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 June — register here.

Danielle Ichelson-Moore. Owner and CEO of Dental Accounts at Ease (Las Vegas). Ms. Ichelson-Moore has been the CEO of Dental Accounts at Ease since 2013. She is experienced in pediatric and general dentistry practice management. Dental Accounts at Ease offers services including dental billing and consulting, website design and team training in addition to traditional practice management.  

Dion Perkins. Vice President of Information Technology of Mortenson Dental Partners (Middletown, Ky.). Mr. Perkins has been the vice president of information technology of Mortenson Dental Partners since 2020. He is skilled in product development, business analysis and project management. Prior to his role with Mortenson Dental Partners, Mr. Perkins served as director of technology of Kroger Company. 

David Lohmann. CEO and Co-founder of Apex Dental Partners (Dallas). Mr. Lohmann has been the CEO of Apex Dental Partners since co-founding the company in 2014. He has helped the DSO expand to more than 170 providers serving more than 100,000 patients each year. Apex Dental Partners has grown to more than 350 employees to deliver high quality care. 

Daenen Merrill. Managing Partner and CEO of Shoreline Dental Services (El Dorado Hills, Calif.). Mr. Merrill has been a managing partner and CEO of Shoreline Dental Services since 2012. He is skilled in contract negotiations, business development and marketing. Mr. Merrill has experience in the management consulting and start-up industries.

Joseph Feldsien. Territory Partner of Pacific Dental Services (Irvine, Calif.). Mr. Feldsien has been a territory partner of Pacific Dental Services since 2021. He oversees and supports offices in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon and Washington. Prior to his current role with the company, Mr. Feldsien served as senior vice president of clinical technology enablement. 

Gary Allen, DMD. Vice President of Dental Services of Advantage Dental Plus (Nashville, Tenn.). Dr. Allen has been the vice president of dental services of Advantage Dental since 2017. He is experienced in health policies, practice management and strategic planning. Dr. Allen also served as a commander in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. 

Cedric Lewis, DMD. Owner and CEO of Wai'alae Dental Care (Honolulu). Dr. Lewis has been the owner and CEO of Wai'alae Dental Care since 2003. He is skilled in esthetics and implants, anesthesia and pain control, cosmetic dentistry and the diagnosis and treatment of jaw pain disorders. Dr. Lewis is also a charter member of the Hawaii Terry Tanaka Dental Study Group for prosthodontics. 

David Thurman, DDS. Owner and Dentist of Dental Elements (Denver). Dr. Thurman founded Dental Elements in 2009. He is skilled with dental implants, new technological innovations and advanced dental techniques. His practice offers services including sedation, general, cosmetic and implant dentistry. 

Tim Brooks, DDS. Owner and Dentist of Tim Brooks DDS (Edmond, Okla.). Dr. Brooks has been the owner and a dentist at his practice since 1995. He specializes in implants, cosmetic dentistry, dentures and Invisalign. Dr. Brooks is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

Gregori Kurtzman, DDS. Owner and Dentist of Implant Cosmetic Dental Center (Silver Spring, Md.). Dr. Kurtzman is the owner and a practicing dentist of Implant Cosmetic Dental Center. He is also a former assistant clinical professor at University of Maryland School of Dental Surgery in the endodontics, prosthetics and operative dentistry departments. Dr. Kurtzman serves as a consultant to dental companies in addition to managing his own practice. 

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