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Our Advisors

Business Resources for North &
South Carolina Dentists

In 2018, a small networking group in Charlotte, NC decided to organize a group of advisors that had proven success in the dental field.

 

Their mission became to provide business resources for all types of dental professionals in North and South Carolina. From start-ups to associates to DSO groups, office managers, and more, this group services a wide variety of people and practices in the dental field.

 

The group has now grown to over 25 business consultants. This makes Carolinas Dental Advisors one of the largest dental advisory groups in the southeast.

Ben Chambers

Ben Chambers

Banking Advisor for Dentists


Ben Chambers joined South State Bank in May of 2016. He was hired to build and implement the Practice Finance Program to help Dental, Medical, & Veterinary practice owners with Practice Acquisitions, Expansions, Buy-ins, Buy-outs, Real Estate, and Equipment Financing.

Prior to South State Bank, Ben spent nearly 11 years with RBC and then PNC Bank when the two merged in early 2012. Ben joined PNC’s Healthcare Banking Group in April of 2012 and has been specializing in Practice Financing since that time. He holds his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Ben Shaver

Ben Shaver

Dental Business Coach


Ben Shaver is a business coach with a specialty in dental marketing. His group works with practices on leadership development, team communications, and as a virtual marketing director.

Ben is one of the few people in the dental space with a sales and marketing background. Before focusing on coaching and consulting, he worked in print, TV, and owned a dental advertising agency.

His focus is to help dentists run practices they love. As a branding expert, he helps clients grow from transactional practices to referral-based businesses that depend less on advertising.

Lamar Hull

Lamar Hull

Digital Marketing & Website Design for Dentists


Lamar Hull is the Founder of Med Rank Interactive, a full-service digital marketing agency in Charlotte that specializes in local SEO exclusively for dentists, independent physicians, and multi-location medical practices. Lamar has an MBA in Internet Marketing and uses a lot of his time learning new strategies in the field of online marketing and healthcare. Lamar attended Davidson College where he played basketball for Bob McKillop. Lamar enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, playing basketball, reading, and leading an amazing team of digital marketing ninjas.

Brad McKeiver

Brad McKeiver

Dental Accountant


As partner-in-charge of Aprio’s National Dental Industry Practice, Brad McKeiver arms dentists with real-time financial data about their practices. He has helped numerous dental practitioners make informed business decisions that focus on driving increased practice profitability, growth and value…not to mention the focus on driving down tax liability and the owner’s after tax cash flow.

As a member of the National Society of Healthcare Business Consultants, he believes that the unique experience of a practice owner is that the decisions made day-to-day and year-over-year have a direct effect on current earnings and future prospects; that with the proper planning and processes in place, those decisions can present opportunities that are endless.

Nathan Hull

Nathan Hull

Dental Lawyer


Nathan M. Hull is the President and founding partner of Hull & Chandler, P.A., in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he focuses his practice on advising individuals and mid-sized businesses on all business law and estate matters.

Mr. Hull counsels his clients on corporate matters including business incorporations, limited liability company (LLC) organizations, intellectual property and trade secrets, non-compete agreements, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, transactions, tax matters, employment law, security interests, and business litigation.

Bob Vande Weghe

Bob Vande Weghe

Real Estate Advisor for Dentists


Bob Vande Weghe is a real estate broker licensed in North and South Carolina. He is a graduate of Wofford College and holds the Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation awarded by the CCIM Institute.

Bob is the president of Evergreen Commercial Properties, which he established in 2000, after his tenure as Director of Real Estate for BP Oil.

Tim Finein

Tim Finein

Architecture and Interiors


A Virginia native, Tim moved to North Carolina in 1997 to pursue a career in Architecture. Tim graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2002, and has been practicing architecture in Charlotte since then.

In 2014, Tim founded Peadon Finein Architecture with his longtime colleague, Don Peadon. While designing and managing projects, Tim also oversees the operations of the firm and monitors the workload of the design teams.

