MISSION AND HISTORY
“Restoring smiles to people across the world” has always been the mission of The Smile Foundation. The Smile Foundation began with Dr. Johnson’s desire for mission work. “Mission work brought me to dentistry,” says Dr. Johnson. Before attending UAB Dental School, Dr. Johnson participated in dental mission trips to Peru, Mexico and Costa Rica. “Dental care is of such great need everywhere but not accessible in many countries which is why I think that it is important to do this trip annually.”
Since 2007, Dr. Johnson and his team have traveled to Isla Murejes, an island off the coast of Cancun, Mexico to serve through providing dental care for a week of each summer. Each year, Dr. Johnson takes a different team including dentists, dental residents, hygenients, students, and teachers.
As each year was filled with success, Dr. Johnson began pursuing making The Smile Foundation a non-profit. After years of working and waiting, in 2013, The Smile Foundation received non-profit status and is currently working and dreaming for the opportunity to expand beyound Isla Murejes to restore more smiles across the world.
STAFF + BOARD
DR. LAUTEN JOHNSON
MEDIA + DESIGN
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“Over the years, Isla Mujeres has become a part of who I am. I have been traveling to the island since I was in high school. Each year brings different stories full of joy, laughter, hardship, and learning. Our trips have evolved from serving locals in anyway possible to a daily dental clinic that serves hundreds...” Cullen, 27, Memphis
“With the help of so many, our trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico has been one that has provided so many divinely orchestrated "moments" for the people of this town. Making "doing good" fun is not always easy- but with the leadership of people like Dr. Lauten Johnson, people are attracted to our mission and can see why we keep coming back...” Carolyn, 25, Washington D.C.
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