Hi Tina..... Yes the tornado ruined my weekend too. It actually hit our hotel and broke the window out of our room. And we had to stay in the room without a window. (But we were ok).
On another note: In 1998 I think or '99- my co-worker and I tried to start a local society in our area. it started out very well but then it just died. I am in the Aiken SC area and the dental assistants just didn't seem interested. I thought about trying again, but my schedule is so full............ I don't know......??
Of course I miss all of you! Things are going pretty good in Asheville. I did start a new job this past week and I am still adjusting, but it is going well. I do not have internet at my new house yet, so, I may delay responding to your messages. You have an open invitation to visit whenever you like! I love you all and hope to see you soon.
Really, it depends on the focus of dentistry in the country in which they practice. In Japan, the hygienist and assistant are both called assistant and there seems to be a blurring of the lines in the roles there. When I hit the IDS show in Cologne, Germany, the trade show is full of dentists, but you rarely see any hygienists or assistants. It's definitely different than the U.S.!
Thanks for inviting me here, You are such a great friend. I will try to get into some of the discussions as soon as I can. Hope all our Mothers have a wonderful Mothers Day, and especially you my friend.