Leadership Team

An Innovative Approach
Requires An Innovative Team

Virtual Dental Care is led by experienced dental industry veterans with decades of experience in the technology and practice management industries. We believe the promise of teledentistry lies in its ability to use mobile technology to cost-effectively deliver better health outcomes to previously underserved populations.

Richard Lee

Chief Executive Officer

About Richard

Richard is a serial entrepreneur with 29 years in of business experience in the dental technology arena and one of the dental industry’s most successful information technology entrepreneurs, having founded Computer Age Dentist, Dentalxchange, and Planet DDS.

Computer Age Dentist created one of the leading desktop practice management software applications in the 1990s. CAD was sold to a public traded healthcare IT company in the late 1990’s.

Dentalxchange was the leading dental portal and e-commerce shop during the dot-com boom. Dentalxchange successfully raised over $28MM in venture capital investment and grew to become the most successful internet company in the dental industry.

Dentalxchange purchased DentalConnect, the dental industry’s leading real-time EDI clearinghouse. DentalConnect pioneered the technology to create the first cloud based, dental claims processing engine. As a result, Richard gained hands-on experience in data transfer between payers and providers. He also oversaw an organization that grew from startup to over 200 employees in 3 years.

Building on the Dentalxchange experience, Richard founded Planet DDS, Inc., which became the leader in cloud-based dental practice management software. He recognized the inevitable future of small business software needs, and more importantly, he saw the future need for connectivity and inter-operability among all the constituents of dental healthcare, including the delivery system and the financing system.

Richard’s experience as a leader in multiple successful startups, his general knowledge of technology, but more importantly, his vast knowledge of dental technologies is invaluable. The success of Virtual Dental Care will come from its ability to bring the immense advantages of current technology to a sector that is woefully behind and inefficient because of it. In three ventures, Richard has shown the ability to transition this aspect of the industry.

Richard is currently on the Board of Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County which has incorporated the use of teledentistry into its Medicaid delivery system.

William Jackson

Chief Operating Officer

About William

Bill practiced clinical dentistry for 10 years, while creating a small Knox-Keene licensed managed dental plan in Los Angeles. After roles of Western Regional Dental Director and Western Regional Administrative Director with Prudential Healthcare, he became President of the Dental Division. Later, he moved to Wellpoint Healthcare in the same role as General Manager of the dental division.

In both roles, Bill had P&L responsibility for divisions that accounted for almost $800M at Prudential and $600M at Wellpoint. He was responsible for leading the creation of each company’s national PPO networks. Importantly, he was responsible for starting California Dental Alliance, a Wellpoint subsidiary that was one of the industry’s first DSOs.

Bill then founded Dental Connect, the industry’s first real-time dental clearinghouse. The company grew to the largest of its kind in the industry, transacting millions of transactions monthly between dentists and dental benefits administrators. The experience gained from navigating the regulatory environment, working through the unique technical and administrative challenges of the administrators (payers), and understanding the submission challenges of the providers will help the Virtual Dental Care team immensely.

At Planet DDS, Richard and Bill became very familiar with the inner workings and technological and data analysis needs of several DSOs. Working closely with line staff, middle management and C-level managers, they learned the common patterns of daily work flow that evolved into best practices for DSOs, as well as those that created inevitable problems.

Additionally, and very important to Virtual Dental Care’s model, Bill was responsible for developing a division within Planet DDS that utilized a remote workforce to perform revenue cycle management services for Planet DDS customers. Workers throughout the US, Philippines, and Haiti processed millions of dollars of insurance transactions from their homes. In short, Bill and Richard have the knowledge and experience – including developing unique technology – to develop and manage a remote workforce.

Bill is on the teledentistry advisory team at Healthy Smiles for Kids, Orange County.

Chanette Armstrong

Chanette Armstrong

Chief Legal Counsel

About Chanette

Chanette has comprehensive and extensive experience advising and supporting business in broad range of legal matters with expertise in commercial agreements.

In her last role, she held the position of Global Head of Technology & Intellectual Property Counsel at The Sage Group PLC, the largest technology company in the UK. Chanette has also held positions at MSC Software Corp as a Senior Counsel, at Knobbe Martens Olsen & Bear LLP, and at The Boeing Company.

Chanette holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Carnegie-Mellon University, earned her J.D. from Rutgers Law School, and also holds a MBA from Long Island University. She also has a legal background tied to the dental industry, having previously advised Dentalxchange, Inc.

Denny Kon

Denny Kon

Chief Financial Officer

About Denny

Mr. Kon currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer and has over 25 years of finance and operations experience focused in the healthcare industry.

Prior to joining Virtual Dental Care, he served as a CFO and advisor for multi-site, closed-door pharmacies that primarily focused on both specialty and the Long Term Care prescriptions. He also served as a CFO to a DSO and other dentists with dental practices that take care of both orthodontic and pediatric patients.

Mr. Kon’s experience as a collaborative leader with a strong understanding of technology, finance and business acumen have positively impacted the bottom-line of many organizations.

He began his career in public accounting with Ernst & Young, earned his MBA at the University of Redlands with emphasis in Finance, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual Bachelors degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Loma Linda University.

Dean Gutierrez

Dean Gutierrez

Director of Technology

About Dean

Dean is an experienced technical director, with a hands-on software engineering background in multiple team settings.

Dean’s experience includes both front-end and back-end development work on leading SaaS solutions, with a code base that includes mobile application development, ASP.Net, SQL Server, and many other related technologies.

Working as part of agile teams, Dean has experience with code management toolsets, and also brings significant experience configuring and managing datacenters and related hardware.

Dean’s prior experience includes working on building the PlanetDDS SaaS ERP solution, used by dental practices nationwide. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Manitoba, Canada, and is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Paul Glassman
DDS, MA, MBA

Dr. Glassman is a Professor of Dental Practice, Director of Community Oral Health, and Director of the Pacific Center for Special Care, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.

