The Tooth Truck Board & Staff
L to R: Mindy Muñoz, Megan Lambert, Emma Davis, Dr. Sarah Cimino, Kim Otradovec
The Tooth Truck, Inc.
d/b/a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile of the Ozarks
A Missouri Not-For-Profit Corporation
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Tara Cash, Chairperson
Dr. Christopher Meyer, Vice Chairperson
Joseph Reid, Secretary
Wyatt Jenkins, Treasurer
Dr. Alison Nelson
Dr. Howard Shayne
Dr. Thomas Stone
PRESIDENT & CEO
PROGRAM DIRECTOR-RONALD MCDONALD CARE MOBILE
Dr. Sarah Cimino
Dr. Aaron Dannegger
Dr. Brett Durbin
Dr. Randi Green
PART-TIME DENTAL ASSISTANTS
HEALTHY SMILES ACADEMY MANAGER
MEET OUR TOOTH TRUCK STAFF
Program Director- Ronald McDonald Care Mobile: Mindy Muñoz
Mindy Muñoz has served as the Program Director for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, fondly known as the “Tooth Truck”, since 2007. She is responsible for the overall operations and day-to-day relationships for our mobile dental clinic.
Mindy’s personal mission is to continue in a career that has the potential to impact thousands of lives. She previously spent five years administering all aspects of a medical facility caring for roughly 10,000 patient-visits a year in Rio Bravo, Mexico through the “Hands Together Ministry”, the Methodist Church’s largest foreign mission site serving Mexican people through onsite facilities, rural communities, local health facilities and in-home care. She led over 40 missions each year involving more than 1,500 volunteers. One of the administrators Mindy worked with refers to her as the “Pied Piper of Rio Bravo”.
In 2000, Mindy graduated Magna Cum Laude from William Jewel College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and attended the Oxford University Overseas Study Course in 1999-2000. She has received numerous awards for her work in the community including honors from the Red Cross, the DIF government agency and being chosen as one of five awarded for the International Day of the Woman in recognition of exceptional work performed throughout the municipality in 2003. Mindy is a member of The Network and the Medical Group Management Association.
After first meeting in Mexico, Mindy and her husband, Ivan, were married in 2008. They enjoy kid-friendly activities with their three children and participating in community events celebrating the Hispanic culture in their free time.
General Dentist: Dr. Sarah Cimino
Dr. Sarah Cimino joined The Tooth Truck, Inc. as the full-time General Dentist in February 2011. Dr. Sarah provides comprehensive dental treatment for at-risk children in the Springfield area while empowering them to practice healthy dental habits at home. Her personal hope is to remove all fear involved with dental check-ups and restorative appointments for the very youngest of patients. Sarah has a personal connection to the Tooth Truck as her sister is a kindergarten teacher in Springfield and many of her students have benefited from the services we provide.
A Springfield native, Sarah completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from Milikin University in Decatur, Illinois then obtained her Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2008. She spent two and a half years in Liberty, Missouri as an Associate Dentist with Seaport Family Dentistry. Sarah and her husband Justin are thrilled to return to the Springfield area and for the opportunity to serve children who would otherwise not have access to dental care.
Sarah is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Missouri Dental Association, Greater Springfield Dental Society, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She was appointed to the Greene County Health Commissions’s Dental Advisory Board; she was the two-time recipient of the UMKC School of Dentistry’s Alumni Scholarship; and she completed the UMKC School of Dentistry Senior Departmental Advanced Studies Program with honors in Restorative Dentistry.
She loves photography and traveling, every chance she gets, as well as spending quality time with Justin and their daughter, Adelaide.
President & CEO: Bonnie Keller
Bonnie is the President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Ozarks, Inc. and The Tooth Truck, Inc. Prior to being named the paid Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House near Cox South in 1989, Bonnie served in the roles of Volunteer, Board Member and Volunteer Executive Director. She was promoted to President & CEO in 1991 and continues in this role as the organization expanded its programs and mission with a grant making program in 1996, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in 2002 and the Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital in 2012.
