Heartland Dental Welcomes Its First Supported Office in Utah

We’re thrilled to announce a significant milestone for Heartland Dental – our expansion of supporting offices in Utah! Skyridge Valley Dental Care in Lehigh, Utah, recently opened its doors on April 12th, marking the first collaboration to open a supported de novo practice in the state. This extends Heartland Dental’s supported network to 39 states and the District of Columbia, supporting over 2,800 doctors in more than 1,700 offices.

Heartland Dental Provides Access to VideaHealth’s AI Platform Across National Footprint of Over 1700 Supported Practices

Three industry leaders – Heartland Dental, VideaHealth, and Henry Schein One – collaborate to complete the largest rollout of dental AI completed in under 10 weeks

EFFINGHAM, IL., Apr. 23, 2024Heartland Dental, the nation’s leading dental support organization (DSO), proudly announces the successful implementation of VideaAI, VideaHealth’s dental AI platform, offering supported doctors and their teams an advanced tool to help elevate patient care while maintaining clinical autonomy. This marks a significant achievement for Heartland Dental and its supported practices, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to world class tools, technologies, and clinical innovations that enable efficiency and excellence. This is the largest rollout of dental AI in industry history, completed in just under 10 weeks. 

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

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.

Heartland Dental Names Tamra Kempf as General Counsel

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.

Heartland Dental Brings Best-In-Class Dental AI to the Nation’s Leading Supported Footprint

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 dental AI partner after a collaborative multi-year evaluation between the two companies. VideaHealth’s strong focus on the dental clinician and their ecosystem strategy with Henry Schein One and their market leading product capabilities were critical factors for the decision.

Hitting the Job Lottery


Many professionals in the field have harbored reservations about joining Dental Support Organizations (DSOs), believing that these corporate entities prioritize profit margins over patient care. One such professional, Angie, a treatment coordinator in Texas, shares her journey of overcoming corporate stigmas to feeling like she hit the “job lottery.”

Hygiene Students: DSO 101

Whether you’ve recently graduated from dental hygiene school or are contemplating a change in your full-time career, the landscape offers a multitude of opportunities. However, while you may see many job postings available, it can be difficult to determine if a DSO or private practice is a right fit for you and your career goals.

Donita Keller, a campus recruiting coordinator at Heartland Dental, shared her transformative journey and the evolution of her perspective on DSOs. Once a hard-and-fast DSO skeptic, Donita’s candid account traces her professional path, transitioning from a practicing hygienist to a role as a clinical hygiene teacher, and ultimately emerging as an advocate for hygienists exploring careers within the realm of DSOs. Read how an encounter with a job advertisement changed her perspective and set her on a course towards a meaningful career shift.


Empowering Hygienists for Success in the Evolving Dental Industry

The arrival of the fall season coincides with a noteworthy event – National Dental Hygiene Month. Throughout the month of October, we celebrate the pivotal contributions of dental hygienists. These skilled professionals work alongside dentists to provide essential dental care services to communities, ensuring that smiles remain healthy and shining. However, in an industry that is rapidly evolving, hygienists must stay informed about changes in clinical techniques, technology, patient expectations, and communication preferences. The future holds exciting opportunities for hygienists, and Heartland Dental is dedicated to supporting them in preparing for this dynamic landscape.

Heartland Dental Employee Appreciation Week

Every September, Heartland Dental dedicates a week to celebrating our amazing supported doctors, dental team members, and support professionals for Employee Appreciation Week. Year over year, Employee Appreciation Week is a special opportunity for the whole Heartland Dental community to embrace our core value of Celebrate – prioritizing gratitude, camaraderie, and joy in the success of others.