Dentist Wanted

If you are or know a dentist looking for a practice, read this.

My wife and I were recently advised that a chronic health condition is causing our dentist to retire. He has been looking for someone to take over his practice, and his business manager will continue to look as he wraps up his career. Dr. Combs has served his patients well for the 15 years we have lived here. We will all miss him.

New Mexico is a little short of health professionals. In a few months, we will look for a new dentist and find ourselves being squeezed into someone’s busy schedule. It would be best for all concerned to have a new dentist move into the area rather than having to squeeze Dr. Comb’s patients into other crowded schedules.

I would like to think there is a dentist out there who would like to get into their own practice. Here is an established practice. I am assuming the practice will come with office, equipment and the opportunity to hire part of the staff (two are retiring with Dr. Combs.) Unless the new dentist is terribly bad, Dr. Combs’ existing patient base will keep him or her busy.

What about a dentist who wishes to escape the urban rat race or move out of a large institutional setting? What could be better than a small practice in a rural New Mexico town?

The office is in Rio Communities, New Mexico. This is a bran new city on the other side of the river from Belen, New Mexico. We still use the Belen zip code for our mail. Rio Communities is one of a number of communities south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Population density is low. People are friendly. Living is easy and taxes are very low.

Rio Communities is on the high desert. Altitude is about 5000 feet. Skies are blue with few clouds. The temperature is warm to hot, but the humidity is low and most nights the air cools to below 70 for comfortable sleeping. Winter temperatures hover near freezing with occasional warm days up to 60 and occasional cold snaps to 20. The main characteristic of the area is that we average 8 inches of precipitation a year. Mountains are not far away.

Rio Communities is 40 miles south of Albuquerque. There is easy access to Albuquerque on I-25. There is light rail, the New Mexico RailRunner, between Belen and Santa Fe that runs through Albuquerque. Residents of Belen and Rio Communities use Albuquerque for business, education, recreation, entertainment and shopping.

Your options for housing range from a condo or house on the golf course to a house on a lot large enough to keep horses. Two doctors in the area own small ranches. If you desire, you could even live in Albuquerque and commute to your office in Rio Communities.

I do not know what kind of arrangements Dr. Combs will entertain, but he is looking for a replacement. Contact me at and I will put you in touch with him.


About Reynold Conger

Reynold Conger is a retired scientist, engineer and teacher. Now writing fiction. His books are CHASED ACROSS AUSTRALIA, MY KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR and REDUCING MEDICAL COSTS (AT THE COST OF HEALTH). He has also started a series of novelas called THE RICHARD TRACY SERIES. Residence: New Mexico, USA Hobbies: gardening, animals and running. website
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