KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic James Homon DDS MS PA

Address Website
770 Bethel Road
Columbus, OH 43214
Social Networks
Phone Contact
614/458-1711  Ms. Norma J. Sexton


Provide quality dental care and education to central Ohio children at an affordable cost to their families.

  • We hired our first, paid, part-time executive director with fundraising experience to direct operations.

  • We hired a part-time dental assistant to support clinic operations and strengthen our programs by supporting our clinical volunteers.  

  • The Lady Blue Jackets remodeled the clinic creating a more kid-friendly space and a warm family environment. The remodel included adding TVs to the treatment rooms and reception area. This investment totaled more than $30,000.

  • We increased the number of appointments available to our patients and the number of patients served. In all, KidSMILES serves approximately 500 patients.

  • We educated and distributed free dental supplies to more than 6,500 low-income children through our Educational Outreach program. Since the program began in 2011, we have served approximately 30,000 children.

  • We will continue to grow our primary fundraiser--the KidSMILES Tailgate.

  • We will increase the number of clinic days per month to better serve our patients. To do this, we will engage more volunteer dentists.  

  • We will pursue additional revenue streams and revenue-generating partnerships with other nonprofit organizations.


The KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic was founded in 2008 as a solution to a critical shortage of affordable dental options for low-income families in central Ohio. A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality dental care and education to children at an affordable cost to their families, KidSMILES utilizes a unique operating model that relies on volunteer dental professionals to serve patients.

The KidSMILES clinic opened its doors to patients in December 2012 at 770 Bethel Road in Columbus. With more than 500 dental professionals on board to volunteer, KidSMILES provides dental care at a cost of $10 per visit. Services include: dental examinations, radiographs, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, cavity removal and restoration and extractions.  We have served more than 500 pediatric patients from the central Ohio community.  

In addition to providing care through the KidSMILES clinic, volunteer dentists and hygienists have been conducting educational outreach programs to elementary school and preschool children since February of 2011. Through our partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, Stinger joins our volunteers for the elementary school visits to create excitement. To date, approximately 30,000 children have seen our presentations about the importance of good dental hygiene. Each child also receives a free take-away bag that includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, Stinger coloring page, and informational material.

Statement from Ms. Norma J. Sexton, Clinical Director

KidSMILES fills an enormous need in the central Ohio community. Many families are working hard to make ends meet but cannot afford critical dental care for their children. Regular, preventive dental care is a healthier and less expensive choice compared to expensive dental emergencies that are often treated in hospital emergency rooms.

The KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic serves children at a cost of only $10 per visit, allowing families to seek preventative and consistent care. In our second year of operations, we plan to treat more than 1,000 children through our unique model of using volunteer dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and front-office personnel. Additionally, KidSMILES' educational outreach programs for children ages 3-12 help children understand the importance of dental hygiene and gives them the dental supplies to maintain good dental health.

Statement from Dr. James A. Homon , Homon Orthodontics

We are very proud of the accomplishments we have made with KidSMILES, however there is much more work to do. Through our educational outreach program and networking with local service agencies, we have grown KidSMILES patient base considerably. We now have a waiting list of new patients and existing patients that need to be seen for their six-month preventive care appointments. Volunteer dentists for KidSMILES feel that their experience is rewarding and valued by our patient families. We need to broaden our roster of dentists and ask those who have committed to KidSMILES to consider volunteering at least twice a year. We will continue to work diligently to engage more dentists. Our limited budget continues to be a challenge as well. We are ready to move forward with adding an additional staff person and increase the hours of current staff. Continuing to develop strong fundraising plans will help us make the next step.

KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic James Homon DDS MS PA

Ms. Norma J. Sexton, Clinical Director
Term Start 3/2015 
Compensated Yes 

Norma joined KidSMILES in March 2015 as KidSMILES first, paid, part-time executive director. Norma is a graduate of Indiana University with advanced studies at The Ohio State University. Norma’s professional experience includes elementary class room teaching, language arts and reading consulting, author and editor of elementary reading program, and over 25 years as a certified fundraising executive with a proven track record in all areas of fundraising. She has served as director of development for a variety of social service agencies. Norma serves as an instructor for the Columbus chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ First Course in Fundraising. Her experience includes re-building fundraising operations from the ground up, recruiting, hiring, training and managing staff, and achieving financial goals and managing budgets to support growing organizations.

