Dr. Shalin Patel

Partner & Chief Medical Officer


Dr. Shalin Patel recognizes the value of team building to achieve successful results. Dr. Patel 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, he has a proven track record of building and training clinical teams around a growth strategy of working collaboratively with operations teams.

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As an administrator who has helped create core values based on partnership and cooperation, Dr. Patel is responsible for developing, executing, and monitoring clinical standards and practice protocols. DECA Dental’s commitment to excellence is always the top priority. Given its industry-leading reputation for mentorship and training, DECA has rapidly become one of the nation’s most sought-after dental associate positions. He oversees doctor talent acquisition and partnerships and manifests a culture geared toward patient-centered clinical care by hiring and training elite dentists from prestigious dental schools across the country.

As a recognized leader in dentistry, Dr. Patel has sponsored dental school leadership scholarships, spoken at national dental school and educational conferences. He has been featured in multiple national dental publications, including DentalTown, Dental Economics, Dentistry Today, and Dental Entrepreneur. He offers a PACE-approved Continuing Education course approved by the Academy of General Dentistry to increase clinical case acceptance and productivity.

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DECA Academy Doctor Training is an award-winning, industry-leading curriculum filled with clinical and non-clinical training programs, hands-on simulations, and virtual learning. Dr. Patel spearheads DECA Dental’s robust onboarding and orientation program known as DECA Academy. The DECA Clinical Advisory Board Doctors implement 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 both his undergraduate studies and dental school. He has been recognized by both 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

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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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