Dr. Danny Hanlon, DDS, and his wife Kaylee have purchased the Imperial dental practice of Dr. Kaitlin Haag. He will begin seeing patients here fulltime after transitioning from a dental clinic in Crawford. (Johnson Publications photo)

Dentist looking forward to new practice in Imperial

    Crawford high school graduate Danny Hanlon, 32, always knew he wanted to become a health professional and was interested in dentistry.
    After graduating from Chadron State College with a degree in molecular biology in 2009, Hanlon spent two years working at ProSmiles Dental Lab  in Crawford.
    Working on crowns, dentures and implants and being around his mentor, Dr. Justin Moody, DDS, cemented his interest in dentistry.
    He was accepted into the University of Nebraska’s dental school in Lincoln and completed his studies in 2015. He then returned to Crawford, joining his mentor in his dental practice.
    Hanlon said he always wanted to own his own practice in a rural community—that community will now be Imperial.
    After three years in Crawford, he and his wife, Kaylee, 28, a Crawford native, decided it was time to strike out on their own and began scouting out rural communities.  
    The first time they looked at Imperial, there were two dental clinics so they figured there wasn’t room for another.
    Since then, Dr. Rachelle Richman closed her dental practice when their family moved to western Colorado. Dr. Steve Nix left Southwest Nebraska Dental Center in McCook and Imperial to teach dental technology at the dental school in Lincoln.
    That left Dr. Kaitlin Haag as the sole dentist at the Southwest Nebraska Dental Center. With the birth of her third child, she decided to focus her practice in McCook.
    Hanlon said a friend told them about all the changes in Imperial so they contacted Dr. Haag. After finding out the Imperial practice was available, they promptly came to Imperial to check it out.
    They liked what they saw in both the community and the practice and reached agreement with Dr. Haag to purchase the practice.
    During the interim in March and April, Hanlon has been working Mondays through Thursdays in Crawford. He  then jumps in the car and heads to Imperial and sees patients here on Fridays as an associate of Dr. Haag.


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