Editorial Board

At Group Dentistry Now, we pride ourselves on keeping our finger on the pulse of the dental support organization industry and bringing relevant, engaging news and analysis to our audience.

Working together with all members of the industry, we are determined to increase access to care, enlighten naysayers of the benefits of the dental support model, and advocate to increase acceptance of this proven concept in the broader dental landscape.

We are honored to have such well-respected and experienced DSO industry leaders sit on the board:

Heidi Arndt, RDH, Multisite Dental Executive | Thought Leader | Executive Advisor

Heidi is a highly skilled DSO strategist, advisor and thought leader specializing in the development and management of multi-location dental groups. Heidi was the CEO at Strive Dental Management. Additionally, she founded two renowned consulting and training firms: Enhanced Hygiene and Enhanced Practice. Heidi’s journey in the dental industry began as a clinical dental hygienist. Her commitment and expertise eventually led her to assume the position of National Director of Dental Hygiene at American Dental Partners.

Roshan (Dr. Ro) Parikh, DDS MBA, Retail Healthcare Growth Conduit and Catalyst | Value Creation Expert | Healthcare Industry Advisor

Dr. Ro has been the Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of DSO Strategy since 2019. Dr. Ro is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) – College of Dentistry.  He also earned his MBA from Loyola University with a dual emphasis in finance and marketing.  In 2008, he utilized all three disciplines by purchasing his first dental practice in Chicago.  Inauspiciously launching into the headwinds of the Great Recession, he went on to lead the exponential growth of Great Lakes Dental Partners from 3 employees to a network of 40+ multi-specialty groups with almost 100 dentists and dental specialists. Dr. Ro also previously served as Head of Dentistry for Walmart Health and is a frequent conference speaker and industry KOL.

Bill Becknell, CEO

Bill Becknell joined Mortenson Dental Partners in 2014, initially serving as the chief Stategic officer, president of dental teams. He became a member of the Morthen Dental Partners Board of Directors in 2017 and CEO in 2018. Bill was previously the director of store operations for North America at PPG Industries. During his tenure at PPG, the business grew from 357 locations to 867 locations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Prior to PPG, Bill was manager of store operations for Kroger’s Mid-South Division, a 156-store chain serving Kentucky, Indianan, Illinois and Tennessee. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and completed the Executive MBA program at University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business.

Clayton Russell, Vice President of Strategic Clinical Operations, Guardian Dentistry Partners

Clayton has 20+ years of experience in the dental industry across a wide array of companies; including both privately held and Fortune 50 global dental manufacturers (American Orthodontics and 3M Oral Care), a PE-backed dental start-up (Sonendo) and a NASDAQ-traded dental industry pioneer (Align Technology) before coming into his role at GDP. At Guardian, Clayton leads the Procurement, Clinical Education, Hygiene and Compliance teams on the National Level – continuously analyzing the business, both internally as well as external industry trends, to ensure GDP is positioned for future success.  Supporting all Guardian clinicians and team members at the highest level through these business channels is Clayton’s top priority as a leader within the organization.

Ryan Torresan, Marketing & Operations Strategy | ROI | Private Equity

Renowned for his direct communication style and uncanny ability to drive tangible results in dental and healthcare marketing, Ryan Torresan stands as a trailblazer in the dental industry. With over 15 years of experience in DSOs, Ryan has propelled himself to executive roles at three of the largest DSOs in the United States, where he spearheaded groundbreaking initiatives, including the launch of the first-ever Dental Implant Partnership Network. Ryan continues to revolutionize the dental landscape with his forward-thinking strategies and serves as a sought-after advisor. Ryan is currently CMO at Peak Dental Services.

Dr. Alex Giannini, Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. Alex Giannini has founded and served as CEO of several dental groups and DSOs. With over 34 years of experience in the clinical, administration and management of dental groups/practices including its related businesses, as well as real estate development/management, Dr. Giannini has doubled and quadrupled dental practice revenue and profitability within a year while creating a platform and national prominence. Dr. Giannini was the founder of Comfortable Care Dental Group’s initial office in 1989 and part of the Heartland Dental team and growth at the turn of century. He later founded Dynamic Dental Partners Group (DDPG) in 2008. In 2014, DDPG was listed at #14 on the Inc. 5000 list for the fastest-growing private companies in America. Dr. Giannini practiced high-end fee for service dentistry in Florida for 9 years, after which time he co-owned and managed dental practices in Florida, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. In addition, Dr. Giannini has been featured as a guest speaker at many Practice Management conferences throughout the nation. Dr. Giannini has worked with Institutional, Private Equity and Family-Office Investors. He has turned around 100s of practice including distressed Dental Groups and DSOs. His role is strategic and includes shaping the philosophy and delivery of quality dental care along with implementing Clinical and Operational Policies, Structure and Protocols for his Management Team to deliver productive and profitable dental offices. He is also involved in doctor recruitment, complete business development, marketing, strategic planning as a business analyst to oversee the financial operations including the dental systems, forecasting, budgeting, and goal setting of each individual affiliated office and company. Dr. Giannini is past President of the AAGDP (American Academy of Dental Group Practice.)

Priyanki Amroliwala, Recruitment Guru |Talent Acquisition Leader 

Priyanki is a seasoned talent acquisition leader in the healthcare sector and has been for almost 20 years. She handles DSO talent acquisition/recruiting in clinical and non-clinical roles in all aspects of healthcare including, dental, long-term care, hospital/home care, pharma/life sciences for locations all throughout the US.  She is well-known in the healthcare industry and believes that recruiting is her calling. Priyanki graduated from the University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business, in 2006, where she holds a specialization in Marketing Communications. She considers one of her passions to be service to others.

Marisa Dolce RDH, BS

Marisa is currently VP of Hygiene for Advanced Dental Brands, a New England based DSO. This role includes hygiene program implementation, operations and building an infrastructure for hygiene leadership as the organization is on a growth trajectory. Beginning with a formidable career in clinical hygiene, she then advanced to roles as clinical educator, dental sales, and speaker. Marisa then transitioned into the DSO industry in hygiene leadership roles, working in a national capacity at Great Expressions Dental Centers and Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners for a period of 16 years and also consulted for hygiene with small to mid-sized DSOs.

Gary Pickard, Sr. Dir., Government & Industry Affairs, Pacific Dental Services

Gary has over two decades of dental industry experience, most of that at one of the largest, most respected and fastest growing DSOs in the space. He holds a bachelor of science business degree from Azusa Pacific University in Organizational Leadership. His background includes banking, insurance and serving in the United States Navy. He’s represented the organization and industry in multiple capacities, from organized dentistry leadership forums and conferences to legislative committee hearings. Gary also sits on several advisory boards, including the Pacific Dental Services Foundation.