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Former resident gives back to community

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Dr. Gerald A. Niznick is a former Fort Frances resident who has made it big in the world of dentistry, or prosthodontics to be precise.

Dr. Niznick’s company, Paragon Implant Co., which specializes in selling dental implant inventions, recently was purchased by a Swiss orthopedic company, Sulzer Medica, for $100 million (U.S.)

And now, he’s looking to give back to the community where he grew up as a boy.

“It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to make a contribution to the community that I remember so fondly,” said Dr. Niznick, who recently donated $100,000 to the “Care Close to Home” fundraising campaign for the new diagnostic imaging department at La Verendrye hospital here.

A ceremony is being planned at La Verendrye where Dr. Niznick will dedicate the new department to his parents, Sadie and Ed Niznick.

“I welcome the opportunity to honour my parents by dedicating the new department in the hospital in their memory,” Dr. Niznick remarked. “The years have been very good to me and my family.”

Dr. Niznick’s began his dental education at the University of Manitoba, then continued his studies at Indiana University in the U.S. After graduating, Dr. Niznick and his wife, Reesa, moved to Los Angeles, where they now make their home.

Dr. Niznick’s parents moved to Fort Frances in 1947 and lived here until 1977.

“My sister, Sharon, and I were six and four when we moved to Fort Frances,” he recalled. “We lived above our dad’s store, Niznick’s LMT on Scott Street.”

Though it’s been some time since he has returned to his boyhood home, Dr. Niznick is looking forward to returning and dedicating the diagnostic imaging department to the memory of his parents.

“My wife, Reesa, and I both are looking forward to returning to Fort Frances,” Dr. Niznick said.

“We look forward to personally dedicating the [department] and reacquainting ourselves with the town that gave me and my family a true sense of community that has served us well throughout our life,” he added.

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