• Focus on patients

    United Dental Partners is committed to be the Best Place to Give Care and the Best Place to Get Care. We provide all non-clinical services for our doctors, so our doctors are able to focus on providing the best quality care for their patients. By putting patients first and doing what’s right for the patient, our practices continue to grow and thrive. Our organization, led by two dentists, ensures the focus remains on providing the best care for the patient.
  • Providing all non-clinical services

    In today’s rapidly changing dental environment, dentists face many external challenges to running a practice. New government and insurance regulations coupled with evolving reimbursement models put continual pressure on their practices to increase productivity in order to meet the raising costs associated with delivering this care. Additionally, the practical logistics of running a business such as marketing, billing, human resources, and operations take many hours outside clinical care.
  • High quality, efficient care

    United Dental Partners was formed to provide dentists a path to deliver the highest quality patient care in the most efficient and effective way possible. Centralized business functions such as advanced marketing, human capital management, regulatory compliance, billing and credentialing, and information technology support reflect United Dental Partners’ commitment to building best-in-class comprehensive dental practices.

What We Believe In

  • A team-oriented environment where we believe the best idea wins, irrespective of where it was originated.
  • We do what is right for the patient – even when no one is looking.
  • Relationships matter to us as we strive for excellence in everything we do.

At United Dental Partners, our core values guide all the decisions we make. What this means to our dentists and our clinical teams is a dental service organization that is the Best Place to Give Care and the Best Place to Get Care.

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Leadership

Scott Goldman, D.D.S. is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for United Dental Partners.

Dr. Goldman graduated in 2007 with a doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois. In 2009, he earned a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Illinois Medical Center.

Prior to co-founding United Dental Partners, Dr. Goldman founded a group of dental practices in the Chicago metropolitan area with a focus on servicing the underserved. In 2013, he combined his practices with Dr. Whitesman’s group of offices and established WhiteGold Dental Partners. He served as Chief Executive Officer of WhiteGold Dental Partners, since re-named United Dental Partners, one of the fastest growing dental support organizations in the United States.

Prior to dental school, Dr. Goldman played hockey for the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign.

Louis Whitesman, D.D.S., M.S. is the President, Chief Orthodontic Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors for United Dental Partners.

In 2009, Dr. Whitesman started several successful orthodontic practices in the Chicagoland area. In 2013, he partnered with Dr. Scott Goldman to co-found what is now United Dental Partners.

Dr. Whitesman graduated from the University of Michigan in 2005 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He earned his M.S. from the University of Illinois at Chicago along with his specialty certificate in Orthodontics in 2008.

Dr. Whitesman likes to say he earned his MBA on the streets.

Michelle Castle, MBA, is the Chief Compliance Officer for United Dental Partners.

Michelle graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. She went on to earn her MBA in Healthcare Administration from Cleveland State University. She is certified in healthcare compliance and healthcare privacy compliance.

Michelle started her career managing the Corporate Compliance and Privacy Program for the Cleveland Clinic's regional hospitals.  She relocated to Chicago and served as Director of Compliance at Cancer Treatment Centers of America for several years. Most recently Michelle was with CHAN Healthcare and oversaw the internal audit function for a local health system. 

In her spare time, Michelle loves to travel, listen to live music, and explore local restaurants.

Mark Goldman is the Chief Information Officer for United Dental Partners. 

Since 2013, Mark has led technology and dental support organization operations for United Dental Partners. Mark is always finding new ways to use technology to improve the efficiency of the business operations.

Mark graduated from the University of Illinois in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.  In 2007, Mark earned his master’s degree in Education also from the University of Illinois. 

Don Kulka is the Chief Development officer for United Dental Partners. 

Don earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. He also obtained an MBA from Wayne State University. 

Prior to his time at United Dental Partners, Don worked for other dental support organizations and insurance companies.

Don is responsible for the acquisition and integration of new practices for United Dental Partners, one of the fastest growing dental support organizations in the United States.

