To my valued patients and friends,
After 19 years, I have come to a difficult decision to step away from my dental practice and from Blacksburg. My family and I have lived in Blacksburg for 19 years. I initially practiced in Christiansburg and then opened New River Valley Dental 12 years ago, in 2007. I have enjoyed treating each and every one of you. I have treated up to three generations of some families and watched young patients grow into adulthood. It is very hard to say goodbye. Now that my children are college aged and out of the house, my husband and I will be moving further south to be close to more urban amenities.
To maintain the continuing care of my wonderful patients, I met with 7 candidates until I found Dr. Benjamin Matthews. He is a caring, calm, and meticulous dentist very much like myself. Dr. Matthews repaired a defective filling on me recently and handled the procedure in a way that confirmed my confidence in his abilities. He is thorough practical and empathetic. His goal is to continue the quality of care for which you have shown me your loyalty over these many years.
His education is impressive. Dr. Matthews graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He has expanded his creative focus and sought additional training through organizations such as the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and numerous additional continuing dental education courses.
Although natives of Utah, Dr. Matthews, his wife Melanie, and their son Rivers have chosen to leave the west for the scenic beauty of the New River Valley. I am so appreciative of your trust and support and know in my heart that you will extend this same trust and support to Dr. Matthews. I am extremely grateful for the many relationships that I have formed through the years with my many wonderful patients.
To ensure a smooth transition, I plan to maintain a presence at the office for a few weeks, helping in any way that I can. I am confident that you will be well cared for and pleased with Dr. Matthews.
Dr. Kimberlyn Atherton
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