Leadership

You serve your people by leading them to excellence. That’s leadership.” – Horst Schulze, The Ritz-Carlton Company

Our leaders and our culture are what make us different.  What is our culture? It is at once fun, elite, and inspired.  We are elevating the entire dental industry together – because our patients deserve it and so does our team.  We want to provide opportunities for lifelong relationships, making an impact and growing together as people and leaders.  

Every person you are about to see and read about is focused on engaging, aligning, and energizing our people to harness the power of our culture.  We all share a deep commitment to culture, and we strive daily to focus our energy and effort in the same direction to build our culture.

As a leadership team, our job is to serve each member of the clinical team and the organization to reach our goal of becoming the best dental organization in the country.  We seek to build a platform that attracts the best talent in the industry.  To celebrate each of our unique gifts.  To provide the resources to get even better and inspire our team to give our patients their hearts and minds every day.

When you walk into any one of our practice locations, you will see the Espire difference and feel our unwavering commitment to each other, our patients and community.

Ryan Heckman

Chairman

Ryan Heckman is Chairman of Espire Dental. Ryan has spent his entire 20-year career as a business owner and healthcare CEO. His passion for entrepreneurship, leadership and healthcare innovation drew him to Espire’s mission to elevate the dental industry. Ryan grew up in rural Colorado and was the youngest member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, competing in Albertville, France as a skier. After a successful athletic career that included two Olympic Teams and four world championships, he graduated with honors from the University of Colorado.

Today, he serves the community as chairman of the CiviCO Leadership Foundation, founding board member of Endeavor Global, co-founder of the Colorado Impact Fund and is a Trustee for the University of Denver.  He resides in Denver with his wife and their two young children.

Robert J. Linder

Chief Espire Officer

Under Rob’s leadership, Espire Dental was organized and is positioned as one of the top dental group multi-specialty dental practices in Colorado.  Rob most recently served as VP of Dental Services for ClearChoice Dental Implants, the nations leading provider of full arch dental prosthetics with over 50 ambulatory surgical centers in the US.  Prior to moving to Denver, Rob was SVP of SmileAmerica, providing dental care to children and underserved populations in urban and rural areas in 22 states. 

From 2004 to 2010, Rob co-founded Dental Growth Partners, serving 17 Endodontic, Periodontic, and oral surgery practices in the New England area.  Rob is a former Business Consulting Manager with Arthur Andersen in San Francisco, where he supervised audits for Catholic Healthcare West and the Stanford University Health Center. 

Rob received his MBA from Boston University and his BS from Brigham Young University in 1995. 

Ben McCown

Chief Financial Officer

Ben leads Espire Dental’s finance and accounting operations and brings significant merger and acquisition experience to the leadership team. He has spent the last 15 years in investment banking and private equity and most recently was a Principal for middle market private equity firms KRG Capital and its successor Mountaingate Capital. In his role he was responsible for formulating investment theses, sourcing and executing transactions, and partnering with management teams to drive above market growth through organic and acquisition strategies. Ben also served as a member of the board of directors for several of the firm’s portfolio companies guided by a philosophy that value creation begins with culture as engaged and joyful employees leads to world class customer delivery.

Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of Chicago.

Kim Schneider

Chief Marketing Officer

Kim leads Espire’s growth strategy & initiatives and is responsible for making sure all potential patients know that a luxury dental experience is possible and awaits them at Espire Dental. Marketing is her professional passion and she has spent her career creating and executing successful marketing campaigns in the healthcare industry. Prior to her role at Espire, Kim was the Vice President of Marketing for EVP Eyecare, a surgical eye care company with clinics and surgical centers across multiple states. Here, she led the creation of a full, multi-channel marketing strategy and multiple campaigns, bringing together three acquisition companies under one brand umbrella; achieving not only growth but excellent patient care goals as well. Kim also held marketing and sales roles at Teva Pharmaceuticals’ Specialty Neurology Division.

Kim earned her MBA from Colorado State University and her BS degrees in Marketing and HR Management from Colorado University at Boulder.

Brooke Young

Chief Operating Officer

Brooke leads the Operations and People teams who make the magic happen at Espire every day.  She brings a wealth of knowledge in dentistry and is an expert in how a management services team can best support their dental partners, by allowing the Dentists to focus on what really matters: the patients!  Most recently, Brooke oversaw all U.S. Western Region Operations for Affordable Care and Affordable Dentures & Implants. She was responsible for the operational excellence of 50 practices and practice owner relationships, along with the performance of 300 clinical team members and another 150 people working in labs. Along with her team, she helped facilitate the transformation of thousands of people’s lives through tooth replacement.  Prior to Affordable Care, Brooke wore many hats with ClearChoice Management Services including: Human Resources, Training, New Center Development, Real Estate Management, Operations and Practice Excellence.   She loves the opportunity that her career path has provided, to utilize her strengths in business in combination with her experience in curating the patient journey along with her doctor partners. Seeing lives changed is her greatest career accomplishment.

Brooke received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Wyoming.

Brett R. Levin, DMD

Clinical Advisory Board, Chairman

In his role as Chairman of the Clinical Advisory Board (“CAB”), Dr. Levin provides leadership and guidance to clinical personnel regarding all clinical matters of the practice.  Together with his Clinical Advisory Board doctor peers, he helps guide and build the practice to, a) enhance the patient experience, b) improve population health and patient outcomes, and c) increase provider satisfaction.





Jennifer Derse, DDS

Clinical Advisory Board, The Patient Journey

Dr. Derse plays a lead role in defining, directing, evaluating, and enhancing the patient journey within the Espire Dental practice.  An expert in communication and marketing, Dr. Derse ensures patients have the optimal patient experience to help patients become the best version of themselves. You can follow Dr. Derse on Instagram here for the latest industry news and tips!





Adam Jury, DDS

Clinical Advisory Board, Technology

Dr. Jury leads the Espire Dental practice technology initiatives, including digital workflows, dental implant systems, and practice management software applications and integrations.  He plays a leading role in the selection and optimization of technology to improve the dental experience, reduce cycle times, and enhance patient outcomes. Dr. Jury plays a leading role in the selection and optimization of technology to improve the dental experience, reduce cycle times, and enhance patient outcomes.

Dr. Jury’s known for his “lead bravely” spirit and can often be found teaching and mentoring dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants.

Brandon Hall, DDS

Clinical Advisory Board, Integration

Dr Hall leads Espire Dental’s clinical integration initiatives for new locations.  His unique expertise in dental design, real estate, and practice growth, coupled with his clinical expertise in CEREC, brings value to new and experienced dentists who join Espire Dental.