The UDBA Team

Robert E. Septak
President – United Dental Brokers of America – MBA
Director, Western Pennsylvania and Florida

Bob’s background is as a controller for a number of small to large companies over the past 25 years, in both the service and manufacturing sectors. He previously was part owner of a CPA firm and has been involved with various mergers and acquisitions throughout his career, which included his oversight of Orion Power Midwest’s $1.7 billion acquisition of Duquesne Lights power plants in April 2000. Bob is the President of United Dental Brokers of America where he specializes in Business Valuations and Business Brokering of Dental Practices. He earned an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business from the University of Pittsburgh. Bob, has presented to a number of dental societies including the Allegheny-Kiski Dental Society, the Beaver County Dental Society, the Lawrence County Dental Society, the Midwest Society of Periodontology, and the University of Pittsburgh Dental School.  Bob holds a Pennsylvania real estate license and a Florida real estate Brokers license. Bob is able to handle any type of real estate needs whether leasing or sale/purchase related. Bob can be reached at 412-931-1040 or at bob@udba.biz.

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Paul Goodman, DMD
Director – New Jersey & Eastern PA

Dr. Paul Goodman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Paul has been practicing dentistry for over 10 years and works with his brother in two locations in Mercer County, NJ. In addition to private practice, he teaches dental residents at Albert Einstein Medical Center as well as lectures to dentists on placing and restoring dental implants.

 

Paul has purchased three dental practices and is looking forward to sharing his personal experience with the transition process.  He works well with retiring dentists in managing the expectations of their patients and team members during the transition process.  Paul is an extremely positive person that will be happy to help you achieve success in the next phase of your dental journey.  More info visit dentalnachos.com. Paul can be reached directly at 609-462-6926 or paul@udba.biz.

 

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Dr. Laurel Gans
Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Development

Dr. Laurel Gans is a general dentist and writer from Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Gans studied Spanish as an undergraduate student and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University. While attending graduate school, Gans published her first novel and continues to write for several publications. Her writing has placed in the Austin Film Festival and the UCLA Television Spec Writing Competition. In her spare time, she enjoys water sports, traveling, and spending time with her family. Her identical twin, Stephanie, is also a dentist. Laurel can be reached at 216-870-8236 or at laurel@udba.biz.

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Hamida Shirazy, DMD
Director – Northern New Jersey

Dr. Hamida Shirazy is a graduate of Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. She has been practicing dentistry for over ten years and has purchased two very different dental practices in the past six years. She currently practices in both Philadelphia and New Jersey. Hamida enjoys all the transactional nuances and details that makeup buying or selling a dental practice. She wants to bring that passion to help buyers locate their own practice or assisting sellers to sell or transition theirs. Hamida can be reached at 267-394-1476 or hamida@udba.biz.

Dr. Max Safran
Director – Maryland

Dr. Max Safran was born and raised in Bucks County Pennsylvania and graduated from Muhlenberg College with a dual degree in Chemistry and Economics. He earned his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry. He currently practices in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Max can be reached at 215-595-6966 or at max@udba.biz.

Dr. Ryan Brunworth
Director – Western, Central and Northern Michigan

Dr. Ryan Brunworth is a graduate of The University Of Michigan School of Dentistry.  Ryan has been practicing dentistry for over 17 years in Western Michigan.  As the son of a minister, Ryan was surrounded by a life of leadership, dedication, integrity, and service.  These values, instilled in him since he was young, were the foundation that helped propel his successful dental career.

 

Ryan has owned three dental practices over his career with each of them experiencing significant growth.  He has experience in traditional sales and purchases, partnerships, and corporate (DSO) transitions. This puts Ryan in a unique position to help retiring dentists maximize the value of their most important asset while helping to connect them with the right fit for their own transition.  Ryan manages our Western, Central, and Northern Michigan Regions and can be reached 616-227-1122 or ryan@udba.biz.

