JUSTIN JORY - FOUNDER & CEO
Justin Jory oversees all aspects of the operations of Light Wave Dental. After spending a decade investing in high-growth companies on behalf of investment firms (Mercato Partners, Leucadia, and Bank of America), Justin founded Light Wave to solve the problems surfacing in the dental industry. Justin considers himself blessed to be working with some of the most successful dentists and dental offices in Virginia. Justin obtained a JD/MBA and a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University where he also played tight end for the football team.
In his free time, Justin is busy helping his wife wrangle their five children: four rough and tumble boys and one spoiled princess.
DAVID WURTZBACHER - CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
David Wurtzbacher is responsible for financial strategy and acquisitions at Light Wave Dental. He spent the early years of his career at J.P. Morgan in New York, identifying, researching and executing investments for its Asset & Wealth Management division, including several years working directly for the Chief Investment Officer. David earned an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a BS in Finance, magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University.
David is from Denver and tries to get outdoors as much as possible, especially to ski or hike. His wife is a Virginia native and the two of them enjoy exploring all that the state has to offer.
STEVE DEVORE - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Steve DeVore is joining Light Wave Dental as the Chief Operating Officer beginning in August 2018. He previously was the Vice President of Operations for National Veterinary Associates with direct responsibility for a $300mm P&L with 170 clinics across the Eastern United States. Prior to NVA, Steve was a Division Vice President for DaVita managing 54 dialysis clinics in Maryland. Steve earned a degree in Business Management from Washington College and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.
Steve was the Captain of his college basketball team and is married with two children.
DAVID DEMRES - VP OF NEW MARKETS
David Demres is responsible for the development of new markets at Light Wave Dental. Previously, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group and for Yale University on projects such as launching a new liberal arts college in Singapore and turning around business operations in an entrepreneurial role. Academically, David earned an MBA from Stanford, a Master of Public Administration from Harvard, and a BA from Yale University.
Outside of the office, David is a fitness enthusiast, and spends his time cycling, swimming, running, rowing, and exploring the outdoors.
ADMINISTRATIVE & OFFICE MANAGEMENT:
KRYSTAL FLOWERS - EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & OFFICE MANAGER
Krystal oversees office administration and supports our Executive Team. With over 20 years experience as an Administrative Professional in 2 prominent law firms in the DC Metro area, Commercial Real Estate and Construction Companies, Krystal brings her background of Business & Office Management, Contract & Budget Management, Human Resources and Accounting to the Light Wave Dental team. She is also a meticulous Corporate event planner.
Krystal is originally from California and enjoys visiting the many historical sites that Virginia has to offer. When not at work, she can also be found in the gym, outdoors, volunteering in the local community or spending time with her family, friends and 2 dogs.
DEB STARK - REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Deb Stark oversees the day-to-day operations of the Northern Virginia region of Light Wave Dental. After starting as an oral surgery assistant and then moving to office manager, Deb has spent over two decades building great dental practices in Northern Virginia. Prior to joining Light Wave Dental, Deb spent five years as a Practice Administrator for Heartland Dental managing multiple locations in Northern Virginia.
When not at work, Deb enjoys spending time with her daughter, doing home improvement projects, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Northern Virginia.
GREG HARVEY - REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
Dr. Harvey graduated from the MUSC school of dentistry in 2003 and set his sights on Southwest Virginia to begin honing his craft. Shortly after starting his own practice, Dr. Harvey saw the emerging need for small individual practices to partner together and began laying the foundation of what would become Blue Ridge Dental Group. In 2018, Dr. Harvey furthered this effort by assuming the role of Director of Regional Operations for Southwest Virginia after Blue Ridge Dental Group partnered with Light Wave Dental.
Prior to earning his doctorate in dentistry, Dr. Harvey completed his undergraduate program at Weber State University where he met his wife, Kayluana. Together, they spend their free time enjoying activities with their 6 kids including hiking and biking the local trails, enjoying time on the nearby lakes and volunteering in their community.
KIM DAVIS - REGIONAL MANAGER, NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Kim is a native of Northern Virginia and started her career in the dental field over 30 years ago. She began working as a receptionist at Dr. Hutchison’s office and has been managing the practice since 1992. During her time there, she has helped the office move two times, from a two chair practice to a seventeen chair practice with over 30 employees. She has used her front office training and experience to help build an amazing office and team that provides quality care and excellent service to the patients. She is proud to use her knowledge and management skills to take the practices of Light Wave Dental to the next level.
