Main Street eye care prac­tice marks 50th year

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

Lots of peo­ple have a fa­vorite doc­tor. Only a few, though, go as far as nam­ing their child af­ter that doc­tor.

How­ever, that’s what hap­pened to re­tired Ne­wark oph­thal­mol­o­gist Dr. Joshua Kalin. Years ago, one of his pa­tients named her son Kalin Joshua, the doc­tor re­called this week.

Per­haps it’s that sense of loy­alty that has sus­tained Kalin’s Kel­way Plaza of­fice, now run by his son, Neil, and mark­ing its 50th an­niver­sary this year.

Neil Kalin said he still sees many of his fa­ther’s for­mer pa­tients.

“Some of them saw him, and now I see their kids,” he said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t see some­body there’s a con­nec­tion to. That’s how it is in New Cas­tle County.”

Af­ter com­plet­ing his res­i­dency in New Or­leans, the el­der Kalin moved to Ne­wark, set­tled his fam­ily in Fair­field and opened his prac­tice in 1967 in the Windy Hills Pro­fes­sional Cen­ter on Capi­tol Trail. He chose Ne­wark be­cause it was close to Philadel­phia, where he had fam­ily.

In 1982, the prac­tice moved to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion in Main Street’s Kel­way Plaza, and Neil joined the fam­ily busi­ness in 1995. He worked side-by-side with his dad, who grad­u­ally cut back his in­volve­ment be­fore re­tir­ing in 2000.

Neil was al­ways in­ter­ested in sci­ence, par­tic­u­larly bi­ol­ogy, but ad­mit­ted that he didn’t grow up dream­ing of tak­ing over his dad’s prac­tice.

“I wouldn’t say I was fas­ci­nated by trips to the of­fice,” he said.

How­ever, the 1982 Ne­wark High grad­u­ate went to med­i­cal school at Emory Univer­sity and while try­ing out dif­fer­ent fields of medicine, he found that he grav­i­tated to­ward oph­thal­mol­ogy, an ad­vanced field of eye care that in­cludes eye surgery in ad­di­tion to ba­sic eye ex­ams.

“As I learned more about it, it got ex­cit­ing,” he said.

His dad asked him to re­turn to Ne­wark and join the prac­tice.

“He said, ‘If you don’t like it, you can leave, but at least try it,’” he re­called. “The rest is his­tory, as they say.”

The el­der Kalin said he’s proud his son not only took over the busi­ness but de­vel­oped a good rep­u­ta­tion of his own.

“It’s very grat­i­fy­ing. It makes me feel good he fol­lowed in my foot­steps,” he said. “What could be bet­ter?”

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Dr. Neil Kalin poses in his Kel­way Plaza of­fice. The oph­thal­mol­ogy prac­tice, started by Kalin’s fa­ther, marks its 50th an­niver­sary this year.

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