Portfolio Company Executives

Dr. Scott B. Kalniz

Elite Dental Partners LLC – Founder & Board Member

Dr. Kalniz has almost 20 years of dental industry experience. He started his career with a single location practice and purchased a number of other dental practices and eventually sold his large dental group to a dental service organization. He joined the dental service organization as director of development sourcing a number of dental practice affiliations helping build the dental service organization to over 50 locations. Dr. Kalniz holds a DDS and a BS in Business Administration, Economics from The Ohio State University.

Gaurav Bhattacharyya

Elite Dental Partners LLC – Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bhattacharyya has over 15 years of experience in advisory and general management roles. He recently was the Division Vice President at DaVita, where he managed a $350 million dialysis business across over 100 locations and also helped turn around a subsidiary outpatient ambulatory surgery business. Prior to that, he was a Principal at Bain & Company where he led projects for senior clients on strategy, M&A, performance improvement and commercial operations in healthcare and other industries. Mr. Bhattacharyya holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in Economics from Duke University.

Mike S. McDermott

Elite Dental Partners LLC – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. McDermott has 15 years of accounting and finance experience. His prior experience includes Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at a number of mid-sized companies in the Midwest. Mr. McDermott also spent 7 years in public accounting at Grant Thornton leading audits for companies with yearly revenues ranging from $20 million to $1 billion. Mr. McDermott is a CPA and graduated from University of Illinois.

Brad D. Starkweather

Elite Dental Partners LLC – Chief Development Officer

Mr. Starkweather has over 15 years of experience investing in middle market companies and partnering with small business owners. He has worked at four different private equity investment firms where he purchased, grew, and sold a variety of different businesses. Prior to that he worked at a global investment bank where he advised clients on a wide array of M&A transactions. Mr. Starkweather holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Economics and Engineering Science from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Amy S. Ross

Dermatology Medical Partners LLC – Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Ross is a Board Certified Dermatologist and a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon with over a decade of experience as a clinician and healthcare executive. Upon completion of her fellowship, Dr. Ross founded PHDermatology as a solo practitioner and successfully expanded her practice to multiple locations and providers. Dr. Ross is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery. Dr. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Master of Science in Pharmaceutics from the University of Florida, medical degree from Drexel University where she graduated with honors and inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, completed her dermatology residency at Drexel, and completed her dermatologic surgery fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Nancy M. Schiaparelli

Dermatology Medical Partners LLC – Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Schiaparelli brings over 15 years of experience serving as CFO at various business in the healthcare services and consumer products industries. Prior to joining Dermatology Medical Partners, she served as CFO at several private equity based, high-growth dental support organizations ranging from 50 to 300 practice locations. Prior to moving into healthcare services, Nancy held financial leadership roles at several large international businesses, including Unilever and Conagra, and she started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She passed the Certified Public Accountant exam and earned her BA from Upsala College.

Stephen M. Pohlmeyer

Dermatology Medical Partners LLC – Chief Development Officer

Mr. Pohlmeyer has over 10 years of dermatology, operational, investing, and finance experience, including experience at a leading dermatology service organization. Prior to joining Dermatology Medical Partners, he held management positions with DermOne. During his tenure at DermOne, Mr. Pohlmeyer led the acquisition of more than 40 dermatology offices in 5 states and managed operations in multiple geographies. Mr. Pohlmeyer previously worked as a private equity investor at Westwind Investors, Crane Street Capital and Warburg Pincus. His experience ranges from small family office investing to large billion dollar buyouts. Mr. Pohlmeyer also previously worked in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College.

