Entrepreneur Spotlight Series: Cara & Crystal

Cara Reck and Crystal Spring are the co-founders of Smiles Across Montana (SAM). SAM is nonprofit organization that brings preventative dental care to rural areas of Montana, currently focused on schools. There are five dental hygienists and four dentists who travel all over the state; they are bringing the dental office to the school with their mobile equipment.

The work that SAM does is amazing and a great public service to the community. SAM was created by two amazingly dedicated women driven by their passion to serve. These two entrepreneurs are paving the path for success by going after their dreams and crushing their goals through hard work and perseverance. However, stepping outside of their comfort zone is no small feat. They're a force to be reckoned with and the work that Cara and Crystal are doing is an inspiration to working women everywhere.

Cara is a graduate from Montana State University-Great Falls with an associate degree in dental hygiene. She worked in private practice for 5 years and then started contracting with the Fort Peck Reservation’s Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program in the school based clinics. This is where the idea of SAM came from. She now works full time for SAM and is traveling approximately 2 weeks a month. When she isn’t traveling she is at home with her 2 boys (Sawyer-2, Stetson-8) and husband, Cody.

Crystal Spring has a bachelor's degree in dental hygienie from the University of Wyoming. She has been practicing dental hygiene for 22 years with the last 6 years dedicated to public health. She works in nursing homes and in school settings; Crystal is the District X Trustee for American Dental Hygiene Association and has received ADHA’s Master Clinician Award as well as Sunstar Butler’s Award of Distinction. She loves everything public health and has a passion for bringing equitable and affordable services to our most vulnerable populations. Crystal has two sons Bode a senior at Bozeman High School and Rafe is an eighth grader in Gallatin Gateway. She has been married to her husband Ty for 21 years.

For more information about SAM visit their Facebook page. Find Crystal and Cara on social media to follow their journeys.

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