10 DSO and dental leaders to know

The dental industry is a fascinating space with regional and national dental service organizations growing rapidly.

Below is a list of 10 leaders who have made a positive impact on their organizations and have their sights set on future growth. 

Contact Cameron Cortigiano at ccortigiano@beckershealthcare.com to recommend a leader for future lists. To learn more about the dental industry and engage in lively debate about the future, join us at the Future of Dentistry Roundtable in October - register here.

David Sopp. Vice President of Business Development of Simply Beautiful Smiles (Feasterville-Trevose, Penn.). Mr. Sopp has been the vice president of business development at Simply Beautiful Smiles since 2021. He is responsible for identifying, evaluating and executing acquisitions for the company. Mr. Sopp is skilled in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate development. 

Kyle Steadman. CFO of Panthera Dental (Quebec). Mr. Steadman is the CFO at Panthera Dental. He is responsible for the company’s overall financial management, reporting and planning. Mr. Steadman has more than 15 years of experience in financial management. 

Diane Stern. Vice President of Human Resources of InterDent Service Corporation (Inglewood, Calif.). Ms. Stern has been the vice president of human resources at InterDent Service Corporation since 2019. She is skilled in employee relations, recruiting and talent acquisition. Ms. Stern works with members of the C-suite to build strong leadership teams and drive organizational change. 

Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi, DMD. CEO of Interfaith Dental Clinic (Nashville, Tenn.). Dr. Switzer-Nadasdi has been the CEO at Interfaith Dental Clinic since 1995. The clinic brings affordable dental care to the working poor and elderly. Dr. Switzer-Nadasdi is skilled in volunteer management, fundraising and strategic planning.

Stephen Thorne. Founder and CEO of Pacific Dental Services (Irvine, Calif.). Mr. Thorne founded Pacific Dental Services in 1994 and has been the CEO since. Pacific Dental Services strives to enable dentists to serve their patients and focus less on running a practice. Mr. Thorne is also on the executive committee of the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County.  

Tammy Ton, DDS. CEO and Dentist of Lux Smile Family Dentistry (Carrollton, Texas). Dr. Ton has been the CEO at Lux Smile Family Dentistry since 2010. In addition to being CEO, she is also a practicing dentist at the office. Dr. Ton is also a member of the American Dental Association and Texas Dental Association.

Jason Veal. Vice President of Development and Strategy of Foundation Dental Partners (Alpharetta, Ga.). Mr. Veal has been the vice president of development and strategy at Foundation Dental Partners since 2021. He has been involved in more than 50 acquisitions across dental, orthopedics and GI. Mr. Veal focuses on creating systems that allow dental teams to spend more time on patient care and office culture.  

Dan Walker. COO of Smile Source (Kingwood, Texas). Mr. Walker has been the COO at Smile Source since 2021. He is experienced in strategic planning, inventory management and sales operations. In addition to being COO, Mr. Walker is also the senior vice president of vendor relations at the company. 

William Watson, DDS. CEO of Wichita Endodontics (Wichita, Kan.). Dr. Watson has been the CEO at Wichita Endodontics since 1989. He is skilled in dentistry, public speaking and healthcare. Dr. Watson is also the president at Root Canal Specialists, a role he has been in since 2018.

Christian White. CEO of White and Associates Practice Consulting (Apple Valley, Minn.). Mr. White is the CEO of White Associates Practice Consulting. He works with dentists, helping them understand the complexities of managing a dental practice. Mr. White is skilled in project planning, marketing strategy and coaching.

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