For many dental practices in today’s market, the pressures of performing administrative and billing functions prevent them from focusing their attention where it’s most needed: their patients. Launched with a $35 million capital commitment from Chicago Pacific Founders, Marquee Dental Partners provides dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed.

“By handling the administrative end of the practice, Marquee enables the dentists we support to focus on what truly matters: providing high quality oral healthcare services,” said Marquee Dental CEO James Usdan. “Marquee acquires the business aspects of the dental practices and enables the dentists to focus on personal interaction with patients rather than spending their hours on filing and accounting.”

Usdan is a seasoned leader who has served as CEO of three public companies and five private equity-backed firms. He brings more than 30 years of experience in healthcare provider and multi-site management operations, including having led or served as a board member of four dental service companies. Joining Usdan are COO Christy Englehart, who has 25 years of dental operations experience, as well as Chief Dental Officer Dr. Steve Hecklin, CFO Luke Lamphron and Vice President of Business Development Les Matthews.

Along with easing administrative burdens, Marquee Dental can also assist dental practices in implementing new practice features such as specialists in orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery—providing patients with a one-stop-shop for all of their dental care needs.

“In addition to the attractive market dynamics of the dental industry, Chicago Pacific Founders saw an opportunity to partner with a highly skilled and proven team of executives,” said Mary Tolan, Founder and Partner of Chicago Pacific. “Under their leadership, Marquee is well-positioned to achieve operational excellence very rapidly by following a proven model for success.”

“Our goal,” said Vance Vanier, MD, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Chicago Founders, “is to differentiate ourselves clinically by treating our dentists as the key customer of Marquee.”

With a relatively stable reimbursement profile, the dental market in the United States was valued at more than $111 billion in 2012. That figure is expected to grow to $163 billion by 2020, driven in large measure by an aging population. These factors, coupled with a highly fragmented landscape and a relatively low risk profile, have led to a robust pipeline of acquisition opportunities for Marquee Dental Partners.

About Marquee Dental Partners
Marquee Dental is a premier dental support organization dedicated to making dentists and their patients the priority. By providing dentists with both the support and the clinical autonomy they need to succeed, Marquee enables them to focus their attention on providing the best oral healthcare services possible. Led by a team of highly accomplished industry veterans, the company was founded in 2015 with an investment of $35 million from Chicago Pacific Founders. For more information, visit 

About Chicago Pacific Founders
Chicago Pacific Founders (“CPF”) is a strategic healthcare investment fund focused exclusively on healthcare services, led by former healthcare CEOs and senior executives with a passion and track record of building healthcare businesses. CPF is actively looking to partner with organizations focused on delivering the highest quality of service to patients, providers and payers. The fund will invest up to $75 million of equity capital per opportunity in growth, minority recap and buyout transactions for cash flow positive businesses. CPF currently has investments in the senior living, behavioral health and dental industries.