Caitlin Mendez is a dentist recruiter with Edge Advisors focusing on associate doctor placements within Illinois and Indiana. She has spent her entire professional career in dental operations and ﬁnds joy in matching the right candidate with their dream practice. Her unique and broad experience in the dental industry has given her the ability to evaluate and assist both associate candidates and owner doctors in cultivating successful, trusting, and mutually beneﬁcial relationships.
Her vast knowledge of the dental industry ranges from highly successful private ofﬁces to multi-state DSO’s. This scope and experience allows her to offer a unique perspective to both her candidates and clients. Caitlin has served in many roles throughout her career in dentistry. She has held many leadership positions such as Director of Revenue Cycle, Director of De Novo Business Development, Vice President of Orthodontic Specialty for a national-level DSO, dental consultant and remote team training coach.
The long-term success of an associate within her client’s practice is of utmost importance to her and her primary goal is to provide transparency throughout the placement process and align expectations. She aims to ﬁnd her candidates opportu-nities that not only ensure ﬁnancial success but, more importantly, a healthy work-life balance. This long-game approach is what makes her a successful, go-to recruiter.
She grew up in the New Haven, Connecticut area where she enjoyed competitive swimming, soccer and lacrosse. She attended Boston University and studied international relations. A volunteer opportunity then took her to Costa Rica, where she became ﬂuent in Spanish and fell in love with the “pura vida” lifestyle. After returning to the Boston area, she began working in an East Boston dental ofﬁce primarily serving a Spanish-speaking patient population. As a front ofﬁce team member, she learned ﬁrsthand how much teamwork and organization were required to run a multi-provider dental practice and the all-important role an associate’s skills and dedication play in the success of the practice. When life brought her back to live in Montezuma, Costa Rica in 2020, Caitlin was thrilled to continue her work in the dental ﬁeld for Edge Advisors. She spends her free time enjoying the nearby nature, waterfalls and beaches, as well as ﬁshing and playing soccer with her 10-year-old son, Liam, and their soccer-loving dog, Pepper.