Elite Dental Partners' Management Philosophy
Elite Dental Partners' management team is led by experienced dental professionals including dentists. The senior leadership team had over 100 years of collective dental experience prior to joining Elite Dental Partners. This prior experience includes owning, affiliating with, supporting, and working with numerous dental practices. Elite Dental Partners' management philosophy centers around establishing true collaborative relationships with all affiliated dental practices, dentists, and team members in order to provide industry leading non-clinical support services. Below is a select list of senior leadership team members.
Dr. Scott B. Kalniz
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Dental Officer
Dr. Kalniz has over 20 years of dental industry experience. He started his career with a single location practice and purchased a number of other dental practices and eventually sold his large dental group to a dental service organization. He joined the dental service organization as director of development sourcing a number of dental practice affiliations helping build the dental service organization to over 50 locations. Dr. Kalniz holds a DDS and a BS in Business Administration, Economics from The Ohio State University.
Mike S. McDermott
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. McDermott has over 15 years of accounting and finance experience. His prior experience includes Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at a number of mid-sized companies in the Midwest. Mr. McDermott also spent 6 years in public accounting at Grant Thornton leading audits for companies with yearly revenues ranging from $20 million to $1 billion. Mr. McDermott is a CPA and graduated from University of Illinois.
Brad D. Starkweather
Chief Development Officer
Mr. Starkweather has over 15 years of experience investing in middle market companies and partnering with small business owners. He has worked at four different private equity investment firms where he purchased, grew, and sold a variety of different businesses. Prior to that he worked at a global investment bank where he advised clients on a wide array of M&A transactions. Mr. Starkweather holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Economics and Engineering Science from Vanderbilt University.
Tracy L. Jacobson
Chief Legal Officer
Ms. Jacobson has over 13 years’ experience working with companies on acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and reorganizations. She has also worked counseling companies of all sizes on healthcare compliance issues and has experience in both the public and private sector. Ms. Jacobson received her B.A. magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis as well.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Klink has over 30 years’ healthcare experience working within IT, customer service, call centers, marketing and operations. His prior experience includes President/COO of a Behavioral Health company and senior level operations positions within varying healthcare companies on the east coast. Mr. Klink has been instrumental in developing and managing high performance operational teams in fast growing organizations. Mr. Klink holds a BS in Management Information Systems from Bowling Green State University.
Mrs. Czaplicki has over 25 years’ experience working within marketing, advertising, brand management, communications, sponsorship and new store openings. Her prior experience includes VP of Marketing for a physical therapy company in which she supported new store, same store and acquisition growth from 25 offices to over 400 offices in a 14 year timeframe. Mrs. Czaplicki also has worked in sports marketing for teams and a league office. Mrs. Czaplicki holds a BA from Butler University in Public and Corporate Communications.
Cristina R. King
Managing Director of Dentist Recruiting and Human Resources
Ms. King has more than 20 years of human resources and recruiting experience, including experience with two large dental service organizations with combined locations of over 700. Most recently, Ms. King led a team at a dental service organization that hired over 100 dentists in a twelve month time period across the country. Ms. King earned her BA from University of Madrid, Colegio de San Juan Evangelista, and speaks Spanish fluently.
Brian W. Mans
Managing Director of Business Development
Mr. Mans has over 10 years of development, sales, and marketing experience. Most recently he was with a large dental service organization helping grow the number of dental practices to over 570 by leading almost one affiliation per month. Mr. Mans prior experience includes working directly with almost 60 dental offices developing successful local marketing strategies, and other sales management roles at various firms. He also has experience at other firms in sales management roles. Mr. Mans holds a BS from Eastern Illinois University.
Brandon J. Ziemann
Director of Business Development
Mr. Ziemann has almost 10 years of business development and investing experience. Most recently he worked as Vice President of Business Development at a Midwest financial services company. Prior to that he worked in business development and investing positions at multiple private equity and investment firms that managed smaller million dollar investments up to billion dollar investments. At these companies he led a number of partnerships and managed relationships with hundreds of potential partners. Mr. Ziemann holds a BS in business from Boston College, Wallace E Carroll School of Management, where he also played Division I Baseball.
Kevin J. Pukala
Director of Business Development
Mr. Pukala has over 5 years of consulting and investing experience. Most recently he held investing positions at multiple private equity and investment firms that managed committed capital funds and family office capital investing across multiple industries. Prior to that he worked as a strategy consultant for Accenture. Mr. Pukala holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS from Northwestern University.
Jack T. Lowey
Director of Business Development
Mr. Lowey has almost 10 years of investment banking, corporate development and private equity experience. His prior experience includes corporate development and M&A roles at multiple mid-sized companies in the Midwest. Prior to that he worked at a global investment bank where he advised clients on a wide array of M&A transactions. Mr. Lowey holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors, and a BA in Economics and Japanese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Board of Directors
Elite Dental Partners' board of directors includes leading dentists, former dental support organization executives and investors, fortune 100 healthcare executives, and private company investors.