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Our Story

We are a group of seasoned professionals with a combined 45+ years of experience in the dental space. Over the course of our careers we have spent our time working in group dentistry; building companies, growing practices and implementing structure, in group and corporate dental settings. We decided that there had to be a better way to serve dental practices and wanted to change the narrative.

What if we could build a management group who could support private practices, without those practices sacrificing their career, team, or culture of their practice? We have spoken with so many practices that do not want to sell to a corporate entity but could use some support to spend more time with patients (improving revenue and patient satisfaction) and less time on the management tasks. We are offering a management as a service model that allows practices to gain the support provided by corporate entities, while maintaining the individuality and control of their practice.

Our Mission

At Ascend Dental Alliance, our core mission is to serve as an indispensable support system, elevating teams and empowering dental practices to create phenomenal workplaces and cultivate thriving cultures.

Our Values

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Authentic

Staying true to our mission, values, and culture, fostering trust, respect, and success

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Intentional

Making deliberate decisions that align with our goals and values

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Collaborative

Pooling of knowledge, skills, and resources creates optimal outcomes

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Adaptive

Be flexible and resilient in the face of change

leadership team

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Justin Clements

Chief Strategy Officer

Justin has 10 years experience in the dental industry ranging from emerging groups of 30 practices to working with 300+ location DSOs. His focus here is to take all of the data out of the practice and turn it into an executable strategy guide for each office. In his free time he spends time with his twin toddlers and running an Infertility Non-Profit with his wife.
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Reenie Rausch

Chief Operating Officer
Reenie has extensive experience in the dental space ranging from chairside assistant through growth of specialized and general dental providers. Her collaboration with teams generates sustainable leadership guided by an undercurrent of best practice application to ultimately provide both team and patient experiences that will last! She is balanced in life by her husband and 3 children whom she enjoys traveling and growing with at home!
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Marco Gonzalez

Chief People Officer
Marco has 15+ years in the dental industry in human resources and recruiting. He has built an extensive network of professionals within the industry itself. Marco has built high volume recruiting and HR functions in several large multi-unit multi-speciality groups. In his spare time Marco coaches youth sports for his two sons, loves to golf, and is an amateur photographer.
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Dr. Drew Phillips, D.M.D.

Clinical Board

Dr. Drew Phillips, originally from Atlanta, excelled in academics and water skiing at Rollins College in Florida. Graduating with a health communications degree, he was twice elected captain of the water ski team and named student athlete of the year. He later earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Dental College of Georgia, graduating as Valedictorian. Dr. Phillips furthered his expertise with a General Practice Residency in Salt Lake City, focusing on complex treatment plans, full arch implant surgeries, and sedation dentistry. After refining his skills in California, he now holds licenses in four states and travels to assist, perform, and teach advanced dental procedures.

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Dr. Dan Bruce, D.D.S.

Clinical Board

Dr. Dan Bruce, a third-generation Boise native, sees dentistry as more than “fixing teeth.” With a B.S. in Biology from the College of Idaho and a dentistry degree from the University Of Washington School Of Dentistry, he’s dedicated to achieving optimal health, esthetics, and function for his patients. Driven by a passion for airway development in children and airway maintenance in adults, he holds expertise in therapies like Advanced Lightwire Functional (ALF), Healthy Start, and Orthotropics. Recognized for excellence in various dental specialties, including fixed prosthodontics, Dr. Bruce’s commitment to enhancing overall quality of life is at the core of his practice.

Let’s Hear Our Clients Experience

“I highly recommend Ascend Dental Alliance for their transformative support in optimizing my dental practice. Their multi-faceted structure and exceptional culture-building capabilities created an efficient, professional, and harmonious workplace. Ascend’s expertise in administrative tasks and their gift of time allowed me to focus on patients and regain control of my schedule. For streamlining your practice and reclaiming personal time, Ascend Dental Alliance is the top choice.”

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Dr. Eric Muraoka – Kaizen Dental (Hawaii)

“I highly recommend Ascend Dental Alliance for their transformative support in optimizing my dental practice. Their multi-faceted structure and exceptional culture-building capabilities created an efficient, professional, and harmonious workplace. Ascend’s expertise in administrative tasks and their gift of time allowed me to focus on patients and regain control of my schedule. For streamlining your practice and reclaiming personal time, Ascend Dental Alliance is the top choice.”

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Dr. Eric Muraoka – Kaizen Dental (Hawaii)

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