Kieper says goodbye to RC dental practice

Dr. Bill Kieper retires after 42 years of practicing dentistry in Rush City; Soft Dental welcomes his patients

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William Kieper pictured in his home near the shores of Rush Lake. Photo by Jon Tatting

William Kieper pictured in his home near the shores of Rush Lake. Photo by Jon Tatting

Dr. William Kieper has had the pleasure of brightening people’s smiles and giving back to a community that welcomed him and believed in him some years before.

It was 1971 when he and wife, Mae, were guided to Rush City with hopes of establishing a dental practice in an area where they could raise a family, get involved in the community and enjoy their hobbies. Patients grew fond of Kieper and his friendly demeanor in the dentist chair. They allowed him to be a part of their families, who grew before his very eyes and shared in the joys and even sorrows through the years.

Many of those early friendships have continued to this day.

After 42 years of practicing dentistry in Rush City, Kieper is now adjusting to retirement, a decision that came with “mixed emotions” upon announcing the news to his patients by letter, dated June 3, 2013. He shut off the lights and locked the doors for the last time on Friday, July 12.

“I have reached a point where it is now time for me to move on to the next stage of life,” he informed his patients. “Rush City has been a wonderful place to build a life and a dental practice of which I am proud. Many of you have been with my practice since I first opened my doors, and I want to convey my gratitude for placing your trust in me.”

Dr. Kieper’s most recent employees included, from left, Jeanne DiPaolo, Rhonda Norton, Alice Peshia, Kari Jo Swanson, JoAnne Pick, Dr. Kieper, Shari Schlagel, Eileen Walton, Jamie Bergeland and Sherri DeLamgo (not pictured). Photos supplied

Dr. Kieper’s most recent employees included, from left, Jeanne DiPaolo, Rhonda Norton, Alice Peshia, Kari Jo Swanson, JoAnne Pick, Dr. Kieper, Shari Schlagel, Eileen Walton, Jamie Bergeland and Sherri DeLamgo (not pictured).
Photos supplied

In addition, Kieper announced his decision to “hand off” his patients’ care to Soft Dental, also of Rush City, which, in his words, is the “next generation of dental providers.” All of his dental records have since been transferred to Dr. Tuyen Nguyen and his dental team.

“I believe that Dr. Nguyen and associates will be able to provide you, my patients, with innovative dental care,” he said.

Nguyen has addressed the patients, too, in his own letter to them.

“Be assured that we strive to establish the same trusting relationship you have had with (Kieper) all these years,” he said. “Helping you feel and look your very best through exceptional dental care is our top priority, and we hope you will choose Soft Dental to continue to serve your dental needs.”

Nguyen added, “Understanding that transitioning to a new dental home can be uncomfortable for some patients, we want you to know that we will do everything we can to make it a smooth and comfortable experience for you and your family.”

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