Steve McKirdy

Steve McKirdy

Owner – Dental Construction


Steve McKirdy brings more than 30 years’ experience of site development, planning, and commercial construction. Since arriving in Charlotte from Toronto, Ontario in 2005, Steve has built relationships with key industry players and municipalities in the surrounding areas which allows him to identify the optimal professional for each unique project.

Dentists across Charlotte are turning to STEPLINE GC for innovative building solutions designed for a need to equip a single operatory or undergo a large-scale renovation or new build.

Allison Blair

Allison Blair

AFTCO Transition Analyst


Allison Blair is a dental transition analyst with AFTCO, the oldest and largest national dental transition firm in the United States.

AFTCO offers over 150 practice transition programs that were developed to meet the doctors’ long-term, personal and business “Quality of Life” goals. This transition can provide new direction and meaning to the lives of both seller and purchaser alike.

Robert S. Bittler

Robert S. Bittler

Project Engineer / Principal of Concord Consulting Associates, Inc.


Rob Bittler is a degreed mechanical engineer and has been involved in plant and facility engineering for over 12 years.

He has worked in a variety of large manufacturing sites (in excess of 500,00 square feet) and has been the project engineer over new plant construction and manufacturing.

Kenny Ripley

Kenny Ripley

Dental Insurance Advisor


Kenny Ripley, Field Representative for Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company has been in the commercial/personal insurance industry for 15 years. Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company has a specialized commercial insurance package just for the dental industry. We have a commercial package policy which can include malpractice liability and even bonding if needed. We also have a personal dental hygienist malpractice policy available as well. Kenny can create a plan to specifically meet any of your insurance needs. Kenny attended East Carolina University and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, anything sports related, hanging out at the lake and the beach.

Brian Swilling

Brian Swilling

Co-Founder & Partner


NaviPath Financial is in the business of providing ongoing and comprehensive financial guidance to dentists. We operate as your “Personal CFO” or “Financial Guide” to fully understand your financial situation. Once we have a complete picture, we will help create your personal Balance Sheet where you can quickly access and understand your unique financial situation. You will have access to your own online portal where all your pertinent financial information is housed. You have access to our team on an ongoing basis as any new financial questions arise. A vault feature can be turned on to store your important legal, financial, and medical documents. We will deliver your actionable items in the form of an Executive Summary to help improve your financial situation and take advantage of strategies to minimize your short and longer-term tax burden.

We charge planning and consulting fees based on the complexity of your financial situation. However, we do not charge a fee for your initial consultation as it is designed to show the value we will add, the time you will save, and the confidence you will gain moving forward with more certainty in your financial situation.

Ryan Whitley

Ryan Whitley

Co-Founder & Partner


NaviPath Financial is in the business of providing ongoing and comprehensive financial guidance to dentists. We operate as your “Personal CFO” or “Financial Guide” to fully understand your financial situation. Once we have a complete picture, we will help create your personal Balance Sheet where you can quickly access and understand your unique financial situation. You will have access to your own online portal where all your pertinent financial information is housed. You have access to our team on an ongoing basis as any new financial questions arise. A vault feature can be turned on to store your important legal, financial, and medical documents. We will deliver your actionable items in the form of an Executive Summary to help improve your financial situation and take advantage of strategies to minimize your short and longer-term tax burden.

We charge planning and consulting fees based on the complexity of your financial situation. However, we do not charge a fee for your initial consultation as it is designed to show the value we will add, the time you will save, and the confidence you will gain moving forward with more certainty in your financial situation.

Meghan

Meghan

Certified Business Performance Advisor


Meghan joined Insperity in 2014. Insperity’s mission is to help small businesses succeed, so our communities prosper! With your people being your biggest asset when running a business, owners are always wanting to take care of them as best as possible, but most of the time HR isn’t the core function of the business. So, aligning with a strategic partner, like Insperity, they will share in the risk and liability of your employees. Along with bringing a bundled HR solution and buying power to the table; payroll, medical benefits, ancillary benefits, workers compensation, EPLI, etc. So, now companies of all sizes can run and operate like a fortune 500! Although Insperity is industry agnostic, Meghan has found herself helping the Dental industry all across the Carolinas from solo practices to multiple locations!

