Dentistry. Business. Technology. Finance. Planning. Over the years, we’ve put together a leadership team that can provide expertise in all the areas needed to keep supported dental practices competitive, profitable, and ahead of the curve. Your patients are in good hands. And with our leadership team, so is your practice.
Thomas J. Marler joined DentalOne Partners in September 2015 and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining DentalOne, he was Chief Executive Officer at Intelident Solutions, which owns both Coast Dental and SmileCare. He led Intelident to nearly double the number of dental practices, increased revenues by more than 260% and substantially improved earnings. While at Intelident, Tom also led the creation of DDS Lab, a full service dental lab with operations in the United States and China. Under Tom’s guidance, DDS Lab grew from startup to one of the industry’s largest international dental labs. Tom facilitated the sale of DDS Lab to private equity investors in 2014. Prior to his dental experience, Tom had a 16-year career in the telecommunications industry with companies such as Verizon Wireless and Pacific Bell. Tom received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and his Master of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Dr. Edward H. Meckler founded the first Sears Family Dental Center in 1981, providing the foundation for what has become one of the largest group practice organizations of its kind in the country. Drawing on his extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the dental care profession, he continues to serve as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Meckler remains actively involved in the industry he has done so much to shape over the past three decades, serving as Co-Chairman of the Ohio Dental Association Service Corporation and as a board member to the visiting committee of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. He is currently Director Emeritus of the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO), a non-profit organization comprised of more than 40 member companies and more than 100 industry partners. During his distinguished career, he has also been a Fellow in the International College of Dentists, a delegate to the Ohio Dental Association, and a member and past assistant delegate of the American Dental Association, as well as a held memberships with distinguished organizations such as the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Dental Group Practices and the FDI World Dental Federation. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University, Dr. Meckler earned his D.D.S. from Case Western Reserve University with a post-graduate internship in periodontics.
Rebekah Cooksey joined DentalOne in 2016 and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Rebekah brings more than 20 years of strategic finance experience to DentalOne, with previous roles in senior finance and strategy at PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, Michaels Stores, and GENBAND, after beginning her professional career at The Boston Consulting Group. She has extensive experience working with private equity investors including Bain Capital and One Equity Partners. Rebekah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School.
Tonya Ramsey joined DentalOne Partners in 2015 and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining DentalOne Partners, Tonya was Assistant General Counsel of United Surgical Partners International, Inc., the largest owner and operator of ambulatory surgery centers in the United States. Before going in-house, Tonya was a Partner at Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Dallas, Texas. Tonya received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Texas Christian University and her Juris Doctor from the Baylor University School of Law.
Dr. Cindy Roark serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer responsible for overall clinical leadership, including enterprise-wide clinical strategic planning, developing and improving clinical protocols, researching new technologies and services, overseeing quality assurance, and providing professional development opportunities to clinical team members. She brings more than 18 years of private practice, non-profit, and DSO experience to DentalOne. She is a founding board member of the dental arm of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In addition to owning a successful private practice in Nantucket, Massachusetts, she served as Clinical Officer at a major DSO and was formerly the Director of General Dentistry and Associate Professor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Roark received a Master of Science in Health Care Management from Harvard University and earned her D.M.D. Magna Cum Laude from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University.
Ellie Naderi serves as Senior Vice President of Dental Hygiene Operations. She was most recently Senior Vice President for the West Coast Business Unit for Intelident Solutions. Ellie’s responsibilities included oversight for all operational management of 50 multi-specialty practices across three states. During her tenure she managed the opening of multiple de novo locations and introduced a successful Pedodontics program throughout the enterprise. Prior to Intelident, Ellie spent more than three years in various roles at OraPharma and served on the faculty at Cerritos College teaching both clinical and didactic courses. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene with an emphasis on Adult Education from Loma Linda University.
Jennifer Kalan joined DentalOne Partners in July 2007 and serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Administration Officer. She joined DentalOne as an application developer, and through continued leadership growth, she was promoted to Chief Information Officer before moving into her current role. She is now responsible for revenue cycle operations, third party financing, payor strategy, provider/plan relations, credentialing and compliance, and safety. Jennifer was a member of the National Dental EDI Council (NDEDIC), where she chaired the Membership Committee for several years and received the NDEDIC Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013. She was also an inaugural honoree of the DentalOne Partners Service Excellence Award Hall of Fame in 2012. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University.
