About Dr. Ro

Dr. Roshan Parikh, DDS MBA

MEET DR. RO

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Dr. Ro is a proud graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) – College of Dentistry.  In addition to his DDS degree, he also obtained a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Loyola University with dual emphases in finance and marketing.  He later capitalized on the opportunity to utilize all three when he purchased his first practice in the south suburbs of Chicago in 2008, where (despite a historically difficult period in the country’s economy) he led the practice on an exponential growth path from three employees operating in 650 square feet of space into a 25+ network of multi-specialty dental group practices with almost 100 dentists and dental specialists. In 2019, Dr. Ro founded the dental consulting firm DSO Strategy, LLC, which was created to help entrepreneurial dentists strategize a growth plan for their dental group practices that would transform each not only into a thriving DSO, but also an investable platform for institutional capital.  He also served as a key advisor to multiple private-equity funds as well as banks.

            Good medicine is good business, and by doing things the right way (by always putting the patient first), success will follow. In my dental practices, I work to maintain relationships as a reputable clinician and do right by the patients and people I work with each day. My passion for dentistry runs deep, which is why mediocrity is never an option. 

- Dr. Ro

Dr. Ro is perhaps most known for his last role as Head of Dentistry for Walmart.  Walmart Health is a set of revolutionary multi-modality healthcare centers that include primary medicine and dentistry.  Dr. Ro's strategy and multiunit healthcare services experience have been paramount to Walmart in helping align and re-align the strategy and expansion of Walmart Health, now in 4 states. After the successful completion of building a scalable model and plan for Walmart Health, Dr. Ro recently stepped away to pursue other ventures, including consulting and advisory work for the healthcare industry at large.

 

Dr. Ro resides with his family in Atlanta, GA, although he still considers himself a Chicagoan, which will always remain his heart and hometown.

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“PEOPLE DON'T CARE HOW MUCH YOU KNOW, UNTIL THEY KNOW HOW MUCH YOU CARE"

 

- Theodore Roosevelt

  • Opened 12 Walmart Health locations in 3 states – multi-modality primary healthcare sites with medicine, dentistry, optometry, audiology

 2020

 2019

  • Started advisory/consultancy – DSO Strategy, LLC

  • Advising PE funds on DSO/dental transactions

  • Advised banks on risk for mezzanine debt lending

  • Worked with entrepreneurial dentists to help scale from 2 to 10+ locations “safely”

  • Joined Walmart US as Head of Dentistry 

  • 30 dental offices in the CSG network

  • Topline revenue of $50M

  • 75+ dentists and dental specialists across the network

  • Best-in-class clinical CE program

 2018

 2017

  • 15 dental offices in the Chicagoland Smile Group network

  • 7 dental offices in the CSG network

  • UIC – Dental alumni board member

  • Christopher House board member

  • Leukemia Lymphoma Society supporter

 2016

 2015

  • Recapitalized with Chicago-based Private Equity fund

  • Put policies/procedures in place to be able to grow the business “safely”

  • Started 12 DDS of the Holidays 

  • Acquired 3 more dental offices 

  • Practicing dentistry at 4 offices and running all of the business side

  • Slowly realizing that a human being (aka myself) is not scalable

2013 Group CSG
2014 OPDG

 2013-14

 2009

  • Started to add associate dentist and dental specialists to office

  • Saw patient satisfaction and retention rise tremendously 

  • Patient’s care follow-through grew 

  • Graduated UIC-Dental

  • Acquired first dental offices (Olympia Fields)

  • “On The Job” training commences

  • Learning from the “school of hard knocks”

2008

 2008

 2004

  • Graduated from Loyola’s MBA program with dual emphases in Marketing and Finance

  • Started at UIC – College of Dentistry

  • Most memorable class: gross anatomy 

  • Least memorable class: orthodontics 

  • Graduated undergrad at Loyola, degrees in Biology and Chemistry

  • Concurrently enrolled in MBA program

 2003

THE JOURNEY MEANS MORE THAN THE DESTINATION