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Regional Team

Simon W. Abrahms

Regional Partner, Midwest Region

Simon W. Abrahms joined PDS after serving more than 20 years in various leadership roles within the hospital industry. Prior to joining PDS, he led strategy and business development efforts for a large Midwest healthcare system after serving more than four years as Saint Louis University Hospital’s chief strategy officer. Simon has an extensive professional history in healthcare consulting, including merger planning, market strategy, financial operations, performance improvement and physician network development while working for Deloitte & Touche LLP, William M. Mercer, Inc. and Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting). Simon holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and a master’s degree in business administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Jeff Butler

Regional Partner, North/Central Texas Region

Jeff Butler joined Pacific Dental Services in 2009. Prior to joining PDS, Jeff had over 20 years of executive management experience in retail, food service and technology including being President of Einstein Bros Bagels and a General Manager for Microsoft. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business-Finance from the University of Arizona.

Mike Butler

Regional Partner, San Diego Region

Mike Butler joined Pacific Dental Services in 1997 and has served the organization in many capacities including Office Manager, Regional Manager and Regional Director prior to becoming Regional Partner of the San Diego Region. In his 19 years with PDS, Mike has provided infrastructure and motivation for carrying out growth strategies by developing budgets, campaigns, and partnerships. Mike is honored to have served his country as a United States Marine.

Bruce Call

Regional Partner, Oregon Region

Bruce Call joined PDS in 2016 and is directly responsible for the results of the Oregon region. Prior to joining PDS, Bruce held several senior operating leadership roles within the dental industry at companies such as GMS Dental Centers, West Coast Dental and InterDent. At InterDent, Bruce rose from a regional manager role ultimately to senior vice president of Operations. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Idaho State.

Dave Gaspar

Regional Partner, Washington Region

Dave Gaspar is directly responsible for the results of the Washington region. Joining PDS in May 2013, Dave held the position of regional manager in the Rocky Mountain region where was responsible for the overall financial and operational success for 11 PDS-supported owner dentists and practices. Prior to PDS, Dave worked at Banfield Pet Hospital as Field Director and held the position of Senior Sales Representative for FleetCor. Dave received his Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Linfield College.

Jamie Harris

Regional Partner, Central Florida Region

Jamie Harris joined Pacific Dental Services in 2015. Prior to joining PDS, Jamie spent more than 13 years in commercial property development and 18 years in the dental supply and equipment business helping local dentists serve more of their community through technological advancement, process simplification, time recapture through efficiency and staff training skill improvement. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Valdosta State University.

Michael Hurley

Regional Partner, Gulf Coast Region

Michael Hurley is directly responsible for the results in the Gulf Coast region. Michael joined Pacific Dental Services in July 2010 after a successful career as Vice President of Business Development for US Oncology. Michael oversaw business development activities for one of the largest community-based oncology networks in the United States. Michael received a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University and has worked with doctors his entire career with the goal of helping them to better serve their patients.

Jack Knudsen

Regional Partner, Tennessee Region

Jack Knudsen joined PDS in February 2010. Prior to his role as Regional Partner, he served the organization in several operational and leadership roles including Regional Manager and Regional Director in the California market. Before joining PDS, Jack held leadership positions at Johnson and Johnson Inc., and as an officer in the U.S. Army. Jack received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Portland.

Jacob Kramer

Regional Partner, South Florida Region

Jacob Kramer is directly responsible for the results of the South Florida region. At PDS since 2015, Jacob served the organization as Regional Manager in the Desert Mountain Region prior to becoming Regional Partner. Prior to joining PDS he worked in multiple leadership positions pursuing operational excellence and market expansion for retailers such as Verizon Wireless and Blockbuster Media.

Paula Larson

Regional Partner, Pacific South Coast Region

Paula Larson joined Pacific Dental Services in 2000. Paula is directly responsible for the results in the Pacific South Coast region which includes North Los Angeles, Orange County, the High Desert and part of the Inland Empire. Paula is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, and has 27 years of industry experience.

Kevin Lawton

Regional Partner, Desert Mountain Region

Kevin Lawton joined Pacific Dental Services in 2010 and he is directly responsible for the results in the Desert Mountain Region which is comprised of Arizona and Nevada. Prior to joining PDS, Kevin spent four years in a RVP position with Medical Management International. Kevin also has held previous management roles at The Hertz Corp. and Enterprise. Kevin graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Texas Southern University.

