Thurston Group merges 3 dental groups to form new DSO

Private equity firm Thurston Group formed a DSO by merging three dental groups based in the Southeast region.. 

Richmond Hill, Ga.-based SGA Dental Partners was formed with the merger of Dental Partners of Southwest Georgia, Garner Dental Group and South Georgia Dental Management, Thurston Group said March 21. 

The dentist-owned and led DSO has 60 clinic locations in small, rural communities throughout Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. The partner practices are allowed to keep their clinical autonomy.

Thurston Group formed another DSO, Gen4 Dental Partners, in August. The private equity firm also supports Georgetown, Texas-based Smile Doctors; Irving, Texas-based US Endo Partners; and Irving, Texas-based US Oral Surgery Management.

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