Letter of Transition From Dr. Chick

Dear Friends

PractitionerI am writing you today to share that at the end of June, I will be retiring from dentistry.

As I celebrate my 32nd year of dentistry, I want to thank all of you who have given me the privilege of being your dentist. Your trust and confidence in me and my staff have been both professionally rewarding and personally humbling. The relationships that I have had with so many of you have been a big part of my life, and I am grateful to consider you friends. After much deliberation, I have decided it is time to hand over the reins and transition into the next phase of my life.

I feel that my departure necessitates finding a new dentist for you, one who will continue to serve you and your families with kind and caring hands. As a result of careful evaluation, I have found Dr. Despina Markogiannakis, who will provide you with the same philosophy of excellent care that you expect and deserve. Dr. Markogiannakis is an exceptional clinician. She is also a warm and personal provider, much loved and respected by her team, patients and other colleagues in the community. You can discover more about her and her practice by visiting www.smilesofchevychase.com. I look forward to working alongside her.

We plan to begin the transition in the New Year starting January 3. At that time, you will be seen by me for your regular scheduled appointment, however, it will be in Dr. Markogiannakis’ beautiful office located in our same building, 5454 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 835. Our telephone number will remain the same, and you will see familiar faces, as both Anne and Tyrese have decided to join the new team—this makes me very happy. I will work with Dr. Markogiannakis through the end of June to ensure a smooth transition, so know that I will see all of you before my departure.

Thank you for entrusting me with your dental care needs, and keep smiling, as I have every confidence that your relationship with Dr. Markogiannakis will be equally successful.

With great appreciation for making my years of practicing dentistry so special,

— John Chick, DMD


Anne Taylor, Registered Dental Hygienist - Joining us from Dr. Chick's office and taking care of her patients for over 16 years. We are lucky to have Anne join our team and continue her vision of providing excellent care in our office.


Tyrese Stevens, Registered Dental Assistant - Joining us from Dr. Chick's office where she has perfected her chairside skills for over 18 years we are excited to have Tyrese continue her "mind-reading" of Dr. Chick and Dr. Markogianankis chair side in performing excellent dental care.


"I have had a lot of dentists over the years and too much dental work - cavities, root canals, crowns, implants. Dr. Marko is as good as I've found. She's attentive, comprehensive and personable and has assembled a good staff in a nice office near the Friendship Heights subway stop. She'll help you create a plan and timetable to meet your budget and annual insurance limits. And she can reference other great dentists for more elaborate treatments She's on the younger side but very experienced. So she's a great dentist to choose for the long-term. As a bonus, she also accepts Aetna and other insurance. Many dentists of her high quality do not."



"Dr. Marko and her practice are wonderful; I could not recommend this dentist more. Dr. Marko is very capable, thorough, and takes time to explain the procedures. Jaime (dental hygienist) and Lisa at the front desk are fantastic. They take top notch care of my teeth and make the experience of going to the dentist positive, with friendliness and good energy. They make it easy to work going to the dentist into my busy schedule because all appointments are convenient and timely. The location is convenient too, in the Barlow building in Friendship Heights. They are great about explaining any questions I have about insurance and billing.  I have confidence and rest assured that under Dr. Marko's care my teeth will be healthy for years to come. Wonderful dentist and practice. I give the utmost recommendation!"



"After having a very poor experience with my prior dentist, I began a search for a new one.  I stumbled upon Dr Marko while doing a search through my insurance company.  After much research, I decided to give Dr Marko a chance.   My first appointment was a consult.  I felt very comfortable, almost as if I was being welcomed into a new family.  The entire staff was exceptionally welcoming, and Dr Marko was clearly knowledgeable in her field of expertise.  All in all... I knew that this office was a right fit for me! My second appointment was a routine cleaning.  Once again, the staff welcomed me with open arms, and treated me as a family member.   Dr Marko and her staff are incredibly friendly, and I would highly recommend her services to anyone searching for a new dentist."



"Went here for the first time today through a referral promotion with my company and I just need to say that she might be the best dentist i've ever gone to. The process of making an appointment was a little rocky as it seems like they may not have a front desk attendant and between making an appt on ZocDoc and then follow up calls for the appointment I received a confirmation for 12:30 while they received it for 1:00. With that being said I'd wait hours to keep using her as my dentist. Her dental hygienist is the sweetest and made the entire process painless and as I was on a tight schedule worked quickly and efficiently while still making sure I got everything I needed. Most hygienist and doctors don't take a ton of time to explain whats going on with your teeth and just tell you to floss more but she took a lot of measures to prevent issues that were starting to occur as I'm getting older and can stop them now instead of being a toothless wonder later. I highly highly recommend her and she has an awesome referral program to get you a free teeth whitening kit if you refer friends or family!"



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