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Apple Tree Dental Joins Forces with ADT Dental and Ready, Set, Smile with Help from an Innovative Funding Model


(Mounds View, MN; May 18, 2023) – Apple Tree Dental is pleased to announce that the nonprofit organization has just finished the final steps to join forces with ADT Dental, a clinic located in Uptown Minneapolis, and with the nonprofit it helped found, called Ready, Set, Smile.  ADT Dental was founded by Adele Della Torre, DDS, who started her dental practice in 1989, at a time when a woman-owned dental practice was rare.  In 2013, Dr. Della Torre and ADT Dental co-owner Dr. Alice Ottavi started a nonprofit organization that delivers on-site oral health education and prevention services to underserved children in Minneapolis area preschools and schools.  Drs. Della Torre and Ottavi wanted to be sure that the two award-winning organizations they launched and nurtured would stay true to their values as they planned for future retirement, so they reached out to their long-time friends at Apple Tree Dental seeking to join forces to sustain and grow the two organizations they created.  After more than a year of careful planning, both ADT Dental and Ready, Set, Smile became part of Apple Tree Dental with the help of major contributions from three leading health plans and two foundations, using an innovative funding model.

Apple Tree Dental’s Board Chair, Dr. Barbara Smith, and its CEO, Dr. Michael Helgeson, were excited to welcome and onboard the entire team at ADT Dental in Minneapolis, and Ready, Set, Smile in January and February of 2023.  ADT Dental became Apple Tree’s ninth Center for Dental Health, and its third Center located in the Twin Cities region.

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Dr Adele Della Torre

Dr. Adele Della Torre

Dr Alice Ottavi

Dr. Alice Ottavi

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