John P. Sloan, D.D.S. retires after 46 years
Smiles by Holsinger & Higgins welcomes his patients to their practice
DENTON — Dentists, like primary care doctors, are an essential part of a patient’s personal health care team.
In fact, since many people see their dentist more often than their primary care doctors, the relationship between patient and dentist can develop a strong bond. That bond easily grows into a friendship for family dentists as they watch their patients experience life’s milestones.
So when a dentist makes that difficult decision to retire, it can be just as emotional for the patients as it is for the dentist. In Denton, many patients are feeling mixed emotions as longtime dentist John P. Sloan, D.D.S., retires after 46 years of practice. Dr. Sloan’s patients will be welcomed to Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins at 10646 River Road, Denton.
“The hardest part is saying goodbye to my patients. It’s been a really good ride and a long one,” Sloan said. “I’m going to try to not feel sad. I am looking forward to some well-deserved time with my grandchildren. It’s best for my patients and I just hope that they understand.”
“When Dr. Sloan contacted us about caring for his patients, we were humbled and honored,” said Patricia E. Higgins, D.D.S. “This is a tangible way for his legacy of excellence to carry on after practicing dentistry for 46 years.”
“We look forward to welcoming Dr. Sloan’s patients into our patient family,” said Rowland S. Holsinger, D.D.S.
Dr. Sloan opened his practice in Caroline County in 1972, and has seen numerous changes and advances in dentistry throughout his career. “It takes a lot of skill and time to save a tooth or properly do a restoration like a crown. I’ve learned a lot along the way and helped many patients who were scared to death of going to the dentist, but who aren’t any more,” Dr. Sloan adds.
Perhaps it was that respect for skillful attention to detail or the commitment to compassionate care that makes the match with Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins a good one for his patients. In his letter to his patients, Dr. Sloan expanded on this by writing: “These two doctors and their team will be a seamless fit with my own philosophy and approach. I feel my patients will be in the very best of hands.”
Dr. Sloan will complete his last day of patient care on August 31. As he looks to begin the next chapter in his life with his wife Suzanne and their family, he reflects on the past without regrets, and looks toward the future with enthusiasm and a zest for life. “If I had it all to do again, I wouldn’t do anything differently. We are excited to be starting a new chapter in our lives with less stress and looking forward to traveling and visiting family,” Dr. Sloan adds.
Patricia E. Higgins, D.D.S., and Rowland S. Holsinger, D.D.S., will host a retirement party for Dr. Sloan 1to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The event will celebrate Dr. Sloan’s dental career and provide an opportunity for Dr. Sloan’s patients to visit the office and meet the dentists and staff.
John P. Sloan, D.D.S., center, stands outside his practice one last time before his retirement. Patricia E. Higgins, D.D.S., and Rowland S. Holsinger, D.D.S. will be caring for Sloan’s patients after he retires.