Heartland, Aspen and Pacific Dental Services: 24 moves in 2022

Here are 24 moves from the three largest DSOs that Becker's has reported on in 2022:

Heartland Dental: More than 1,650 practices

1. Heartland Dental introduced its new brand campaign, Doctor Difference, celebrating its culture and business model.

2. Heartland Dental provided support for a merger of three Canadian dental companies to create the largest DSO in the country.

3. Mission, Kan.-based Concorde Career Colleges partnered with Heartland Dental to award $40,000 in scholarships to training dental hygienists.

4. Four Corners Property Trust, a real estate investment trust, acquired a Heartland Dental property for $3 million.

5. Heartland Dental selected Sarah Jackson as chief human resources officer.

6. Heartland Dental added LWSS Family Dentistry to its network. The practice has seven locations in Virginia.

Aspen Dental: More than 1,000 practices

1. The Aspen Group opened its 1,000th Aspen Dental location.

2. Aspen Dental hired Payam Ataii, DMD, to be its senior vice president of orthodontic support.

3. An Aspen Dental practice and MD Now Urgent Care clinic in Cape Coral, Fla., purchased a shared property for $5.1 million.

4. The Aspen Group opened the TAG Oral Care Center for Excellence in Chicago, which will provide dental care to underserved Illinois residents.

5. Aspen Dental and ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers opened their first co-location in Albuquerque, N.M.

6. Aspen Dental provided free dental care to more than 3,000 military veterans and their families during the eighth annual Aspen Dental Day of Service on June 11.

7. Aspen Dental partnered with the Dental Assisting National Board and its affiliate organization, the Dale Foundation, to invest in dental radiography training and credentials for dental assistants in the Aspen Dental network.

8. Aspen Group is partnering with Ace Surgical Supply to add bone-grafting products at its practices.

9. Julie Frantsve-Hawley, PhD, executive director of the Aspen Group's Oral Care Center for Excellence, was given the Presidential Award from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.

10. Aspen Dental aims to train 700 dentists on dental implant services in 2022.

11. The Aspen Group will convert its Aspen Dental offices to be fully digital by early 2023.

Pacific Dental Services: More than 900 practices

1. Pacific Dental Services opened its 900th support dental practice. 

2. Pacific Dental Services and the American Diabetes Association are partnering on an awareness campaign to educate people on the link between periodontal disease and diabetes. 

3. Pacific Dental Services partnered with its 700th owner dentist.

4. Pacific Dental Services is the first DSO to integrate dental and medical data with Epic's electronic health record system.

5. Pacific Dental Services launched an integrated medical-dental practice in Las Vegas. 

6. Pacific Dental Services extended its partnership with Envista and expanded it to include Spark clear aligners.

7. Pacific Dental Services partnered with Commonwealth Primary Care ACO to provide integrated medical-dental services for in-network patients. 

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