Bonnie is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the All-Star Smiles Sertoma Club and the Price Cutter Charity Championship Executive Board. She previously served on the GO LEAD Advisory Board and The Health Commission’s Provider Services Advisory Board. Bonnie completed a three-year term on the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2010, serving as the Vice Chairman of Community Development & Special Events for two years.
Bonnie was named an Honorary Member of the Greater Springfield Dental Society in 2011 and the 2010 Executive of the Year by the Hawthorn Chapter of IAAP. She received the 2008 “Making a Difference for Women” Award from Soroptimist International of Springfield, and in 2004 was named one of the Springfield Business Journal’s “20 Most Influential Women” and the All-Star Smiles Sertoma Club’s “Sertoman of the Year. She was honored as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the AFP Ozarks Region Chapter in 2002.
Bonnie and her husband, Clayton, have three daughters.
Office Manager : Emma Davis
Emma Davis joined the Tooth Truck in December 2013 as the Office Manager. In this role, she works on a daily basis with school nurses in prioritizing and scheduling patients for treatment, works alongside volunteers, maintains patient records, files for reimbursement from Medicaid, and ensures each child has a positive dental experience.
Emma is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in psychology. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in April 2013. Emma served as a substance abuse counselor while also working with a local counseling agency prior to joining the Tooth Truck staff.
She is an active member of Alpha Delta Pi and, through her affiliation, enjoyed volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix, AZ. She has a passion for working with children and their families and is excited to have the opportunity to help people in the community. In her free time, Emma loves trying new places to eat, playing with her three dogs, and doing hot yoga. Emma and her husband, Chad, were married in February 2014.
Dental Assistant: Megan Lambert
The Tooth Truck staff welcomed Dental Assistant Megan Lambert in May 2009. Megan first began working on the Tooth Truck as a Dental Assisting Student, completing her final rotation in a dental office. She graduated from OTC as a Certified Dental Assistant and is excited to continue working with the Tooth Truck staff and patients. She clearly has a passion for children and enjoys educating them on proper brushing habits. With two daughters at home, Megan knows just the right words to say to encourage our patients to practice good brushing and flossing habits at home. When Megan is not working, she likes to listen to music, read, go hiking, camping, and floating.
Dental Assistant: Kim Otradovec
Kim Otradovec began working on the Tooth Truck in March 2013 as a Dental Assistant. She graduated with her Certificate in Dental Assisting from OTC in December 2012. Kim loves working in the dental field and is particularly passionate about interacting with children who need guidance on improving their dental health. Kim was the class president of the dental assisting hybrid program and serves as a representative on the Ozarks Technical Community College Dental Assisting Program Advisory Board. She enjoys spending time with her family, participating in a crocheting and knitting group through her church, and spending time at the lake during the summer.
Part-Time Dental Assistant: Jackie Malik
Jackie Malik joined the Tooth Truck in February 2015 as a part-time Dental Assistant. Upon completion of her studies at Vatterott College, Jackie started her dental assisting career working with pediatric patients at Jordan Valley’s Dental Clinic. She is delighted to share her passion for dentistry with patients on the Tooth Truck as she teaches them life-long oral hygiene habits. When she’s not busy going to school to further her love of dentistry as a dental hygienist, Jackie can be found spending time with her family and pursuing a variety of fitness endeavors.
Healthy Smiles Academy Manager: Alise Deines
Alise Deines began her work as the Healthy Smiles Academy Manager in April 2015. She is responsible for the operations of our in-school brushing program. She works closely with school staff to ensure participants have the proper skills and knowledge to establish daily brushing in the school setting. Alise is very familiar with the importance of preventative oral care and is excited to help children develop a healthy, lifelong routine.
Alise attended OTC with a focus on psychology. She worked with foster youth in the state of Missouri for five years, and has a love for children and helping them achieve improved self-image and self-esteem. She is excited to continue this mission to help children through the Healthy Smiles Academy.
Alise loves staying active and participating in projects that enhance the wellbeing of others. Spending quality time with her six year-old son is most important to her. She enjoys watching movies, going to the park, and doing outdoor activities with him.