Does Doctor-led Make a Difference?

You may be asking this question. Is there a difference? Do you have to struggle on your own?

Yes, there is a difference. It’s the Doctor Difference.

Over 25 years ago, Dr. Rick Workman and his team of doctors set out to help each doctor be the best they can be. Empowering doctors and their teams to raise the standard of care and helping them achieve their professional goals.

That’s why Heartland Dental protects a supported doctor’s clinical independence – no treatment or schedule quotas, and no forced product endorsements.

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Team Members

In the Heartland Dental Family


Supported Offices

Since 1995


Supported Doctors

Across 38 States


Grow With Us

Find An Opening With Heartland Dental Or One Of Our Supported Practices

Your success is our passion. Wherever you are in your career, we’ll help you achieve a healthy work-life balance in a position that’s right for you. Select a role to see how.

Success Stories

“I have never been part of an organization that wanted so badly for their people to be successful.”

Kristen Salisbury

Heartland Dental Supported Hygienist

“I don’t think of it as a DSO relationship. There are simply good people at Heartland Dental who really want us to be successful and provide good patient care. They know if we’re successful, they’re successful.”

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Affiliate Program

Supercharge Your Independence

Enjoy true clinical independence with Heartland Dental support so you can focus on what matters most: patient care.

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Empowering Doctors Like You
  • The freedom to focus on your practice
  • Exciting opportunities to grow your practice
  • Complete non-clinical support team
  • More time for family, friends, and hobbies

Success Stories

“Heartland Dental made me a better leader, a better visionary.”

Dr. Michael Badger

Heartland Dental Supported Doctor

“Heartland Dental took the stress. They took a lot of burdens off me that, frankly, were making me unhealthy. Affiliating with Heartland Dental made me a better communicator, a better leader, a better visionary. With Heartland Dental, I was able to start planning and set goals about where I wanted to be, professionally and personally.”

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About Us

The Doctor Difference

Whether you’re looking to become a supported doctor or advance your dental career, Heartland Dental and its supported professional corporations can help you thrive.

Our Roots

Welcome To Heartland Dental

Dr. Rick Workman

Founder & Executive Chairman

We began as a small group of like-minded doctors who wanted to build quality practices in the communities we love. Several decades later, we have a network of more than 2,400 incredible supported dentists across the country. I am proud of the collaborative environment in our supported offices and look forward to a bright future in the industry. I hope you will consider joining the Heartland Dental family.

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Giving Back

The Heartland Dental Foundation

Corporate responsibility is a foundational value of Heartland Dental and our affiliates. In collaboration with the Heartland Dental Foundation, we provide unique dental service support to drive positive impact in the communities where we live, work, and serve.

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Trusted Partners

We work with the leading brands in the dental industry to help ensure that our supported offices get the best support, services, prices, and professional supplies.


In The Heartland

Take your professional career to the next level with the latest news, trends, insights, and perspectives in the dental industry.

Heartland Dental Celebrates Record New Construction, Affiliation Growth, and Technology Enhancements in 2023

Jan 31, 2024

Heartland Dental today supports more than 2,800 doctors in more than 1,700 offices across 38 states and the District of Columbia EFFINGHAM, IL – January 31, 2024 - Heartland Dental, the nation's leading dental support organization, proudly unveils its outstanding growth results for 2023. The company has exceeded growth expectations and delivered enhanced support to doctors, achieving remarkable milestones in several aspects of its business, including adding over 100 supported practices to its footprint through a combination of record new construction growth (de novo) and outstanding affiliation growth.
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Heartland Dental Names Tamra Kempf as General Counsel

Jan 23, 2024

EFFINGHAM, Ill., Jan. 23, 2024 -- Heartland Dental, the nation's leading dental support organization (DSO), is pleased to announce the immediate appointment of Tamra Kempf as Senior Vice President and permanent General Counsel. Kempf, previously serving as interim General Counsel, now officially joins the senior leadership team under the guidance of Pat Bauer, President and CEO.
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Heartland Dental Brings Best-In-Class Dental AI to the Nation’s Leading Supported Footprint

Dec 05, 2023

EFFINGHAM, IL, December 5, 2023 – Heartland Dental, the nation’s leading dental support organization (DSO) with over 1,700 supported practices nationwide, announced today it has selected VideaHealth, the leading dental AI software company, as its preferred dental AI partner after a collaborative multi-year evaluation between the two companies. VideaHealth’s strong focus on the dental clinician and leading product capabilities, as well as its ecosystem strategy and partnership with Henry Schein One, were critical factors for the decision.
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