John P. Sloan, D.D.S. re­tires af­ter 46 years

Smiles by Holsinger & Hig­gins wel­comes his pa­tients to their prac­tice

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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.

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