The Riverdale Experience
Riverdale Healthcare is founded on shared values;
A promise of honesty, integrity and an ethical approach to dentistry

Riverdale Healthcare is a new, dentistry investment group with an industry-leading management team led by the group CEO, Mark Seekings and backed by a leading healthcare investment fund. The team will be selectively investing in ambitious dental practices that share the same ethos and core values of Riverdale Healthcare to provide high quality, ethical dentistry. Our support will provide the infrastructure to facilitate growth in our investments by deploying strategic capital and commercial expertise.

With the launch of Riverdale Healthcare, we are equally delighted to announce the successful completion of our first investment in a fast-growing dental group in the North of England, Alpha Vitality Group – a ten practice group offering a mix of NHS and private dental services.

Mark Seekings, CEO of Riverdale Healthcare commented – “Riverdale Healthcare is excited to be investing in Alpha Vitality and support the continued growth and success they have had to date. We were attracted to the ethos and values held by the management team of Alpha Vitality, their focus on achieving clinical excellence, strong culture of teamwork and the commitment to their clinicians and staff. I look forward to working with the team to help build what will be a truly unique dental group in the North of England”

If you wish to learn more about Riverdale Healthcare or interested in working with us, please get in touch.

Details of the Alpha Vitality Group can be found at;

03/09/2019 – Riverdale Acquires Third Practice in North

Riverdale Healthcare, which is based in the North East of England, has acquired Archway Dental Practice located in the busy market town of Stokesley, a location which also includes Vitality Dental Care, a private dental practice which along with Alpha Dental Group joined with Riverdale Healthcare at the end of 2018.

Archway Dental Practice was founded by dentist, Mark Amos and moved into its current building in 2009, providing NHS dental care via three treatment rooms. The acquisition of the practice follows the acquisitions of Hebburn and Pelaw dental practices in Tyne & Wear one month ago, further strengthening the group footprint in North East England.

Ian Gordon, Managing Director said, “Having worked closely with Mark Amos and his team for several years it is a pleasure to have them join the wider group on a formal footing. We have lots of exciting projects coming up which will expand the number of treatment rooms and the treatment offered to patients as well as the opportunities available to the Archway team.”

Chris Aylward, Chief Investment Officer of Riverdale Healthcare comments, “This third acquisition highlights our ambition to further expand in the North East. We are pleased to welcome the Archway practice to the group and are looking forward to working together with the team to continue delivering high quality dental services to patients.”

Riverdale Healthcare is a new dentistry investment group with an industry-leading management team led by CEO Mark Seekings and backed by the leading healthcare investment fund, Apposite Capital. The team is selectively investing in ambitious dental practices that share the same ethos and core values of Riverdale Healthcare to provide high quality, ethical dentistry.

For further details, in confidence, contact Chris Aylward or call 07768 352884

05/08/2019 – Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Riverdale Healthcare has acquired a portfolio of two mixed income dental practices in Tyne & Wear, Hebburn Dental Practice and Pelaw Dental Practice.

Riverdale Healthcare is a dentistry investment group with an industry-leading management team led by CEO Mark Seekings and backed by Apposite Capital, a leading healthcare private equity firm. The team is selectively investing in ambitious dental practices that share the same ethos and core values of Riverdale Healthcare to provide high quality, ethical dentistry. Chris Aylward, Chief Investment Officer of Riverdale Healthcare comments, “We are really excited to have completed our first acquisition to add to the Alpha Vitality practices as we aim to continue expand within the North East of England. Julie’s practices are a perfect fit with the vision for Riverdale and we are looking forward to working with the practice teams to continue to deliver a patient focused dental service.

Our Vision & Values

Continued investment in our staff, infrastructure and creating a thriving working environment is what excites us. Riverdale Healthcare will continuously refine what makes a pleasurable visit, the experience. We aspire to build long lasting relationships with each and every one of our patients by building trust and performing dentistry the right way.

With an unparalleled operational and clinical management team backed by a leading healthcare investment fund, our staff can expect the highest level of support whilst being equipped to perform dentistry to the highest standard for our patients.

