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.
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.
Former CEO – DentaQuest
Former President – Anthem
Former COO – Humana
Former CIO - MetLife
Former Executive Director – National Association of Dental Plans
Former CFO – Guardian Life
Dr. Major General Ted Wong, DDS
Former Chief Dental Officer – United Healthcare
Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, DDS
Former Co-founder - Cyence, Former CTO - Guidewire
CEO – Health IQ
Chief Dental Officer - Progressive Dental Concepts
Former National Dental Director - United Concordia / Highmark
Clinical Validation Team
Dr. Joel White, DDS, MS
Dr. Ram Vaderhobli, BDS, MS
Dr. Guo-Hao Lin, DDS, MS
Dr. Alfa-Ibrahim Yansane, PhD