I hope this letter finds you and your family in good health and looking forward to an exciting summer.
I’m writing today to officially share some news about my future plans. As some of you already know, after 38 years of practicing, I’ve made the decision to retire from dentistry. A life decision of this magnitude has required careful consideration, patience and time to accomplish.
It was a difficult decision to leave the rewarding career I enjoyed so deeply. As a young dentist, my vision for my practice focused on high quality care and professionalism, where my patients were welcomed like family. While I will miss practicing dentistry, I will miss seeing my patients even more. Many of you have been with me from the very beginning when the practice was established in 1979. For some, I’ve had the privilege of caring not only for yourselves, but your children and grandchildren. I am humbled and grateful for your confidence and trust.
As I look at the practice today, I can’t help but be very proud of the highly qualified doctors and staff who have shared in this philosophy. Leaving all of you is difficult, but I’m pleased you will be in the care of people I have known and practiced with for many years. Besides being kind and compassionate people they are also excellent dentists. Dr. Deidre Condon has been with me for 20 years. Dr. Garrett Golisano joined the practice 15 years ago. Dr. Rachel Feldstein joined us recently after her residency at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. She is a fellow graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and has shown excellent clinical skills.
Most importantly, what does this mean for you as my patient? As always, you’ll be able to choose which of our Dentists you prefer to oversee your future dental health. You may have seen one or all of them at some point over the years. To help you with this, I’m available and very happy to talk about your specific and ongoing dental care and insure its continuity. You will be able to reach me through my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by contacting Nona at the office. Over the next several months, you may see me in the office as I help with this transition. I hope in that time to connect with many of you and personally convey my appreciation for your friendship and patronage.
My plans for retirement are still a work in progress. I hope to continue to travel and sail as in the past. I also hope to pursue my interest in marine biology through courses at URI. But most importantly, I plan to replace some “Dr. Dudley time” with “Grandpa Jack time” with my four grandchildren. I will be spending most of my time in Jamestown, RI and if you are in the area please feel free to stop by.
So once again, thank you for everything you have given me in the past years – a chance to get to know you personally, share our life stories, and develop a relationship which has enriched my life.
Best wishes always.