Pacific Dental Services Founder and CEO Stephen E. Thorne IV Receives Dental Luminary Award

University of Sharjah Dental Student Association (USDSA) recognizes PDS leader for revolutionizing the dental industry

IRVINE, CALIF., April 1, 2021 – Pacific Dental Services® (PDS) CEO and Founder, Stephen E. Thorne IV was honored with the Dental Luminary Award from the University of Sharjah Dental Student Association (USDSA) at the virtual 9th International Students’ Dental Conference (ISDC) on Sunday, March 14. The ISDC has become one of the most well-known international student meetings, with over 900 attendees. The theme for this year’s conference was “Digital Dentistry, Done Differently.” The annual conference is open to dental students and young dentists from around the globe and unites multidisciplinary elite dentists, specialists and researchers under one roof, giving students and young dentists exposure to different schools of thought and advanced procedures.

Pacific Dental Services, founded in 1994 by Mr. Thorne, is a leading dental support organization with over 800 supported dental offices across the United States. Through its 26-year history, the company has led the industry with modern dentistry and advanced technology, invested in the career development of dental students, educated the public on the critical link between oral and overall health, and pioneered dental-medical integration by implementing an electronic health records system that can be effectively shared by the entire healthcare community. The Dental Luminary Award presented by USDSA to Mr. Thorne recognized his contributions to the dental industry and for revolutionizing dental education worldwide. 

“I’m thrilled and honored to receive the Dental Luminary Award from USDSA,” said. Thorne. “Speaking directly to dental students at the ISDC furthers PDS’ commitment to supporting dental students throughout their educational journey and into their dental careers. As developments in technology continue to elevate the profession and enhance oral and overall health, I believe dental students will play a pivotal role in continuing to revolutionize the dental industry.”

In addition to receiving this prestigious award, Mr. Thorne served as a keynote speaker at the conference. In the panel, “Leading a Successful and Sustainable Clinical Practice: How to Stand Out,” Mr. Thorne shared insights on what makes a successful dental practice, methods for creating the Perfect Patient Experience®, and how to establish Patients For Life.  

Since its founding, PDS has been focused on its commitment to clinical excellence and has made significant investments to enhance the tools and resources for its supported clinicians. A key dental differentiator for PDS-supported dentists is their patient-centric approach in providing comprehensive oral health care to adult and pediatric patients. PDS-supported dental practices offer patients modern dentistry with proven technology through the use of CEREC® CAD/CAM same-day restorations, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), digital x-rays, soft tissue diode lasers, salivary diagnostics, and the VELscope® oral screening system to help detect oral cancers, among other technologies at the forefront of oral and whole-body health care. In addition, patients are offered integrated specialties, oftentimes conveniently located under one roof, including endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, dental hygiene, and pediatric dentistry.


About the University of Sharjah Dental Student Association

Our University of Sharjah’s Dental Student Association (USDSA) is a non-profit, scientific, organization, which represents the dental students in the University of Sharjah. Our Association is currently made up of over 100 members, serving over 400 students and staff in our dental college.


About Pacific Dental Services®
Founded in 1994, Pacific Dental Services (PDS) is one of the country’s leading dental support organizations, providing supported autonomy that enables dentists to concentrate on clinical excellence and the highest levels of cost-effective comprehensive patient care. PDS originated the Private Practice+® model to enable dentists to focus on their passion: serving patients. PDS also pioneered the concept of Modern Dentistry so that dentists are equipped to combine advances in the latest technology with the best operational practices and procedures, highly skilled support staff and a commitment to ongoing training and education. PDS continues to grow, with more than 800 supported dental offices across the United States. PDS has been on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America 14 times. PDS supported dentists aim to be the provider of choice in all the markets they serve and to develop Patients for Life

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