Local News: Buckley stepping back as only Jasonville dentist (7/17/17)

Dr. Mark Buckley Buckley and wife, Sharla.

After more than three decades as Jasonville’s only dentist, Dr. Mark Buckley has decided to transfer ownership of his practice to two new individuals.

Though, Buckley said, his patients will not be getting rid of him too easily.

As of July 1, Buckley had transferred ownership of Shakamak Community Dental Center, located at 206 S. Meridian St. in Jasonville, to Drs. Steven Kellett, of Linton, and Tyler Richey, of Riley.

For the time being, Buckley said he will stay on at the practice two days a week for a couple more years.

“I’m tickled to death they are letting me stay at all,” Buckley said with a laugh.

The practice, which has sat in the same spot for about 36 years, will now be called Shakamak Family Dentistry, but the new owners stress not too much will change during the transition, including the staff.

“When I started talking about retiring, I promised the community I wouldn’t shut the doors behind me and leave them without a dentist and I promised my staff I wouldn’t leave them without a job,” Buckley said.

Both Kellett and Richey — who are long-time friends formerly from Terre Haute — are 2014 graduates of Indiana University School of Dentistry. Kellett currently owns Linton Family Dentistry, while Richey owns his own dental practice in Terre Haute.

Kellett said the dental practice’s longstanding relationships with patients and the community was a big draw for the two as they discussed purchasing the practice together.

Buckley noted since opening the office in 1981, he is now seeing fourth and fifth generations of families.

Kellett said the two believe the best idea to keep the practice successful is to continue the traditions Buckley has offered for decades, while also bringing in some new ideas. Richey added the initial focus will be streamlining the administrative side, while also making some upgrades.

“We don’t want to come in here and change everything. We want to maintain the same dental…

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