SEAL Team 4 – Nicaragua Smile Project – July 2013

International Ambassador Committee

Dr. Benjamin Dorantes, DDS

Nicaragua Ambassador

Lead Dentist, Bright Now! Dental, Seattle, WA

Dr. Dorantes has been affiliated with Smile Brands throughout his entire dental career since graduating from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle in 2000. He has served as a Managing and Lead Dentist for the past 13 years.

During that time, Dr. Dorantes, who practices in the Kent, Wash., Bright Now! Dental office, has succeeded in growing the office and building it into a multi-million-dollar practice. Dr. Dorantes enjoys providing professional service and quality dental care across multiple age groups. In his spare time you’ll find him running, biking or spending time with his four beautiful children.

Team Member

Dr. Kevin Lee, DDS

Nicaragua Ambassador

Market Dental Director, Centreville, Ohio

Dr. Kevin Lee enjoys making frequent office visits and helping dentists grow their skills in his role as Market Dental Director, Midwest Cities Market (Dayton). He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor of arts in biology and earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

After dental school, Dr. Lee joined the military and completed a dental general practice residency in the U.S. Air Force. While stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, Dr. Lee met his wife, Beth, a hospital social worker. She also happened to be his first patient when she came in to have her wisdom teeth extracted!

Following three years of active duty, Dr. Lee bought a dental practice but soon tired of the business side of the operation. He was thrilled to hand off those tasks when he joined a practice that was later acquired by Monarch Dental. In addition to snowboarding, golf and wood working in his free time, Dr. Lee is a professor of biology at the University of Cincinnati where he teaches undergraduate general biology, microbiology and anatomy and physiology. Dr. Lee was a member of SEAL Team 4′s International Smile Project to Nicaragua in July 2013.

SEAL Team 3 – Ghana Smile Project – November 2012

International Ambassador Committee

Team Member

Dr. Karol Brown, DDS

Ghana Ambassador

Lead Dentist, Monarch Dental, Dallas-Redbird Towers & Market Dental Director, DFW-South

Dr. Karol Brown, a native of Louisiana, earned her bachelor of science degree in chemistry, with a minor in biology, from Xavier University in New Orleans. She earned her doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Oklahoma and served as a forensic dental volunteer in 1995 after the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Brown spent a year as a general dentist resident at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Md., and has been affiliated with Smile Brands for 14 years. She currently is the Lead Dentist at the Monarch Dental Dallas-Redbird office and is also a Market Dental Director for DFW-South. Dr. Brown received a Smile Brands QUEST Award for Staff Development for Q2 2011 and earned the Dentist of the Year VIBE award for the Central Area for 2011.

Dr. Brown regularly participates in health fairs and college recruiting fairs. She also is a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Dr. Brown was a member of SEAL Team 3’s International Smile Project to Ghana in November 2012.

Team Member

Dr. Robert Crim, DDS

Ghana Ambassador

Lead Dentist, Bright Now! Dental, Wesley Chapel, FL & Market Dental Director, Florida

Dr. Robert Crim earned his under-graduate degree in 1976 and his dental degree in 1980 both from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. After college he moved to Florida and has been practicing dentistry in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area for 30 years, including the past nine as a Smile Brands-affiliated dentist. Previously he owned two private dental offices.

Dr. Crim has practiced at Bright Now! Dental offices in Clearwater and Tampa, currently serves as MDD for Florida, and sees patients in both the Wesley Chapel and Bradenton, Fla., offices. Dr. Crim received a Smile Brands QUEST Award for Staff Development for Q3 2010 and earned the Dentist of the Year VIBE award for the East Area for 2011.

Dr. Crim has performed outreach dental work throughout his career, in Congo, the Cook Islands, Haiti and South Korea. Dr. Crim was a member of SEAL Team 3’s International Smile Project to Ghana in November 2012.

SEAL Team 2 – Thailand Smile Project – May 2012

International Ambassador Committee

Team Member

Dr. Robert Chidester, DDS

Thailand Ambassador

Lead Dentist, Monarch Dental, Sandy, Utah & Market Dental Director, Utah

Dr. Robert Chidester graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago, Ill., in 1983, then worked in a private practice in Salt Lake City for the next five years. From 1988 to 1995 he worked at Al-Hada Military Hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia.

When Dr. Chidester returned to Utah in 1995, he became affiliated with Monarch Dental and currently serves as the Market Dental Director for Utah. Dr. Chidester was a member of SEAL Team 2′s International Smile Project to Thailand in May 2012.

