About Us

Mission Driven. People-first.

Retrace was founded on the notion that intelligent automation can be the dental practictioner’s always-on assistant, the payer’s ally and the patient’s most trustworthy friend.

Our goal is to help deliver high quality, simple, and predictable oral health care.

The information asymmetry and payment inefficiencies that exist within today’s state of dentistry consequently impacts the financial, emotional, and physical well-being of providers and patients. It also leaves payers with costly and inefficient repercussions and increases the risk of over-or-under treatment, and at times leading to surprise bills.

We're striving to alleviate these burdens to create a better experience for all.

Our Leadership

Started by industry leaders bringing together their data science, healthcare, and financial technology experience. See the team behind the company that share the common passion and belief that we can positively change the health care system.

Ali Sadat, DDS

Founder and CEO

Ali has a strong personal motivation to improve the quality and cost of healthcare after seeing patients struggle to navigate the complex world of healthcare growing up in a private practice. Ali is a champion of evidence-based care and takes a hands-on role in inspiring the company’s expert clinical and technical teams. Prior to founding Retrace, Ali maintained clinical and research appointments at the University of California San Francisco and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of California San Francisco in Dentistry as well as Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and University of California San Diego in Bioengineering. Ali’s early work in biomedical imaging techniques and computer aided simulations paved the way for Retrace to benefit millions of lives as a value-based dental payments platform.

Vasant Kearney, PhD

Chief Technology Officer

Vasant sets the strategic and technical direction of Retrace’s product line and leads a world class team of “Builders”, which includes industry thought leaders in medical image processing, natural language processing, and full stack engineering. Vasant enjoyed a prolific academic and clinical career as a former UCSF Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, where he developed advanced imaging techniques using deep learning to diagnose and treat cancer patients. His expertise in novel deep learning-based imaging to diagnose and treat cancer patients at the UCSF Medical Center has been foundational to Retrace’s advanced products in oral health artificial intelligence.

Advisory Board

Fay Donohue

Former CEO – DentaQuest

Nicholas Brecker

Former President – Anthem

Mark Matzke

Former COO – Humana

Tom Wolf

Former CIO - MetLife

Evelyn Ireland

Former Executive Director – National Association of Dental Plans

Michael Fradkin

Former CFO – Guardian Life

Dr. Major General Ted Wong, DDS

Former Chief Dental Officer – United Healthcare

Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, DDS

George Ng

Former Co-founder - Cyence, Former CTO - Guidewire

Munjal Shah

CEO – Health IQ

Dr. Steven Canis, DMD, CDC

Chief Dental Officer - Progressive Dental Concepts
Former National Dental Director - United Concordia / Highmark

Clinical Validation Team

Dr. Joel White, DDS, MS

Principal Investigator

Dr. Ram Vaderhobli, BDS, MS

Principal Investigator

Dr. Guo-Hao Lin, DDS, MS

Principal Investigator

Dr. Alfa-Ibrahim Yansane, PhD

Principal Investigator

Our Investors