Western Dental acquires Kids Dental Kare
Western Dental (Orange, CA) acquired Kids Dental Kare (Los Angeles, CA), a provider of pediatric dental services in 14 California cities. With the new affiliation, Western Dental and its affiliated clinics operate more than 245 oral health clinics in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas.

Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners names new COO
Mid-Atlantic Dental Service Holdings LLC (Plymouth Meeting, PA), operating as Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners, named Leigh Feenburg as the company’s COO. As COO, Feenburg will be responsible for all dental operations and achievement of the company’s operational and financial goals. Feenburg previously was a VP of operations in Florida and Texas for Great Expressions Dental Centers. Additionally, Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners announced that Dr. Rob Samit will join the company’s board of directors. Dr. Samit is the founder of

Heartland Dental announces hurricane relief efforts
Heartland Dental (Effingham, IL) spearheaded a relief effort to help the company’s supported dentists and team members affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Heartland Dental has raised over $40,000 for its disaster relief fund to assist supported dentists and team members affected by natural disasters. Heartland Dental has also pledged to match up to $50,000 and has already donated 6,000 tubes of toothpaste and 7,500 toothbrushes to Harvey victims. Donations for Heartland Dental supported dentists and team members who have been affected are still being accepted.

Henry Schein hosts disaster-relief symposium
Henry Schein Inc (Melville, NY) joined the Texas Dental Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry to host an expert-led symposium to help healthcare professionals restore and reopen their practices post-natural disaster. The event was free for all healthcare professionals.

American Academy of Periodontology names new officers for 2017-2018 year
American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) (Chicago, IL) named Steven Daniel as president for the 2017-2018 year. Other newly installed officers include President-elect Richard Kao, VP Bryan Frantz, and Secretary/Treasurer James Wilson. AAP also announced it awarded members for their contributions and accomplishments both within the AAP and the specialty of periodontics. The awardees were honored at a ceremony during the AAP’s 103nd Annual Meeting, held September 9-12 in Boston, Massachusetts

Georgia Dental Association names new president
The Georgia Dental Association (Atlanta, GA) named Dr. Robin Reich as its 2017-2018 president. The GDA is a constituent of the American Dental Association. Reich has been member of the Georgia Dental Association since 1985 and held multiple officer positions at the district, state, and national levels.

Industry leaders launch Ventyv, new infection prevention company
Ventyv (Tampa, FL) is a recently established provider of infection prevention products. The company’s initial product launch is in the hand-protection category. Ventyv’s mission is to deliver superior infection prevention products that are consistently available to meet the demands of workers in the industries Ventyv serves. Ventyv will continue to supply Polymed latex exam gloves. Ventyv is a member of the Sri Trang Group. Its subsidiary, Sri Trang Gloves Thailand (STGT) is the manufacturer of Ventyv products. Billy Harris, CEO of Ventyv, is currently a board member of STGT and previously served as CEO for a Sri Trang joint venture in the hand protection category. Learn more at

GEDC partners with Purpose Prep
Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) (Southfield, MI) teamed up with Purpose Prep, an online education resource for American schools. GEDC will sponsor students in Detroit, Michigan as they undergo two of Purpose Prep’s hybrid e-learning courses. The program, which features classes taught once a week during regular school hours, will take place September 2017 through May 2018. GEDC also has provided 100 students with a backpack full of school supplies and dental products.

Light Wave Dental Management affiliates with Herbert Dental Group
Light Wave Dental Management (Woodbridge, VA), a portfolio company of affiliated funds managed by Alpine Investor (San Francisco, CA), recently affiliated with the Herbert Dental Group, which has offices in Leesburg and Purcellville, Virginia.

NIDCR names new deputy director
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) (Bethesda, MD) named Douglas Sheeley, ScD, as new deputy director, effective October 16. Sheeley previously was senior scientific officer and acting chief of the Biomedical Technology Branch at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

ADA launches new credentialing service
The American Dental Association (ADA) (Chicago, IL) and the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) (Washington, DC) launched a new credentialing service for all U.S. dentists. The service can let users know if licenses or documentation are set to expire. The ADA credentialing service, powered by CAQH ProView, enables dentists to enter professional and practice information in a secure digital platform, which lets them allow participating dental plans access to their information. The information can be used for credentialing as well as for provider directories, network adequacy, and other business needs. Automatic reminders to review profile information are sent every 120 days.

Delta Dental of Kentucky names new CEO
Delta Dental of Kentucky (Louisville, KY) named J. Jude Thompson as CEO. Thompson has served on the Delta Dental’s board since 2009 and has been its interim CEO since March 2017, when its previous CEO, Clifford Maesaka Jr., resigned.

Aspen Dental to open 3 new affiliated offices in Minneapolis, MN
Aspen Dental Management Inc (Syracuse, NY) announced it will open three new Aspen Dental-branded practices in Minnesota in October and November. Offices will open October 19 in Baxter, November 2 in Oak Park Heights, and November 9 in Willmar.

Dental Select names VP of sales and chief growth officer
Dental Select (Salt Lake City, UT) promoted Jeff Van Leeuwen to VP of sales and Suzette Musgrove to chief growth officer. In his new role, Van Leeuwen will work closely with and be responsible for all sales employees, building and identifying strategic business opportunities, and furthering the advancement of nationwide development. As chief growth officer, Musgrove will oversee all business development activities, including key General Agent partnership opportunities and distribution strategies.

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