Association of Dental Support Organizations Announces
Stephen E. Thorne as President
Dr. Rick Workman to Serve as Vice President on the Executive Committee
November 17, 2015—The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) announced that Stephen E. Thorne, IV, Pacific Dental Services® Founder, President and CEO, has been elected to serve as President of ADSO. Dr. Rick Workman, ADSO Founding Member and CEO of Heartland Dental, is the immediate past President and will serve as Vice President of the Executive Committee.
“Rick has been a leader in our industry for years and has been nothing short of masterful as ADSO’s President the past two years,” said Thorne. “We have been fortunate to have him at the helm and are grateful that he will remain in a leadership role for the association. I look forward to building on Rick’s work in positioning ADSO as the preeminent organization for the DSO industry and its industry partners.”
Thorne began his work in the healthcare business arena in 1989 when his father, a dentist, offered him a job managing a struggling dental office. That first office became a big success, and Thorne continued to work with his father for several years before venturing out on his own and creating Pacific Dental Services (PDS®). PDS currently provides business and administrative services to nearly 500 supported practices throughout the country including California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Missouri, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Minnesota.
Thorne was instrumental in forming ADSO, which is the largest association of dental support organizations in America and served as its President the first three years. He graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a major in Economics-Business, and he earned his Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Chapman University.
In addition to Thorne being named President and Workman being named Vice President, the Executive Committee added three new Board members: John Cline, CEO STX Healthcare Management; Steve Spellman, CEO Midwest Dental; and Ken Cooper, CEO, North American Dental Group.
DSOs provide administrative non-clinical support to dental practices, enabling supported dentists to focus on their patients and expand access to oral healthcare while maintaining the highest in industry standards. ADSO supports its members through research, education and advocacy; enabling them to foster innovation, collaboration and a vibrant market where DSO-supported dentists can provide quality oral health care.