Heartland Dental Reaches Milestone


Published on December 18 2019 3:08 pm
Last Updated on December 18 2019 3:09 pm

Effingham-based Heartland Dental, the nation’s largest dental support organization, announced a record-setting milestone as the company provides support services to 1,000 dental practices, including more than 1,600 dentists across 37 states. The company is the first dental service organization to reach this critical mass of support.

Patrick Bauer, president and chief executive officer at Heartland Dental, said, “Starting out 22 years ago, Heartland Dental provided services for a handful of dental practices in one state. Now, reaching this momentous occasion of supporting 1,000 offices is a testament to our doctor focused culture. I believe we’ll continue to grow because dentists increasingly value how our services are laser-focused on their needs and distinctly enhance their ability to focus on patient care.”

Heartland Dental was founded in 1997 by Rick Workman, DMD, a solo practitioner who brought to life his vision of providing non-clinical business support to help dentists find a more rewarding way to practice dentistry. The company began offering practice support solutions for challenges faced by dentists in any phase of their career. The company’s umbrella of support includes non-clinical, administrative services, continuing professional education and leadership training.

“Simply put, Dr. Workman is a dentist who understands dentists,” said Dr. Bill Bloink, founding partner and a Heartland Dental supported doctor since its inception. “His vision endures as the company has grown through the value the organization creates for supported doctors while they serve patients in their respective communities.”

“Heartland Dental’s significant growth is a combination of the trust that dentists place in our support services and the dedication of our network of business and support professionals,” noted Dr. Workman, Heartland founder and executive chairman. “We have built a company culture around serving dentists’ needs and continually advance our level of non-clinical support to help these practitioners discover rewarding success.”

Today, an increasing number of dentists are finding the support Dr. Workman envisioned, and the company is poised for continued growth. Bauer is steering the growth, which includes the addition of nearly 125 offices in 2019. “By keeping our focus on putting doctors first and serving their needs, we continue to forge a better way for more dentists to rediscover their passions and to practice dentistry on their terms,” Bauer added.