Dr. Byron Henry founded Free to Smile with his wife Stacy in 2008. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Henry says his life has come full circle: he gets to do what he loves while giving back. During his surgical residency at Indiana University, he developed an affinity for the “cleft kids” who had wonderful dispositions and were full of energy. In addition to serving as partner for Northwest Oral and Facial Surgery, Dr. Henry makes two to three trips a year on humanitarian missions overseas to provide free cleft lip and palate surgeries to underprivileged and impoverished children and adolescents.
As co-founder of Free to Smile Foundation, he not only finds the work fulfilling but also takes pride in its educational role. “Part of our purpose is to find a few sites and return to them annually to train local surgeons to do this surgery then move on to other sites,” he says. “We want to help the families and also the countries.”
Dr. Auzins graduated from Indiana University Dental School in 1996 and completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency in 2000. He became board certified in 2002. He served the United States Navy until 2003 with two tours to the Middle East. He was stationed on the aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt, and had a faculty position at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.
Dr. Auzins patient care extends beyond his practice in Portland to those around the world. A board member since 2012, he helps patients in under-served areas providing free dental surgeries. As part of FTS’ all-volunteer team, he has performed cleft palate surgery for impoverished children in China, Tibet, Guatemala and Africa. Dr. Auzins feels honored that he is able to donate his expertise to the foundation and change the lives of children who suffer from facial deformities.
Dr. Tim Bartholomew is a maxillofacial surgeon working at the non-profit Koutiala Women and Children’s Hospital in Koutiala, Mali, West Africa. He has worked full time in Africa since 2003 as a volunteer doctor with his wife, Huyen, including significant periods of time in Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea and Niger, West Africa; as well as Cambodia and the Mercy Ships. Dr. Bartholomew’s work in Koutiala involves doing maxillofacial, craniofacial surgery and head trauma as well as training local doctors.
Dr. Bartholomew’s training background includes dental school at The Ohio State University; internship training at Loyola University, Maywood, Illinois; as well as fellowship training at: the Oral Surgical Institute; University of Miami School of Medicine in Tumor and Reconstructive Surgery; the Posnick Center for Facial Plastic Surgery; craniofacial surgery training with Ian Jackson in Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. Matthew Hamilton is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, and completed his residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Riley Hospital and has been in practice since 2008.
Dr. Hamilton has been on over 20 volunteer medical service trips abroad, including Guatemala, Colombia, Niger and Uganda. During these trips, he provided anesthesia for children undergoing surgery for cleft lips/palates, and others with urological problems and congenital heart disease. Nine of Dr. Hamilton’s service trips were with Free to Smile Foundation.
Dr. Hamilton and his wife Jennifer have a son, Thomas.
Dr. Nicole Horn is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Indiana University School of Medicine. She then completed her fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Riley Hospital for Children and has been in practice since 2012.
Dr. Horn’s love of mission work began with her first mission trip to Ecuador as a medical student. She has been volunteering with Free to Smile since 2012, travelling to Guatemala, Columbia, and Africa.
Dr. Horn lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Tom Rector and their adorable mutt Fitzgerald.
Dr. Rick Kapitan joined Free to Smile’s board in 2015 after volunteering as a maxillofacial surgeon on nine missions. Dr. Kapitan is an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon at Carolinas Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in Charlotte, North Carolina. His practice focuses on cleft lip/palate surgery, jaw realignment, orthognathic surgery, facial trauma repair, and reconstructive surgery involving bone grafting and dental implants. Dr. Kapitan has a doctor of dental surgery degree, a master’s of science, and specialty certification in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery from The Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Kapitan is a Diplomate of the American Board of OMS, and is adjunct faculty in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at both LSU and UNC. He is also the Founder & Director of the Carolinas Center for Cleft Lip & Palate Surgery.
Bill Klausman, attorney, works closely with small and large companies to coordinate their legal needs to meet their business goals, specializing in business and commercial real estate. He earned his bachelor’s at Hanover College in Indiana and his J.D. and Masters of Law in Taxation from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. His practice, Klausman Law, Ltd., is located in downtown Columbus.
“I’ve always been involved in charitable work, and I thought Free to Smile Foundation was a good cause,” Bill says. He is honored to be a part of the foundation and happy to offer legal counsel and support in any way he can. “This is an excellent opportunity to help the less fortunate.”