Value-based care, DSO trends & burnout — Marquee Dental Partners CEO explains

Nashville, Tenn.-based Marquee Dental Partners CEO Fred Ward discussed trends among dental service organizations, the rise of value-based care and strategies to keep dentists engaged with Becker’s Dental Review.

Question: What are the key strategies for DSOs and dental groups looking to expand their networks?

Fred Ward: A variety of approaches to expansion have proven effective for several successful DSOs. The key is to be clear on your approach and galvanize organizational resources to execute. Some groups took an approach to expand only by building de novos, others through acquisitions of private practices, and others, like Marquee, do both. The main thing is to know what you are solving for. What type of practice do you build or acquire? Where do you expand? Are you in primary markets, secondary or tertiary markets, urban, suburban and/or rural? What will be the size of the practice and so on? Acquisitions tend to be more capital intensive but provide more immediate cash returns than de novos.

Q: In the next 10 years, what is the biggest change dentistry will experience?

FW: We all know healthcare in the U.S. is changing rapidly. Dentistry is no exception. My opinion is that several big changes are forthcoming. Most often, I think about changes that benefit patients and/or providers. Here are three key trends:

1. Implants – The emergence of dental implants will become even more of a mainstream solution for patients who have permanently lost teeth. Dentures are a great solution for many, but implants can be forever, and patients who have them do not face the same challenges denture patients face. If your dentist does a bone graft after an extraction, then even years after that extraction, the doctor can place an implant. Dentists can make you better than you have been for years. Your smile and your bite might even be the best they’ve ever been.

2. Orthodontics – Orthodontics is going through a revolution right now. More general dentists than ever provide orthodontic services using clear retainers. Mail order clear retainers are now available too. Soon, we will begin learning the impact of this revolution on the orthodontic specialty and the prices of orthodontic services.

3. Value-based care – Healthcare in the U.S. cost $3.5 trillion in 2017. You have heard the statistics that the U.S. spends more per capita on healthcare than other wealthy countries and yet systemic health problems like diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol are still on the rise. Better oral health can help solve many of these systemic problems.

Value-based care rewards providers for patient outcomes as opposed to services rendered. Fundamentally, this is the wheelhouse of all dentists. Their job is to prevent disease and restore patients to health. Educating patients about the value of two dental visits per year and the necessity for treating what is diagnosed, as well as the opportunity cost of not doing treatment, becomes an imperative in a value-based system. Giving or getting patients to take home dental products, like better toothbrushes, is just one way the dental field can increase prevention. Patients become more accountable between visits to maintain good oral health. We know that $1 spent on prevention today saves between $8 and $50 in restorative or emergency dental treatment down the road. Marquee Dental gives new patients electric toothbrushes; the type that most dentists and hygienists themselves use because these brushes are superior to manual brushes.

Standardization and metrics to measure patient health and outcomes will become the norm. Dentists will benefit from driving down costs, so operating efficiencies will be rewarded. DSOs are built on both standardization and operating efficiencies. So, more formalized value-based care is coming. To me, that is why DSOs are the future.

Q: Will telemedicine push over into dentistry? How will these services help or hinder the field?

FW: Telemedicine is increasingly being used within the field of dentistry. Examples include registered dental hygienists performing six-point probing, taking x-rays and intraoral photographs, and then uploading this information to a remote dentist who develops a treatment plan.

I also mentioned that patients can get clear retainers through a mail order arrangement. In this circumstance, for most state dental boards to support, a remote licensed dentist or orthodontist has to approve the case.

After-hour dental emergencies usually lead to a telemedicine approach. Patients in regular dental care can reach their dentist, describe the pain and together with the dentist determine appropriate next steps.

The first two examples are not telemedicine per se, but in these cases, a direct physician-patient interface and relationship does not exist. These are all likely cases in which telemedicine will accelerate within dentistry.

Q: Reimbursement remains an issue among the dental and medical space. What can dentists expect coming down the pipeline? Will changes be made?

FW: I mentioned value-based care previously. I think that is the future. Dentists will be compensated for outcomes. Standardization of procedures, utilization of standard labs and dental suppliers, increased analytical uses, data driven evaluations and reimbursements for outcomes will be the way.

