Even though he’s leaving his New Buffalo practice after 33 years, Dr. Jay Blackburn knows it’ll be in good hands.
“I feel really confident,” he said of Dr. Hillary Knight, who will be taking over the practice. “I wish her all the luck in the world.”
Dental Assistant Lori Bulthuis said she’s also happy with Blackburn’s choice, saying that she’s happy that the practice will keep its same, personable atmosphere.
“He didn’t want to give it to a big box – he wanted it to stay family dental,” she said.
Dental Hygenist Cindy Mara added that so far, she’s been pleased with Knight.
“It’s been a very smooth transition,” she said.
Blackburn’s longtime staff, as well as community members, came out to show their gratitude for Blackburn as well as to welcome Knight at an open house at Harbor Country Dentistry Thursday, Jan. 19.
Guests mingled, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a cake and bid farewell to Blackburn as well as introduced themselves to Knight. Also present were Knight’s husband, Jim, and one-year-old son, Michael. Knight grew up in nearby Michigan City, Indiana, and is a graduate of LaLumiere School in La Porte, Indiana.
Knight said she’s hopes her practice will encourage patients to make their dental health a priority.
“My focus is on prevention and healthy habits,” she said, and added that the website, www.harborcountrydental.com, will be regularly updated.
Harbor Country Dental is located at 105 West Merchant Street in New Buffalo.