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 Baker. Chief Information and Digital Officer of Pacific Dental Services (Irvine, Calif.). Mr. Baker has been the chief information and digital officer at Pacific Dental Services since 2016. He leads the company’s technology teams to digitally empower patients and enable clinicians. Mr. Baker is a proven technology strategist and has built stable and scalable digital infrastructures.

Erika Williams. Chief Talent Officer of Dental Care Alliance (Sarasota, Fla.). Ms. Williams has been the chief talent officer at Dental Care Alliance since 2022. She oversees the company's recruiting team and efforts to attract top talent. Ms. Williams has experience in human resources, employee relations and talent management. 

Tanisha Wicker. Senior Vice President, Human Resources of Smile Brands (Irvine, Calif.). Ms. Wicker has been the senior vice president of human resources at Smile Brands since 2016. She is skilled in employee relations, team building and talent acquisition. Ms Wicker has been with the company since 2004, serving in various roles. 

Christine Emma. CFO of American Dental Partners (Wakefield, Mass.). Ms. Emma has been the CFO at American Dental Partners since 2020. She is skilled in accounting, finance and management. Ms. Emma served as the vice president of finance at the company before being promoted to CFO. 

Cesar Sabates, DDS. Owner of Cesar Sabates General Dentistry and Implantology (Coral Gables, Fla.). Dr. Sabates is the owner of Cesar Sabates General Dentistry and Implantology. He has been practicing for more than 20 years, offering general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and implantology services. Dr. Sabates was also named president of the American Dental Association in 2021. 

Guy Flannery. CFO of Unified Smiles (Troy, Mich.). Mr. Flannery has been the CFO at Unified Smiles since 2012. He is skilled in strategic planning, budgeting and customer service. Mr. Flannery is also the vice president of vendor relations at the company. 

Stephanie Raynor, DMD. Co-founder of Spoonwood Dental Partners (Keene, N.H.). Dr. Raynor is one of the three co-founders of Spoonwood Dental Partners. She is experienced in prosthodontics, endodontics and oral surgery. Dr. Raynor is also a general dentist at the practice. 

Alan Acierno, DDS. Co-founder and President of DecisionOne Dental Partners (Schamburg, Ill.). Dr. Acierno is the co-founder and president of DecisionOne Dental Partners. He has helped grow and expand the company up to 28 dental practices. Dr. Acierno also serves as the team dentist for the Chicago Wolves team in the American Hockey League.

Williams Dembereckyji. Executive Vice President and CFO of Western Dental (Orange, Calif.). Mr. Dembereckyji has served as the executive vice president and CFO at Western Dental since 2015. He leads growth initiatives at the company, as well as creating financial stability throughout COVID-19. Mr. Dembereckyji is skilled in mergers and acquisitions, equity financing and strategic planning. 

Christine Heald. Chief Development Officer of Dental Care Alliance (Sarasota, Fla.). Ms. Heald has been the chief development officer at Dental Care Alliance since 2022. She is responsible for managing and expanding the business development team at the company. Ms. Heald has a proven track record of successfully driving growth by completing acquisitions, creating partnerships and building effective teams. 

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