Meet the Bentson Copple & Associates Team
Bentson Copple & Associates has a highly experienced team of professionals with diverse backgrounds within and outside the orthodontic community. Our team strives to earn our clients' satisfaction through hard work, meaningful advice, and dedication to developing and implementing a successful orthodontic transaction.
Chris Bentson has been working with orthodontists regarding the business aspects of their practices for over twenty-five years. He is currently President of Bentson Copple & Associates. Chris also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Bentson Copple reSource, a quarterly newsletter focused on the business aspects of running a successful orthodontic practice. He is a frequent guest lecturer at orthodontic resident programs, study clubs, and orthodontic user meetings. He is a contributor to national orthodontic periodicals and journals. Over the course of Chris’ career, he has personally visited over one thousand orthodontic practices in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Doug Copple, CVA
Doug Copple graduated from Appalachian State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and Master of Science (MS) degree in Accounting. Prior to working with Bentson Copple & Associates, he was an Audit Senior for Ernst & Young, LLP, and an Audit Associate/Senior for KPMG, LLP. Doug is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). He is integral in both the exclusive valuation methodology and tax allocation/negotiations in the transition process. Doug ensures that our clients are provided with reports of the highest quality that adhere strictly to industry standards. His goal at Bentson Copple & Associates is to provide shorter negotiation cycles and stronger assurance of deals reaching completion.
Shannon Patterson, CPR, CMSR
Shannon Patterson is a recruitment leader in the orthodontic industry, specializing in placement and retention of doctors by engaging in a proactive recruitment strategy. She helps place candidates where they will be a successful fit, not only for the practice, but also the community. She is also a Kolbe Certified™ Consultant and expert in the Kolbe suite of assessments for selection of the ideal candidate match, focusing on strength-based relationships for both doctors. She specializes in comprehensive talent management, candidate sourcing, candidate lead generation and strategic placement planning. Shannon joined Bentson Copple & Associates, LLC in 2010 and became a partner in the firm in 2018. She has earned certifications in High Impact Recruiting (CPR) and Certified Medical Staff Recruiting (CMSR), and is a Certified Kolbe Consultant and member of the American Academy of Medical Management (AAMM). Shannon is a frequent guest lecturer at leading industry meetings and orthodontic residency programs, and contributes to numerous orthodontic journals.
Placement & Talent Acquisition Consultant
Shane Burden is a Placement & Talent Acquisition Consultant at Bentson Copple & Associates, LLC. He brings years of orthodontic and dental industry experience to our team. Before joining Bentson Copple & Associates, he served as Rocky Mountain Orthodontics’ (RMO) Manager of North America, leading the aligners division. Shane is a liaison between our company and orthodontic residents, doctors seeking career opportunities, and all of the orthodontic residency programs in the United States. He works closely with our candidates developing strong relationships, providing guidance throughout the recruitment process, and being an industry resource to them.
Amber Copple, CPA
Amber Copple is the Financial Director at Bentson Copple & Associates. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Accounting from Appalachian State University. Amber is responsible for maintaining the company’s general ledger, including financial reporting and account reconciliation. She helps manage the accounts receivable and accounts payable functions and has human resource responsibilities as well.
Anthony Copple, JD
Anthony Copple received his undergraduate degree in Finance and Banking (BSBA) from Appalachian State University. He went on to attend law school at Elon University where he earned his Juris Doctorate (JD). Before joining the Bentson Copple & Associates team, Anthony honed his negotiation skills at a small, general practice law firm in Asheboro, North Carolina. He works closely with our clients and their counterparts to ensure that practice transitions progress and conclude as efficiently as possible. His goal at Bentson Copple & Associates is to negotiate the terms of each transition in a way that meets or exceeds each client’s expectations.
Jackie Crowe, CPA
Jackie Crowe is a Financial Analyst at Bentson Copple & Associates. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jackie is responsible for the initial creation of valuation reports and works with our team and clients to understand the unique financial position of each Practice. She also prepares partnership and buy-out documents for transition services.
Maria Ellis provides administrative and office support for the entire Bentson Copple & Associates team. She is the friendly voice you hear when you call our office. She assists with valuations, contracts, correspondences, billings, scheduling, and performs other essential administrative duties. She plays a vital role in ensuring that day-to-day operations run smoothly. Maria has a long history of providing top-notch customer service and enjoys building relationships with our clients.
Client Relations Support Associate
Ali Gentry works in Finance and Operation capacities for Bentson Copple & Associates. She assists with the production of valuations and works with clients to obtain the necessary documents needed for their transactions. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. Before joining Bentson Copple & Associates, Ali was an independent insurance broker, specializing in Life and Long-Term Care insurance planning. She also provides additional administrative support and top-notch service to our clients.
Laura Overcash, CPS
Director of Marketing
Laura Overcash serves as Director of Marketing at Bentson Copple & Associates. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a concentration in Advertising from Appalachian State University. Laura is responsible for all of the Bentson Copple & Associates' marketing campaigns, public relations, and branding which allows our company to be visible to clients who are in need of any orthodontic transitional service. She coordinates the details of all trade show events, speaking engagements, lectures, and webinars. Laura is a Certified Presentation Specialist (CPS)™ and a member of the Presentation Guild. She is also the Publication Manager of the Bentson Copple reSource. She develops and oversees the publication’s content each quarter and ensures that the publication is produced on schedule.