Your orthodontic practice transitions expert Colleen Haley will be there for you every step of the way.

Colleen Haley: Nationwide Specialist in Orthodontic & Pediatric Dental Practice Transitions

Colleen Haley specializes in orthodontic and pediatric dental practice transitions throughout the U.S. She is the main point person for orthodontists and other related dental specialists. Colleen's services are nuanced and tailored specifically to meet the needs of the dental specialist.

Colleen helps to determine an orthodontist's readiness to make a transition. Her first step is seeking to understand what an orthodontist wants for their professional life and financial future. She spots the legal issues that attach to personal factors, such as an orthodontist's practice style, financial goals, and business acumen. She helps orthodontists strategically plan for and eventually execute their practice transition according to the doctor's vision.

Colleen guides doctors through change of ownership transactions (valuations, sales, mergers, partnerships) and provides doctor placement services for orthodontic practices throughout the U.S. Colleen also helps orthodontists to understand and fully evaluate employment agreements, buy-ins, partnerships, DSO offers, and the like so they are able to make fully informed decisions.

Colleen is a professionally trained and skilled negotiator.

Colleen and her team provide help and guidance to orthodontists and related dental specialists in

Practice Valuation

Analyzing an orthodontic practice and determining its fair market value using industry standard methods in combination with experience

Strategic Planning

Helping dental specialists form a strategic plan for their practice
based on their circumstances
tailored to their hopes, dreams, and goals

Changes to Practice Ownership

including succession, mergers, buy-outs, acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships, buy-ins, pathways to partnership and other associate doctor employment agreements

Skilled Negotiation

Practice Sales & Purchases, Recruitment Services for the Dental Specialist

Colleen Haley, J.D.

Colleen Haley’s exposure over the years to many aspects of the business of orthodontics has provided her a working knowledge and awareness of what matters most to orthodontists. Colleen’s advising background and legal education combine to make her a skilled and intelligent listener, able to spot potential legal issues while also discovering a doctor’s motivations, priorities, and needs. She takes her role in the stewardship of a doctor’s orthodontic business seriously.

Colleen received her bachelors of science degree in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and her Juris Doctor (JD) from William Mitchell College of Law. Colleen completed additional training in negotiation, civil mediation, and family mediation and has met the requirements for inclusion on the State of Minnesota Supreme Court’s roster of qualified neutrals. Her past work experience includes mediating contractual disputes and marital dissolutions. She has also worked as a college professor and academic advisor. Colleen left compliance work to join Minnesota Transitions.

Colleen was born in Honolulu (NAS Barbers Point) and she loves Hawaii. She lived in Australia as a teen and has family who continue to live in the Melbourne area. She and her husband Scott met when they were both 14. They have two grown daughters and a corgi. As the daughter of a pilot, Colleen loves a good airshow. She gets behind causes supporting Parkinson’s research and she volunteers her time as a University of Minnesota certified master gardener. Colleen’s circle includes many orthodontists and members of the dental specialist community.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of Wisconsin River Falls, Bachelor of Science, Graduated with High Distinction Honors
  • Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society
  • Honors Program Graduate