Who Owns Your Dental Office?

Dentistry is experiencing a paradigm shift that occurred in medicine about 15 to 20 years ago.  In the past, medical doctors owned their businesses.  Through the monopolization of hospitals and influence of private investment, most of our nation’s doctors have had to give up their private practices and become employees of large corporations.  Gone are the days of the local doctor who did house calls and personally oversaw everything in his practice.  Today, doctors are employees of large groups or hospitals that are usually owned by wall street and private investment firms.  Those investors only care about their return on investment. Therefore, your health is determined by investors and insurance companies.  The actual input from your doctor is minimized every year (Tom Peck, April 2024).  

These outside influences have moved into dentistry and into Frederick, MD.  Large investment groups see dentistry as an untapped market for profit. A large number of offices in Frederick have sold their ownership to these outside corporations.  The dentists are employees that do not have the final say on what goes on in their practices. Final decisions and treatment plans are driven by increasing investor profits.

Even more concerning is that when an office is sold to a large corporation, the profits of those offices are now funneled to wherever that corporation is located.  It could be several states over.  It may even be overseas.  This has a real impact on the local community.  Money brought in by locally-owned businesses tends to stay in the community and neighboring communities.

Bell Dental is privately owned.  We have total control over our treatment recommendations and have no pressure to satisfy anyone but our patients.  Dr. Katie Bell treats patients with ethics and with their best health interests in mind. Dr. Katie Bell also works with the Mid-Atlantic Alliance of Independent Dentists to ensure the practice remains privately owned