SDP Support Team

We are a Dental Support Organization that affiliates with, invests in, and partners with leading dentists throughout the West.

Leadership

Lance Shopovick

Chief Executive Officer

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Lance Shopovick

Chief Executive Officer

Lance comes to Signature Dental Partners with nearly 30 years of business leadership experience in multi-site executive level roles, including 14 years in dental practice support. Prior to joining SDP, Lance served as the CEO at Elite Dental Partners and SVP at The Aspen Group. As a field operating executive, he oversaw 500+ practices across 32 states. Throughout his career, his focus has been supporting doctors, creating access to care for local communities, building strong cultures, and driving team development. Lance graduated with a BA in Business Management from Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, VA.

Dr. Chet Jenkins Signature Dental Partners

Chet Jenkins, DDS

Chief Dental Officer and Chairman

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Dr. Chet Jenkins Signature Dental Partners

Chet Jenkins, DDS

Chief Dental Officer and Chairman

Dr. Jenkins has over 20 years of experience both as a clinician and dental management executive. After founding his first practice immediately after dental school, Dr. Jenkins spent his career growing and building a network of dental practices in the Mountain and Southwest regions while maintaining his work as a practicing clinician. Dr. Jenkins received his BS in Medical Biology from the University of Utah and his DDS from The Ohio State University, where he graduated at the top of his class.

Kim McCrady, RDH

Chief of Strategy and Special Projects

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Kim McCrady, RDH

Chief of Strategy and Special Projects

Mrs. McCrady has more than 35 years of experience in the dental industry. Beginning her career as a clinical assistant and later becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist, she has deep experience working across all operating roles in the dental office. Over time she has transitioned into her senior operation roles within Signature Dental Partners, offering extensive support work for our hygienists. Mrs. McCrady graduated with an AS from Salt Lake Community College and a BA in Psychology from Ottawa University.

Bobby Harden

Chief Development Officer

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Bobby Harden

Chief Development Officer

Mr. Harden has over 15 years of experience in accounting, finance and M&A transactions. He has worked at one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing private equity backed eye care platforms where he was focused on driving growth through new partnerships and affiliations. Prior to that, he worked at Ernst & Young where he advised clients on a wide array of M&A transactions, including a focus on private equity buy-side acquisitions of physician practice management companies and multi-site healthcare M&A transactions. Mr. Harden is a CPA and holds a Masters of Accountancy from the W.P. Carey School of Business and a BS in Finance and Accounting with honors from Arizona State University.

Jeff Longfield Signature Dental Partners

Jeff Longfield

Vice President of Operations

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Jeff Longfield Signature Dental Partners

Jeff Longfield

Vice President of Operations

Mr. Longfield has 30 years of Operations Leadership experience. Most recently he was with Imagen Dental Partners as a Regional Chief Operations Officer. He studied business at Arizona State University.

Dr. Jason Nelson Signature Dental Partners

Jason Nelson, DDS

Co-Chief Dental Officer

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Dr. Jason Nelson Signature Dental Partners

Jason Nelson, DDS

Co-Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Nelson has over 10 years of experience with Signature Dental, including experience as a senior manager to a multi-office dental group. Dr. Nelson received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and his DDS from The Ohio State University.

Business Development

Dana Bersch

Director of Business Development

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Dana Bersch

Director of Business Development

Mr. Bersch has over 15 years of business development, banking, and wealth management experience. Most recently he was with a top tier wealth manager as an advisor and banker. His prior experience includes consulting with middle market companies on capital raising strategies. He holds a Masters of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Arizona State University.

Carson Frost Signature Dental Partners

Carson Frost

Director of Business Development

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Carson Frost Signature Dental Partners

Carson Frost

Director of Business Development

Mr. Frost has over 7 years of experience in M&A transaction advisory, valuations, and business development. Most recently he worked in the Outdoor Advertising Sector advising privately-held business owners on the acquisition and disposition of their outdoor advertising portfolios. He also has experience in business valuation, commercial lease negotiation, and public-private infrastructure partnership value creation. Mr. Frost graduated from Benedictine University summa cum laude with a BBA in Management and Organizational Behavior. 