Jeff Longfield

Regional Partner, Massachusetts Region

Jeff is directly responsible for the business results for PDS in Massachusetts. Since starting with PDS in 2009 he has served as a Regional Manager, Regional Director, and national Director of Owner Dentist Development. In addition to his experience at PDS Jeff has also been in a leadership position at a large regional DSO. He attended Arizona State University.

Patrick Perodin

Regional Partner, Virginia Region

Patrick Perodin joined Pacific Dental Services in 2016 after working in the healthcare/dental industry for over fifteen years. He is directly responsible for the results of the Virginia region. Patrick served as a hospital administrator for a large healthcare organization in the DC Metro area, as well as in leadership for two major dental practice management companies, contributing to financial growth and responsible for budget management, policy implementation, and operations. He received his Bachelor’s in Biology from the State University of New York at Albany and his Master’s in Business Management and Policy with concentration in Health Care Management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Michele Perpich

Regional Partner, Minnesota Region

Michele Perpich joined PDS in August 2013 and is responsible for dental practice operations in the Minnesota market. Michele brings with her more than 25 years of experience within the dental industry. She has held various executive management, marketing and sales positions for Bayer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, 3M, Select Comfort and several start-up companies. At 3M, Michele served as the global marketing operations leader for the Dental Products Division where her responsibilities included: strategic planning, product portfolio management and development, customer-focused marketing, global market planning and implementation, as well as brand development and execution. Michele received her bachelor’s degree from Hood College, Frederick, MD.

Michael Roelandts

Regional Partner, South Carolina Region

Michael Roelandts is directly responsible for the results in the South Carolina region. He has been with Pacific Dental Services since 2007, serving as an Office Manager, Regional Manager, and Regional Director. Prior to his time at PDS, Michael developed a management style with proven success as an operations manager at a large catering company. He attended Arizona State University.

Maha Said-Shariff

Regional Partner, South Inland Empire Region

Maha Said-Shariff joined PDS in August 2011. She is directly responsible for the results of the South Inland Empire Region. As a Regional Manager of the Southwest Region, Maha developed a management style that empowers her fellow team members to enhance organizational performance and results. Before PDS, Maha served as CEO at Health Care Innovations, Inc., a management company for Vista Medical Group, and lead the organization to experience double-digit growth. In addition to receiving multiple Bachelor and advanced degrees from Loma Linda University, Maha maintains certifications in various study fields in the quest to provide her teams with unequivocal service and leadership.

Joe Saporito

Regional Partner, Rocky Mountain Region

Joe Saporito is directly responsible for the results of the Rocky Mountain region which is comprised of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Idaho. He has been with Pacific Dental Services since February 2008. Prior to joining Pacific Dental Services, Joe was a Senior Vice President and Division President for a major restaurant chain and was responsible for all facets of the business including Field Operations, Learning and Development, Risk Management, Design, Construction and Facilities. He has over 15 years of experience as an Executive and over 25 years of business experience.

Koert Takkunen

Regional Partner, Northern California Region

Koert joined Pacific Dental Services in March 2011, bringing over 18 years of experience in the dental industry. Prior to joining PDS, Koert spent nine years with Nobel Biocare managing the Dental Implant, Digital CAD/CAM and CT-based Guided Surgical market. He has demonstrated success driving sustainable and profitable growth at multiple levels within organizations. His passion for and focus on PRIVATE PRACTICE +® coupled with his operational and sales experience make for the perfect blend in leading the Northern California Region. Koert received his BS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of California, Irvine.

Chris Zacharewicz

Regional Partner, Georgia Region

Chris Zacharewicz joined PDS in 2013. He is directly responsible for the results in the Georgia region. Prior to joining PDS, Chris served as executive director of physician relations at WellStar Health System, a healthcare system organization headquartered in Georgia. In his role at WellStar, he provided leadership and strategic focus for the physician relations team, while developing and executing growth strategies. Prior to WellStar, Chris held leadership positions at HCA (Midwest Health System), Pfizer, Inc., and as an officer in the U.S. Army. Chris received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Montana.