Many of the dentists we support at Marquee Dental already render treatment based on the philosophy that a dollar of prevention spent today saves a lot more money down the road. So, I like where we are right now. A focus on prevention gives dentists the high-ground because the goal of prevention is to improve patient overall health through better oral health. Sixty-two percent of American adults over the age of 30 have untreated tooth decay or cavities and nearly 50% have untreated gum disease, so the necessity for regular dental care is unquestionable. The healthcare system, insurers and employers have to work together to get more of these adults into care, restored to health and then on a maintenance program. This will significantly reduce healthcare costs for everyone.

Q: How is Marquee Dental Partners combating burnout among dentists and staff?

FW: I have a lot of compassion and respect for dentists. Out of necessity, their work posture is not good. They work with sharp instruments around soft tissue in an environment filled with saliva and blood. They do amazing things despite all of that.

We do a few things in an effort to create a work environment that makes each day more enjoyable than functional. We recognize our dentists regularly. The staff in our support center have personal awards they give to people in the practices we support as a way to express gratitude. Physicians and staff seem to appreciate being recognized in front of their coworkers and sometimes even patients. Secondly, we confirm in front of patients how incredibly talented Marquee Dental dentists are. We have a couple of special patient events each year. On those days, we empty out the support center and each of us visits offices taking photos, bringing food and sharing in the joy of the event. So, on the one hand, we try making each day more enjoyable, and on the other, we readily express our gratitude to dentists and staff for the work they do.

Regarding burnout, we have regular dinner meetings and events with subsets of dentists, our board and private equity sponsors. We listen. We respond. Though these aren’t way to avoid burnout, these are examples of the many ways we are present and available, all of us, to hear physicians’ concerns.

We do not push dentists to work additional days. If they want a four-day work week, then we support that. We do feel the calling to provide greater patient access to care, so we recruit second physicians for many practices. In this way, we do not burn out either physician in the practice. My personal mission is to preserve the great dentists we support today, not to do things that may contribute to burnout. Having more physicians seems to help this issue. It allows each dentist to work the days that best fit his/her life, and also gives patients more options on hours and days.

Marquee Dental Partners Completes Two Acquisitions, Now Operates 28 Dental Practices in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky

Nashville, Tenn. – Nov. 13, 2018 – Marquee Dental Partners, a leading regional dental support organization, today announced the acquisition of a practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and in Mountain Brook, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. Marquee has grown rapidly since its formation in 2015 and now operates 28 dental practices within the states of Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky. By providing dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible.

The two practices joining the Marquee Dental family are Shabo Smile Dental Studio, led by Dr. Drew Shabo, DDS, and Dr. Jeffrey Weissman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Both practices offer a complete range of general and cosmetic dentistry services to individuals and families within their communities. Located in Chattanooga, the Shabo practice serves the Tennessee Valley and Northern Virginia, while the Weismann practice focuses on the greater Birmingham area, including Mountain Brook, Cahaba Heights, Vestavia and Liberty Park.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Drew Shabo, Dr. Jeff Weissman and their teams to Marquee Dental. We are impressed with the outstanding reputation for excellence in patient care that both of the practices have achieved during the last two decades,” stated Fred Ward, CEO of Marquee Dental. “By partnering with these practices, Marquee is excited to geographically expand services and meet the needs of more patients within Tennessee and Alabama.”

Discussing the decision to affiliate with Marquee, Dr. Weissman stated, “I specifically selected Marquee Dental because of their passion for putting patients first. I chose to partner with Marquee so that my team and I can have more time to focus on patients and leave the business management aspects to professionals that have experience running dental practices most efficiently.”

According to Dr. Shabo, “Partnering with Marquee Dental will provide management support for our busy practice and allow us to take our services to the next level. Having a beautiful smile has been a lifelong dream for many of our patients. Marquee will help us ensure that even more patients receive the smiles of their dreams more easily and more affordably.”

About Marquee Dental Partners

Marquee Dental is a premier dental support organization dedicated to making dentists and their patients the priority. By providing dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible. Led by a team of highly accomplished industry veterans, the privately held company is based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit www.marqueedentalpartners.com.

