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Practice Profile: Seaside Solo Practice with Ideal Work-Life Balance

Posted by Betsy Krekling, ADA Advisor on 9/17/21 8:00 AM
Betsy Krekling, ADA Advisor


Looking for a unique opportunity to be the only dentist in a small seaside town? Purchase this practice and enjoy fulfilling work in a beautiful setting.

Check out this practice in Hoodsport, Washington, a small seaside town in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains. Hoodsport is located on the Hood Canal and serves as a gateway to Washington’s Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, and Washington State’s Olympic Forest. This practice is ideal for a solo doctor seeking optimal work-life balance or a satellite practice to grow your business.

There are no other dental offices in Hoodsport. When the seller started the practice from scratch in 1982, the banker said the area’s patient population was between 7,000 and 10,000 people. The area has grown since then, with the county expanding from 30,000 to nearly 70,000 residents. Today, an influx of people from Seattle and California are moving in to retire, work from home, and escape from crowded cities. Many of these patients have delayed dental work for years. Now that they’re settling in here, they need quality dental care. Their dental needs are often complex and require a multidisciplinary approach – perfect for a problem-solver. The office is currently open three days a week, but you have an opportunity to expand hours to meet the growing demand.

The nearest dentist to the north is 40 miles away. The nearest dentist to the east is at least 30 miles away. Six dentists are 25 miles south in Shelton, along with an orthodontist’s satellite practice. To the west lie Lake Cushman, the Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, and Washington State Olympic Forest.

The office is in a large (for the town) office building, situated on Highway 101 next to the post office. In the fall, you can take your lunch break on the office’s back porch and watch salmon splashing around in Finch Creek. The landlord is a very nice man who charges just $1250/ month for the 1500 square-foot office.

Many of Hoodsport’s businesses are located near the office, including a good grocery store for this small town, an Ace Hardware, and an Outfitter’s gas station and mercantile store. Columbia Bank is just across Finch Creek Bridge from the office. There are two churches in town, plus a coffee/ice cream shop, hairdresser, tavern, hamburger stand, Mexican restaurant, hot tub store, liquor store/gift shop, three real estate offices, a distillery, brewery, and winery.

Highway 101 goes through Hoodsport and curves around the whole Olympic Peninsula and south all the way to southern California. Lake Cushman Rd. leads up to Lake Cushman, a 4,000 acre lake with unparalleled natural beauty, including crystal clear blue water, ringed by thick stands of hemlock, fir, and cedar trees. It is well known for fishing and watersports.

There is a large residential development around Lake Cushman with over 2,000 lots and homes, plus a nine-hole golf course. 15 miles to the east of Hoodsport lies Union, with a world-class resort, a wonderful eighteen-hole golf course, and a large residential development.

Hoodsport has the largest public dock on the Hood Canal and four Washington State and Skokomish Indian Nation fish hatcheries that produce millions of fish with four species of salmon and trout/steelhead. A person could get on their boat at the Hoodsport Dock and sail north past the Puget Sound, out the Straits of Juan de Fuca and into the Pacific Ocean. Or they could head east and go to Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia. The land around the Hood Canal is home to deer, elk, bear, cougars, bobcats, river otters, raccoons, and coyotes, among others. The scenery is breathtaking.

The Hood Canal is a 70-mile body of salt water and not really a canal at all. It is one of two fjords in the lower 48 states, surrounded by hills, mountains, and forests. It is home to many species of fish, predominantly four species of salmon, shrimp, oysters, and clams, and marine mammals including killer whales, seals, and otters. There are plenty of eagles, ospreys, king fishers, and seagulls. Along its shores are many expensive waterfront homes. Enjoy your choice of watersports, including scuba diving among wolf eels and octopus.

Forty miles south of Hoodsport is the city of Olympia, capital of Washington State. There are medical and dental specialists of all kinds there and two major hospitals. Hoodsport has a medical office across the street from the dental office, affiliated with the Shelton hospital. There is a volunteer fire department in Hoodsport less than a mile away from my office and they provide amazingly quick response times with EMTs, first responders, firefighters, etc.

Local children go to the K-8 school five miles south of Hoodsport, located on the Skokomish Indian Reservation. High schoolers go to Shelton with 1,000+ other students. The seller raised two sons in town: one is a CPA, and the other has a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

People can still buy five-acre parcels of timberland to build their dream homes, and broadband cable and good internet service are becoming readily available in most areas.

As the seller says, “I have been helping people in Hoodsport and the Hood Canal area with their dental needs for more than half my life. I cannot imagine a more fulfilling way to spend my life. This little town of ours has much to offer, including opportunities for success. We plan on staying here in our retirement years. Hopefully there will be a good dentist in Hoodsport we can go to.”

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