Irvine, Calif., — Smile Brands Inc. is bringing its philosophy of “Smiles for Everyone®!” to the people of Paraguay this month.
President and CEO Steve Bilt is leading a team of executives and dentists on a journey to Asunción, Paraguay through the “Smiles for Everyone®!” Foundation. Their eight-day project focuses on providing dentistry to residents who would otherwise have no access to dental services through a series of local nutrition centers for the community. One of the main goals for the Smile Brands team is to explore and develop a model for the provision of exceptional dental and hygiene care to isolated and low-income communities. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to take our skills and knowledge to a group of people less fortunate than ourselves,” says Bilt. “We feel as part of our individual and corporate responsibilities, it is important to extend our mission beyond the walls of our 350 dental offices. By traveling to Paraguay and visiting local communities with little or no access to proper dental care, we can greatly extend our vision of bringing smiles to everyone.”
The “Smiles for Everyone®!” Foundation, affiliated with Smile Brands Inc., is a not-for-profit foundation with a vision to improve the lives of people through the provision of essential services including dentistry and nutrition, as well as provide additional forms of aid in extraordinary circumstances. The American Red Cross has twice recognized the “Smiles for Everyone®!” Foundation for its far-reaching humanitarian efforts, bestowing upon the Foundation the prestigious Circle of Humanitarians award.
The Paraguay team is running temporary dental clinics and nutrition centers for the community, as well as participating in trainings and group coaching sessions lead by Hendre Coetzee and Norm Schultz of the Center for Advanced Coaching in an effort to provide the best possible service while gaining insight into best practices in order to create a model which can be replicated in other areas. Bilt is also serving as a dental assistant on the trip, joining dentists Dr. Roy Smith, Dr. Thomas Emeterio, Dr. Gordy Gonzalez, Dr. Eniko Alicea and Dr. David Jones. Additionally, Smile Brands executives including Brad Schmidt, Jim Bourdages, Claudia Perez, and Steve Ashlock are participating.
A film crew is traveling with the team to capture video and still footage documenting the experience that can be used as educational material for future foundation trips.
About Smile Brands Inc.
Smile Brands Inc. is the largest provider of support services to dental groups in the United States. Smile Brands Inc. provides comprehensive business support services so dentists can spend more time caring for their patients and less time on the administrative, marketing and financial aspects of the dental practice. Smile Brands Inc. services support more than 1,200 dentists and hygienists practicing in approximately 350 Bright Now! Dental, Monarch Dental, and Castle Dental offices in 18 states.
Over three quarters of a million people a year take advantage of extended evening and weekend office hours, convenient locations, affordable prices, and flexible payment plans for quality, full-service dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry, and specialty services such as orthodontics at affiliated Smile Brands’ offices.
Based in Irvine, Calif., Smile Brands Inc. and its affiliated dental offices combined employ approximately 4,200 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.smilebrands.com.