Jefferson Dental Care Acquires The Smile Center

Jefferson Dental Care (“JDC”), a portfolio company of Brentwood Associates, has acquired The Smile Center, a dental support organization with six affiliated clinics throughout San Antonio.

The Smile Center’s six affiliated clinics provide a broad range of services, including oral exams, cleanings, and a variety of other dental procedures. Established in 2005 by Dr. Stephen Simpton and his wife, Abby, The Smile Center grew from one to six practices across the San Antonio region.

Commenting on the new partnership, JDC CEO Chris Strong noted, “We are thrilled to welcome The Smile Center to the Jefferson family. Its established record of clinical excellence and presence in the local San Antonio community make The Smile Center an ideal fit with JDC. Additionally, growing our presence in the San Antonio market is a key strategic focus, and this partnership not only accelerates our growth in the region, but also bolsters our team of experienced affiliated dentists.”

This transaction marks the beginning of an exciting growth period for JDC, as the company continues to focus on expanding in its core markets as well as into new geographies through accretive add-on opportunities and de novo development.

Eric Reiter, partner at Brentwood Associates, commented, “We look forward to working with The Smile Center team to continue building upon the sterling reputation they have developed within the dental community. We expect the partnership to further enhance the patient experience, and we are excited to leverage our increased presence in the San Antonio market to continue expanding locally and into new markets.”

Steve Moore, partner at Brentwood Associates, added, “The Jefferson leadership team has built an exceptional platform that will continue its exciting growth through both strategic acquisitions and new clinic development. The Smile Center partnership is an example of JDC continuing its expansion by affiliating with clinics and providers who deliver best-in-class care.”

JDC was represented by Dykema Gossett LLP.

About The Smile Center

Established in 2005 by Dr. Stephen Simpton and his wife, Abby, The Smile Center grew from one practice at Las Palmas in San Antonio to six practices across the region. The Smile Center provides a broad range of services, including oral exams, cleanings, and a variety of other dental procedures. The Smile Center was founded upon the philosophy of providing premium services, a respectful healthcare environment, dedicated professional staff and an unparalleled commitment to patients and the community. For more information about The Smile Center, please visit

About Jefferson Dental Care

Founded in 1967, Jefferson Dental Care is a leading dental support organization with affiliated clinics throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio metropolitan areas of Texas. Jefferson’s affiliated clinics offer a broad range of general dentistry, orthodontic, and other specialty dental services to its patients through its state-of-the-art facilities. Over the past 50 years, Jefferson has grown from a single location in Oak Cliff to a network of 64 clinics that has established a strong reputation of trust and a commitment to providing the highest quality and most affordable care to the communities it serves. Jefferson’s core mission is to enhance the dental health and well-being of its patients by providing quality dental services in a professional and caring environment. For more information about Jefferson, please visit

About Brentwood Associates

Brentwood Associates is a leading middle-market private equity investment firm with a 30+ year history of investing in leading growth companies. Brentwood focuses on investments in growing businesses where it can leverage its extensive experience in areas such as: consumer products and services; multi-location growth strategies, including specialty retail and restaurants; direct marketing, including direct mail and e-commerce; health and wellness; education; and business services. Since 1984, Brentwood’s dedicated private equity team has invested in over 50 portfolio companies with an aggregate transaction value of over $6 billion. With significant experience in both investing and brand building, Brentwood is a value-added partner with entrepreneurs and senior management teams building world-class companies. For more information about Brentwood, please visit

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Jefferson Dental Care Acquires The Smile Center