SMILEFAITH INSTITUTE LEADERSHIP
TOM LANE, MA, MDiv
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Navy Chaplain to his success as Founder and President of National Association for Medical & Dental, Tom has always been on the search for people needing a strong dose of hope! Over the years, Lane and wife Chrissie saw the mounting need of so many individuals who were suffering from poor oral health, yet could not afford dental care. It became very clear that many of these individuals also needed the “tools” to help them overcome the struggles which were robbing them of joy, financial stability, good health and happy relationships. Tom and Chrissie envisioned a way to provide the necessary resources in order to recreate the inward smile, along with a beautiful, new outward smile, for these desperate individuals, including many under-served Veterans. SmileFaith Foundation was born July 2009 and has been providing charitable dental care and inspiration for disadvantaged residents of the Appalachian Mountains and under-served Veterans of Florida ever since. Mr. Lane holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Mobile University and the Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina. Under his leadership, SmileFaith has grown to eight unique programs, and has provided almost 13 million dollars in charitable care to those in need.
Patricia (Tricia) Sours has over 30 years of experience in the Dental Industry. Tricia met Sherri, the Founder’s daughter, on a dental mission to Peru and the rest is history! She has served in virtually every aspect of the dental profession including Office Administrator, Manager, Surgical Technician, Dental Assistant, Billing/Coding Company Owner, and remains an active Dental Practice Consultant. Tricia has participated in many dental mission projects both internationally and domestically serving alongside general dentists, specialists and medical professionals. She volunteers with Missions of Mercy, Stars and Stripes, Veterans Stand Down as well as many events in her local community. Dentistry is Tricia’s passion, and serving others is her love. Tricia states that, & “Dentistry truly changes more than a smile. It transforms a life!”
Tami Martin has over 35 years in the dental and medical industry. Tami and Tricia, the Director met at a dental community event and connected over a shared passion of serving others. Tami has served in many aspects of the dental field as an assistant, office management, office administration, treatment coordinator, financial coordinator and as a head dental assistant in a prison. Tami is passionate about serving her community and participates in many dental mission projects and volunteers her time with several organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area. Tami serves as a Guardian Ad Litem, a voice for children in Foster Care and has her own non-profit 501(c3) helping children in the foster care system. Tami enjoys her role as the Tampa Bay Chapter Coordinator with Dogs on Deployment, providing a network for active service members to find volunteers willing to board their animals while on deployment. Tami states the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
DR. MICHAEL O'CARROLL
CHANCELLOR, SMILEFAITH INSTITUTE
Dr. O’Carroll’s diverse background includes military logistics, management, university instruction, counseling, humanitarian leadership and ministry. After military service and following a rewarding business career, Dr. Mike enjoyed a ten year professorship at Luther Rice University during which time he traveled worldwide leading humanitarian initiatives. As Project Director with Global Partners, UK, Dr. Mike served refugee populations internationally. Mike is a graduate of the University of South Florida and Luther Rice University, and earned a doctoral degree from SEBTS at Wake Forest. Dr. Mike has been involved in ministerial service throughout Florida. As a Veteran, he has a heart for providing under-served Vet’s with the help they deserve. Dr. O’Carroll has given visionary leadership to SmileFaith since 2010 and has seen this unique nonprofit bring hope to thousands through charitable dental care and Christian inspiration.
