Our leadership team wakes up everyday focused on how we can help our providers and clinical staff. We make sure they have the tools to be successful in all aspects of their business. We thrive on knowing we’re taking the hard stuff off of our doctors plates so they can focus on their patients.
Chief Executive Officer
“Rock Dental Brands has great people, and great people build great things and develop and support great people. I wouldn’t be where I am without the support from others. So my passion is to support the patients and colleagues every chance I get.”
As the CEO of Rock Dental Brands, Kristi’s vision is to deliver the highest quality care possible to all patients. Through her leadership, Rock Dental Brands is designed to help clinics thrive by providing centralized practice management services, which allow dentists and specialists to concentrate solely on patient care.
With nearly 20 years of professional experience, Kristi is known for maximizing operational excellence and brand awareness. Prior to joining Rock Dental Brands as the COO, Kristi spent nearly two decades in the telecom industry. With 17 years successfully climbing the ranks at Verizon, the largest telecom company in the United States, she held numerous executive-level positions, including President of the South Central Region, as well as Vice President of Marketing & Distribution Strategy.
Kristi is a native Arkansan who began her career in Little Rock with the legacy Alltel Corporation. Through her career, she has lived on both the East and West Coasts, and she is proud to have made her way back to Arkansas where she has settled in Little Rock with her twin boys. Kristi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.
Mark Dake, DDS, MSD
Chief Clinical Officer
“I enjoy seeing my patients smiles improve as well as the the self-confidence that is gained from a healthy beautiful smile.”
Dr. Mark L. Dake is a co-founder of Rock Dental Brands. As Chief Clinical Officer, he is a key driver in practice & business development as well as ensuring both clinical excellence, effectiveness and regulatory compliance. As a graduate of UMKC Dental in 1984, and Baylor Orthodontic in 1986, he entered into private practice in Southern MO. He is an influential voice in the US orthodontic and dental industries serving as delegate to the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) as well as previously serving on the Council of Government Affairs for the AAO.
Bryan C. Hiller, DMD, MS
President of Orthodontics
“I consider it a privilege to treat the communities in which I work. I believe that everyone should have access to quality, affordable dental care and orthodontic services.”
Dr. Bryan Hiller is a co-founder of Rock Dental Brands. He is an orthodontic specialist certified to provide traditional braces as well as other treatment options such as Invisalign, laser treatment, and temporary anchorage devices. Dr. Hiller focuses on Smile Esthetics, working to ensure that every one of his patients realizes the full potential of their smile while striving to provide each patient with a new outlook on life. He created this group alongside Dr. Mark Dake to ensure excellent, quality, affordable treatment for all patients through doctor collaboration and peer review.
Dr. Hiller is originally from New Hampshire where he enjoyed time as a downhill ski racer. He lives in Little Rock and has three children, Brayden, Tanner and Payton and two dogs, Opie and Marshal. He enjoys sports, outdoor family activities and dog training.
Bryan Angel, DDS
President of Pediatric Dentistry
“This is no longer just a job for me. I have become truly passionate about giving children the best treatment possible so they can live healthy lives.”
Dr. Bryan Angel attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Little Rock where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in both Psychology and Chemistry. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Dentistry in 2000. Dr. Angel then completed an additional two years of specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, graduating in 2002. Dr. Angel’s postdoctoral training focused on the growth and development of infants, children and individuals with special needs.
Dr. Angel and his wife Melinda have three children, Cassidy, Macy & River. Dr. Angel enjoys walking, running, hiking, biking, and spending time with his family. On the weekends you can find him climbing and even running Pinnacle Mountain!
Todd Stewart, DDS
Chief Dental Officer
Dr. Todd Stewart has been practicing dentistry for over 24 years and joined the Rock Dental Brands team in 2018 . As he has seen the profession of dentistry evolving into a more group practice model, Dr. Stewart has developed a passion to help shape the direction in such a way that we retain not only a high quality standard of care, but also, the respect from our peers and patients we serve.
As Chief Dental Officer, Dr. Stewart is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the patients experience is positive. Although he has a heavy focus on the clinical aspects of the practice, he is also acutely focused on the patient’s non-clinical experience from the time they first contact our office to the time that they leave.
In 2009, he transitioned into dental practice management and administration forming Apex Dental as a multi-specialty multi location group dental practice
Dr. Stewart earned a BS degree from the University of Arkansas and attended the University of Tennessee, Memphis and graduated with a DDS degree in 1994.
