Riverdale Healthcare Continues Drive for Growth

Northern based dental group, Riverdale Healthcare is celebrating further growth with the acquisition of three dental practices.

The practices, which are located in Newcastle and Durham, were owned by Principal Dentists Deepinder Somal and Akash Ghai.

Village Dental Practice in Whickam and The Grange Dental Centre in Gosforth which both offer NHS and Private Dental Care, whilst Westland Dental Studio in Lanchester provides private dental care.

The latest acquisitions take Riverdale Healthcare to a total of 25 dental practices in just 2 years.

Dr Somal said, “We will continue to play a large role in the practices, but now we have the support and experience of a wider team to ensure security for the practice teams and our patients.”

Dr Ghai added, “The team at Riverdale Healthcare have been really great to deal with. We also work in the property field and appreciate the level of communication and support we have had from both Chris Aylward and the team. This is a really exciting time to join.”

Chris Aylward, Chief Investment Officer of Riverdale Healthcare commented, “These are three really great practices and I am delighted that, even though we were struck by a pandemic, the team at Apposite Capital, Pinsent Masons and Hazelwoods have managed to ensure a smooth process as we welcome Deepinder, Akash and the team to Riverdale.”

Chris added, “The dental community had a tough time last year but at Riverdale, we have procedures in place to ensure our patients can access dental care safely and our practices remain fully supported by a passionate and committed leadership team.”

Riverdale Healthcare is a dental investment group which was formed in 2019, with an industry-leading management team led by CEO Emma Barnes and backed by specialist healthcare investment fund, Apposite Capital. The team continue to actively source ambitious dental practices which share Riverdale Healthcare’s ethos of providing high quality, ethical dentistry.

Dental practice owners interested in finding out how they can secure the future for their team, should contact in confidence, Chris Aylward at chris@riverdalehealthcare.com

InDental Group

InDental Group Joins Riverdale Healthcare

A Gateshead based dental group, has joined the fastest growing, northern based independent dental group, Riverdale Healthcare.

InDental Group which includes InDental Practice, New Biggin Villa Family Dental Clinic and Deckham Dental were owned by Dr Shiv Pabary MBE, who has worked in the Gateshead and Newcastle area for over 30 years and was awarded the MBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours List in 2009 for services to dentistry.

InDental Practice, on Fewster Square in Gateshead, is a purpose-built state of the art facility designed by local architects, while Deckham Dental Practice is situated on the Old Durham Road in Gateshead and New Biggin Villa is on Kells Road. All practices provide a comprehensive range of private and NHS dental care and accept referrals for complex dental treatment.

This is the largest acquisition for Riverdale Healthcare, who acquired 3 practices during 2020, taking the group total to 22 dental practices around the North East of England.

The acquisition of InDental Group enables Riverdale Healthcare to further support the region’s next generation of dentists as the practices provide Foundation Training centres.

Dr Pabary said, “After meeting with Riverdale, I was convinced joining the group would provide the best support and fit for the practices going forward. We have an ambitious team and want to develop our practices. With the support from Riverdale, we can continue to grow for the benefit of both our team and patients.”

Chris Aylward, Chief Investment Officer of Riverdale Healthcare commented, “This is by far the largest acquisition investment since the initial purchase of Alpha Vitality Group in 2018. Shiv is a leading figure in the dental community and we are confident we can further enhance and build upon his existing success.”

Chris added, “2020 has been a difficult year for the dental community due to the initial lockdown restrictions, but here at Riverdale, through careful management and support, we are working towards delivering as much dentistry as we can in these challenging times. We have proactively sought ways to continue to see our patients, by securing stable supplies of PPE, installing virus killing clean air technology and implementing video consulting technology for remote appointments.

Our core focus is to ensure patients can access dental care safely and ensure they receive a great experience every time.”