DR. RANDY FRANKLIN
DEAN SMILEFAITH APPALACHIA CAMPUS
Dr. James R. Franklin graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA degree in Zoology and earned his DDS degree from OSU Dental School. He pursued advanced studies at the Midwest Implant Institute and completed the externship program in 1991. Dr. Franklin has taught IV Conscious Sedation and ACLS courses in conjunction with Midwest Implant Institute and Sinclair Community College for over 20 years. He became a Fellow of the Midwest Implant Institute in 2019. Dr. Franklin has a passion for mentoring dental professionals and facilitates ongoing dental study clubs. Dr. Randy has a heart to serve the under-served and states, “I have been practicing in my home town for the past 37 years. Over this period of time, I have had the joy of participating in many overseas dental missions including trips to Belize, Peru, Jamaica, St. Croix and Haiti. I have also enjoyed mission work within the USA at the Apache Indian Reservation and with inter-city missions in Columbus, Ohio. I began working with SmileFaith Foundation in 2017 serving the disadvantaged of Blackie, Kentucky in the Mountain Mobile Dental Bus. The Franklin Dental and Health Care team has loved hosting SmileFaith’s Dentistry That Cares community dental event, ‘Day of Hope,’ for the past 3 years. God has blessed me with talents and abilities, and I continue to seek ways to use my abilities and follow His lead in serving others. Kim and I attend the Peebles Church of Christ where we love leading Bible studies and facilitating 12 step recovery meetings and community events.”
DR. DIANA BRONSTEIN
CHAIR DEPARTMENT OF PERIODONTOLOGY & ORAL IMPLANTOLOGY
DR. RISHIT PATEL
INSTRUCTOR OF IMPLANTOLOGY & RESTORATION
For Dr. Patel, the best part about being a dentist is watching someone transform thanks to the smile he has given them. He has seen countless patients fill up with refreshed confidence and hope because of their new teeth, and it makes him look forward to work every day. He has been practicing dentistry for 12 years so far, and he is eager to help even more people for decades to come. Before you meet him at RP Dental & Implants, you can start getting to know him by reading on below. Dr. Patel was inspired by his grandfather who was a physician. He knew he wanted to be in the medical field from a young age because it would give him the ability to positively change people’s lives. He decided that dentistry would give him the best chance to follow this passion while also allowing him to dedicate plenty of time to his family. These days, he could not be happier with his decision! Dr. Patel’s dental training started in his native India, where he received a Bachelor of Dental Science degree from the Government Dental College in Ahmedabad. After making his way to the U.S., he eventually graduated from Boston University with his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Since then, he has dedicated much of his free time to continuing education, completing courses focused on implant surgery, bone grafting, and Invisalign. He has also trained with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) to provide minimal oral sedation. Dr. Patel stays on top of the latest breakthroughs in dental technology and research by being a part of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
DR. ROBERT BERSTECHER
INSTRUCTOR OF IMPLANTOLOGY & RESTORATION
Dr. Berstecher was born and raised in Philadelphia. From there he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Waynesburg College in 1973. He then attended Temple University School of Dentistry graduating in 1977. While in Dental school he was elected into The St. George Oral Cancer Society, the Periodontal Honor Society, and was President of the Temple Dental School chapter of The American Society of Dentistry for Children. Upon graduation he entered the United States Army Dental Corps completing a General Practice Residency at Fort Eustis, Virginia. While still in the Army he purchased the practice of the late Louis Williams and moved to New Holland with his wife Katharine and son David in June 1980. Since then his family has grown with the addition of his daughter Jennifer, sons Joshua and Matthew and five grandchildren. Dr. Berstecher is a member of the American Dental Association, having received lifetime status in 2017. A past President of the Lancaster County Dental Society and past President of the Pennsylvania Dental Association’s Fifth District. Dr. Berstecher is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and the International Congress of Oral lmplantologists and at their recent national meeting, received his Masters Award designation.
