Jack Schiesl was a little sore when he left the dentist's office
Tuesday, but not for the usual reasons.
Schiesl was in the patient's chair, waiting for Dr. Richard
Adamson to come to return to complete a filling, when a deer
crashed through a window and knocked Schiesl off the chair.
The incident occurred at 9:45 a.m. at 2909 Roosevelt Road.
Schiesl said he had his eyes closed when he heard the glass
"I thought at first it was a car," he said. "I didn't see the deer. It
hit me right in the face and knocked me cuckoo for a few
seconds. It went over the top of the chair, and knocked it over."
Schiesl landed in a hallway. The deer went through the hallway
and into the waiting room.
The hygienist closed the door, trapping the deer.
"I panicked, but I had the presence of mind to close the door to
the waiting room and call 911," said Mary Ann Adamson, the
hygienist and the dentist's wife. The room's other door was
The deer, apparently cut from the broken window, splashed
blood over the furniture, carpeting, chairs, and children's books
and toys while wrecking the waiting room. Blood covered two
walls and the ceiling at one corner of the room.
Police officials said the animal was not severely injured. When
the front door was opened by a firefighter, and the deer escaped
along Roosevelt Road.
"Thank heavens no one was in the waiting room," said Richard
Adamson. "We usually have three or four children on the floor
with coloring books."
Schiesl, 68, 5316 45th St., had a cut nose and bruised back from
the incident. He declined an emergency room visit. The filling
in his tooth wasn't finished, he said.
Schiesl said he had arranged for an unrelated medical visit later
on. "But I don't know if I want to go to it," he joked.
He was shaken but still in good spirits as he and Mary Ann
Adamson walked back and forth on the sidewalk after the
"Why do you think the deer went through the window?" She
"Because I'm an outdoorsman," Schiesl said. He suggested that
the deer might have been seeking revenge for his 56 years of
Beth Goeppinger, Bong State Recreation Area naturalist, said the
deer might have been a yearling that was kicked out of the nest
to make room for newborns.
"It probably was looking for new territory and was scared,"
she said. "Windows reflect trees, and it probably looked like
as escape route. This happens a lot with birds."