Vision

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

Values

Excellence

We will foster excellence in service and patient outcomes. We will strive for continuous improvement in our business practices by challenging the status quo. We will seek new opportunities to learn and grow.

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 believe success stems directly from loving what we do, being grateful, giving joy, and being hospitable.

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

CEO

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

CEO

CFO

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 with his wife and three daughters and enjoys golf and cooking

Will Peeples

CFO

CPO

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

CPO

SVP of Business Development

Jeremy Garner

As the Senior Vice President of Business Development, 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 two daughters – Hennen and Crosby.  He enjoys golf, hunting, and watching Navy football. 

Jeremy Garner

SVP of Business Development

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

Director of Business Development

Kevin Ryan

Kevin is responsible for the company’s new partner affiliation efforts, including sourcing, evaluating, performing due diligence, and executing new partnership affiliation opportunities. Kevin also works with the management team and doctor partners to implement operational and growth strategies focused on building SOP into the preeminent orthodontic partnership platform.

Prior to joining SOP, Kevin was an investment professional with Pharos Capital Group, a healthcare-focused private equity firm out of Nashville with ~$1 billion in assets under management, where he was responsible for evaluating and executing investment opportunities across several healthcare sectors. Before Pharos, Kevin worked as an investment banker with Stephens, Inc., where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, debt financings, equity raises for public and private companies and assisted in the
evaluation of private equity investments for Stephens Capital Partners. Kevin graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Accounting and Finance. He lives in Nashville with his wife Gray and enjoys golf, skiing, fly-fishing and traveling. Kevin is active in Leadership Healthcare and the First Tee of Middle TN.

Kevin Ryan

Director of Business Development

Director of Marketing

Jake Hedgecock

Jake is responsible for creating and implementing marketing strategy with our partner practices. This involves working directly with our partner doctors to understand their local environment and provide them with resources to fuel consistent growth while maintaining and enhancing their local brand.

A native of Nebraska, Jake earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and spent four years as a mechanical engineer specializing in project management and system design. He then moved to Nashville to earn his MBA from Vanderbilt with a focus on strategy and marketing before joining Southern Orthodontic Partners.

Outside of his professional career, Jake lives in Nashville with his Wife, Taylor, and two doodles, Wrigley and Dexter. He enjoys staying active, playing golf, attempting home improvement projects, and cheering for his Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Jake Hedgecock

Director of Marketing

Director of Operations

Deanna Demma

As the Director of Operations, Deanna is responsible for supporting the day to day operations of the business, Doctors, and teams through planning, consulting, operational efficiencies, processes, and best practice sharing.

Prior to joining Southern Orthodontic Partners, Deanna was Director of Practice Development, Orthodontics division for D4C Dental Brands. She led integration for the orthodontics business unit, supporting affiliate practices through best practice strategies and scalable policies and procedures. She has a consistent history of improving operational performance and facilitating revenue growth through effective integration and field office training.

Deanna is married to her husband Sean and they reside in Atlanta where she grew up and attended the University of Georgia. She has two daughters, a stepdaughter, and two grandchildren. Deanna enjoys physical fitness activities, reading, and spending time with her family.

 

Deanna Demma

Director of Operations

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

Independent Board Members

John Hennegan

Chairman

Michael Burcham

Lead Director

Chris Mioton

Director

Greg Nodland

Director

Chris Puco

Director

Dan Wechsler

Director

Locations

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