By Madison Junck
Throughout the last 28 years, Dr. Tieken has been dedicated to giving exceptional members of the community the smile they deserve.
The Bay Area Makeover was created in 2003 when Dr. Tieken discovered a new way to use his expertise to give back to the community that has been so good to him. He wanted to give deserving individuals the smile and confidence they had only dreamt of and immediately went to work organizing the Bay Area Makeover. Since then, Dr. Tieken has completed five makeovers and given over $320,000 worth of dental and medical services.
Jimmy Miller is the most recent winner of the Bay Area Makeover. Jimmy was introduced to Dr. Tieken in early 2018 when Dr. Tieken began his search for the next BAM winner. Jimmy’s two children, along with his girlfriend, each submitted a letter to Dr. Tieken explaining why they felt Jimmy was the most deserving candidate.
After months of anticipation, Jimmy finally received the news that he had been chosen as the winner of the Bay Area Makeover. “There was just something about Jimmy. Once I got to know him, I just knew he was so deserving of this,” Dr. Tieken said.
In the following weeks Dr. Tieken gathered a team of incredible doctors who were more than willing to help him along this journey, Periodontist Dr. Jared Abramian and Endodontist Dr. Christopher Coleman.
Over a year and dozens of visits later, Jimmy’s smile makeover was complete.
Dr. Tieken wanted a special way to celebrate and reveal Jimmy’s new smile to his friends and family so at the end of January he hosted a smile makeover reveal party at Preamble Lounge and Craft House for Jimmy, his friends and family, and members of the community. The night was full of love, laughter and lots of bright smiles.
“This whole experience has completely changed my life,” Jimmy said. “Not being able to show my smile was one problem on its own, but the constant pain was horrible to go through, too. Dr. Tieken and this team of doctors changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined, and I finally have the confidence to smile again.”