Meghan has been in Charlotte for the past 10 years, and before then was born and raised in Jamestown, NC. Meghan enjoys spending her free time with friends and family. She enjoys doing anything outside, attending concerts, and hitting the volleyball court whenever the opportunity arise.

Brad McKeiver

Brad McKeiver

Dental Accountant


As partner-in-charge of Aprio’s National Dental Industry Practice, Brad McKeiver arms dentists with real-time financial data about their practices. He has helped numerous dental practitioners make informed business decisions that focus on driving increased practice profitability, growth and value…not to mention the focus on driving down tax liability and the owner’s after tax cash flow.

As a member of the National Society of Healthcare Business Consultants, he believes that the unique experience of a practice owner is that the decisions made day-to-day and year-over-year have a direct effect on current earnings and future prospects; that with the proper planning and processes in place, those decisions can present opportunities that are endless.

Ben Shaver

Ben Shaver

Dental Business Coach


Ben Shaver is a business coach with a specialty in dental marketing. His group works with practices on leadership development, team communications, and as a virtual marketing director.

Ben is one of the few people in the dental space with a sales and marketing background. Before focusing on coaching and consulting, he worked in print, TV, and owned a dental advertising agency.

His focus is to help dentists run practices they love. As a branding expert, he helps clients grow from transactional practices to referral-based businesses that depend less on advertising.

Allison Blair

Allison Blair

AFTCO Transition Analyst


Allison Blair is a dental transition analyst with AFTCO, the oldest and largest national dental transition firm in the United States.

AFTCO offers over 150 practice transition programs that were developed to meet the doctors’ long-term, personal and business “Quality of Life” goals. This transition can provide new direction and meaning to the lives of both seller and purchaser alike.

Robert S. Bittler

Robert S. Bittler

Project Engineer / Principal of Concord Consulting Associates, Inc.


Rob Bittler is a degreed mechanical engineer and has been involved in plant and facility engineering for over 12 years.

He has worked in a variety of large manufacturing sites (in excess of 500,00 square feet) and has been the project engineer over new plant construction and manufacturing.

Tim Finein

Tim Finein

Architecture and Interiors


A Virginia native, Tim moved to North Carolina in 1997 to pursue a career in Architecture. Tim graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2002, and has been practicing architecture in Charlotte since then.

In 2014, Tim founded Peadon Finein Architecture with his longtime colleague, Don Peadon. While designing and managing projects, Tim also oversees the operations of the firm and monitors the workload of the design teams.

Steve McKirdy

Steve McKirdy

Owner – Dental Construction


Steve McKirdy brings more than 30 years’ experience of site development, planning, and commercial construction. Since arriving in Charlotte from Toronto, Ontario in 2005, Steve has built relationships with key industry players and municipalities in the surrounding areas which allows him to identify the optimal professional for each unique project.

Dentists across Charlotte are turning to STEPLINE GC for innovative building solutions designed for a need to equip a single operatory or undergo a large-scale renovation or new build.

Ben Chambers

Ben Chambers

Banking Advisor for Dentists


Ben Chambers joined South State Bank in May of 2016. He was hired to build and implement the Practice Finance Program to help Dental, Medical, & Veterinary practice owners with Practice Acquisitions, Expansions, Buy-ins, Buy-outs, Real Estate, and Equipment Financing.

Prior to South State Bank, Ben spent nearly 11 years with RBC and then PNC Bank when the two merged in early 2012. Ben joined PNC’s Healthcare Banking Group in April of 2012 and has been specializing in Practice Financing since that time. He holds his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Brian Swilling

Brian Swilling

Co-Founder & Partner


NaviPath Financial is in the business of providing ongoing and comprehensive financial guidance to dentists. We operate as your “Personal CFO” or “Financial Guide” to fully understand your financial situation. Once we have a complete picture, we will help create your personal Balance Sheet where you can quickly access and understand your unique financial situation. You will have access to your own online portal where all your pertinent financial information is housed. You have access to our team on an ongoing basis as any new financial questions arise. A vault feature can be turned on to store your important legal, financial, and medical documents. We will deliver your actionable items in the form of an Executive Summary to help improve your financial situation and take advantage of strategies to minimize your short and longer-term tax burden.

