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By Dan Rudy 

Dockside dentistry: practitioner island-hopping around SE


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Dentist Victor Stime sits in his exam room onboard the Offshore Drilling LLC, a Ranger Tug he converted into a mobile dentistry clinic. Retiring from his private practice last year, he wants to travel Southeast Alaska during the summers to serve coastal communities as part of a working retirement.

Venturing into Southeast waters this summer, Dr. Victor Stime of Spokane, Washington, plotted out a working retirement for himself.

"I've been doing dentistry for 31 years," he explained. "I've been planning this for 20 years. It hasn't been too far from my mind for all of those years."

He was inspired by Dr. Fred Bache, an Aberdeen, Washington dentist who has been visiting rural Alaskan communities in the Jenny-B since 1969.

"We thought we'd maybe get the mantle passed on to us," said Stime.

The dentist explained the concept appealed to a number of the his interests: "I love boats, I love...

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