by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – If you are one to have a big mouth in Wellington, chances are you might have seen Dr. Robert “Bob” Willis.
Willis had been a Wellington dentist for 38.5 years. But come last week, Willis has retired.
On Nov. 29, Willis closed his dentistry office on 204 E. Lincoln for good. All his patients are to be sent to Wellington Family Dentistry, owned by Dr. Gerald Phipps at 119 E. Lincoln, who bought the practice.
“There are several things that made me decide to retire,” Willis said. “For one thing, I’m 67 and I’m still in good health. I want to enjoy my retirement for as long as I can.”
He also said the timing was right. He leaves a dentistry profession that is becoming increasingly more corporate. Now was the time for his business to sell while it is still marketable.
“I’m not sure what the dentistry profession will be like in the future,” Willis said. “I anticipate it will be more insurance driven, dictating the treatment of the patients. That might be good for the patients, but not so much for the dentist.”