After 38 years in family medicine, Dr. Terry L. Overholser, D.O., is retiring from his practice that he built basically from the ground up.

I just thought it (becoming a physician) would be the best way to help people and so I applied to medical school, Dr. Overholser said about his reason for becoming a family physician.

In 1973, he applied to the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. His journey would then take him to Brentwood Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, where he would complete his internship.

During that time, he heard that the Village of Newcomerstown needed a family medicine physician so he came to visit the town and fell in love.

I decided it would be a great place to start a practice, Dr. Overholser said. Its a beautiful area, great schools and they needed a physician.

He opened his practice on Sept. 3, 1974, in the current location of Dr. Timothy J. Merrill, DDS, in Newcomerstown. After almost five years at that location, Dr. Overholser decided to relocate to Arrowhead Clinic on E. State Street.

Ideally, the clinic was built in 1979 to house four doctors but they soon had to expand. During this time, Dr. Overholser was on staff at both Coshocton County Memorial Hospital and Southeastern Med in Cambridge .

It was through his relationship with Coshocton County Memorial Hospital that in 2004, the hospital purchased his practice and building. This brought a name change of the clinic to Coshocton Hospital Arrowhead Clinic as well as the addition of three new physicians to the practice.

Over the years, Dr. Overholser said he is most proud of starting the Rotary blood program where residents can receive blood screenings at a nominal fee.

In 1977, in the early years of the program, more than 300 residents took part in the program.

Thats been a great thing for the area, he said, and it has been copied by many Rotary Clubs in the immediate area.

What he will miss most when he retires will be the patient contact he receives every time he walks through the doors of the clinic.

I will miss the patient relationship and patient care because thats what I like to do, he said.

He credits his staff of six very dedicated office employees and nurses that helped to make everything run so smoothly. Combined, they have more than 150 years of experience to help patients at the clinic.

His last day at the clinic will be Friday, Sept. 16. But, Dr. Overholser vows to stay busy with his Rotary membership. He is also a member of the Christ United Methodist Church of Newcomerstown, American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Family Practitioners, and the Ohio Osteopathic Association. He is also currently the Medical Director at the Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Newcomerstown but will retire from that position as well on Sept. 16. He serves as president of the Progress Corporation at Riverside Manor.

In his spare time, he plans to travel more with his wife of 41 years, Becky, especially to see their first grandchild, Nash. They have two children, Darin (Crystal) Overholser and Emily (Terry) Heuring. He also plans to get in more games of golf and go bowling more.

Im really proud of starting this clinic, Dr. Overholser said. I was brought here with the intent to recruit more doctors and we finally made it.

A special retirement open house has been set for Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Coshocton Hospital Arrowhead Clinic, 6307 E. State St. Newcomerstown. There will be refreshments and a time to visit with Dr. Overholser and his family. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.