We charge planning and consulting fees based on the complexity of your financial situation. However, we do not charge a fee for your initial consultation as it is designed to show the value we will add, the time you will save, and the confidence you will gain moving forward with more certainty in your financial situation.

Ryan Whitley

Ryan Whitley

Co-Founder & Partner


NaviPath Financial is in the business of providing ongoing and comprehensive financial guidance to dentists. We operate as your “Personal CFO” or “Financial Guide” to fully understand your financial situation. Once we have a complete picture, we will help create your personal Balance Sheet where you can quickly access and understand your unique financial situation. You will have access to your own online portal where all your pertinent financial information is housed. You have access to our team on an ongoing basis as any new financial questions arise. A vault feature can be turned on to store your important legal, financial, and medical documents. We will deliver your actionable items in the form of an Executive Summary to help improve your financial situation and take advantage of strategies to minimize your short and longer-term tax burden.

We charge planning and consulting fees based on the complexity of your financial situation. However, we do not charge a fee for your initial consultation as it is designed to show the value we will add, the time you will save, and the confidence you will gain moving forward with more certainty in your financial situation.

Meghan

Meghan

Certified Business Performance Advisor


Meghan joined Insperity in 2014. Insperity’s mission is to help small businesses succeed, so our communities prosper! With your people being your biggest asset when running a business, owners are always wanting to take care of them as best as possible, but most of the time HR isn’t the core function of the business. So, aligning with a strategic partner, like Insperity, they will share in the risk and liability of your employees. Along with bringing a bundled HR solution and buying power to the table; payroll, medical benefits, ancillary benefits, workers compensation, EPLI, etc. So, now companies of all sizes can run and operate like a fortune 500! Although Insperity is industry agnostic, Meghan has found herself helping the Dental industry all across the Carolinas from solo practices to multiple locations!

Meghan has been in Charlotte for the past 10 years, and before then was born and raised in Jamestown, NC. Meghan enjoys spending her free time with friends and family. She enjoys doing anything outside, attending concerts, and hitting the volleyball court whenever the opportunity arise.

Kenny Ripley

Kenny Ripley

Dental Insurance Advisor


Kenny Ripley, Field Representative for Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company has been in the commercial/personal insurance industry for 15 years. Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company has a specialized commercial insurance package just for the dental industry. We have a commercial package policy which can include malpractice liability and even bonding if needed. We also have a personal dental hygienist malpractice policy available as well. Kenny can create a plan to specifically meet any of your insurance needs. Kenny attended East Carolina University and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, anything sports related, hanging out at the lake and the beach.

Nathan Hull

Nathan Hull

Dental Lawyer


Nathan M. Hull is the President and founding partner of Hull & Chandler, P.A., in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he focuses his practice on advising individuals and mid-sized businesses on all business law and estate matters.

Mr. Hull counsels his clients on corporate matters including business incorporations, limited liability company (LLC) organizations, intellectual property and trade secrets, non-compete agreements, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, transactions, tax matters, employment law, security interests, and business litigation.

Lamar Hull

Lamar Hull

Digital Marketing & Website Design for Dentists


Lamar Hull is the Founder of Med Rank Interactive, a full-service digital marketing agency in Charlotte that specializes in local SEO exclusively for dentists, independent physicians, and multi-location medical practices. Lamar has an MBA in Internet Marketing and uses a lot of his time learning new strategies in the field of online marketing and healthcare. Lamar attended Davidson College where he played basketball for Bob McKillop. Lamar enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, playing basketball, reading, and leading an amazing team of digital marketing ninjas.

Bob Vande Weghe

Bob Vande Weghe

Real Estate Advisor for Dentists


Bob Vande Weghe is a real estate broker licensed in North and South Carolina. He is a graduate of Wofford College and holds the Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation awarded by the CCIM Institute.

