Stephen Thorne is Founder, President and CEO of Pacific Dental Services, or PDS for short. PDS is a leading dental support organization (referred to as a DSO) that provides business services to over 540 dental practices throughout the US.
Stephen graduated from UCLA in 1989 with a degree in Economics and Business. He earned his Masters in Health Administration from Chapman University in 1994. This year he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from A.T. Still University: the world’s first osteopathic medical school.
After college, Stephen worked for his father, a dentist, managing a struggling dental practice. He helped the office reach success and continued to work with his father for several years before creating PDS.
PDS strives to be the provider of choice for practicing dentists to maximize individual and professional God-given potential. PDS values service, not just for its customers, but also for the less fortunate through the PDS Foundation, a charitable organization that provides service programs for oral healthcare locally, nationally, and internationally.
Outside of PDS, Mr. Thorne is an active leader in the dental industry. He helped form the Association of Dental Support Organizations and served as the founding President for three years. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he’ll be helping them to integrate oral health and medicine. He is also on a board of trusted dental scholars and professionals with the Santa Fe Group called the Strategic Advisory Council. They’re determined to expand oral health care access to aging Americans.
He resides in Nevada with his wife Pam of 25 years, and they have seven children.