Industry News

DecisionOne Dental named one of the
Top Workplaces in Illinois by The Chicago Tribune
DecisionOne Dental has been named as one of the Top
Workplaces in Illinois by The Chicago Tribune as evaluated
by Energage, a national leader in workplace culture devel-
opment and employee performance research, according
to a release. The company was the highest ranked dental
business in Illinois regardless of size and No. 16 of all
mid-sized companies with 250-999 employees. Energage
has surveyed over 50,000 businesses nationwide to develop
its criteria to identify companies with excellent workplace
cultures. The Top Workplace designation was based on an
independent survey of DecisionOne Dental employees by
Energage. DecisionOne Dental is one of the fastest growing
dental service organizations in Illinois with currently 274
team members at 26 dentist offices across the Chicagoland
area and a support center based in Schaumburg.

“We’re really honored and humbled by this award,”
said Dr. AJ Acierno, CEO and co-founder of Decisio-
nOne Dental. “We created a company with a purpose
to put people – patients and team members – first and
that has drawn such an array of talented and dedicated
people to work with us, people who want to be a part of
our mission. For all of us this is so much more than just
a job – we are literally changing the way dentistry is done
to improve lives.”

Burkhart Dental hires John J. Klavon
as Special Markets Director
Burkhart Dental Supply announced the hiring of John J. Klavon as its Director of Special Markets. Klavon is a seasoned dental professional and proven leader with extensive expertise establishing and managing special (strategic) markets departments. In this new position, Klavon will assist and support Burkhart Dental Supply’s associates and special market customers in navigating the ever-changing environment of the dental industry. Klavon has 26 years of experience in the dental industry. He brings expertise in strategic account management, strategic vision and business planning, customer interaction, and sales management. Prior to joining Burkhart, he was Field Director Manager, Strategic Markets, for Benco Dental. Klavon is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in finance.

Heartland Dental reaches 900th supported office milestone
Heartland Dental (Effingham, IL) announced that it recently crossed the milestone of 900 supported offices. Heartland Dental reached this milestone this year by continually supporting the opening of brand new “De Novo” offices and affiliating with existing dental offices throughout the country. In 2018, the company increased its footprint to 37 states.

“Starting out with a handful of supported offices in a few states to now supporting 900 offices across the country, it’s been amazing to see how our company has grown in just a few decades,” said Patrick Bauer, President and Chief Executive Officer at Heartland Dental. “This is only the beginning. We will continue to make strides in our mission of becoming THE leader in dentistry, and look forward to celebrating many more of these mile-stones in the future.”

Smile Brands opens 23rd Washington office
Smile Brands (Irvine, CA) opened an affiliated Bright Now! Dental office in Kennewick, Washington. The new clinic is Smile Brands’ 23rd practice in Washington. It is also the first Bright Now! Dental to open in Kennewick. Robert Stockton, DDS, leads the new practice. He and his team offer orthodontics, Invisalign, oral surgery, periodontics and endodontics.

Aspen Dental launches national marketing campaign
Aspen Dental (Syracuse, NY) launched a new national marketing campaign. This is the first time the company has run a fully integrated campaign featuring national and local TV advertising, radio, paid search, and social media and more. Developed in partnership with HEAT and Deloitte, the “Yes Campaign” features “the real stories of nine patients of Aspen Dental practices opening up about the barriers they faced in accessing dental care and how Aspen Dental practices helped them get back on to the road to good oral health– and changed their lives in the process.”