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Dentist Marks 25th Anniversary One Smile At A Time

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To mark his 25th year in practice, Dr. Rick Mars is giving away 25 smile makeovers to deserving people.  (Source: CBS4)

To mark his 25th year in practice, Dr. Rick Mars is giving away 25 smile makeovers to deserving people. (Source: CBS4)

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MIAMI (CBS4) – A South Florida dentist is celebrating 25 years of practice in a big way.

Dr. Rick Mars reached out to “Neighbors 4 Neighbors” for help to mark this milestone and they were all ‘smiles’ about it.

“We can give away money, we can give away time,” said Dr. Mars. “I don’t think there’s anything better than to give away smiles.”

Mars is with the Dental Care Group in Aventura. His first patient in his “25 Smiles” campaign is Doreen Weathers.

“She’s a beautiful lady and we want to give her a beautiful smile,” said Dr. Mars.

Weathers is a military veteran. To mark his 25th year in practice, Mars is giving away 25 smile makeovers to deserving people. Neighbors 4 Neighbors partner organization “Dress for Success” submitted Weathers’ name.

“When I first met Doreen she had a very bubbly personality,” said Dr. Mars. “She had a confidence about her but she was holding back in expressing herself a little bit because of the things going on in her mouth. A smile is something people measure you by. It gives you a lot of confidence in a conversation and a job interview, socially, dealing with your friends.”

Dr. Mars explained to Weathers the work that would be don’t including a bridge where she’s missing a tooth and veneers to brighten up her smile.

“I’m excited and I can’t wait to see the results,” said Weathers.

Weathers spent five years in the military as a medical specialist. A single mother, Weathers works part-time at the VA helping people like her find full-time work.

“I assist the incoming veterans with resume writing, retrieval of their military records, anything pretty much,” said Weathers. “Also with job hunting.”

Dr. Mars is hoping that the work he performs on Weathers and all of the “25 Smiles” patients will give them that little extra push that they need to land a job.

“I’m looking for a full-time position within the health industry,” said Weathers. “I have a Bachelor’s degree in health administration and I’m hoping to utitlize that and to be able to give back to the community.”

“We want the 25 people who walk out of here to give big huge smiles to the world,” said Dr. Mars.

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