Vision

To become the preeminent platform for orthodontic services in the Southern United States

Values

Excellence

We will foster excellence in service and patient outcomes. Our CTS team’s priority is being responsive to our partner locations. We will thoughtfully execute our strategic plan; driving successful growth for our partners. We will own our mistakes and resolve issues quickly.

Innovation

We will create a culture of open-mindedness and responsiveness to the changing market. We choose innovation over imitation. We seek to go beyond simply delivering what works — we choose to discover what delights.

Integrity

We are committed to a daily focus on doing the best thing for our stakeholders. We value honesty and transparency. We openly collaborate in pursuit of the truth. We will build our reputation by standing for what is just and right.

Passion

We arrive every day inspired to make a positive impact in our industry through our talents, passion and hard work. We have a passion to deliver a great patient experience at every partner location.

Teamwork

We believe all roles are important, and we win and lose as a team. We are made up of amazing individuals, but it’s only through teamwork that we achieve greatness. We are committed to working together with equal parts humility, empathy, and ambition.

Leadership

Chief Executive Officer

John Nelson

As CEO, John is responsible for implementing and leading SOP’s strategic growth plan while creating a people-1st servant culture that is always focused on our partners’ employees and the great people they treat.

John was previously the COO of Results Physiotherapy, a Nashville, TN-based physical therapy network, where he helped the company implement acquisition and de novo growth opportunities. Under John’s leadership the company grew to over 160 sites across the southeast. While COO, John was responsible for long-term strategic planning, managing the sales and business development teams, and promoting a culture of performance and continuous improvement. As he has transitioned to the Orthodontic industry, John’s background as a physical therapist has been of immense benefit in understanding the doctors, the challenges of patient care and how to best meet the consumer.

John also was a founding partner at the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments, one of nations’ leaders in physical therapy education and training programs.

John received his Physiotherapy degree from the University of South Australia. He lives in Nashville with his wife Jennifer and their 3 kids: Adelaide, Jameson and Charlie, along with their boxer Lady James. Travel, golf, cooking and great wine are a few of the things you’ll find John enjoying with his family and friends.

John Nelson

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Will Peeples

As CFO, Will is responsible for implementing and leading SOP’s finance and accounting functions and supporting business development and strategic initiatives across the company.

Prior to joining the Company, Will worked in the Special Assets Group of HCA Healthcare, where he led venture investment, joint venture and acquisition transactions across several HCA business units. Before HCA, Will was a member of the Corporate & Securities practice group at Bass, Berry & Sims, where he represented public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions and general corporate matters. Prior to law school, Will worked for two years as a middle market investment banking analyst.

Will earned a B.A. in Finance and Master of Accountancy from Belmont University, where he was a member and captain of the men’s basketball team, and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. Will lives in Brentwood, TN with his wife and three daughters.

Will Peeples

Chief Financial Officer

Chief People Officer

Emily Leonard

As Chief People Officer, Emily is responsible for developing and leading SOP’s human capital strategy.

Prior to joining the Company, Emily was the Chief Human Resources Officer at ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy & Education where she led the Human Resources function for a 2,500+ employee organization.  Before ChanceLight, Emily served as the Chief Talent Officer for Ampersand Health, SVP of Human Resources at e+CancerCare and helped found LifeBridge, a conflict management firm focused on family and civil mediation.

A native of Atlanta, Emily earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Furman University in Greenville, SC and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University.  She is married to John, a lifelong educator and military officer.  They have two college-aged children – Adelaide and Sam.

Emily Leonard

Chief People Officer

Chief Development Officer

Jeremy Garner

As the Chief Development Officer, Jeremy is responsible for leading all business development efforts for Southern Orthodontic Partners.  

Prior to joining Southern Orthodontic Partners, Jeremy was Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Surgery Partners, SGRY (NASDAQ) where he was responsible for executing an aggressive growth strategy in partnering in physician owned outpatient surgical centers.  Jeremy has held similar M&A roles with Community Health Systems and Covenant Surgical Partners. 

