Two Spokane Dentists Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You’ll Never Guess Who They Call Out Next!

It’s been called the Internet craze of 2014 and thousands have already taken part, including countless actors like Sir Patrick Stuart and famous authors like Stephen King. Now, two local area dentists have decided to jump in and get their feet (and heads) wet. It’s known as the ALS ice bucket challenge and the viral phenomenon has already successfully raised 1350% more in donations than the ALS Association managed to raise by this time last year.

It works like this: First, someone will usually call you out – or nominate you – to take place in the challenge. You will then get someone to film you stating your name, the person who called you out and your next nomination for the challenge. Someone will then dump a bucket of ice water over your head, and you’ll then post that video to YouTube and social media– usually to Facebook.

Doctors Engen and Hahn Take Part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Dr. David Engen and Dr. Rudolph Hahn are both dentists in the Spokane area, and coincidentally they were both nominated to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge. Like the true professionals they are and wanting nothing more than to give to a worthy cause, the doctors wasted no time getting drenched.

The video, which can be found on YouTube, opens with the two doctors appearing casually-dressed and sitting in a pair of lawn chairs on a deck overlooking Lake Spokane.

Behind Dr. Hahn are two women holding a green bucket. Three women standing behind Dr. Engen are balancing a blue and white cooler between them. All five women are clearly amused and prepared to dump the cold water on command.

But first, the formalities.

After confirming that the video has indeed started, Doctors Engen and Hahn do their best to speak in unison. They give their names before identifying their staff members as the ones who nominated them. Then, as is customary for the challenge, the doctors call out their next nominee.

A Local Dental Professional Gets Called Out

Right before the bucket and cooler are tipped and the cold ice water cascades over the doctors’ heads, they say, “We nominate Duane Grummons,” of course referring to Spokane orthodontist Doctor Duane Grummons.

Though the water is undoubtedly frigid, the doctors seem to take to the challenge quite well. They hardly flinch, though they do look a bit wet and uncomfortable in the few moments before the video stops. And all the while their staff members can’t stop laughing. After all, it’s not every day they get to dump cold water on their bosses’ heads.

The Doctors Make a Generous Donation

While the ALS ice bucket challenge has managed to raise an immense amount of attention to the disease, which affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, the true reason for the challenge is to raise money for research; with the end goal being a cure.

That is why Doctors Engen and Hahn have decided to donate $100.00 to the ALS Association.

So far, the ALS ice bucket challenge has managed to raise $100 million for ALS. That’s a far cry from the $2.8 million that the ALS Association managed to raise by this time last August. All that money will hopefully lead to more discoveries about the disease, and ultimately a cure.

In the meantime, Doctors Engen and Hahn have now passed the challenge on to Doctor Grummons. Will he take part? And will he keep the same poise as Doctors Engen and Hahn? We can’t wait to find out.


Carrie M.
Jun 29, 2014


You can tell the minute you walk in that everyone enjoys what they do and that everyone likes each other. You also know there is no revolving door on staff. This tells me that the dentist values his staff and must treat them well so they don’t leave. It is a huge positive to always return to the same people who never forget who you are either. Your office is the BEST!

Pam L. (Periodontal patient)
Jun 29, 2014


Due to the severity of my dental needs, my regular dentist referred me to Dr. Engen’s office. Being referred to a periodontal specialist is not something I would wish upon anyone, and it was difficult going to another dentist. However, from the minute I entered their office I was greeted by professional, friendly staff members who acknowledged me with a warm smile and a pleasant, cheerful welcome. The doctors and hygienists demonstrated a high level of expertise and technical competency by effectively communicating the options available to address my dental needs. Each and every staff member I encountered, from the receptionist, to the doctors are extremely dedicated to creating a long term relationship with each one of their patients, including taking the time to educate each patient about oral hygiene. The staff at your office works harmoniously, cooperatively and effectively as a team to make your time with them as productive as possible. I would highly recommend this office to anyone seeking resolution to any dental issues and be assured you will be pleasantly surprised with your time with them.