ORANGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Western Dental, a national leader in dental and orthodontic care, today announced the appointment of Preet M. Takkar as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, effective September 30.
Mr. Takkar joined Western Dental in 2015 and has been leading the company’s Information Technology Department as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer. Over several years, his role expanded to include leadership of the revenue cycle, call center, business intelligence and patient financing functions. In his new role, he will also assume responsibility for operations in the organization’s 325 dental practices in California, Texas, Arizona, Alabama and Nevada.
Mr. Takkar began his career as a software developer for one of the country’s leading dental practice management software companies. In the years before he joined Western Dental, he ran local dental offices, led regional and statewide operations, oversaw operational and financial reporting for a national orthodontic practice management firm, and headed IT for a multi-state group dental practice and dental HMO.
“Preet is a natural leader who has demonstrated his willingness and ability to take on greater responsibility,” said Daniel D. Crowley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Western Dental. “He is dedicated to our mission of making high-quality oral health care accessible and affordable, has a thorough understanding of our business, and inspires confidence in those around him with his clear vision, effective communication and calm bearing.”
“It is my privilege to work with a terrific team dedicated to quality and service,” said Mr. Takkar. “Together, we will strive each day to provide outstanding support for our excellent clinicians and continuously improve the patient experience.”
Mr. Takkar earned a Bachelor of Science from California State University-Long Beach.
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Western Dental (with its supported affiliates, including Brident Dental & Orthodontics and Vital Smiles) is one of the nation’s leaders in accessible, affordable oral health care, serving approximately 3 million patient visits annually in 325 affiliated offices throughout California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Alabama. In addition to general dentistry, Western Dental offers orthodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and endodontics in its offices, creating a convenient full service “Dental Home.” All of Western Dental’s services are backed by a unique quality assurance system that electronically monitors all patient visits, treatments, dental staff and clinical performance to enable high-quality care. To learn more about Western Dental or inquire about an office in your community, visit www.westerndental.com or call 1-800-6-DENTAL.