Dr. Shalin Patel

Partner & Chief Medical Officer


Dr. Shalin Patel recognizes the value of team building in achieving successful results. At DECA Dental Group, he is responsible for developing procedures and finding solutions to create thriving practices by recruiting, training, and retaining doctors across the company. As a hands-on leader focused on achieving results in a dynamic, patient-oriented work environment, Dr. Patel has a proven track record of building and training clinical teams around a growth strategy of working collaboratively with operations teams.

Dr. Patel’s role in DECA Dental’s commitment to excellence is pivotal. His dedication to developing, executing, and monitoring clinical standards and practice protocols has been instrumental in DECA’s industry-leading reputation for mentorship and training. This reputation has catapulted DECA into one of the nation’s most sought-after dental associate positions. His oversight of doctor talent acquisition and partnerships and his focus on patient-centered clinical care have led to the hiring and training of elite dentists from prestigious dental schools nationwide, which should make us all proud.

Dr. Patel’s recognition in the dental industry is a testament to his leadership and expertise. His sponsorship of dental school leadership scholarships and his speaking engagements at national dental school and educational conferences have solidified his position as a leader in dentistry. His features in multiple national dental publications, including DentalTown, Dental Economics, Dentistry Today, and Dental Entrepreneur, and his PACE-approved Continuing Education course approved by the Academy of General Dentistry, are impressive achievements that should inspire us all.

Dr. Patel spearheads DECA Dental’s robust onboarding and orientation program, DECA Academy. This award-winning, industry-leading curriculum includes clinical and non-clinical training programs, hands-on simulations, and virtual learning. The DECA Clinical Advisory Board of Doctors implements innovative systems to train doctors to become highly efficient without compromising patient care quality. Dr. Patel believes personal and professional growth is imperative to building long-term relationships with clinicians. He oversees multiple pathways to long-term clinician growth through the DECA Owner Doctor Program.

Dr. Patel attended the University of Mississippi for his undergraduate studies and dental school. He has been recognized by the Dallas Business Journal and Incisal Edge Magazine as a Top “40 Under 40” Dentist in America. Based on his years of clinical experience and commitment to continuing education, Dr. Patel has given various lectures to dental schools and leading dental organizations nationwide on Creating a Culture of Clinical Excellence.

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Dr. Sulman Ahmed

Founder & CEO

Dr. Sulman Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of DECA Dental. He is instrumental in shaping and overseeing DECA Dental’s growth, strategy and culture. In 2008, Dr. Ahmed opened his first dental office and set out to create a truly patient centered model. His belief in putting patients first is the fundamental backbone of DECA Dental’s core values and patient care delivery model.

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