Chief Financial Officer
Ashley has extensive experience in Revenue and Expense Accounting, Forecasting, and Reporting. She graduated from Arkansas State University and moved to Little Rock where she later joined Rock Dental Brands as Revenue Accounting Manager, moving on to become Controller, then Vice President of Financial Planning, and now the Chief Financial Officer. Outside of the office, Ashley enjoys traveling and being an active member in her church.
Chief Growth Officer
Tying communications together with business growth, Jake oversees marketing, call center, and corporate communications for the Company. He brings 8 years of marketing, sales and executive management experience with a specialty in digital marketing effectiveness. Since joining The Company in August 2017, Jake has developed and instituted successful revenue, collections and rebranding efforts.
Jake is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR with a B.A. in Business Administration and Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida with an M.S. in Internet Marketing.
Chief Development Officer
Rock Dental Brands has an excellent reputation for partnering with only premier dental specialists, and we are able to provide tremendous operational support while allowing our doctor partners to maintain clinical autonomy and focus on providing superior customer care. I am extremely excited about the future of Rock Dental Brands.
Todd Nickerson has joined the senior executive team as chief development officer, overseeing all merger and acquisitions activity for the organization. Before joining Rock Dental Brands, Nickerson served as chief development officer at North American Dental Group and vice president of M&A at both U.S. Oral Surgery Management and Smile Source.
During his tenure at U.S. Oral Surgery Management, Nickerson was instrumental in record-breaking revenue growth for three consecutive years, which led to a very successful recapitalization in 2021. During his nine years at Smile Source, Nickerson led unmatched franchise growth at more than 650 locations.
“There is so much expansion opportunity in our geographic footprint,” Nickerson said. “Rock Dental Brands has an excellent reputation for partnering with only premier dental specialists, and we are able to provide tremendous operational support while allowing our doctor partners to maintain clinical autonomy and focus on providing superior customer care. I am extremely excited about the future of Rock Dental Brands.”
Senior Vice President of Operations
Amy joined the business in 2019 and is excited to work with the Rock Dental Brands team and learn a new industry. She graduated from the University of Arkansas and previously worked for Verizon Wireless for 17 years. Amy has experience in project management, sales operations, marketing, developing processes and audit. Outside of work, she enjoys watching her son’s sporting events and spending time with family and friends.
Vice President of Clinical OperationsAngie enjoys her role as a Senior Area Manager and the excitement that it brings. Everyday is different and comes with its own challenges, but that’s the part that keeps her so focused. She loves how rewarding it is to be part of so many clinics and watch as our teams grow and develop. Angie graduated from Arkansas State University in Business Management and grew up in Mountain Home, AR. She and her husband, Jonathan, have two amazing girls, Madison and Claire. They love just about any activity and always are looking forward to the next family vacation. Her husband patiently taught her to play golf and they spend many of their summer evenings hoping for a hole in one. She also loves spending time in the kitchen with her daughters.
Vice President of Revenue CycleShe received her B.S. in Healthcare Administration at John Brown University and was an RDA. She has worked her entire career in dental and is from North Little Rock. She loves that she’s part of a growing company with an amazing working culture and appealing working atmosphere. Amy is passionate about her career because it allows her to be a part of an intricately designed system. She loves to help facilitate the full encompassing cycle of dental care from the patient’s first office visit to the completion of treatment. She and her husband have two very energetic boys whom they adore dearly. She also enjoys serving in the youth ministry at her local church as well as event planning and crafting.
Joe Gregory, JD
An attorney with over 28 years of legal experience, Joe is responsible for regulatory compliance, securities matters, financing, employment and labor matters, litigation, and general corporate issues for Rock Dental Brands. This is the third stop in his career as a general counsel having previously held the position for companies in banking & hazardous waste management. During his 16 years in private practice, Joe has been of counsel to numerous healthcare systems.
Director of Human Resources
Every day at Rock Dental Brands, we put our trust in Renee to take care of our greatest assets: our people. Over the course of her 10 year career in Human Resources, Renee has gained significant experience which makes her a great member of the HR team. She views the Rock Dental employees as her own customers, and strives everyday to create job satisfaction and employee efficiency. Effectiveness is one of Renee’s greatest strengths, as she utilizes people, processes, and technology to get the job done right. Away from the office, Renee enjoys spending time with her husband Chris, and two sons, Addison and MacKenzie.