Mesh Dental Network Clinical Advisors & Leadership

Meet Mesh

The Mesh team is steeped in dental operational experience with a proven track record in optimizing performance and delivering value for our portfolio and partners.

Mesh Advisors

Mesh Dental Network is honored to have highly esteemed clinicians and business authorities as valued advisors who foster a community environment to share peer-to-peer insights, best practices, and guidance for sustained growth.

Acknowledged for their proven clinical and business management expertise, Mesh Advisors deliver professional support for your personalized practice growth in general dentistry, pediatric, and orthodontic dental specialties.

Lou Graham, DDS

Lead Advisor, General Dental Practices


Dr. Lou Graham is the founder of the Catapult Education, a continuing education company whose philosophy and programs use contemporary, interactive formats to integrate time-proven conservative dentistry with 21st century materials and techniques.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, Chicago Dental Society and Illinois Dental Association. Dr. Graham is a graduate of Emory Dental School and is the former Dental Director of the University of Chicago’s Department of Dentistry. 

Dr. Graham is a published author in many leading national and international dental journals. He is also an internationally-recognized lecturer extensively involved in continuing education for dental professionals. His lectures focus on incorporating current clinical advancements through “conservative dentistry”.

He emphasizes the same concepts he practices which include dental health diagnosis, treatment plans for medically compromised patients, conservative treatment, cosmetic dentistry and customized approaches to periodontal care, implants and laser dentistry. 

Dr. Graham enjoys providing dental care at his multi-specialty private practice group, University Dental Professionals, in Chicago, IL – Hyde Park.

Joel Berg, DDS, MS

Lead Advisor, Pediatric Dental Practices


Dr. Joel Berg is an industry-respected consultant, lecturer, author, and thought leader in dentistry. A board-certified pediatric dentist, Joel is a former Dean at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and remains a resource and mentor to UW’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry as a Professor Emeritus.

Throughout his 35-plus years in the industry, Joel has served in many positions of leadership, including President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) from 2012 to 2013 and President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry from 2018 to 2019. He currently serves on the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting agency that sets the standard for dental schools across the U.S. His career has found him in influential roles globally and nationally across the profession. Dr. Berg is also the co-editor of the book Early Childhood Oral Health he is the host of the Pedo Teeth Talk, and Newly Erupted podcasts.

In his free time, you can find him lounging by the pool, hanging with his Great Pyrenees puppy named Walden, or spending time with his two adult children.

Roger G. Sanger DDS, MS

Advisor, Pediatric Dental Practices


Dr. Roger Sanger is both a noted clinician and successful businessman with a BS, DDS, in Pediatric Dentistry and MS in Health Care from University of Southern California. On faculty at USC Children’s Hospital and then University of Colorado Medical Center Dental School, he attained the rank of tenured Full Professor and Chair of Pedo/Ortho. and Assistant Dean for Hospital Programs. He has written numerous grants, two clinical textbooks and hundreds of scientific articles and book chapters. Dr. Sanger was also awarded fellowships by the Mott Foundation, National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization.

After this academic career, he cofounded a group practice that became over the next three decades one of the largest regional multidoctor, multi-facility pediatric dental groups in California with over 150 employees, two surgery centers, and a hospital-based practice – all producing approximately $35 million a year.

Dr. Sanger founded The Sanger Group which developed practice management seminars for national study groups and dental consulting companies and he authored a management textbook, “The Entrepreneur’s Children’s Dental Practice”, and numerous seminar workbooks. He cofounded the Institute for Pediatric Dentistry which designed and produced hands on sim-lab education training for dentists in the game changing technology in pediatric dentistry to do care “better, faster, and easier”.

Dr. Sanger is the Exec. Dir. of MCNA Dental Plan of Idaho, the contractor for the State of Idaho dental Medicaid/CHIP programs.  He is on the Board of Directors at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center and he is a life member of ADA and AAPD .

Jessica Meeske, DDS

Advisor, Pediatric Dental Practices


Dr. Jessica Meeske is a pediatric dentist in Hastings and Grand Island, NE and she currently serves as the senior partner of Pediatric Dental Specialists of Greater Nebraska.

Dr. Meeske is on the Legislative Committee and chairs the Medicaid Committee of the Nebraska Dental Association and is a trustee with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a part-time faculty member at UNMC College of Dentistry and has given numerous lectures throughout the state on children’s oral health issues with specific emphasis on ensuring that all children have affordable access to dental care.

Dr. Meeske is a graduate of Hastings College and the University of Missouri-K.C. College of Dentistry. She completed further training in pediatrics and public health at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry’s, Leadership in Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health Program where she received her master’s in dental public health.  Dr. Meeske is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Meeske is active in the Hastings Community through her involvement as a past member and past president of Hastings Public Schools School Board and on the Board of Trustees at Hastings College.

Mesh Leadership Team

Mesh’s team of executive leaders have the depth of experience and entrepreneurial spirit needed to support dental practices and fuel growth for Mesh’s partner practices.



Doug Woodward

Managing Member/Operations & Strategy


With focused experience in consulting and practice management, Doug’s career as a leader across the dental industry spans more than 20 years. Doug began his career as a top-performing sales representative and national value-added reseller for industry-leading practice management and imaging technology vendors. He then spent the next 16 years as a senior advisor for the largest consulting firm in the Southwest that was the founder of the first “Virtual Dental Services Organization”. The lessons learned in that experience inspired the formation of Mesh Dental Network, the premier Dental Partnership Organization.

Mike Richardson

Founding Member/CFO & CIO


Mike co-founded Mesh and leads the company’s financial and investment activities as a principal. He brings more than 30 years of financial and operational experience, previously leading investment and infrastructure activities within small-to medium-sized businesses as a Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

For the last decade, Mike has been focused in the healthcare sector. Prior to Mesh, he was a founding executive for the healthcare group of Encore Enterprises, Inc., a $1.2 billion investment firm based in Dallas-Fort Worth. Encore’s healthcare startups included Partnerships for Dentists, a DSO, and Surepoint Emergency Centers. The group achieved a run rate of $100 million in revenue during his tenure as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer for these ventures.

David Porritt, MBA

President/CEO


David brings entrepreneurial zeal for pursuing new ideas, delivering a diversified portfolio of experience and achievement. With more than 30 years in business supporting the dental profession, he is recognized as a national thought leader in dental continuing education, co-founding, developing and operating Summit Dental Study Group for more than 15 years. As President and Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2016 for the nation’s leading in-office patient finance platform, he is recognized and respected as an influential authority, driving strategic alliances to effectively align with key business initiatives. Bringing passion and credibility to the organization, David is skilled in creating organizational vision and mission, unifying all stakeholders in achieving exceptional outcomes.

Elizabeth Iverson, RDH, PMC

Chief Operating Officer


Drawing on more than three decades of dental business development experience, Elizabeth consistently empowers leaders to take action. Specializing in leadership development and systems implementation, she has been influential in growing both private and group practices. Executing on the practice’s mission, coupled with developing effective leaders and efficient systems, is her strategy for bottom-line results.

Dana Carboni

Director of Administration


Dana brings 30 years of experience in executive administration with more than 15 years dedicated to serving the dental industry. Dana’s background includes various industries including laboratory, restaurant, real estate, insurance and risk management. Dana is an expert in streamlining operations, ensuring administrative functions run smoothly, and providing executive and organizational support. Dana uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage everyone on the team to work hard and play hard.