To Our Westlake Dental Associates Family,
We would like to be the first to thank Dr. and Mrs. Wuesthoff for almost thirty years of dental care for our community and wish them well toward their next adventure together in 2021! Please know that Dr. Lundy and the rest of our team are here and working our regular hours to ensure continuity of your care. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any current or future treatment, please feel free to get in touch with us at any time and we will be happy to help.
Please find a personal letter from Dr. Wuesthoff below:
To Our Wonderful Patients,
First of all, thank you so much for giving me the honor of being your dentist over the past 29 years! It has been a wonderful ride, and I am privileged to call you all friends. I am writing to deliver some bittersweet news; starting in August I began phasing out my involvement in the practice here in Westlake, wrapping up at the end of 2020. There are several reasons for this which I will outline below.
The first question I will get is “Am I retiring?” No, far from it! Beginning in March of 2019, I have had the opportunity to be on the staff of the Toiyabe Indian Health Project as a staff dentist. My clinic in Coleville, CA, sits on an Indian Reservation in the far northern part of California, off highway 395. I provide care to Native American people, non-Native patients with MediCal/DentiCal and to the military personnel and their families at the U.S. Marine Mountain Division headquarters. It is a different world. I am the only dentist of any kind for about 50 miles to the north and 80 miles to the south. People drive for hours for their dental care (and there’s NO traffic!) and I consider it an honor and privilege to be in this position.
Initially my intention was to commute and do a week in Westlake and a week at Toiyabe. I have been doing this schedule since April of last year. Two big changes have drawn me to make Toiyabe my only practice location. First, my wife Cathy got hired at Mammoth Mountain as a host. She works during the winter as a ski host and during the summer to help with all their summer activities. This was another strong pull to the Eastern Sierra. The second big change was Cathy being hired by Toiyabe as the dental hygienist in Coleville this past March. As many of you know, Cathy has already retired from Westlake and focused her attention on Toiyabe and Mammoth. This was the clincher for me to consider a permanent change myself.
I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Lundy as a person and as a clinical dentist. His care is excellent, performed with a gentle and skilled hand. He is honest, genuine and completely trustworthy. Dr. Lundy has done treatment on me, so I can attest to his skills. You have all become friends to me over the past 29 years, and I have no reservations handing your care over to Dr. Lundy.
I will be in the office through December, and hope to have a chance to personally say “Thank You” for the privilege of being your dentist for the past 3 decades! Please come by and say “Hi” when you are in the office over the next 6 months.
Thomas F. Wuesthoff, DDS, MAGD, FACD
Westlake Dental Associates
Staff Dentist, Toiyabe Indian Health Project