Olney: Pacific Dental Services Taking Over Old JoS. A. Bank Location

by MCS Staff

The 3,568 sf location that was previously home to JoS. A. Bank in the Shoppes of Olney will soon be filled by California-based Pacific Dental Services (PDS). The dental practice will be joining Quickway and Kung Fu Tea as the newest tenants in the shopping center that’s already home to CVS, Cava, Starbucks, Cafe Rio, and more.PDS has an office in Silver Spring known as Dentists of Silver Spring. It’s the only other Maryland location for the company which  currently has over 850 supported offices in 26 states. An additional location with a Silver Spring address is planned for Aspen Hill later this year. Many practices take on a name that references the city/area the practice is in, so PDS will likely have an Olney-based name when it opens.

In June 1994, PDS supported its first dental practice in Costa Mesa, Calif. By 1997, the company had grown to support nearly 20 practices. The idea of having someone handle the dental practice’s administrative tasks was taking off with dentists. Dentists wanted to focus on patients and not the everyday aspects of running their own business. After graduating from UCLA in 1989, PDS Founder, President, and CEO, Stephen Thorne found himself in a tough job market and started working at his father’s Victorville, Calif. dental practice. “My father asked me to put a computer system into his practice, and since I was pretty good with a computer, he asked me to computerize his practice,” Thorne said.

Thorne continued to work for his father, learning the ins-and-outs of dental administration and helping grow the practice from one to five. In 1993, Thorne set out on his own, with a new idea and a vision to create The Greatest Dental Company in America. PDS has been on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America for the past 13 years in a row (14 times on the list). The dental company plans to continue its rapid growth.

There is no current opening date available for the practice, which has yet to begin construction.


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