He is an avid runner and has done numerous marathons and triathlons.

Mike Spitalli is the Chief Marketing Officer for United Dental Partners.  

Mike is a passionate market builder and brand leader with an expert understanding of how people make decisions and how to influence their choices to create and build markets. His unique mix of healthcare provider and manufacturer experience gives him a broad view of markets and the ability to quickly drive results.

Mike has 26 years of commercial development experience in both the United States and Europe working in 12 therapeutic areas and with 25 medical specialties. He has collaborated with global healthcare companies to accelerate growth and open new domestic and international markets.

Mike has demonstrated exceptional results in operational value creation, predictable goal attainment, strategy, service-line planning and development, complex analytics, digital and traditional media, multi-platform marketing and execution. Since beginning his career with Accenture’s Healthcare Consulting Group, Mike has worked with private equity-owned, public, and fast-paced entrepreneurial organizations.  

In his spare time, Mike enjoys remodeling homes, boating, and traveling.

Brett Burkitt is the Controller for United Dental Partners. 

Brett graduated from Eureka College in Eureka, IL with a double bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Accounting. He was also a two-time offensive MVP for the college's football team. Brett received his MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago while sitting for and passing the CPA exam. 

Prior to United Dental Partners, Brett held various accounting and finance roles across several industries including railroad, district energy, construction, and mining equipment. 

During his time with United Dental Partners, Brett has led the accounting and finance functions for the company and played a key role in the private equity due to diligence process. 

Andra Hillis is the Credentialing Director for United Dental Partners.

In 2011, Andra graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Rhetorical Advocacy. She minored in Spanish. While at Purdue, Andra wrote articles for a local online newspaper and completed a summer marketing internship at Broadway In Chicago.

After graduating, Andra worked at a Chase bank in Indiana. In late 2013, she moved back to the Chicago area to briefly work in inside sales. It was in April of 2014 that Andra joined the team at United Dental Partners.

Lauren Owens is the Human Resource Manager for United Dental Partners. 

Lauren graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

Prior to joining United Dental Partners, Lauren worked as a recruiter and helped her organization grow in the Chicago market. She did this by successfully placing hundreds of candidates in various positions and industries throughout the Chicagoland area.

Lauren’s guiding management (and life!) philosophy is, "Seek first to understand, then to be understood."

Yadira Pereida is the Operations Manager for United Dental Partners. 

Yadi graduated from College of DuPage in 2014 with an associate’s degree in Business Management.

In 2006, Yadi started working as a front desk receptionist in a small practice and has grown in the dental field since. Prior to working with United Dental Partners, she was a manager for another dental support organization and traveled to expand multiple practices nationwide.

Yadi’s business philosophy is: "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way."

Steve Siloy is the Regional Operations Manager for United Dental Partners.

Steve graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, and International Business.

Before joining United Dental Partners, Steve worked as the Business Analyst for a large, independent dental practice with 18 locations specializing in oral surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, and general dentistry. Previously, he managed multiple offices nationwide for AllCare Dental.

Through the many years of his work experience, Steve has spent most of it as a National Sales Manager and a Senior Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch within their personal investment advisory group.

History

United Dental Partners was formed in early 2017 from WhiteGold Dental Partners, a fast-growing dental support organization serving multi-specialty dental practices. Headquartered in Chicago, IL Dr. Goldman and Dr. Whitesman combined their respective pediatric and orthodontic practices. United Dental Partners currently operates practices in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. The efficient operating model of United Dental Partners allows for an efficient means for our doctors to deliver care.

Our dentists and staff love putting beautiful smiles on the faces of anyone who walks into our offices. The multi-specialty group we serve collectively cares for children and adults and offers general, pediatric, orthodontic and oral surgical care across multiple practice brands.

Ever-present in our minds is that the people walking in and out of our practices every day are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, and sons. By them choosing to come to us, they’re giving us the opportunity to help keep themselves in good health and feel good about themselves.