The island’s only dental practice has a new home and a new owner. After close to three decades of vacationing on St. John, Dr. Laney Smith took ownership of St. John Dental Aug. 1 and relocated the practice from its longtime home at Boulon Center to Palm Plaza near the Westin.
Smith owned a dental practice in Atlanta for 25 years before selling in 2017. She stayed on there for a year to help the new owner make a smooth transition, then applied for her dental license in the Virgin Islands.
“I met [previous St. John Dental owner] John Purpura, and the timing was just great,” said Smith. “Whenever I could be here filling in, I was. The more I was here, the more John was in Orlando where his family had moved, and he gave me a great offer on the practice.”
Almost immediately after Smith purchased the business,