Our Team

Passionate Dental Experts

Our Founders

Dr. Nick Raklios

Co-Founder / Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Nick Raklios is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. He is originally from Richland, WA, and now calls the Seattle area home. He and his wife, Colleen, are the proud parents of two young girls: Ivy and Isla. Dr. Raklios is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Washington State Dental Association, and the Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. When he's not in the office, Dr. Raklios enjoys skiing, golfing, biking, and running.

Dr. J Kolby Robinson

Co-Founder / Chief Dental Officer

Dr. J. Kolby Robinson is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. He is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. He and his wife, Jessica, are proud parents of three sons and a daughter: George, Oliver, William and Margaret. Dr. Robinson is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Oregon Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and Oregon Dental Association.

Doctor Executive Committee

Dr. Tony Paventy

Chief Orthodontic Officer

Dr. Brett BrowN

Chief Orthodontic Officer

Support Team

JIM Evanger

Chief Executive Officer

Jim is a member of the Board of Directors and began serving SALT as CEO in 2021. He brings over 20 years of CEO leadership experience to the company.

Early in his career, Jim worked in Fortune 100 healthcare with Merck & Co., Inc. and rose through the ranks to lead his division’s development activities across North America and Europe while his division was sold two times. He especially enjoyed finding ways to achieve a collaborative relationship between leaders in different countries when it came to his company’s products and services.

Over the years, Jim has been a Board Director and CEO of multi-location companies that solve healthcare challenges for patients including musculoskeletal, sleep disorder, behavioral health, and addiction recovery. He started two of these companies from scratch, as the first employee. He initially gained his knowledge of the DSO space when the organization he led partnered with dentists in 14 states to bring an innovative oral medical device manufactured by SomnoMed to patients suffering from sleep apnea.

Jim embraces a servant-leadership philosophy with the SALT team and believes in exceptional service as the cornerstone of the company’s core values. He’s been happily married for over 25 years and enjoys watching his two teenagers become leaders as they make their way through the “interesting” high school years.

Brian Lawson

Chief Development Officer

Brian brings over 15 years of experience in M&A, strategy, and growth operations in the healthcare spectrum. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Corporate Development at Covenant Physician Partners, a leading national network of multi-specialty physician practices and surgery centers, where he led M&A and organic growth initiatives. Prior to Covenant, he served as Director of Corporate Development at SAGE Veterinary Centers, one of the leading specialty veterinary platforms on the West Coast, where he was responsible for developing and executing the company's M&A growth strategy.

Previous experience includes founding and leading LeapIQ, a B2B lead generation company, and serving as an investment banker with Harris Williams & Co., where he advised on and executed M&A transactions as a member of the Healthcare and Life Sciences team. Brian received an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a BS from Northwest Missouri State University.

Dr. Jeromy Dixson

Acting Board Member

Dr. Dixson is a three-time INC Magazine 500/5000 awarded entrepreneur, and the Founder/CEO of The DSO Project, which is dentistry's first and most exclusive dental support organization accelerator, The DSO Project Consulting, and Dental Capital Partners - a DSO focused M&A Advisory Firm. Formerly, he was the Founder/CEO of Smiles Services LLC and Founder/President of Smiles Dental Group PC. He is a visionary, inspirational, and transformational leader who builds unified individuals, teams, cultures, and world-class organizations.

Dr. Dixson became the managing partner of Smiles Dental in 2008. In 2010 he finalized a buyout of his former partners, assumed the role of President and immediately accomplished a successful re-launch of the organization, setting Smiles Dental on a path to explosive growth. The company proceeded to double its number of locations, triple revenue and quadruple its valuation in the ensuing three years. From 2013 to 2015, Smiles Dental roughly tripled the number of locations, revenue, EBITDA and organizational valuation again. He also concurrently co-developed the dental analytics technology software platform that became Practice Analytics, one of the industry leaders in real-time dental practice management analytics.

Under Dr. Dixson's leadership, Smiles Dental was recognized three years in a row, from 2013-2015, by INC Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States, topping out at #550 in 2013. Additionally in 2013, he completed a successful private equity transaction.

In addition to his M&A Advising and Consulting work, Dr. Dixson provides Board Services to investment firms. He also currently serves as a trusted DSO/dental industry adviser for private equity firms, dental technology companies, and global dental brands in a variety of capacities.

Dr. Dixson returned in mid-2017 from a one-year sabbatical where he and his family visited six continents and thirty-five countries while homeschooling, with only what they could carry on their backs.

Tim Brannigan

Chief Information Officer

Tim has over 30 years of information systems experience. His career began with 13 years in the U.S. Air Force, followed by stints in the managed healthcare and financial services industries. Now, Tim has almost two decades of experience working in the healthcare industry.

Tim has served in a number of senior and executive level roles and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in information systems and business management.

He and his wife, who is also in the healthcare industry, enjoy traveling as much as possible, exploring the world, and experiencing different cultures.

Theresa Fox

Sr. Vice President of Finance

Theresa comes to us with over 20 years of finance expertise. She has held multiple executive financial positions within both the dental and medical industry. Most recently, Theresa served as the financial executive for DentaQuest’s Dental Care Group division which included the Advantage Dental Plan, Dental Care Organization, as well as their affiliated 60+ dental practice locations located throughout Oregon and Washington. Theresa has extensive experience in finance leadership and has successfully led finance reporting, accounting, operations, revenue cycle, payroll, budgeting, and forecasting for multiple large Health Care and Dental organizations.

Theresa and her husband, Brian, raised their family in Green Bay, Wisconsin. And you guessed it… they are huge Green Bay Packer fans! They now call Central Oregon their home, enjoying all the wonderful outdoor adventures the beautiful Pacific Northwest offers.

Our Doctors

Dr. Cari Goyne

Title Position

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Dr. Tyler Hanks

Timber Kids Dentistry

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Dr. Kristina Durickas

Cascadia Kids Dentistry

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Dr. Dustin Davis

Cascadia Kids Dentistry

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