With a passion for the dental industry, an entrepreneurial spirit and a penchant for business, Dr. Walter Knysz, Jr. established UnifiedSmiles in November, 2011. Dr. Knysz developed the strategy for business expansion and company productivity, and leads the members of the UnifiedSmiles executive team. He founded UnifiedSmiles to offer independent dentists the tools allowing them to tap into resources generally available only to large group purchasing organizations.
Dr. Knysz has long been involved in dentistry and dental management. In 1982, he founded MIDA Dental Plans (MIDA) and Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC), a dental practice management company that grew to over 150 owned dental offices in seven states across the Midwest, South and Northeast. In 2008, Dr. Knysz sold a controlling interest in GEDC, and then his remaining interest in October 2011. He founded MIDA Dental Plans in 1982, which was one of the largest privately held providers of managed dental care based in the United States. The business focused on providing high-quality general dental and specialty services to individuals, businesses and unions in a managed care environment. MIDA was acquired by Blue Shield of Pennsylvania in 1996.
Dr. Knysz graduated from University of Detroit with a doctorate in dental surgery in 1975. Prior to becoming a dentist, he was an investment advisor with Prudential Bache. He is also involved in numerous non-profit organizations including, Madonna University, Board of Trustees and past Chairman of the Leading the Way Campaign; Ave Maria University, Board of Regents, and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory, Board of Trustees. Dr. Walter Knysz, Jr. is currently licensed in the State of Michigan to practice dentistry.