Since receiving an initial grant from the California Health Workforce Pilot Projects (HWPP), offered by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) in December 2010, Paul has continuously headed the Virtual Home Dentistry project at the School. He has driven all aspects of the project, including initial planning, rollout, evaluation, dental association relationships, and garnering regulatory approval.

Subsequently, the Virtual Home Dentistry program has partnered with numerous funding organizations to implement this demonstration project to bring oral health services to underserved populations. Ten demonstrations sites have been developed, and they range from children in Head Start Centers and elementary schools to older or disabled adults in residential care settings and older adults in nursing homes.

Without question, Paul is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced experts in the industry on teledentistry.

Linda Brookman

Linda Brookman
BSDH, MSHSEd, RDHAP

Linda Brookman has been a practicing dental hygienist for over 35 years in prosthodontics general dentistry, pediatrics and currently a periodontal practice. She has worked with under-served populations in a mobile dentistry setting as well as with the geriatric population in nursing homes.

Ms. Brookman is passionate about Teledentistry as a solution to reach patients who have poor access to dental care. She has lectured on Teledentistry in California, internationally, and has written on the topic in a peer-reviewed dental hygiene journal.

Ms. Brookman received her Registered Dental Hygiene in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) in 2016 from University of the Pacific. She has subsequently created a program at Vista Del Mar Family Services in Los Angeles by utilizing RDHAPs for the children’s dental health and oral disease prevention.

Using Virtual Dental Care to connect the RDHAPs with outside dentists solved the problem of having to take the children off campus multiple times for oral health assessment, preventive treatment, and then any restorative issues that occurred. She is a leader in the profession of dental hygiene.

Peter Hargittay

Peter Hargittay
MBA

Peter is a marketing and business development executive who is passionate about building high growth tech companies, both as an in-house CMO and advisor to startups.

He is responsible for positioning companies for growth in new and existing markets, generating product demand, brand strategy, integrated and digital marketing, product marketing, communications, and generating game-changing revenue through strategic alliances and partnerships. Mr. Hargittay is an expert in the field of virtual services and innovative mobile field technologies that enable the on-demand economy.

Peter has approximately 20 years of experience in building successful software and services businesses, and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Corporate Development at Intellect, a SaaS software company that helps organizations improve their business processes and compliance requirements.  Prior to Intellect, Peter was the VP of Marketing and Sales Operations at Arise Virtual Solutions, a leader in on-demand customer management solutions with a network of tens of thousands of virtual work-at-home service professionals.  Previously, he held executive marketing roles at Aegis, PeopleSupport, Intersil, and FileNet.

Peter received both his BA in Economics and MBA from California State University, Fullerton.

Xerxes Calilung
DDS, Clinical Director

A graduate of USC School of Dentistry, Dr. Calilung is the owner of his private practice, Dental Arts of Irvine, California, where he has practiced since 1990.

Xerxes is a member of the Orange County Dental Society, where he served as President in 2013. Subsequently, he maintains a high level of involvement with California Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

Since 1993, Xerxes has served as adjunct faculty at USC Dental School, where he teaches clinical dentistry.

Xerxes’ positions as a respected member of organized dentistry and a well-liked teacher at the dental school has created a large and easily accessible network of dentists. This network will serve Virtual Dental Care very well as rapid expansion will require ever-increasing professional manpower needs.

Dr. Calilung is a Board member of Healthy Smiles for Kids, Orange County.

Harvey Lee
DDS, MPH, MBA, Clinical Director

Dr. Lee is the Co-Founder and currently holds the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Dental Officer at Smile Wide Dental, a DSO that is non-competitive with Virtual Dental Care.

Harvey obtained a Masters of Public Health with the emphasis in health administration at Loma Linda University, prior to earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Harvey also holds an MBA from the Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University.

In order to focus on the treatment of children he went on to complete a pediatric dental residency program at the Cornell University-affiliated St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, New York.

After residency, in conjunction with private practice he also held a faculty appointment at Columbia University and served as the Chief/Program Director of Pediatric Dentistry at Harlem Hospital, New York.  During his employment at Harlem Hospital Center, he served on the medical executive board as the Treasurer.

Harvey is active with organized dentistry by which he currently serves as President Elect on the Board of Directors at the Orange County Dental Society. He also serves on the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry’s – Pediatric Oral Health Access Committee, and is currently a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Harvey’s connections in the dental industry, and more importantly, his experience as the Dental Director of a successful DSO is invaluable.

Harvey is also on the Board of Directors at Healthy Smiles for Kids, Orange County.

Maria Padilla

Maria Padilla
RDHAP, RDA

Maria has over 20 years experience in the dental field. She earned her Associates Degree in Science of Dental Hygiene from West Los Angeles College in Culver City, and continued to further her education in dentistry by receiving her license as an RDHAP.

Maria has established her own Mobile Dental Hygiene business which provides mobile dental hygiene services to her community, children in schools, and the immobilized.

She currently runs the Dental Hygiene department at the AIDS Health Care Foundation in downtown Los Angeles, which exclusively treats patients diagnosed with AIDS and HIV. In addition, Maria has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations and outreach programs.

Laura Kirkland

Laura Kirkland
BSDH, RDHAP

Laura Kirkland is owner of Home Smile Care, a Los Angeles based mobile dental hygiene service that specializes in the care of mature patients in private home settings, assisted living, and retirement communities.

Graduate and past part-time Clinical Instructor of Diagnostic Sciences at USC School of Dentistry/ Dental Hygiene Division. Ms. Kirkland has been in private practice in Pacific Palisades and West Los Angeles for over 10 years.

We believe better access to dental care can lead to better health.