Bob is the president of Evergreen Commercial Properties, which he established in 2000, after his tenure as Director of Real Estate for BP Oil.

All
Ben Chambers

Ben Chambers

Banking Advisor for Dentists


Ben Chambers joined South State Bank in May of 2016. He was hired to build and implement the Practice Finance Program to help Dental, Medical, & Veterinary practice owners with Practice Acquisitions, Expansions, Buy-ins, Buy-outs, Real Estate, and Equipment Financing.

Prior to South State Bank, Ben spent nearly 11 years with RBC and then PNC Bank when the two merged in early 2012. Ben joined PNC’s Healthcare Banking Group in April of 2012 and has been specializing in Practice Financing since that time. He holds his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Ben Shaver

Ben Shaver

Dental Business Coach


Ben Shaver is a business coach with a specialty in dental marketing. His group works with practices on leadership development, team communications, and as a virtual marketing director.

Ben is one of the few people in the dental space with a sales and marketing background. Before focusing on coaching and consulting, he worked in print, TV, and owned a dental advertising agency.

His focus is to help dentists run practices they love. As a branding expert, he helps clients grow from transactional practices to referral-based businesses that depend less on advertising.

Lamar Hull

Lamar Hull

Digital Marketing & Website Design for Dentists


Lamar Hull is the Founder of Med Rank Interactive, a full-service digital marketing agency in Charlotte that specializes in local SEO exclusively for dentists, independent physicians, and multi-location medical practices. Lamar has an MBA in Internet Marketing and uses a lot of his time learning new strategies in the field of online marketing and healthcare. Lamar attended Davidson College where he played basketball for Bob McKillop. Lamar enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, playing basketball, reading, and leading an amazing team of digital marketing ninjas.

Brad McKeiver

Brad McKeiver

Dental Accountant


As partner-in-charge of Aprio’s National Dental Industry Practice, Brad McKeiver arms dentists with real-time financial data about their practices. He has helped numerous dental practitioners make informed business decisions that focus on driving increased practice profitability, growth and value…not to mention the focus on driving down tax liability and the owner’s after tax cash flow.

As a member of the National Society of Healthcare Business Consultants, he believes that the unique experience of a practice owner is that the decisions made day-to-day and year-over-year have a direct effect on current earnings and future prospects; that with the proper planning and processes in place, those decisions can present opportunities that are endless.

Nathan Hull

Nathan Hull

Dental Lawyer


Nathan M. Hull is the President and founding partner of Hull & Chandler, P.A., in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he focuses his practice on advising individuals and mid-sized businesses on all business law and estate matters.

Mr. Hull counsels his clients on corporate matters including business incorporations, limited liability company (LLC) organizations, intellectual property and trade secrets, non-compete agreements, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, transactions, tax matters, employment law, security interests, and business litigation.

Bob Vande Weghe

Bob Vande Weghe

Real Estate Advisor for Dentists


Bob Vande Weghe is a real estate broker licensed in North and South Carolina. He is a graduate of Wofford College and holds the Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation awarded by the CCIM Institute.

Bob is the president of Evergreen Commercial Properties, which he established in 2000, after his tenure as Director of Real Estate for BP Oil.

Tim Finein

Tim Finein

Architecture and Interiors


A Virginia native, Tim moved to North Carolina in 1997 to pursue a career in Architecture. Tim graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2002, and has been practicing architecture in Charlotte since then.

In 2014, Tim founded Peadon Finein Architecture with his longtime colleague, Don Peadon. While designing and managing projects, Tim also oversees the operations of the firm and monitors the workload of the design teams.

Steve McKirdy

Steve McKirdy

Owner – Dental Construction


Steve McKirdy brings more than 30 years’ experience of site development, planning, and commercial construction. Since arriving in Charlotte from Toronto, Ontario in 2005, Steve has built relationships with key industry players and municipalities in the surrounding areas which allows him to identify the optimal professional for each unique project.

