About the Founder: Dr. Grace Smart

Dr. Grace Smart is a pediatric dentist and had a successful private practice for 26 years. Since 2009, she has been going on international short-term mission trips to provide dental care to those who have great needs. In 2012, she went back to school and earned dual Master Degrees in Global Leadership/Missions and in Children’s Ministry at Dallas Baptist University. During her course of study and continued prayers, Grace realized her dental skills and expertise could be used by God as a way to offer a ministry of compassion to those whose lives have been impacted through circumstances and needs. 

Early in 2014, she knew God had called her to leave her dental practice and surrender to full-time ministry.  By the end of the summer of the same year, Grace walked away from her private practice to worked for a Christian non-profit organization in the DFW metroplex for 18 months without taking a salary. 

In the fall of 2016, Dr. Smart formed her own non-profit organization, Grace in Healing Hands.  She began leading teams of volunteers through her dental healthcare ministry on international mission trips to administer to people's physical and spiritual needs. Grace in Healing Hands specializes in providing dental care to those who don't have access to adequate healthcare. Grace has visited over 20 countries serving with her ministry, sharing hope and love to people all over the globe.

Through her experience providing dental care abroad, Grace felt God's call to serve the needs of the people of the Dallas Community. Grace began raising support in 2018 to establish The Grace Center Texas, a Garland-based dental facility to offer dental care to those lacking the resources to seek care elsewhere. Fundraising is currently underway to make her local component of her dental ministry, The Grace Center Texas, a reality.

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