The enroot Network

Executive Board

Thomas A von Sydow
CEO

Thomas comes to enroot with 4 decades in the healthcare industry. Thomas also currently serves as COO of Cornerstone Dental Specialties the largest Mobile Surgical Practice serving over 250 locations in the US. Prior to this Thomas served as COO at Acuity Eye Care where he implemented a restructuring of the organization and developed out their acquisition program, overseeing 6 practice acquisitions in 12 months. Other key roles; Vice President of Strategic Platform Development, and Vice President of Specialties at Pacific Dental Services. During his tenure the specialty business (Endodontics, Periodontics, Oral Surgery, Pediatrics, Orthodontics, and Hygiene) grew from ~28% of revenue to over 50% in 9 years. He also opened one of the first Medical/Dental platforms in the US. He has held Senior Leadership positions at Nobel Biocare in North America and Country Manager of Mexico, Senior Leadership roles at Masimo Pulse Oximeter, United States Surgical, and Cadence Design Systems. Thomas served 6 years as a Navy Hospital Corpsman.Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Advanced Certificates from Harvard in Leadership and Corporate Strategy. He is an elected board Trustee of the American Association of Endodontics Foundation, and an advisor to the board for Carecru. He enjoys travel with his wife of 38 years, and spending time with his 3 children and grandchildren.

Nick Khalili
CFO

Nick Khalili earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and finance from California State University Fullerton and his Masters of Business administration (MBA) with a concentration in accounting and finance. Nick has also earned his Masters of Science in Taxation (MST) from California State University Northridge. He is a California licensed tax practitioner and a member of AICPA and CalCPA. Nick started at Cornerstone Dental Specialties in June 2012 as controller. His responsibilities included budget creation and oversight, development of productive metrics, and management of company financials. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2014 and assumed managing all aspects of internal operations while continuing to oversee the financial health of a dynamic, expanding organization. Nick also serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Cornerstone group.

Jason Garey, MBA
Senior Director Business Development

Jason’s career has spanned over 20 years in sales and leadership positions. He has worked for technology and media companies including startups to build sales programs and divisions. Most recently SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He has turned around several programs and returned them to profitability. He does this by developing a positive sales culture and giving the team opportunities to succeed and grow. He is dedicated to helping his people grow and achieve the company’s goals and their own. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from The University of Tennessee and is completing his MBA in Healthcare Administration from Middle Tennessee State University. In his spare time, Jason works with his wife, an extremely successful General Dentist practice owner, as well as spending time with his family. He enjoys the outdoors and helping his wife with their Special Needs dental initiatives.

Clinical Leadership

Dr. Hamid Abedi, DDS, MBA Sr
Clinical Director

Dr. Abedi founded Cornerstone Dental Specialties in 2004 after realizing mobile specialty dentistry was the future of the industry. Cornerstone is now one of the largest Endodontic Groups in the US serving primarily the DSO market. Thomas and he quickly realized this platform would serve the individual Practice Owner so they Co-Founded enroot. Dr. Abedi loves to teach, coach, and mentor all dentists and still practices chairside 10 days a month. He enjoys hiking, bicycling, and travel. He is passionate about making patients comfortable and providing excellent clinical care.

Dr. Ahmad Alnatour, DDS, MMSc
Clinical Oversight Committee Chair

Dr. Alnatour has been practicing dentistry since 2005. After he earned his endodontic certificate from Harvard he started to practice at Cornerstone due to his fascination with mobile dentistry. His ongoing contributions to the industry in providing mobile care and his constant desire to improve clinical outcomes provide invaluable advancements inside and outside the organization.

Dr. Brett Strong, DDS
Clinical Oversight Committee Member

Dr. Strong owned his private practice for many years. After seeing the benefits of providing care on a mobile platform he sold his practice and joined Cornerstone. Beyond helping patients get out of pain, his passion is working with team members to reduce the daily stress of delivering root canals. He is a mentor and coach to many new providers and is beloved by his patients.

Dr. Laura Steff, DDS
Education
New York University School of Dentistry
Experience
Professional associations
American Association of Endodontists, the American Dental Association, American College of Dentists, New York University Alumni Association, American Association of Women Dentists

Dr. Laura Steff has been practicing dentistry since 2016. She grew up in Tampa, Florida and attended University of South Florida. Dr. Steff pursued and completed her dental degree at the prestigious New York University School of Dentistry where she graduated with honors. She completed her specialty training in Endodontics at New York University School of Dentistry where she was the chief resident, and actively involved in Teaching dental students. While completing her residency training, Dr. Steff was a leading member in a volunteer group of residents’ who worked to increase access to care to special needs patients Dr. Steff is currently a Board Eligible candidate of the American Board of Endodontics, and spends many hours each year networking with colleagues and participating in continuing education activities to remain current in her field. She is currently licensed to practice dentistry in Tennessee, New York, and Florida. She is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, the American Dental Association, American College of Dentists, New York University Alumni Association, and the American Association of Women Dentists. Dr. Steff maintains active involvement in research and is often selected to present at meetings and universities. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Nick, and two dogs. During their free time they enjoy hiking, kayaking, and exploring all that Tennessee has to offer.

Dr. Joel Luedeke, DMD Owner Dentist
Education
Washington University School of Dental Medicine
Experience
Professional associations
Associate Member of the American Association of Endodontics, ADA, Missouri Dental Association

Dr. Luedeke has been in active practice since 1985. After his DMD degree from Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, he relocated to San Francisco and developed an extremely successful practice. He was a pioneer in laser dentistry, implants, and aesthetic restorations including veneers and natural colored filings.. After 30 years he sold his practice and decided to return to Saint Louis and practice with a Dental School classmate. Dr. Luedeke has always loved doing root canal treatment and has performed thousands of these procedures. He decided to open his own mobile solo practice dedicated to root canals and surgical implant placements. Dr. Luedeke also works with the local VA to provide dentistry to our veterans in need in the local St. Louis area. In his spare time, he loves being with his family, traveling, and spending time outdoors.