Public invited to welcome new dentist

Emo and area residents have been invited to visit the new dental centre there and meet the new dentist during an open house next Friday (Nov. 9).
“You’re going to get lots of food and lots of prizes, and you’re going to get tours of the new office,” noted Patty McNally, the office administrator in Emo.
As part of the recent renovations at the Emo hospital, the centre—located on the lower floor—now has an additional operatory, larger waiting room, larger laboratory, and better look.
“It’s a fresh, clean decor down there now. It used to look like a basement,” noted Todd Hamilton, the dental centre’s business manager.
The centre also has a new, full-time dentist on hand, Patrick Langevin, originally from Montreal, who is replacing part-time visits from dentists at the Fort Frances Dental Centre.
“We do have a full-time dentist now in Emo, four days a week—five if we can fill the spots,” said Hamilton.
Besides being a licensed dentist who graduated from the University of Manitoba and with experience gained while working in two other Quebec communities, Dr. Langevin has many other interests.
“He’s bilingual, heavily into airplanes, he’s going to play hockey . . . and he’s magic. He can do things with balloons and do tricks with his hands,” added Hamilton.
Staffing the Emo clinic along with Dr. Langevin and McNally will be dental hygienist Heather Pryde and dental assistant Randi Carpenter.
The open house will run from noon to 4 p.m., with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m., including a draw and a large tooth-shaped cake.
Emo Reeve Russ Fortier, Emo councillors, local businesspeople, representatives of Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc., and dentists from the Fort Frances Dental Centre also are expected to be on hand.