Rhodes to retire from SmartPractice

Jan. 23, 2009
Jim and Naomi Rhode to step down after 36 years of service to the family business.

PHOENIX, Ariz.--After 36 years of dedication to the family business, SmartHealth co-founders Jim and Naomi Rhode, RDH, have announced their retirement from the SmartPractice Board of Directors.

Curt Hamann, MD, president and CEO, has been named the new chairman of the SmartHealth Board of Directors.

First incorporated in 1972 as Semantodontics by the Rhodes, the company was renamed SmartPractice in 1989 as the result of a strategic expansion into non-dental health care specialties. Following the sale of majority interests of SmartHealth in 1997 to daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Curt and Beth Hamann, the Rhodes continued speaking on behalf of Rhode Enterprises.

They have lectured to dental groups in all 50 states and share the distinction of both being past presidents of the 3,700-member National Speakers Association. The Rhodes plan to continue to speak to dental, corporate, and nonprofit groups on behalf of Rhode Enterprises.

The Rhodes have been able to combine their entrepreneurial spirit and passion for speaking to assist health-care providers in patient communication, staff appreciation, and practice management.

SmartHealth's fourth-quarter board celebrated the most profitable three quarters in the history of the company.

SmartHealth has headquarters in Phoenix, Ariz., with North American manufacturing or distribution facilities in Lexington, Ky., Calgary, Alberta, and San Diego, Calif.

SmartPracticeJapan operates two former distributors purchased in 2003 based in Yokohama. SmartPracticeDenmark and SmartPracticeFinland operate skin patch test manufacturers in Hillerod, Denmark and Tuusula, Finland. The company remains focused on products consistent with its vision: Smarter Practices. Healthier Patients.

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