Longtime Northwest area dentist Tom L. Hossfeld, DDS, has decided to retire from dentistry and sold his practice to Steven Priftakis, DMD, effective late in July.

Hossfeld, 69, said that after 40 years in dental practice in Northwest Tucson it was time for him to spend time on some of his other interests. Hossfeld said that during his practice years, “It’s safe to say I’ve treated thousands of patients.”

Hossfeld has for many years showed Scottish Terriers and bred some of the top dogs in the country, including the No. 6 Scottish Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club. He’s also showed Dandie Dinmont terriers and currently raises and shows Wire Haired Dachshunds.

“I’ve been a judge for the American Kennel Club and plan to continue judging terrier breeds through the AKC,” Hossfeld pointed out. Hossfeld also has served as president, vice president, secretary and show chairperson for the Canada del Oro Kennel Club and plans on continuing with that group too.

Hossfeld first opened his dental practice at W. Ina and N. Oracle roads in 1976 after serving three years in the U.S. Navy. Hossfeld did his undergraduate work at Northern Arizona University and received his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Washington.

Priftakis is a native of Saugus, Mass., and holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., and a doctor of dental medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

He came to Tucson in 2002 to complete a one year general practice residency at the then-named Kino Hospital.

“I chose Tucson because while I was in dental school my youngest sister attended Arizona State University and I would visit during winter and spring breaks,” Priftakis said.

Priftakis moved to Bakersfield, Calif., in 2004 to work for a community health center and then back to Tucson where he worked at Pima County Adult Detention facility until purchasing Hossfeld’s dental practice.

“I enjoyed community health service, so moving to private practice is a change and a challenge,” Priftakis said. “I’m excited and stressed at the same time, but am up for the challenge.”

Priftakis, who lives in Oro Valley, said he’s shadowed Hossfeld at the practice for a couple of weeks to see how he interacts with patients and staff.

“We want to keep everything similar to the way it was for the sake of continuity,” Priftakis noted, adding that the current staff will continue to work for the practice. “I’m pretty laid back and good with people,” he said, “and am looking forward to building the practice up with new patients.”

On the other hand, Hossfeld, a longtime Oro Valley resident, is looking forward to more recreational time. He plans on doing some fishing and also traveling with wife, Janie Nunez, an attorney at the Pascua Yaqui Casino del Sol.

“I’ve traced my genealogy and have 289 people on it,” Hossfeld said. “On my first trip to Germany, I found someone with my name who likely is a relative and I plan on following up on that.”

Of his years practicing dentistry, Hossfeld said he is most grateful to his patients.

“I have to thank all the great people I’ve served, as well as their kids and their grandkids who also have been patients, for their loyalty and support,” he said. “I know they’ll be pleased with Dr. Priftakis’s care for them.”

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