The Story Behind Thrive
Founder Don J. Ilkka, DDS had personal family experience the effects of lack of oral health care in a memory care facility. He became a passionate champion to rectify the status of care for residents of Assisted Living/Memory Care facilities. After several years of field research and development, Thrive Dentistry OnSite™ was created. Its mission is to improve and manage the oral health of Assisted Living/Memory Care residents, allowing them to live healthier and happier lives, through the services of mobile dentistry. Dr. Ilkka received his B.S. from Michigan Technological University and is a graduate of the University of Detroit School of Dentistry. He started his practice in Leesburg, Florida in 1982. Dr. Ilkka Served on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Dental Association and is the liaison between the Board and the Florida Board of Dentistry. In addition, he is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Florida School of Dentistry. Dr. Ilkka also volunteers with St. Luke's Medical & Dental Clinic in Eustis, Florida as its Dental Director.