Dentists across Charlotte are turning to STEPLINE GC for innovative building solutions designed for a need to equip a single operatory or undergo a large-scale renovation or new build.

Allison Blair

Allison Blair

AFTCO Transition Analyst


Allison Blair is a dental transition analyst with AFTCO, the oldest and largest national dental transition firm in the United States.

AFTCO offers over 150 practice transition programs that were developed to meet the doctors’ long-term, personal and business “Quality of Life” goals. This transition can provide new direction and meaning to the lives of both seller and purchaser alike.

Robert S. Bittler

Robert S. Bittler

Project Engineer / Principal of Concord Consulting Associates, Inc.


Rob Bittler is a degreed mechanical engineer and has been involved in plant and facility engineering for over 12 years.

He has worked in a variety of large manufacturing sites (in excess of 500,00 square feet) and has been the project engineer over new plant construction and manufacturing.

Kenny Ripley

Kenny Ripley

Dental Insurance Advisor


Kenny Ripley, Field Representative for Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company has been in the commercial/personal insurance industry for 15 years. Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company has a specialized commercial insurance package just for the dental industry. We have a commercial package policy which can include malpractice liability and even bonding if needed. We also have a personal dental hygienist malpractice policy available as well. Kenny can create a plan to specifically meet any of your insurance needs. Kenny attended East Carolina University and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, anything sports related, hanging out at the lake and the beach.

Brian Swilling

Brian Swilling

Co-Founder & Partner


NaviPath Financial is in the business of providing ongoing and comprehensive financial guidance to dentists. We operate as your “Personal CFO” or “Financial Guide” to fully understand your financial situation. Once we have a complete picture, we will help create your personal Balance Sheet where you can quickly access and understand your unique financial situation. You will have access to your own online portal where all your pertinent financial information is housed. You have access to our team on an ongoing basis as any new financial questions arise. A vault feature can be turned on to store your important legal, financial, and medical documents. We will deliver your actionable items in the form of an Executive Summary to help improve your financial situation and take advantage of strategies to minimize your short and longer-term tax burden.

We charge planning and consulting fees based on the complexity of your financial situation. However, we do not charge a fee for your initial consultation as it is designed to show the value we will add, the time you will save, and the confidence you will gain moving forward with more certainty in your financial situation.

Ryan Whitley

Ryan Whitley

Co-Founder & Partner


NaviPath Financial is in the business of providing ongoing and comprehensive financial guidance to dentists. We operate as your “Personal CFO” or “Financial Guide” to fully understand your financial situation. Once we have a complete picture, we will help create your personal Balance Sheet where you can quickly access and understand your unique financial situation. You will have access to your own online portal where all your pertinent financial information is housed. You have access to our team on an ongoing basis as any new financial questions arise. A vault feature can be turned on to store your important legal, financial, and medical documents. We will deliver your actionable items in the form of an Executive Summary to help improve your financial situation and take advantage of strategies to minimize your short and longer-term tax burden.

We charge planning and consulting fees based on the complexity of your financial situation. However, we do not charge a fee for your initial consultation as it is designed to show the value we will add, the time you will save, and the confidence you will gain moving forward with more certainty in your financial situation.

Meghan

Meghan

Certified Business Performance Advisor


Meghan joined Insperity in 2014. Insperity’s mission is to help small businesses succeed, so our communities prosper! With your people being your biggest asset when running a business, owners are always wanting to take care of them as best as possible, but most of the time HR isn’t the core function of the business. So, aligning with a strategic partner, like Insperity, they will share in the risk and liability of your employees. Along with bringing a bundled HR solution and buying power to the table; payroll, medical benefits, ancillary benefits, workers compensation, EPLI, etc. So, now companies of all sizes can run and operate like a fortune 500! Although Insperity is industry agnostic, Meghan has found herself helping the Dental industry all across the Carolinas from solo practices to multiple locations!

Meghan has been in Charlotte for the past 10 years, and before then was born and raised in Jamestown, NC. Meghan enjoys spending her free time with friends and family. She enjoys doing anything outside, attending concerts, and hitting the volleyball court whenever the opportunity arise.