Riverdale Healthcare is a dental investment group which was formed in 2019, with an industry-leading management team led by CEO Emma Barnes and backed by specialist healthcare investment fund, Apposite Capital. The team continue to actively source ambitious dental practices which share Riverdale Healthcare’s ethos of providing high quality, ethical dentistry.

Dental practice owners interested in finding out how they can secure the future for their team, should contact in confidence, Chris Aylward at chris@riverdalehealthcare.com

Linden Cottage Dental Practice Joins Riverdale Healthcare

Linden Cottage Dental Practice, which was formerly owned by three managing dentists, is now part of Riverdale Healthcare.

Riverdale Healthcare currently operates 19 dental practices around the North East of England delivering both NHS and private dental care. The acquisition of Linden Cottage Dental Practice follows the recent acquisition of Bridge Street Dental Practice in Morpeth and represents the group’s commitment to growth in the area.

Managing Partner, Callum Barr, said, “We have completed the sale of our dental practice to Riverdale Healthcare. It has been an easy and good-natured process. Riverdale are a far cry from the large conglomerates who are buying up a lot of practices these days. They are primarily interested in maintaining the practice as it and serving the local community.”

Chris Aylward, Chief Investment Officer of Riverdale Healthcare commented, “Callum and the team are a great addition to the Riverdale family and extends our Group further into the beautiful county of Northumberland.  In these unusual times, dentistry has been particularly hard hit with restrictions on seeing patients. At Riverdale, we have proactively sought ways to ensure we can continue to see our patients, by securing supplies of the PPE and installing virus killing clean air technology.”

Chris continued, “Our focus is ensuring patients can access dental care safely and ensure they receive a great experience every time.”

Riverdale Healthcare is a dental investment group formed in 2019, with an industry-leading management team led by Chairman Mark Seekings and backed by a leading healthcare investment fund, Apposite Capital. The team continue to actively source ambitious dental practices which share Riverdale Healthcare’s ethos of providing high quality, ethical dentistry.
For dental practice owners interested in finding out how they can secure the future for their team contact in confidence, Chris Aylward, chris@riverdalehealthcare.com

New CEO for Riverdale Healthcare

Riverdale Healthcare has today announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer.
Current Chairman and previous CEO, Mark Seekings will continue in his role as Chairman of the company, whilst Emma Barnes will have overall responsibility for the company as CEO from 1st November 2020.

Emma, who has a background in dentistry, has had a successful career in similar positions where company growth was key. In her previous role as Chief Operating Officer at Linnaeus Veterinary Group, Emma had grown the Group to 165 practices and 3000 staff, including 700 vets. More recently Emma was an Operations Director for the successful private equity business Laurels, the 3rd largest Funeral Care business in the UK.

Emma’s wealth of experience spans 16 years’ in Retail and 5 years within the Healthcare industry. She has also worked within the care and dental sector, and shares Riverdale’s passion for delivering a strong customer proposition within a clinical environment.

Mark Seekings, Chairman said, “We are delighted to have Emma join the Riverdale Board. Her experience in growing successful companies will be pivotal in the coming months as we continue our ambitious expansion programme and develop our patient experience, in the new digital era.”

Riverdale Healthcare is a dental investment group formed in 2019, with an industry-leading management team led by Chairman, Mark Seekings and backed by a leading healthcare investment fund, Apposite Capital. The team continue to actively source ambitious dental practices which share Riverdale Healthcare’s ethos of providing high quality, ethical dentistry.

For dental practice owners interested in finding out how they can secure the future for their team contact in confidence, Chris Aylward, chris@riverdalehealthcare.com

Bridge Street Dental Practice Joins Riverdale Healthcare

A dental practice in Morpeth has joined a new and expanding, northern based dental group.
Bridge Street Dental Practice, which was formerly owned by Philip Jones, is now part of Riverdale Healthcare.

Riverdale Healthcare currently operates 18 dental practices around the North East of England delivering both NHS and private dental care. The acquisition of Bridge Street Dental Practice enables the group to support the region’s next generation of dentists as the practice is a Foundation Training centre.

