A new dentist will be joining Dr. Eva Goettsch's dental practice in Cherokee this summer.
Dr. Cassady Rider, 26, a native of Utah, graduated from the University of Utah before coming to the Midwest to study for her dental degree at Creighton University in Omaha.
Dr. Rider and her husband Armond, also a Utah native, currently live in Emerson, Iowa, a small town southeast of Omaha, just a few miles west of Highway 59. The couple has been to Cherokee and recently purchased a home here, at 914 Hill Street. Armond Rider, who has been involved in the construction industry, has not yet found employment in this area.
July 1 is the official date for Dr. Rider to join Dr. Goettsch's practice, but Rider said the actual date will depend upon how quickly she gets her licensure done and approved. She will graduate in May, and went to Applewhite Dental Partner seeking placement after her graduation. Applewhite placed her with Dr. Goettsch, who partnered with Applewhite in July of 2009.
The cooperative partnership allows the doctor to focus on patient care and allows established dentists to maintain ownership status without having to deal with the hassles of administration. The partnership also offers new and young dentists a stress-free transition from school to private practice. Applewhite Dental Partner also provides support in accounting, marketing, HR, human resources and information technology.
The CEO of Applewhite Dental Partner is Dr. Thomas McCoy, a private practitioner in Iowa for 18 years . He has built the company by focusing on relationships and quality patient care.
Dr. Rider said that she and her husband are really looking forward to their move. They are aware of many of the special events in Cherokee, and she said there is one such event about which they are particularly excited.
"Coming from Utah," the doctor stated, "we are big rodeo fans." The annual Cherokee PRCA Rodeo each June is an extremely popular event throughout the Midwest.