It has been almost two years since Peabody dentist, Dale Hague, died unexpectedly. His wife, Doe Ann, announced this past week that the clinic and Hague’s practice were sold.
“We closed on March 18,” she said. “In a way it is good to have it done although it’s hard because the practice was such a part of him and our family.
“But Peabody needs to have someone here permanently and Dale’s former patients need to know they will continue to have good dental care.”
Dr. Heshun Chen has purchased the clinic. It will operate under the name Peabody Dentistry.
Chen was born and raised in China and received his undergraduate degree there. He came to the United States on a full scholarship to study at University of Kansas and University of Iowa.
He earned two doctoral degrees—one in dental surgery and one in human nutrition.
Chen has a deep interest in the science behind the practice of dentistry. His interest has lead to field research and he has authored a number of publications on his original research in that area.
He is an active member of the American Dental Association and a member of the local dental society. He said he believes in continuing education and offers his patients a gentle, caring, and comprehensive approach to oral health. Like many health professionals, he emphasizes preventative care.
Chen offers all aspects of family dentistry. Root canal treatment, cosmetic dentistry, extractions, dentures, and partials are all included in the services he will provide.
“I am enjoying getting to know the staff here at the clinic,” he said. “We believe the key to having a strong practice is treating patients as family. We believe all generations improve the quality of their lives with good dental health.”
Chen and his family have been living in Richland, Wash. He is married with five children.
“We have a house to sell in Washington,” he said. “And our children in school want to finish the year. We hope then we can relocate in Peabody.”
He said he likes Kansas, with good memories of the state from his years at KU. When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and running.