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 industry leaders sit on the board. Please extend a warm welcome to our 2019 Editorial Board, listed here in alphabetical order:

Aziza Abed, Founder & CEO, Pure Health Dental Partners
Aziza Abed recently founded a DSO. Her plans are to grow it to $50 million in annual revenues over the next three years. Aziza began her career in dentistry as an RDH and rapidly progressed into operational and clinical management. Aziza has worked for two large DSOs where she implemented clinical compliance programs, as well as operational efficiencies. She is recognized for her leadership and expertise in the DSO industry.

Heidi Ardnt, CEO, Strive Dental Management
Heidi Arndt is an RDH and has been working in the DSO industry for the past 20 years. She served as the Director of Dental Hygiene at American Dental Partners and was the founder of Enhanced Hygiene & the Dental Group Evolution conferences. She is the Chief Executive Officer at Strive Dental Management,  a DSO based in Austin, Texas.

Chris Badgley, Executive Dir., Association of Dental Support Organizations
Christopher Badgley has extensive healthcare advocacy and association experience. He served as Senior VP, Government & Public Affairs at PhRMA, the trade association for the research-based pharmaceutical industry. Badgley was an almost 20 year veteran of Pfizer (formerly Wyeth), working in various sales, marketing, & government affairs positions. Badgley also represented the technology industry as VP, Government Affairs & Commerical Policy at CompTIA (formerly TechAmerica).

Dmitry Burshteyn, Co-Founder & CEO, Perfect Dental Management
Dmitry is an experienced healthcare entrepreneur with a strong focus on startup ventures. He has developed businesses within the Adult Day Health Care, Group Adult Forster Care, Suboxone sectors. He enjoys the ability to cultivate a consumer centric culture that connects great people with great service and support to unlock value. Perfect Dental Management’s practices have all been DeNovo with a strong focus on New England.

Mark Hodge, DMD
Throughout his 30+ year dental career Dr. Hodge has worked exclusively in a group practice, including 26 harmonious years with the same dental partner. Eight of those group practice years included working in a DSO environment, supported by Heartland Dental. Upon affiliating with Heartland Dental, Dr. Hodge served as Clinical Director of Clear Aligner Therapy (2011-2018). During his tenure, Heartland’s Clear Aligner Therapy volume grew tenfold. As a nationally recognized speaker on topics of patient communications & team engagement, Dr. Hodge helps doctors and teams navigate healthy relationships and futures in a group dentistry environment. Additionally, he is an active member of Align Technology’s Global and Special Markets teaching faculties.

Steven W. Jones, DPh, MBA, Co-Founder & CDO, CORDENTAL Group
Steven is an accomplished healthcare executive with a passion for bringing people and businesses together to form dynamic and successful partnerships. His proven ability to foster and nurture relationships has led to successful affiliations and acquisitions within the dental practice, dental laboratory, and home infusion industries. His dental group is a fast growing DSO with a focus in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Southeastern U.S.

Jerry Lanier, DDS, Executive MBA, The Entrepreneur Dentist
Dr. Jerry Lanier is an Entrepreneur Dentist who founded Kids Dental Kare, which he sold in 2017. He built 26 DeNovo offices as 100% owner. His emphasis is on dentists building a franchise-like brand and devising an exit strategy focusing on EBITDA. As an investor, he is now involved in TKO Dental Properties, LLC, and MKTGdocs.com. Dr. Lanier has dedicated many hours to clinical dentistry, mostly in underserved areas. Mentoring and simplifying business for dentists is his mission.

Dr. Roshan Parikh (Dr. Ro), Head of Dentistry, Walmart Health
Dr. Ro is a proud graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) – College of Dentistry.  In addition to his DDS degree, he also obtained a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Loyola University with dual emphases in finance and marketing.  He later capitalized on the opportunity to utilize all three when he purchased his first practice in the south suburbs of Chicago in 2008, where (despite a historically difficult period in the country’s economy) he led the practice on an exponential growth path from three employees operating in 650 square feet of space into a 20+ network of multi-specialty dental group practices with north of 75 dentists and dental specialists. In 2019, Dr. Ro founded the dental consulting firm DSO Strategy, LLC, which was created to help entrepreneurial dentists strategize a growth plan for their dental group practices that would transform each not only into a thriving DSO, but also an investable platform for institutional capital.

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

John Reaves Whitaker, Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer, Sage Dental
Now in his third year leading DentalOne Partners’ talent and retention strategies, John has worked throughout the spectrum of the healthcare segment with companies seeking to develop a competitive advantage for their respective organization through strategic Human Capital positioning, planning, and practices. As an opinion leader in the Talent Acquisition community, his articles for HR Exchange Network, Fistful of Talent, andHR Hardball” have become renowned for a truly transparent discussion of the challenges facing HR professionals.


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