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Who We Are

President and Founder
Smiles International Foundation is a national and international organization which organizes and provides charitable surgical care for underpriviledged children internationally and in the U.S.A. who are afflicted with cleft and craniofacial deformities through a team approach for longitudinal care.  This allows excellence in optimal growth and development for the children served.  

Also, clinically related education for professionals and volunteers is provided  though the Foundation's accredited Continuing Education Symposia which help in establishing international liasons and ambassadorial relationships between professionals and Universities making the goal of self-sufficiency in the mission sites achievable.  It was formed as a subchapter DBA of the Pacific Clinical Research Foundation formed initially in 1987. The Moses Institute is another subchapter of the Pacific Clinical Research Foundation dedicated to the education, training, and certification of Surgeons interested in TMJ Arthroscopic Surgery.

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Clinic Philosophy

Our clinics are dedicated to a longitudinal team approach. Specialists gather together from both sides of the borders. Community support networks provide mission logistics and clinical care is provided to the child throughout their development. In less fortunate regions of the world, socio-economic conditions can lead to a delay of these treatments for the child, if corrected at all. This produces children developing with severe deformities more difficult to correct later in life and social out casting of the child. On the average, children with a cleft deformity require approximately 5-7 staged surgeries to reconstruct both oral-facial form and function.

While surgical mission teams have traditionally provided surgical repair of the lip or palate, many stop at this stage of assistance. Without longitudinal treatment planning and opportunities for staged treatment of the other aspects of their deformity, children could then develop with even more complicated deformities which require more extensive treatments later in life. Speech deformities, deafness, inability to chew foods are only part of the problems these children face.


miraculous metamorphosis
Miraculous Metamorphosis by renowned Latino Activist and Muralist, Mario Torrero, featured at Costa Rica's Children's Museum
"following one child's  journey to adulthood"
Depiction of First Patient Treated to Completion living in Costa Rica by SIF
  • This organization is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity (33-0282767).
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  • This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.
  • Additional narrative information in this report was last supplied by the organization in 2018.
  • It makes its audited financial statements available to the public upon request.
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    Location(s) Served History
  • National U.S.A. California
  • International: Mexico, Costa Rica, India, Africa, Panama, Guatemala,Ukraine