DECA Dental's mission is to put smiles on the faces of hundreds of patients that visit our offices daily, which in turn puts smiles on the faces of the many employees and doctors that work for DECA Dental. We enable our doctors to deliver quality, affordable dental care to more patients.
Our Patient Promise
We pledge that each affiliated office will provide patients with
- A friendly warm environment for patients and their families
- A thorough explanation of treatment needed with several financing options
- Staff and doctors who treat you with respect and genuinely care about your oral needs
- Quality, affordable and convenient patient care
- A clean and safe environment for you and your family
- A sincere appreciation for choosing us as your dental provider
Dr. Sulman Ahmed Founder & CEO
Dr. Sulman Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of DECA Dental. He is instrumental in shaping and overseeing DECA Dental's growth, strategy and culture. In 2008, Dr. Ahmed opened his first dental office and set out to create a truly patient centered model. His belief in putting patients first is the fundamental backbone of DECA Dental's core values and patient care delivery model. Ensuring adequate training for doctors, the very best materials being placed in the patient's mouth, weekend hours and multiple specialists working under one roof are just the beginning of his vision.
Having a natural talent for finding and cultivating leadership and growth within people, he has built a first-class organization of leaders from the top down. Additionally, under Dr. Ahmed's leadership DECA Dental has grown rapidly to become one of the industry's fastest growing and most respected organizations. It has received several honors and awards. Some of the more notable ones are being recognized as Inc. Magazine's Top 5000 fastest growing companies in the nation, several years in a row. The Dallas Business Journal recognized DECA Dental as one the top 100 companies in the region and the 21st fastest growing company in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
On a more personal note Dr. Ahmed has achieved many honors and awards, one of the more notable ones being named as a finalist for the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year, and winner of the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year. He is a sought-after speaker at several leadership, entrepreneurial and motivational conferences.
Dr. Ahmed is just as dedicated to the community as to its patients. Over time, Dr. Ahmed has built strong partnerships with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, as well as becoming the exclusive provider of free dental services to thousands of kids with the Kidd's Kids Organization and Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.
Dr. Ahmed obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston. He serves on the board of DECA Dental and The Young Presidents Organization.
Dr. Shalin Patel Partner & Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Shalin Patel recognizes the value of team-building to achieve successful results. A highly regarded dental professional with over ten years of clinical experience, Dr. Patel is responsible for developing procedures and finding solutions to create successful practices. A hands-on leader focused on achieving results in a dynamic, patient-oriented work environment, he has a proven track record of building and training clinical teams around a cohesive growth strategy and clear leadership vision.
As a recognized leader in the field of dentistry, Dr. Patel has also been featured in multiple national dental publications such as: DentalTown®, Dental Economics®, Dentistry Today® and in Dental Entrepreneur® Magazine. He has offered a PACE-approved Continuing Education course approved by the Academy of General Dentistry to teach doctors methods on increasing clinical case acceptance, quality of care, productivity and efficiency. Under his leadership, the team of DECA Clinical Advisory Board Doctors implement unique and innovative clinical systems to train doctors to become highly efficient without compromising quality of patient care.
As an administrator who has helped create core values based on collaboration and cooperation, Dr. Patel is responsible for helping with the development, execution and monitoring of clinical standards and practice protocols. DECA Dental's commitment to excellence is always the top priority to Dr. Patel. He manifests a culture geared towards patient centered clinical care by recruiting, training and working with elite dentists from the finest schools across the nation.
Quality of care is never compromised at DECA Dental, therefore he interacts with local dental lab technicians along with supply and manufacturing vendors to ensure only the best materials and supplies are used, thus enabling all offices to offer patients an exclusive warranty on all dental work. Dr. Patel helps uphold the core clinical philosophy in that all dentists, by using state of the art technology and cutting-edge techniques, strive to provide and maintain the highest quality of dentistry.
Dr. Patel attended the University of Mississippi for both his undergraduate studies and for dental school. Based on his years of clinical experience and commitment to continuing education, Dr. Patel has given a variety of lectures to both dental schools and dental organizations nationwide on creating a culture of clinical excellence.
Dr. Rodney Alles Partner & Chief of Clinical Affairs
A highly regarded dental professional with over 10 years of clinical experience, Dr. Rodney Alles has a unique skill set for developing and integrating procedures and providing solutions to keep patients satisfied and practices profitable. An exceptionally able administrator who has created a corporate culture based on teamwork and achieving goals, he supervises regional practice managers while overseeing quality assurance and doctor recruitment and training at DECA Dental affiliated offices.
Dr. Alles has always taken great pride in being a great clinician. He has done this by taking numerous CE courses from the best clinicians in the dental industry. This drive and accumulation of information has allowed him to set up systems and procedures that he can teach his doctors to provide the best patient care in the industry.
Dr. Alles has cultivated the development of consistent quality standards for treatment planning, verbals and efficiency of his doctors and the rest of his office teams. This has set DECA Dental apart in the industry and has given it a name synonymous with quality dental professionals. He insures that the execution and the quality of patient care are second to none in the dental industry. Along with the execution of systems, Dr Alles has set up numerous avenues to provide DECA Dental with state-of-the-art, and cutting edge materials and supplies needed to provide the very best dental treatment.
Dr. Alles attended the University of Oklahoma for undergraduate studies and for dental school. He is a member of the Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Academy of Comsetic Dentistry, and Academy of General Dentistry. He has also been nominated to join the International Association of Health Care Providers, and he has been recognized multiple times as one of "America's Top Dentists" by the Consumers' Research Council of America.
David Boguslawski Chief Operations Officer
David is the Chief Operating Officer at DECA Dental, and he was the first C-level Executive to join the team. David's main focus has been developing the systems, processes and people to be able to effectively scale the business while still maintaining the reputation DECA was already known for... an excellent guest experience and clinical quality. Within his first year, and with help from a rock star team, he was instrumental in doubling the number of locations and employees. During that time DECA also entered three new markets outside of DFW and was named DFW's 21st fastest growing company by Dallas Business Journal. All of this was accomplished while growing the customer satisfaction rating to over 90%.
Prior to joining DECA Dental, David worked eight years within Highland Capital Management's Private Equity group serving as a Portfolio Manager and Operating Partner for multiple healthcare portfolio companies. He was responsible for their financial performance, recruiting the C-Suite and active on their Board of Directors.
While at Highland, David spent most of his time onsite at the portfolio companies partnering with the executive teams to implement strategic plans, establish KPI and operating reviews, institute continuous improvement programs, and serve in interim executive roles as needed. David is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with 12 years experience leading strategic growth and operational improvement initiatives within both fortune 100 and distressed environments.
Additionally, he has eight years capital markets experience evaluating and integrating M&A transactions within private equity.
Prior to joining Highland, David was a Production Manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control where he led the turnaround of a unionized sheet metal fabrication team to win the prestigious Performance Management Team of the Year within the 3,000 person facility. Prior to that, David rotated through multiple roles in Lockheed's selective Operations Leadership Development Program.
David has a Master's of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He received is Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas. David also earned the APICS CPIM Operations Management professional certification.
It is the commitment for the care of our patients and the opportunities DECA provides its staff to grow that makes me proud to be a DECA employee! Stephanie H.