Jeremy is a former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  He earned his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.  Jeremy earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy where he was team captain of the men’s varsity golf team.  He lives in Nashville with his wife Sara and their three daughters.  He enjoys golf, hunting, and watching Navy football. 

Jeremy Garner

Chief Development Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Derek Walsh

As Chief Operating Officer, Derek oversees the design and implementation of business operations across SOP. He plays a critical role in SOP’s ability to deliver next-level support and operational efficiency to our partner practice locations.

Derek comes to SOP with over a decade of experience in multisite healthcare leadership. He previously served as COO & President of Chance Light Behavioral Health, leading operations for 35+ outpatient ABA therapy centers in six states. Outside of healthcare, Derek has had extensive leadership experience in the United States Army as a Patriot Battery Commander.

Derek is originally from San Antonio, Texas and received his Bachelors degree at The University of Texas (Austin). Outside the office, Derek enjoys photography, videography, and improving his ping-pong skills. Derek and his wife of over 15 years, Michelle, have two daughters, Cadence (14 years old) and Kennedy (11 years old).

Derek Walsh

Chief Operating Officer

Chief of Strategy and Integration

Ross Boatwright

Ross has 3 key areas of responsibility at SOP: 1) to lead and oversee the Integration of new Partnerships, ensuring a smooth and coordinated transition; 2) to co-develop financial planning capabilities for partners through the creation of forecasting and reporting tools; and 3) to provide leadership and organization in implementing the company’s 5 year strategic plan.

Prior to joining SOP, Ross worked at the Home Depot in Atlanta as part of the Merchandising Finance group where he led forecasting, planning, and P&L management for three dotcom portfolios.  Before the Home Depot, Ross served as an analyst at J.P. Morgan where he advised clients on asset management strategy, including investment, credit, and fiduciary matters. A native of Charleston, Ross earned a B.S. in Finance from Wake Forest University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

Ross lives in Nashville with his wife, Elissa, and enjoys golf, wedding singing, and exploring the outdoors in his spare time.

Ross Boatwright

Chief of Strategy and Integration

Vice President of Marketing

Ben Goodman

Ben is responsible for heading SOP’s marketing department, building and implementing a comprehensive marketing plan for the company and all partners – inclusive of all things digital, paid campaigns, SEO, website templates, B2B strategies and B2C campaigns. He is charged with ensuring SOP is the leading orthodontic platform in engaging and winning in the rapidly changing consumer landscape.

A native to Nashville, Ben earned his Bachelors degree in Marketing & Management from Lipscomb University. Prior to joining SOP, Ben led the marketing efforts at a $300 million urgent care platform. He also previously managed a similar sized sector in surgery centers and a 300-location business sector for Pizza Hut. His background in both multi-site healthcare and highly competitive consumer sectors prepares him to lead this department at SOP.

Outside of his professional career, Ben lives in Nashville with his wife, Brittany, and three daughters, Blake, Andi, and Emmy. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, skiing and being outdoors.

Ben Goodman

Vice President of Marketing

Vice President of Operations

Shannon Brockway

Shannon’s role as Vice President of Operations enhances our network by providing next level support and increased engagement for our partners.

Shannon has over 26 years in the industry with extensive knowledge of the business of orthodontics and operations, visiting over 1,700 orthodontic locations worldwide. She has helped hundreds of practices bring order to chaos with strategic planning and follow through. Shannon has spent a majority of her career at impact360 & Gaidge as a Consultant, Analyst & Implementation Specialist. She has experience in building out a variety of functional departments including compliance, finance, and HR.

Shannon is originally from Suwanee, Georgia and enjoys spending her free time cooking, traveling, and finding adventure outdoors with her two daughters.

