As many of you already know, and for those of you that don't, I am announcing my retirement from dentistry. Effective June 10, 2014, I will no longer be in practice at the dental office here in Stanley at 115 E. College Street.
Change is a hard thing. When I was young, I wanted to change everything and make the world a better place. My path became evident as early as junior high school when I decided to become a dentist and own my own practice. I wanted to become part of a community, take care of my patients, watch as their families grew and try to make a positive difference in people's lives.
This practice in Stanley, ( for the past fourteen years), has let me live out that dream. I thank each and every one of you for that. I only hope that I was able to make that positive difference in some of your lives.
But now as I get older, change is not as welcome. Changes in the Insurance industry, the economy and in government regulations are making it increasingly hard to maintain the type of practice I envisioned as a young man. I now believe that to be able to continue to provide quality care to the people of Stanley and the surrounding communities, a new business model is needed. This is why I began a search about two years ago to find my replacement.
After careful consideration, I decided to sell my dental practice to Dr. Eugene Olsen. As of March 6, 2014, the office became part of Oak Ridge Dental Arts.
My reasons for this choice were many. First of all in speaking to people that have worked for or done business with Dr. Olsen, he has a reputation for fairness and honesty. He is a 1985 graduate, which means his length of time in dentistry nearly matches my own. His background comes from a small solo dental practice in Utah, as he puts it, not unlike what we have here in Stanley. I have found him to have a quiet, calm demeanor with good attention to detail, which I see as a plus in treating patients in Stanley. Lastly, he expressed an interest in retaining the current staff, which I felt is good for all of us and would lend continuity to the transition.
I believe that the Oak Ridge business model is the wave of the future in the dental profession, and should provide Stanley with a stable practice for the next decade or two. The new office will bring many things with it, including more available hours for treatment, more procedures done in house instead of referred to specialists, and shorter turn around for cases requiring lab work.
It has been a pleasure to serve the community of Stanley, NC, but my time here has come to an end. I believe that I am leaving you in good hands, and I hope that you will continue to have all your oral health care needs met at the office at 115 E. College Street.
Ronald M. DDS