The new dental school has appointed 12 members to the inaugural Board of Advisors.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 17, 2023 – High Point University’s Workman School of Dental Medicine has appointed a dozen members to its inaugural Board of Advisors. Their terms will continue through 2025.
HPU will welcome its first class of students to the Workman School of Dental Medicine, North Carolina’s only private dental school, in the fall of 2024.
Board members provide voluntary leadership and agree to maintain a standing charge to embrace the school’s overall vision to discover, develop and deliver better health, says Dr. Scott S. De Rossi, founding dean of the Workman School of Dental Medicine. Selected for their commitment, expertise and diversity of backgrounds, each board member provides insights and ideas to the school’s leadership while serving as a global ambassador by creating strategic connections and communicating the school’s strengths and needed resources.
“High Point University’s Workman School of Dental Medicine is blessed to have these dental innovators and thought leaders join forces as we build a unique learning model for one of the nation’s most distinctive dental schools,” says De Rossi. “We’re creating a health care network that will allow HPU students to get the best dental education in the United States.”
This impressive group includes Dr. Rick Workman, HPU’s Dental Innovator in Residence and the founder of Heartland Dental, which supports more than 1,600 dental offices nationwide. The Workman School of Dental Medicine was supported by a $32 million donation from the Rick and Angie Workman Foundation in the spring of 2022.
Dr. Workman opened his first dental office in 1980 in Effingham, Illinois, the birthplace of Heartland Dental. He opened a second office 15 months later. Pursuing his passion for dentistry required 55 hours a week of delivering dental care and an additional 30 hours on the business side of operations. Knowing there had to be a better way for himself and future dentists to practice, Workman introduced other dentists in 1982 to the potential opportunities of high quality, nonclinical administrative support and crafted Heartland Dental into a world-class dental support organization. Today, Heartland Dental provides support to more than 2,600 dentists. Workman continues to be actively involved as executive chairman of Heartland Dental. He devotes himself to the dental industry through providing mentorship, leadership advice and speaking engagements.
The other newly appointed board members are as follows:
Dr. N. Karl Haden is the founder and president of the Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL). Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, AAL has worked with more than 150 universities around the world and thousands of faculty members through professional development, consulting and coaching services. Focusing primarily on health professions education, Haden has consulted with institutions and associations representing dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, allied health and medicine.
Haden’s areas of expertise include leadership development, organizational change, team building, strategic planning, new school and program startups, curriculum development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He regularly presents to organizations on leadership, ethics and issues and trends in higher education. Haden led the creation of several national and internationally recognized faculty development initiatives, including AAL’s Institute for Teaching and Learning, now in its 16th year, the Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program, and various collaborative programs with associations that span the stages of an academic career.
Haden has authored or coauthored more than 80 articles on educational policy, ethics and character-based leadership. He is the co-author of “9 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders” (Deeds, 2015) and “31 Days with the Virtues” (Deeds, 2020). He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Dentists. In 2019, Haden received the Professionalism and Ethics Award from the American College of Dentists. He is a Fellow in the Center for the Study of Great Ideas and holds degrees in religious studies, the humanities and philosophy.
Arthur Mateen is the executive vice president, general manager and director of Bien Air USA, Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electric handpieces for dental applications. Headquartered in Switzerland, Bien Air operates wholly owned subsidiaries in 11 countries and sells products into more than 80 countries.
Mateen has been in his current position for the past 26 years and is responsible for the company’s North American subsidiary, located in Irvine, California. Over the last 18 years, Mateen has worked closely with the deans and faculty of dental schools to train students with skills needed in the changing dental provider network. He is a member of the American Dental Education Association corporate council, on the executive committee of the Center for Research & Education in Technology and on the board of advisors for dental schools at other universities.
Dr. Alon Mozes is the CEO and co-founder of Neocis, developer of the first robotic surgery system in the dental industry. He led the company from inception through commercialization, including more than 15,000 implants placed with their system. He has been working with computer graphics and image-guided applications in start-up companies for more than 20 years.
As one of the first employees at MAKO Surgical Corp., Mozes helped develop the software for their groundbreaking Rio system for orthopedic robotic surgery.
Dr. L’Tanya Joy Bailey is an orthodontist in private practice in High Point, North Carolina, after serving as a fulltime associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1985.
Bailey has vast experience in the treatment of patients requiring orthodontics in conjunction with orthognathic surgery and has published and lectured in this area of treatment. She has distinguished herself through her leadership and commitment to dentistry while serving as a delegate to the American Dental Association’s House of Delegates, chair of the board of trustees, North Carolina Dental Society Board of Services, president of the North Carolina Dental Society and president of the High Point Dental Society.
Bailey has received numerous awards and honors, including the National Dental Association’s Colgate Palmolive Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research. She is also a board-certified diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics and was inducted into the prestigious Angle Society of Orthodontics.
Dr. Jeremy Krell is a general dentist with a combined business background. He is the managing partner of Revere Partners, the first independent venture capital fund focused on oral health. Krell has held key operator roles at startups, including as head of marketing and chief dental officer at Simplifeye, based in New York City, and as chief marketing officer of Verena Solutions, based in Chicago. He oversaw provider and clinical growth initiatives as quip, the oral health and subscription electric toothbrush company and strategic provider innovation and development at Oscar Health.
