New dental group is growing fast
A new Irish-owned dental group which has embarked on a rapid programme of expansion, buying up 11 practices around the country, has announced plans for four more additions by 2018.
Dental Care Ireland, which is headquartered in Clontarf, Dublin, was founded by Colm Davitt, former CEO of Euromedic Ireland, and his brother Dr Kieran Davitt, a Galway-based dentist in 2015. With 11 practices, including the Northumberland Institute of Dental Medicine in Dublin, the group already has an annual turnover of €10 million.
Davitt, who is the chief executive of Dental Care Ireland, explained that the group’s aim is to acquire “long established, trusted and high quality dental practices in local communities, with a view to helping them reach their full potential, while ensuring a high level of consistent service for patients across the entire network”. He also explained that the focus of the business model is to “free principal dentists from administrative burden, allowing them to focus on clinical dentistry”. The group has committed to invest in upgrading the practices with latest facilities and technology, while providing support in operations, finance, quality and compliance, IT, HR and marketing.
Davitt said: “What sets us apart is the fact that all of our dentists are established, local practitioners with a loyal patient base. We add to that level of quality by ensuring the latest facilities for patients, introducing new services and providing added convenience in terms of both local access and better opening hours. Our vision is to provide a network of quality dental practices in every single county over the next five to ı0 years.”
To date, the group employs 150 staff across 11 practices in Dublin (Cabinteely, Knocklyon, Swords, Ballsbridge); Meath (Ashbourne, Navan, Kells); Carlow; Castlebar, Co Mayo; Tullamore, Co Offaly and Callan, Co Kilkenny.