Algonquin dentist puts big smile on Vietnam veteran

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ALGONQUIN, Ill.-- Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner-- a time to say thank you to our vets for their service and pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The ceremonies and events can be beautiful but one Chicago-area dentist wanted to give thanks that would last a lifetime.

While he didn’t serve himself, Dr. Tim Stirneman has always been touched by military veterans. His grandfather served in world war two and his father in Vietnam—and he was searching for a way to make a difference.

That is where the Algonquin dentist’s relationship with Mike Heyl began.

The 68-year old Vietnam vet served four years overseas in the late 60’s as a gunner on the USS O’Brien. Now retired and financially strapped he hadn’t seen a dentist in 10-years and was missing more than half the teeth in his mouth.

On Thursday, Mike got his smile back-- thanks to Dr. Tim and his staff.

A dozen teeth removed, gum disease treated, a brand new set of dentures – and Mike is facing one of the best Memorial Day weekends in years.

With his new mouth - it will take Mike some time to re-learn to speak but it was his wife of 30-years who was left speechless.

It was an emotional morning for the couple who have tried for years to save up money to fix Mike’s teeth and ultimately his health.

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1 Comment

  • jazzymom

    I used to work with Mike at the AMA. This couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. He is USA gold! A truly great person. Even before his dental work, he always had a smile. Thanks to this dental office for recognizing such a nice man.

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