10 DSO and dental leaders to know

July 22, 2022

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.

Bryon Almeida. Co-founder and CEO of Dentures Today (Jupiter, Fla.). Mr. Almeida has been the CEO at Dentures Today, a denture clinic and replacement club, since co-founding it in 2019. He has served in various leadership roles throughout his career including sales management, product marketing and operations. Mr. Almeida created Dentures Today with the goal of making it easy and affordable to get dentures online.

Andrew Brown, PhD. Founder and CEO of Emergence Dental (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Dr. Brown founded Emergence Dental in 2019 and became the CEO. He has extensive research experience in mineralized tissue bioengineering, resorbable metallic device development and dental pre-clinic biocompatibility. During his time at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Periodontics and Preventative Dentistry, Dr. Brown led or co-led grant projects totaling more than $250,000.

Deborah Brown, DMD. CEO of My Community Dental Centers (Petoskey, Mich.). Dr. Brown is the CEO at My Community Dental Centers. One of her main goals at the company is to expand quality oral healthcare to more people. Dr. Brown has helped to grow My Community Dental Centers to 34 centers throughout Michigan.

John Button. Co-founder and CEO of CollectiveCare Dental (Moorestown, N.J.). Mr. Button is the CEO and co-founder of CollectiveCare Dental, which was established in 2013. He has an extensive background in healthcare and industry. CCD is a DSO focussed on creating a network of practices across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware that provides excellent dental care.

Brant Herman. Founder and CEO of MouthWatch (Metuchen, N.J.). Mr. Herman is the founder and CEO of MouthWatch, which was created in 2012. MouthWatch is a teledentistry company that allows patients and dental care providers to conduct examinations from wherever they are. By using the MouthWatch Teledentistry platforms, many facilities and practices now have improved dental care, education, screening and treatment.

Maria Kunstadter, DDS. CEO of The TeleDentists (Kansas City, Mo.). Dr. Kundtadter has been the CEO at The TeleDentists since 2021. She is skilled in customer service, sales, strategic planning, team building and public speaking. Dr. Kunstadter has helped the company grow into the largest network of teledental providers.  

Alix Laurain. CEO of Viridian Dental Partners (Nashville, Tenn.). Ms. Laurain is the CEO of Viridian Dental Partners. She is a business and operational expert and is responsible for driving revenue, improving core processes, streamlining operations and elevating high-impact teams. Ms. Laurain also has more than 4,500 hours of strategic project management experience.

Anushka Gaglani, DDS. Co-founder and Co-CEO of Areo Dental Group (Chicago). Dr. Gaglani has been the co-CEO since helping found Areo Dental Group in 2015. She believes that dentists should have clinical autonomy in their own practice to continue to build up their skills. Dr. Gaglani helped the company grow by almost 100 percent in 2021.

AJ Peak. CEO of Peak Dental Services (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Mr. Peak has been the CEO of Peak Dental Services since founding the company in 2008. He is experienced in strategy, operations, business development, banking and dental healthcare. Peak Dental Services provides business and administrative services to both general and specialty dentists in eight different states across the country.

Mike McCollum. COO of Five Point Dental Specialist (Fort Worth, Texas). Mr. McCollum has been the COO at Five Point Dental Specialists since 2020. He is skilled in executive office, C-Suite management, board management, mergers and acquisitions, corporate development, corporate strategy, business operations and sales management. Mr. McCollum also has a record of building value for healthcare and financial service organizations.