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By Akasha Spino-Bybee

So long Dr. Ferch, hello Dr. Bryant


Akasha Spino-Bybee

RETIRING: Grace and Lyle Ferch in front of his dental office. After 40 years of dentistry, more than half that time in Goldendale, Ferch is retiring.

After practicing as a licensed dentist for 40 years, Dr. Lyle Ferch is ready to retire. And despite the usual complications that tend to occur when one practice is passed on to another, this location will still be providing dental services to the City of Goldendale for many years to come.

Ferch has left a remarkable impact on numerous people's smiles across the U.S. and several in other countries. "Prior to coming to Goldendale in 1992 from practicing in Tacoma, we practiced for 17 years in North Dakota," he says. Ferch studied to become a dentist in Minnesota, where he met his wife, Grace.

"We went from rural North Dakota to Tacoma, where we discovered in a hurry that we did not like the metroplex, with its congestion and crime," says Ferch. After selling the practice in Tacoma, the Ferches purchased their current practice from Dr. Sipe in Goldendale in 1992 and have been here since.

"After 40 years of being a licensed dentist, I decided it was time for me to retire-although we are dedicated to keeping this service available to the community and are leaving it in very reliable hands," says Ferch.

Dr. Joe Bryant, who has 28 years of dental experience under his belt, recently purchased the practice from Ferch, and according to all concerned, this should be a very smooth transition. "Dr. Ferch will be leaving the practice on Thursday, May 7, and Dr. Bryant will be moving in over the weekend," says Kristin Chambers.

"I've been working with Dr. Ferch for 23 years and in that time, have worked all aspects of the office," Chambers adds; she herself has won awards for her volunteered dental services in the military. "I've been with him from day one to the last and am happy to see that he'll be enjoying his retirement."

Ferch has done dental work around the world, including missionary work in India. It is not out of the realm of possibilities that he'll do it again, either. "We might do some missionary work again, but I'll mostly be restoring cars and traveling with my wife," he says. The City of Goldendale is encouraged to meet new dentist Dr. Bryant and see what he has to offer this coming week.


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