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Batavia dentist provides free services to those in need

Published: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia dentist Dr. John Koechley believes everybody should have access to dental services, regardless of income.

Koechley is one of several Tri-Cities area dental offices that will provide free care this month to those in need as part of the Dentist with a Heart initiative presented by the Fox River Valley Dental Society.

This is the second year Koechley has participated in the program.

“I think there is a need with the economy the way it is,” Koechley said.

From 1 to 5 p.m. today, Koechley, who’s office is at 420 S. Batavia Ave., will provide free exams, X-rays, cleanings and fillings. Services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no eligibility requirements.

Dentist with a Heart, which is in its 12th year, will run through Feb. 15. A full list of participating dentists – and when they will provide free services – can be found at www.dentistwithaheartonline.org.

His office saw about 20 patients last year, Koechley said.

“Everybody seemed to leave smiling,” he said.

Liz Eakins, executive director at the Lazarus House homeless shelter in St. Charles, said she is grateful for the dental offices that participate in the program.

“Our guests do take advantage of this,” Eakins said. “Dental work is not something that our guests have access to under normal circumstances.”

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