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Optometrist Wade Dulin to retire; Wichita Optometry to take over his practice
05/07/2014 2:52 PM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
WICHITA — An optometrist with a longtime Wichita practice is retiring, which is allowing another practice to expand.
"I am simply near retirement age and wanting more time for my children, grandchildren and travel," says Wade Dulin, who has had Dr. Dulin's Family Eye Care since 1975.
Wichita Optometry, a 94-year-old practice at Douglas and Edwards, is taking over Dulin's practice just north of 21st and Amidon for a second site to serve patients farther north.
"There's really no such thing as staying status quo," says Jeff Yarrow, who is at Wichita Optometry with optometrists Ronald Fisher, Chad Fleming and Ashley Blasi.
"It's a struggle if you don't grow," Yarrow says.
Both practices are in about 4,000 square feet, he says.
"Dr. Dulin's just done great with his patients over the years ... kind of treating them like family," Yarrow says. "We want to carry on that tradition."
The change will happen July 1.
Dulin says it's a good opportunity for both groups.
"I believe they will treat my patients in the same caring manner that I have tried to do over the years," Dulin says. "The timing just feels right."
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