A graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, Nicholas (Nick) Rauber, DDS, practices at Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge. Dr. Nick Rauber leads the practice in contributing to various charitable efforts, including the Swollfest Fishing Rodeo and the Amazing Half Marathon weekend, which will be hosted by Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital on March 10-11, 2018.
The Amazing Half Marathon will feature 5K and 10K races and a half marathon for adults. Participants have the option of signing up for the Amazing Challenge, which consists of the 5K on the opening day and then either the 10K or the half marathon on day two. Individuals who complete the 10K race can use their time to qualify for the Crescent City Classic in New Orleans. The Amazing Half Marathon weekend will also feature events for children, including a half-mile run and a full-mile run on Saturday.
By registering as Amazing Fundraisers, participants can help raise funds for Our Lady of the Lake’s new freestanding children’s hospital. Those who raise $500 or more will be recognized on the Dash’s Donor Board and receive free registration, a special t-shirt, and access to the VIP tent.
A longtime resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Nicholas “Nick” Rauber, DDS, serves as a dentist with Aesthetic Dentistry Group and as the founding director of Swollfest Fishing Rodeo. He concurrently sits on the board of directors for a number of professional and academic organizations. Dr. Nick Rauber is also an active board member of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), a nonprofit comprised of more than 100,000 anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.
In December 2016, the CCA joined a number of American sportfishing organizations to respond to a recent petition to list the Pacific bluefin tuna as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). After conducting in-depth research into the issue, these organizations submitted a response to the West Coast regional administrator of the NOAA Fisheries/National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle, Washington.
Citing recent scientific data that indicates the global Pacific bluefin tuna population is stable and slowly rebuilding, the response ultimately determined that the species is at no current risk of becoming extinct. In short, while the Pacific bluefin tuna faces multiple environmental threats, none of these threats nor their combined cumulative impact is likely to lead to complete species extinction in the foreseeable future.
Currently working as a professional dentist for the Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr Nicholas “Nick” Rauber has been practicing dentistry for over 10 years. Nicholas “Nick” Rauber, DDS, is also a member of several professional organizations as well as being the founder and director of Swollfest.
Created as a nonprofit organization for the purpose of raising money for needy organizations like the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the American Diabetes Association, Swollfest was established in 1997 as a local fishing tournament in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Proclaimed as a fishing rodeo, the event includes competitions for a variety of areas such as best boat, overall kayak champion, and overall Swollest fish. The fishing rodeo uses a point system to establish the overall winners.
The Swollfest Fishing Rodeo includes offshore and inshore divisions as well as a deep drop division and a kayak division. The rodeo also features a women’s division and a children’s division for ages 12 and under.
A New Orleans native and graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, Dr. Nicholas “Nick” Rauber serves patients at Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge. Dr. Nick Rauber also donates a great deal of his free time to local philanthropic causes, including the annual Swollfest charity fishing tournament.
Each year, Swollfest brings thousands of volunteers, sponsors, spectators, and competitors to Grand Isle, Louisiana, for the city’s most noteworthy fishing rodeo. More than just a fishing tournament, Swollfest offers an opportunity for local residents to come together in support of philanthropic causes, and it has donated over $1.2 million to groups including Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Heroes on the Water, and the Sportsmen’s Foundation for Military Families. In addition, Swollfest serves as a celebration of regional art, music, and culture. Each year, the event selects a local artist to design the promotional poster for the annual charity fishing rodeo.
For the 2017 Swollfest, which marked the 20th anniversary of the event, rodeo organizers tapped multimedia artist Tami Curtis. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University holding degrees in both art education and graphic design, Ms. Curtis has embarked on an artistic career including tenures as a public and private school art teacher; an art museum education coordinator; and an entrepreneur. Experienced in creative mediums including two-dimensional art, hand-painted fabric, and pottery, Tami Curtis frequently incorporates diverse materials, such as pieces of tapestry or salvaged architectural features, into her unique and vibrant pieces. In general, her work reflects and celebrates the rich culture of Louisiana, exploring its spirited history and music through equally vibrant colors and brush strokes.
Having obtained his DDS from the Louisiana State University dental school, Dr. Nicholas Rauber has spent nearly a decade at Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge. In this position, Dr. Nick Rauber provides patients with a range of dental services, from fillings to root canal therapy. Dr. Nick Rauber founded the Swollfest fishing rodeo, a charity event benefiting the American Diabetes Association and other nonprofits.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) provides a number of resources to individuals living with diabetes, including tips on how to maintain healthy eating habits while spending the night out at a restaurant.
To begin, individuals should have a firm understanding of when they will be dining, particularly if they need to take an insulin shot or diabetes medication. People with diabetes should discuss insulin doses and eating times with a trusted medical professional.
Ordering from a restaurant is another critical process for individuals living with diabetes. Though dietary habits and goals can differ considerably from one person to the next, it is important to patronize restaurants that offer an array of choices when it comes to limiting salt intake, increasing fiber, and other nutrition priorities. Those with diabetes should not hesitate to make certain requests, if possible, such as declining any extra butter or salt during the preparation process. To learn more, visit www.diabetes.org.
