A Message From Dr. Bruce Wilks
Retirement Date January 31, 2019
Well, as some of you know, I have been struggling with the idea of retirement now for the past two years. It has been one of the hardest decisions of my life, but now I feel it is time. My wife will be retiring at the same time. We plan on traveling more and seeing this beautiful country. We will get another dog, and maybe raise chickens or even bees!
Last month we spent a week in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, and I have never experienced such silence and pristine beauty. I feel I need more wilderness in my life. I came home and made a list as to what nurtures my soul. For 33 years it has been largely this practice - hearing your stories, sharing your joys and losses, and so many of you have become friends.
I am honored and grateful for the trust you have shown me, and for your courage and basic goodness. We have shared many adventures and it has been an amazing journey. You have been my teachers in so many ways and I thank you.
Here is my list of what nourishes my soul - wilderness, open sky, open water, music, friends, dogs, children, kindness, a cup of coffee shared with a friend, trails, mountains, ocean , silence, nature, woods, family - not necessarily in that order!
I have no question that you will continue to be well cared for here at Carrboro Family Medicine. Everyone else will still be here. Dr. Ariana Pancaldo, whom many of you have already met, will be taking over the majority of my patients. She is wonderful - kind, considerate, smart, compassionate, and a good listener. I think you will like her a lot. She is everything you would want in your family physician. She has many years of clinical experience and was in practice at the Community Health Center. Rebecca Hasmann and Rhonda Maloney, our excellent nurse practitioners who have been here for many years, will also be seeing my patients. Dr. Manor plans to continue in practice for many years.
Know this - Carrboro Family Medicine is an amazing place. The finest people I have ever worked with. They are caring, compassionate, smart, funny, and dedicated to you. This is not changing. I have absolutely no question that you will continue to receive wonderful care here. There is a culture of caring that one seldom finds anywhere except in an independent practice, and that caring is what makes Carrboro Family Medicine what it is.
So, it is time for me to move on. Such is life. It is precious, isn't it? I will still be around town - I am not moving anywhere soon. Please come say hello to me if you see me wandering the streets of Carrboro. I would truly like that. Let's share a cup of coffee.
610 Jones Ferry Road
Carrboro, North Carolina