Private equity firm partners with dental group to form 'new generation of DSO'

Chicago-based Thurston Group, a private equity firm, has formed a new dental service organization called Gen4 Dental Partners.

The initial Gen4 platform consists of five group practices at 15 locations across Arizona and Utah. Thurston is partnering with Gen4 Dental Partners and its management team to create a new "generation of DSO, one that is clinician centric and patient obsessed," according to a Aug. 2 news release.

"We are extremely excited about the launching of Gen4 Dental Partners," said Lamonte Jensen, CEO of Gen4 Dental Partners. "Together with our partner doctors and Thurston Group, we are building a company with a unique, collaborative and thoughtful approach to treating patients as well as our employees. We look forward to crafting a best-in-class approach that is an evolution of the current landscape."

Thurston and Gen4 will execute an aggressive growth strategy focused on acquisitions with providers across the nation.

Thurston has partnered with several dental businesses, including Smile Doctors, U.S. Endodontics Partners, US Oral Surgery Management and South Georgia Dental Management.

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