Big Step Forward: Dental Board Gives Voice To Group Dental Practices At State Level

Group Dentistry Now –

Dr. Vidhyalakshmi Sampath, the clinical lead across all 14 Bright Now! Dental offices in Colorado, has been appointed to the Colorado Dental Board. This is significant to the dental industry as a whole, and specifically the group dentistry community, because now a group dental practice voice will be heard on a state board.  As the industry continues to experience consolidation, this appointment will highlight the importance of groups, and a core principle: that the emergence of larger group dental practices has helped expand access to affordable dental.  The dental profession faces a unique set of challenges in today’s healthcare environment.

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Partnering for Growth Recap

We had the pleasure of meeting with nearly 200 attendees to discuss best practices for managing the unique challenges of emerging DSOs and how to take on opportunities. The interactive panels and events held at Partnering for Growth were a hands on way for emerging DSO’s to engage with the top thought leaders in the country on topics such as leadership, marketing, and compliance.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, especially our co-title sponsors, Henry Schein and Houlihan Lokey for supporting this event. And as always, the long hours that the ADSO team spent preparing for this event was evident. Partnering for Growth would not have been the success it was without your involvement.

This is an incredible time of growth for the DSO industry and we’re committed to continuing ADSO’s momentum to build a future where dentists have the ability to choose the non-clinical support services which best allow them to focus on patients, and ultimately improve the oral health of communities everywhere.

The ADSO is planning a formal strategic planning session at its November board of directors meeting. Focus groups are already underway with various stakeholders which are being used to gather critical data for the formal, facilitated meeting. We look forward to working alongside our members to provide a specific plan that will direct the ADSO over the next 3-5 years.

Our branding efforts to elevate the ADSO brand and what it means to be part of our community have already begun with the redesigned newsletter and will continue with a plan to expand our social media engagement and a new website design to accommodate sharing of best practices and DSO resources.

Again, a big thank you to all who participated in Partnering for Growth and contributed to the success of the conference. We look forward to seeing you in Austin, April 17-20th, 2018 for the next annual summit!


October Advocacy Update

In late spring, the Office of the Inspector General of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission issued a report titled “Dental Service Organizations.” We appreciate the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reaching out to representatives of the ADSO to obtain information regarding DSOs and the final report includes important aspects of the information provided by our association. Specifically, the Report provides a clear explanation of the non-clinical functions that may be performed by a DSO and acknowledges the importance of DSOs’ ability to reduce health care costs and recognizes that at all times licensed dentists remain responsible and accountable for the clinical aspects of dental care. There were several aspects of the report that offered opportunities for clarification or correction and the observations outlined in the letter linked here were offered to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on behalf of ADSO. We appreciate the opportunity to comment on the OIG’s Report and especially its recognition of the significant benefits DSOs can provide to Texans if the market is allowed to work.

If you’ve been contacted by the Inspector General Office in your state to obtain information regarding DSOs or the OIG office releases a report that impacts your practice – our advocacy team is available to help evaluate and be of assistance if a response is needed.

In Wisconsin, Assembly Bill 318  and Senate Bill 258 continue to advance. The bills are identical and are agreed upon legislation with the Wisconsin Dental Association. The legislation ensures preservation of and access to patient records, clarifies that the business and administrative support functions provided by DSO’s are not subject to regulation by the Wisconsin Dental Examining Board and prohibits quotas.

Best Practices

The program titled “Evolving Your Compliance Program: Lessons from our Experience” addressed the seven elements of an effective compliance program for any DSO.

Here are some key takeaways from the program:

  • Compliance is a vital function regardless of the patient population served.  It’s not optional.
  • Your compliance program has no “finish line”, you should be continuously learning and evolving the program.
  • The government’s “seven elements of an effective compliance program” provides a solid roadmap for what your compliance program should address.
  • The Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), while not dental focused, has tremendous resources for DSO compliance departments.
  • While policies and procedures are important, fostering a “culture of compliance” in your organization is the ultimate goal.

David Pegg Joins Dental Care Alliance as Chief Development Officer

David Pegg Joins Dental Care Alliance as Chief Development Officer

 Dental Care Alliance, one of the largest dental support organizations in the United States, is expanding through mergers, affiliations, equity partnerships, and de novo opportunities.

