It has been a privilege and a pleasure to provide dental care for you and your family. You are all very special and I thank you for your trust and loyalty over the years.
It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter. After many years of devotion to practicing dentistry, I came to the realization that I need to slow down and spend more time with my family. I regret not being able to tell you all in person. I have been practicing dentistry for over forty years. Some of you have been with me the entire time. We’ve “matured” together. In many cases, I’ve treated your children, your grandchildren, and in a few cases, your great-grandchildren. We’ve gone through births, deaths, marriages, new careers and retirements. I have shared your joys and your anguish and many of you have shared mine. I thank you all and count you among my life’s many blessings.
I didn't want to leave my practice without finding someone who shared my philosophy of providing gentle and caring dentistry. Besides being skilled and experienced, I wanted my successor to be compassionate, a good communicator, ethical and someone who genuinely cares about dentistry and most importantly people.
I feel fortunate that I have found that person. I am very happy to announce that Dr. Jonathan J. Yu will be assuming the responsibility of the practice once I retire. Dr. Yu has been consistently rated and regarded as one of the top dentists in the area. Many of you have already met him and been treated by him. I’ve only heard and received glowing praises of Dr. Yu from patients. For those of you who haven’t met him yet, he looks forward to meeting all of you. I personally trained him and picked him from numerous candidates. I am confident that you will be very comfortable with him not only because of his outstanding achievements but also because of his gentleness and integrity.
Dr. Yu grew up in Cupertino and when graduating from high school, he was selected as the Santa Clara County Youth Ambassador and was recognized as the top high school student for excellence in academics and community services. Dr. Yu received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California with multiple awards and honors. Dr. Yu has participated in extensive clinical and scientific research and published papers and given presentations at number of scientific conferences.
I will continue to discuss cases with Dr. Yu as necessary to ensure a smooth transition. I am very pleased to tell you that our wonderful staff will be staying with Dr. Yu. The same friendly smiles will greet you when you arrive and their knowledge of your individual needs will assure that you will continue to receive excellent dental care.
I will miss seeing all of you on a regular basis. My family and I have been treated by Dr. Yu and will continue being patients of Dr. Yu, so I may get to see you someday soon in the waiting room. I truly thank you for your loyalty and friendship over the years and for allowing me to be a part of your life. I am confident that your dental needs are left in caring and capable hands.
Robert E. Barr, DDS