Dr. Chidester’s wife, Nally, is originally from Bangkok, Thailand and is fluent in Thai; they have been married for 31 years. Nally owns and operates a very successful Thai restaurant in Sandy, Utah. Their four children all graduated from the University of Utah and all are married. Dr. Chidester and his wife have four grandchildren.

Team Member

Dr. Randell W. Richardson, DDS

Thailand Ambassador

Lead Dentist, Monarch Dental, Lewisville, TX & Market Dental Director, DFW-North

Dr. Randell “Randy” Richardson, a native Texan, is passionate about learning and strives for excellence in all he does. This was evident from his early years at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1977. He then attended the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School in San Antonio, where he graduated 17th in a class of 163 graduates.

After returning to his roots in Dallas, he practiced family dentistry and orthodontics as an associate dentist then began his private practice in 1989. He became affiliated with Smile Brands in 2003, becoming a lead dentist in 2005 at the Monarch Dental in Lewisville, Texas. He became a Market Dental Director for Dallas-Ft. Worth in 2010, overseeing 20 offices, and enjoys the challenges and rewards of his current position. Dr. Richardson was presented with the President’s Award for 2012 by Smile Brands’ President & CEO Steve Bilt. Dr. Richardson was a member of SEAL Team 2′s International Smile Project to Thailand in May 2012.

Dr. Richardson lives in Dallas with his wife of 32 years, Sharyl; his mother, Dorothy; and his teenage daughter, Tori. He and Sharyl also have two married daughters, Amy and Kayla, and a son, Stephen. Dr. Richardson enjoys spending time with his family, serving in his church and traveling.

SEAL Team 1 – Paraguay Smile Project – December 2011

International Ambassador Committee

Team Member

Dr. Roy Smith

Paraguay Ambassador

Lead Dentist, Monarch Dental, Pine Bluff, AR

Dr. Smith graduated from UT Austin and UT San Antonio Dental School. He had a private practice in New Mexico for 5 years before joining Monarch Dental in 1985. Dr. Smith practiced at the North Dallas and Mesquite offices for 12 years before transitioning to full time group operations management in 1996. He became VP of Operations and Chief Dental Officer for Monarch Dental in 2001.

Following the acquisition by Bright Now! Dental in 2003, Dr. Smith became Senior VP of Operations and established the Clinical Board of Directors, serving as Chairman. In 2006 Dr. Smith became Chief Operating Officer for Smile Brands Inc., serving in that capacity until 2011. In 2011 Dr. Smith was named Chief Dental Officer, narrowing his focus to clinical operations. In 2013, Dr. Smith reduced his schedule to part time, serving as President of the Texas and Arizona PCs.

Currently Dr. Smith serves as an independent consultant to Smile Brands, mentoring and supporting the clinical leaders in Texas, while serving on the Steering Committee of the Clinical Board. Dr. Smith is also on the Board of Directors of TMS Neuro Solutions. He has enjoyed serving on several dental mission trips to Guatemala, as well as to Paraguay with the first Smiles for Everyone Foundation’s Seal Team One trip in 2011. Dr. Smith has been married for 34 years to his wonderful wife Joanie. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. They enjoy travel, volunteer work and the arts.

Team Member

Dr. Edgardo Gonzalez, DDS

Paraguay Ambassador

Market Dental Director, San Antonio & Houston

Dr. Edgardo “Gordy” Gonzalez, a native of Laredo, Texas, earned his under-graduate degree at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, before completing dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dental Branch. Dr. Gonzalez has been providing dental care for more than 35 years.

After graduating from dental school and working at a private practice in Houston for three years, he moved to San Antonio in 1980. The following year Dr. Gonzalez helped open the first satellite office of Press Family Dental on the city’s south side. Press Family Dental was acquired by Monarch Dental Corp. in 1997 and in turn Smile Brands Inc. acquired Monarch Dental Corp. in 2003, which is when Dr. Gonzalez began his affiliation with SBI.

Known for wearing a smile to work every day, Dr. Gonzalez especially enjoys mentoring young dentists as a Market Dental Director and contributing to the profession as a member of the Smile Brands Clinical Board of Directors. Dr. Gonzalez was honored with the 2011 President’s Award from Smile Brands’ President & CEO Steve Bilt. Dr. Gonzalez was a member of SEAL Team 1’s International Smile Project to Paraguay in December 2011.