Interdisciplinary treatment of patients with complex dental challenges gives a dental team the opportunity to change, shape, or develop an individual’s appearance, character, or self image, at the same time providing dental care that is beautiful, functional and enduring.
Across the years, my interdisciplinary dental A-team has always included a trusted oral & maxillofacial surgeon, a periodontist (gum tissue health), an endodontist (root canal treatment), two or three orthodontists and a pediatric dentist. I could invite any of them, as needed, to be part of the team required to best manage all of the elements involved within any particular patient’s diagnosis and treatment.
When I started my practice in September of 1983 it took me a few months to find an oral & maxillofacial surgeon whose priorities felt appropriate to me. It was my A-team periodontist, Dr. Mike Lipson who introduced me to Dr. Lester Lubitz.
From the very beginning, Les Lubitz and I connected in a meaningful way. Across the years Les has demonstrated time-after-time that he understands clearly a very happy coincidence. Health care professionals who truly place the patient’s best interests as his or her top priority will, in the end, find their own personal and professional needs best met and exceeded.
Across the years, Dr. Lubitz has been so much more than a professional colleague. He has been a mentor who has gently, yet persistently, stretched me to grow. It was Les who lured me into the field of dental implant restorative dentistry more than twenty-four years ago. He has honored me on multiple occasions, inviting me to handle the restoration of very complex dental implant cases. Together we’ve significantly enhanced the physical health and sense of well-being for scores of greater-Cincinnatians. Dr. Lubitz and I stand as living proof that an oral surgeon out of the Ohio State University and a general dentist from the University of Michigan can link arms and become true friends on behalf of the patients who have entrusted them!
On May 18th I got the letter in the mail that I knew was coming. It was short and to the point. Dr. Lubitz was letting me know that the time has come for him to step aside and allow his trusted partners, Drs. Dick Lamping and Rob Lucas, to take it from here.
So yes, I write this month with torn emotions regarding the lineup I rely upon today as my interdisciplinary A-team. Whether it is the Cincinnati Reds or my interdisciplinary dental team, player change always elicits a unique blend of promise and concern. And I know Les has ambivalent feelings about this retirement business. He still loves making a positive difference with and for his patients. But he also loves spending time with his beautiful wife Rebecca, playing golf and enjoying all of the pleasures that come with life in America.
To my patients who know and love Dr. Lubitz, let’s not worry. Our interdisciplinary team will be just fine with Drs Lamping and Lucas on board. Let’s join together in taking genuine pride and delight with Dr. Lubitz upon his retirement at the end of June. Congratulations Lester! Don’t be a stranger, my friend!
Dr. Davis is especially good with kids. And his staff? Helpful, compassionate, and caring. They take care of business for you. Thumbs up. 10 on a scale of 5.