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A medical mission trip over 20 years ago was what first led Jamie to pursue a career in dentistry. Since graduating dental school, Jamie has traveled and provided dental care in several different countries on several different continents including: Honduras, Nicaragua, India, Ghana, and Haiti. Jamie and his wife reside in Nashville, Tennessee, with their four children. Their son, Micah, was adopted from Touch A Life’s program in Ghana. The Burtons have continued to travel to Ghana and visit Touch A Life where Jamie has been able to set up dental clinics on site to provide basic dental services such as examinations and cleanings for the children and adults living there.

Jamie serves on the Peer Review Committee for the Nashville Dental Society. He maintains active membership in the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Nashville Dental Society, and the Tennessee Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is a past Board member and active volunteer at the Interfaith Dental Clinic in Nashville.


Matt Cope is an internal medicine hospitalist at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. He attended Abilene Christian University as a National Merit Scholar, graduating with a degree in biology. After earning his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine where he finished the Tropical Medicine Track, he completed his internal medicine residency at Duke University. When not working, Matt enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with his three children.


Jim Morrison is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, Texas. He practiced Emergency Medicine for almost twenty years and was a founder and leader of Texas Midwest Emergency Physicians providing emergency medical services at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. While in Abilene, he served in numerous medical staff leadership roles and helped to develop the regional trauma system in West Texas.

Dr. Morrison completed a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Business Administration at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore prior to joining the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare system at Hillcrest in 2009. He has been active in international health and is involved in ongoing medical programs in Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, and Ghana. He has a strong interest in healthcare policy and management with an emphasis on equitable access to care and system healthcare quality processes.


Taylor Tidmore is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon – in Abilene, Texas. He graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1999 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine with his MD in 2003. He then completed his otolaryngology residency at The University of Missouri in 2008. Since then he has been in private practice in Abilene, Texas where he lives with his wife, Heather, and their four children.

Shari Smith, MD

Shari Smith is a licensed pediatrician who privately owns and operates Hometown Pediatrics in Joplin, MO. She specializes in providing medical care to underserved areas, participating in 8 mission trips to Brazil, Thailand, Chi Chi, Guatemala, and Ghana, and mentoring and supervising medical students and residents in rural international medicine.

Originally from Joplin, Missouri, she has enjoyed raising her family and treating children in the community she grew up in. Shari enjoys traveling with her husband Brent, two sons Carter (Brooke) and Parker, and one daughter, Chrissy.  

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