Shannon Brockway

Vice President of Operations

Vice President of Operations

Jeremy Jones

Jeremy’s responsibilities include collaborating with doctors and teams to take our operational capabilities to the next level by implementing strategic initiatives, establishing objectives at each practice he serves, and driving overall performance.

Jeremy has over 10 years of experience in healthcare operations focused on growth strategies, business development, and relationship building. Prior to SOP, Jeremy worked for Results Physiotherapy and most recently served as Regional Vice President. During his time there, Jeremy was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of 59 outpatient clinics in Middle, TN comprising five markets.

Jeremy graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Tennessee State University. He is Nashville native and spends his free time fishing, hunting, and coaching youth sports. Jeremy and his wife, Arwen, have two sons – Jack (7 years old) and Beau (6 years old).

Jeremy Jones

Vice President of Operations

Vice President of Finance

Will Tuttle

As Vice President of Finance, Will supports accounting and finance functions across the platform. He serves as an active member of our leadership team, implementing and improving financial processes to better support partner growth and performance. His responsibilities include creating and managing processes and policies in a variety of functions – including finance, accounting, insurance, systems, partner onboarding, internal controls, taxes. and auditing.

Will comes to us with several years of experience in healthcare related fields – most recently serving as VP of Finance at Specialty Dental Brands, a multi-specialty DSO based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Will received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Alabama and is a loyal fan of the Crimson Tide. In his spare time, he also enjoys all things outdoors – specifically visiting the beach with his family, running, and hunting. He calls Memphis, Tennessee home, but currently resides in Nashville with his wife, Nolen, and his son, Brooks, who is eight months old.

Will Tuttle

Vice President of Finance

Vice President of Information Technology

Barry Turney

As Vice President of Information Technology, Barry helps us bring next-level IT support to our partners and has helped us transform the platform’s IT capabilities into a position of strength. Barry comes to us from Vision Source, a premier network of 3,300 private optometry practices across North America, where he spent 10 years building a first-class IT function from the ground up. Prior to Vision Source, Barry co-built and sold multiple software companies.

Barry is originally from Lubbock, Texas, but now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. He has two children – a daughter, Brianna, and a son, Blake. Outside the office, Barry loves to fish, hunt, and do just about anything outdoors! He is a die hard college sports fan – especially football and basketball.

Barry Turney

Vice President of Information Technology

Vice President of Internal Operations

Elizabeth Conforti

In her role as Vice President of Operations, Elizabeth provides key support to the rest of the field Operations team by accelerating the thoughtful development and implementation of key initiatives. Elizabeth’s 22 years of experience in Orthodontics – at the practice leadership level, as an Align faculty educator, and most recently in management consulting roles at Hummingbird and Conforti Consulting, LLC – will meaningfully enhance SOP’s operating capabilities.

Elizabeth graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a Bachelors in Business Management and received her Human Resource Professional Certification. She has been married to her husband, Fred, for 23 years and have three children – Caroline (21), Luca (19), and Marco (17). They also have a dog named Sunny! Elizabeth spends her free time on the golf course, enjoying a good book, drinking her favorite wine, or traveling to a new place!

Elizabeth Conforti

Vice President of Internal Operations

Director of Business Development

Conrad Reynaud

Conrad is responsible for helping SOP find excellent new partners throughout the Southern United States, as he assists the Business Development team in developing a strong pipeline of potential practice partnerships. He serves a key role in understanding future partner’s needs and creating comprehensive business plans for platform growth and success.

Conrad, originally from Baton Rouge, received his Bachelor’s degree from University of Mississippi and completed his Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. He has over nine years of experience in a variety of roles in healthcare, including involvement in strategy and growth projects, business development, data analytics and reporting, and process improvement initiatives. Most recently, he served as a Director at HCA Healthcare.

Conrad and his wife, Ann Whitten, moved to Nashville in 2011 and have two young sons – Teddy and Mayfield. Conrad enjoys live music, playing golf, spending time with his boys, and watching college football.

