Domestic abuse victim shot in the face gets free implants and prosthetics

Published: August 12, 2022 4:41 PM EDT
Updated: August 12, 2022 10:34 PM EDT

A woman who was shot in the face is getting free implants and prosthetics thanks to three companies coming together.

We first introduced you to Tiffany Nemec 2017, a domestic violence survivor.

Five years later, she just had reconstructive dental surgery.

Tiffany received a new smile on Thursday after a Southwest Florida doctor, and his wife saw her story on WINK News.

Thanks to Dr. Mauricio Martinez and his team at Gulf Coast Smiles in Cape Coral, Biohorizons Implant Systems for providing the implants, and the company NDX nSequence Dental Laboratory for providing the guides and prosthetics, all pro bono.

This is how she ended up here…

In 2017, WINK News Anchor Chris Cifatte sat down with Tiffany. They talked about her abusive relationship and the trauma that came with it.

Tiffany recalled, “Physical pain that’s so bad some days I can’t even get out of bed.”

Last year we spoke with Tiffany to highlight the journey of a domestic violence survivor.

She said when she tried to leave her partner, “He tracked me down to my new apartment, shot the locks off the door, shot my face, or shot my stomach first then in my face … When he shot me the second time, he stood over me and then shot himself.”

That was 14 years ago.

Until Thursday, Tiffany dealt with physical and emotional pain, saying this surgery isn’t just cosmetic; it’s life-changing.

WINK News dedicated an hour-long special to domestic abuse. Watch below.


Resources

Charlotte County
Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies
Phone: 941-639-5499
Hotline: 941-627-6000
SMS Text: 941-449-8534
TDD: 941-627-6000
Website: carefl.org
Chat: resourceconnect.com

Collier County
The Shelter for Abused Women & Children
Phone: 239-775-3862
Hotline: 239-775-1101
TDD: 239-775-4265
Website: naplesshelter.org

DeSoto County
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center
Phone: 941-365-0208
Hotline: 941-365-1976
TDD: 941-365-1976
Website: sparcc.net

Glades County
Abuse Counseling and Treatment
Phone: 239-939-2553
Hotline: 239-939-3112
TDD: 239-939-3112
Website: actabuse.com

Hendry County
Abuse Counseling and Treatment
Phone: 239-939-2553
Hotline: 239-939-3112
TDD: 239-939-3112
Website: actabuse.com

Lee County
Abuse Counseling and Treatment
Phone: 239-939-2553
Hotline: 239-939-3112
TDD: 239-939-3112
Website: actabuse.com

Below are mental health resources available to Southwest Floridians at the national and local levels.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8255
suicidepreventionlifeline.org

David Lawrence Center  (Collier County)
(239)455-8500
davidlawrencecenter.org

SalusCare (Lee County)
(239)275-4242
saluscareflorida.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Collier County
namicollier.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry Counties
namilee.org

The National Alliance for Caregiving offers a free handbook
Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers

Collier County Mental Health Court
ca.cjis20.org/home/collier

Lee County Mental Health Court
ca.cjis20.org/home/lee

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
convio.net

Local Support Groups: Anxiety and Depression Association of America
adaa.org

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Mental Health and Addiction Insurance Help)
hhs.gov/programs/topic-sites/mental-health-parity

Local veterans resource: Home Base SWFL
https://homebase.org/home-base-southwest-florida/