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On Monday, ADA News announced the winners of the second annual Design Innovation Awards as presented by the ADA Council on Dental Practice, ADA Member Advantage and BMO Harris Bank.

The awards recognize excellence in dental facilities that seamlessly combine esthetics appeal, function and design.

The winner for the “new build” category is Westover Family Dentistry in Winchester, Virginia, owned by Mitra Westover, D.D.S., and Austin Westover, D.D.S. The winner of the “remodel” category is Water Tower Dental Care P.C. in Chicago, owned by Daniel Aneszko, D.D.S.

The methodology: The two practices received the most votes in their respective categories at, which was available for open voting Oct. 1-31, as well as during the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference at the ADA Center for Professional Success and BMO Harris Bank virtual booths. The ADA Council on Dental Practice had narrowed the field of applicants down to the top three contenders in each category. Voters who viewed the finalists’ submissions voted for a winner in each category.

Read more about the award-winning practices and the accolades they earn here:

Dental Whale appoints new leader

Dental Whale®, the nation’s leading provider of dental solutions and education, announced yesterday the appointment of its new leader, Joe Cavaretta. He succeeds David Lopez, founder of Dental Whale, who will now serve as vision leader and chairman of the board.

“Dental Whale was founded to reimagine the dental industry by creating breakthroughs in dental practice management through insight and innovation. Joe is an exceptional leader that knows how to build a team and get things done. He is also not afraid to challenge the status quo in the industry.”

Dental Whale Founder David Lopez.
Joe Cavaretta

With more than two decades of dental industry experience, Cavaretta left his position as Vice President of Sales for the U.S. dental business at Henry Schein to join the Dental Whale team. While there, Cavaretta was responsible for the generation of over $2 billion in annual sales and led more than 2,000 team members.

Incisal Edge spotlights inspirational women in dentistry

The winter edition of dentistry’s premier magazine Incisal Edge greets the six Lucy Hobbs Project Award recipients (shown above), includes guest columns from women in dentistry on topics from customer experience, design and business.

Incisal Edge winter edition published yesterday.

The issue (shown above, also shines a light on six women who are driving change through their professional expertise, medical advances and concern for the less fortunate including Cherie Le Penske, Katti Webb Simpson, Lisa Fitch, Laura Borst, Kajuana Farrey Sutton and Linda Niessen.

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