Conrad Reynaud

Director of Business Development

Director of Business Development

Alex Idaszak

As Director of Business Development, Alex serves a key role in helping SOP partner with outstanding orthodontists and understanding the needs of future partners. He is responsible for creating comprehensive business plans for platform growth and success and ensuring the Business Development team has a strong pipeline of potential practice partnerships.

Originally from Potomac, MD, Alex received his Bachelor’s Degree from Marquette University and completed his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Alex has over 13 years of experience in the orthodontic industry in a variety of roles including commercial growth strategy and implementation, marketing, product management, and continuous process improvement measures.

Alex lives in Nashville with his wife Annie. He enjoys skiing, golfing, reading, and watching college basketball.

Alex Idaszak

Director of Business Development

Regional Director of Operations (DFW & Austin, TX)

Adrian Valdez

As Regional Director of Operations, Adrian’s focus is to provide operational leadership, direction and administration to SOP practices. Adrian is responsible for collaborating with doctors and teams to implement operational initiatives, enhance overall performance, and establish goals at each practice he serves.

Adrian has over twelve years of dental experience ranging from practice level to multi-practice management. Before joining the SOP team, Adrian served as Regional Manager for SOHDental, where he was responsible for providing strategic oversight and guidance for 10 dental practices in 4 states – a total of over 85 employees.

In his free time, Adrian enjoys traveling, spending time with friends exploring the city or new hiking trails. He also enjoys dining out and live music.

Adrian Valdez

Regional Director of Operations (DFW & Austin, TX)

Regional Director of Operations (MO, IL, & KS)

Ashlie Pinson

Ashlie’s unique role within SOP is to be a collaborative resource to our practices, leading with culture, and providing strategic guidance to help grow our people and practices. Ashlie focuses her efforts on providing direction and operational insight to our partners and their teams.

She has former experience in the financial services industry as an Executive Director, leading Financial Advisors and Marketing.  She transitioned to operational development, which prepared her for the art of this role – supporting others and evaluating opportunities within a business. She is passionate about leadership and personal/professional growth for herself and those within her realm of influence.

Ashlie is a graduate of the University of Missouri with dual degrees in Finance & Banking and Real Estate.  Ashlie’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her family – her husband Ethan and her two kids Ryker (10) and Harper (7). She frequently uses her free time to travel, garden and cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs!

Ashlie Pinson

Regional Director of Operations (MO, IL, & KS)

Regional Director of Operations (Virginia)

Amy Prewitt

Amy’s role as Regional Director of Operations provides strategic support and guidance to enhance both culture and performance for nine of our SOP partner locations.

Amy brings over 17 years of dental and orthodontic practice leadership experience to the table and has a strong track record of leading through growth and change. Her experience includes – shifting a single doctor practice into a multi-specialty practice, several successful iterations of associate onboarding and ramp, successfully navigating the transition from single doctor practice to multi-doctor platform, and facility moves/upgrades.

Amy earned her B.A. in Sociology from George Mason University.  In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and two rescue pups.  She enjoys exercise, hiking, wineries, breweries and food!  You can find her on the water when the weather is nice!

Amy Prewitt

Regional Director of Operations (Virginia)

Regional Director of Operations (Florida)

Kristen Craig

Kristen serves as a Regional Director of Operations for the Tampa, Florida area, where she provides operational direction for her group of practices. She is responsible for enhancing overall performance, building strong relationships with key stakeholders, and executing operational initiatives.

Before being promoted to her position as RDO, Kristen was the Practice Manager for Hess Orthodontics in Tampa, FL for the last 5 years and is a veteran in the orthodontics industry, having served over 15 years in both clinical and administrative capacities.

Kristen is originally from Saint Albans, West Virginia, but currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband, Charlie, and their two daughters – Cambri and Cylie. She has a passion for traveling and enjoying all the perks that Florida’s Gulf Coast has to offer!