Mr Jones said, “After meeting with Riverdale, I was convinced joining the group would provide the best support and fit for the practice going forward. We are an ambitious practice and want to develop the practice and with support from Riverdale, we can continue to grow for the benefit of both our team and patients.”

Chris Aylward, Chief Investment Officer of Riverdale Healthcare commented, “Phil and the team are a great addition to the Riverdale family and extends our Group into Northumberland for the first time.

In these unusual times, dentistry has been particularly hard hit with restrictions on seeing patients. At Riverdale, we have proactively sought ways to ensure we can continue to see our patients, by securing supplies of the PPE and installing virus killing clean air technology.”

Chris continued, “Our focus is ensuring patients can access dental care safely and ensure they receive a great experience every time.”

Riverdale Healthcare is a dental investment group formed in 2019, with an industry-leading management team led by Chairman Mark Seekings and backed by a leading healthcare investment fund, Apposite Capital. The team continue to actively source ambitious dental practices which share Riverdale Healthcare’s ethos of providing high quality, ethical dentistry.

For dental practice owners interested in finding out how they can secure the future for their team contact in confidence, Chris Aylward, chris@riverdalehealthcare.com

Radic8 Virus Killer

VirusKiller System Protects Dental Patients

Amid concerns for safety in dental practices, one UK dental group has made a significant investment to ensure safety for both their team and patients.

Riverdale Healthcare, which incorporates 17 dental practices in the North East and North Yorkshire, have announced that they will be first UK dental group to have the revolutionary Radic8, VirusKiller clean air technology installed.

It is now clear that the entire landscape of dentistry will change at least during the transmission phase of COVID-19, forcing the dental profession as a whole to revisit its entire infection control method and policy, bringing about significant policy changes in the wake of the crisis.

Riverdale Director, Ian Gordon explains, “Dentistry has always had excellent standards of cross infection with single use instruments where possible, autoclaving of other instruments and disinfection of hard surfaces. One of the biggest challenges in infection control within healthcare settings is in dealing with the air and whilst there is no real evidence of transmission in a dental practice via this route it has remained an area of some concern.

Therefore, despite the small and theoretical risk of transmission in this way, to make sure our patients receive the best treatment and service, we are the first dental group in the UK to have partnered up with Radic8, who are leading the global fight against airborne viruses and have installed their clean air technology “Viruskillers” in our dental practices.”

The units, which will arrive this week, have a 99.9999% kill rate on all respiratory viruses, including Coronavirus, in a single air pass. The unit aims to completely and constantly recycle the air inside a standard size surgery both during and between patient appointments. While the patient is in the surgery, the unit creates an airflow that drags contaminated air away from the patient and the dentist and releases sterilized air back, creating a continuous cycle.

Ian added “This is a technology not just for now but for the future. Nobody who has lived and worked through this period will forget the impact of Covid 19 – we are confident this additional measure will reassure and protect our patients and staff from what admittedly is already an extremely low risk”.

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Riverdale Celebrates the New Year with New Acquisition

Framwellgate Dental Surgery, which was formerly owned by dentists Mark Warner and Panos Plevrakis, has joined Riverdale Healthcare.

Riverdale Healthcare currently operates 18 dental practices around the North East of England delivering both NHS and private dental care. The acquisition of Framwellgate enables the group to support the region’s next generation of dentists as the practice is a Foundation Training centre.

Mr Warner said, “After meeting with Riverdale, I was convinced joining the group would provide the best support and fit for the practice going forward. We are an ambitious practice and want to continue to develop the practice and with support from Riverdale, we can continue to grow and develop for the benefit of both our team and patients.”

