In 2010 Kathie Reynolds, a dental hygienist with over 20 years of experience, realized that there was a gap in providing qualified dental care to individuals who could not travel to a traditional dental facility. Understanding the dental need elderly patients particularly living in assisted living facilities or homebound, Kathie created the mobile dental service Smiles to You.
While still working full-time as a dental hygienist, Kathie began working with her SCORE mentor, Barbara Drohan-Ballard, to identify all the essential aspects of starting her own business. Kathie developed the requisite skills of marketing, contract and pricing negotiation and client relationship management to bring her vision to life.
In April 2013, Smiles to began visiting health clinical facilities and assisted living facilities.Kathie is now experiencing an increased demand for the services of Smiles to You and is in expansion mode. Kathie functions as administrator, marketing director, and contract negotiator, and has recently hired 2 assistants to help with the dental hygiene work. Smiles to You is now accepted as a service provider of Riverside Hospital PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) for elderly patients in Richmond and Tidewater Peninsula. Smiles to You was also recognized by SCORE as the 2014 Small Business with Outstanding Citizenship.