Clear aligner treatment expert Payam Ataii, DMD, joined Aspen Dental as senior vice president of orthodontic support.

Aspen Dental announced that Payam Ataii, DMD, MBA, has joined the company as senior vice president of orthodontic support.

Ataii will be responsible for educating and supporting doctors and staff about the benefits of clear aligners to patients and developing improved strategies, processes, and procedures to deliver clear aligners.

It will include the development of an interactive, customized, end-to-end learning journey for doctors across the Aspen Dental network to stay up to date on the latest technology, clinical approach, and practical integration into the office and patient care processes.

“I’m excited to join Aspen Dental at a time of rapid growth with the opportunity to support such a wide, talented network of doctors in embracing the ways that technology can make patient care more effective and accessible,” said Ataii.

Ataii has more than 20 years of experience in the clear aligner space and is regarded as an innovator and thought leader amongst his peers, having led more than 3,600 clear aligner cases.

He spent more than 15 years training general dentists across the country in aligner technology before he began teaching and consulting for other clear aligner companies.

“As we continue to expand our family of brands and offerings, the model and vision remain the same – to equip local providers to provide quality, affordable and accessible care to patients,” said Bob Fontana, chairman, and chief executive officer of The Aspen Group. “Leveraging new technologies and staying ahead of new clinical treatments is a key part of that vision. Dr Ataii’s decades of experience in clear aligners will elevate the quality of training and resources we provide our network of doctors, ultimately elevating patient treatment options and furthering our goal of breaking down barriers to care.”

Ataii earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed his dental externship at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

He is also a patent holder of an FDA-cleared oral device and continues to create health solutions to help patients receive quality care.

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