Accounting
Brad McKeiver

Brad McKeiver

Dental Accountant


As partner-in-charge of Aprio’s National Dental Industry Practice, Brad McKeiver arms dentists with real-time financial data about their practices. He has helped numerous dental practitioners make informed business decisions that focus on driving increased practice profitability, growth and value…not to mention the focus on driving down tax liability and the owner’s after tax cash flow.

As a member of the National Society of Healthcare Business Consultants, he believes that the unique experience of a practice owner is that the decisions made day-to-day and year-over-year have a direct effect on current earnings and future prospects; that with the proper planning and processes in place, those decisions can present opportunities that are endless.

Consulting
Ben Shaver

Ben Shaver

Dental Business Coach


Ben Shaver is a business coach with a specialty in dental marketing. His group works with practices on leadership development, team communications, and as a virtual marketing director.

Ben is one of the few people in the dental space with a sales and marketing background. Before focusing on coaching and consulting, he worked in print, TV, and owned a dental advertising agency.

His focus is to help dentists run practices they love. As a branding expert, he helps clients grow from transactional practices to referral-based businesses that depend less on advertising.

Allison Blair

Allison Blair

AFTCO Transition Analyst


Allison Blair is a dental transition analyst with AFTCO, the oldest and largest national dental transition firm in the United States.

AFTCO offers over 150 practice transition programs that were developed to meet the doctors’ long-term, personal and business “Quality of Life” goals. This transition can provide new direction and meaning to the lives of both seller and purchaser alike.

Robert S. Bittler

Robert S. Bittler

Project Engineer / Principal of Concord Consulting Associates, Inc.


Rob Bittler is a degreed mechanical engineer and has been involved in plant and facility engineering for over 12 years.

He has worked in a variety of large manufacturing sites (in excess of 500,00 square feet) and has been the project engineer over new plant construction and manufacturing.

Construction & Design
Tim Finein

Tim Finein

Architecture and Interiors


A Virginia native, Tim moved to North Carolina in 1997 to pursue a career in Architecture. Tim graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2002, and has been practicing architecture in Charlotte since then.

In 2014, Tim founded Peadon Finein Architecture with his longtime colleague, Don Peadon. While designing and managing projects, Tim also oversees the operations of the firm and monitors the workload of the design teams.

Steve McKirdy

Steve McKirdy

Owner – Dental Construction


Steve McKirdy brings more than 30 years’ experience of site development, planning, and commercial construction. Since arriving in Charlotte from Toronto, Ontario in 2005, Steve has built relationships with key industry players and municipalities in the surrounding areas which allows him to identify the optimal professional for each unique project.

Dentists across Charlotte are turning to STEPLINE GC for innovative building solutions designed for a need to equip a single operatory or undergo a large-scale renovation or new build.

Financing
Ben Chambers

Ben Chambers

Banking Advisor for Dentists


Ben Chambers joined South State Bank in May of 2016. He was hired to build and implement the Practice Finance Program to help Dental, Medical, & Veterinary practice owners with Practice Acquisitions, Expansions, Buy-ins, Buy-outs, Real Estate, and Equipment Financing.

Prior to South State Bank, Ben spent nearly 11 years with RBC and then PNC Bank when the two merged in early 2012. Ben joined PNC’s Healthcare Banking Group in April of 2012 and has been specializing in Practice Financing since that time. He holds his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Financial Planning & Consulting
Brian Swilling

Brian Swilling

Co-Founder & Partner


NaviPath Financial is in the business of providing ongoing and comprehensive financial guidance to dentists. We operate as your “Personal CFO” or “Financial Guide” to fully understand your financial situation. Once we have a complete picture, we will help create your personal Balance Sheet where you can quickly access and understand your unique financial situation. You will have access to your own online portal where all your pertinent financial information is housed. You have access to our team on an ongoing basis as any new financial questions arise. A vault feature can be turned on to store your important legal, financial, and medical documents. We will deliver your actionable items in the form of an Executive Summary to help improve your financial situation and take advantage of strategies to minimize your short and longer-term tax burden.

