DSO Reaches 800 Locations and Also Launches New Learning & Development Center (video tour included)

In early December 2019, Heartland Dental announced they had reached the 1,000 practice mark. Now, Aspen Dental, the largest and fastest-growing branded network of dental offices in the country, has closed out the decade by celebrating a significant milestone: the opening of the 800th Aspen Dental location in Southern Pines, NC.

The achievement comes as nine new Aspen Dental offices prepare to open their doors across seven states: Fayetteville, Georgia; Kansas City and Lawrence, Kansas; Canton, Michigan; Royal Oak, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Southern Pines, North Carolina and Mechanicsville, Virginia.

“A new Aspen Dental office opens every four days, which is a direct reflection of the shared commitment between Aspen Dental Management, Inc. (ADMI) and the doctors whose practices we support to help patients get the care they need. I’m incredibly proud of the work that the doctors and team members do to break down barriers to care and the positive impact they have on the tens of thousands of patients who walk through their doors every single day.” -Bob Fontana, chairman & CEO, ADMI

Since it was founded in 1998, Aspen Dental has grown consistently in response to the unmet need for accessible, affordable, and comprehensive dental care. Today, an estimated 25,000 patients receive care in an Aspen Dental location every day and there are nearly 12,000 team members across the country. Unlike most DSO-supported practice, Aspen Dental’s growth is entirely de novo, meaning that every office is built from the ground up rather than via acquisition, a strategy designed to create a consistent patient offering from office to office.

Central to this success is the community of engaged dentists and staff who are connected by their commitment to changing lives and making a difference, delivering a patient-centric model built to break down barriers so that patients can get the care they need, today. Each location has on-site labs, is open extended hours, including evenings and Saturdays, to accommodate walk-in patients and emergency care, provides a free or low-cost exam and X-rays for new patients without dental insurance, works with all insurance plans and offers flexible financing and a Denture Money Back Guarantee.

According to Aspen Dental, in an industry that is expected to experience seven percent growth in employment of dentists by 2028, doctors increasingly choose Aspen Dental not only for access to best-in-class business services and expertise, but also to join a community of like-minded professionals who share their commitment to a culture that puts people – teams and patients – first and values support, community and camaraderie.

Aspen believes the resources they dedicate to developing people are the most important investments they make. In keeping with that philosophy, Aspen Dental also just opened a brand-new practice support center and learning and development center. Located at the heart of Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, the new L&D center is 25,000 square feet of newly renovated space. This new L&D center is just the latest example of their commitment to dentists, hygienists and team members at supporting long-term careers at the DSO.

The new L&D center features three large classrooms. They can use the space to hold meetings that seat up to 190 people classroom style, or separate classrooms, which means they can be running three programs at once. They have two rooms dedicated to virtual learning, which will allow them to broadcast out training and development sessions all across the country, so even more dentists hygienists, and team members can benefit from the programs.

Designed to foster community, conversation, and collaboration, which are the building blocks of their “yes” culture, the space will also be used for people to network and connect.

Take a video tour of the new L&D facility with Dr. Arwinder Judge, Chief Clinical Officer at ADMI:

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