Meet the Affordable Care Management Team
Supporting your success
Meet the leaders of Affordable Care, one of the nation’s oldest and most established dental support organizations. This team is dedicated to advancing Affordable Care’s success in providing valuable business support services to affiliated Affordable Dentures & Implants practices, and to ensuring the success of our talented team members, from dentists to lab technicians to corporate and practice staff.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Doug Brown has 20 years of experience leading large dental support organizations. He joined Affordable Care, LLC, in March 2011. An industry pioneer in his own right, Mr. Brown 15 years ago brought together a group of industry CEOs, which led to the formation of the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO), an association made up of top executives from the 35 largest DSOs. Mr. Brown is the immediate past president and the current chair of the Government Affairs Committee for ADSO. He previously worked for Arthur Young & Company, several multiunit retail and service organizations, and a management consulting firm that he cofounded. Mr. Brown holds B.S. and M.B.A degrees from Duke University and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is married with one son.
S. Paul Steelman, Jr.
CPA, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director
S. Paul Steelman joined Affordable Care in 1995. His experience includes three years with Price Waterhouse and three years with DIMON Incorporated (aka., Alliance One International), a publicly traded company based in North Carolina, as financial reporting manager. Mr. Steelman is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration–finance. He is married with two children.
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
A veteran of retail-oriented healthcare, Adam Siegal joined Affordable Care in 2009 as vice president of marketing and business development. He now heads up all marketing, advertising, strategy, public relations, media, sales development, and patient services functions. Mr. Siegal previously held the top marketing spot at Pearle Vision Eyewear. He also spent 10 years at the Pepsi-Cola Company, where he held roles in marketing, new product strategy, inside-sales leadership, and general management. Mr. Siegal earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in management in marketing and finance from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He is married with three children.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Matt Wells joined Affordable Care in 2013 as vice president of information technology, and currently oversees the company’s IT and procurement functions. He is a senior IT leader with more than 20 years of successful experience leading change to improve IT services and business process across several industries. Mr. Wells previously worked for Dex Media, where he held many IT leadership roles and most recently worked as vice president of enterprise applications. He received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wake Forest University and his master’s degree in technology management from the University of Maryland–University College. He is married with two children.
Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel
David Slezak joined Affordable Care in 2012 as vice president–chief legal officer and corporate secretary. He has more than a dozen years of experience leading the legal function of large dental support organizations, and is heavily involved in the DSO industry’s government affairs efforts. Mr. Slezak previously was senior vice president–general counsel for a financial institution, where he also served as a voting member on its loan committee. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and business administration from Baldwin-Wallace University. Mr. Slezak is licensed to practice law in the states of Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. He has five children.
Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Operations
Randy Ammons joined Affordable Care in 2013 as director of legal operations. He previously worked for Dex Media as director of labor and employment law, and as vice president of human resources. Before that, Mr. Ammons was a partner at a law firm in Cleveland, where his practice focused on labor and employment law and litigation. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University. Mr. Ammons is married with one son.
Vice President of Business Development
Mark Friedman came to Affordable Care in 2015 from UAI Technology, Inc., where he was chief operating officer. He brings to ACI deep experience in the dental industry, having served as president of Garden State Dental, LLC, a Northeast-based dental support organization. Mr. Friedman managed the business for six years and ultimately completed a successful sale to North East Dental Management. He also served as president of Mid-Jersey Realty, LLC, and as chairman of the national series of Mid-Sized Retirement and Healthcare Plan Management Conferences. Mr. Friedman earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester and his Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Karol H. Twilla
Vice President of Practice Operations
Karol Twilla joined Affordable Care in 1995 as the director of patient services. She was Affordable Care’s first operations consultant, then advanced to senior operations consultant and director of operations before assuming her current responsibilities. Ms. Twilla brings to Affordable Care the experience she built with South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control. Ms. Twilla holds a Master of Health Administration from University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree from University of Northern Iowa. She has three children.
Michael S. Thomas
Vice President of Laboratory Operations
Michael Thomas has risen through the ranks since he started as a dental laboratory technician at Affordable Dentures Dental Laboratories (ADDL), Affordable Care’s lab company, in 1998. He served as laboratory manager in Augusta, Georgia, providing services to two affiliated practices, and in 2000 assumed the role of southeast regional manager with the additional responsibility of De Novo development in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Mr. Thomas was then ADDL senior regional manager for five years, and Affordable Care division vice president for one year before assuming his current role. Prior to joining Affordable Care, he studied engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and owned and operated a commercial laboratory in Birmingham. Mr. Thomas lives in Kinston, North Carolina, with his wife and daughter.
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