Dr. Jan Labeda has acquired and merged the practice of Dr. Thomas Lustenberger in Batavia, OH.

Dr. Lustenberger graduated from the Ohio State University School of Dentistry in 1979. In 1981, he established his solo dental practice in Batavia, Ohio. Around 2014, he decided it was time to start thinking about a transition. He talked to several brokers over the next four years and finally settled on working with BridgeWay when he met with Farrah and Tiffany in January 2018.

It was important to Dr. Lustenberger to transition his patients to the right dentist. With father-son team, Drs. Jan and Bart Labeda, just down the road, he immediately thought they would be a great fit. They had a reputation for treating their patients well and doing the right thing. They enthusiastically embraced the idea of merging Dr. Lustenberger’s patients into their practice and taking over their treatment. Now they are busier than ever and Dr. Lustenberger has moved on to a more relaxed way of life. Congrats to all parties involved!

Dr. Eyad Aldara has acquired the practice of Dr. Anthony Schiavone in Warren, OH

Dr. Anthony Schiavone established his practice in Warren, Ohio in 1978. He moved it to its current location in 2011. By 2018, he was ready to start looking for a buyer for his practice. He originally listed his practice with a business broker. When, after six months, not one person had looked at the practice and the broker had never reached out to give any kind of update, Dr. Schiavone decided to try something different. He reached out to BridgeWay and met with Farrah. He wanted to retire by the end of March 2019, so when he listed his practice with us in September 2018, we didn’t have much time.

Dr. Eyad Aldara already owned a practice in the area and was ready to buy his second. Farrah had met with him previously and knew immediately that he would be a great candidate for Dr. Schiavone’s practice. When Dr. Schiavone met him, he immediately liked him and thought Dr. Aldara would treat his patients with kindness. Dr. Aldara also places implants, which Dr. Schiavone thought would be a great addition to the practice. Dr. Aldara purchased the practice right away and is keeping Dr. Schiavone on for a few months.

Dr. Schiavone is planning on working at the practice through March so that he can hit his retirement goals. However, once he does retire, he has plenty he wants to do such as golfing with his buddies and traveling with his wife to see their kids more. We wish them both the best of luck!

My experience with Farrah Zemke & Bridgeway was great. I was able to sell my practice in the manner that I wanted and in the time span that I needed. Farrah was very informed and kept on top of things. She always kept me up to date with what was going on by texting, e-mailing or phone calls, whatever was needed. Due to her effort, I will be able to retire in 3 months in the way I wanted to leave my practice. I can’t thank her enough for her efforts; she is truly a first class individual.

~ Dr. Anthony Schiavone

 

I have known Farrah for over a year. We have met several times during which Farrah has shown great knowledge and professionalism. I can describe Farrah as honest, knowledgeable, and strong work ethic. I highly recommend her to my peers in the dental field.

~ Dr. Eyad Aldara

Riverwood Dental has acquired the Cumberland practice of Dr. Michael Mansouri in Atlanta, GA

Wanting to focus more on his main practice and family, Dr. Mansouri decided to sell his satellite office in Vinings. He originally listed the practice with a different broker, but after 6 months with no activity, he decided to look for another option.

Within a few weeks of listing his practice with BridgeWay, we had his practice under contract with the perfect buyer.

Both parties worked very well together and we had the entire transition completed in only 3 months! We hope Dr. Mansouri gets to spend a little more time at home now that he doesn’t have an extra practice to manage!

 

Dr. Aaron Larsen has acquired the practice of Dr. John Hinds in Roswell, GA

When Dr. Hinds was ready to retire from dentistry, he first tried selling his practice through another company. After getting nowhere for over a year, he decided to give BridgeWay a try. Dr. Hinds graduated from dental school in 1983 and had been practicing at his current location in Roswell since 1996. Dr. Hinds maintained other business ventures during his time practicing dentistry and was ready to travel more and focus on his other businesses.

Dr. Larsen has owned multiple practices during his career. He came to us because he was ready to buy an additional location for him to personally work in himself. He lives in the Roswell area and jumped at the opportunity to buy Dr. Hinds’ practice. Just a short time after meeting Dr. Hinds, he successfully closed on the purchase of the practice.

Both dentists are excited about the next chapter. We enjoyed working with them both and wish them luck in the future!

Thank you for such easy, quick and efficient means of transitioning my practice to a new owner. It was simple and straightforward without the drama other brokers had demanded. Thank you for a job well done!​ – John Hinds, DDS

Dr. Michael A. Thomas, Jr. has acquired the East Cobb practice of Dr. Vikram Bhatia and Dr. Jeffrey Chen in Marietta, Georgia.

Dr. Thomas grew up in Thomson, Georgia. He attended dental school at Augusta University Dental Collage of Georgia and graduated in 2013. Following dental school, he went on to complete a General Practice Residency in New York. After working in corporate dentistry for a few years, he called BridgeWay to help him find a practice of his own. Four months later, he was the proud new owner Marietta Smile Gallery in East Cobb, his ideal location. During this time, his first child, Max, was born. What an exciting time in Dr. Thomas’ life! We wish him the best of luck in his new roles as father and practice owner!

Overall, I felt that my experience was very good. I always felt that Celeste Kohl had my best interest in mind while being fair and reasonable. I think she did an awesome job with the completion of the transition. I appreciate her hard work and dedication. Thank you so much!!!