DR. DANIEL SYKES
INSTRUCTOR OF RESTORATION
DR. NIKISHA JODHAN
INSTRUCTOR OF IMPLANTOLOGY
Dr. Nikisha N. Jodhan earned the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and the Certificate in Periodontology from New York University College of Dentistry and the Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry Specialty. Dr. Jodhan holds faculty appointments in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at Loyola Medical Center Residency Program, the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, and New York University College of Dentistry. She has devoted much of her 20 year professional career to building her private specialty practice in Skokie, Illinois and educating dentists. Dr. Jodhan’s true passion lies in her commitment to providing quality care evidenced by her dedication to clinical education and service to her community. She is an experienced clinician who specializes in all facets of periodontal therapy, periodontal plastic surgery, dental implants, and comprehensive periodontal surgery. Dr. Jodhan has been a laser-certified clinician since 2019 and is proud to include such technological advances in her repertoire of skills for the considerable benefit of her patients. She and her husband have chosen the Chicago North Shore community to raise their 2 children. Her hobbies include cooking, scuba diving, traveling, piano and spending time with her family. She particularly enjoys meeting people of different cultures. To learn more about Dr. Jodhan, visit her website at www.implantperiodoc.com.
DR. SAIMON RAMOS
INSTRUCTOR OF IMPLANTOLOGY & RESTORATION
Dr. Saimon Ramos was born in Brazil, and in 1998 he to the Greater Boston Area with his parents and brother. Dr. Ramos graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts and then moved to Gainesville where he earned his DMD from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Moving to Florida to pursue his dream of becoming a dentist turned out to be the best move he ever made. Not only did he become a Gator, but he also met the love of his life, Lauren. Dr. Ramos and Lauren are now married and have welcomed two additions to their family, Gabriella and Olivia. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Ramos attended the University of Florida AEGD program (Advanced Education in General Dentistry) located in Seminole, Florida. While in residency, Dr. Ramos was able to further his training in all areas of dentistry. In 2016 he was awarded Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. And in 2019, he was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Ramos is fluent in Portuguese, loves to travel, read, the beach, soccer, spend time with his family and to cheer on the Gators (GO GATORS!).
DR. ANIBAL V. TORRES
INSTRUCTOR OF IMPLANTOLOGY & RESTORATION
Dr. Anibal V. Torres left his hometown Arecibo, Puerto Rico to complete undergraduate studies at University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Returned to Puerto Rico to attend University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine where he obtained Doctor in Dental Medicine degree in 1983. In 2010 trained with Implant Educators towards obtaining Fellowship of International Congress of Oral Implantologists which was awarded February 2011. As a general practicioner, Dr. Torres not only trained on dental implants but also on other treatment options for example clear aligner orthodontic treatment and endodontics using mechanical rather than manual techniques to name a few. From 2007 until retirement from full time practice, Dr. Torres held the position of Practitioner – Investigator at the National Dental Practice Based Research Network and coauthor an article published by NDBPRN in Journal of Endodontics, “Impact of Persistent Pain Following Endodontics within the NDPBRN”. On September 2020, Dr. Torres retired from full time practice to spend more time with his family including four grandchildren while still volunteering part time with Smile Faith a non profit organization which provides limited dental teatment at no cost to Veterans and their spouses.
DR. PAUL RODEGHERO
INSTRUCTOR OF IMPLANTOLOGY & RESTORATION
Dr. Paul Rodeghero is a 1983 graduate of Ohio State University Dental School. His undergraduate work was completed at the University of Cincinnati and he then completed a Masters in Pulmonary Physiology at Wright State University in Dayton. Dr. Paul is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He stays current on the state of the art of dentistry, having completed thousands of hours of continuing education. Dr. Paul holds dental licenses in eight states. He practiced in his own facility in Morrow, Ohio for over 20 years, and with his wife, Ginger, they raised four children on a small farm there. While in Morrow, he was the president of the local Chamber of Commerce twice, coached his son’s soccer teams through varsity in the local high school, and enjoyed doing chores around the farm. Dr. Paul and Ginger eventually followed their children to Florida establishing a private dental practice in Clearwater. Spending time with his family and having “grandpa experiences” with his grandchildren are Dr. Paul’s favorite pastimes. Dr. Paul brings with him vast experience from the many practices he has had the opportunity to work with. He knows that there are many different technologies and philosophies. He has drawn from the best of these to enhance his skills and his abilities.