Dr. Kristen Ponichter
Director – Eastern Michigan

Dr. Kristen Ponichter is a board-certified pediatric dentist who has over ten years of practicing dentistry.  She attended the University of Pittsburgh for dental school and worked as a general dentist for several years treating many children before obtaining her specialty certification at NYU Langone in Nashville, TN.  Kristen manages our Eastern Michigan Region and can be reached at (248) 459-9525 or kristen@udba.biz.

Dr. Cliff Moore
Director – Ohio

Dr. Cliff Moore is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.  He has had a longstanding career both in his home community and, proudly, he served in the United States Navy providing dental care to Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune.  Dr. Moore’s serving nature led him to expand his career to assist other dentists that are desiring their own or additional practice as well as to assist seasoned dentists in transitioning into retirement.  Dr. Moore manages our Ohio region and can be reached at 419-603-0236 or email him at cliff@udba.biz.

Mira Della Croce

Dr. Mira Della Croce
Director – Oregon

Dr. Mira Della Croce is a graduate of Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry. She has been practicing dentistry for over seven years and recently purchased a dental practice in the Philadelphia area. Having purchased her own practice gives Mira a unique perspective in being able to help buyers and sellers looking to transition a practice. She would like to share her personal experience and love for dentistry by assisting buyers to locate their own practice or assisting sellers to sell or transition theirs. Mira will be managing our Oregon region. Mira can be reached at 215-200-7883 or at mira@udba.biz.

Haidee Cline
Director – Virginia

Haidee Cline owns and operates an orthodontic practice in Richmond, VA with her husband, Dr. Matthew Cline. She is responsible for practice management, marketing, HR, finance and strategy, including launching new locations and ventures in the dental field. She has a BSBA from the University of Richmond and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia where she specialized in business strategy, valuation, finance, and marketing.

 

Prior to owning a practice, Haidee sourced, negotiated and managed licensing deals in the media industry as a Director of Digital Distribution at PBS. She has also held positions in finance, marketing, and M&A. Her background in business and experience in strategy, valuation and deal sourcing uniquely positions her to assist dentists in the sale of their practice. Haidee can be reached at 202-297-0646 and haidee@udba.biz.

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David Meislin
Director Upstate New York

Born, raised and educated in Upstate NY, David has been in sales for over 27 years. Early in David’s career he spent 10 years as a department manager within a family business. After that he held a position as national sales manager for a local manufacturing company for seven years. Most recently David, has been brokering businesses throughout the US and Canada for over 15 years. Whether you are looking to buy a profitable practice or sell your beloved hard-earned practice, David is eager to tend to all your needs with acute, one-on-one attention to detail. Please contact David at 315-292-6876 or david@udba.biz.

Douglas Walker
Director North & South Carolina

Doug was born in Canton, Ohio and relocated to South Carolina in 2013. He graduated from Miami University with his bachelors in Business Economics before attending Ohio State University for dental school. Prior to purchasing his practice, he held associate positions in two states and began advanced training from some of the most esteemed instructors and clinicians in the world. His passion for clinical excellence is only surpassed by his caring, compassionate approach to dentistry. Since 2015, he’s been helping his colleagues in practice transitions of their own by leveraging his experience in practice management, contract negotiations, and marketing. Doug is also able to provide his clients with additional support in commercial real estate development and location evaluations. As Director for North and South Carolina, he looks forward to providing personal guidance, whether you are selling your practice or beginning your journey into practice ownership. He can be reached at 330-323-1986.

Dr. Lydia Lancaster
Director – Tennessee

Dr. Lydia Lancaster is an orthodontist practicing in Nashville, Tennessee.  She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, for her undergraduate degree, and she completed her dental degree and specialty training at The Ohio State University.  During her residency, she served two years on the OSU Board of Trustees and has been involved in various leadership positions within organized dentistry.  Lydia is passionate about leadership and practice management, and she is looking forward to helping fellow doctors find their perfect practice or helping you find the right fit to buy your practice and honor its legacy.  With Lydia, you will receive excellent client service along with 17 years of UDBA’s experience,  ensuring a successful sale or purchase.  Please contact Lydia by email at lydia@udba.biz.

