Identifying opportunities for investors and providing capital for cutting-edge innovations in the oral and systemic health sectors.
Dr. Jeremy Krell is a general dentist, as well as an experienced investor with a business background. He has raised rounds and generated returns for investors at ten companies, sold three, and acquired two more as a key operator. Jeremy oversaw strategic provider innovation and development at Oscar Health, a health insurance company that had an IPO in 2021. He also led provider and clinical growth initiatives at quip, a subscription oral health company, and has since built the Barchester Bay Group, a portfolio consisting of over thirty separate ventures. Jeremy is an angel investor and sits on the boards of several healthcare and dental startups. He has a fifteen-plus year proven track record with start-ups, multi-million dollar fundraises, and acquisitions.
David Arena is an experienced investor, technologist, and finance professional. He spent a decade advising institutional clients on investment strategy and developing systematic trading strategies at the world’s largest hedge fund. Now he applies his analytical skill-set on leadership teams at numerous startups, managing capital raises, operations strategy, and growth initiatives. He most recently served as CFO and CTO at an oral healthcare company. Mr. Arena looks forward to deploying the skills gained from his 13-year career to deliver unique insights, investment opportunities, and leadership strategy to investors and founders alike.
Dr. Eric Pulver graduated from the University of Toronto Dental School and Northwestern University for training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. For 30+ years he has bridged private practice, academics, dental industry partnerships, and entrepreneurship—as an advisor/investor in the oral/systemic healthcare space with a particular interest in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and Oral Systemic Health links. Dr. Pulver held positions as Director of OMFS at the University of Chicago Hospitals, Assoc. Professor at Northwestern University Dental School, Team Oral Surgeon for the Chicago Blackhawks—and currently serves as an adjunct faculty at Indiana University Dental School and as Chief Dental Officer of Denti.AI.
Jane Levy has spent most of her career investing in companies, both private and public. After working in the innovation group at Henry Schein, and as CGO at Jarvis Analytics, she sees strong potential for dental startups, and she joins Revere as a Venture Partner, to assist portfolio companies in achieving their goals. Ms. Levy has an MBA from MIT Sloan, and lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
Dr. Edward J. Zuckerberg is a 1978 Graduate of NYU College of Dentistry. He practiced in Brooklyn and Dobbs Ferry, New York from 1979-2013 and has always been an early adopter of technology. He regularly lectures on Technology Integration, Social Media Marketing, and Online Reputation Management for Dentists, consults privately with Dental Practices and advises Dental/Medical Technology Startups in addition to treating patients part-time in Palo Alto, CA.
Ryan Hungate, DDS, MS, is a practicing orthodontist and the founder and CEO of Simplifeye. Dr. Hungate graduated from the orthodontic specialty program at the University of Southern California. Prior to dental school, Dr. Hungate worked for Apple Inc. and helped design the customer workflow adopted by Apple's retail stores globally.
Yan Kalika, DMD, MS is a certified specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. He received his dental degree from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1998. In addition, he completed a fellowship in Washington D.C. in the field of dental health policy. Dr. Kalika completed his orthodontic training at the University of California at San Francisco where he received a specialty certificate in orthodontics and facial orthopedics and a master’s degree in oral biology. Dr. Kalika is a co-founder and on the board of several companies in high growth areas like artificial intelligence, infection control, medical devices, telemedicine, and orthodontic treatment. Dr. Kalika served as a consultant to Align Technology (the creator of Invisalign) when the company started. He is also an international master in chess, which is the perfect kind of critical thinking you want on your team.
Dr. Kathy O’Loughlin is the executive director of the American Dental Association (ADA), the nation’s leading advocate for oral health. She joined the ADA in 2009 after serving as the chief dental officer for United Health Group and as the chief executive officer for Delta Dental of Massachusetts. She is a nationally recognized leader in the health care, nonprofit, and education sectors, and she speaks around the country about the profession of dentistry, oral health care delivery, and public health policy. Dr. O’Loughlin was the first female dental school class president and valedictorian of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Rishi Popat is an inventor, orthodontist and visionary. Dr. Popat completed his General Practice Residency from Harvard University/Cambridge Health Alliance. He received his certificate in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and received his Doctoral of Medical Sciences in Oral Biology from Harvard Medical School. While at Harvard, he patented a palatal expander and invented a baby bottle to reduce early childhood caries. He was the second orthodontist hired by Smile Direct Club in 2014 to advise with their clinical acceptance workflow and training orthodontists and general dentists with their platform. Dr. Popat co-founded a multidisciplinary practice called Popat Orthodontics & Madison Pediatric Dentistry with his wife Bansi who received her MBA from Harvard Business School. Dr. Popat has published in the New England Journal of Medicine, in various dental peer-reviewed journals and enjoys critically examining various technologies.
Robert Horowitz is currently the CFO of Medly Pharmacy, a full-service, digital pharmacy, and led the company through its $100 Million Series B funding round. Mr. Horowitz previously served as the vice president of finance at quip, where he led the organization through both Series A and Series B funding rounds. He focused his efforts on improving the monetization of existing business activities, expanding revenue streams, and designing new business models and strategies. Mr. Horowitz has also served in direct investment roles at Gerson Lehrman Group, Four Springs Capital, Spencer Trask Ventures and Merrill Lynch & Co. Robert has completed over $1 Billion of investment transactions.
Dr. Scott Kalniz has over 20 years of dental industry experience. He started his career as a practicing dentist with a single location. He then purchased a number of other dental practices, eventually selling his large dental group to a Dental Support Organization (DSO). He joined the DSO as director of development, sourcing a number of dental practice affiliations, and helping build it to over 50 locations. Dr. Kalniz then partnered with a private equity firm, as CEO and Chief Dental Officer, to create a new DSO. In under five years, it grew to over 110 locations in 12 states. He has also served and currently serves, as a Non-Executive Director on several PE-backed company boards as well as Pacific Smiles Group, a publicly-traded DSO in Australia. Dr. Kalniz recently formed Kalniz DSO Advisory Group which consults with multi-national groups looking to create industry-leading DSOs. Dr. Kalniz holds a DDS and a BS in Business Administration, Economics from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Roshan Parikh is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)—College of Dentistry. He also earned his MBA from Loyola University with a dual emphasis in finance and marketing. In 2008, he utilized all three disciplines by purchasing his first dental practice in Chicago, which grew to a network of 25+ multi-specialty groups. In 2019, Dr. Parikh founded the consulting firm DSO Strategy to help entrepreneurial dentists develop sustainable growth plans and attract institutional capital. He also served as an advisor to multiple private equity funds and banks. Most recently, Dr. Parikh served as Head of Dentistry for Walmart U.S. and Walmart Health's revolutionary multi-modality healthcare center operations and was highly instrumental in the early-stage strategy and expansion of the business, now in four states.
Dr. Ferrillo has more than 30 years of experience in dental education, and ties to various Dental Support Organizations (DSOs). He has served as Dean of Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine. He was also Dean and Interim Provost at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Dr. Ferrillo served on the Board of Directors of Heartland Dental Care for twelve years, and is presently on the Board of Bright Direction Dental, another DSO.
Fred Joyal co-founded 1-800-DENTIST, which became the largest dentist referral service in the country. He has written two bestselling books on dental marketing and speaks nationally on the topic. He advises a half-dozen companies in the dental industry and has an investment in the cannabis industry.
Dr. Tom Shannon is a board certified orthodontist and graduate of the University of Michigan (DDS), the University of North Carolina (AEGD), as well the University of Tennessee (MDS, Orthodontics). As a leader in orthodontic simulation design, Dr. Shannon has been at the forefront of in-office aligner production, as well as direct to consumer teleorthodontic offerings. Currently in private practice in Southwest Michigan, Dr. Shannon is also a co-founder of Braces On Demand and holds multiple patents in the 3D printing space.
Marko Vujicic currently serves as chief economist and vice president of the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association. He is a recognized thought leader in health care policy as it relates to dental care. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs, The New England Journal of Medicine, and his team’s work is regularly cited by CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and other media outlets. Previously, he was Senior Economist with The World Bank in Washington D.C. where he focused on health systems reform in developing countries.
Dr. Christian Coachman graduated in Dental Technology in 1995 and in Dentistry at the University of São Paulo/Brazil in 2002. He is the founder and CEO of the DSD-Digital Smile Design company and also works as a consultant for dental companies and offices, develops dentistry-related products, and implements concepts and marketing strategies. He is one of the most renowned speakers in the international dental lecturing circuit and has published internationally in the fields of esthetic and digital dentistry, oral rehabilitation, innovation and trends, communication and marketing strategies in dentistry.
Dr. Teresa Dolan is vice president and chief clinical officer at Dentsply Sirona and leads the global Clinical Affairs function, supports new product development and oversees the largest global clinical education program sponsored by dental industry. Dr. Dolan joined Dentsply Sirona after serving as professor and dean of the University of Florida College of Dentistry from 2003 until 2013. As chief academic officer, she managed a $62M operating budget, with $13.7M in research funding and revenue from more than 100,000 annual patient visits. She is recognized for her contributions to dental public health, geriatric dentistry and as a champion for diversity and women in dentistry. Dr. Dolan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University; she earned a DDS degree from the University of Texas and a MPH degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Dental Health Services Research Scholar, completed a Veterans Administration Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry, and is a board certified in Dental Public Health.
Gavin Forrest began his career at Bridgewater Associates. Afterwards, he took turns as a founder, chief people officer, chief administrative officer, advisor, and board member. Gavin is the founder of second breakfast ventures and enjoys helping early stage companies from ideation to scaling.
Sergei Azernikov, PhD is a vice president of CAD/CAM Software Development at Glidewell Dental, one of the largest providers of restorative dental products in the world. He graduated from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in the field of computer graphics and computational geometry. After spending a year as a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Dr. Azernikov joined Siemens Corporate Research at Princeton New Jersey, where he developed patient specific medical devices, such as hearing aids and orthopedic implants. Dr. Azernikov joined Glidewell in 2012 to develop proprietary dental CAD software, and today he is working on innovative technologies and business models with strong focus on ML/AI and SaaS platforms.
Dr. Jonathan Levine is a dentist and prosthodontist in practice for nearly 30 years. He is a visionary product inventor (holding 27 patents), clinical researcher and published author. Dr. Levine is Co-founder of the Glo Science teeth whitening system and a former NYU professor.
Chosen as one of the top leaders in dental consulting by Dentistry Today, Len Tau, DMD, has dedicated his professional life to improving dentistry for both patients and other dentists. After purchasing his practice, the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Excellence in Philadelphia in 2007, Dr. Tau practiced full-time while consulting to other dental practices, training thousands of dentists about reputation marketing, leading the dental division of BirdEye, a reputation marketing platform, and hosting the popular, Raving Patients podcast. He recently authored the book Raving Patients and the soon to be released 100 Tips to 100 Reviews in 100 Days In 2018, Dr. Tau cut down to practicing dentistry two days per week to focus additional time and attention to helping other dentists build broad and compelling online footprints that attract hundreds of new patients to their practices. Dr. Tau lectures nationally and internationally on using internet marketing, social media, and reputation marketing to make dental offices more visible and credible as well as how to increase their case acceptance.
Jean Paul Laurent is an award-winning social entrepreneur, and one of the leading global oral health experts of his generation in consultative status with both the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and The UN Department of Global Communications (UN DGC) to help monitor and implement the international Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr. Alexander Waldman is in private practice of orthodontics in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Waldman received his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a masters and orthodontic fellowship at Harvard University. Dr. Waldman leverages his clinical and practice management experience to serve as an advisor and KOL to multiple dental startups, focusing on orthodontics and dental technology.
Vincent Cardillo is a proven industry leader with over 25+ years of experience in leadership/partner roles growing DSOs. He has a successful track record of structuring, growing and positioning dental groups for rapid growth. Vincent’s latest ranked #14 on the INC 500 list of fastest growing private companies with growth of 12,896%. Mr. Cardillo is the founder of Maeva Dental Advisors, which provides outsourced C-suite services to dental groups and single offices that have the intention of growing. Maeva positions its clients for long-term growth by strengthening their operational systems and infrastructure. He also provides his expertise in operations, strategy, and financing to private equity firms and other financial institutions nationally and internationally looking to make an investment in a DSO.
Naomi Cooper Hochman is a dental industry expert and innovative entrepreneur who has served as a strategic advisor and fractional CMO to dozens of leading dental industry manufacturers, distributors, providers of professional services and SaaS companies. She is president of Minoa Marketing, a dental industry marketing consulting and advisory firm established in 2010. In 2015, Ms. Cooper Hochman co-founded Doctor Distillery, which in 2020 was rolled into Genly, a demand generation platform that generates sales-ready inbound leads for B2B marketers. In her free time, Ms. Cooper Hochman serves as a community leader and as a director for several non-profit organizations.
Dr. Kianor Shah is a practicing dentist and an entrepreneur from Palm Desert, California. As a traveling healthcare provider, Dr. Shah has practiced in more than 300 offices. As a businessman, Dr. Shah has built numerous co-brand, private label, and peer-to-peer partnerships in the healthcare industry.
Nationally recognized as an educator, author, and practicing clinician, Dr. Kaufman brings a special “big-picture” approach to dentistry and his life. Graduating from UIC College of Dentistry in 1995, Dr. Kaufman has been treating patients with fully personalized care for over 25 years.
Dr. Kaufman serves on the advisory board of numerous dental manufacturers, consults on product development, and has educated clinicians across the globe on a wide range of topics. In fact, Dr. Kaufman has been lecturing both nationally and internationally on continuing education programs for the last 15 years. He has also published numerous articles on restorative and cosmetic dentistry and is an administrator with Smile Source Chicago.
Having learned from 20 years of experience providing dental care to anxious patients, Dr. Bryan Laskin is on a mission to reduce the stress of both doctors and patients by upgrading care through innovation, education and standardization. Creator of Upgrade Dental, Digital Nitrous, OperaDDS, co-founder of ToothApps, as well as author of the Amazon bestselling book “The Patient First Manifesto,” Dr. Laskin excels at helping others integrate technology and teamwork into their practices. Dr. Laskin plays an active role in driving innovation at several progressive dental organizations, including Abundents, Vyne Dental, Lake Minnetonka Dental, Talentship, Evergreen, Kwikly and Dental Care Alliance. Dr. Laskin also serves as counsel to many leading companies in dentistry. Through his participation on the groundbreaking workgroups at Dental Standards Institute, Dr. Laskin is giving patients a voice as well as creating important guidelines for emerging technologies.
Ken Sirota began his affiliation with Hu-Friedy in 2004 as a member of the company’s advisory board and went on to serve as executive vice president and CFO. He was named president in 2011 and served in that role until Hu-Friedy’s acquisition by Cantel Medical in 2019. He was the president of the Dental business segment for Cantel and is responsible for the combined Hu-Friedy Crosstex and all dental subsidiaries. Previously, Mr. Sirota was president and chief executive officer of Liberty Group Publishing. He has also held various executive-level and board of directors positions with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, business process optimization, and overall financial management.
As a Wall Street sell-side equity research analyst in the 1990s, Dr. Bonnie Feldman created one of the first investment bank dental franchises. Dr. Feldman visited most of the public, private and equity-funded dental companies across the U.S., analyzed their potential as investments, wrote one of the first industry overviews, and orchestrated one of the first dental investment conferences. Before she became an analyst, she had built two dental practices from scratch, consulted for several dental insurance companies and published “The Measurement of Dental Health Status” at the Rand Corporation.
Dr. Feldman was also a pioneer in digital health, self-publishing “Big Data in Healthcare” in 2012, an often cited paper (picked up by Rock Health) describing the promises and perils of data-driven healthcare. She has published digital health thought leadership content in MobiHealth News, The Doctor Weighs In, Greatist, Thrive Global and through her own blog. She has worked with a dozen emerging digital health companies, attended 100+digital health conferences, interviewed 300+ companies and beta-tested more than a dozen digital health apps, toothpaste, mouthwash and other products.
As autoimmune disease runs in her family, Dr. Feldman was prompted to start Autoimmune Connect to bring the best of digital, functional and conventional medical approaches to patients. Autoimmune Connect has evolved into a thought leadership and consulting practice offering professional services at the intersection of digital health and chronic immuno-inflammatory disorders (including long COVID). Today, Dr. Feldman is a strategic advisor, consultant and content creator to emerging digital health companies with a focus on chronic disease management, especially immune-mediated diseases and their connection to oral health.
Dr. Darryl Alter has over 35 years of experience running a high-end dental practice in Israel focusing on crown and bridge work, veneers and teeth whitening. Dr. Alter’s clinic is known for its prestigious clientele treating prominent Israeli and international business leaders, diplomats and celebrities. In 2012, he branched out to the dental technology world by joining Mavrik Dental Systems, a dental startup that produced a fully automated teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Alter joined Mavrik at its inception and has held various roles including as a former member of the Board of Directors as well as leading investment rounds and raising the majority of the funds in pre-seed and seed rounds. Dr. Alter continues as an active advisor, assisting the company with further financing, R&D development and dental training worldwide. Dr. Alter is the co-founder and president of Catapult Partners Israel, an Israeli-based boutique Investment group that invests in dental startups with various investment routes providing business and strategy consulting. The group has since added several disruptive dental companies to its portfolio in a variety of dental fields. Dr. Alter holds a Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Marc C. Sanchez is a leading advisor to both foreign and domestic healthcare and food companies with primary expertise involving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and secondary experience with the USDA. His acumen extends over a broad range of issues involving drugs, biologics, devices, dietary supplements, medical foods and a variety of enforcement actions.
Dr. Paul Goodman is a practicing general dentist and the managing partner of a group practice with two locations along with his brother, Jeffrey, in Mercer County, New Jersey. In 2017, Dr. Goodman founded Dental Nachos. Dental Nachos is dedicated to increasing the success and decreasing the stress of dentists and teams. Dr. Goodman is also a practice broker, speaker and coach for dentists. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 2002, Dr. Goodman pursued additional training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. During his general practice residency and hospital fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Dr. Goodman had the fortunate opportunity to learn how to place and restore dental implants. Dr. Goodman has a passion for teaching, speaking and giving back to the dental community.
Ellen Polsky is a pediatric dentist, serial entrepreneur, innovator, technologist, and passionate healthcare professional with about 15 years of outstanding experience and extraordinary achievements in converting every opportunity into success and growth. Dr. Polsky is highly committed to a multidisciplinary approach when it comes to solving modern challenges in a healthcare sector. She is running a multiple pediatric and orthodontic practice organization with the heavy focus on a data driven approach in clinical dentistry. She is actively involved in a new technology startup to allow healthcare teams cross platform engagement. Dr. Polsky currently serves on the board of MuliCare Cascade Outpatient Surgery center. She is also a part of advisory board for Tab32, an innovative cloud base EMR software solution.
Dr. Jonathan Snow is an orthodontist, the Founder and COO of The Snow Agency and Kindred Studios, and an angel investor. Prior to becoming an orthodontist, Dr. Snow served in the US Air Force as an active duty Captain and General Dentist. Dr. Snow has nearly a decade of experience in digital marketing and e-commerce, where he founded and exited several e-commerce brands, leading to the establishment of The Snow Agency, a rapidly growing full-service digital marketing agency. In just two years since Dr. Snow founded The Snow Agency, he has grown the team to over 100 full-time employees and oversees nearly 100 active clients. The Snow Agency specializes in digital advertising on Facebook/Instagram, Google Search and Shopping, YouTube, Snapchat, TikTok, and email and SMS Marketing. Dr. Snow also recently founded Kindred Studios, a creative content production studio that delivers elevated product photography, direct response and branded video production, website design and development, and organic social media management. Dr. Snow is actively building an e-commerce holding company, a Shopify app development company, and serves as a consultant to numerous e-commerce brands.
Jonathan Eskow is the Founder and lead attorney of Eskow Law Group. Eskow Law Group works closely with hundreds of dentists, group practices and DSOs throughout the country. Prior to starting Eskow Law Group, Mr. Eskow co-founded and served as chief operating officer of a venture-backed technology company. He is an entrepreneur and “builder” at heart and has also advised many early stage startups.
Mitch Olan has spent the last 27 years building Dental Care Alliance, one of the largest DSOs in the country. He served as COO for 18 years, CEO for six years and for the last three years, has served as Executive Chairman. Prior to joining DCA, Mr. Olan was senior vice president for Optioncare, one of the country’s largest home infusion therapy providers. Mr. Olan started his career with ORMCO, the country’s largest manufacturer of orthodontic appliance. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business.
Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, is co-founder and chief content officer of Today’s RDH, a digital media company for dental hygienists, encompassing a daily publication, podcast, live events, and online continuing education. Ms. Vavrosky is also recognized as one of the largest social media influencers in dentistry, with a following of over 200,000 dental hygienists and other dental professionals. A graduate of the Oregon Institute of Technology, Ms. Vavrosky has a deep passion for spreading knowledge about the importance of oral health and how it relates to the entire body. Her passion extends to helping other hygienists understand the latest protocols, products and research, all with the goal to push the profession forward. Additionally, Ms. Vavrosky was recognized in 2020 as one of the top 100 women in media for her entrepreneurship as co-founder of Today’s RDH.
Dr. Anthony Stefanou is a 1987 graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After being in private practice for almost 20 years, in 2006, he became exclusively focused on the business side of the dental industry. Dr. Stefanou is a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) and Founder and CEO of Connect the Dents, LLC, an M&A and business development advisory company which works with dental companies (manufacturers, dealers, technologies, services and organizations) as well as practices/DSOs. The company provides representation, valuations, and target and research reports as services, and also assists startups in developing business plans, sales strategies, raising capital and forming strategic alliances. Dr. Stefanou is also Founder of the Dental Sales Academy and the “How to Sell to Dental Offices” workshop training programs, now taken by over 30,000 from 300+ companies, which teaches the psychology behind “why dentists buy.” He has been the keynote speaker at 100+ company national sales meetings. He has a strong background in practice transitions, and has developed a unique practice appraisal program called the OPA system. He assists dozens of DSOs in identifying and analyzing potential affiliation opportunities. Dr. Stefanou has written articles for many dental publications.
Dr. Edward Danganan is Founder of Netzant Technology LLC, a software application development firm, specializing in custom web and application development. Additionally, he is the CTO at Variify.com, which provides ID verification SaaS solutions. He has 22+ years of experience as a software/web developer, architect and development manager, having experience in the computer leasing, financial, academic and legal industries. Dr. Danganan holds the Microsoft Certified Application Developer and Azure Fundamentals certifications. C. Edward earned a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he conducted research on the biodegradation of hazardous chlorinated compounds by bacteria.
Trevor Hier is currently Chief Operating Officer at both Hier Labs® and Catapult Organization®. Hier Labs is a product synthesis, development and distribution conglomerate that operates three distinct manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Hier Labs produces over 35 SKUs for various Fortune 500 companies; the company also manufactures its own hallmark products PlaqueHD® and Steraligner®. Mr. Hier oversaw the manufacture, scaling and growth of PlaqueHD, an innovative toothpaste linked to a reduction in heart attack and stroke, and played a key role in strategizing and executing the partnership between Steraligner and Invisalign®. Both PlaqueHD® and Steraligner® are currently realizing new peak earnings. Under Mr. Hier’s stewardship, Catapult Organization has become the largest dental education community worldwide, hitting all-time highs in operating revenue, strategic partnerships, and overall dental community engagement. Catapult Organization is set to launch the industry’s first educationally based GPO in Q4 of 2021. Mr. Hier graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami Herbert Business School.
Tricia Osuna BSDH, RDH, FAADH, has been active in professional associations in dental hygiene her entire career. She is passionate about improvements in the way we offer clinical care as well as innovative products for patient home care.
Dr. Jeremy Dixson is a recognized DSO thought leader and influencer (Group Dentistry Now 2019), a three-time INC 500/5000 awarded entrepreneur, Founder/CEO of Dental Capital Partners and The DSO Project, dentistry’s first DSO accelerator. He is a visionary, inspirational and transformational leader who builds unified individuals, teams, cultures and world-class organizations. Dr. Dixson also serves as a trusted DSO/dental industry advisor for PE firms, dental technology companies and global dental brands in a variety of capacities.
Paige Mead has been recruiting professionally for over 20 years. She opens doors and connects people for a living in the dental industry. As an industry ambassador and key opinion leader, Ms. Mead’s role is to draw in and hold onto the professional sales and executive talent that will drive the industry for the next century. Paige Mead Recruiting uniquely and specifically serves the dental industry focused on Executive Search and Professional Sales hiring across each market segment, traditional and emerging. Ms. Mead is the dental industry “connector.”
Dr. David R. Boschken is an orthodontist in private practice in Northern California with offices in Los Altos and San Jose. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, he completed residencies at Guy’s and St. Thomas Hospital (London, England) and specialty training in orthodontics at University of Pennsylvania. He reached the level of Invisalign® Elite Advantage Provider (currently Diamond Plus) in 2005 and has been treating Invisalign patients in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2000 with more than 5,500 Invisalign starts. His offices offer a complete digital experience with 98% of patients treated with Invisalign from ages 7-70. Dr. Boschken was one of two hand-picked original Align Technology speakers by Co-founders (Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth) starting in 2000 and was an active member of Align’s Alpha Group (early clinical advisory board). Additionally, for the last 21 years, Dr. Boschken has given over 500 lectures throughout North and South America, APAC, and EMEA as a member of Align Technology’s Global Faculty Speaker’s Bureau with a rare distinction of Master Faculty. Dr. Boschken has also served as a Clinical Advisory Board and Key Opinion Leader for Propel Orthodontics and Light Force Orthodontics. Dr. Boschken has been part of Align Technology’s official Beta Channel researching and testing all new products. In addition to his full-time orthodontic practices, Dr. Boschken has been an active angel investor and advisor in a wide variety of spaces including medical devices, solar farms, biofuels, dead drop encryption technology, and cryptocurrency.
Dr. Aman Kaur a DSO industry veteran, and a seasoned executive is known for her passion for building DSO organizations ground up and doing turn-arounds through innately inspired teams and driving results. Dr. Kaur is the Founder and President for Women In DSO, an organization committed to providing industry defining platform to promote and advance women leaders across the DSO industry. Dr. Kaur is also working as the CEO of a rapidly growing Midwest based DSO. With over 18years of experience in Dental industry, Dr. Kaur has worked with multiple DSOs over her career in various leadership roles and is very involved in DSO industry as a Board member of DSOs, Government Dental Programs and Dental Product Companies. Dr. Kaur is passionate about improving the access to dental care and believes this needs growing services in dental sector that encompass overall health needs along with supporting dental teams to continually grow as clinicians as well as the leaders. Respected as a credible voice in industry for her clinical and business decision-making, finding strategic solutions and building partnerships and alliances across the industry, Dr. Kaur is constantly shaping the industry.
Dominik Lysek, PhD, MChem is a trained chemist, with a PhD in structural biology as well as a successful entrepreneur. After leading the clinical research group in a biomaterial company, he founded credentis in January 2010, in order to established the first biomimetic technology to treat dental caries and enable the Guided Enamel Remineralisation Therapy. Throughout the decade Dr. Lysek was the CEO, raised multiple financing rounds, developed a whole portfolio of products and finally had a successful exit in November 2020. Today, he works as an angel investor and is on the board of healthcare companies as well as philanthropic foundations. Dr. Lysek is passionate about bringing cutting-edge scientific innovations into the oral care field, and turning them into commercial successes.
Dr. Lewis Chen was born and raised in New York, where he completed his college and dental school education at both New York University College of Arts of Science with a degree in Economics and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine respectively. He graduated top of his class with highest honors, numerous awards and distinction at Columbia University. Dr. Chen was also one of few to be nominated and inducted into the only renowned national dental honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU). After graduation, Dr. Chen completed an extensive residency at Bronx VA Medical Center, a prestigious program focused on providing exceptional, comprehensive dental care for veterans. Immediately after, he pursued practice ownership and has been acquiring and building de novo startups with his business partners and focuses his attention on strengthening operational inefficiencies.
Dr. Paul Dominique is a pediatric dentist and a former Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. He’s also an entrepreneur, having acquired and consolidated single branded dental practices, growing from under 700K to over 2.4M in EBITDA in 21 months. Dr. Dominique currently serves on the advisory board to the Teledentists, the foremost telehealth platform exclusively for dentistry.
Mark Van Weelde is senior vice president, executive director of Dental Monitoring (DM) and a member of their executive committee. He joined DM in 2016 as their Asia Pacific business partner. His involvement in the dental and orthodontic industry goes back to 2001 when he set up Align Technology’s business (maker of Invisalign) in Asia-Pacific as their vice president, Asia Pacific and then as their exclusive distributor for Asia-Pacific until 2013. Ms. Van Weelde has a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Western Australia) and qualified as an Australian Chartered Accountant. As an angel investor, he is also an investor and director of various private companies in the healthcare and technology sectors.
Dr Benjamin Immerman is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, founder and owner of Empire State Oral Surgery, entrepreneur and angel investor. Dr Immerman received his dental degree from Rutgers University and his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Certificate from Temple University. Dr Immerman’s clinical experience and involvement in the latest domestic and international research and advancements in his field has helped guide investments in several dental startups with a focus on implant and biologic product development.
Dr. Clifford Yudelman practises restorative and cosmetic dentistry 10 hours per week at his state-of-the-art group practice OptiSmile Advanced Dentistry and Implant Centre of Sea Point, Cape Town. When he is not treating patients, Clifford is developing 19 systems of excellence in dental care marketing and delivery with his wife and CEO of OptiSmile DSO, Robyn Zinman. OptiSmile DSO is poised to be the first DSO on the African continent. Plans include rapid expansion into 25 locations around South Africa before entering other markets in the region. Dr. Yudelman graduated from the University of Witwatersrand Dental School in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1983. He has a history of entrepreneurial private dental practice in London, England for four years, San Diego for 16 years, Perth, Australia for 12 years and back in Cape Town since 2014. Dr. Yudelman was one of the first members of ISBOR-International Society for Breath Odor Research and developed Breath So Fresh halitosis products in 1996. He patented a tongue scraper and breath-freshening gel with Zyclor (his trademark name for the Zinc Chloride), which sold throughout Canada and the U.S.
Mike Infanger is the founder of Verena Solutions and generated the initial design for a variety of dental infection control products currently under development, including the flagship SimpleCAP system. He also manages a product design consultancy and has been involved in the development/commercialization of 60+ products ranging from plastic/retail to industrial automation. Mr. Infanger has been involved in medical/dental device design for 10+ years and is passionate about lowering the cost of healthcare, increasing sustainability, and simplifying tools that medical professionals use every day.
Dr. Bak Ngyuen is a cosmetic dentist who holds recognitions from the Canadian Parliament and the Canadian Senate. He is the CEO and founder of Mdex (2003), Nominee Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Grand Homage Lys DIVERSITY, LinkedIn & TownHall Achiever of the Year, and writer of 72 books in over 36 months. In 2016, he co-founded Emotive World Incorporated with the mission to use technology and research to empower happiness and sharing. In 2020, he launched an international collaborative initiative called The Alphas, which enables entrepreneurs and doctors to share their knowledge.
Ariane Tschumi is General Counsel of Galileo and helps lead digital health plan partnerships. Previously, she was a member of Cityblock Health’s founding team and served as Senior Regulatory Counsel at Oscar. During the Obama Administration, Ms. Tschumi served as Presidential Management Fellow at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, working on early value-based care payment models.
Rob Packard has 20+ years of experience in the medical device industry and another 10 years of experience in biotech manufacturing validation and scale-up. He is a UConn graduate in Chemical Engineering. Mr. Packard was Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at four different medical device startups, and in 2004, he was co-founder and president/chief executive officer of a laparoscopic imaging company. His quality management system expertise covers all aspects of developing, training, implementing and maintaining ISO 13485 and ISO 14971 certification. From 2009-2012, he was a lead auditor and instructor for BSI, one of the largest Notified Bodies in Europe. Today, Dr. Packard is co-founder and president of a full-service quality and regulatory consulting firm that specializes in helping startup medtech companies get their first device or IVD product to market.
Elijah Desmond graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s in Science in Dental Hygiene in 2009. Since graduation, he went on to start 20+ different startup businesses and is well known for his Amazon bestseller “ Entrepreneur: From Start Up To Success.” Mr. Desmond is known for reinventing dental conferences from his dental famous Smiles at Sea, Dental Tank and Dental Festivals on land to his dental influencer conference Dentistry’s Got Talent.
Rick Hynes is currently the CEO of GLO Science, Inc., a multichannel, teeth whitening and oral health products company. Mr. Hynes is also currently leading the Airway Collaborative, an organization teaching the interdisciplinary approach to airway focused dentistry, TeamLINKS, Inc., which provides HIPAA secure, interdisciplinary software platforms, and Biosafe Health, which provides PPE products and solutions. Mr. Hynes is a very experienced finance professional and operator. Prior to focusing on early stage, oral care companies, he spent time with Price Waterhouse and Hallmark Cards. At Hallmark Cards, he built a strong knowledge of retail, having financial responsibility for over $1B of revenue through Walmart and chain drug retailers, including CVS and Walgreens. Mr. Hynes is also an angel investor, after two successful exits in his career.
Scott Graversen is vice president of Special Markets at Scott’s Dental Supply, a rapidly growing, technology driven, sales and distribution platform. Previously, Mr. Graversen held leadership positions of increasing significance for Henry Schein, Inc. During his 20 years in the dental industry, he has led complex and fast paced build outs of over 1,000 new dental offices. Through his firsthand work with national DSOs, Mr. Graversen developed best practices for equipment standardization, technology integration and facility asset management which ensure clinical integrity and alignment with business objectives. He generously shares those learnings with entrepreneurial DSO startups and public health programs so they scale faster and minimize their total cost of ownership. Mr. Graversen is an advisory board member to Elevation Data Group, a niche data services and management consulting group that focus on the dental supply chain. He earned his BA in Organizational Communication from Western Washington University.
Dr. Katherine Schrubbe is an independent compliance consultant with expertise in OSHA and dental infection control. She earned her Bachelor of Science, Master’s in Education and PhD from Marquette University and holds a dental hygiene license from the State of Wisconsin. Dr. Schrubbe has served on an executive team in corporate dentistry and in academic dentistry. She is active in Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), other professional dental organizations, regularly contributes to the literature on OSHA and infection control topics and provides CE programs nationally. Appointed by the Governor, Dr. Schrubbe serves as a member of the Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board.
Dr. Hendrik Lai is the co-founder and principal consultant at Sage Dental Consulting, and an experienced investor with an extensive business background. He has been involved in liquidity events and generated returns for investors at multiple companies. Dr. Lai has driven the global growth of B2B and B2C companies and has extensive operational experience providing fractional COO support for startup and mature companies. He has held numerous senior academic roles, with his most recent being at the James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Lai is a recognized authority in the dental industry with prominent features in dozens of popular outlets including ABC, CBS and NineMSN, and has spoken extensively on dental business strategy and health economics. Appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin, Dr. Lai serves on the State’s Rural Health Development Council. In addition to his dental degree, he has been awarded MBA, MS, organizational leadership and business analytics qualifications.
Bruce Bryen is a certified public accountant and a certified valuation analyst with over 45 years of experience. Mr. Bryen specializes in deferred compensation, such as retirement plan design, determination of the proper organizational business structure, asset protection and structuring loan packages for presentation to financial institutions. He also served as Chairman of the Board of a regional bank. Mr. Bryen is experienced in providing litigation support services to dentists with Valuation and Expert Witness testimony in matrimonial and partnership dispute cases, as well as other litigation issues. He is also a financial writer for several dental journals.
Dr. Shannon E. Mills is internationally recognized as an expert in dental infection prevention and safety with an emphasis on dental unit water quality. He has authored or co-authored numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals on this and other topics. While serving on the USAF Surgeon General’s Staff, he participated as a member of the Advisory Group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Healthcare Settings—2003. Dr. Mills was the editor of the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Dental Waterline White Paper and Recommendations published in 2018. He is actively involved in development of dental industry standards as a member of American Dental Association/American National Standards Institute Standards Committees for Dental Products (ADA SCDP) and Dental Informatics (ADA SCDI) and is a member of the US Technical Advisory Group to the ISO Technical Committee 106-Dentistry. While at Northeast Delta Dental, Dr. Mills led a team that created Health through Oral Wellness® (HOW®) an innovative patient-centered benefit design based on digital oral health risk assessment and severity measurement that has demonstrated value in improving clinical outcomes.
Dr. Margaret Scarlett is an infectious and chronic disease prevention consultant, as well as a dentist and author. For 30 years, she has provided expert guidance on infectious diseases and infection control as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the United States Agency for International Development, the American Red Cross, and many consumer health companies. Retired from the U.S. Public Health Service as a CAPTAIN (0-6) after more than 20 years of service in 2001, including two years in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, Dr. Scarlett proudly served as disease detective/epidemiologist at the CDC. From 1984 to 1989, Dr. Scarlett was the CDC national lead for community water fluoridation. First author of CDC's first infection control guidance for dentistry, she has held appointment in two dental schools as the former associate director of research at Nova Southeastern University dental school and department head and faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine for five years. In addition to a book chapter on global oral health promotion, Dr. Scarlett is the author of numerous publications in oral and systemic health. Known for her expertise in innovation and strategy, she provides consulting to consumer health, health companies and public health organizations.
Jeremy Krell and David Arena first met as co-workers at an oral health startup. Both recognized and identified an inefficiency in bringing innovative products and services to market: dental and oral health was underfunded as an industry and ripe for investment. They spent a year researching, analyzing, and pouring through accumulated data from early-stage dental companies and experts in the field. They found that the dental industry, especially early-stage startups, is well-positioned to experience strong growth in the coming years. There are favorable returns to be gained in this space, and dental will become a key component of any well-balanced equity portfolio, continually providing an excellent source of risk-adjusted return and diversification for investors.
The dental sector remains ripe for disruption, though has not seen the influx of investment capital that many other industries, including similar healthcare industries, have seen in the recent past. Our research shows that an exceptional investment opportunity exists in the dental sector, particularly in early-stage companies. The dental industry consists of many large corporations, private practices, and start-ups with great ideas, but they are fragmented and disconnected. Revere seeks to bring those disparate pieces together — Connecting like-minded founders or compatible products and services with the investment dollars and industry leaders they require to grow their businesses. We identify and elevate high-growth product and service sectors within dentistry that can ultimately optimize outcomes for both providers and their patients, serving in all roles from lead investor to strategic investor to founder-friendly advisor and are always looking for an opportunity to follow on in future rounds.