Melody Bennion Signature Dental Partners

Melody Bennion

Director of Integrations

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Melody Bennion Signature Dental Partners

Melody Bennion

Director of Integrations

Mrs. Bennion has over 13 years of Dental Administration experience and over 4 years of experience in Integrations. Most recently she was with Provinces Dental Care as an Administration Manager. She holds an Associates in Fine Arts from Rick’s College.

Emmanuel Sanchez

Senior Integrations Specialist

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Emmanuel Sanchez

Senior Integrations Specialist

Mr. Sanchez has over 12 years of dental experience and an area of focus for 7 years as an operations manager. Most recently he was with Family Dental Phoenix as a Business Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Arizona State University, W.P. Carey the School of Business.

Ethan Meeks Signature Dental Partners

Ethan Meeks

Business Development Senior Marketing Specialist

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Ethan Meeks Signature Dental Partners

Ethan Meeks

Business Development Senior Marketing Specialist

Ethan Meeks has over 5 years of Marketing experience. Most recently, he was with BEMER Group North America as a Communications Specialist. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management and Psychology from Grand Canyon University.

Operations

Maecia Moura Signature Dental Partners

Maecia Moura

Director of Operations

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Maecia Moura Signature Dental Partners

Maecia Moura

Director of Operations

Ms. Moura has over 10 years of experience in Dental Operations for both general and specialty management. Most recently she was with American Dental Partners as a Multisite Manager and Affiliate Trainer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising and Consumer Studies from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Applied Leadership and Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Kirstin Johnson Signature Dental Partners

Kirstin Johnson

Director of Operations

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Kirstin Johnson Signature Dental Partners

Kirstin Johnson

Director of Operations

Ms. Johnson has over 20 years of Operations experience. Most recently she was with Pacific Dental Services as a Regional Front Office Specialty Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Indiana University.

Trish Ackerman

Director of Operations

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Trish Ackerman

Director of Operations

Mrs. Ackerman has over 20 years of experience in dental practice management and consulting. Most recently she was with Spear Education as a practice management consultant and colleague mentor. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University. 

KyLee Mitchell Signature Dental Partners

KyLee Mitchell

Director of Operations

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KyLee Mitchell Signature Dental Partners

KyLee Mitchell

Director of Operations

Ms. Mitchell has over 15 years of Dental Operations experience. Most recently she was a Business Manager at another DSO. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business and a Masters Degree in Education from Washington State University.

JoAnn Aasved Signature Dental Partners

JoAnn Aasved

Director of Operations

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JoAnn Aasved Signature Dental Partners

JoAnn Aasved

Director of Operations

Mrs. Aasved has over 15 years of Operations experience. She has held management roles in both smaller corporations and larger DSO’s, including multi-unit management. She also has over 16 years of experience in Dentistry.

Alisha Hussey Signature Dental Partners

Alisha Hussey

Director of Operations

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Alisha Hussey Signature Dental Partners

Alisha Hussey

Director of Operations

Ms. Hussey has over 10 years of operations experience. Most recently she was with Pacific Dental Services as an Operations Manager and Team Trainer. She holds a BA in Political Science from Oregon State University and is currently working on her Masters from WGU.

Recruiting

 Jennifer Vandenberge

Director of Provider Recruiting

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 Jennifer Vandenberge

Director of Provider Recruiting

Jennifer Vandenberge has over 20 years of Recruiting experience. Most recently she was with SALT Dental Collective as the Director, Talent Acquisition. Jennifer brings with her 11+ years of dental recruiting experience.

Carl Guthrie Signature Dental Partners

Carl Guthrie

Managing Director of Doctor Recruiting

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Carl Guthrie Signature Dental Partners

Carl Guthrie

Managing Director of Doctor Recruiting

Mr. Guthrie has over 14 years of Dental Recruiting experience. Most recently he was with ETS Dental as the Regional Director of Recruiting. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and Legal Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Laura Laehn Signature Dental Partners

Laura Laehn

Director of Doctor Recruiting

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Laura Laehn Signature Dental Partners

Laura Laehn

Director of Doctor Recruiting

Ms. Laehn has over 14 years of Recruiting experience. Most recently she was with AMN Healthcare – Merritt Hawkins as a Senior Consultant.