Marquee Dental Partners Affiliates with Shabo Smile Dental Studio

Nashville, Tenn. and Chattanooga, Tenn. – Nov. 13, 2018 – Marquee Dental Partners, a leading dental support organization, today announced the affiliation with Shabo Smile Dental Studio in Chattanooga. Marquee now has 16 dental practices in Tennessee, bringing total operations to 28 practices in the states of Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.

Founded by Dr. Drew Shabo, DDS, nearly twenty years ago, Shabo Smile Dental Studio serves individuals and families in the Tennessee Valley and Northern Georgia. The practice offers a complete range of general dentistry services, including dental hygiene, full mouth rehabilitation, crowns and bridges. Given Dr. Shabo’s specialized training in cosmetic and implant dentistry, he and his highly trained staff provide advanced services such as smile design, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and Invisalign.

“We could not be more impressed with the outstanding dental practice that Dr. Shabo and his team have built over the last two decades,” stated Fred Ward, CEO of Marquee Dental. “One of the things that excites us the most is that while Marquee has a strong base of operations in Middle Tennessee, partnering with Dr. Shabo enables us to enter a new market and meet the needs of more patients within the Southeastern part of the state.”

“We know that patients are incredibly pleased with the professional, comprehensive services provided by Shabo Smile Dental Studio. By handling the business aspects of the practice and administrative paperwork, Marquee Dental will free the time of Dr. Shabo and his team to focus on patient care,” said Ward.

According to Dr. Shabo, “Partnering with Marquee Dental will provide management support for our busy practice and allow us to take our services to the next level. Having a beautiful smile has been a lifelong dream for many of our patients. Marquee will help us ensure that even more patients receive the smiles of their dreams more easily and more affordably.”

Marquee Dental has grown rapidly since its formation in 2015 and partners with practices through acquisitions and through de novo development. In addition to the Shabo practice in Chattanooga, Marquee’s operations within the greater Nashville area include Embassy Dental (7 locations), Mid TN Dentistry (5 locations), Nashville Family Dentistry (Nolensville), TN Dental Specialists (Franklin) and Winfree and Craig (Hermitage).  

Shabo Dental Smile Studio is located at 1309 Panorama Drive, Suite 101, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421. For more information, please visit www.shabodentalcenter.com or call (423) 894-4084.

About Marquee Dental Partners

Marquee Dental is a premier dental support organization dedicated to making dentists and their patients the priority. By providing dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible. Led by a team of highly accomplished industry veterans, the privately held company is based in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.marqueedentalpartners.com.

 

Marquee Dental Partners Affiliates with Weissman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Nashville, Tenn. and Birmingham, Ala. – Nov. 13, 2018 – Marquee Dental Partners, a leading dental support organization, today announced the affiliation with a tenth practice in Alabama, bringing Marquee’s total operations to 28 dental practices in the states of Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky. By offering dentists both the support and clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee Dental enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible.

Founded in 1993 in the Mountain Brook suburb of Birmingham, Dr. Jeffrey Weissman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry serves individuals and families throughout the greater Birmingham area, including the nearby communities of Cahaba Heights, Vestavia and Liberty Park. The practice’s comprehensive services extend from routine dental cleanings and exams to services such as teeth whitening; tooth-colored fillings; cosmetic bonding and veneers; and crowns, bridges and implants.

“We are pleased that Marquee Dental’s first Birmingham area office is of the caliber of this great practice. We are impressed with the outstanding reputation and practice that Jeff and his team have built during the last 25 years,” stated Fred Ward, CEO of Marquee Dental. “Our partnership with Dr. Weissman is important to Marquee’s mission in that it enables us to meet the needs of more patients while also strengthening our clinical capabilities.”

“We know that patients are incredibly pleased with the friendly, professional services they receive from Dr. Weissman and his team. We look forward to supporting the administrative aspects of the practice, which will enable Jeff to continue growing the practice in a way that best meets the needs of patients,” added Ward.

“I chose to partner with Marquee Dental so that my team and I can have more time to focus on patients and leave the business management aspects to professionals that have experience running dental practices most efficiently,” stated Dr. Weissman. “I specifically selected Marquee because of their passion for putting patients first.”

