Leadership

Spark Dental Management is dedicated to supporting our affiliated dental practices with a team of talented leaders who are passionate
about equipping dental practices to better serve their patients. We’ve thoughtfully placed three leadership teams to govern our organization
as a rapidly growing company. These leaders have decades of experience within the healthcare industry, at dental support organizations
across the country, and first-hand within dental offices. Meet some of the smiles behind Spark Dental Management.

Executive leadership

Our executive leadership team is made up of forward-thinkers who focus on scaling our company and every aspect of the business.

operational leadership

Our operational leaders optimize all in-office processes to keep our affiliates running like a well-oiled machine.

clinical leadership


Our clinical team is composed of doctors who ensure our treatment practices are in line with the highest standard of patient care. 

executive LEADERSHIP

Michael O’Donnell, CPA

Chief Executive Officer

Over the last 30 years, Michael has held CEO and senior leadership positions across multiple industries, including financial services, information technology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, consumer goods, staffing, and public accounting. With nearly 20 years of experience leading private equity portfolio companies, he is recognized for his strategic guidance and ability to translate vision into action. Michael has a B.S. in Accounting from Saint Francis University and is a qualified CPA. Michael currently serves on the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine Board of Advisors, the Board of the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO), and serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Equiniti Trust Company.

Jason Hartman, D.M.D., M.S. 

President & Chief Orthodontics Officer

Dr. Hartman is the founder of Spark Dental Management. He started Spark Orthodontics as a one location orthodontic practice in 2010 and grew it to 10 locations in Pennsylvania before partnering with PE Sponsor, Rock Mountain Capital to grow the business to 70+ locations in 7 states. He is a member of American Association of Orthodontists, World Federation of Orthodontists, Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Hartman is married to his wife, Kirby, and they have 5 boys. He’s a die hard Philly sports fan, loves family time, and spends most of his weekends chauffeuring and attending soccer, lacrosse, swimming and other sporting events that his boys are involved in.

Anthony Monteiro, D.M.D.

Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Anthony Monteiro addresses clinical quality for Spark Dental Management’s dental and surgical offices, and leads a Clinical Quality Committee comprised of regional clinical program directors. Dr. Monteiro has served the communities of Pennsylvania and Delaware as a board-certified Pediatric Dentist at Children’s Dental Health for more than ten years. A Philadelphia native, Dr. Monteiro attended Temple University School of Dentistry before completing advanced training in Pediatric Dentistry from Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

Matthew Stearns

Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Stearns is a seasoned financial executive with extensive experience in the healthcare and telecommunications industries. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Stearns has full responsibility for the organization’s finance, accounting, revenue cycle management, and mergers & acquisitions functions. A Tennessee native, Mr. Stearns earned his Bachelors degree in Economics from Harvard University, and both Law and MBA degrees from Vanderbilt University.

Amy Fasti

Chief Operations Officer

Amy brings 20 years’ experience in healthcare focusing on revenue cycle management and business operations to Spark Dental Management.  She specializes in building high quality and effective teams that scale with rapidly growing organizations.  Her background and experience include the management of front office and backend operations of healthcare.  She integrates technology to bolster efficient and effective processes.  Additionally, Amy’s experience is enveloped with attention to compliance and regulations.  She received a BS in Economics from Rider University and an MBA from DeSales University.

Jim DeFruscio

Executive Vice President, CIO

As Chief Information Officer, Jim oversees the information technology infrastructure, ensuring efficient support for clinical and business operations. As Executive Vice President of Surgery Center Operations, he provides business direction and management to the company’s surgery center facilities. Jim has 17 years of experience in Information Technology and has served in management or executive roles for the past eight. He received a B.S. in computer science from Lehigh University and an M.S. in information systems from Drexel University.

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John Beck, Esq.

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

John Beck joins Spark Dental Management with over 30 combined years of legal, compliance, and business experience in the healthcare and managed care industries. He provides Spark with legal counsel on a wide variety of matters including contracts, litigation, disputes, HR/employment, regulatory, and transactions. John also oversees Spark’s compliance program, including audits, incident management, HIPAA privacy, and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. He also oversees the payor contracting and credentialing teams. John graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA with a degree in Economics, and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH. He is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Anish Dalsania

Vice President of Corporate Development

With over seven years of healthcare experience, Anish Dalsania is responsible for leading and driving growth through affiliations and partnerships in existing and new regions. He has previously supported several private equity backed physician services platforms and helped shape their organic and inorganic growth strategies across 27 states. He is an experienced investment developer with a strong background in finance and healthcare industry. Anish received his B.S. in Economics and B.S. in B.A. with a major in Finance from Drexel University.

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Joe Lichty

Vice President of Marketing & Contact Center

Joe is a senior-level marketer that thrives on building highly engaging content to attract new patients, effectively communicate with audiences, and convey thought leadership. Joe joined Spark Dental Management with more than twelve years of marketing experience across the financial services, third-party logistics, and food & beverage industries. Joe leverages a diverse set of marketing skills and tactics, including content marketing, search engine optimization, marketing automation, and live events. Joe received a bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Laura Frederic

Vice President of Human Resources

Laura has served as an HR professional in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries for over 15 years. She has extensive experience supporting human resources functions in complex, multi-state, and international organizations. Laura is also skilled in cross-team collaboration, employee relations and investigations, and process improvement. She has a B.A. in International Relations from The College of William and Mary.

operational leadership

Julie Amos

Vice President of Dental Operations

Julie is an experienced operations leader with over 25 years invested in dental practice management organizations. With a demonstrated and proven history in the DSO space, she brings a wealth of experience to dental practice management. Her professional experience includes work with one of the largest multi-branded Dental Service Organizations in the industry. Her experience with multi-site, multi-specialty dental business models has helped to provide for the successful integration of additional specialty services into Spark Dental Management’s affiliate offices. Julie focuses on a patient-first approach to effectively execute and align goals. She develops her teams to execute as a function of operational alignment and commitment to the desired result. Julie received a BS in Industrial and Organizational Development from Christopher Newport University.