Kristen Craig

Regional Director of Operations (Florida)

Regional Director of Operations (Houston, TX)

Lili Echeverria

In her role as Regional Director of Operations, Lili is responsible for the performance, culture, support and development of seven SOP partner locations. Lili spent the first 6 years of her professional career in optometry retail management for Luxottica, leading multiple locations across her hometown of Chicago. In 2008, she found the field of Orthodontics and hasn’t looked back! She has been devoted to learning all aspects of running an orthodontic practice – spending time as a Practice Manager, Surgical Craniofacial Case Coordinator and Lead Proprietary PMS Creator for Jacobson & Tsou Orthodontics.

Lili’s journey has most recently brought her to Houston, TX and she has had the pleasure of leading the team at Houston Orthodontic Specialists (HOS) for the last 3 years. In that time, she has had the opportunity to develop her team, improve processes, and grow HOS into one of the most exciting practices in the SOP network.

Lili enjoys spending time with her family and friends across Houston, Dallas, Santa Fe and Chicago and especially her cuddly bunny, “Lunar”.  Any opportunity she gets, you will see her on a trip to the beach enjoying the peaceful vibes, cooking, baking, or exploring some good eats!

Lili Echeverria

Regional Director of Operations (Houston, TX)

Regional Director of Operations (Eastern TN, NC, & GA)

Brooks Martin

As a Regional Director of Operations, Brooks is committed to implementing successful programs that focus on cultural and operational excellence. Brooks maintains a relentless pursuit to foster loyal relationships with his team that leverages operational initiatives.

Brooks has over thirteen years of experience in the healthcare industry. He has worked in a variety of healthcare settings gaining extensive knowledge in areas of multi-site operational leadership, orthopedics, and medical device sales. Brooks graduated from Elon University with a B.S. in Exercise Sports Science and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University. Brooks is currently enrolled in Cornell University Healthcare Leadership Didactic studies.

When Brooks is not working, you will find him enjoying the water, the outdoors, learning to golf, and spending quality time with his wife, three children and three dogs. He also enjoys being an active member and group leader at First Baptist Concord in Knoxville, TN.

Brooks Martin

Regional Director of Operations (Eastern TN, NC, & GA)

Director of Integration

Caroline Smith

As Director of Integration, Caroline is the key relationship manager and go-to point of contact for new partners during their first 100 days.  Engaging with doctors and other practice leaders, Caroline serves to understand each individual practice’s unique team dynamic by investigating practice operations and understanding teams’ ways of working.

Prior to Southern Orthodontic Partners, Caroline worked at eviCore Healthcare, a subsidiary of Cigna, as a project manager for their implementations team. In this role, she managed the successful implementation of a new pilot product evaluating medical necessity for the site of care. Before joining the implementations team, Caroline worked for eviCore’s Operating Effectiveness team and managed multiple clinical efficiency and cost savings initiatives.

Caroline graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with a double major in Science-Business and Spanish. She grew up in Summit, New Jersey with her older brother, Ryan, and younger sister, Lexi. Caroline is an active member of Junior League of Nashville and frequently volunteers at the Nashville Rescue Mission. In her free time, she loves to bake, exercise, and practice her new golf hobby.

Caroline Smith

Director of Integration

Director of Human Resources

Andrew Beach

With a mission to support team member growth and development, Andrew delivers a catered HR approach for our partners – collaborating with individual teams, analyzing key HR performance metrics, and advising on employee oriented strategic direction. Andrew helps enhance our doctor recruiting process and onboarding plan for newly hired doctors. Additionally, he steers projects and policies for SOP’s HR department, including new team member orientation programs and practice management guidance (i.e. coaching and career development).

Andrew is originally from Dayton, Ohio and completed his undergraduate degree from University of Cincinnati, graduating with dual Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Organizational Leadership – Human Resources. Prior to SOP, Andrew worked for Upperline Health, a Podiatry and Lower Extremity Care Management Company, as the HR Director. As the first HR employee at Upperline, Andrew laid the groundwork for HR infrastructure as the company grew from 150 employees to 850+. Andrew launched his career in the field working for Valeo Automotive and Kelloggs, with responsibilities ranging from talent to employee relations.

