Tom & Chrissie Lane, Founders
Tom Lane has a life-long mission of helping people SMILE AGAIN. From his days as a Navy Chaplain, to his successful business endeavors, including Healthcare National Marketing, Inc., Tom has always been on the search for people needing a strong dose of hope! Tom and his wife, Christine, saw the mounting needs 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 same people also needed a little coaching and encouragement to help them overcome the struggles which were robbing them of joy, financial stability, good health, and happy relationships. Tom and Christine 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 was born July 2009, and has been providing charitable dental care, inspiration, and vital life resources for the residents of Tampa Bay, Appalachia, and beyond ever since! Tom’s "servant-leadership" and humanitarian heart combine to make SmileFaith a true success story. Tom attended Mobile University (BA degree) and earned a Master’s Degree from the seminary at Wake Forest, North Carolina (SEBTS).
SmileFaith, Inc. is registered with the Florida Board of Dentistry and the Kentucky Cabinet For Health and Family Services, Department For Public Health.
Dr. Michael O’Carroll, DMin, Executive Director
Tricia Sours, Senior Clinic Administrator
Beth Polly, Kentucky Missions Host
Myrlyn Worley, Veterans Dental Representative
Tom Lane, MDiv, President
Christine Lane, Vice President
Sherri Paules, CEO
Sarah Ekdahl, Board Member
Wilheim Pieterse, Board Member
The SmileFaith Veterans Community Dental Clinic is not affiliated with the Veterans Administration (VA), but is intended to supplement the efforts of the VA.
Dr. Michael P. O’Carroll, Executive Director
Dr. Mike’s background includes business, university instruction, counseling, humanitarian leadership, and ministry. Mike worked in business management before teaching at Luther Rice University. He has traveled worldwide leading humanitarian initiatives as Project Director for Refugee Relief with Global Partners, UK. as well as other nonprofit organizations. Mike has been involved in ministerial service, both domestically and internationally, planting three churches and serving as pastor in several established churches. Mike is a graduate of USF and Luther Rice University, and earned a doctoral degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest. He is a Veteran and has a heart for providing our under-served Vet’s with the help they deserve. Dr. Mike has given visionary leadership to SmileFaith for the past seven years and has seen this unique, Christian nonprofit reach hundreds for the Lord, repair countless broken lives, and provide the wonderful gift of new smiles to many! Under his direction, SmileFaith has made possible over six million dollars of charitable care.
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Registration #CH32584
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
(From Left) Pastor Tim O'Carroll, Dr. Mike, Eric Paules, Tom Lane
Photo taken at FUEGO VOLCANO, GUATEMALA