• Lane Theriault
    Lane Theriault
    CEO Independence Dental

    Lane Theriault is the founder and CEO of Independence Dental Services, a unique DSO focused on offering complete operational autonomy to its partners. Since its founding at the end of 2020, it now operates in 6 states with plans to expand into 6 more by early 2022. Prior to founding Independence, Lane was a founding director of the second largest DSO in Canada, 123Dentist, which received an investment from Peloton Capital in 2019 as a part of $425 million transaction. Before entering the dental segment, Lane was an investment banker in Citigroup’s M&A department in Toronto. He is a CFA charter holder and earned his MBA from the University of Toronto.

    Lane Theriault is a Board Member of Independence Dental Services.

  • Michael Schwartz
    Michael Schwartz
    CEO, Specialty Dental Brands

    Astute executive leader that blends diverse expertise in operational, strategy, and financial initiatives to expertly drive results and motivate top-performing teams.

    Adept at rapidly creating measurable value by increasing profit margins and implementing change management strategy.

    Garnered recognition as a thought leader that excels is instituting operational best practices that achieve bottom line improvement, reduce costs, improve efficiency, and align strategic vision.

    Specialized expertise in understanding organizational culture, navigating corporate dynamics, translating strategies into tangible operating results, and delivering positive results.

    Michael Schwartz has nothing to disclose.

  • Perrin DesPortes
    Perrin DesPortes
    Co-Founder & Partner, Polaris Healthcare Partners

    Dental industry veteran with over 25 years experience building growth-oriented businesses and leading successful teams. Rebuilt and led 3 different business units at Patterson Dental Supply over a 15 year period where his branches won Branch of the Year on 4 occasions. Co-Founder of TUSK Partners in 2016. Launched Polaris Healthcare Partners with his Co-Founder, Diwakar Sinha, in March of 2021. Polaris is a Strategic Consulting and M&A Advisory firm that focuses exclusively in the Group Dental Practice space. Polaris helps entrepreneurial dentists build and exit successful group practices.

    Perrin DesPortes has nothing to disclose.


Main Ballroom


Feb 03 2022


3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Strategic Options for Group Dental Practice

Session Description: This panel will cover the various strategic options available in today’s market to group practices and the pros and cons of each option. 

Learner Objectives: Attendees will learn all available options in today’s marketplace and how to evaluate the benefits of each option.

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