Meet the Team
Board of Directors
Stephen E. Thorne IV
Dr. Jack Dillenberg
Dr. Carolyn Ghazal
Regional Partner, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Maryland Region
Patrick Perodin joined Pacific Dental Services as regional partner in 2016 after working in the healthcare/dental industry for over 15 years. He received his bachelor’s in biology from the State University of New York at Albany and his master’s in business management and policy with concentration in health care management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Dr. Eric Ellis
Pacific Dental Services® - Supported Owner Dentist
Dr. Eric Ellis is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist and member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the ADA. He owns two practices in Arizona and has participated in multiple Mobile Dental Clinic events and has traveled to Ethiopia twice with the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation.
Dr. Richard Mungo
USC Faculty, CHOC Pediatric Doc
Dr. Richard Mungo’s philosophy of care is to strive to offer the highest quality of oral health care to children in a caring atmosphere. Dr. Mungo serves as a clinical director for the Special Smiles program of the Special Olympics.
Director, Government & Industry Affairs, Pacific Dental Services®
Since 2001, Gary has contributed to the growth and reputation of Pacific Dental Services®, one of the largest and most respected DSO’s in the world. From helping to develop an industry leading insurance contracts department to establishing and building strong relationships with key opinion leaders and collaborating with various entities to advance our model.
Dr. William Sands
AEGD Director of Operations
Dr. William Sands received his BS at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He worked in Africa for a few years and set up small clinics within different villages in Africa, helping with many humanitarian projects throughout his life.
Regional Partner, New Mexico/Southern Colorado Region
Stephanie Wootan joined PDS in January 2013 and is directly responsible for the results of the New Mexico/Southern Colorado Region. She has also held leadership positions in retail and proudly served in the U.S. Army. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science at the University of Colorado.
Gary Van Arnam
Sr. VP, Private Client Advisory, Northern Trust
Gary, as an active community member, serves as a Board Member and the Chair of the Grants Committee of the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Foundation along with many others. He was also honored as a Visionary Leader for helping bring accessible oral health care services to underserved children in Orange County.
Influencer Business Development Manager, P&G
As a graduate from the University of Kansas Graduate School of Business, Dave has been on the advisory board of the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation since 2016. As the Associate Director of P&G, one of our strategic partners, Dave has aided the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation by providing patient kits and financial support to our Medicare initiative.
Manager, Dental Assistant National Strategy and School Relations, Pacific Dental Services®
Rose received her BA from La Sierra University and her MAM from the University of Redlands. As an Registered Dental Assistant, Rose has participated in numerous Mobile Dental Clinic events and has traveled to Guatemala with the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation. She also serves as a mentor to the recipients of the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation Dental Assistant Scholarship.
VP Corporate Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO at Henry Schein
David works for the world’s largest distributor of healthcare products and equipment and is responsible for Henry Schein’s Corporate Social Responsibility. David has volunteered with the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation on our International Service Trip to Ethiopia. David earned his BA at Emory University.
Dr. Isaac Navarro
Pacific Dental Services® - Supported Owner Dentist
Dr. Isaac Navarro has been practicing dentistry since 2008. He received his BS at Fresno State University and received his DMD at Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. He serves as the Clinical Director for Special Olympics Northern California and has volunteered with the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation through Mobile Dental Clinic events and International Service Trips over the years.
Dr. Steven Perlman
Global Clinical Director and Founder, Special Olympics Special Smiles
Dr. Perlman created Special Olympics Special Smiles to provide free dental screenings for Special Olympic athletes. Dr. Perlman is the past president of the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Perlman is a graduate of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
Kyle has been the Executive Director since 2018, but has worked with the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation, a public charity, whose mission is to improve overall health by improving oral health, through opportunities to serve locally, nationally, and internationally since its inception in 2013. He has been to numerous Mobile Dental Clinics and leads international service trips to Fiji, Guatemala and Ethiopia. He holds a BS in marketing from Michigan State University and an MBA from Vanguard University of Southern California.
Taylor has been working with the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation since 2018. She coordinates marketing and communication efforts for the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation's four key programs: The Mobile Dental Clinic, International Service Trips, The Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assistant Scholarship, and Special Needs Advocacy and Training. She received her BS in Business Administration and minor in Public Relations from Chapman University.
Carisa has volunteered with the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation Mobile Dental Clinic since 2016 and is an ambassador for service in her community. She joined the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation team in 2019. Carisa coordinates Mobile Dental Clinic events around the country, supports Pacific Dental Services® Foundation Dentists for Special Needs in Phoenix, Arizona and leads fundraising efforts. Carisa received her BS in public relations from Northern Arizona University.
Carli has been supporting the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation since 2016. She has worked with the Mobile Dental Clinic and leads international service trips to Guatemala and Fiji. She also supports the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation Dental Clinic in Xenacoj, Guatemala and its partnerships with Mission Impact, the University of San Carlos Dental School, and those who visit. Carli received her BA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Wichita State University.
Dentists for Special Needs Team
Dr. David Jourabchi
Dr. David Jourabchi has been working with the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation since 2020. He graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA. He serves as the practicing clinician at Pacific Dental Services® Foundation Dentists for Special Needs in Phoenix, Arizona.
Michelle has been working with the Pacific Dental Services® Foundation since 2019. She received her AS in Social Sciences from Chaffey College. She serves as the operations manager at Pacific Dental Services® Foundation Dentists for Special Needs in Phoenix, Arizona. She has volunteered with Special Olympics Special Smiles events as well as Smile Generation Serve Day.