PDS History

Starting a company from scratch isn’t as difficult as it sounds. It’s actually a lot harder. Before Pacific Dental Services® officially started in 1994, so much work and effort went into learning how dental practices operate – from payroll and taxes, to implementing new technology and dealing with insurance companies. So really, the story starts before PDS even opened as a company.

PDS At A Glance

  • PDS started in 1994, supporting its first office in Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • By 1997, PDS grew to more than 20 supported offices.
  • As of year 2016, PDS currently has more than 500 supported offices throughout 17 states.
  • PDS plans to add more than 50 supported offices each year.

The Beginning Before The Beginning

After graduating from UCLA in 1989, PDS President 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 Begins

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 practice.

The Future Of PDS

PDS is still growing, and the future continues to look bright. With plans to expand into four more states and add more than 50 supported offices every year, the vision of becoming The Greatest Dental Company in America is getting closer and closer to reality. If PDS sounds like the place for you, take a look at our current opportunities. We’d love to hear from you.