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Rupinder Dhaliwal, Fenelon Dental

Young dentist Rupinder Dhaliwal trades GTA for the Kawarthas to find better work-life balance

Rupinder Dhaliwal, Fenelon Dental

Rupinder Dhaliwal and his wife Kiran Gosal, both dentists, opened Fenelon Dental in 2020. They chose to relocate to Kawartha Lakes in pursuit of a better work-life balance. When asked why they chose Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, over Toronto, Rupinder shared, “People in smaller towns appreciate our level of service more. We felt we could add more value than in a big city where there’s a practice on every corner.”

A full renovation from 2000 to 3000 square feet of commercial space has created a modern office that is already having trouble scheduling clients into the workweek. “We’re here for the long haul. We’re meeting lots of people who are coming from Toronto, turning cottages into homes. This is good for our business. We’ve encountered a very supportive business community, like a family. People were posting on Facebook about our business before we even set up.” Kawartha North Family Health Team has also moved into the office, something Dhaliwal says is a good compliment to the dental office.

Kawartha Lakes is simply not just a "seniors community".

Rupinder says it’s a misconception that Kawartha Lakes is a seniors community. “That’s not true at all. We have young families here and the businesses are here to support that—family doctors, clothing stores, restaurants, micro-breweries, art galleries. There’s a nice blend of ages for patients. I can network with other business owners my age. We talk more to our neighbours here than we ever did in the big city.”

Next on the list for Rupinder and Kiran is to find a cottage in the area. With 250 lakes and rivers in Kawartha Lakes, they won’t have trouble finding something close to Fenelon Falls for their long weekends.

We’d love for you to meet some more of our residents who made the jump:

Learn more about the wide variety of recreation, entertainment and outdoor adventure opportunities in Kawartha Lakes.

As seen in the Toronto Sun article: "Move from big city to small town means a step up in work-life balance".

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