About Us

Our Story

We’ve been changing the DSO landscape since 2015.


  • Marquee founded through acquisition of Embassy Dental in Nashville, TN
  • Entrance into KY market


  • Expanded into AL
  • Fred Ward joins as C.O.O.


  • Fred Ward becomes CEO
  • Focus on dentist retention and recruiting
  • Opened 2 De Novos


  • Expanded into the Chattanooga market
  • Implementation of specialty initiative in Nashville market
  • Completed third De Novo in Nashville
  • Launched market presence into Dothan, AL

Early 2020

  • Finalized 5 new partnerships at the finish of 2019 and start of the year
  • Andrea Metz appointed Chief Growth Officer
  • Entered Louisville and NW Arkansas markets

Later 2020

  • Entry into Florida market and continued expansion in Tennessee
  • Dr. Alan Farrugia appointed Chief Professional Officer


  • Successfully recover from COVID disruptions in care
  • 50 office milestone reached and surpassed.
  • Rich Palumbo joins organization as Vice President of Marketing
  • Becker’s names Marquee a DSO to watch
  • Create Dentist Advisory Board to reinforce clinical leadership


  • Expand into the Tampa, Florida market
  • Surpass 60 offices.
  • Rapidly expand our multi-specialty strategy through targeted partnerships


  • Continued expansion into target geographies
  • Healthcare veteran Kristy Rutherford joins as Chief Financial Officer

Our Leadership Team

Marquee Dental Partners believes that Happy and healthy people help others to be happy and healthy. Our Leadership team of Dental Industry veterans manages from this perspective; helping to assure that Marquee Dental Partners teams deliver the best care to their patients and communities.

Fred Ward

Chief Executive Officer

Andrea Metz

Chief Growth Officer

Dr. Alan Farrugia

Chief Professional Officer