In 2009, Linda Parker Smith, Founder and CEO of Smiles, was ready to make a change in her life. That same year, she attended a meeting of Alongside Ministries, a nonprofit organization committed to the rehabilitation of women and men coming out of prison. She met several former inmates and noted the horrible condition of their teeth caused by prison life, earlier drug use and poverty. Since Linda traveled extensively as a successful national dental practice management consultant, she was moved to do something. It was then she committed, “I can give them a smile.”

In 2012, Linda started Smiles Beyond the Bars, an Arizona 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, that provides the gift of restored smiles to women and men who have experienced incarceration or domestic violence and are committed to rebuilding their lives. In 2019, the name was changed to Smiles and Beyond.

As the result of drugs, poverty, domestic violence, and incarceration the recipients would need major restorative treatment. Linda set out to build a network of dental professionals and dental labs, who continue to generously donate their time and services. To reach those who needed treatment, she organized an alliance of other nonprofits, and asked that they refer those in need of restorative dentistry to Smiles.

As of 2020, the Smiles team has helped more than 400 men and women in Arizona change their smile and change their lives. Smiles is proud to share that the recidivism rate is 0% for the formerly incarcerated and that not one domestic violence survivor has returned to an abusive relationship!