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September 16, 2013

Schreiner cleared to get back in game

Major heart attack doesn't stop this dentist

DUNCAN — There are those in your life who, perhaps unbeknownst to you, have had great life experiences. They could be, say, your hometown dentist.

In this case, it is one of Duncan’s teeth professionals who has quite the story to tell. Carl Schreiner III, born in Seminole and raised in Midland, Texas, returned to Oklahoma to attend the University of Oklahoma.

“I played football under the legendary Charles “Bud” Wilkinson,” said Schreiner. “He was the most important influence in my life and I pattern my life after that man.”

Schreiner had come to a decision about what to do with his life early on. Though he loved sports, he was also studious and enjoyed working with his hands. When the decision was between medicine and dentistry, his local physician recommended the latter career.

This desire to become a dentist was tested when after college, Schreiner joined the Boston Red Sox. He played baseball with the team for about two years.

“I was contacted by the Boston Red Sox about the same time I was accepted into dental school,” he said. “After a while, I decided I’d make a better dentist than a baseball player.”

After graduating in 1969 from the University of Tennessee Dental School in Memphis, Tenn. with a doctorate of dental surgery degree, Schreiner became captain of the dental corps at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1971.

“My sister-in-law told me about Duncan and advised me to visit the dentists here,” Schreiner said. “It’s my size, it’s my kind of people. It’s an ideal location.”

Dentists Bob Schick and Lester Hull, as well as the few other dentists at the time, helped make Schreiner and his family at home. He and his wife Linda have two children, Kristen and Carl IV, and six grandchildren.

In 1976, Schreiner’s younger brother Terry joined his Duncan practice, fulfilling a life-long dream the two had. While his children were growing up, Schreiner remained active in sports by coaching his son’s baseball teams and was president of the Duncan athletic booster club when DHS became football champions in 1984 and 1985.

He continues to follow OU and DHS football as best he can, work outdoors and collect antique clocks. Schreiner also looks after 1,500 to 2,000 patients at his practice. However, Schreiner recently had a setback in the pace his life was going.

On Aug. 29, after spending a day out in the sweltering Oklahoma heat and chasing his two young grandsons around, Schreiner suffered a major heart attack while leaving the Bass Pro Shop in Oklahoma City. A police officer was nearby and administered early CPR, which saved his life.

“I’ve been given a clean bill of health,” said Schreiner. “My patients are panicking that I’ll retire but I plan on easing back into things.”

Already, Schreiner has spent a few hours each day back in the office.

“Duncan is a great place,” he said. “I’m going to keep on taking care of my patients, some I’ve had for 40 years.”

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