We’re in the people business.
When Bob Fuchs was a child, he would often go to work with his father who sold dental equipment and supplies. He figured he was the luckiest kid in the world because he got to play with the coolest toys. Everything about dentistry made him happy, so Bob became a dentist.
Phil Schuler didn't have a whole lot growing up, but he had family, shelter, three meals a day and the idea that college was the way to go. He also had a passion for art and he saw dentistry as a way to combine a challenging and rewarding scientific career with a creative outlet. So Phil became a dentist.
Bob and Phil have spent their entire professional lives in dentistry, building successful individual practices and eventually partnering. They have cared for thousands of people in their Louisville, Kentucky, hometown – generations in some cases – solving problems, alleviating pain, improving quality of life and creating a lot of smiles along the way. But they wanted more.
They wanted to spend less time, effort and hassle doing the mundane tasks of running a practice, so they could spend more time on what they felt was most important. And what they felt was most important was caring for people – whether those people were patients of their practice or not.
Kaya Dental was born of those two surprisingly compatible desires. The online dental supply company offers dentists an easy-to-use tool for purchasing their core dental supplies while supporting dental charities with every single order.
Building a business that helps provide health restoring, dignity building, life enhancing dental care for those who cannot afford it was a natural decision for two men who, like most dentists they know, never turned a patient away for lack of ability to pay.
Phil and Bob didn't set out to change the world when they founded Kaya Dental Supplies, but they figure it's a pretty good side effect.