After 48 years as a dentist, the founder of Othello Dental Arts, Ernie Dorow, has announced it's time for retirement. He's been in Othello for 42 years of that career and said he wouldn't change a thing about it if he could. "Othello's been a wonderful place to live and the thing that's fun about practicing in a smaller community like this is that your patients become almost like your extended family," Dorow said. "It's going to be hard giving that part of the dental practice up." Dorow said he's mostly just followed the golden rule of treating others the way you want to be treated and it's rewarded him greatly with many happy patients and coworkers over the years. Dorow joked that it might be getting dangerous for him to be handling poky equipment near patients' mouths and then said he's leaning toward becoming a snowbird by spending his winters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Even now that he's older, he's not too proud to say he isn't scared of this transition in life. "I'm just kind of letting things fall into place naturally," he said. "I think any time there's change in your life, there is some concern because change involves the unknown. Any time you're facing unknowns in your life, there's a bit of fear and trepidation." But, Dorow said he's flexible and to avoid becoming too bored, he'd consider doing some volunteer dentistry through his membership in Rotary International or other service organizations, like the American Dental Association. As this chapter closes for the Dental Arts Clinic, another begins as the practice welcomes newcomer Dane Christensen as the latest dentist in the group. Christensen, 29, is a Royal City native who recently graduated from Marquette University and wanted to come back closer to home to raise his two daughters with his wife Denise. Christensen started at the end of June and said he loves the fact he can say he's got a job doing exactly what he loves. "I love it because I actually get to do more dentistry now that I'm not in school," Christensen said with a laugh. Genna and Chris Dorow, the owners of the clinic said Christensen is a perfect fit for their practice. When they called to let him know he'd gotten the job, they told him "welcome to the family." Chris said it began even earlier as Christensen earned his dentistry scouts badge while job shadowing at the clinic. "We got to see Dane, his personality and the type of person he is and he completely fits in with how we want to deliver dentistry," Chris said. "He's a perfect fit." With Christensen onboard, the Dorows hope to expand their hours to include being open Fridays and will also update much of its equipment and the building itself. The clinic will host an open house to celebrate both Ernie's retirement and Dane's hiring Thursday, July 24, from 5 to 8 p.m.