Jonathan Kaufman joined DentalOne Partners in 2015 and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to his role at DentalOne, Jon was President and Managing Director of Advice Local Technologies (Previously Advice Interactive Group). Under his leadership, Advice Local completed a Series A financing round led by Silicon Valley Bank and rapidly positioned their local technology arm as the nation’s second largest local search solution. Prior to these ventures, Jon served as Senior Vice President of ZooLoo.com and Senior Vice President and COO of Zog Digital, Inc. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science from The University of Arizona.
Jim Mizouni joined DentalOne Partners in January 2015 and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. He comes to DentalOne with more than 25 years of experience as a senior level professional overseeing development and operations for RadioShack, Learning Express, Blockbuster Video and Kabloom! Flowers. Throughout an 18-month period, Jim and his team have expanded the DentalOne portfolio by 24 de novo practices and developed a transformative development template which will enable DentalOne to expand its portfolio by more than 50 practices annually. Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from the University of Missouri – School of Journalism.
Mike Smith currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He has more than 17 years of experience in the DSO industry and previously served as the Chief Information Officer for Intelident Solutions. Mike brings more than 25 years of strategic information technology experience to DentalOne through his roles as the senior technology executive in public, private equity and venture stage companies with experience in retail, telecom and healthcare services industries. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his MBA from the University of South Florida.
Amy Ceresa joined DentalOne Partners in 2016 as the Senior Vice President for Affiliated Markets. Prior to joining DentalOne Partners, she was the President and CEO of DDS Lab, a full service dental lab based in Tampa, Florida. Amy helped found DDS Lab in 2005 and was instrumental in leading the company’s explosive growth, averaging more than 20% annual sales growth during her tenure. She led the day-to-day management decisions and oversight of the Tampa headquarters as well as the main manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China. Amy served as a board member, managing domestic and international relationships with key vendors, investors, and customers. She built and led the senior executive team and oversaw the development of a seamless production process that integrated the operations of the domestic and international facilities. Before founding DDS Lab, Amy held key leadership positions at Coast Dental, Verizon Wireless, AT&T Wireless, and Johnson Diversey. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and completed coursework in Strategic Sales Management at the Harvard Business School.
Melissa Marquez joined DentalOne in 2004 and serves as a Senior Vice President of Operations. Melissa began her career as a dental assistant and has nearly 20 years of experience in the dental industry. Melissa joined DentalOne as an Operations Leader before transitioning to various operations-focused positions including Trainer, Director of Operations and Regional Vice President of Operations. In 2014, Melissa was honored with The Service Excellence Award Hall of Fame recognizing excellence in servant leadership and outstanding professional performance and achievement. She attended Western Texas College and graduated from the Dale Carnegie Leadership Program.
Dawn Vanderlinden currently services as Senior Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining DentalOne, Dawn spent 20 years a Vice President of Operations for the East Coast Business Unit for Intelident Solutions where she oversaw the operational management of more than 125 multi-specialty practices. Dawn led a team of 11 district managers, three regional hygiene administrators, 130 administrative managers and worked closely with 300+ dental clinics, leading her business unit to achieve a 6% Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2005 – 2015. Dawn attended Trocaire College in Buffalo, New York and has graduated from The Executive Development Leadership Course at Harvard Business School.
Jody Diaz, SPHR, MBA, serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief People Officer. She most recently worked as the Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for Rent A Center (RCII), a publicly traded company with more than $3 Billion in annual revenues and more than 25,000 employees in multiple countries. Jody has worked in leadership roles as the Chief Human Resources Officer for three other private-equity owned companies over the last ten years. She started her career working as an Accountant/Auditor for Price Waterhouse in Toronto, Canada before she was recruited to work for Frito Lay in Dallas. She then expanded her career by working as a Management Consultant for top tier clients including: Deloitte & Touche, BellSouth, State Farm Insurance and Comforce. Jody earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and a Master of Business Administration Degree in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of Dallas, in Dallas, Texas. Jody also has her SPHR certification and Group 1 Insurance License.