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In 1977, Dr. Edwynn Edgar Schroeder, D.D.S., M.S., ABO was approached by several unions that were struggling with the solvency of their in-house dental plans. Drawing on new ideas and years of experience, Dr. Schroeder was able to create successful dental plans for the unions, and, in 1978, Western Dental Plan Management (WDPM) was born. The creation of WDPM turned Dr. Schroeder’s vision for promoting oral health into reality by giving patients access to a membership program that would provide them with the highest quality, service, and value.

In 2002, after several decades of success and expansion, Dr. Schroeder asked his two sons, Neil and Sam Schroeder, to get involved in the business. The Schroeder brothers were innovators and began developing new dental plans for unions. They forged relationships with the Teamsters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the Bakery and Confectionery Workers of Southern California, providing union members with exceptional service and dental care.

In 2006, Neil and Sam realized that dental deductibles were rapidly increasing and an employer’s ability to handle the cost burden of medical and dental insurance was diminishing. Even though discount dental plans were becoming increasingly regulated, they saw a market niche for nationwide discount dental plans as an alternative. In 2007, they created the The CDI Group.

The CDI Group immediately set itself apart by specializing exclusively in the design, development, and administration of proprietary discount dental plans for Dental Service Organizations (DSO’s), which serve as strategic partners. CDI administered discount dental plans are specifically geared towards helping non-insurance patients gain access to affordable and transparent dentistry while helping DSO’s and their offices serve the ever-increasing number of cash paying patients. CDI was first licensed in the state of California pursuant to the provisions of the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act, one of the most comprehensive regulatory programs in the United States. In 2010, CDI completed the rigorous process to become a nationwide Discount Medical Plan Organization (DMPO) and started offering its discount dental plans across the country. CDI now serves individuals, families, employer groups, unions, dental practices, brokers, and general agents in 43 states.

From its 42 years of experience, CDI has developed a best in the industry model that consistently delivers results for its strategic partners. By establishing in-depth relationships and successfully navigating an ever-changing environment, CDI provides thousands of people across the country with access to quality, affordable dental care – keeping true to its roots and Dr. Schroeder’s vision.