Dr. George E. Robinson

Heartland Veterinary Partners LLC – Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Robinson has over 30 years of veterinary industry experience holding numerous clinical, operational, and senior management roles throughout his career. Prior to joining Heartland Veterinary Partners, Dr. Robinson held a senior management and operations position with National Veterinary Associates, a group veterinary hospital and support organization with over 300 hospital locations and 900 veterinarians throughout the U.S. Prior to National Veterinary Associates, Dr. Robinson held several management roles with Banfield Pet Hospital, including as a Regional Medical Director for Banfield responsible for multi-hospital leadership and operations for a region with over 180 veterinary hospitals. Prior to these management roles, Dr. Robinson also owned, operated, and successfully sold his own veterinary hospitals. He is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, has an MSPH degree from the Howard University School of Medicine, and a BS from Southern University. He previously served as vice president of the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine and is presently a class agent for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Robinson also serves as the Chairman of the Practice Advisory Panel of the AVMA.

Carl M. Medlicott

Heartland Veterinary Partners LLC – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Medlicott has more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience, including nearly ten years in the healthcare services location based business. He has held senior finance and accounting roles while at Accelerated Rehabilitation, a private equity backed leading outpatient physical therapy company which grew to over 300 locations in eight states prior to selling to Athletico Physical Therapy in 2014. Prior to his work at Athletico and Accelerated Rehabilitation, Mr. Medlicott held a senior finance role at Applied Systems and served as a global accounting executive for the consulting firm A.T. Kearney working across multiple domestic and international offices. Mr. Medlicott is a CPA and graduated with a BA in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Information Systems from DePaul University.

Christopher J. Mercier

Heartland Veterinary Partners LLC – Chief Development Officer

Mr. Mercier has more than 20 years of investment banking and corporate development experience, including leading the healthcare investment banking groups at both KPMG Corporate Finance and Duff & Phelps Securities. While at both firms, he represented a variety of post-acute and provider-based healthcare companies in mergers and acquisitions, capital raises, strategic reviews, and financial restructurings. Mr. Mercier began his investment banking career at Harris Williams & Co., a middle-market investment bank, and also previously served as a Director of Corporate Development at Northwell Health, where he focused on the acquisition of primary care physician practices to support the health system’s growth strategy. Mr. Mercier earned his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with BA degrees in Philosophy and English.

Dr. Chet L. Jenkins

Signature Dental Partners LLC – Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Jenkins has over 20 years of experience both as a clinician and dental management executive. After founding his first practice immediately after dental school, Dr. Jenkins spent his career growing and building a network of dental practices in the Mountain and Southwest regions while maintaining his work as a practicing clinician. Dr. Jenkins received his BS in Medical Biology from the University of Utah and his DDS from The Ohio State University, where he graduated at the top of his class.

Joyce S. Lundbom

Signature Dental Partners LLC – Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Lundbom has more than 20 years of finance, accounting, and consulting experience, including nearly ten years focused on healthcare provider services. Most recently, Ms. Lundbom held senior finance and accounting roles with Southwestern Eye Center, a private equity backed eye surgery and optometry provider with over twenty five locations in multiple states. Prior to Southwestern Eye Center, Ms. Lundbom served as a senior finance executive with Cambric, a global digital engineering firm, and also previously owned a healthcare accounting firm focused on providing finance, accounting, and tax services to physicians and other healthcare providers in the Arizona market. Ms. Lundbom began her career in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand. She holds a CPA and graduated with honors with a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

Bobby M. Harden

Signature Dental Partners LLC – Chief Development Officer

Mr. Harden has over 10 years of experience in accounting, finance and M&A transactions. He has worked at one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing private equity backed eye care support organizations where he was focused on driving growth through new partnerships and affiliations. Prior to that, he worked at Ernst & Young where he advised clients on a wide array of M&A transactions, including a focus on private equity buy-side acquisitions of physician practice management and multi-site healthcare M&A transactions. Mr. Harden is a CPA and holds an Masters of Accountancy from the W.P. Carey School of Business and a BS in Finance and Accounting from Arizona State University.

George E. Fogel

Premier Early Childhood Education Partners LLC – Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Fogel has over 25 years of education services, operational, and development experience throughout his career. Most recently, Mr. Fogel held various senior management positions at Bennet Day School, a private school from pre-kindergarten to high school, Rasmussen College, a private equity backed for-profit college, and Deltak edu, leader in online higher education partnership and technology solutions. Mr. Fogel holds a MBA from Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from DePauw University.