Dr. Michael Thomas

Dr. Eric Jones has acquired the practice of Dr. A. Barry Hatcher in Dacula, GA

Dr. Alan Barry Hatcher graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1983. He and his wife, Deborah, established their practice that same year and worked together for the next 35 years. Dr. Hatcher kept an all fee-for-service practice throughout that time period and was ready to retire before having to deal with signing up with the insurance companies. He had several other businesses that he ran and was ready for him and his wife to retire from practice ownership.

Dr. Eric Jones graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina and started his first practice in Flowery Branch in 2011. His practice took off and by the third year he needed to hire an associate to help with all of the work. Realizing that he loved the business side of dentistry, he decided he wanted to purchase a satellite office. He saw much potential in Dr. Hatcher’s practice and certainly has a vision for it in the future.

We wish both doctors the best of luck in the future! Congrats to both!

Dr. Jason Kirkpatrick has acquired the practice of Dr. Claire Worthy in Hiawassee, GA

Dr. Claire Worthy built her dream practice five short years ago in the same building her father had started his practice in 33 years earlier. Dr. Worthy grew up in Hiawassee and was fortunate enough to not only follow in her father’s footsteps but have him working by her side as she started up her own practice. Soon after, Dr. Worthy’s husband, a physician, took a position in a practice in North Carolina. She commuted back and forth for a while but when she became pregnant, made the tough decision to sell her practice and be with her husband full time in North Carolina.

Dr. Jason Kirkpatrick grew up in Knoxville, about an hour from Hiawassee. He purchased a practice there a few years ago and was ready for his next challenge. When he heard about Dr. Worthy’s practice, he jumped at the opportunity to own it. He also called it his dream practice. Since he already owned a practice in Knoxville, it worked out perfectly that Dr. Worthy’s father wanted to continue to work for the foreseeable future. It was a wonderful match for all parties involved.

We were able to close on the sale of the practice just shy of two months before Dr. Worthy’s due date. The timing couldn’t have been better. We wish all parties the best of luck in the future. It certainly was a pleasure working with such lovely people, selling a dream practice, in such a beautiful community.

Thank you for your understanding, guidance and support through the difficult process of letting go of my practice. Your kindness was appreciated.

~ Dr. Claire Worthy

Dr. Meigan Miller has acquired the practice of Dr. Bob Betzel in Eatonton, GA.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Meigan Miller has purchased the practice of Dr. Bob Betzel in Eatonton, Georgia. Dr. Miller, a 2011 Medical College of Georgia graduate, had been working as an associate in Gray, Georgia for seven years before deciding to take the leap into ownership. Dr. Bob Betzel went to Emory for dental school and graduated in 1976. He established his practice in Eatonton, Georgia in 1978. We with both parties the best for the future!

Dr. Tommy Nguyen has acquired the practice of Dr. Leonard Routenberg in Dunwoody, GA

Dr. Len Routenberg called BridgeWay after trying to sell his practice on his own for one year. He had been practicing in the same location in Dunwoody for more than 40 years and it was important to him that the practice continue on with a new dentist who would treat his patients like they were used to being treated. This was especially important to Dr. Routenberg as he had met his wife at the practice over 40 years ago!

When we first met Dr. Tommy Nguyen, he had already owned a sold a few practices and was looking for his next project. When he met with Dr. Routenberg, they had an immediate connection. Both doctors respected the other’s approach to patient care and both felt sure that a transition between them would be smooth. Dr. Nguyen closed on the purchase of the practice in a couple months and has already made many improvements to it. He has a vision for the future of the practice and Dr. Routenberg is excited to see so much enthusiasm going into the practice again.

After trying to market my solo dental practice myself for a year, with no success, I decided to use BridgeWay Practice Transitions. Celeste and Tiffany were very knowledgeable and helpful, guiding me through the process. Within two weeks they had a potential buyer. The entire process was completed and my practice turned over to the buyer within four months of signing our contract. I would highly recommend BridgeWay Practice Transitions.

~ Dr. Len Routenberg

Dr. Scott Scharnhorst has acquired the practice of Dr. James Hudson in Rome, GA

After multiple surgeries on different joints, Dr. Hudson decided his body needed a break. An avid runner, he had just gone through hip surgery when he contacted BridgeWay Practice Transitions. Although no where near the age most are able to retire, Dr. Hudson had set himself up to be able to pass the torch early. His practice was in Rome, a beautiful community in Northwest Georgia. His practice was thriving and he was currently still Fee-For-Service. He was still wanting to work on a very limited basis after the sale and then fill in for other dentists in the area for as long as he still enjoyed it.

Dr. Scharnhorst was living in Virginia at the time he reached out to us. He had family in Chattanooga and wanted to move closer to them. He flew down to Georgia to check out Rome and Dr. Hudson’s practice. Both he and his wife thought it would be a great fit for them and their family. A few months later, they were signing contracts on the sale of the practice and both doctor’s were entering a new phase of their life.

Congratulations to both on a successful transition!

I first came across BridgeWay Practice Transitions and immediately was surprised by the quality of the practices in their listings. Many of them were fee for service practices with healthy profit margins. Their referrals for other professionals to involve in the transaction were fabulous, and overall the entire team communicated and worked together well. I am now on the other side of the deal, and although being a new practice owner has its own stresses, I feel blessed to have found the arrangement I did.

~ Dr. Scott Scharnhorst