Purpose-Driven Dental Group Founded by Dentist Brothers Named Best Dentistry Company to Work for in Illinois for 2nd Year in a Row

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Fast-Growing Group of Dentists, Hygienists and Staff at 30 Chicagoland DecisionOne Dental Offices Share Commitment to Put “People First,” Be Altruistic, and True Advocates for Patients

For two consecutive years, DecisionOne Dental has been named as one of the Top Workplaces in Illinois by The Chicago Tribune as evaluated by Energage, a national leader in workplace culture development and employee performance research. The company was the highest ranked dental business in Illinois regardless of size in both 2018 and 2019 and #32 of all mid-sized companies with 250-999 employees. Energage has surveyed over 50,000 businesses nationwide to develop its criteria to identify companies with excellent workplace cultures. The Top Workplace designation was based on an independent survey of DecisionOne Dental employees by Energage. DecisionOne Dental is one of the fastest growing dental service organizations in Illinois with currently 355 team members at 30 dentist offices across the Chicagoland area and a support center based in Schaumburg.

“We’re really honored and humbled by this award,” said Dr. AJ Acierno, CEO and co-founder of DecisionOne Dental. “We created a company with a purpose to put people -- patients and team members -- first and that has drawn such an array of talented and dedicated people to work with us, people who want to be a part of our mission. For all of us this is so much more than just a job -- we are literally changing the way dentistry is done to improve lives.”

DecisionOne Dental was founded in 2011 by brothers AJ and Mike Acierno, both of whom are practicing dentists. They saw a change coming to the dental industry in which insurance companies were disrupting the doctor-patient relationship, providing less coverage of care for higher costs. Determined to put patients’ needs first, they created DecisionOne Dental and immediately attracted like-minded dentists. In eight years they’ve grown from 2 dental offices to 30 while maintaining a commitment to a high level of oral healthcare and steadfast patient advocacy. To do this, DecisionOne has developed a workplace culture that empowers all of its team members, not just clinicians, to be innovative, collaborative, and purpose-driven.

“No one went to dental school because they wanted to run a business,” said Dr. Mike Acierno, co-founder and chief clinical officer of DecisionOne. “We went because we wanted to care for people. If insurance companies or other stakeholders who are more interested in the bottom line get in the way of that, then the quality of care will decline. We put our doctors and hygienists in a position to do what they love and we give them the business support they need to provide excellent clinical care. In fact we take this ‘people-first’ approach with all of our team, not just the clinicians.”

In addition to championing “Excellence” as a core value, DecisionOne Dental also names “Teamwork” and “Altruism” as its guiding principles. Team members annually donate thousands of hours of service time to underserved populations in need of oral healthcare, including adults with cognitive disabilities and military veterans.

DecisionOne Dental Partners is a network of carefully curated dental professionals who value the personal doctor-patient relationship and high quality of patient care. The group was founded by brothers AJ and Mike Acierno, both practicing family dentists, who believe dentistry can thrive by embracing the benefits of both corporate and solo-practitioner dentistry, while minimizing the limitations of each type of practice. This philosophy is based on the core value of being true advocates for both patients and team members; of putting “people first” in the increasingly complex environment of modern healthcare. Over the last decade, the bottom line financial interests of many stakeholders in healthcare have compromised these values which diminish patient care and trust. With 30 current locations, DecisionOne Dental is the fastest growing dental group in Illinois. Dr. AJ Acierno and Dr. Mike Acierno are also team dentists for the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team.

Acierno Dental in Schaumburg was recently featured in Chicago magazine's "2018 Top Doctors" issue named as a top dental practice in the Chicagoland area and DecisionOne Dental was named by Group Dentistry Now as one of “9 Dental Groups In The Nation to Watch.” For more information about DecisionOne Dental or to find a dentist, please visit http://www.decisiononedental.com or on Facebook at DecisionOne Dental Partners.

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