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Doug Brown

Managing Partner/Co-Founder of Dental Innovation Alliance

Doug Brown led and successfully grew two national dental support organizations for over two decades, most recently as CEO and Vice Chairman of Affordable Care LLC (ACI, d/b/a Affordable Dentures & Implants), which now affiliates with over 450 practices in 42 states.
In the late ‘90s, Brown invited ten dental industry leaders into a study group that he led which eventually led to the formation of the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO), which now has hundreds of members, both DSOs and industry partners. He has continually held leadership positions within ADSO, including previously serving as President. He now serves on ADSO’s Executive and Membership Committees. Brown previously worked for Arthur Young & Company as a CPA, held executive positions in multi-unit retail companies, and led a management consulting firm that he co-founded.
Brown holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. degree from Duke University and the Fuqua School of Business, respectively. He serves on ten boards, both for-profit and not-for-profit, most of which are in the dental industry. He has served on the Dean’s Advisory Board for UNC Adams School of Dentistry for five years, and previously served on the Dean’s Advisory Board for UIC at Chicago School of Dentistry. He chaired the first conference of international DSO CEOs, which was sponsored by Straumann International.
Over the years, Brown has personally invested in and advised multiple early-stage technology companies and four dental support organizations. He is the Founder, Chairman and a benefactor to Local Start Dental, an innovative non-profit dental clinic and learning center in Durham, NC. Local Start Dental exists to serve the underserved, but also as a collaboration between the UNC Adams School of Dentistry and several global dental companies to educate general dentists in advanced dental techniques.
In 2022 he co-founded Dental Innovation Alliance (“DIA”), a dental technology venture firm, which now includes as its investors some of the top executives in the dental industry. He is Managing Partner for DIA, which has an investor base of over forty US dental leaders and dentists.