Emmett J. Riordan

Premier Early Childhood Education Partners LLC – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Riordan has over 15 years of finance and accounting experience, primarily at growth-stage, investor-backed businesses. Most recently, he was Director of Finance and Accounting at Q-Centrix, a private equity owned Healthcare IT firm. Emmett’s other roles include leading the finance function for Sagence, a venture capital-backed data consulting/analytics firm. Prior to working in industry, he was an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC. Emmett is a CPA with a Finance degree and recently earned an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

David A. Prekop

Premier Early Childhood Education Partners LLC – Chief Development Officer

Mr. Prekop has almost 15 years of lower middle market private equity and investment banking experience. Most recently, Mr. Prekop was a private equity professional with lower middle market firm HCP & Company. Previously he was part of the investment banking team at Duff & Phelps. Mr. Prekop holds a MBA from Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and a BBA degree with distinction in Finance, Investment & Banking from the University of Wisconsin.

Carollee J. Brinkman

Western Veterinary Partners LLC – Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Brinkman has over 20 years of healthcare industry experience holding numerous operational and senior executive management roles throughout her career. Prior to joining Western Veterinary Partners, Ms. Brinkman served as a National Group President of Surgery Partners, an operator of over 120 ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals across 32 states with over $2 billion in annual revenue. Ms. Brinkman had operational oversite of approximately 4,000 employees within Surgery Partners, managing over $1 billion in annual revenue for the company. Prior to Surgery Partners, she was a Senior Vice Present of operations with National Surgical Healthcare, a previously privately held company that specialized in operating surgical hospitals in partnership with doctors. She served in numerous roles at National Surgical Healthcare, but spent substantial time partnering with doctors and clinicians to build and operate surgical hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers across the country. She has also held leadership positions as a hospital Chief Executive Officer and a physician practice consultant. Ms. Brinkman was raised on a ranch in Southwestern North Dakota and received her degree in Healthcare and Business Administration from Concordia College.

Peter L. Jacobson

Western Veterinary Partners LLC – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Jacobson has over 15 years of finance and accounting leadership experience, including over ten years serving as a Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Western Veterinary Partners, Mr. Jacobson served as the CFO of BridgeHealth, a surgery benefit management company that provides its members with access to high quality healthcare while reducing costs. Prior to BridgeHealth, he worked as a CFO with other privately held high growth businesses in the technology, software, and manufacturing sectors, overseeing all financial reporting and integration related efforts. Earlier in his career, Mr. Jacobson was a Vice President of KeyBanc Capital Markets, where he worked with small and mid-sized businesses in capital raising and M&A activities. He is a Certified Public Accountant and received his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and undergraduate BA with honors from Harvard University.

Chris F. Fromme

Star Dental Partners LLC – Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Fromme has over 25 years of healthcare industry experience leading a number of groups and organizations including managing over 1,000 team members, $350 million of annual revenue, and $120 million of annual EBITDA. Prior to joining Star Dental Partners, Mr. Fromme served in leadership roles with several private equity backed multi-site healthcare organizations including Behavioral Innovations (one of the fastest growing behavioral healthcare companies) and United Surgical Partners International (large surgical hospitals and surgery centers). He graduated from the University of North Texas and is passionate of building outstanding teams and spending time with his family.

Jason M. Robertson

Star Dental Partners LLC – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Robertson has almost 20 years of finance and accounting leadership experience in the healthcare industry, including with a number of private equity backed companies. Prior to joining Star Dental Partners, Mr. Robertson served in accounting and finance leadership roles at Cornerstone Healthcare Group (and owner and operator of long-term acute care hospitals) and IntegraCare Home Health (a provider of home nursing and hospice services). He is an Army veteran having served during Desert Storm and Desert Shield and has a BA in accounting from Cameron University and is a licensed CPA.