Meet the Team

Mark Seekings
Chairman & CEO

As CEO of the Group, Mark has extensive experience of running successful businesses over a career spanning 30 years. Mark was part of the founding team at one of the largest dental groups in the UK where he was instrumental in building the group to 135 practices and 10 laboratories. With a keen interest and a passion for digital dentistry, Mark will play an influential role in rolling out the group wide vision to integrate cutting edge digital technology to better serve our patients. You will find him to be a very approachable, down to earth Yorkshireman who relishes being with the ‘troops’ as often as he can.

Gus Fichardt
Chief Financial Officer

Gus is Managing Director of The Peloton, a chartered accountant and marketeer firm for Dentists. He was formerly the Financial Director for Harley Street Dental Group. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Smiles Dental Care Clinics where he devised and implemented a turnaround strategy. Co-Founder of Dental Property Investments, Gus was responsible for the sale and lease back of freehold assets and building the business to a multi-million-pound property portfolio. Gus completed his MBA thesis on “Business of Dentistry in the UK”.

Chris Aylward
Chief Investment Officer

Chris has a passion for acquisitions specialising in healthcare and understands the unique aspects of dealing with sale of a dental practice. Every dental practice is different, every sale has different aspects that need to be addressed and that is why we will work with you to understand your particular needs. Following a successful 20-year career with Alliance UniChem/Boots, Chris has recently held senior M&A roles with small Private Equity backed healthcare businesses, recently as Head of M&A with Oasis Healthcare.

Mike McGrath
Non-Executive Director

As a non-executive director, Mike sits on the Boards of a number of high-growth consumer businesses, including a major online beauty retailer and one of the country’s largest consumer law firms. Earlier in his career, he held a number of senior management roles at FTSE 250 level. Mike’s role is to use his experience to support the senior management team led by Mark in developing and delivering its vision to become one of the country’s leading dental businesses.

Ian Gordon
Managing Director – Alpha Vitality and Group NHS Lead

Ian Gordon graduated from Newcastle Dental School in 1984. He returned to his native North Yorkshire before starting The Dental Centre Group in 1989 which expanded to include 4 practices across Teesside. In 2008 he founded Alpha Vitality Group with his wife and business partners, which has expanded to 10 practices across the North from York to Chester Le Street, with significant NHS, Private, referral and Orthodontic commitments.

Ian has been involved in Dental Politics and Vocational Training throughout his career. He is currently Chair of North Yorkshire and Yorkshire Regional Council of Local Dental Committees. Ian retains a clinical commitment providing NHS and Private dental treatment. Until very recently Ian has also been a dento-legal advisor for Dental Protection and is currently a dento-legal advisor to Densura -a recently formed dental indemnity company.

Ian is currently a Director of The Association of Dental Groups, which represents many of the larger Corporates and Groups in the UK. He also becomes a Director of Riverdale Healthcare, Group NHS Lead and Managing Director of Alpha Vitality Group (as part of Riverdale Healthcare) to take the existing practices to the next level through investment and growth.

Ben Wild
Operations Director

Ben trained as a dentist in Newcastle before moving back to North Yorkshire where he worked as an associate in private and NHS practice before going into partnership with Ian Gordon to form The Dental Centre group in 2005. Valuable experience gained from these early years were used to build up the second group of 10 practices that became Alpha Vitality Group with an ethos on building motivated dental teams to provide high-quality NHS and private dental care in modern and progressive practice environments. This team focused passion has also been harnessed to train dentists, firstly as a trainer within a practice and subsequently as a Training Programme Director for Health Education England North East for the past 10 years.

He was recently appointed Regional Foundation Programmes Advisor and overseas dental foundation training across the North East and Cumbria. Ben is also a past member of Tees Local Dental Committee and PEC committee member of Langbaurgh PCT.

He becomes Operations Director for Riverdale Healthcare and will work with Ian Gordon on developing the Alpha Vitality Group, and with the Riverdale management team on further planned growth across the UK.

Ashkan Pitchforth
Non-Executive Clinical Advisor

Ashkan qualified from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Dental School in 2009 with honors. Ashkan practices dentistry in Crawley where he is a supervisor and mentor for younger dentists for Health Education England. He is an Executive Member of the West Sussex Local Dental Committee, which strives to represent dentists on a local and national level. He additionally works as a Clinical Dental Advisor for NHS England South East (Kent, Surrey and Sussex).

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