Marquee Dental has grown rapidly since its formation in 2015 and partners with practices through acquisitions and de novo development. In addition to Weissman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Mountain Brook, Marquee’s practices within the state of Alabama include Humphries Family Dentistry in Arab; Signature Smile in Florence; Fairway Dental in Foley; Monument Dental in Millbrook; Saraland Smiles in Saraland; and Bryant Dental in Huntsville, Decatur and Madison.

Dr. Jeffrey Weissman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is located at 3140 Overton Road, Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223 and can be reached at (205) 967-8636.

About Marquee Dental Partners

Marquee Dental is a premier dental support organization dedicated to making dentists and their patients the priority. By providing dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible. Led by a team of highly accomplished industry veterans, the privately held company is based in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.marqueedentalpartners.com.

Marquee Dental Partners Acquires Northern Alabama Practice, Continues Expansion in the Southeast

Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 28, 2018 – Marquee Dental Partners, a leading dental support organization, today announced the affiliation with a ninth practice in the state of Alabama, bringing Marquee’s total operations to 27 dental practices in the states of Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.

Founded by Carl A. Humphries, DMD, PC, more than 30 years ago in Arab, Alabama, the practice provides general dentistry services to individuals and families throughout the greater Huntsville area. By offering dentists both the support and clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee Dental enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible.

“Dr. Carl Humphries and his team have built an outstanding practice that has been well respected in the community for decades, and we are happy that they are joining Marquee. Partnering with Dr. Humphries strengthens the Marquee clinical team even more and enables us to meet the needs of more patients,” stated Marquee Dental CEO Fred Ward.

“We know that patients have come to appreciate the relaxed, friendly and professional environment provided by Dr. Humphries and his staff. We are pleased to bring our efficiencies and systems to free their time for patients,” said Ward. “Without the administrative and management responsibilities, Dr. Humphries will have more time to focus on the strong patient relationships that built this great practice in his name. We look forward to helping support and grow the practice even more.”

According to Dr. Humphries, “Our partnership with Marquee Dental is founded on trust and common values. We have a mutual commitment to serve the dental needs of all patients. For the first time since I graduated from dental school, and with Marquee’s support, I can focus solely on providing great dental care. The team at Marquee gives me the autonomy to practice as I always have, and their support throughout the transition with my team and me has been outstanding.”

Marquee Dental has grown rapidly since its formation in 2015 and partners with practices through acquisitions and de novo development. Marquee’s practices within the state of Alabama include Bryant Dental in Decatur, Huntsville and Madison; Brindlee Mountain Dentistry in Arab; Fairway Dental in Foley; Monument Dental in Millbrook; Saraland Smiles in Saraland; and Signature Smile in Florence.

About Marquee Dental Partners

Marquee Dental is a premier dental support organization dedicated to making dentists and their patients the priority. By providing dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible. Led by a team of highly accomplished industry veterans, the privately held company is based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit www.marqueedentalpartners.com.

Marquee Dental Partners Acquires Northern Alabama Office, Continues Expansion in the Mid-South

Nashville, Tenn. – July 30, 2018 – Marquee Dental Partners, a leading dental support organization, today announced the acquisition of Dr. Carl Humphries’ dental practice in Arab, Alabama. Founded by Carl Humphries, DMD, who has been a dental icon in Arab for over 30 years, the office provides general dentistry services to patients throughout the greater Huntsville area.

“Partnering with Dr. Carl Humphries strengthens our clinical team even more and gives us additional reach to more patients. Dr. Humphries is an impressive doctor who has built this incredible practice in the Arab community. We are very pleased to bring our efficiencies and systems to him and his great staff to free them up to meet the dental needs of patients. Dr. Humphries is well respected in the community, and we are happy to have him join Marquee,” said Marquee Dental CEO Fred Ward. “We know patients have come to appreciate the relaxed, friendly and professional environment provided at Humphries Family Dental. I expect that now free from the administrative and management responsibilities, Carl will carry on with the strong patient relationships that built this great practice in his name.  We look forward to supporting him and growing the practice even more.”

