Who We Are

Meet the First Choice Dental Lab leadership team

Who We Are

Meet the First Choice Dental Lab leadership team

Matt Cushing

Matt Cushing

Owner/President

After a 6 year career in the NFL as a Tight End and Fullback, Matt Cushing entered the dental lab industry as a sales rep.

After building relationships in the dental community for a few years, he had the opportunity to start First Choice Dental Lab in 2008. First Choice has grown into a full service dental lab offering crown and bridge, removables, and orthodontics. Matt learned the operations of the lab from the ground up and has used his athletic background to create the team centric culture at First Choice focusing on consistent quality, on-time delivery, and exceptional customer service.

A native of the south side of Chicago, Matt is a former president of the Downers Grove Park District Board of Commissioners and is a current member of the Board of Directors at his alma mater, Mt. Carmel High School. He and his wife of 21 years, Angie, have 3 kids, Luke (15), Ella (14), and Claire (11). In his free time, Matt enjoys coaching youth sports, mountain biking, and woodworking.

Scott Kaeser

Scott Kaeser

Co-Owner & VP, Corporate Development

Scott is a co-owner and member of the executive leadership team at First Choice Dental Lab.

Scott is excited to be building the best full-service dental laboratory in the United States. He understands that pairing the right people, technology and infrastructure is critical in creating a dental lab that is synonymous with quality and customer service. Scott oversees all corporate development activities for First Choice, including key investments and growth strategy for the company.

Prior to joining First Choice, Scott was a corporate development executive and management consultant in various industries including security services, information technology, and logistics. His passion for growth and his ability to build relationships at all levels has contributed to his success in various business fields. Scott began his career in Ernst & Young’s Corporate Finance group, where he focused on corporate finance restructuring, mergers & acquisitions and valuation.

Scott is an avid traveler and runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Melissa and their two kids. 

Jerry Maher

Jerry Maher

Co-Owner & VP, Sales

Jerry, a Western Pennsylvania-native and veteran of the United States Air Force, is one of the founders of First Choice Dental Lab.

An experienced sales professional with Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola and PharMerica Long Term Care Pharmacy, as well as a partner in a start-up Long Term Care Pharmacy.  Jerry is responsible for the customer-first philosophy at our lab.

Jerry has been married to his wife Denise for 23+  years and they have 3 children, Mia (20), Nicholas (17) and Nathan (13).  In his free time Jerry enjoys working out, coaching basketball, and spending time with his family.