In 2001, in a small trailer in a field, with only two dental chairs, the Brighter Way ‘team of two’, provided oral health services to our first patient – a homeless Veteran. We restored joy and hope to a broken, lonely man who had served his country. His story touched our hearts and became a beacon of light and hope with a legacy in the Brighter Way logo.
At that time, I was driven to help homeless individuals transform more than their smiles. I wanted to see my patients for who they could become and how I could help them get there. The Campus itself became part of the solution where nonprofit human service agencies could engage in meaningful collaborations;where oral health care could be so much more than simply dental care.
Now, we are 23 years from the trailer in a field. Even then, with little experience, I had one mantra that I have held onto since our inception - provide the best and most comprehensive care possible to our patients. So, here we are a thriving, dynamic, innovative, state of the art institute. That description sounds impressive. However, the only thing that matters is what that description means to our patients……comprehensive care that spans services from cleanings all the way to Maxillofacial surgery that restores full function and esthetic.
I personally never imagined that the mantra would help us rise to this elevated position for our patients. Growth took serious resources, persistence and opportunity. It took a devoted team of dedicated volunteer oral health professionals and the trust of community philanthropists who could see beyond a dental trailer in a field. As collaborations grew, the Brighter Way beacon of light grew through national and international collaborations. There is a story and the new Brighter Way website will tell you this story.
Here you’ll get a better picture of our patients, our dental centers and our community. You’ll see the story of our milestones, our awards, and the unique recognition we have earned not only in our local community but nationally. Thank you for visiting the new Brighter Way site and thank you for taking the time to learn more about our history and what we do as a nonprofit oral health institute for people of all ages.