We charge planning and consulting fees based on the complexity of your financial situation. However, we do not charge a fee for your initial consultation as it is designed to show the value we will add, the time you will save, and the confidence you will gain moving forward with more certainty in your financial situation.

Ryan Whitley

Ryan Whitley

Co-Founder & Partner


NaviPath Financial is in the business of providing ongoing and comprehensive financial guidance to dentists. We operate as your “Personal CFO” or “Financial Guide” to fully understand your financial situation. Once we have a complete picture, we will help create your personal Balance Sheet where you can quickly access and understand your unique financial situation. You will have access to your own online portal where all your pertinent financial information is housed. You have access to our team on an ongoing basis as any new financial questions arise. A vault feature can be turned on to store your important legal, financial, and medical documents. We will deliver your actionable items in the form of an Executive Summary to help improve your financial situation and take advantage of strategies to minimize your short and longer-term tax burden.

We charge planning and consulting fees based on the complexity of your financial situation. However, we do not charge a fee for your initial consultation as it is designed to show the value we will add, the time you will save, and the confidence you will gain moving forward with more certainty in your financial situation.

Human Resources
Meghan

Meghan

Certified Business Performance Advisor


Meghan joined Insperity in 2014. Insperity’s mission is to help small businesses succeed, so our communities prosper! With your people being your biggest asset when running a business, owners are always wanting to take care of them as best as possible, but most of the time HR isn’t the core function of the business. So, aligning with a strategic partner, like Insperity, they will share in the risk and liability of your employees. Along with bringing a bundled HR solution and buying power to the table; payroll, medical benefits, ancillary benefits, workers compensation, EPLI, etc. So, now companies of all sizes can run and operate like a fortune 500! Although Insperity is industry agnostic, Meghan has found herself helping the Dental industry all across the Carolinas from solo practices to multiple locations!

Meghan has been in Charlotte for the past 10 years, and before then was born and raised in Jamestown, NC. Meghan enjoys spending her free time with friends and family. She enjoys doing anything outside, attending concerts, and hitting the volleyball court whenever the opportunity arise.

Insurance
Kenny Ripley

Kenny Ripley

Dental Insurance Advisor


Kenny Ripley, Field Representative for Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company has been in the commercial/personal insurance industry for 15 years. Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company has a specialized commercial insurance package just for the dental industry. We have a commercial package policy which can include malpractice liability and even bonding if needed. We also have a personal dental hygienist malpractice policy available as well. Kenny can create a plan to specifically meet any of your insurance needs. Kenny attended East Carolina University and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, anything sports related, hanging out at the lake and the beach.

Legal
Nathan Hull

Nathan Hull

Dental Lawyer


Nathan M. Hull is the President and founding partner of Hull & Chandler, P.A., in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he focuses his practice on advising individuals and mid-sized businesses on all business law and estate matters.

Mr. Hull counsels his clients on corporate matters including business incorporations, limited liability company (LLC) organizations, intellectual property and trade secrets, non-compete agreements, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, transactions, tax matters, employment law, security interests, and business litigation.

Marketing
Lamar Hull

Lamar Hull

Digital Marketing & Website Design for Dentists


Lamar Hull is the Founder of Med Rank Interactive, a full-service digital marketing agency in Charlotte that specializes in local SEO exclusively for dentists, independent physicians, and multi-location medical practices. Lamar has an MBA in Internet Marketing and uses a lot of his time learning new strategies in the field of online marketing and healthcare. Lamar attended Davidson College where he played basketball for Bob McKillop. Lamar enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, playing basketball, reading, and leading an amazing team of digital marketing ninjas.

Real Estate
Bob Vande Weghe

Bob Vande Weghe

Real Estate Advisor for Dentists


Bob Vande Weghe is a real estate broker licensed in North and South Carolina. He is a graduate of Wofford College and holds the Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation awarded by the CCIM Institute.

Bob is the president of Evergreen Commercial Properties, which he established in 2000, after his tenure as Director of Real Estate for BP Oil.

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