TUSK Partners Advises Grinz Orthodontics in its Sale to Smile Doctors

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TUSK Partners (“TUSK”) advised Grinz Orthodontics in its sale to Smile Doctors, a portfolio company of Linden Capital Partners and Thomas H. Lee Partners. Kevin Sauer, director of mergers & acquisitions at TUSK Partners, led the transaction. TUSK’s diligence and analytics efforts were spearheaded by Alex Cherniavsky, Taylor Adams, Sam Lupton, and George May.

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Grinz Orthodontics has been providing confident smiles to communities throughout North Carolina and Arizona. Under the leadership of Dr. Richard Ziehmer, Grinz Orthodontics is committed to providing premier dental care to its communities with a patient-centered approach.

“After being approached by various groups and engaging another broker, I was introduced to TUSK,” commented Dr. Richard Ziehmer, founder of Grinz Orthodontics. “After meeting with the TUSK team, I was certain they were the right advisors to maximize the value of my practice and find the best partner for my business. Their team was fully committed to my business, and in retrospect, I can’t imagine going through this process without TUSK on my side.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Richard Ziehmer and his talented team to Smile Doctors,” commented Michael Kruspe, chief development officer at Smile Doctors. “Dr. Ziehmer has built a successful patient-centered group of practices. We look forward to bringing the necessary support resources to the Grinz Orthodontics team as they continue to provide premier orthodontic care.”

About Grinz Orthodontics

Grinz Orthodontics was founded by Dr. Richard Ziehmer in 2006. Grinz Orthodontics has locations in two states: North Carolina and Arizona.

Grinz Orthodontics provides premier orthodontic care with a patient-focused business model.

For more information, visit: https://grinzortho.com.

About Smile Doctors

Smile Doctors, LLC, is the largest ortho-focused dental support organization (OSO) in the U.S. The organization has the fastest-growing network of leading orthodontists. With more than 370 convenient locations in 27 states, Smile Doctors has a rich history of developing and growing affiliated practices by providing tools and technology that allow their orthodontists to focus entirely on patient care.

Smile Doctors is the largest network of Diamond Plus Invisalign® providers. Smile Doctors’ orthodontists are proud members of the American Association of Orthodontists and American Dental Association, and host for the Lecture Center for Orthodontic Excellence. Smile Doctors’ mission is to create confident smiles that inspire the best in their patients, each other, and the communities they serve.

For more information, please visit: www.smiledoctors.com.

About TUSK Partners

TUSK Partners (“TUSK”) provides M&A Advisory services in the dental industry. TUSK has completed over $800M of transactions across all specialties. With an in-depth understanding of the marketplace and access to hundreds of buyers nationwide, we help our clients confidently pursue M&A transactions that maximize their long-term value.

With our significant collective experience of over 40+ years of dental practice transactions, we offer our clients solutions that help them to achieve their strategic and financial objectives.

For more information, visit https://tusk-partners.com.