Andrew Beach

Director of Human Resources

Director of Field Marketing

Tara Engstrom

Tara supports local marketing for our partners and help drive key marketing initiatives across the platform. Her role provides guidance for our partners on how they can best work with dentists, communities, schools, and sponsorships. Additionally, Tara helps the platform to formulate a plan around collecting our partners’ best practices so we can create the most effective playbook for growth. She enhances our digital marketing by helping us to perfect consistent areas of focus, processes and support across all practices.

Tara has over 20 years of progressive marketing experience in the automotive, HVAC and electrical, healthcare, non-profit, and media industries. She has worked organizations of various sizes with small one-person marketing departments, to fortune 500 organizations with a team of over 500 marketing team members.

Tara is originally from Coal Valley, IL, but now lives in Mt. Juliet, just outside of Nashville, with her husband, Kevin. She has two children, Daryn (21) & Brett (17) and two bonus children – Logan (14) & Caitlyn (12). In her spare time, you can often find Tara running, working out, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on her children at their various sporting events.

Tara Engstrom

Director of Field Marketing

Director of Doctor Recruiting

Kasey Salas

As Director of Doctor Recruiting, Kasey serves as a dedicated resource for selecting and onboarding top doctor talent for our partners. One of SOP’s key strategies is the development of the next generation of doctors – and this starts with finding great doctors to join the platform.

For the past decade, Kasey has had experience in filling nuanced doctor roles for other healthcare organizations. In 2014, she transitioned to a physician recruiter role with Floyd Medical. As a physician recruiter, she was responsible for recruiting emergency, family, internal medicine physicians, as well as psychiatrists, neurologists, and traumatologists.

Kasey grew up in Rome, Georgia, and attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate degree. She then went on to graduate with her Masters in Management & Leadership from Western Governors University. Kasey and her husband, Josh, got married in Hawaii nearly six years ago. They have one rescue dog named Leo!

Kasey Salas

Director of Doctor Recruiting

Board Doctors

Founder

Dr. Scott Blackman

Dr. Blackman is the owner and founder of  Reflections Orthodontics, a two-location practice based in Clarksville, TN. Since 2010, Dr. Blackman has worked extensively with the Ritz Carlton Leadership Center to create and develop a culture of leadership and service, and has developed systems for delivery and execution of a unique patient experience.  Dr. Blackman’s professional leadership and clinical expertise enable him to share best practices for growing and operating the Southern Orthodontic Partners affiliation network.

Dr. Blackman received his undergraduate education at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, and continued his dental education at the U.T Center for Health Sciences in Memphis.  He graduated from the University of Tennessee department of Orthodontics in 1997.  Dr. Blackman has been recognized for his platform for patient experience, and as a leader in the orthodontics industry.

Dr. Blackman is a fellow of the International College of Dentists, and has served as an officer in the Tennessee Dental Association. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Tennessee Dental Association, Southern Association of Orthodontics, Tennessee Association of Orthodontics and the Eighth District Dental Society.

Dr. Blackman has been married to his wife, Jennifer since 1995, and has three boys, Connor, Griffin and Brennan.  Outside of his family and career, he loves all things outdoors, including running and cycling, and has been a competitive triathlete since 2000.

Dr. Scott Blackman

Founder

Founder

Dr. Damon Barbieri

Dr. Barbieri is the lead orthodontist at Barbieri Orthodontics, a practice with two locations in the Nashville area.  Dr. Barbieri’s professional leadership, clinical expertise, and progressiveness enable him to share best practices for growing and operating the Southern Orthodontic Partners affiliation network.