Outside of the office, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She loves to travel, take road trips and cheer on her favorite sports teams.
HANNAH AYERS - REGIONAL MANAGER, SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
Hannah began chairside with Blue Ridge Dental Group after completing her Dental Assistant training at Wytheville Community college in Southwest Virginia. Her exceptional skills and abilities led her to begin managing the day to day operations of her home office and, later, to her current position as Regional Manager of four Blue Ridge Dental offices within the Light Wave Dental Family. Hannah’s primary focus is her patients, while seeking to effect positive change and creating a fun culture within her offices.
You’ll find Hannah, husband Cody, beautiful young daughter Ms. Kinzlee, and Pekingese puppy Bella, enjoying as many outdoor activities as possible. As a family, they love travelling, seeing exciting places and trying new foods!
FINANCE & ACCOUNTING:
NANCY BHATTI - CONTROLLER
Nancy Bhatti oversees the accounting and treasury functions of Light Wave Dental. Prior to Light Wave, Nancy spent 18 years as the Controller for M.I.C. Industries, Inc., a mobile factory manufacturer, before deciding to bring her accounting expertise to the dental industry. Nancy graduated with an MBA and a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Strayer University.
Outside of work, Nancy enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and is a famous party planner.
VICKY CUSATI - SENIOR STAFF ACCOUNTANT
Vicky joined the Light Wave Dental Accounting Department in June of 2018. She studied Accounting at Bryant College and Rutgers University. Vicky was self employed with a bookkeeping service for several years and has over 25 years of accounting experience, primarily in the medical, construction and manufacturing industry. She was also recognized as Employee of the Year while working for CPT New Jersey.
Vicky is married with four children and four grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, skiing and reading.
Kevin Neal - Accountant
Kevin Neal works in the accounting department for the Southwest Virginia offices of Light Wave Dental. Prior to joining the Light Wave team, Kevin worked in tax accounting representing businesses before the IRS and state taxing authorities and for an investment firm operating office’s in the medical sector across West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina markets. Kevin is pursuing his master’s in finance from Liberty University.
Together, with his wife Valerie, they are active in their local community where they use their experiences as Foster and Adoptive parents to help teach and train other families how to navigate foster care. When he’s not spending time with his two kids, Kevin enjoys carpentry projects around the home, reading and travel.
MARKETING & ANALYTICS:
KEVIN WHELAN - MARKETING & ANALYTICS
Kevin Whelan oversees the marketing, technology, and data analytics activities at Light Wave Dental. Most recently, Kevin served as the Chief Operating Officer for Health Plus Management, which manages all non-medical functions for physiatry, pain management, and physical therapy offices throughout the New York metro area. His experiences span online advertising, digital media, and technology, which leadership roles at Business Engine Software and Accenture. Kevin earned his MBA from Northwestern University and his BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.
Outside of Light Wave, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife Tracy and playing ball with his son Parker.
RUBAN LESLIE – ANALYTICS MANAGER
Ruban manages the development of in-house business intelligence solution at Light Wave Dental. Previously, he has worked for Mercedes-Benz, MRF, and BMW on projects in the area of product development, lean manufacturing, six sigma, product pricing and product launches in India and Sri Lanka. Ruban has earned his MBA from Brigham Young University and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University.
Outside of work, Ruban enjoys freehand sketching and is an avid F1 racing enthusiast.
TALENT & CULTURE:
SANDI SYNSTAD - HYGIENE & CULTURE COACH
As a practicing dental hygienist for over 32 years, Sandi has a true passion for the dentistry field and finding ways offices can improve. In her previous role, she helped develop one of the most profitable, fun, and thriving hygiene departments in Virginia, making her a natural for leading Light Wave’s hygiene and culture programs. What makes Sandi unique is her love of implementing new ideas to maintain a dynamic office culture and the continual search to make each hygiene department the best it can be by helping their office implement protocols that ensure excellent patient care.
Sandi and her husband, Layne, have lived in The Plains, VA for over 30 years, where they raised their two kids. When she isn’t working or traveling to see her family, Sandi enjoys spending time with her two young granddaughters, hiking, running and skiing.