By Deb Hadachek
He came for five years and ended up staying 28.
This week, as John Bleecker, DDS, prepares to move to Georgia, he says he is grateful for the friendships he’s made in North Central Kansas.
“Practicing here has been really nice,” he says. “I appreciate everything that has been given to me.” Dr. Bleecker, who lives in Mankato, has sold his building on G ST to Republic County for a new health department facility.
His practice and all patient records have been sold to Matthew Kueker, DDS, Concordia. He said Dr. Kueker plans to see patients one day a week at Mankato as well as in Concordia.
Bleecker and his wife, Jeanne, plan to move to Georgia to be near family. Dr. Bleecker said he willstill practice in Georgia. The Bleeckers’ have one daughter who lives in Los Angeles.
Belleville will continue to be served by one dentist, Joseph Fischer, DDS, who practices on the lower level of the NCK Medical Arts Center.
Dr. Fischer is accepting new patients. “I’ve been trying to sell my practice for seven or eight years,” Dr. Bleecker said. “It is difficult to recruit young dentists to rural areas.”
Resco moves downtown
Chiropractor Royce Resco, DC who leased office space from Dr. Bleecker, plans to move to a new building in downtown Belleville that was formerly the Spurney Law Office.
“We wanted our own building when we moved here, but there wasn’t anything available at that time,” Dr. Resco said. He opened his practice in
Belleville in 2004.
Dr. Resco said county commissioners have been accommodating to allow him to continue to practice in the G Street office for as long as possible until renovation is completed on his new downtown office.
County commissioners said Monday they may be nearly ready to advertise for contractors for necessary renovations on the G ST building to convert the space for the health department.
The health department has been temporarily operating from the Rolling Hills building on US81 as the county sought a new office. The downtown health department was closed a year ago, and the building recently sold to Belleville businessman Tom Tsao, who owns Imaginary Colors lighting company