Senior Staff
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 700 
Staff Retention Rate:

Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Years Plan Considers 4
Current Plan Adopted 3/2012


For the last two years, KidSMILES has received a grant from The Dublin Foundation to collaborate with Welcome Warehouse to provide goody bags to clients through their existing events. In 2016 we collaborated with the Blue Jackets Foundation; Zimmerman, Boltz and Company; and the Columbus Dental Society to host our first Give Kids A Smile Screening Day at the clinic. The event was successful and brought 20 new families to the clinic.

Government Licenses
Health Care

Local Governing Board
Board Chair Dr. James A. Homon, Homon Orthodontics
Board Chair Term 1/2009 - 12/2016  
Board Members
Dr. Timothy Edwards, Edwards Family Dental  
Dr. Jeffrey T. Milton, Olentangy Pediatric Dentistry  
Dr. Fred Sakamoto, Central Ohio Periodontics  
Dr. Raymond A. Sheridan D.D.S , Sheridan Dental Non-Voting
Dr. Shelley A. Thompson D.D.S , Shelley A. Thompson, DDS Non-Voting
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 90% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 100%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 100%
Gender Female 17%
  Male 83%
Race African-American/Black 0%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 17%
  Caucasian 83%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
Mrs. Sharon Marcum ,
Ms. Cheryl Nelson ,
Mr. Clayton Rose III ,
Dr. Diego Solis ,
Mr. Josh Swearingen ,

KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic James Homon DDS MS PA

KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic

The cornerstone of KidSMILES' efforts is the pediatric dental clinic at 770 Bethel Road in Columbus that opened to patients in 2012. The clinic provides comprehensive care, with a main focus on disease removal and prevention.

Services include dental examinations, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, cavity removal and restoration, extractions, endodontic treatment, minor periodontal surgery, and management of impacted teeth. We also provide education about proper oral hygiene and the importance of good dental health. Each visit to the clinic costs only $10, which is a result of a low-cost operating model that relys on volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants, and front-office personnel to staff the clinic.

Statistics from KidSMILES’ first 200 patients:

  • 30% of KidSMILES patients were seeing a dentist for the first time;
  • 66% had not seen a dentist in over one year; and
  • 41% of families earned less than $25,000 per year.

Educational Outreach Program

KidSMILES’ educational outreach program makes an impact in the lives of families with few resources and limited access to quality dental care. Past surveys indicate that our program is often one of the few exposures children have to dental education. Our elementary program effectively communicates the importance of good, daily oral heath habits in a fun way. The outreach program is also critical to making families aware of KidSMILES and the services we provide. Goody bags with dental supplies and information about KidSMILES are given to each child. Putting a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and brushing timer in the hands of each child reinforces the information provided at school. Good dental hygiene and preventative care are important components to overall health. Practicing good daily habits can reduce costly emergency room visits and eliminate lost time in school for tooth pain that often is a result of bad oral care.

KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic James Homon DDS MS PA
Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
Projected Revenue $274,000
Projected Expense $266,026
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenue by Source
  2014   2013   2012  
Total Direct Support $251,015  $154,668  $79,215 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $251,015  $154,668  $79,215 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $3,200 
Interest and Dividends
Membership Dues
Special Events $30,397 
In-kind $65,035  $97,305  $120,739 
Other $10 
TOTAL REVENUE $349,647  $251,973  $199,964 

Expense by Type
  2014   2013   2012  
Programs $164,524  $125,542  $43,033 
Administration $45,307  $54,591  $26,100 
Fundraising $17,524  $28,310  $6,155 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $227,355  $208,443  $75,288 

Assets and Liabilities
  2014   2013   2012  
Total Assets $364,226  $313,297  $274,920 
Current Assets $93,619  $43,830  $21,270 
Total Liabilities $54,975  $61,303  $66,456 
Current Liabilities
NET ASSETS $309,251  $251,994  $208,464 

Financial Documents Available:

FY 2014
  • Form 990 or 990EZ
  • Financial Review, Compilation, Profit/Loss Statement, or Other
FY 2013
  • Form 990 or 990EZ
FY 2012
  • Form 990 or 990EZ
Mrs. Julie Homon

While working to grow our individual donor base, we will work to renew and increase support from current and new corporate and foundation donors. KidSMILES Tailgate fundraising event will increase the number of participants and the dollars generated. Those attending the event will be added to the individual donor and donor prospect lists that are strategically cultivated and solicited to generate new and retained individual donors and increased financial support from individuals.