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Rick Workman, DMD

Founder & Executive Chairman

Dr. Rick Workman
Founder & Executive Chairman

Since graduating from the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 1980 and starting his own office, Dr. Workman set out to create a world-class dental support organization that would relieve the management burden for supported dentists by offering an array of non-clinical administrative support such as human resources, accounting, supply and equipment procurement, marketing and customer support.

Dr. Workman's dedication to ease the management burden for dentists has continued to multiply over the years. Today, Heartland Dental is the largest dental support organization in the US, supporting offices, dentists and team members nationwide. Thousands of dentists and team members across the country have taken advantage of the non-clinical support, leading continuing education and priceless mentoring opportunities offered by Heartland Dental to help enhance their skills. In addition to being the founder of Heartland Dental, he is also the past president of the Association of Dental Support Organizations.

A feature topic in many dental and business magazines, Dr. Workman has received many awards and honors. Most notable is his receipt of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Masters Category. Additionally, Dr. Workman has received the BESI Award (Business Ethics & Social Involvement Award) from the East Central Illinois Development Corporation. Heartland Dental has also been recognized in Inc. Magazine's Top 500 fastest growing companies and ranked third on Inc. Magazine's 2013 Hire Power list, which recognizes the top 100 job creators in the country. In addition, many supported doctors and dental offices have been featured in Dental Economics.

Dr. Workman is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Dental Group Practices, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, Young President's Organization and 49'ers, World President's Organization, Clay City Excellence in Education Foundation and Effingham County Community Foundation. He resides in Windermere, Florida, with his wife, Angie, and their four children: Jordan, Jared, Meredith and Madison.

Follow Dr. Workman's blog to learn more about his dental journey and his view on the industry: www.dentistryleaders.com.

  • Dr. Rick Workman

    Rick Workman, DMD

    Founder & Executive Chairman

  • Pat Bauer

    Pat Bauer

    President & Chief Executive Officer

  • Travis Franklin

    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

  • Todd Petersen

    Chief Human Resources Officer

  • DeAnn McClain

    DeAnn McClain

    Executive Vice President of Operations

  • Samson Liu

    Executive Vice President of Clinical Affairs

  • Craig Kabbes

    Executive Vice President of Technology Support Services

  • Mark Greenstein

    Mark Greenstein

    Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

  • John Pantazis

    Vice President & General Counsel