DR. RITA STEINER
INSTRUCTOR OF ENDODONTOLOGY
Dr. Rita Steiner has been a practicing dentist since 1994 and an Endodontist since 2004. She practices with the decided advantage of being dual trained…first educated in Europe, and then requalified in the United States. Dr. Steiner attended the prestigious European Medical and Dental Institute, Semmelweiss Dental School in Budapest, Hungary, as well as Nova University Dental School in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Steiner teaches at the VA Medical Center in Miami, Florida and has been an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Dental Medicine (CDM) since 2012. She is also on faculty at the Department of Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). Dr. Steiner is known in her specialty field for her many publications, poster presentations and awards. Rita Steiner is fluent in German, Hungarian, French and Hebrew, with basic communication skills in Spanish. Dr. Steiner is committed to education, her community and charity.
DENTAL & HEALTH EDUCATOR
Donna Portugues joined the SmileFaith Foundation team in June of 2019 bringing 35 years of dental experience to her position. Donna began her career as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant in 1986 after graduating from Florida College of Medical and Dental Careers in Tampa. It did not take long for her to realize her passion for helping others and eagerness to learn new dental skills, which drove her to further her dental education. She attended Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry which provided her an expanded knowledge and greater understanding of dental procedures. This led Donna to become an integral part of many dental teams, focusing on excellence in patient care and patient education. She later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education. Her dental experience encompasses the clinic setting, private practice and volunteer work with Mission of Mercy and SmileFaith Foundation. These experiences have given her a broad exposure to all phases of general dentistry, as well as the specialty fields of endodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery and periodontics. Donna is very passionate about the opportunity at SmileFaith to serve God and Veterans in the community. She truly believes she has been blessed with many skills, experiences and God-given gifts that have ultimately prepared her for this position.
INSTRUCTOR OF HYGIENE
Nancy Ammiano developed a passion for dentistry during her senior year in high school while doing a “co-op study” at a dental office. Later, she received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Nancy has been an Instructor in the Dental Hygiene Program at Pasco Hernando State College in New Port Richey. She loves serving Veterans and other patients at SmileFaith Foundation and writes, “It’s an honor and blessing to have the opportunity to help my patients obtain and maintain good oral health for a lifetime.” Nancy enjoys biking, swimming, hiking and Bible study.
Cheryl Price is a Master Lab Technician with a true passion for superb aesthetics. She is a graduate of Tampa Bay Tech, Bryman Dental Assisting School in Salt Lake City, and the Dental Tech School at Arizona College in Phoenix, Arizona. After initially working as a Dental Lab Technician in Arizona, Cheryl moved to Florida and worked with renowned industry leader and educator, Dr. Peter Dawson of Dawson Academy, in St. Petersburg. In 1986, she started her own successful dental lab which she operated for 28 years. Cheryl joined Lake Park Dental with years of expert experience and a desire to partner with a group of dentists and team members who truly cared for their patients’ overall health and dental beauty. She leads the lab team at SmileFaith Foundation supporting the many under-served Veterans who come to the nonprofit for much deserved dental care. When not working on creating dental masterpieces in the lab, Cheryl enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and being involved in her church.
ASSISTANT LAB DIRECTOR
Jericho Elomari has been involved in the dental lab industry for over 20 years. She started working in her family’s dental lab after school in her teens. Jericho is the Assistant Lab Director, CAD/CAM Specialist, and chairside dental technician at SmileFaith Dental Labs. She enjoys being a part of the dental team at SmileFaith Foundation, working side by side with the doctors and the team to assist in fabricating the very best restorations possible for the patients. Jericho is Dentsply Sirona certified in digital dentures, and has been trained by the top instructors of the company. She serves as the Lab Manager for CEREC® Seminars Education and Dental Lab and is also an educator for the workshops. She is a beta tester for KULZER INC. in 3D printing, materials, and software. Outside of work, Jericho enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She loves to entertain friends and family, as well as baking, traveling, water sports, and biking.