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Dr. Chris Steven Villanueva, CEO, and founder of leading Dental Partnership Organization (DPO) MB2 Dental, has been named on the annual list of “Most Influential People in Dentistry”.

From the article’s feature: “Dr. Villanueva calls MB2 “the original Dental Partnership Organization,” or DPO, a term he and his colleagues coined some years back. In the mid-2000s, he realized that he desired the benefits of a large group facility with the control and intimacy of a solo practice, something that didn’t really exist at the time. So he created it, founding MB2 in 2007.

The DPO, which MB2 officially describes as “a well-organized cooperative that consists of dentists and shareholders who make a financial investment in each partner’s dental practices,” grew right out of the gate and recently celebrated the integration of its 400th practice in the United States; MB2 facilities can be found in 36 states and partner with more than 700 doctors nationwide.

Its partner-affiliation process is unique, beginning with a “Discovery Day” in which potential partners are invited (with their spouse or partner) to the MB2 home office in Dallas to meet the leadership team and mutually assess the presumed fit. MB2’s “Integration Team” then takes over and begins onboarding the new partner practice. From start to finish, it takes about 60 to 90 days to complete. “Our doctor partners retain equity and continue to operate as owner,” Dr. Villanueva says. “They keep their practice brand. From here, it’s at the doctor partner’s discretion [as to] which services they want to utilize, and to what extent.”

A second recapitalization last year, he says, was a sound move. ‘Nearly 50 percent of the company was repurchased by our doctor partners during the transaction. Giving them this financial opportunity twice now is something really no other group has done.’”
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