The retirement of Dr. Michael Kemp Amacker, 64, was celebrated Jan. 15 by patients, staff and friends at Lane Regional Medical Center.

Amacker, who founded Zachary Family Practice in 1979, retired Dec. 30 after a 35-year medical career.

Amacker will continue to see patients at Lane Nursing Home in Zachary and Grace Health and Rehab Center in Slaughter.

Retiring along with Amacker was his nurse of 28 years, Lolly Saari.