North American Dental Group Welcomes New Chief Information Officer

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Pittsburgh, PA (November 19, 2020) – North American Dental Group (NADG), a leading dental support organization, has welcomed Shawn M. Blake as its new chief information officer (CIO). Blake will lead all information technology and information security efforts for the company and its more than 240 supported dental practices. He will also lead the company’s Business Intelligence team which provides data analysis tools and insights to enable informed business decisions.

“Shawn’s track record as a results-oriented information technology leader is a welcomed asset at a most opportune time for North American Dental Group,” said NADG CEO Ken Cooper. “As our industry evolves and our company grows, Shawn will play a crucial role in assuring our technology infrastructure stays ahead of the curve.”

Blake, who joined NADG on November 2, said he is impressed by the empathetic culture of the company.

“I am truly grateful and excited to have joined NADG at such a pivotal time in its evolution. It is clear from my early interactions with the partners and leadership team, that NADG exemplifies and values extreme care for its team members and the patients it serves through its affiliate, the Professional Dental Alliance,” Blake said. “This innovative and thoughtful leadership team is passionate about delivering best-in-class care to patients. I am both honored and humbled to be part of such a high caliber and values-based quality team.”     

Prior to joining NADG, Blake held CIO positions at Optum Care and MedExpress.

At Optum, he led information technology operations for seven health care delivery organizations within Optum’s east region, responsible for 351 IT resources covering more than 8 million patients. At MedExpress, where he also served as the HIPAA Security Officer, Blake was responsible for strategic and innovative development solutions for 250 urgent care centers and 40 work-site clinics across 28 states and serving more than 4 million patients. He held prior roles at Aetna, Coventry Healthcare, Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Deloitte.

Blake earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Slippery Rock University and a master’s in public management from Carnegie Mellon University.

About North American Dental Group

North American Dental Group (NADG), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was co-founded in 2008 by Ken Cooper and Dr. Andrew Matta. NADG was created to transform the dental experience for patients, clinicians, and its support teams and today consists of a network of over 240 supported dental practices across 15 states. The values of maintaining an emotionally intelligent approach, being thoughtful educators, and displaying a healthy bravado fuel its day-to-day patient care and operations. These founding values are alive and well as NADG celebrates its pioneer spirit by solidifying its partnership with Jacobs Holding AG. For more information, please visit: