Re­tired den­tist has plenty to smile about

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By DENISE S. CAHILL

MAX Trott walked out of Cottes­loe Den­tal for the last time on Fri­day, end­ing his 50-year den­tal ca­reer at the Stir­ling High­way busi­ness.

The much-loved den­tist grad­u­ated from UWA in 1966, joined Cottes­loe Den­tal a year later and was a part­ner in the busi­ness within six months.

Dr Trott has scaled back his hours at the clinic since Christ­mas and re­lin­quished his part­ner­ship in the busi­ness, but it has not made re­tire­ment any eas­ier.

“It’s bit­ter­sweet be­cause no-one wants to ad­mit they’re be­com­ing ob­so­lete, but every phase of life has pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives,” he said.

“There’s a young part­ner com­ing in now and that’s good for the busi­ness.

“The end re­sult is I’ve had 50 great years here where pa­tients have be­come friends and friends have be­come pa­tients.

“We’ve been around for so long and we look af­ter our pa­tients, so they keep com­ing back.”

Dr Trott has files of cards wish­ing him well and many long­stand­ing pa­tients dropped in for check-ups in the weeks be­fore he left.

Eight of his pa­tients have been com­ing to Cottes­loe Den­tal since 1976 and “a cou­ple be­fore I started”.

Dr Trott plans to spend more time with his wife, two daugh­ters and three grand­chil­dren dur­ing his new­found spare time, in be­tween swim­ming at the Bic­ton Baths.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d467104

Max Trott has re­tired af­ter 50 years at Cottes­loe Den­tal.

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