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A painless transition

Granville dentists are smiling after an ideal ownership change

Dentists Robert Dawe (from left) and Evan Fiedler have used their unique partnership at Granville Dental for a seamless transition of ownership. Even before Fiedler graduated from Putnam County High School in 2001, the two had discussed the details of their future in dentistry.
Dentists Robert Dawe (from left) and Evan Fiedler have used their unique partnership at Granville Dental for a seamless transition of ownership. Even before Fiedler graduated from Putnam County High School in 2001, the two had discussed the details of their future in dentistry.

GRANVILLE ­— Dentists Robert Dawe and Evan Fiedler are both well aware of how fortunate they are to be in such an ideal professional situation.

They both get to serve their hometown; have a dedicated, experienced staff; a thriving practice; and have had an almost unheard-of opportunity as partners.

Dawe was thinking years ahead when he began discussing a future in dentistry with the younger Fiedler. The two have known each other since before Fiedler graduated from Putnam County High School in 2001.

Having built his dental practice from scratch, Dawe knew he’d eventually retire and need someone to continue, so the two worked out well in advance how their careers would proceed together.

“We know exactly how lucky we are to be in this sort of situation. You just don’t hear about things like this, especially in a small town; it’s like winning the lottery,” Dawe said of their friendly professional relationship.

With the benefit of having a solid career plan laid before him, Fiedler began the work required to receive his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign.

After that, he went on to receive his dental degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May 2009. He finally returned home to join Granville Dental LLC in June 2009.

“It certainly doesn’t feel like a decade has passed. This has been a great experience, and I’ve had a lot to learn from everyone here,” Fiedler said.

Dawe began the gradual transition of ownership of the practice a few years ago. Bit by bit, the office’s administrative oversight was transferred to Fiedler.

The transition was recently completed, and the two dentists have essentially changed positions.

Fiedler is now the owner of Granville Dental and the primary dentist. Dawe can now begin to enjoy a slower paced schedule with fewer responsibilities, while comforted by the knowledge his practice is in the best hands.

Granville Dental offers a wide array of dental services including cleanings, single visit crowns, bridges and specialty dentures, cosmetic fillings, veneers, implants, cosmetic dentistry, implants, periodontal treatments, sealants, extractions, bonding and more.

Granville Dental is located at 100 N. McCoy St. in Granville. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and Friday. On Thursdays, the office is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Most traditional insurance plans are accepted. Payment plans are also available. To schedule an appointment, call 815-339-6888.

“I’m looking forward to serving for our patients for many years to come and continuing the tradition of great care that’s been established by Dr. Dawe,” Fiedler said.

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