Western Dental & Orthodontics

583 N 2nd St, El Cajon, CA 92021

We're here to make sure everyone has access to complete dental care of the highest quality. Not just check-ups and fillings: complete dental care including braces, implants and oral surgery. We have everything a healthy smile requires in one place.

We set our prices for people, not pop stars. Plus we accept almost every insurance plan, offer our own plans for people without insurance and help you cover the bill with CareCredit and in-house financing.

Weve been making quality care more affordable since our founder, Dr. Curtis Beauchamp, opened his first office in 1903. Like a lot of visionaries back then in Los Angeles, he did a lot more than start a practice. He opened up dentistry to the people and championed the idea that everyone should have good oral health.

He did it by delivering excellent care at affordable prices and letting his patients pay over time. Back then, they called it 'Credit Dentistry.' These days, it 's how almost all of us afford the braces, root canals and implants we need.

By the 1930s Dr. Beauchamp and his son, Dr. Robert F. Beauchamp were treating thousands of patients at multiple locations. Fast forward to today, and we serve over 1 Million people a year in four states.

At Western Dental, were all about teeth young ones, old ones, shiny ones, crooked or chipped ones. Thats why you can think of us as your Dental Home. Becauseno matter what your tooth issue, were here to resolve it.

Our general dentists, specialists and hygienists are all under one roof. Which means that treatment for implants, or braces, or periodontal care can take place in the same office. Panoramic x-rays, oral surgery, restorative work requires a visit to only one location. And families are welcome from young children to senior citizens because we have specialists for every age. That can save you time and expense plus assure you of quality care by one familiar, cohesive team.

Daniel D. Crowley began leading Western Dental in July 2015. He has been providing dynamic leadership to healthcare services companies, including dental payer and provider organizations, for more than 30 years.

Daniel D. Crowley served as Chairman of the Board of Foundation Health Systems, Inc., now known as Health Net. Before that, he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of one of its predecessor companies, Foundation Health Corporation. Mr. Crowley came to Foundation Health Corporation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio, where he led operations as the Executive Vice President.

Mr. Crowley built Foundation Health into a Fortune 500 enterprise, with 23 HMOs and more than 17,000 employees in 225 locations, serving the group, individual, Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE health benefit markets with an array of integrated health benefit products.

In 1997, Mr. Crowley founded Dynamic Healthcare Solutions to invest and consult in the healthcare industry. Through Dynamic, he has served as a Senior Advisor to a number of major investment firms, served on boards of certain portfolio companies, performed due diligence on investment opportunities across the U.S., and served as a healthcare restructuring officer, senior management advisor, and chief executive.

Jeffs professional career has focused on supporting quality care at health care organizations including hospitals, dialysis facilities, and radiology practices. Prior to joining Western Dental, Jeff spent several years as Vice President Deputy General Counsel and was named Acting General Counsel at DaVita, a Fortune 500 provider of kidney care with more than 2,900 dialysis centers in the United States and internationally. At DaVita, he oversaw legal affairs and managed the companys 75+ member legal team, including oversight of M&A activity which included a merger that doubled the size of the company and approximately 30-40 practice acquisitions per year. He also had legal oversight of the companys first international expansion sites. More recently, Jeff served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Imaging Advantage, a radiology practice management company.

Before taking in-house legal roles, Jeff was an Associate with Latham & Watkins, where he represented large health insurance companies, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. He also worked at RAND Health where he advised state governments in connection with health care financing initiatives aimed at increasing access to care.

Prior to joining Western Dental, Dr. Luther served as the Chief Dental Officer & Senior Vice President-Dental Management for DentaQuest, the third-largest oral health enterprise in the country, and served as Chief Dental Officer for UnitedHealthCare Dental, where he was responsible for the development of consumer-driven solutions that support quality of care and managed costs. Dr. Luther also spent five years with the American Dental Association, where he served as Senior Vice President overseeing the division of dental practice, and spent several years with Delta Dental of California. Previously he owned and operated a successful private dental practice in Placentia, CA.

Preet Takkar has overall responsibility for operations, including regional field and clinical support, in the organizations dental practices in California, Texas Arizona, Alabama and Nevada. Preet also oversees the companys Information Technology, Revenue Cycle, Business Intelligence, and Patient Financing functions.

Preet began his career as a software developer for one of the countrys leading dental practice management software companies, and in the years following has run local dental offices, led regional and statewide operations, overseen practice and financial reporting for an orthodontic practice management firm, and headed IT for a multi-state group dental practice and dental HMO.

Prior to Western Dental, Preet served as Senior Vice President-Practice Financial and Reporting Services for OrthoSynetics, the leading provider of practice management services to orthodontic and dental clinics throughout the U.S., and Vice President of Billing, Collections, and Financial Services for Coast Dental, the fifth largest dental provider in the U.S. with 190 affiliated practices in Florida, Georgia, California, Nevada, and Texas.

Bill Dembereckyj is the head ofstrategic thinking and knowledge integration, leading growth initiatives, including all aspects of M&A and De Novo (new location) strategies. Bill also supported Western Dental as the former Chief Financial Officer.

