Originally named Project Smiles, Hope Smiles was founded in 2005 to meet the unmet dental needs in Middle Tennessee by providing dental students unparalleled mentorship and experience while serving the underserved. Partnering with the dental school at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Phillip Kemp of Brentwood, TN and a nine-member board invited dental students to take up their mission for real action through a unique advanced education opportunity. This mentoring program has provided dental care to many who would otherwise not receive treatment.


We continued our partnership with the University of Tennessee Dental School through the development of a fourth year elective course. This program provides students the opportunity to learn and serve hands-on with us at our Nashville facility and outreaches, offering them advanced training in a real-life setting. Since 2005, over 100 students have served with us in the elective program, renamed Hope Restore in 2012.



We joined forces with Cross Point Church as part of their quarterly Serving Saturday, leading a mobile outreach at Preston Taylor Ministries.

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We took our first mission trip to China with Show Hope to provide dental care for the orphan caretakers at Maria’s Big House of Hope. We served 50 caretakers with a team of 2 dentists, 2 hygienists, and 3 assistants.



We initiated what has become a significant partnership with St. Thomas Health as the provider of dental care for their large-scale medical community outreach events throughout the Middle Tennessee. In 2012, we provided treatment to over 180 people, with an estimated value of $47,000 in treatment provided.


We brought another team to serve in China through Show Hope. With a team of 3 dentists, 1 dental student, 2 hygienists, and 5 assistants, we treated 143 orphan caretakers.

We continued our mobile outreaches with Cross Point, serving over 185 individuals in 2 years, with an estimated $33,000 worth of treatment provided.


Our partnership with Cross Point deepened even more when they launched their Dream Center in West Nashville and generously donated use of their facility, allowing us to open the Dream Center Clinic in July, 2013. We provided care to over 150 people (many with repeat visits), with an estimated $194,000 worth of treatment.


Our first team of 7 went to Haiti to build relationships with the Haitian Dental School and local government, and assess the needs of the poorest country in the western hemisphere. This vision trip led to formative relationships that would go on to be significant drivers for our emerging work in Haiti.


We launched a full-time dental clinic in Uganda under the direction of Dr. Ryan Shinska




The Hope Smiles Clinic at Cross Point’s Dream Center location celebrated its one year anniversary.  In that year, volunteers saw 1081 patients.  Hope Smiles offered exams, x-rays, fillings, extractions, dentures, partials, and crowns.  The estimated value of treatment over the course of one year of service was $331,294.

Hope Smiles participated in the first St. Thomas Health’s “Day of Hope, Health, and Healing” in Nashville.  The event was held at Municipal Auditorium.  Hope Smiles was able to see 183 patients, perform 284 extractions, with an estimated cost of treatment being $51,200.

Hope Smiles Uganda continued to grow.  The team organized 12 outreaches during the year seeing many patients for follow-up care.  The team saw 2433 patients in 2014. 


In 2015 we continued growing locally in our partnership with St. Thomas Health and Cross Point Church. We treated 1183 patients with a value of treatment estimated at $549,676. We also participated in a “Free Dental Day” in Pulaski, Tennessee, enabling 493 patients to receive treatment by 200 volunteers.

Hope Smiles Uganda expanded significantly in 2015 with the purchase a new building, receipt of training and continuing education around orthodontics, and growth our Uganda staff team to meet new opportunities to serve the people of Uganda.


Hope Smiles has developed into into a groundbreaking dental care and community development organization, providing emergency and comprehensive dental services in underserved communities locally, domestically, and internationally. In addition to serving our own country (starting in Middle Tennessee and hill country in Texas), we also have expanding significant work in Uganda and Haiti. As of third quarter 2016, we have now grown to 2 full service clinics in Haiti that serve as a hub for mobile dental clinics in approximately 10 smaller communities, and have grown to see our Uganda clinic fully operational via indigenous staff providing direct leadership both in clinic and on all community-based mobile dental clinics.

We have opportunity and plans to continue to strategically expand to be leaders in the paradigm shift of sustainable dental care around the globe. We serve the uninsured, unemployed, oppressed, forgotten, and marginalized to rebuild not only teeth, but rather hope, love, and community. A restored smile renews a sense of dignity and confidence, aids in gaining employment, ignites passion to pursue dreams, and sparks hope for the future.