Top 10 DSO & Dental Group Practice Stories of 2019

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Here are GDN’s top ten DSO & Dental Group Practice stories of 2019:

Walmart health opens first dental clinicWalmart Introduces First-Ever Health Center, Which Includes a Comprehensive Dental Clinic
The issues of healthcare affordability and accessibility are two of the biggest and most prevailing concerns in the United States today. Walmart is now prioritizing promoting better health outcomes for people. Over the last year, a team of healthcare experts and visionaries inside and outside of Walmart, have been exploring how to turn their motto: “Save money, live better” into also meaning “live healthier.” Read full story HERE.


Walmart Health announces new Head of Dentistry, Dr. Roshan ParikhMeet the Former DSO Executive Who Will Lead Walmart Health
Dr. Parikh (or “Dr. Ro” as he is known in the industry) will lead this new, revolutionary model which will be focused on dental medical integration and increasing access to care, offering customers new ways to save money, while living better –and healthier– lives.  Dental is part of Walmart Health’s overall investment in health and wellness, and Dr. Ro will refine the long-term strategy to grow their focus in dentistry, working closely with Merchandising and Operations to map their current presence in dental and help build the right organization and approach to best serve their customers. Read full story HERE.


DSO and emerging groups to watchEmerging Dental Groups to Watch in 2019
Group dentistry is constantly changing and evolving. There isn’t just one path to success. While private equity and the dental industry may be focused on large DSOs, smaller, but equally important emerging groups are quietly changing the landscape of dentistry. Find out which DSOs made the list in 2019 HERE.


Smile Direct Club and clear alignersFRACKING — A Tale of Two Industries
Fracking headlines have filled the dental press in recent months. The dental fracking that is most noted in today’s dental headlines comes from direct-to-consumer (D2C) clear aligner therapy. The trailblazer and lightning rod in D2C aligners is Smile Direct Club (SDC), founded in 2014.  A very litigious undercurrent encircles the entire home therapy deliberation. Although the direct supervision aspect of D2C business model is very pertinent and poignant, this article contends that SDC is simply the fruit, not the root, of a larger issue. This article seeks to explore the roots of this modern dental phenomenon. Read full story HERE.


Jacobs Holding has reached an agreement with Abry Partners, The Riverside Company, and the co-founders Ken Cooper and Dr. Andrew Matta, to acquire North American Dental Group (NADG)North American Dental Group To Be Acquired By Jacobs Holding
Jacobs Holding has reached an agreement with Abry Partners, The Riverside Company, and the co-founders Ken Cooper and Dr. Andrew Matta, to acquire North American Dental Group (NADG). The founding partners and the company’s dentist partners will retain a significant equity position following the closing of the transaction. Additionally, the partners will remain actively engaged in the expansion across the United States. The partnership with NADG significantly expands the footprint of Jacobs Holding’s dental care activities and creates the first transatlantic dental group. Read full story HERE.


The Inc. 5000 annual list of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies for 2019 has been released and there are 30 dental companies on the list this year. Out of those 30, 15 are dental care providers with a mix of DSOs, single location dental practices, and dental group practices.Which Dental Groups Practices, DSOs, and Dental Companies Made Inc. 5000’s 2019 List?
The Inc. 5000 annual list of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies for 2019 has been released and there are 30 dental companies on the list this year. Out of those 30, 15 are dental care providers with a mix of DSOs, single location dental practices, and dental group practices.  We included not only DSOs, single location dental practices, and dental group practices, but other dental related companies that dentists may partner with for services and/or products. Find out who made the list HERE.


Mid-Atlantic Topco LLC, operating as Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners, a dental support organization (DSO) and a portfolio company of S.C. Goldman & Company, LLC, announced that it has acquired DentalOne Partners  from Dental Investments, LLC.New Acquisition Creates One Of The Largest U.S. DSOs
Mid-Atlantic Topco LLC, operating as Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners, a dental support organization (DSO) and a portfolio company of S.C. Goldman & Company, LLC, announced that it has acquired DentalOne Partners  from Dental Investments, LLC. Under the terms of the agreement, Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners acquired the equity of DentalOne’s operating subsidiaries in an all-cash deal. This agreement marks the second large acquisition for Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners in just a little over a year. Read the full story HERE.


‘DSO Influencers To Watch’ 2019 ListInaugural ‘DSO Influencers To Watch’ 2019 List Revealed!
Since we started Group Dentistry Now (GDN) five years ago, we have seen quite an evolution in the DSO industry.  Being a first-mover, we have been on the frontline of reporting on the DSO industry and we are its most vocal advocate, reaching into all corners of the industry: DSOs of all sizes, dental group practices, solo practitioners, dental students, dental school faculty, support staff, PE investors, manufacturers, distributors, and job seekers. The changes we have seen have been positive. We attribute those positive changes to the industry’s most invaluable resource: its people. We are recognizing DSO influencers annually. Read the 2019 list HERE.


Smile Brands Inc., a DSO, announced that it has made a strategic investment in DecisionOne Dental Partners, a DSO with approximately 30 affiliated practices in the Chicago area, to help fund DecisionOne’s continued growth.The Second Wave In Dental Consolidation Is Here
Consolidation is considered to be the first wave in the modern dental marketplace, and some believe the second wave has just arrived. Smile Brands Inc., a DSO, announced that it has made a strategic investment in DecisionOne Dental Partners, a DSO with approximately 30 affiliated practices in the Chicago area, to help fund DecisionOne’s continued growth. This is not the first time a DSO has acted as PE for another DSO. However, this the first time a group is going to be strategically partnering with a DSO while retaining company culture and management. Could this be the model of the future? Read full story HERE.


CORDENTAL has acquired the much larger AppleWhite Dental Partners, including their network of 35 offices, 50 dentists, and 350 employees, which serve nearly 185,000 patients annually.There’s A New COR For AppleWhite Dental Partners
In April of 2017, CORDENTAL Group, a start-up with six locations under consideration in the Mid-Atlantic, made Group Dentistry Now’s “Emerging Dental Groups to Watch Now” list. At that time, we reported that they had an aggressive growth plan of affiliating with 50-75 practices over the next three to five years. Fast forward to today, and the small dental group with 13 affiliated practices has acquired the much larger AppleWhite Dental Partners, including their network of 35 offices, 50 dentists, and 350 employees, which serve nearly 185,000 patients annually. Read full story HERE.


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