Dr. Barbieri has built an industry-leading practice around a unique blend of customer experience, professionalism, and fun.  Voted by dentists as one of the top orthodontists in Middle Tennessee for 9 years running, he strives to exceed expectations for his patients and team on a daily basis.  In a rapidly changing world, Dr. Barbieri believes that developing consumer-driven treatment modalities while investing in what’s special about the orthodontic profession will lead to its preservation and enhancement.

Dr. Barbieri received a Masters Degree in Oral Biology from Temple University, a D.D.S. from the University of the Pacific, and a B.A. from the University of Colorado.

Dr. Damon Barbieri

Founder

Chair of Doctor Advisory Committee

Dr. Vladimir Tabakman

Born in Moscow, Russia, Dr. Tabakman moved to Houston along with his parents in 1991. Always having a passion for taking care of people and having an impact on their lives, Dr.Tabakman knew from a young age that he wanted to be a doctor.  While earning his undergrad degree at the University of Houston, Dr. Tabakman decided to pursue dentistry but wanted to discover which area to specialize in. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio before heading to the University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan to simultaneously earn his master’s degree in orthodontics while completing his two-year orthodontic residency.

Dr. Tabakman is the owner and founder of Houston Orthodontic Specialists with locations in in Houston and Bellaire, Texas.  His mission is to use personalized care to change lives through orthodontic treatment by giving people a smile they will be confident with.  Dr. Tabakman is an award-winning orthodontist, specializing in his cutting-edge treatments with Invisalign.  He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, World
Federation of Orthodontics, Southwestern Society of Orthodontists, Texas Dental Association and Greater Houston Dental Society.

Dr. Tabakman and his wife Yana have been married since 2005.  They have a daughter Mila and son Sasha.  Outside of Orthodontics, Dr. Tabakman loves to fulfill his passion for travel with his wife and children.

Dr. Vladimir Tabakman

Chair of Doctor Advisory Committee

Partner Doctor

Dr. Becky Schreiner

Dr. Schreiner is a Missouri native, but was raised in Cape Girardeau. She partnered with Dr. Jeff Mastroianni in 2017 – through three acquisitions, they created a practice group of seven locations and three brands including Amazing Smiles Orthodontics, Alizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics, and Unger Orthodontics. Dr. Schreiner practices specifically at Alizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics, a single location practice in Chesterfield, MO.

Dr. Schreiner is a member of American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, Missouri Society of Orthodontists, Missouri Dental Association, Greater St. Louis Dental Society, and Henry Schein Inner Circle Advisors.

Dr. Schreiner received her Bachelor’s degree at Missouri State University and her dental degree and MS Orthodontic Residency from the University of Missouri-Kansas.

When she’s not caring for patients, you can find Dr. Schreiner cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals, traveling to the beach, or spending time with her husband and two sons, Justin & Derek.

Dr. Becky Schreiner

Partner Doctor

Partner Doctor

Dr. Michael Hess

Dr. Hess created Hess Orthodontics seventeen years ago with a passion for creating beautiful smiles and a commitment to achieving the highest level of quality for patients. Hess Orthodontics is one of the largest and most impressive practices in the South with unbelievable growth in recent years.

Dr. Hess is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, The West Coast Dental Association, The American Association of Orthodontics, The Southern Association of Orthodontics, and The Florida Association of Orthodontics, as well as other local and regional dental societies.

He attended the University of Florida College of Dentistry where he received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine and graduated as the valedictorian of his class. He earned his master’s degree in Orthodontics from the University of Michigan.

Outside the office, Dr. Hess most enjoys spending time with Julianna and their son Jackson. Their family loves to travel and take on new adventures, like boating, scuba diving, and skydiving.

Dr. Michael Hess

Partner Doctor

Independent Board Members

John Hennegan

Chairman

Michael Burcham

Lead Director

Chris Mioton

Director

Greg Nodland

Director

Chris Puco

Director

Dan Wechsler

Director

Trevor Maurer

Director

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