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Crisis Avoided - 140th Medical Group Dentist brings smile back to honeymooners

U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua Wyte, Dentist, 140th Medical Group, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Air National Guard, shows a silver point, a small rod used for filling teeth, to Kelly Turzanski and his wife Holly during oral surgery to remove her cracked tooth as Tech. Sgt. Patricia O'Lane, Dental Technician with the 140th Medical Group prepares some gauze for the removed tooth at the Kahuku Medical Center, Hawaii, March 18, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua Wyte, Dentist, 140th Medical Group, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Air National Guard, shows a silver point, a small rod used for filling teeth, to Kelly Turzanski and his wife Holly during oral surgery to remove her cracked tooth as Tech. Sgt. Patricia O'Lane, Dental Technician with the 140th Medical Group prepares some gauze for the removed tooth at the Kahuku Medical Center, Hawaii, March 18, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua Wyte, Dentist, 140th Medical Group, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Air National Guard, completes a patient's dental record at the Kahuku Medical Center, Hawaii, March 18, 2010. Wyte and more than 60 fellow Colorado Air National Guardsmen served as part of E Malama Kakou (translated from Hawaiian as “to care for all”), a humanitarian program providing services to the medically under-served within the State of Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua Wyte, Dentist, 140th Medical Group, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Air National Guard, completes a patient's dental record at the Kahuku Medical Center, Hawaii, March 18, 2010. Wyte and more than 60 fellow Colorado Air National Guardsmen served as part of E Malama Kakou (translated from Hawaiian as “to care for all”), a humanitarian program providing services to the medically under-served within the State of Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua Wyte, Dentist, 140th Medical Group, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Air National Guard, administers anesthetic to Holly Kennedy before he begins oral surgery to remove her cracked tooth at the Kahuku Medical Center, Hawaii, March 18, 2010. Wyte extracted more than 86 teeth for patients in the first of two weeks during the humanitarian Innovative Readiness Training Program, E Malama Kakou. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua Wyte, Dentist, 140th Medical Group, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Air National Guard, administers anesthetic to Holly Kennedy before he begins oral surgery to remove her cracked tooth at the Kahuku Medical Center, Hawaii, March 18, 2010. Wyte extracted more than 86 teeth for patients in the first of two weeks during the humanitarian Innovative Readiness Training Program, E Malama Kakou. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua Wyte, left, and Technical Sgt. Patricia O'Lane, Dentist and Dental Technician, 140th Medical Group, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Air National Guard, respectively, explain consent for oral surgery forms to Holly Kennedy, Kahuku Medical Center, Hawaii, March 18, 2010. More than 60 members of the 140th Medical Group provided medical services as participants in E Malama Kakou (translated from Hawaiian as “to care for all”), an Innovative Readiness Training Program, (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua Wyte, left, and Technical Sgt. Patricia O'Lane, Dentist and Dental Technician, 140th Medical Group, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Air National Guard, respectively, explain consent for oral surgery forms to Holly Kennedy, Kahuku Medical Center, Hawaii, March 18, 2010. More than 60 members of the 140th Medical Group provided medical services as participants in E Malama Kakou (translated from Hawaiian as “to care for all”), an Innovative Readiness Training Program, (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

KAHUKU, Hawaii (3/18/10) -- For Ontario, Canada newlyweds, Holly Kennedy and Kelly Turzanski, a drive around the island of Oahu just about came to a halt while enjoying a snack in the car.

"We were just driving up the coast and I hear Holly say 'Oh no!'" Turzanski said.

The next thing he knew, his bride of just a few days was in pain. A tooth filled years ago as a teenager had split while eating some jerky.

"We're here on our honeymoon, we had no idea where to go for help around here," said Turzanski.

Not knowing where to go, the couple sought out the first doctor sign on a home they could find as they continued around the island.

"We stopped just down the street," Turzanski said. "We didn't even know what kind of doctor he was, he could've been a veterinarian for all we knew," he added.

Fortunately for honeymooners Kennedy and Turzanski, this doctor knew about the military providing services at the Kahuku Medical Center in Kahuku, Hawaii. That military was the 140th Wing Medical Group from the Colorado Air National Guard, serving the local community and as it turned out, some newlyweds, in need.

Though appointments had been completely filled, inevitably some folks couldn't make it or don't show up. Luckily for Kennedy and Turzanski, their emergency fell just at a time when someone didn't show.

"We've been here since the third of March. We were to head home in just a couple days," said Kennedy. "We're just so lucky that doctor knew about you (140th Medical Group) being here," Kennedy added with a smile.

The 140th Medical Group were on the island of Oahu as a part of The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Innovative Readiness Training Program, E Malama Kakou (translated from Hawaiian as "to care for all"), a two week humanitarian program providing services to the medically under-served and those in need with in the State of Hawaii.