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North American Dental Group appoints Jonathan Walker as CEO

Jonathan Walker

Jonathan Walker, currently CFO of North American Dental Group (NADG), has been named chief executive officer. He succeeds Ken Cooper, an NADG co-founder who led the company since its inception in 2008 and successfully grew NADG from a single clinic to be one of the nation’s leading Dental Service Organizations (DSOs) supporting 250 locations across 15 states. Cooper will transition to an advisory role within the company focused on development and new affiliation opportunities.

“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to lead one of the best-known and best-run DSOs in the country and to be supported by so many terrific doctor partners and team members,” Walker said. “Thanks to Ken’s leadership, I am stepping into the CEO role at a great time in the organization’s trajectory. With its unique culture, dentist partner-led operating model, and strong reputation for high-quality care, NADG is well-positioned for continued success. This is an exciting time for our company, and I’m thrilled to lead NADG into a period of sustained growth.”

Cooper co-founded NADG with Dr. Andrew Matta, a practicing dentist in New Castle, PA. Dr. Matta will continue serving in his current role as NADG’s Chief Medical Officer.

Prior to joining NADG, Walker served as CEO of Pittsburgh-based MedExpress, helping that company more than double in size in four years and become one of the nation’s premier urgent care operators with more than 300 walk-in centers and worksite clinics across 26 states. Earlier in his career, he worked as an investment professional within the retail and healthcare service sectors at American Securities, a leading U.S. based private equity investment firm. 

42 North Dental makes two executive appointments

42 North Dental (Waltham, MA) announced it has added two new executive officers. Diane Vaccaro was named as chief marketing officer and Thomas “TJ” Brouillard was named as CFO. Vaccaro has over 20 years of multi-site marketing experience with a strong focus on consumer behavior, scalability, and a customized branding approach. Previously Vacarro held the CMO & CBO position at MyEyeDr. TJ Brouillard joins the executive team having held various senior-level financial positions at KPMG and Fresenius, including CFO of Fresenius North America and CFO of Global Transformation and Shared Services. In addition to leading financial activities, TJ will play a key role in 42 North Dental’s affiliation strategy and technology stack development.

Children & Teen Dental Group rebrands as Oak Dental Partners, plans to enter adult, family markets

Children & Teen Dental Group (C&TDG) has changed its name to Oak Dental Partners. Founded in 2015 by CEO Lee Provow, the company is a DSO with 25 affiliated pediatric dental and orthodontic offices across Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Pennsylvania. The company says that the new name reflects the organization’s decision to expand into adult and family dentistry. While the name will change at the DSO-level, the company said that Children & Teen Dental Group will continue to exist as a standalone division of the company, solely focused on pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.

“With a new name fitting our growth trajectory and expanded service offerings, Oak Dental Partners is positioned to better and more broadly execute our mission ‘to support our practices in positively impacting lives by improving smiles, confidence, and overall health,’” says CEO Lee Provow.

CandidPro partners with Women in DSO 

CandidPro, a clear aligner innovator, has partnered with Women in DSO to help empower women leaders in dental service organizations. Founded in 2019, and officially launched in 2021, Women in DSO aims to connect and support women leaders in high-performing dental groups throughout the country. As a lifetime founding partner, CandidPro will work with Women in DSO to support mentorship, networking, and education initiatives that will enhance Women in DSO’s platform. The partnership between Women in DSO and CandidPro also speaks to the organizations’ shared values. Candid’s President, Cathrin Bowtell, says, “Serving an increasingly diverse patient population means it’s critical for us to promote representation both in our organization and among our partners. I’m proud to prioritize diversity at Candid, and I’m proud to help Women in DSO galvanize female thought-leadership in the dental industry.”

Smile Brands CEO Steven Bilt honored at annual Dykema DSO Conference 

Smile Brands (Irvine, CA) CEO Steven Bilt received the Dental Titan Award at the 8th annual Dykema DSO Conference. Dykema, a leading law firm in dental services, created the Dental Titan Award to recognize individuals that have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and have made a profound impact on the industry. “During a year when most businesses were simply trying to survive,” explained Brian Colao, Director of Dykema’s Dental Service Organizations Industry Group, “Steve provided inspiring leadership to the entire dental industry, closed one of the biggest transactions of the year, established a platform to promote employee well-being and social justice, entered into an innovative partnership to provide greater access to patients for orthodontic treatment, and continued his philanthropic work through the Smiles for Everyone Foundation.” Smile Brands supports nearly 700 affiliated practices, with more than 7,500 dedicated team members across 30 states. Smile Brands supports a portfolio of over 75 brands including well-known regional brands. 

USOSM expands into California through new partnership 

U.S. Oral Surgery Management (USOSM) (Irving, TX) announced a new partnership with the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery (San Diego, CA). This is USOSM’s first partner practice in California. Established in 1927, the oral and maxillofacial surgery practice is the oldest and largest practice in San Diego County. The Center for Oral & Facial Surgery has two offices: one in San Diego and another in El Cajon, California. The practice has four board-certified surgeons: Dr. James R. Eckstein, Dr. Brian K. Oleksy, Dr. Derek J. Havas, and Dr. Justin R. Messina. The practice offers a full scope of oral and maxillofacial procedures including dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, bone grafting, tooth extractions, and more. USOSM now has partner practices spanning 15 states: Texas, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, Minnesota, Alabama, Oklahoma, Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Arizona, and California.

Progressive Dental Concepts names new chief dental officer

Progressive Dental Concepts, LLC (Camp Hill, PA) announced that Stephen Canis, DMD, CDC, was named chief dental officer for the organization. Most recently, Dr. Canis served as National Dental Director for United Concordia Dental/Highmark where he was a dental advisor and clinical consultant to dentists nationwide. He helped lead the organization’s quality assurance and clinical review process. Previously, Dr. Canis was an independent dentist practitioner in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.


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