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About Matika Irons

Dentists Helping Dentists Since 1984

Forest Irons & Associates, Inc. started business in 1984 and successfully expanded to 30 states. For more detail, see the “contact” page on this website. A&A Dental Employment, Inc. started business in 1994, as a dental staffing service for anyone that works in a dental private practice. It now is a company that has clients in corporate dentistry, government clinics and more. It has grown significantly since 2005. These two successful companies are the predecessors for Matika Irons.

Dr. Forest Irons, DDS

Past President & Consultant

Forest brings over 40 years of academic, dental and business experience to his position. In addition to faculty appointments at UMKC, Emory University and UNC Chapel Hill, he has owned and operated four general private practices. He is a founding member of the Practice Valuation Study Group.

Rich Matika, MS, PMP

Rich Matika, MS, PMP

President & CEO

Rich has experience in the Information Technology (IT) field for over 33 years in various vertical markets as a programmer, analyst, director, consultant and university instructor. He joined Ann in 2005, and has participated in the expansion of a dental staffing service in private practices to include corporate dentistry, government clinics, locum tenens service for dentists, and others.

Ann Matika, BSDH, MS

Ann Matika, BSDH, MS

COO

Ann has experience in dental private practices for over 30 years and as a university clinical instructor for 2 years. She excels in the education and marketing of dentistry. At the same time, she has been intimately involved in all aspects of administration and operations for several dental staffing companies.

Eugene F. Young BS DDS, FAGD

Eugene F. Young BS DDS, FAGD

National Dental Director

Eugene Young obtained his BS and DDS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. Served on the Department of Operative Dentistry at UNC School of Dentistry. Eugene brings forty years of private practice experience which included using state of the art technology to create a communications model and one of the first paperless offices for the delivery of dental care. Has worked in the field of locum tenens and placement for the past six years.

Jim Cantwell

Jim Cantwell

National Sales Director

Jim has experience in sales, recruitment, and account management. He has put a special emphasis over the last 5 years on a consultative approach when working with both dental professionals and facilities. His experience includes working with all specialties and multiple practice types including corporate, private, and community based clinics.

Joann Barnes

Joann Barnes

Marketing and Administrative Assistant

Joann is involved in the business from the initial contact with the private practice to client reviews after the work is done. She manages the database and associated procedures for potential and actual clients, independent contractor dentist providers, and related information.