Wes Janssen, D.D.S is retiring from a 37 year career as a dentist in Syracuse.  
The practice began in June 1979, and the practice continued in the office that was built in 1983 on Mohawk Street. Becky Antes has worked for Janssen since he first opened the business.
Dr. Janssen noted that patients have come from the entire community including other towns like Nebraska City, Avoca, Talmage, Lincoln, and all of those in between.  
“We’ve been blessed to have great patients, great people,” he said.
In the last few years, Dr. Janssen had been considering retirement, and the right opportunity came along when Dr. Jarrod McAlevy recently purchased the Syracuse Dental Clinic.  
Dr. McAlevy will be welcoming patients from Dr. Janssen’s practice.  Of Dr. McAlevy, Dr. Janssen said, “I think he will be a great asset to Syracuse.  He’s an outgoing, personable dentist.  He and his family want to be in Syracuse.”
Dr. Janssen will be selling the building, but as far as his practice goes, that has been sold to Dr. McAlevy effective Oct. 1.
“We will miss the people more than the work… We’ve enjoyed 30 plus years in Syracuse and we’re ready for the people to support Dr. McAlevy,” Dr. Janssen said
Dr. Janssen attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln for undergraduate, and he graduated from the University of Nebraska Dental College in 1979.  
Becoming a dentist appealed to him, and he liked the idea of being self-employed.  Living in Syracuse was also very important to him and his wife Terry when raising their family.
There have been many changes in the dental field over the last 37 years.  Dr. Janssen noted that they did not even use a computer for the first 20 years.  He has kept up on the newer technology and dental materials; it is constantly changing with computer generated crowns, digital x-rays, and many other advancements.
When the business began, Antes said she would estimate only 20-30 percent of patients had dental insurance. Now, that number is more like 70 percent.  With more insurance and regular cleanings, people are taking better care of their teeth, and Dr. Janssen noticed that there is much less decay.
Dr. Janssen is looking forward to retirement and being a “full-time grandpa” while continuing his favorite hobbies of fishing and golf.  Though he has retired from dentistry, Dr. Janssen said he’s open to whatever may come along.