Dr. Richard (Rick) Gradisek, DMD
Business Development – PA

Dr. Richard (Rick) Gradisek received his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and has owned his own practice since 1983. He is licensed in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Rick is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Beaver Valley Dental Society and for over 20 years as a Board Member American Cancer Society-Beaver Unit. Rick is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. An Avid golfer, Rick has participated in the “Longest Day of Golf” for 28 years which raises money for the American Cancer Society.  Rick is available to help both buyers and sellers reach their next phase in life through his years of experience. Rick can be reached at 412-759-7666.

Dr. Nancy Duque
Director – Greater San Antonio, TX

Dr. Nancy Duque is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.  Dr. Duque has been practicing dentistry for 32 years.  She lives in San Antonio, Texas. 

 

Dr. Duque has purchased four dental practices and sold two of them during her career. She started practicing in Tucson, Arizona. She then went to Chicago, Illinois where, in addition to private practice, she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University dental schools. After she started her family, she moved to Indiana and practiced six years before relocating to Texas.

 

Of the four practices she purchased, she only used a broker one time; and that ended up being a less than optimal experience. However, it has given her the resolve to make the transition experience a more-than-optimal experience for both buyer and seller. Dr. Duque can be reached at 210-616-1995 and nancy@udba.biz.

Dr. Ravichandra (Ravi) Juluri
Business Development – Ohio

Dr. Ravichandra (Ravi) Juluri received his dental degree in India in 2000.  In 2008 he received a degree in Periodontology and Oral Implantology as well as an MS in Oral Biology from Temple University Kornberg School Of Dentistry.  Ravi was an Assistant Professor in Periodontology at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville for 4 years.  Ravi is a member of various professional organizations, has published various research papers and received a number of honors and awards. Ravi is licensed to practice dentistry in four states.  Ravi will be handling Business Development for UDBA in Ohio. Ravi can be reached at 646-238-6196 or ravi@udba.biz.

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Doug Gaskins
Professional Business Appraiser

Doug is a professional business appraiser with a broad experience base covering most industry segments. He is a member of all recognized professional organizations and currently serves as Chairman of the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee for The Institute of Business Appraisers. Doug has been admitted as an expert witness in various State Courts testifying about business valuation. He has authored articles that have been published in professional trade journals and in the Spring of 2012 Doug published his first book: “Business Appraisal for Attorneys – A Desk Reference”. In addition to his appraisal practice, his schedule is busy with speaking engagements to attorneys, business leaders, and universities.

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Fredrick R. Yost
Director West Virginia

Fred has over thirty years of business, accounting, auditing, and teaching experience. Fred has worked as a public accountant, financial analyst, tax preparer, and has University teaching experience as well. Fred is well versed in business valuations and has a great deal of experience in business planning and cash flow forecasting. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Robert Morris University, as well as an MBA from Frostburg State University. Fred’s role at UDBA includes managing our dental practice listings available in portions of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and the entire state of Maryland. Fred can be reached at fred@udba.biz.

Leigh A. Cirrincione
Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Office Administration

Leigh is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and brings over 20 years of Marketing, Advertising and Graphic and Web Design skills to UDBA.  Leigh has worked for and with small mom and pop’s to large billion dollar corporations as well as having run her own businesses over the years. Her diversified background will help UDBA continue to grow as regional/national player in the Dental Brokerage field.  Leigh can be reached at leigh@udba.biz.

Robert Septak, Jr.
Business Development

Bobby holds a Master in Business Administration from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Bobby currently manages GT Entrepreneurs, a lower middle market Private Equity firm,  as Vice President of Operations. He has an extensive background in tax, accounting, marketing, finance, and operations. Bobby has 10+ years of experience in business brokerage and mergers and acquisitions, across a wide variety of industries. Bobby can be reached at bobby@udba.biz.