolate c) Peach d) Mint

Pair scrambled eggs and prawns with a dry German Riesling to enhance the prawns’ sweetness or go with a 2008 Champalou Vouray.

prawns. However the dish also pairs well with a 2008 Champalou Vouray. This wine from the Loire valley has a well-balanced acidity and liveliness starting with hints of ginger, peach and citrus ending with a persistent finish of honey and pear. Enjoy.

1 pound raw prawns, shelled, deveined and cut into bite-size pieces 8 eggs, beaten with a fork 2 tablespoons soy sauce ½ tablespoon sesame oil 1 green onion, chopped 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves Salt and freshly ground white pepper 3 tablespoons canola or corn oil (don’t use olive oil)

18. Whichof thefollowingare trueof theBordeauxregion? a) Themajorityof wine producedinBordeauxis red. b) Bordeauxwhitewinesare predominantlymadefrom Rieslinggrapes. c) MedocandSauternesare twoof Bordeaux’smain districts. d) Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot andCabernet Sauvignonareimportant toaBordeauxblend. 19. Ullagereferstothespace betweenthecorkbottomand thelevel of wine. a) True b) False 20. Name4basicstepsinwine tasting. 1. ______________ 2. ______________ 3. ______________ 4. ______________

the eggs is easy. All you need is a non-stick well-seasoned skillet. Start with a medium-hot pan, then turn the heat up to medium-high. Stir the eggs almost constantly to form curds. When the curds became large, take the pan off the heat and keep stirring until the cooking slows down again before putting it back on the heat. This dish is best when the eggs are creamy with a bit of liquid. However, if you like your eggs dry, continue cooking until well done. Serve with a salad and you have a tasty quick dinner. Or, if you wish, you can eat it as a hearty breakfast or a brunch dish. Usually, I pair this dish with a dry German Riesling to enhance the sweetness of the

Scrambled Eggs with Prawns (serves 4)

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Pat the prawns dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a non-stick or well-seasoned skillet over medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons oil. When shimmering, add the prawns. Cook, stirring occasionally. Add green onions and cilantro to the beaten eggs, stirring to combine. When most of the prawns are turning pink, turn the heat to medium-high and add the eggs. Stir eggs with a wooden or rubber spatula. Fold the eggs over themselves, breaking up curds. If mixture begins clumping, remove from heat and stir. Return to heat when the cooking slows. When the eggs are creamy, remove from heat. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. March/April 2012 Just For Canadian dentists



Dr. Abenaa Ayeh is a fashionista, with a closet full of dresses, shoes and the latest designer must-haves. If she wasn’t a dentist, she’d likely be working fashion weeks in New York, Paris, London, Milan…But she’s also dedicated to causes for children and Africa, where she returns as often as she can. Ghana is a favourite destination, both for its beauty and people. Next up? Probably Alberta, but one day she hopes to embark on a continent-wide exploration of Australia and the South Pacific with her entire entourage of family and friends. Work it!

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Ayeh; on the soccer pitch; her latest fashionista splurge includes “Glitter” clutches from Kate Spade; with her family; and discovering Paris.

Travel through—France, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands on the regal River Queen. And along the way, savour the excellent wines and distinctive local cuisine, sampling the best these regions have to offer!

My favourite song: I Love It (acoustic) by Sneaky Sound System. The gadget or gear I could not do without: My Android phone

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My most-frequented store: A fashionista never tells My closet has too many: Shoes and dresses! My fridge is always stocked with: Grapes, nature’s snack food. My guilty pleasure is: Frozen yogurt My favourite exercise/sports activity: Soccer and yoga My name: Abenaa Ayeh

My favourite sport to watch: Soccer

I live and practise in: I live in Vancouver and practice in Burnaby, BC

My [Canadian!] celebrity crush: Ryan Gosling—I hope he subscribes.

My training: BSc Medical Sciences 2005, DDS 2006 U of A Why I was drawn to dentistry: I love doing things for people. My last trip: I visit Alberta every 6 weeks. My last trip overseas was to the Netherlands. The most exotic place I’ve travelled: Ghana, West Africa The best souvenir I’ve brought back from a trip: Artifacts and carvings from Ghana A favourite place that I keep returning to: Ghana, the people are amazing My ultimate dream vacation: Exploring the continent of Australia and the South Pacific Islands with my entire family and my closest friends. If I could travel to any time, I’d go to: Visit my parents and grandparents before they were parents and grandparents.


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My secret to relaxing and relieving tension: Not worrying about anything

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A talent I wish I had: Singing My scariest moment: Singing! My fondest memory: Finding out I’d be an auntie for the first time.

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I’m happiest when: I’m surrounded by my family and closest friends My motto is: Treat others the way you would like to be treated A cause close to my heart: Anything to do with children and Africa If I wasn’t a dentist I’d be: In medicine or in fashion.

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MRI Naturopath Nursing Home (incl. board & meals) Optician Oral Surgery Orthodontist Orthopedist Osteopath Out-of-Country Medical Expenses Physician Physiotherapist Prescription Medicine Psychiatrist Psychologist Psychotherapy Registered Massage Therapy Renovations & Alterations to Dwelling (for severe & prolonged impairments) Special School Costs for the Handicapped Surgeon Transportation Expenses (relative to health care) Viagra Vitamins (if prescribed) Wheelchair X rays

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Who uses a Private Health Services Plan? Business owners who: > do not qualify for group insurance or find it too expensive > find group insurance coverage too restrictive; i.e.; orthodontics > have sick child or spouse > want front of line treatment > want to write-off child support relating to healthcare expenses > large groups who have been struggling with significant cost increases each year.

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