Click here to close now.

SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Liz McMillan, Lori MacVittie, Elizabeth White, Eva Belanyiova, tru welu

News Feed Item

Dental Industry Leader Vows to Lead Crusade Against 'Corporate Dentistry'

Class action lawsuit filed against Aspen Dental Management and their majority stakeholder, private equity firm Leonard Green and Partners, causes a leading dental expert to speak out.

MISHAWAKA, Ind., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Late last month, a national news story broke concerning a class-action lawsuit filed against Aspen Dental Management and their majority stakeholder, private equity firm Leonard Green and Partners. Filed on behalf of 11 people from 11 states, with the potential to provide damages to thousands of additional patients, the lawsuit claims Aspen dental clinics operate illegally and engage in aggressive, misleading practices that cause patients harm according to the Associated Press http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=17514434&sid=81.

This is on the heels of a PBS Frontline story produced in tandem with the Center for Public Integrity back in June, which exposed corporate-owned dental chains including Aspen dental clinics for unethical business practices, including preying on individuals by recommending unnecessary treatment and saddling them with heavy debt http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/dollars-and-dentists/.

Now a leading dental expert is speaking out. "I can't believe we let this happen," says Dr. Roger Pecina, owner of the largest solely owned one building dental practice in America and a staunch supporter of private practice ownership for all dentists. "Corporate chains with their production quotas and hard sell tactics as alleged in the case – that's no way to provide healthcare. "

"The general public has to understand these allegations and make sure this type of practice does not continue. There are far too many people that have been abused by this financially motivated and quota based dentistry."

"I'm not staying silent anymore. When I became a dentist, I took the Hippocratic Oath. I swore to practice dentistry ethically and honestly. I've built my office first and foremost by providing exceptional dentistry and meeting people where they're at in regard to their financial situation. We see over one hundred new patients every week at my office where the average dentist might see that amount in an entire year. The majority of our new patients are recommended by their family and friends. We put people first, what we have termed "Patient Friendly Dentistry®."

"All dentists can and should experience the fulfillment of private practice ownership if they wish to do so. That is the reason most of us chose this great profession, and it's where patients can receive the highest level of dental care without worrying if their dentist has to answer to a group of investors who set demands for quota based care, which often times leads to unnecessary treatment and dental expense that is not within the reach of the majority of the population. Patients then get confused and choose to do nothing. This creates lingering problems and mistrust in the doctor-patient relationship which is the basic foundation of private practice."

Dr. Pecina believes that the American Dental Association has to help curve the mindset of the traditional dentist to serve the underserved, otherwise private practice as it has been known will eventually cease to exist. "We are about to embark on what is going to be the greatest period of time (for dentistry). The amount of dentistry that needs to be done is going to be the most that it's ever been," Pecina stated in a recent speaking engagement before the Indiana University Dental School. "Underserved patients are going to be in your chair. You're going to have to make a decision, are you going to help these people or are you just going to disrespect them because they aren't quite your kind?"

Dr. Pecina believes if this mindset doesn't change, this impending multitude of people will be driven to the venture capital backed, quota based dentistry model, signaling a death knell for those in private practice. "The mindset must change," says Pecina.

About Dr. Roger Pecina

Dr. Roger Pecina is a 1977 graduate of the Indiana University School of Dentistry and founder of Afdent located in Mishawaka, Indiana, the largest solely owned one building dental practice in America. The second largest practice of its kind in America also bears the Afdent name in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Afdent is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care with the friendliest, most capable team of dental professionals – a philosophy Afdent calls Patient Friendly Dentistry®.

SOURCE Dr. Roger Pecina

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Health care systems across the globe are under enormous strain, as facilities reach capacity and costs continue to rise. M2M and the Internet of Things have the potential to transform the industry through connected health solutions that can make care more efficient while reducing costs. In fact, Vodafone's annual M2M Barometer Report forecasts M2M applications rising to 57 percent in health care and life sciences by 2016. Lively is one of Vodafone's health care partners, whose solutions enable o...
“Connect2Me is basically a game changer in the IoT industry. We have created IoT connecter middleware that can enable a connection to any kind of device," explained Yasser Khan, CTO of Connect2Me, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"Application monitoring and intelligence can smooth the path in a DevOps environment. In a DevOps environment you see constant change. If you are trying to monitor things in a constantly changing environment, you're going to spend a lot of your job fixing your monitoring," explained Todd Rader, Solutions Architect at AppDynamics, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
17th Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises a...
"In our world there's a lot of cloud. Our focus is to help companies, who are bogged down by the enormousness of the cloud and infrastructure, to really go out there and monetize the cloud," explained Ian Khan, Global Strategic Positioning & Brand Manager at Solgenia, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that the "First Containers & Microservices Conference" will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City. The “Second Containers & Microservices Conference” will take place November 3-5, 2015, at Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
“In the past year we've seen a lot of stabilization of WebRTC. You can now use it in production with a far greater degree of certainty. A lot of the real developments in the past year have been in things like the data channel, which will enable a whole new type of application," explained Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that BMC will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. BMC delivers software solutions that help IT transform digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive business advantage. BMC has worked with thousands of leading companies to create and deliver powerful IT management services. From mainframe to cloud to mobile, BMC pairs high-speed digital innovation with robust...
"We help companies that are using a lot of Software as a Service. We help companies manage and gain visibility into what people are using inside the company and decide to secure them or use standards to lock down or to embrace the adoption of SaaS inside the company," explained Scott Kriz, Co-founder and CEO of Bitium, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The 5th International DevOps Summit, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo – being held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the...
"Desktop as a Service is emerging as a very big trend. One of the big influencers of this – for Esri – is that we have a large user base that uses virtualization and they are looking at Desktop as a Service right now," explained John Meza, Product Engineer at Esri, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that the "First Containers & Microservices Conference" will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City. The “Second Containers & Microservices Conference” will take place November 3-5, 2015, at Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding bu...
The 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 17th International Cloud Expo - to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - announces that its Call for Papers is open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
ThingsExpo New York is offering a limited time FREE "Expo Plus" registration option in New York. On site registration price of $1,95 will be set to 'free' for delegates who register during special offer. To take advantage of this opportunity, attendees can use the coupon code, and secure their registration to attend all keynotes, ThingsExpo sessions, expo floor, and SYS-CON.tv power panels. Special FREE registration givess access to all DevOps, Containers and Microservices sessions as well. Regi...