Believing that the type of payment should never dictate the quality of care a dental patient receives, Ocean Dental employees make a difference for Medicaid patients every day in multiple cities. All of this activity is managed from a Stillwater headquarters which has recently grown by several positions.

Dave Higgins joined Ocean Dental several months ago after nearly 10 years in marketing for Stillwater Designs. After a short time as marketing director, his interest in the daily operations of the multiple Ocean Dental clinics guided him to a promotion to director of clinic operations. Higgins now overseas development in more than a dozen Ocean Dental practices.

Stephanie Greenlee then stepped in to fill the marketing capacity after working at Oklahoma State University and then owning a creative firm known as Savvy Communications. Greenlee is not only redesigning Ocean Dental’s corporate image, but crafting a plan to market existing clinics and new clinics set to open throughout the year at a pace of one per month. She works with contract writer and marketing strategist Laurie Taylor who handles media relations and contributes to public relations planning.

Christy Bunney is also a new face at Ocean Dental after serving the OSU Posse for many years. She joined Ocean Dental as a community awareness representative, responsible for educating agencies and service organizations in regular contact with Medicaid and SoonerCare families about Ocean Dental practices. Bunney is already making a move to the growing doctor relations group led by Scott Petty to recruit dentists to work in the Ocean Dental clinics and offer them support for long term retention.

Toni Cruz has also joined Ocean Dental as vice president of finance. Cruz had been controller for Stillwater Medical Center and was CFO at Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad, Colo. and controller for Methodist Hospital in Levalland, Texas. She currently resides in Oklahoma City and will continue doing so as she carries out her new role at Ocean Dental.

From the corporate office in Stillwater, Ocean Dental is currently opening its 16th dental clinic throughout the United States to provide high quality general dentistry for kids and young adults on Medicaid.

Scott Petty continues coordinating a team responsible for doctor recruitment and retention while Charlotte Horning manages support operations. Founder and CEO Chad Hoecker, DDS, and COO Joe Akin oversee all operations.

“We’re all excited to be part of this performance driven, team oriented, family friendly organization,” said Greenlee. It’s inspiring to hear our founding story and the drive within our leaders. We know we’re contributing to something that meets a desperate need for children whose health could be threatened if we didn’t step in to bring them needed treatment. It’s extra fun to do it well and with a smile.”

For more information about Ocean Dental, call 707-0600 or visit . To make an appointment with Ocean Dental’s local Stillwater practitioner, Shannon Williams, DDS, call 377-7300.

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