“Our partnership with Marquee Dental is founded on the trust Fred and I built throughout the process. We share a mutual commitment to serve the dental needs of all patients,” said Dr. Humphries. “For the first time since I graduated from dental school, and with Marquee’s support, I can focus solely on providing great dental care. Fred and his team give me the autonomy to practice as I always have, and their support throughout the transition with me and my team, has been outstanding.”

Marquee has grown rapidly since its formation in 2015 and will continue to grow for the next several years by partnering with dentists like Dr. Humphries through acquisitions and de novos.

About Marquee Dental Partners

Marquee Dental is a premier dental support organization dedicated to making dentists and their patients the priority. By providing dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible. Led by a team of highly accomplished industry veterans, the privately held company is based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit www.marqueedentalpartners.com.

Marquee Dental Partners Acquires Nashville Family Dentistry, Continues Expansion in the Mid-South

Nashville, Tenn. – Nov. 2, 2016 – Marquee Dental Partners, a leading dental support organization, today announced an affiliation agreement with Nashville Family Dentistry. Founded by Jeremy D. Elliott, DMD, Nashville Family Dentistry is a general dentistry practice serving the needs of individuals and families. By providing dentists with both the support and clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee Dental enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible.

“We are pleased to support Dr. Elliott and the team at Nashville Family Dentistry in meeting the dental needs of the community and look forward to our partnership. Nashville Family Dentistry has built a tremendous reputation of providing quality dental services and developing excellent patient relationships,” said Marquee Dental CEO James Usdan. “We are particularly impressed with the practice’s focus on preventative care and education, which are so critical to optimal dental health.”

From a patient perspective, the transition will be seamless. Dr. Elliott will continue to be actively involved in the practice. Marquee Dental places heavy emphasis on dentists’ clinical autonomy and will leave in place the practice’s dentists and staff.

“With Marquee Dental, we have found a partner that shares our commitment and values in serving the dental needs of our patients,” said Dr. Elliott. “The depth of experience in Marquee’s team will support the administrative aspects of our rapidly growing practice, enabling our dental care team to focus our time on serving patients and providing the highest level of dental services using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures.”

The Marquee Dental team is led by CEO James Usdan, a seasoned executive who has served as CEO of three public companies and five private equity-backed firms. Usdan has decades of experience in the dental industry and has led or served as a board member of four dental service companies.

Marquee has grown rapidly since its formation in 2015, initially focusing in the Mid-South. Marquee Dental affiliates with dental offices and group practices in growth markets that have a history of providing high quality care.

About Marquee Dental Partners

Marquee Dental is a premier dental support organization dedicated to making dentists and their patients the priority. By providing dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible. Led by a team of highly accomplished industry veterans, the privately held company is based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit www.marqueedentalpartners.com.

Marquee Dental Partners Completes Acquisition of Dental Practice in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Nashville, TN – Sept. 20, 2016 – – Marquee Dental Partners , a leading dental support organization, today announced that it has entered an affiliation agreement with Tom P. Carter, DDS General Dentistry, a practice based in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

For many dentistry practices in today’s market, the pressures of performing administrative and billing functions distract them from focusing their attention where it’s needed most: their patients. By providing dentists with both the support and clinical autonomy they need, Marquee Dental enables them to focus their attention of providing the best oral healthcare services possible.

“We are honored to partner with Dr. Tom Carter and his practice, which have been serving the Bowling Green community for nearly three decades,” said Marquee Dental CEO James Usdan. “We are extremely impressed with the long-standing dedication of Dr. Carter and his staff in providing patient-friendly, quality care using the latest dentistry innovations.”

From a patient perspective, the transition will be seamless. Marquee Dental places heavy emphasis on dentists’ clinical autonomy and will leave in place the practice’s dentists and staff. Dr. Carter will continue to be actively involved in the practice.

“We are pleased to partner with Marquee Dental, which shares our vision in serving the Bowling Green community,” said Dr. Carter. “In our growing practice, maximizing efficiency is more important than ever. By handling the business aspects of our practice, Marquee will enable us to focus on providing the highest quality of patient care.”

Marquee Dental affiliates with dental offices and group practices that have a history of providing high quality care and are based in growth markets. The company has grown rapidly since its formation in 2015, initially focusing in the Mid-South.

