HUBER HEIGHTS — Dr. Ronald R. Turner retired in August from his practice at Northeast Family Practice and is very grateful to the community for their support over his career.
“I just wanted to express my sincere appreciation for being allowed to participate in the community for all these years and the response and the relationship I was able to have with the people in the community and how the community has responded to me and providing me a lifelong relationship with many of the people that we were fortunate enough to come into contact with and to be able to associate with the youth and watch them grow into adults and have families of their own and take care of their children,” said Turner.
Turner said the Huber Heights community is unique because it transformed from a township to a city while he was practicing in Huber.
“That growth process has been a real privilege to be a part of and to watch occur with such tremendous success,” he said. “And for that, I’m thankful and very fortunate to be a part of it.”
Turner started his practice in August 1962 in the Lofino Shopping Center. During his medical internship, he was considering starting a practice in Vandalia, but was contacted by some Huber residents, including Charlie Lofino, asking if he was interested in coming to Huber Heights.
“They became the backbone of my initial practice there in the shopping center,” said Turner, who said he thought he was the fourth or fifth physician in Huber Heights, at that time.
Sports medicine had always been an keen interest for Turner and he approached the school board letting them know of his interest in becoming the team physician for Wayne High School which he commenced in 1963 and estimated that he continued until the mid 1990s, a period of over 30 years. He said being involved with the young people was a plus, giving him an opportunity to “see the other side” of patients and parents.
“When I started, I really enjoyed it, so I kept at it,” said Turner, who played tennis at Chaminade High School while growing up in Dayton.
He said that watching Wayne grow from a very small athletic program in a very small league into the “massive athletic program” that it now has “is extremely pleasing.” Turner admitted to not only being a Chaminade Eagle, but a Wayne Warrior “through and through.”
“I’m proud to be a Warrior,” said Turner.
Turner began to seriously consider retiring after 50 years of practice, but kept putting it off. He said Dr. Ed Hubach had previously worked with him, returned to Huber on Aug. 1, which he called “a plus for the community.” He said Dr. Terri Riddleford, a Stebbins graduate, is there also and is certified in sports medicine.
Since retiring, Turner said he has missed the relationship and camaraderie with the people. He said many of the people have been coming to Northeast Family Practice for over 50 years. Turner also said the rescue units and the pharmacies had been really good to them. He said when he first started, the rescue unit was a volunteer unit, run out of a home in the Miami Villa area.
“That’s how far the town has developed,” said Turner. “We now have a great rescue unit — and I mean really a great rescue unit that they have. They just do a fantastic job with us.”
“The fire division and the paramedics, the whole group, in combination with the police force, has just been a tremendous support for us in the practice of medicine,” added Turner.
Turner was asked if he had a favorite quote.
“I think one of the most important things that I have always tried to follow is to remember that people have diseases; diseases don’t have people,” he said. “And remember, that, each person, to them, this disease is a very important thing and it’s part of their whole system and to…remember that it’s important to the patient, too, and not just treating the diseases.”
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