Chris Aylward, Chief Investment Officer of Riverdale Healthcare commented, “We are really excited to have the team at Framwellgate join our group. Mark and Panos have developed a great dental practice with a fantastic team of professionals who share the same passion and commitment as we do. We are really looking forward to supporting the team in developing their patient focused dental service.”
Riverdale Healthcare is a dental investment group formed in 2019, with an industry-leading management team led by CEO Mark Seekings and backed by a leading healthcare investment fund, Apposite Capital. The team are selectively investing in ambitious dental practices which share the same ethos and core values of Riverdale Healthcare of providing high quality, ethical dentistry.

Middlesbrough Dental Practice is Latest Acquisition for Riverdale Healthcare

A dental practice in Middlesbrough has become the latest acquisition for an expanding northern dental group.

Eston Dental Practice, which was formerly owned by father and son team, Asif and Shabir Hussain, for over 30 years, is now part of Riverdale Healthcare, a young dental group which has been running for just under a year.

Riverdale Healthcare operates 17 dental practices around the North East of England delivering both NHS and private dental care. The acquisition of Eston Dental Practice, with its 9 treatment rooms, further strengthens the group’s commitment to delivering high quality, ethical dental care.

Mr Asif Hussain said, “After several meetings with Riverdale, I was convinced joining the group would provide the best support and fit for the practice going forward. I feel the practice needed to be part of a bigger family and network that shared the same ethos and principles. I believe with the support of the Riverdale Team, we can continue to grow and develop for the benefit of both our team and patients.”
Chris Aylward, Chief Investment Officer of Riverdale Healthcare commented, “We are really excited to have Eston Dental Practice join our group. Asif and Shabir have developed a great dental practice with a fantastic team of professionals who share the same passion and commitment as we do. We are really looking forward to supporting the team in continuing to deliver a patient focused dental service.”

Ian Gordon, Managing Director of Alpha Vitality Group and Director of Riverdale Healthcare said “I am delighted to welcome Eston Dental Practice to the Group. It is testament to the team at Eston that the current practice managers Gill and Becky were both working for Shabir 30 years and 26 years ago respectively! I am confident Riverdale can give the same support to the Eston team as has been afforded to the Alpha Group since we joined Riverdale 12 months ago.”

Riverdale Healthcare is a dental investment group formed in 2019, with an industry-leading management team led by CEO Mark Seekings and backed by a leading healthcare investment fund, Apposite Capital. The team are selectively investing in ambitious dental practices which share the same ethos and core values of Riverdale Healthcare of providing high quality, ethical dentistry.

Riverdale Healthcare Appoints Head of Clinical Advisory Board

ARaj-Rattanmbitious dental group, Riverdale Healthcare, has announced the appointment of Raj Rattan MBE to head up its Clinical Advisory Board.

The appointment of Raj is a huge coup for the recently formed dental group which currently operates 14 practices in the North of England.
With over 30 years’ experience in clinical practice, Raj is Dental Director at Dental Protection, and previously Strategic Associate Dean at the London Deanery.

In 2008, Raj was appointed MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to dentistry and he is former policy adviser to the Department of Health.
Riverdale Healthcare’s Chairman and CEO, Mark Seekings said, “We are thrilled that Raj is joining the team on our exciting journey. He is a highly respected clinician with a wealth of knowledge to support our teams as we grow the company.”

Raj added, “I am delighted to join the team at Riverdale Healthcare. Their vision for delivering high quality, ethical dental care whilst providing patients with the very best experience resonated with my personal values. I am particularly looking forward to supporting our dental colleagues to ensure they are well appointed to deliver high standards of clinical care to patients in a safe and happy environment.”

Riverdale Healthcare’s ambition is to grow through the acquisition of dental practices which share their passion for people and high-quality, ethical dental care. Their focus is the personal touch, creating friendly, harmonious teams who support each other and who ultimately provide their patients with the best experience.

Riverdale Healthcare are actively seeking like-minded dental practices to join the group. Chief Investment Officer, Chris Aylward, has a passion for acquisitions specialising in healthcare, and understands the unique aspects of dealing with the sale of a dental practice. Please contact Chris in confidence, Chris@riverdalehealthcare.com or call 07768 352884.