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.

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

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Kate Dobens

President & Chief Operating Officer

Kate joined the Mesh team in October of 2021, and she has many years of experience in dental practice acquisition and new practice development and management. Along with her MBA, Kate now has over thirty years of experience in corporate finance, business management, and entrepreneurship. She brings a deep perspective on market analytics, capital formation, business growth, and operational development. In 2016, she co-founded Vardiman Black, which specialized in supporting pediatric, endodontic, and orthodontic practices. She is also a co-founder of Dental Specialty Education, a Pediatric Dental Residency training program located in Nashville, TN. She teaches dental practice management as part of the NYU Langone Dental Medicine postdoctoral residency program. She is also the author and principal instructor of the Practice Ownership Formula, a comprehensive training program designed specifically to move female dentists confidently into practice ownership. Prior to her focus in the dental field, she worked for ten years as a business profitability consultant for middle-market businesses through her own firm, Business On Point. For this, Kate worked alongside company founders and CEOs as a fractional CFO and business strategist that focused on developing financial literacy, streamlining business operations, and improving financial performance.

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.

Elizabeth Iverson, RDH, PMC

Vice President-Practice Leadership

Elizabeth joined the Mesh team in January of 2021 and draws on more than thirty-five years in dentistry. As a Registered Dental Hygienist, with a minor in Community Health, doors opened to practice abroad and teach the practice of Dental Hygiene in Canada, South America, Australia, Japan and Korea. In 1991, she founded Practice Leadership Center (PLC), a full-service practice management firm equipping fee-for-service dentists with business acumen to escort dental insurance companies out of their treatment rooms, while raising the profitability and quality of their lives. PLC successfully coached over 650 practices before being sold and becoming the Business Development Division of Burkhart Dental Supply in 2000. Elizabeth remained with Burkhart as the Senior Consultant, keynote speaker, and contributing editor to Dental Economics and The Coaching Corner until 2006. Months later, Elizabeth and her husband moved their family to Uganda, East Africa where they founded Africa Matters Today. She became the Clinical Director of the mobile medical unit serving in the rural areas throughout the country. For twelve years she expanded her clinical expertise to include tropical medicine and dentistry. They returned to the US in 2018 where she joined Henry Schein, Inc as a Senior Analyst in their 360° Business Development Division.

Elizabeth is passionate about leadership and elevating the potential of individuals and profitability of organizations. She’s a certified Leadership Coach with FranklinCovey, John Maxwell, and Brian Tracey.

Elizabeth is married to her life-partner, Royce, and father of their three grown children, Sophia, Dominique, and Elijah. They love the outdoors, serving their local community and traveling the world.

Michael Herrin

Vice President-Practice Management

Michael joins Mesh with over 25 years’ experience in the dental industry. Initially specializing in technology including various practice management softwares, imaging and IT networks, Michael recognized a disconnect between taking great care of patients and running a dental business. For over 20 years, he has worked with dentists and their teams providing business consulting, leadership coaching and working in capital equipment distribution and dental transitions.

June Taylor, EFDA/RDH

Regional Manager

Taylor is proud to have over 50 years of experience in the dental world. Her career includes being the office manager at one of the top holistic dental practices in the country as well as working directly with Dr. Frank Spears, Dr. V. Kim Kutsch, and Dr. LD Pankey. She got her first dental-related job at 17 years old and quickly moved her way up the ranks, going from sterilization tech to front office to assisting before eventually becoming a hygienist and progressing into consulting and coaching. As part of Mesh, her mission is to bring people together and create happy and prosperous teams. From the very beginning, she has always had the desire to help people recognize their full potential. Through accountability, responsibility, and mentorship, she believes that everyone can control their own success. She loves to empower people and give them the confidence and skills they need to achieve their goals. Outside of work, Taylor is a proud mother, grandmother, and dog owner. She actually runs her own 501c3 dog rescue organization, and when she isn’t helping animals find forever homes, she likes to take a break from the frequent travel of her job and relax with family.

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.