Krell has practiced dentistry part-time for nearly a decade, sits on the boards of health care and dental startups, and is an angel investor at approximately 30 companies. Krell received The President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award from President Joe Biden, Crain’s Notable in Health Care, Top 100 Healthcare Visionaries award from IFAH USA (International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare), Top 100 Doctors from the Global Summits Institute for his commitment to oral health innovation, and 40 under 40 awards from Incisal Edge and Young Jewish Professionals.
Stephen E. Thorne IV is founder and CEO of Pacific Dental Service, a leading dental support organization established in 1974. Based in Irvine, California, PDS currently provides business support services to nearly 900 dental practices throughout 25 states.
Thorne began his work in the dental field when his father, a dentist, offered him a job managing a struggling dental office. After that office became a big success, Thorne continued to work with his father for several years before creating PDS, which is dedicated to the success of dentists. Under Thorne’s leadership, PDS has established itself as a national leader, working to highlight the need for dental and medical health care providers to collaborate to ensure better health outcomes for patients. PDS was the first dental organization to support Epic, the most widely used comprehensive health records system, into its supported dental practices to allow dentists and specialists to coordinate care with other clinicians who serve their patients.
Joe Broyles has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and product innovation. After joining the finance team at Apollo Education Group at the University of Phoenix in the early 2000s, Broyles led employee development teams and training for approximately 13,000 employees. He recognized an opportunity to expand from internal customers to external customers and implemented a voice-of-customer closed loop system with nearly 500,000 active students.
Broyles later joined Spear Education, an industry-leading dental professional training and services company, where he currently is the senior vice president of product. In this role, Broyles and his team create and maintain the digital ecosystem of content and products for dentists. With more than 17,000 members, 700+ study groups and thousands of available continuing education courses, Spear is the industry leader in dental education and practice management solutions.
Amir Aghdaei, founding president and CEO of Envista Holding Corporation, drives the company’s overall vision, dedicated to partnering with dental professionals to improve patient lives.
Aghdaei joined Envista’s parent company Danaher in 2008 as a multi-brand general manager and vice president of Fluke. He was named president of Tektronix in 2009, group executive in 2011, president of the Danaher communications platform and Danaher Russia in 2014, president of dental technologies in 2015, and president of Danaher’s dental platform in 2018. Envista separated from its parent company in 2019 via initial public offering, and functions now as an independent entity with a proven business system methodology, an experienced leadership team and a strong culture grounded in customer centricity, innovation, respect, leadership and continuous improvement.
Dr. Wardah Inam is the co-founder and CEO of Overjet, a leading provider of artificial intelligence technology for the dental industry to help improve patient care.
Prior to founding Overjet, she led product development at a health care startup, Q Bio, working on biomedical imaging. As a postdoctoral fellow at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lad, she worked on remote biomedical sensing using machine learning on wireless signals. Her work developing AI-powered microgrid technology received widespread recognition, including National Geographic covering it as a breakthrough that could transform the way we power the world.
Inam has corporate experience at Apple, General Electric and received the MIT Graduate Women of Excellence Award. She has been ranked among the 32 most influential people in dentistry by Incisal Edge, listed by Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 100 Female Founders and received the Shils Innovator Award in 2022. She is also a member of the Santa Fe Group’s Strategic Advisory Council, a think tank that advocates for better dental services.
Dr. Stephen B. Baker is a board-certified plastic surgeon and director of the Center for Facial Reconstruction at Georgetown University, who practices all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and is a nationally recognized expert in plastic surgery of the face.
Baker has both dental and medical degrees and has completed 11 years of plastic surgery training at the University of Pennsylvania. His expertise, philosophy and approach to aesthetic surgery has been featured in national and international magazines and newspapers such as Newsweek, The Washington Post, The London Times, Elle and Allure. He has also appeared on local and national news programs including ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, NBC Nightly News and The Learning Channel. Beker has been ranked in the top 1% of plastic surgeons nationally by U.S. News and World Report and recognized as one of Castle and Connolly’s Top Plastic Surgeons since 2005.
The Medstar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Plastic Surgery is one of the nation’s premiere plastic surgery practices, and keeps Baker at the forefront of the latest advances in plastic surgery. He has won awards for his contributions to the specialty and holds several patents for plastic surgery inventions. He has edited textbooks, written numerous chapters and articles, taught courses at the specialty’s national meeting, served as a visiting professor and presented at national and international surgical conferences.
Amir Mansouri is the CEO and co-founder of SprintRay. Under his direction, SprintRay has grown from a proof-of-concept business plan to a multinational dental equipment company.
Before founding SprintRay, Mansouri earned both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in the field of additive manufacturing. A unique blend of scientific and entrepreneurial, he pursued a technology commercialization program at USC Marshall School of Business, which led to founding SprintRay in 2014. Today, Mansouri is uniquely suited in his responsibility for planning and strategizing SprintRay’s product and commercial development growth.
Simon Beard has had a progressive career over 25 years in the pharmaceuticals and medical device industry. As executive vice president and managing director of Align Technology, Beard is responsible for market development and operational execution of all Align Technology products and services in the Americas.
Previously he served as Align Technology’s senior vice president and managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He joined the company in 2014 as vice president and managing director for EMEA. Prior to joining Align, Beard was regional managing director for Smith & Nephew’s Southeast Asia business, and held multiple commercial, strategic and general management positions at companies such as DePuy International (Johnson & Johnson), Sankyo Pharmaceutical and Sanofi Aventis. Beard holds a B.S. degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The new dental school has appointed 12 members to the inaugural Board of Advisors.