QUIRINDI’S search for a new dentist has ended, with Narrabri’s Andrew Chan reopening the Quirindi Dental Surgery today.
The 27-year-old and his graduate dentist Wonki Noh, 24, have taken charge of the surgery after hearing of the retirement of former dentists Bob McEwan and Colleen Schultz.
Their retirement in July after a combined 45 years of service in the town saw Quirindi people travelling to Tamworth and Gunnedah for treatment.
The couple, who live at Werris Creek, had been meaning to retire for a while, but held off to sell the surgery before closing the service.
Dr Chan, who owns Namoi Dental Services at Narrabri, said he will work between the two towns.
“There are two dentists, plus we’ll have a locum,” Dr Chan said.
“I won’t always be here but I’ll be available for some of the more complex cases like dental implants and braces.”
Dr Noh, 24, has been working in Melbourne after graduating from university last year.
Dr Chan described the change as a win-win situation.
“I knew that there was a situation where Bob and Colleen were retiring and a gap in the service, so we’re very happy to be here,” Dr Chan said.
Dr McEwan and Dr Schultz said while they were happy to leave the surgery, they were already missing their patients.
“I’ve been here since 1978 and some of the patients I started with back then have become great friends,” Dr Schultz said.
The couple will continue to live in Werris Creek but plan to travel often to Canada, where Dr McEwan hails from, and Dr Schultz’s home town of Canberra.
“We’ll be going to plenty of music festivals. We love our jazz,” Dr Schultz said.