DSO People! New DSO And Dental Group Hires, Promotions & Awards – December 2021

Group Dentistry Now is committed to the success of DSOs, dental groups, and the people who work for them. As the evolution of group dentistry continues to reshape the dental landscape, we consider the people who work in the DSO industry to be its most invaluable resource. DSO People shares updates on new hires, promotions and awards. Here’s December’s list:

North American Dental Group (NADG) Names Dr. George Bruder, Renowned Educator and Clinical Leader, to Chief Research and Strategies Officer
Dr. Bruder will align closely with the Professional Dental Alliance (PDA), the doctor-led organization which receives administrative and non-clinical support from NADG. Working with the PDA’s teaching Academy, he will create and lead clinical training programs for NADG-supported dentists, offering mid-career professional development opportunities. Dr. Bruder will also partner with Dr. Andrew Matta, a practicing dentist and NADG‘s Chief Medical Officer, to create a new research and continuity of care initiative. Dr. Bruder was the founding Chair of the Department of Endodontics and Director of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine from 2006 – 2015.  In 2012, Dr. Bruder was awarded the prestigious Edward M. Osetek Educator Award from the American Association of Endodontists. NADG supports 250 locations across 15 states and is led by Jonathan Walker, CEO.

Houmam Ali Named Guardian Dentistry COO
Houmam Ali has been named to the newly created position of chief operating officer for Guardian Dentistry Partners (GDP). As Senior Vice President of Operations for GDP’s North Carolina and Virginia regions, Ali has been instrumental in leading the successful growth of the rapidly expanding Dental Partnership Network over the past year. Guardian Dentistry Partners has exponentially grown in 2021. In his new role, Ali, an internationally trained dentist, will be responsible for supporting GDP Operations teams across all regions and will help continue to build their culture. He will also lead GDP initiatives that will support partners and teams in building their practices, including strategic growth plans, process improvements and drivers of team member engagement.  Ali joined GDP in 2020 after spending 10 years with ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers where he served on the company’s Leadership Team as the Vice President of Operations. GDP was featured on Group Dentistry Now’s “Emerging Dental Groups to Watch in 2020” list. The growing dental group ended 2021 with monumental growth.

United Dental Corporation Expands Management Team to Support Growth Initiatives
UDC pioneered its business model in Australia and New Zealand, where Dr. Ray Khouri, founder &CEO, launched and then sold Dental Corp. to Bupa Dental Corp. – now the largest dental network in both countries – for $600 million 2013. The model was then introduced in Canada, where Dental Corp. was launched and sold for $400 million to Canada’s pension fund. The company was subsequently sold to the private equity firm L Catterton for $1.6 billion in 2019 and today is listed on Canada’s stock exchange. United Dental Corporation (UDC), whose Dental Partnership Organization (DPO) model has had a 98% retention rate in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, announced a series of executive appointments to support its growth and M&A initiatives in 2022 and beyond. The company is focused on the top 10% to 20% best-performing doctors in their fields who generate $2 million to $50 million or more in revenue. In October, UDC raised a $5 million Series B Round led by High Speed Ventures. The round included $4 million from 61 dentists and individual investors. The expanded management team will support UDC’s goal of acquiring 100 practices over the next 12 months.