SMILEFAITH INSTITUTE LEADERSHIP
TOM LANE, 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.
TRICIA SOURS, DIRECTOR
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, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
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
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, DEPARTMENT CHAIR
DEPARTMENT OF PERIODONTOLOGY & ORAL IMPLANTOLOGY
Dr. Bronstein has been Clinical Professor, Associate Program Director and Faculty in the Periodontology Department and is Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Advanced Education of General Dentistry Department at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. She is double boarded as Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology (ABP) and Diplomate and Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI). She received her Specialty Certification in Periodontology and Oral Implantology from Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, as well as a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology, where she was retained as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for three years after graduation. She later earned a Master of Science in Medical Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Health Law. She has co-authored academic textbook chapters which are mandatory literature for students in US dental schools. Her publications include clinical articles, as well as continuing education courses on surgical and nonsurgical periodontal and implant treatment with guided bone and tissue regeneration, chronic, aggressive and acute disease as well as plastic periodontal surgery.
Dr. Bronstein has actively practiced full-time and part-time for over 20 years in Europe and the US. She is fluent in German, English, Russian and can communicate in French. Dr. Bronstein has a Diploma in Clinical Homeopathy which she practices upon patient request adjunctively to standard of care in her periodontal and surgical dental private and faculty practice.
DR. RISHIT PATEL
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, IMPLANTOLOGY INSTRUCTOR
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.