DSO People! New DSO and Dental Group Hires, Promotions & Awards – September 2023

Group Dentistry Now’s DSO People is the only comprehensive list of new hires, promotions, and awards in the DSO and dental group space. Here’s what happened in September 2023.

Group Dentistry Now (GDN) has been committed to the success of DSOs, dental groups, and the people who work for them since 2014.  DSO People is the only comprehensive list of new hires, promotions and awards. Send your group’s new hires/promotions/awards to info@groupdentistrynow.com. Here is September’s list:

Colossal Changes at One of Europe’s Largest DSOs, Colosseum Dental Group. Headquartered in Zürich Switzerland, CDG supports over 620 clinics and 50 labs in 11 European markets:

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New OMS DSO, Max Surgical Specialty Management (MAX-SSM), welcomed Paul Olson as their CFO
. Prior to joining the executive team Paul was CIO at Hero Practice Services. Dr. Auerbach, also known a@bloodytoothguy (186K) on social media, founded the new group, which is based in Hackensack, New Jersey. The group revealed their launch announcement in September.

Aligned Dental Partners congratulates Jessica Walker, CRDH, BASDH MBA-HM on being sworn in as President for the Florida Dental Hygienist’s Association.
 Jessica is a senior consultant and hygiene analyst at Aligned Dental Partners. She provides professional coaching specific to dental hygiene. The Florida Dental Hygienists’ Association (FDHA), founded in 1926, represents the more than 12,000 dental hygienists who practice in the state of Florida.

HighFive Healthcare welcomes Gavin Poole as CFO.
 Gavin has two decades of experience in global healthcare with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), integration & strategic enablement. He has also worked for Henry Schein for 15 years. HighFive is based in Homewood, Alabama and was founded in 2018.

Jennifer Vecchiarelli is promoted to director of communications operations at The Aspen Group (TAG).
 Prior to this promotion, Jennifer held various communications positions at the DSO. TAG – The Aspen Group includes Aspen Dental, Chapter, ClearChoice, WellNow, and AZPetVet .

Clayton Russell takes on role of VP, strategic clinical operations with Guardian Dentistry Partners
In his role, Clayton will be working closely with GDP operations leaders and doctor partners to provide leadership, strategic oversight, and guidance of clinical operations. He comes to Guardian with over 20 years experience in the dental industry across a wide array of companies; including both privately held and Fortune 50 global dental manufacturers, a PE-backed dental start-up and a NASDAQ-traded dental industry pioneer, most recently at Align Technology.

Leslie Brewer has joined Guardian Dentistry Partners as their new VP of Marketing. She is a seasoned senior healthcare marketing leader with 20 years of brand management and direct-to-consumer marketing experience within the pharma, multi-unit retail healthcare, hospital and PE space. She has spent her career building brands, driving awareness and increasing customer loyalty through innovative marketing and communications strategies and tactics. She has held leadership roles including Global Head of Marketing for BioLife, a 230-center plasma donation company owned by Takeda Pharmaceutical; the Chief Marketing Officer for Familia Dental, a 42-practice Dental Service Organization; and the Vice President of Marketing for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a national for-profit oncology hospital network.

Christy Hampton is promoted to VP of orthodontics at InterDent Service Corporation.
 Before becoming VP, she was director of orthodontics and director of operations. She is also a board member at Children’s Foundation of Las Vegas. Headquartered in Inglewood, California, InterDent has over 150 affiliated dental offices serving over one million patients each year.

Philip K. Weber hajoined Sonrava Health as VP of talent acquisition. 
Most recently he was director of talent acquisition for U.S. Anesthesia Partners, a provider of anesthesia services with 700 inpatient and outpatient locations across the country, where he started as clinical recruitment manager in 2019.  Before that he was director of recruiting and operations for Merritt Hawkins, an AMN Healthcare affiliate, where he began his talent acquisition career as physician recruiter. Sonrava Health is a national family of health and wellness companies – including differentiated dental office brands, dental and vision benefit plans, provider networks, and consumer products and services.

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Holly Firestine joins 42 North Dental as its chief people officer. Prior to joining the Massachusetts-based DSO, she was chief people and strategy officer for Ethos Veterinary Health as well as Navvis. The non-branded group is led by Geoff Ligibel, President & CEO.

SALT Dental Collective welcomes Jennifer Hatcher as new VP of Human Resources. She was previously VP of HR at Pyx Health and held various HR positions at Afni, Inc., Atrium Hospitality, NewCold, and Pacific Air Systems. SALT supports 43+ practices across the US.

Dr. Steven Vorholt becomes director of clinical support at Shared Practices Group. Dr. Vorholt is a dental implant surgeon, national lecturer and educator and industry opinion leader in implant dentistry. Based in Scottsdale, AZ, the emerging dental group has 27 locations.

Nick Serb becomes senior director of marketing at Specialty Dental Brands. Prior to joining the group, he was director of marketing at Guardian Dentistry Partners. He has also held marketing positions at North America Dental Group and Summa Health. The group’s specialties are pediatric, orthodontics, and oral surgery. They currently have 251 practices across 25 states.

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Flagship Specialty Partners announced the hiring of Jason Lockwood as President and CEO. Prior to joining the group, he was CEO at ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers and Specialty Smile Partners. Flagship Specialty Partners is a non-branded group based in Charlotte, NC.

Smile America Partners, a DSO which specializes in mobile dentistry, welcomes Dr. Scott Kalniz to the board. Dr. Kalniz joins six other individuals on the board: Michael Haynes (chair), Danial Gurvich, Robert Bergmann, Steve Higginbotham, Dr. Marcy Borofsky and Dr. Margo Woll. Dr. Kalniz has an extensive background spanning 25 years in the dental industry. He currently serves as chief dental officer & vice president of network development at Beam Benefits.

Joe Eckerle becomes COO at Dental Associates of CT. Prior to join the emerging dental group, Joe was divisional VP at Dental Care Alliance. Headquartered in Danbury, CT, Dental Associates of CT has 20+ locations across Connecticut and eastern New York. Adam Richichi is their CEO.

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