Dr. Byron Henry and his wife Stacy founded Free to Smile in 2008. Now he 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. During his surgical residency at Indiana University, he fell in love with bringing hope to the “cleft kids.” As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Henry is a partner with Northwest Oral and Facial Surgery.
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. 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.
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 practicing in Indianapolis 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. 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.
Joshua Scott is a marketing speaker and consultant who has spent the last 18 years in the dental industry. He leads Studio EightyEight, dentistry’s story-driven marketing agency.
Josh grew up off of Compton Avenue on the south side of Los Angeles, so he considers himself part “thug.” Currently, he resides in New Albany, Ohio - a white, picket fence community where the most gangsta thing he ever does is listen to Jay-Z with the car windows rolled down. He’s been married to his high school best friend, Joanna, for 24 years and has two children, Caden (age 14) and Aliya (age 10).
He met Dr. Byron Henry in 2010 after Free to Smile was founded and participated in his first trip in 2011. Since then, he’s been smitten with the vision (and the kids) and has played a role in helping tell the story of this amazing organization.
Growing up in Dublin, Ohio, Dr. Jennifer J. Miller is a proud graduate of Dublin Coffman High School. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Miami University of Ohio. Pursuing her dream to be a dentist, she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from NYU College of Dentistry in 2007.
Beyond dentistry, she is an avid runner, practices yoga, has her private pilot’s license, and enjoys cheering on the Buckeyes!
With a heart for serving others, Dr. Miller volunteers with the Free to Smile Foundationand Global Dental Relief. As part of cleft and dental teams, she has served impoverished children in Cambodia, Tibet, Niger, Nepal, Colombia, Guatemala and Ethiopia.
Casey is the president of Boost, a firm that helps companies increase profits by discovering their true pricing power. She is also a popular speaker at conferences, trade association events, and networking meetings. Her engaging TEDx talk in 2015 currently has over 3 million views.
She has lead teams at Global Fortune 500 companies and holds a U.S. Patent from her time as an engineer at General Electric where she worked in R&D, manufacturing, and technology development. As a lifelong learner, Casey is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and has degrees in Chemical Engineering, Spanish, and Business.
Driven by a passion to help meet the basic needs of children, she volunteers hundreds of hours every year to serve kids around the world.
Julie Berry, founder and CEO of HealthLinx Executive Search, has specialized in healthcare executive search for over 20 years. Since the company’s founding in 1997, HealthLinx has grown into a healthcare solutions firm focused on mitigating risks and improving hospital outcomes through high-performing leadership and culture – and ultimately improving hospital financial performance and quality of patient care. What began out of the basement of her apartment has evolved into the nation’s top Nursing & Leadership Excellence partner. HealthLinx is the only firm in the world that offers Executive Search, Transitional Leadership, and Nursing Excellence consultation for both Magnet® and Pathway to Excellence® designations.
Julie has personally partnered with hospitals of all sizes on hundreds of successful searches, and she has overseen nearly one thousand completed searches in hospitals all over the country.
Julie holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Capital University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Ohio State University. As a lawyer and an expert in her field, Julie is considered a valuable resource to both her clients and candidates, and a valuable consultant to her peers.
Jim Boltz is President of Zimmerman Boltz & Company, an accounting firm that specializes in providing financial and tax services and practice management strategies for dentists since 1974. Zimmerman Boltz & Company handles dental practices from coast to coast. He is a founding member of the Academy of Dental CP As, an association of accounting firms that specialize in servicing dentists on a national level.
Jim is actively involved in the practice management program at The Ohio State University School of Dentistry as a mentor and guest lecturer. He has presented on a variety of topics from practice start-up to practice transitions with the primary focus being on the business of dentistry. Additionally, he is part of the Athletics Mentorship Program at his Alma Mater, Otterbein University.
Jim has co-authored for “Dental Entrepreneur” and Columbus Dental Society’s “Voice”, providing guides to new practice start-up for the young dentist. He is a prominent national speaker that has presented on a variety of topics related to the business of dentistry. He has also been a guest speaker for many dental organizations and banks.
Jim was a co-founder and board member of Columbus First Bank, which has since been purchased by LCNB. He co-founded and developed The KiDDS Foundation, a charity providing dental services to impoverished children. He is also a board member of Free To Smile, which provides cleft lip and palate surgeries internationally.