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Leadership Team

Committed to providing excellent patient dental care and delivering the latest clinical advancements. Get to know the Western Dental leadership team.

Daniel D. Crowley

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
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.

Ronald E. Inge

Chief Dental Officer
Ronald E. Inge

Ronald E. Inge, D.D.S., a nationally respected dental professional, joined Western Dental in August 2014 as the Chief Dental Officer.  Dr. Inge is responsible for guiding and enhancing Western Dental’s clinical quality programs as well as development in its more than 180 affiliated clinics throughout California, Arizona and Nevada, including supporting its affiliated dental group Brident Dental & Orthodontics in Texas.  He has over 33 years of dental experience, and 18 years of innovative leadership within the dental industry.    

Prior to joining Western Dental, Dr. Inge was the Dental Director and Vice President of Professional Services at Delta Dental of Washington.  Before Delta Dental, Dr. Inge held numerous leadership positions for the American Dental Association (ADA), Aetna Dental, PMI Dental Health Plan/Delta Dental of California, and DentiCare of California.  While in these roles he provided strategic leadership in policy development and implementation.  In addition, he was instrumental in conveying the importance of medical/dental integration, as well as initiating studies of integrated care models between medical and oral health.  Dr. Inge also has 14 years of private clinical experience.     

Dr. Inge holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of California Los Angeles.   He has earned executive leadership accreditations from Seattle University, Stanford University and Harvard University.  Dr. Inge is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, the Santa Fe Group, and the Dr. Edwards B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund.

Lisa Dawe

Chief Operating Officer
Lisa Dawe

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.  

John Millerick

Chief Administrative Officer
John Millerick

John Millerick is an exceptional leader with over 35 years of hands on financial and operational experience, which include large public, multi-national, high-tech and medical device organizations in the United States and abroad.  His valuable knowledge supports our continual efforts to become the leading oral health care provider in the nation.  

Prior to joining Western Dental, John held financial executive roles for leading innovative companies like Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ: ALOG), CALCOMP Technology, and the majority of his career with Wang Laboratories.  While in these roles he enhanced business processes, including diversifying revenue streams, all while supporting the company’s mission.  Mr. Millerick has also led successful performance measures, strategic business plans and has a wide-range of experience overseeing the financial operations within a global arena.   

Mr. Millerick received his Bachelors of Arts from the College of Holy Cross and continued his education to earn his Master’s in Business Administration from Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College.  Mr. Millerick has several additional certifications and sits on a number of Director and Advisory Boards. 

Bill Dembereckyj

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Bill Dembereckyj

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

Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Debbie Golanka

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

Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Jeffrey Miller

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

Chief Marketing Officer
Joshua Marder

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.

Michael Warter

Chief Information Officer
Michael Warter

Michael (“Mike”) L. Warter serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Western Dental. Mike has over 20 years of experience in custom and package software development for large technology teams both on, near and off-shore. He has strong leadership capabilities coupled with a proven track record to meet business results by delivering complex software projects on time and on budget. Mr Warter has proven an ability to build and restructure teams to optimize performance. He has high energy combined with a structured methodology and custom programming and engineering background.

Mr Warter is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Computer Science.  After college, he joined Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), grew to Partner and was part of the Global Technology Team were he lead teams at Amoco/BP, Sprint PCS and FileNet.  Prior to joining the Western Dental team, Mike was Vice President of IT at Davita. 

Brad Fleiss

Senior Vice President, Benefits & Payor Relations
Brad Fleiss

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

Vice President Real Estate & New Office Development
Andrew Eddy

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.

Preet M. Takkar

Senior Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management
Preet M. Takkar

Preet M. Takkar is responsible for management and oversight of the revenue cycle process, including daily operations of all insurance billing and collections functions, as well as self-pay collections from patients with credit accounts. He also supports strategic and tactical initiatives related to all business activities that affect billing and collections.

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.