The experienced Marquee Dental team is led by CEO James Usdan, a seasoned executive who has served as CEO of three public companies and five private equity-backed firms. Usdan has decades of experience in the dental industry and has led or served as a board member of four dental service companies.

About Marquee Dental Partners

Marquee Dental is a premier dental support organization dedicated to making dentists and their patients the priority. By providing dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible. Led by a team of highly accomplished industry veterans, the privately held company is based in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.marqueedentalpartners.com.

Marquee Dental Partners Acquires Mid Tennessee Dentistry, Adds Eight Practices in Nashville Area

Nashville, TN – Sept. 13, 2016 – – Leading dental support organization Marquee Dental Partners today announced an affiliation agreement with Mid Tennessee Dentistry. Founded by Sara B. Northcutt, DDS, Mid Tennessee Dentistry’s operations include seven family and cosmetic dentistry locations, as well as one practice that focuses on specialty care. By providing dentists with both the support and clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee Dental enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible.

“We are pleased to partner with Dr. Sara Northcutt and the talented team at Mid Tennessee Dentistry,” said Marquee Dental CEO James Usdan. “They have built a tremendous reputation providing comprehensive dental care using the most advanced technologies and techniques.”

“Our partnership with Mid Tennessee Dentistry significantly expands Marquee Dental’s footprint within the Nashville area and reaches into the growing communities of Franklin, Brentwood, Smyrna and Antioch,” added Usdan.

From a patient perspective, the transition will be seamless. Dr. Northcutt will continue to be actively involved in the practices. Marquee Dental places heavy emphasis on dentists’ clinical autonomy and will leave in place the practices’ dentists and staff.

“With Marquee Dental, we have found a partner that shares our commitment to our dentists, our staff and, most importantly, our patients,” said Dr. Northcutt. “Marquee Dental’s experienced team will be extremely helpful in supporting our significant growth and maximizing efficiency, which will allow us to provide the highest quality dental care possible.”

Marquee Dental affiliates with dental offices and group practices in growth markets that have a history of providing high quality care. Marquee has grown rapidly since its formation in 2015, initially focusing in the Mid-South.

The experienced Marquee Dental team is led by CEO James Usdan, a seasoned executive who has served as CEO of three public companies and five private equity-backed firms. Usdan has decades of experience in the dental industry and has led or served as a board member of four dental service companies.

About Marquee Dental Partners

Marquee Dental is a premier dental support organization dedicated to making dentists and their patients the priority. By providing dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible. Led by a team of highly accomplished industry veterans, the privately held company is based in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.marqueedentalpartners.com.

Marquee Dental Partners Expands in Mid-South with Acquisition of Westen Dental Group

Nashville, TN – Aug. 23, 2016 – – Leading dental support organization Marquee Dental Partners announced today that it has entered into an affiliation agreement with Westen Dental Group, a general dentistry practice in Bowling Green, Kentucky. By providing dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible.

“Westen Dental has built the premier general dentistry practice in the Bowling Green area since beginning to serve patients in 1978,” said Marquee Dental CEO James Usdan. “We are honored to be partners with such a knowledgeable, dedicated team that has been providing high quality services as well as the latest innovations to the community.”

From a patient perspective, the transition will be seamless. Tim Whitaker, DMD, founder of Westen Dental, will continue to be actively involved in the practice. Marquee Dental places heavy emphasis on dentists’ clinical autonomy and will leave in place Westen Dental’s dentists and staff.

“For nearly 30 years, Westen Dental Group has been providing excellent and trusted general dentistry to the Bowling Green area with a focus on offering quality care in a patient-friendly environment,” said Dr. Whitaker. “Affiliating with Marquee Dental will decrease the burden of administrative paperwork, enabling us to continue our focus on providing patient care while using the most advanced technologies available in the industry today.”

The experienced Marquee Dental team is led by CEO James Usdan, a seasoned executive who has served as CEO of three public companies and five private equity-backed firms. Usdan has decades of experience in the dental industry and has led or served as a board member of four dental service companies.

About Marquee Dental Partners

Marquee Dental is a premier dental support organization dedicated to making dentists and their patients the priority. By providing dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible. Led by a team of highly accomplished industry veterans, the privately held company is based in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.marqueedentalpartners.com.