Brian Murphy

Vice President of Operations

Brian leads all clinical operations for Spark Dental Management’s southern offices. He has 20+ years of experience in the healthcare industry and has served in clinical, multi-site operational, and business development leadership roles, most recently with the largest outpatient therapy company in the United States. He’s excited to join the dental industry and continue to innovate and increase access to patients in need of quality care. Brian has a BS in Biology, Masters in Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University.

Jennifer L. Hartman

Vice President of Orthodontic Operations

Jennifer began her career in the dental industry with Spark Orthodontics in 2010. With a focus on operations, she used her knowledge and first-hand experience in various positions to streamline policies and processes to implement and promote efficiencies centered around exceptional patient care. As COO of Spark Orthodontics, Jennifer was an integral part in building and growing Spark Orthodontics from one to ten locations in six years. The following year, Jennifer became COO of Spark Dental Management where she assisted in the acquisition of an additional 64 locations across six states, expanding Spark specialties to include pediatric dental services. Today, as VP of Orthodontic Operations, Jennifer directs and manages day-to-day operations across all orthodontic locations in the North. She graduated from Muhlenberg College with a BA in Business Administration and received her Juris Doctor from Dickinson School of Law, the Pennsylvania State University, in 2005.

William Price, FNP-BC

Vice President of Surgery Center Operations

William joins Spark Dental Management as the Vice President of Surgery Center Operations, ensuring that all patients seen in our three accredited surgical centers receive the highest level of care. He is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with more than ten years of experience across a variety of roles. He previously served as the Director of Nursing of an acute pediatric facility and a clinical adjunct instructor in Harrisburg Area Community College’s licensed practical nursing program. He earned his bachelor of science degree from Eastern Mennonite University and his masters of science in nursing from Millersville University.

Megan Shepard

Senior Director of Operations

Megan has worked every chair in the dental office from clinical to administrative. She now oversees operations for Cumberland Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics as well as our Tri-Cities Orthodontic locations in Tennessee and Virginia. Megan is passionate about equipping teams to provide the best care possible to children and young adults. Megan and her husband live in a farming community with their three kiddos. They spend most of their time on the family farm or at the ballfield. She loves to travel, read, garden, and photography.

Brook Murphy, EFDA, MM

Vice President of Training & Development

Brook has passionately dedicated more than 15 years of experience to the pediatric dental industry. She brings first-hand administrative and clinical experience to her practice management role, having previously worked in all facets of a dental practice, from the front desk to working as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA). Brook brings valuable knowledge and insight to her work in practice improvement, patient service, and patient satisfaction. She received a B.S. in Business Administration and Management, in addition to a Masters in Management from the University of Phoenix.

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Raqhel Laurence

Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management

Raqhel has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry and is adept in all aspects of revenue cycle operations including front-end office training, payer contracting, claims billing & denial management, patient financial services, and payer issues resolution. She’s responsible for implementing new technology for efficient revenue cycle operations and optimizing the patient experience. Raqhel received her Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jim Watson

Senior Vice President of Finance

Jim has 25+ years of experience in the healthcare industry with payor, provider, and consultant experience as a financial executive. He oversees with our finance and accounting teams as well as all financial operations of the company. He received his MBA in Finance, and is originally from Tampa, FL. He loves spending time with his family and all things outdoors including surfing, fishing, running, and working out.

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Kathy DeMarco

Director of Financial Planning & Analysis

Kathy brings over 20 years of experience as a Finance Professional to Spark and is responsible for budgeting, forecast, and financial analysis. She received her Bachelors Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and MBA from Eastern University. When she’s not hard at work, she loves family time, sporting events, and traveling with her husband and their two kids.

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Matt Shaffer

Director of Talent Acquisition

Matt has worked in Talent Acquisition for over 15 years. He oversees all talent acquisition at Spark as well as recruitment strategy for the organization. He’s happily married to his wife, Krystle, of 13 years, and has two children and Goldendoodle, Molly. When he’s not grinding away on the golf course or driving range, you can find Matt buried in a large historical non-fiction book or riding a bike!

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clinical leadership

Jason Hartman D.M.D., M.S. 

President & Chief Orthodontics Officer

Dr. Hartman is the founder of Spark Dental Management. He started Spark Orthodontics as a one location orthodontic practice in 2010 and grew it to 10 locations in Pennsylvania before partnering with PE Sponsor, Rock Mountain Capital to grow the business to 70+ locations in 7 states. He is a member of American Association of Orthodontists, World Federation of Orthodontists, Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Hartman is married to his wife, Kirby, and they have 5 boys. He’s a die hard Philly sports fan, loves family time, and spends most of his weekends chauffeuring and attending soccer, lacrosse, swimming and other sporting events that his boys are involved in.

Anthony Monteiro, D.M.D.

Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Anthony Monteiro addresses clinical quality for Spark Dental Management’s dental and surgical offices, and leads a Clinical Quality Committee comprised of regional clinical program directors. Dr. Monteiro has served the communities of Pennsylvania and Delaware as a board-certified Pediatric Dentist at Children’s Dental Health for more than ten years. A Philadelphia native, Dr. Monteiro attended Temple University School of Dentistry before completing advanced training in Pediatric Dentistry from Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

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