Bill has nearly 30 years of financial and operational experience in the healthcare and insurance industries. Prior to assuming responsibilities as Western Dentals CSO, Bill served as the CFO, leading the firm through financial stability despite COVID health barriers. Beforejoining Western Dental, Bill served as COO and CFO at HealthSmart, leading the firm through a vigorous business development program that completed 16 acquisitions over a 30-month period and made HealthSmart the largest independent administrator of self-funded health plans in the nation, according to Business Insurance Magazine. Before joining HealthSmart, Bill also had expanding responsibilities as CFO, COO and President at New Life Treatment Centers, a national, venture-capital backed, behavioral healthcare firm. Bill began his career in the Chicago office of KPMGs audit practice.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Biola University and a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior and Strategy from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a licensed CPA through the California State Board of Accountancy and a member of the AICPA.

Paul Holt heads all financial operations for the organization, including internal and external financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, and purchasing. He is also the interface with the Companys equity and lending partners and credit reporting agencies.

Mr. Holt comes to Western Dental with more than 20 years of experience as a chief financial officer, including 18 years with healthcare companies that were publicly traded NextGen Healthcare, Inc. and NantHealth, Inc. where he helped lead an initial public offering. He has also held financial leadership positions in companies engaged in waste management and recycling, manufacturing and distribution. He began his career in public accounting, where he was a Senior Staff Accountant for McGladrey & Pullen, LLC, now known as RSM US LLP.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, cum laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He was named the Orange County Public Company CFO of the Year in 2012 by the Orange County Business Journal.

Dr. Meng joined Western Dental in 1994 as an Associate Dentist. She was a practicing dentist for 12 years before taking a leadership role in operations as a Clinical Director. She later led the development of the organizations extensive orthodontic program now the largest in the United States and then, as Senior Vice President, Specialty Services, developed and operationally supported the extensive network that serves the specialty needs of patients in 325 Western Dental, Brident and Vital Smiles offices in California, Texas, Arizona, Alabama and Nevada.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Meng taught at UCLA Dental School, where she also conducted oral cancer research, and at UCLA Medical School as an Oral Pathology Specialist. Dr. Meng has been a licensed dentist in the state of California since 1994.

Bob Eisen has more than 25 years of human resources leadership experience, including 20 years in healthcare-related organizations. He has held HR positions at Quest Diagnostics and several hospital groups, including Hospital Corporation of America and, most recently, spent five years with St. Joseph Health in Irvine, Calif., where he was Vice President, Talent.

During his career, Bob has successfully built and led strong HR departments that helped organizations succeed. He has created career ladders with training and development that helped team members build rewarding, long-term careers, and he has created programs to compensate and reward fairly for performance, while fostering cultures that attracted talented individuals and fueled organizational energy and chemistry.

Bob received a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Southern California. Bob is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Eric comes to Western Dental with nearly 20 years of healthcare compliance, privacy, regulatory, accreditation and legal experience. He was recently Vice President Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer for KPC Healthcare, Inc. in Orange County, California, where his responsibilities included seven acute care hospitals one with a Level II trauma center eight long-term care facilities, an urgent care center, an ambulatory surgery center, and a physician group. Before that he was Director of Compliance and Revenue Integrity for Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, an organization with 500 hospital beds, a Level I trauma center, an academic medical center and 11 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in the community. He was also Corporate Compliance Manager for Parkland Health and Hospital System, a major academic and trauma center in Dallas; an Attorney Advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Medical Hearings and Appeals in Miami; an Accreditation Specialist for the Council on Education for Public Health; and an Assistant Public Defender in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Erics career in dentistry started at Western Dental nearly 30 years ago. He subsequently pursued his career in operational roles at dental service organizations that included Pacific Coast Dental, SmileCare Family Dentistry, West Coast Dental and OrthoSynetics. Since rejoining Western Dental in 2015 as Vice President, Orthodontics, he significantly expanded the organizations orthodontics program, which made more confident smiles possible for thousands of individuals with both traditional braces and the companys ClearArc orthodontic aligners.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, Clinical Care, Patricia is expanding her role to include responsibility for operational support of all dental specialties, including oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics and pediatric dentistry.

Patricia joined Western Dental in 2015 as Vice President of Soft Tissue Management, a role in which she developed a hygiene program and recruited and deployed nearly 150 hygienists across the company. She has also developed and launched key initiatives for dental implants and a variety of other oral health care products and services. Earlier in her career, Patricia launched and led a number of dental product and service initiatives at SmileCare and SmileBrands. Before that, she started and led a sales team at Orapharma to serve dental service organizations.

Vikash has over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting, including 12 years with publicly traded companies, including Aramark Corporation and Republic Services, Inc. Prior to Western Dental, he served as Vice President of Finance for Athens Services, a leading Southern California environmental services firm, where he built a strong team while working closely with the leadership to support effective decision-making. He has extensive experience in financial modeling, pricing, contract negotiations, strategic planning, acquisitions and annual budget preparation, and he is adept at making financial analysis easy to understand and helpful to Operations.. He began his career in public accounting, in India, with M.G. Todi & Co., where he was a senior auditor.

Western Dental attracts some of the best and brightest dentists from top dental schools across the country and around the world. And every one of them is dedicated to helping you chew, nibble, gnaw, smile and help you keep those pearly whites for a lifetime.

Our dentists are passionate about providing patients with the best possible dental care. Thats why every Board-certified Western Dental dentist stays on top of the latest technical training in their area of expertise by completing an ongoing series of clinical education courses throughout their employment. It keeps them up to date on the most effective clinical practices and technologies available in the industry. We not only demand that of our dental professionals, but we make it our pledge to you.

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