In 2009, Nichloas Rauber, DDS, was named among the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s 40 Under 40, recognizing his achievements as both an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Dr. Nick Rauber has been a founding member of multiple charities, beginning with the Swollfest fishing rodeo in 1997, which has grown to raise over a million dollars to date on behalf of several organizations. The Muscular Dystrophy Association is one such beneficiary, which is unsurprising considering that the impetus for his philanthropy was an experience at an MDA summer camp, where he saw the effects of muscular dystrophy firsthand.
Muscular dystrophy can take many forms, but they share similar causes and symptoms - each results from a specific gene, and produces varying degrees of muscle weakness. At the MDA camp, Nick cared for one young man in particular who had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common form of the disease, which normally affects boys starting at two to three years of age. Other relatively frequent forms include Becker muscular dystrophy, which is similar to Duchenne but typically begins showing symptoms during adolescence or early adulthood, and Steinert’s disease, which is the most common form among adults, resulting in the inability to relax muscles after contracting them.
There is currently no cure for muscular dystrophy, but several treatments have been developed that can allow those with this disease to have active and independent lives much longer than they might otherwise. Corticosteroids can help delay the development of the disease by bolstering muscle strength, and a regimen of low-impact exercises can help maintain strength and flexibility. Support for weakened muscles and mobility assistance can also be offered by braces, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs, which can often be provided by the MDA’s National Equipment Program and its generous supporters.
A DDS and recipient of the 2015 New Dentist Award, Dr. Nick Rauber performs aesthetic procedures like veneers for patients interested in a better smile. A dentist active in his broader community, Dr. Nick Rauber established Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, a Louisiana-based not-for-profit organization that has raised over $1,200,000 for health-related causes.
When patients go to an oral health care provider like Dr. Nicholas Rauber and request veneers, it is usually because they have problems that negatively impact the appearance of their teeth. For instance, the surface of their teeth may be pitted, chipped, or discolored. Though the cost of veneers varies, patients can expect great results.
Veneers can help address tooth defects by replacing discolored or fractured enamel with a very thin layer of porcelain. In some situations, the procedure does not require anesthesia and involves a dentist carefully excising a portion of the natural tooth enamel in preparation for the placement of the veneers.
Following that, the dentist will make special tooth measurements and send those measurements to a lab, which in turn constructs the veneers. For the interim period while the lab does its work, patients are fitted with temporary veneers. When the final product is ready, the dentist bonds the veneers to teeth with a special adhesive.
Nicholas “Nick” Rauber, DDS, is a partner at the Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before embarking on his dental career, Dr. Nick Rauber founded Swollfest Fishing Rodeo at 17 years old. Each year, this fishing tournament raises funding for the American Diabetes Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, bringing in 500 to 600 participants to fish for the biggest catch off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana. For those angling for saltwater fish, it’s good to keep the following tips in mind:
- Sometimes, participants may want to release a fish from the line if the catch is too small or is not the correct species. To prevent injury to fish that are released, try using a circle hook, or a J-hook with the barb taken off. Additionally, do not keep a keep a fish out of water for longer than you are capable of holding your breath.
- For the best chance at attracting a fish, use new lures that shine brightly. Research the type of fish you want to catch to find out which colors and shapes it finds most attractive. Depending on the species, it may be in a participant’s best interest to use live bait instead of a lure.
- Fishing equipment can be damaged by saltwater. To care for reels after saltwater fishing, soak them in a bucket of freshwater for several hours before drying and storing them. Additionally, be sure to lubricate reels periodically to prevent the need for expensive repairs.
The Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) recently presented the New Dentist Award to Nicholas “Nick” Rauber, DDS. This accolade is given to philanthropic dental professionals who have been practicing for less than a decade. Dr. Nick Rauber earned this award for his nonprofit work with such programs as the LA Mission of Mercy and the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic.
The LDA esteems civic involvement and public service work, and it encourages such efforts in its promotion of the National Children’s Dental Health Month in February each year. During this month, the nonprofit program Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) provides a day of access to pro bono dental screenings, services, and education to children without access to regular dental care. In pursuit of its philanthropic mission, the Louisiana Dental Association also sponsors the LDA Foundation, which offers grant opportunities to people and foundations that provide clinical research, education, and access to care programs that better the state of oral health care in Louisiana.
A graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, Nicholas "Nick" Rauber, DDS has practiced as a partner at Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge since 2007. Dr. Nick Rauber is also founding director of Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, an annual three-day fishing tournament that draws participants from across the United States in support of various charities, including the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
The origins of Swollfest date back to 1997, when Dr. Rauber was a junior in high school. After brainstorming the idea at a backyard barbecue, he and two of his classmates, as well as their fathers and two additional friends, embarked for a weekend of fishing at Grand Isle. There, the eight original Swollfest participants competed to catch the “swollest” fish and take home a small, simple trophy.
The group returned the following year with 10 new participants, as well as new competition categories and official Swollfest t-shirts. By its fourth year, the event comprised more than 50 participants, and in 2001, Swollfest launched its philanthropic efforts. The fifth annual Swollfest Fishing Rodeo kicked off the event’s charitable focus by raising funds for the American Diabetes Association, which Dr. Rauber selected to honor a close family member with Type 1 diabetes: his stepfather, Sid Seruntine. Since then, Swollfest has grown to become one of the largest fishing tournaments in Grand Isle. The event benefits from the support of numerous local sponsors, volunteers, and supporters, including the local artists who have created each year’s poster and t-shirt designs. Over the course of nearly two decades, Swollfest Fishing Rodeo has raised nearly $1 million for a number of charitable causes.