Dr. Amil Shapka graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary in 1981, and went on to complete a Family Medicine Residency at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. He practiced in rural Alberta for three years, before being shown the light by his dentist younger brother. In 1986 he hung up his stethoscope and sharpened his crayons, returning to dental school and then graduating from the U of A with the colorful class of 1990. He would return to his rural roots, setting up in St. Paul to live happily ever after. His interests in travel, service and spirituality would merge in 1993, when he had an opportunity to participate in a humanitarian dental project in Honduras. This would be the seeds of Kindness In Action, of which he would be the founder and active board member for over 20 years.