Dr. Roland Daniels has closed his Nakusp optometry practice after 37 years in the community.
The closure comes after the office was closed for several weeks after Dr. Daniels experienced a heart attack.
While he has recovered from that, he has decided to close his Nakusp office.
The closure is not a complete surprise. Before his medical leave, Dr. Daniels spoke about the long commute from Nelson to Nakusp and whether it was worth continuing to make the drive.
Suzanne Story worked with Dr. Daniels out of the Nakusp office for the past 35 years.
“He’s been very faithful to this town and we’ve had a lot of great patients who’ve been faithful to us,” she said.
The closure has left a void and has caused people seeking eye care to either travel to Dr. Daniels clinic in Nelson, or find someone else to go to.
On Monday, Village of Nakusp council voted to send a thank you letter to Dr. Daniels for his many years of service to the community.