Dr. Ralph B. Montgomery, Founder
Dr. Ralph B Montgomery founded Salt Lake Donated Dental Services (SLDDS) in 1990 and is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair Emeritus. He founded the clinic on a firm belief that a healthy smile should not be limited to only those with financial means.Dr. Montgomery graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Washington University School of Dentistry in 1954. He practiced dentistry for 36 years in Murray, Utah and served with the Clinical Research Associates of Provo, Utah where he participated for 21 years.
Dr. Montgomery has also served on the Utah Dental Board of Examiners and the Northwest Board of Examiners as well as lectured domestically and internationallyto dental societies and dental schools on dental techniques and how to organize volunteer dental services.In the early nineties, Dr. Montgomery volunteered to go to a Viet Nam Refugee Camp on the island of Palawan in the South Pacific. Finding that the residents of Palawan were much worse off than the refugees, Dr. Montgomery returned home and raised money to build a mobile dental clinic complete with an Xray machine and generator. With the help of Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, he was able to get the U.S. Air Force to fly the mobile clinic to Palawan. Through Rotary Clubs, in many states, volunteer dentists were recruited to go to Palawan for 30 days at a time to treat the Palawan people.
Today, this mobile dental clinic is still in use. Prior to taking the mobile dental clinic to Palawan, Dr. Montgomery brought it to 400 South and 400 West in downtown Salt Lake City, where meals were provided for the homeless. At one of those meals he announced that free dental care was available for the next week. There were so many individuals seeking care that Dr. Montgomery created Salt Lake Donated Dental Services (SLDDS), an organization that provides free quality, comprehensive dental care for the homeless and poor. The clinic has had several homes since its inception and is now located in the heart of the Glendale community in the beautiful Sorenson Unity Center, at 900 West and 1300 South.
Dr. Melvin Malmstrom, Board Chair
Dr. Melvin Malmstrom has acted as SLDDS’ Board Chair since of Directors since 2004. He has served on the board since 2002 and is currently the Chairman of SLDDS’ Clinical Committee.
Dr. Malmstrom has his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Utah and graduated with his Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School Dentistry. He practiced dentristy for 15 years in West Jordan, Utah and acted as President of the Salt Lake District Dental Society in 2002. Dr. Malmstrom now pursues his interests in traveling, mathematics, and languages.
Stephanie M. Jensen, Executive Director
Stephanie Jensen has been the Executive Director of Salt Lake Donated Dental Services since May of 2003. She was previously employed with the organization from February 2002 through May 2002 as the Front Office Coordinator and then on a volunteer basis from February 2003 through April 2003.
Ms. Jensen has her Bachelor of Arts in English as well as Art from Westminster College. Prior to working for SLDDS, Ms. Jensen managed a private dental practice (1992-1997; Pioneer Valley Dental), worked internationally with grassroots community projects in Central Asia (1999-2001; Peace Corps, Turkmenistan) and developed and implemented a local dental insurance company’s HIPAA compliance plan as required by the HIPAA Privacy Standards of 1996 (2002-2003; Dental Select).