Daniel D. Crowley
Daniel D. Crowley began leading Western Dental in July 2015. He has been providing dynamic leadership to healthcare services companies, including dental payer and provider organizations, for more than 30 years.
Daniel D. Crowley served as Chairman of the Board of Foundation Health Systems, Inc., now known as Health Net. Before that, he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of one of its predecessor companies, Foundation Health Corporation. Mr. Crowley came to Foundation Health Corporation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio, where he led operations as the Executive Vice President.
Mr. Crowley built Foundation Health into a Fortune 500 enterprise, with 23 HMOs and more than 17,000 employees in 225 locations, serving the group, individual, Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE health benefit markets with an array of integrated health benefit products.
In 1997, Mr. Crowley founded Dynamic Healthcare Solutions to invest and consult in the healthcare industry. Through Dynamic, he has served as a Senior Advisor to a number of major investment firms, served on boards of certain portfolio companies, performed due diligence on investment opportunities across the U.S., and served as a healthcare restructuring officer, senior management advisor, and chief executive.
Mr. Crowley is the founder of the Crowley Children’s Fund, a charity that supports programs for at-risk children. Mr. Crowley earned an MBA and is a U.S. Army Vietnam War combat veteran.
Dr. John Luther is responsible for leading the organization’s dental policy, clinical quality, practice standards, and best practices programs.
Prior to joining Western Dental, Dr. Luther served as the Chief Dental Officer & Senior Vice President-Dental Management for DentaQuest, the third-largest oral health enterprise in the country, and served as Chief Dental Officer for UnitedHealthCare Dental, where he was responsible for the development of consumer-driven solutions that support quality of care and managed costs. Dr. Luther also spent five years with the American Dental Association, where he served as Senior Vice President overseeing the division of dental practice, and spent several years with Delta Dental of California. Previously he owned and operated a successful private dental practice in Placentia, CA.
Dr. Luther earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Southern California and a D.D.S. from Northwestern University School of Dentistry.
Preet M. Takkar
Preet M. Takkar serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Western Dental. Mr. Takkar has extensive knowledge of the dental business and its information technology (IT) needs, having started his career as a software developer for one of the leading dental practice management software companies in America. In the years since, he has run local dental offices, led regions and statewide operations, overseen practice and financial reporting for an orthodontic practice management firm, and headed IT for a multi-state group dental practice and dental HMO.
Twenty years of business and management experience in the healthcare industry has given Mr. Takkar in-depth knowledge of healthcare operations at all levels. He has a strong record of implementing initiatives in a cost-effective, low-risk manner, as well as extensive experience in project management of multi disciplinary teams delivering solutions on time and within budget.
Prior to Western Dental, Mr. Takkar was Senior Vice President - Practice Financial and Reporting Services for OrthoSynetics, the leading provider of practice management services to orthodontic and pedodontic dental practices throughout U.S; Vice President of Billing, Collections, and Financial Services for Coast Dental, the fifth largest dental provider in the U.S. with 190 affiliated practices in Florida, Georgia, California, Nevada, and Texas; and Vice President of Information Systems and Revenue Management for SmileCare Family Dentistry, a provider of quality general and specialty care dentistry with 57 locations in California, Nevada, and Texas before it was acquired by Coast Dental.
Lisa Dawe joins us from IntegraMed Fertility, the largest fertility network in North America, where she was the Regional President overseeing operations, growth strategy and expanding the footprint of fertility practices in the Western U.S.. Prior to IntegraMed Fertility, she spent over 8 years in general management leadership roles at DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc. where she built teams, improved clinical operations and grew the business. She also ran operations for DaVita’s national research and development division where she helped build an enterprise-level capability to discover and scale better tools and processes for the company’s 2,000 dialysis clinics and 50,000 teammates.
Lisa began her career in the non-profit and public sector, on a Presidential Campaign and Presidential Inaugural Committee. She later helped start The Welfare to Work Partnership that scaled from five Fortune 500 companies to 20,000 businesses who hired over 1 million people from welfare into work.
Lisa graduated from Stanford University, where she received her AB in Political Science, AM in Sociology – Organizations, and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Bill Dembereckyj joined Western Dental in September 2015 as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer bringing with him over 25 years of experience in the healthcare and insurance industries. Mr. Dembereckyj oversees all aspects of internal and external financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, and business intelligence. In addition, he is responsible for interfacing with the Company’s equity and lending partners and credit reporting agencies.
Prior to joining Western Dental, Mr. Dembereckyj served as COO & CFO at HealthSmart. During his tenure at HealthSmart, Mr. Dembereckyj led the firm through an aggressive mergers and acquisition campaign that culminated in 16 acquisitions over a 30-month period earning HealthSmart the distinction of being the largest, independent administrator of self-funded health plans in the nation according to Business Insurance magazine. Before joining HealthSmart, Mr. Dembereckyj had expanding responsibilities as CFO, COO and President at New Life Treatment Centers, a national, venture-capital backed, behavioral healthcare firm. He began his career in the Chicago office of KPMG’s audit practice.
Mr. Dembereckyj holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Biola University and a Masters of Science in Organizational Behavior and Strategy from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a licensed CPA through the California State Board of Accountancy and a member of the AICPA.
Debbie Golanka oversees all functional areas of Human Resources including Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations, Total Rewards, Organizational Development, and Payroll. Debbie has spent the majority of her professional career in Human Resources and Operations leadership. Prior to joining Western Dental she was the Vice President of Human Resources for Smile Brands Inc., a Dental Services Organization headquartered in Orange County CA.
Prior to transitioning into the dental space Debbie spent 17 years with Marriott International where she held a variety of senior Human Resources positions and served as a General Manager of multiple Marriott Hotels.
Debbie graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Dance.
Jeffrey Miller is the Company's Senior Vice President and General Counsel and oversees all legal matters, including corporate governance, acquisitions, regulatory compliance, litigation, and government affairs. Mr. Miller has dedicated the majority of his professional career supporting health care organizations to deliver the highest quality patient care, including hospitals, dialysis facilities and radiology practices.
Prior to joining Western Dental, Mr. Miller was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Imaging Advantage, a radiology practice management company. Previously, Mr. Miller spent several years overseeing the legal affairs for DaVita, a leading provider of kidney care with over 2,000 dialysis centers across the United States. He was formerly with Latham & Watkins, where he represented large health insurance companies, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Miller worked at RAND Health where he advised state governments in connection with health care financing initiatives aimed at increasing access to care. Mr. Miller received his J.D. from Georgetown University, a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.
Joshua Marder serves as Chief Marketing Officer and is responsible for advertising, defining and enabling an exceptional patient experience, and for local outreach to the communities Western Dental serves.
Mr. Marder is a seasoned consumer marketing executive with particular experience in building brands for personal and family health decisions. Prior to joining Western Dental in September 2013, he was Director of Marketing for the Nature Made Vitamins & Supplements brand at Pharmavite, LLC, through a period of rapid growth and innovation. Prior to that experience he led strategy and brand development on well-known brands at several of the world’s largest consumer companies including Unilever and Procter & Gamble.
Bradley (Brad) Fleiss, Senior Vice President, Benefits and Payor Relations, is responsible for developing and managing the strategic relationships with payers and organizations that influence payor decision-making. Brad’s leadership is a key plank in the acceleration of our strategy to expand focus on the private insurance and group plan areas, both in terms of new relationships and existing payor and patient relations.
Mr. Fleiss joins Western Dental with over 23 years of experience in medium and large case sales and sales management. He has a winning track record of managing and improving sales offices, as well as successfully developing large case sales for fortune 500 corporations and public entities.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Fleiss worked as the Assistant Vice President California Market Manager for Sun Life Financial where he was responsible for overseeing all operational aspects for the State of California, that included new business sales, client service, and input for pricing and actuarial studies, management budget, client retention and overall market efforts. Previously, he also worked for Dearborn National and Minnesota Life in general management roles, and over 8 years with MetLife where he successfully improved sales offices in 11 Western Region States and 14 Midwestern States within their Mid Large – Life, Disability, Dental and Voluntary Benefits Division.
Mr. Fleiss graduated from Colorado State University with his Bachelors of Science in Business. He also holds several accreditations in California Life/Health/Property & Casualty, Certified Insurance Counselor, FINRA Series 6 & 63, and is member of the Orange County Employee Benefits Council, Northern California Employee Benefits Council and the Los Angeles Employee Benefits.
Andrew Eddy is the Company's Vice President of Real Estate and New Office Development. As the real estate lead, Mr. Eddy is responsible for the company’s office growth objectives, facility management operations, lease administration and construction functions in support of all dental facilities and other critical corporate departments.
Prior to joining Western Dental, Mr. Eddy had over 20 years’ experience in the commercial real estate field as an internal executive and consultant supporting a number of national brands. He was director of Retail Real Estate for AT&T Wireless/Cingular during a period of seven fold store growth. Mr. Eddy holds a Certified Facility Manager designation through the International Facility Management Association with a Business Degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Southern California.