Joan Dentler is founder and president of Avanza Healthcare Strategies. For more than 25 years Joan has been consulting on, developing or operating ambulatory surgery centers, hospital outpatient services and community health initiatives. She founded ASC Strategies in 2007 and Outpatient Strategies in 2011, unifying the two companies under a single brand, Avanza Healthcare Strategies, in 2013.
Joan’s breadth of experience and disarming nature help her quickly build trust and establish credibility with clients and other stakeholders. She is known for her incisive business acumen and elegant solutions to complex problems.
Joan has held numerous industry leadership positions. She is a member of Gerson Lehrman Group’s healthcare council and is a past advisory board member for Community Hospital 100. She has also served on the editorial advisory boards for SurgiStrategies and Outpatient Surgery magazines. Joan is a frequent contributor to healthcare publications and an engaging presenter at conferences and symposiums. She repeatedly appears on Becker’s list of top women leaders in the healthcare industry.
Before founding Avanza, Joan worked in health care administration, serving as a hospital liaison for hospital-physician joint ventures and as an administrator of community-based women’s health and pediatric primary care facilities.
Joan holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas.