According to Bob Fontana, president and CEO of Aspen Dental Management, Inc., dental group practices continue to experience solid growth as more dental professionals see value in allowing DSOs to provide service and support to their practices, especially as the economy remains volatile and the insurance industry becomes more complex.
notes that Aspen Dental
is one of the largest and fastest-growing networks of dental practices in the United States, with nearly 300 locations in 22 states.
In 2011, 55 new Aspen Dental locations are scheduled to open, he
"Obstacles like cost, insurance participation, payment plans, or even taking time off from work to get to the dentist for an appointment can be a real barrier to patients' oral care," adds Fontana
At Aspen Dental
, the profile of dentists runs the gamut from a young professional just out of dental school to the 15-year private practice veteran looking for a respite from the business-side burdens of running a successful practice on his
Aspen Dental practices offer tremendous earning potential, a defined path to ownership, a proven practice model, and ongoing professional development, he
According to Fontana
, being a part of a dental service organization allows the dentist to focus on what he
loves to do: provide great care to his
patients, with the support of a team of experts providing the back-end business support.
To the dentist, that means he or she no longer has to wear multiple hats, such as serving as human resource director, information technology professional, payroll clerk, benefits administrator, and accountant, to name a few.
"The model itself can be seen as a downside for some dentists," Fontana