Toodyay dental surgeon hangs up his drill

By Mark Roy

BROWSING the certificates that line the Toodyay Dental Clinic halls (right), one comes across a most unusual item: a Z Force Shield.

This rarely awarded accolade speaks volumes on the singular history of its recipient, Dr Michael Francis McGuinness AM.

Presented to the dentist by Z Force veterans in 2013, the Shield bears testament to his ongoing support for returned servicepeople.

“It is a pleasure to find an individual and professional service provider who is prepared to support this body of people who have given so much to our wonderful country,” the citation reads. “The warmth, dignity and respect shown by you is most admirable.”

A decade on from that award presentation and Dr McGuinness is reflecting on his upcoming retirement.

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