Press Release

October 7, 2021

Southern Orthodontic Partners (“SOP”) Announces Expansion to St. Louis Area with Seven New Practice Locations

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Southern Orthodontic Partners is excited to announce their expansion to St. Louis with the addition Amazing Smiles OrthodonticsAlizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics, and Unger Orthodontics. The new partnership, with six doctors across seven locations, is one of the largest and most significant to date for SOP. The business is led by Dr. Jeff Mastroianni & Dr. Becky Schreiner, highly reputable doctors within the orthodontic industry, who joined together in 2017 to grow their business to something bigger than their individual locations. This expansion marks SOP’s entry into Missouri and Illinois, expanding the platform to 31 locations across seven states, with a total of 31 doctors and 16 individual practices.

Drs. Mastroianni and Schreiner will be meaningful contributors to SOP’s doctor leadership team, assisting platform decision-making and giving thoughtful guidance for company goals. Dr. Schreiner will be joining as the fourth SOP Board Doctor, providing a strong perspective as the first female member. Dr. Mastroianni will be the newest addition to SOP’s Doctor Advisory Committee.

“The caliber of the executive team and partner doctors is impressive, but the culture is what ultimately drew us to this alignment,” Dr. Becky Schreiner added. Dr. Jeff Mastroianni shares his excitement for the partnership and the positive trajectory of the platform – “In selecting a partner for my future, I wanted to see passion, culture, and a strong commitment to people. With SOP, I found this and so much more. Backed by an outstanding sponsor in Shore Capital Partners, SOP has everything they need to be the preeminent orthodontic platform for years to come. I could not be happier to have made this decision and to be able to partner with the best group in the industry.”

The doctors joining SOP with this partnership include Dr. Julianne Ruppel, Dr. Julie McCray, Dr. Cyrus Alizadeh, Dr. Jim Unger in addition to Dr. Mastroianni and Dr. Schreiner. Ashlie Pinson, Director of Operations for the practices, has played a significant role in the growth of the brands and will be a key player with SOP going forward.

“Finding doctors who understand working together is of high importance to SOP. This is a true 50/50 partnership,” says John Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Orthodontic Partners. “This group has developed their own capabilities with integrating partners, and they will provide SOP with additional expertise and experience. Most importantly we are excited because the teams are ‘our people’. They share our commitment to humility, growth, and being better together. Becky & Jeff spent extensive time looking at many competing opportunities and were so very well informed around what makes SOP both special and a truly exciting place to partner.”

About Southern Orthodontic Partners

Based in Nashville, TN, Southern Orthodontic Partners provides strategic, operational and administrative support to orthodontic professionals, enabling clinicians to focus on providing the highest quality of clinical care. Partner doctors maintain their brand and local autonomy while benefiting from investments in growth, technology infrastructure and human capital. SOP aims to be the premier orthodontic services provider in the South by partnering with doctors who are committed to providing the highest level of clinical care and a first-class customer experience. More information about Southern Orthodontic Partners can be found at

About Shore Capital Partners

Shore Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm with offices in Nashville, is focused on microcap investments within the Healthcare, Food and Beverage, Business Services and Real Estate industries. Shore supports management partners with capital, business development expertise and industry knowledge to accelerate growth, fund acquisitions and generate value for shareholders. Shore targets investments in proven, successful private companies with superior management teams, stable cash flow and significant growth potential, including organic growth and growth through industry consolidation. Shore has $2 billion of equity capital under management through various investment vehicles. For more information, please visit:

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Kevin Ryan
Director of Business Development
Southern Orthodontic Partners
(615) 551-7019