Dentist gives veterans reason to smile: free dental care

February 11, 2014

Where to begin talking about what Rory Dunn has been through since he was wounded that day in Fallujah? His best friend, who bled out next to him? His traumatic brain injury that has altered his personality? His forehead held together by a plastic prosthetic?

It’s hard to know where to begin, so Issaquah’s Dr. Theresa Cheng concerns herself with what she knows best as a dentist: his teeth.

By Chris Joseph Taylor/Seattle Times  Dr. Theresa Cheng, a periodontist, prepares to perform surgery.

By Chris Joseph Taylor/Seattle Times
Dr. Theresa Cheng, a periodontist, prepares to perform surgery.

In the nine years since his unarmored Humvee in Iraq was hit by explosives on his 22nd birthday, Dunn has been making a long, hard recovery. His mother, Cynthia Lefever, has been by his side the whole time — sleeping next to her then-comatose son at Walter Reed Army National Military Medical Center and later traveling the country to advocate for veteran care.

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