WHO WE ARE
At IG DENTAL SERVICES, we understand the emotional and financial challenges involved in determining the next phase of your practice's life cycle. Our years of experience and success have taught us to keep our client's goals as priority with each business decision. Many of our clients discount the emotional impact of a transition. We have observed that often the big changes and loss of professional identity have as much impact as the actual mechanics of the sale. We understand the complex emotions and we do our best to support our clients during a transition.
Give us a call today to determine the next step with your practice.
Where the Passion Begins
DR. DICK LESTER
Dr. Dick Lester is a general dentist with career experiences that include traditional solo practice and multi- location, multi-specialty practices and the business experience associated with his years with Orthodontic Centers of America (OCA) and Orthosynetics, Inc (OSI).
Dr. Lester was Owner, President and CEO of the highly successful "The Dentist Place", a multi-specialty dental group, including but not limited to general dentistry, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and oral surgery with multiple offices throughout Florida. Following the sale of that business Dr. Lester joined OCA, as Senior Vice President Professional Development.
He left OCA in 2005 to return to clinical dentistry, having purchased a general practice in Gulf Breeze, Florida, doubling its size, adding a new associate and completing construction of a new office building to manage the rapid growth. Dr. Lester completed the sale of his private practice to his associate in 2014 and moved back to the New Orleans area.
His time as a multi office multi-specialty practice owner as well as his experiences with orchestrating many transitions while an executive for a publicly traded company position him well to understand the market as well as the needs of his clients.
GRETCHEN M. ESTAPA
Gretchen M. Estapa is one of the founders at IG Dental Services, LLC, providing strategic practice transitions and operational consulting services to practice owners. Clients benefit from her advice on acquisitions, merger synergies, and potential standalone performance improvements in underperforming areas. Gretchen’s knowledge applies firsthand experience to those aspects needed, both financial and operational. She excels at fact gathering and due diligence and organizing the transition process with any practice acquisition.
Prior to founding IG Dental Services, LLC she was Vice President of Practice Development and Client Services at Orthosynetics, Inc (OSI), managing $155M in dental practice revenue across 130 practices nationwide. It is through her direction that the Practice Development and Client Services Department promoted strategic financial and operational practice planning, and provided business resources and support to assist dental practice owners with making confident business decisions.
During her 20-year career, Ms. Estapa’s experience covered a developed strategic approach to maximizing revenue growth in the New Orleans tourism market for Doubletree/Hilton Hotels, building a successful two partner de novo law firm, and development of a two partner mid-size CPA firm.
Mrs. Estapa’s strong understanding of all aspects of the business financial and operational management of dental practices is the fundamental reason for her success. She applies practical business knowledge and experience to real strategic planning and implementation in order to achieve her client’s goals.