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Stephen Thorne

Stephen Thorne

FOUNDER, CEO, PRESIDENT, PACIFIC DENTAL SERVICES

WHY: Founded company in 1994, built into one of country’s largest dental support organization, where a firm handles daily office operations like managed care contracting and billing and collections.

RECENT: Was on pace to grow revenue 25% to $2B this year before the coronavirus pandemic struck. Subsequent focus on keeping lights on for own business and those of its dentist partners. “Dentistry has been devastated, which might be a soft word.”

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NOTABLE: Pacific Dental spearheaded a popular social media campaign during pandemic by promoting the #DentalER grassroots movement to keep dental emergencies out of hospital ERs and to contact their dentists.

2020 HOBBY: “Cooking with the family almost every night. It’s so unusual to have that opportunity to eat together and I have genuinely valued the family time.”