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About us

Serving Others and Changing lives

At Apex, we see business as a vehicle to serve others. Our mission is to use that vehicle to improve the lives of our patients, teammates, and the communities we serve. We are led by a group of passionate, innovative, and experienced clinicians and business professionals who share the same goal – deliver Outstanding Patient Experiences. In doing so, we fulfill our mission to truly improve our patients’ lives.

We invite you to meet our leadership team, learn about our values, and take a deeper dive into the history of our company below.

Meet the Team

Business Leadership Team

David Lohmann

David Lohmann

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Hale

Matt Hale

President & Chief Operating Officer

DR. Michael Fooshée

DR. Michael Fooshée

Chief Clinical Operations Officer

David Hanson

David Hanson

Chief Information Officer

Jake Dold

Jake Dold

Chief Marketing Officer

Jeff Brush

Jeff Brush

Controller

Stephanie Paris

Stephanie Paris

VP - HR, Onboarding & Development

Justin Winders

Justin Winders

VP - Operations

Ben Willoughby

Ben Willoughby

VP - Business Development

Jared Mitchel

Jared Mitchel

Director - Business Development

Clinical Leadership Council

DR. Michael Fooshée

DR. Michael Fooshée

Chief Clinical Operations Officer

Dr. Layla Lohmann

Dr. Layla Lohmann

Clinical Leadership Council

Dr. Ed Lutz

Dr. Ed Lutz

Clinical Leadership Council

Dr. Thomas Nabors

Dr. Thomas Nabors

Clinical Leadership Council

DR. Jeema Dad

DR. Jeema Dad

Clinical Leadership Council

Apex Values

In order for our patients to have an Outstanding Patient Experience, we must apply Integrity, our commitment to Excellence, and a Service mindset to each touchpoint in the patient journey.

One of Apex's core values is integrity

Integrity

Integrity is the foundation of our organization. It is not only critical to how we do business, it is critical to who we are. It is a primary factor in who we choose to work with and the first attribute we evaluate as we recruit partners and teammates. We hold the trust patients place in us as our most valued asset, one that must never, ever be put at risk or thrown into question. We do what is right for our patients, our practices, our teammates, and ourselves, in that order. We strive to be the shining example to which we want our children to aspire.

One of Apex's core values is excellence

Excellence

In everything we do, we commit ourselves to doing it with excellence. No matter the size or type of task, if we are going to do something, we are going to do it right and in a way that we are proud of. Our patients, our company, our teammates, and ourselves deserve nothing less. Implicit in this value is our commitment to continuous learning and improvement. We can achieve and maintain excellence only by learning, changing, and growing every day.

One of Apex's core values is service

Service

Service is both a mindset and the core of our mission. The value of service is about priorities and where our focus lies. As an organization, we are focused first on being of service to our patient, second on being of service to our teammates, and third on being of service to our neighbor. We place our focus on serving others and know that if we do that well, our own success follows. We focus not on how we can be better off, but on how we can make them better off. Tightly integrated with this value is the concept of Servant Leadership, the model of leadership whereby the leader’s primary goal is to serve. We practice and preach servant leadership throughout our organization.

Our History

Founded in 2014 by Matt Hale, David Lohmann, and Dr. Layla Lohmann, Apex has grown to be a leading group practice organization with over 170 providers serving over 100,000 active patients each year. From the beginning, Apex has remained focused on supporting the delivery of the highest quality care through a non-branded, private practice model centered around the long-term, doctor-patient relationship.

The initial idea that eventually became Apex’s Private Practice Reimagined® model came from a combination of David and Matt’s business background and Dr. Lohmann’s experience in the early part of her career. Like many practitioners today, Dr. Lohmann started her career at a large, branded DSO. The DSO was well run and provided Dr. Lohmann with the opportunity to practice without the traditional burdens of running a small business. However, her experience there highlighted the shortcomings of that branded model. Short-term patient relationships, highly prescriptive protocols, and a focus on production per visit were all elements that didn’t align with her personal care philosophy. Discussing this experience with David, Dr. Lohmann wondered why there wasn’t an organization out there that could provide what she was looking for as a dentist – a place that was patient-focused where she could practice with clinical independence but be completely supported on the business side. An organization like that would provide her with a home that aligned with her practice philosophy and values while also removing the traditional business burdens of private practice.

Founders Matt and David

The idea clicked with David and Matt, and together, the three explored the opportunity to build a quality-focused dental group, blending the best attributes of private practice with the benefits of a group practice model. As Matt and David surveyed the industry landscape, they were struck by the situation the industry found itself in. At that time, younger dentists were searching for high-quality, employment-based practice options, finding very few. Dentists later in their careers were looking for a structured path toward retirement that allowed them to accomplish their goals while providing their patients with continued quality care. Apex was created to fill that void, acting as a bridge between these two groups and securing private practice values in the future of dentistry.
While the goals of Apex were always grand, none of the founders could have dreamed that in such a short period of time, Apex would become such a strong family composed of more than 350 teammates committed to delivering the highest standard of care and having fun while doing it.

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