When Frederick Meyer retired from Louisa Comprehensive Dental in late September of last year after nearly 40 years in the field, Dr. Kurt Williams knew his practice had some very large shoes to fill.
“I had been a little spoiled working with Dr. Meyer, because he had worked here for a long time, and any time you have a transition of dentists, there’s a lot that comes up,” Williams said. “There are a lot of patients that have to switch to that other dentist.”
To replace experience, Williams went down the similar route of familiarity during the hiring process. In October, Williams hired Dr. Elizabeth Dunham, a one-time classmate of his at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry.
“Everyone here is really, really nice,” Dunham said of her experience with Louisa locals so far. “I’ve had a lot of people welcoming me. It’s a warm feeling I get from the people of Louisa.”
If there’s such a thing as destiny, it seems Dunham has managed to find it. She said she decided she wanted to grow up to be a dentist as a fourth grader, enjoying trips to the dentist that most adolescents fear.
Not only did she graduate with Williams in 2006, but she also attended the same continuing education course as Williams in 2010. It may have been four years ago, but Williams said that’s when he knew he might have found his replacement for Meyers, who had already had plans set towards retiring.
To read the entire story, see the Feb. 27 edition of The Central Virginian.