SARASOTA, FL (October 4, 2017) – Dental Care Alliance, one of the largest dental support organizations in the country with more than 265 affiliated dental offices in 13 states, has hired David Pegg as Chief Development Officer. Pegg will lead the organization’s aggressive growth strategy to expand the number of dental offices it supports through mergers, affiliations, equity partnerships, and de novo opportunities.

Pegg brings significant experience as an investor and advisor in the healthcare services industry for more than 20 years. He started his private equity career with MVP Capital Partners in Philadelphia and was recently a partner with Enhanced Equity Funds in New York. As part of his responsibilities, he has evaluated and been involved with numerous provider-based multi-site healthcare companies, including those in the dental space.

“I am excited to have an executive of Dave’s caliber and capability lead our development team at DCA,” said Jerry Rhodes, the Chief Executive Officer at Dental Care Alliance. “Dave brings a wealth of skill, experience and relationships to our growth efforts.  I am confident that under his leadership, DCA will continue to fortify its position as the partner of choice for dentists desiring to partner or affiliate with a dental services organization.”

Dental Care Alliance provides non-clinical support services to its affiliated offices, which gives dentists the ability to focus on patient care and reduce the amount of time they would otherwise spend on the day-to-day business management and administrative responsibilities of running a dental practice. DCA-affiliated practices provide a full suite of dental services including general dentistry, hygiene, pediatric dental care, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral surgery. DCA’s affiliated practices operate in 13 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

About Dental Care Alliance

Dental Care Alliance is a ground-breaking dental support organization created by dentists who are focused on improving the well-being of both patients and dentists. For more than 25 years, the company has enabled dentists to focus on providing excellent patient care, supported by a team of business professionals to help run the day-to-day operations of a dental office. DCA provides services to more than 265 dental offices operating under 80 brand names in 13 states. DCA is a portfolio company of the New York-based private equity firm Harvest Partners, LP. For more information, visit

About Harvest Partners

Founded in 1981, Harvest Partners is a leading New York-based private equity investment firm that pursues management buyouts and recapitalizations of middle market companies in North America. Harvest focuses on acquiring profitable companies in the business services, consumer, healthcare services, and industrial sectors. This strategy leverages Harvest Partners’ 35+ years of experience in financing organic and acquisition-oriented growth companies. For more information, visit


Risas Dental & Braces Celebrated Their 6th Annual Labor of Love Event

Risas Dental & Braces celebrated their 6th annual Labor of Love event on Sept. 4 2017 by offering free dental care to their communities. Each year on Labor Day, Risas Dental offers four hours of free dental to patients at all their operating locations. Patients don’t need an appointment to be seen and can choose one of the four following treatments: basic cleaning, extraction, filling, or exam & X-ray.

This year 16 of their offices across Arizona and Denver participated at the event donating $480,000 in free dental care. To date, Risas Dental has given away $3,128,974 in dentistry, offering assistance to 7,239 patients.

In addition to offering free dental on Labor Day, Risas Dental also celebrates the opening of new offices with the same format. The Grand Opening of their South Tucson office, their first office in Tucson, is set for October 7 from 8am to 12pm. The new office is located at 2901 S. 6th Ave. Tucson, AZ 85713.

As Risas Dental and Braces continues its expansion in Phoenix, Denver and new markets in 2018, it remains committed to making dentistry accessible and affordable for all regardless of insurance status or financial situation. Recently recognized among the Phoenix Business Journal’s ‘Best Places to Work,’ Risas believes its positive company culture translates to its satisfied patients.

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Gentle Dental Partners Honored with Top Dentist Distinction by Boston Magazine

Gentle Dental Partners, a leading multi-specialty group dental practice in New England, is excited to announce that 18 affiliated dentists have been awarded the honor of Top Dentist by Boston Magazine.

“This distinction from Boston Magazine speaks to Gentle Dental’s intense focus on providing outstanding care to all patients. We’re proud of our affiliated doctors, the care they provide, and their stellar reputations in the community,” says Gentle Dental Partners CEO Geoff Ligibel.

Read more here.