About The Author

Rick Workman, DMD, Founder, Former CEO and Active Executive Chairman of Heartland Dental

Since graduating from the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 1980 and starting his own office, Dr. Rick Workman set out to create a world-class dental service organization that would relieve the management burden for supported dentists by offering an array of non-clinical administrative support such as human resources, accounting, supply and equipment procurement, marketing and customer support.

Dr. Workman’s dedication to ease the management burden for dentists has continued to multiply over the years. Today, Heartland Dental is the largest dental support organization in the U.S. with over 750 supported dental offices across the country. Thousands of dentists and team members have taken advantage of the non-clinical support, leading continuing education and priceless mentoring opportunities offered by Heartland Dental to help enhance their skills. In addition to being the founder of Heartland Dental, he is also the past president of the Association of Dental Support Organizations. 

A feature topic in many dental and business magazines, Dr. Rick Workman has received many awards and honors. Most notable is his receipt of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Masters Category. Additionally, Dr. Workman has received the BESI Award (Business Ethics & Social Involvement Award) from the East Central Illinois Development Corporation. Heartland Dental has also been recognized in Inc. Magazine’s Top 500 fastest growing companies and ranked sixth on Inc. Magazine’s 2012 Hire Power list, which recognizes the top 100 job creators in the country. In addition, many Heartland Dental supported doctors and dental offices have been featured in Dental Economics.

Dr. Workman is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Dental Group Practices, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, Young President’s Organization and 49’ers, World President’s Organization, Clay City Excellence in Education Foundation and Effingham County Community Foundation. He resides in Windermere, Florida, with his wife, Angie, and their four children: Jordan, Jared, Meredith and Madison.

Dr. Rick Workman decided to begin Dentistry Leaders in 2016, and seeks to share thoughts, inspirations and knowledge with readers. Topics relate to the dental industry, as well as other subjects such as education, business leadership, and personal fulfillment.