Our History

Our History

Around the World in 89 Years

Since Henry Schein opened his pharmacy in Queens, New York in 1932, our organization has become a Fortune 500® Company and the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental and medical practitioners. With more than 21,000 Team Schein Members worldwide and operations or affiliates in 32 countries and territories, Henry Schein, Inc. remains committed to the values-based culture that Henry and his wife, Esther, infused in their business eight decades ago, and to serving our customers, supplier partners, investors, society and Team Schein. By holding fast to our historical values and focusing on our future, we are certain that our best years are yet to come.

Over the course of 89 years, Henry Schein, Inc. has frequently reinvented the organization to meet customer needs, taking advantage of new technologies and tapping into burgeoning markets. Below are some of the changes that Henry Schein has undergone and innovations we have introduced over the course of eight decades.

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1930s  |  1940s  |  1950s  |  1960s  |  1970s  |  1980s  |  1990s  |  2000s  |

Henry Schein is founded by Henry and Esther Schein as a storefront pharmacy in Queens, NY; 2 TSMs.

Company fulfills mail order prescriptions using flyers.

Company introduces private-brand dental, medical, and veterinary products.

Company begins direct sale of penicillin to customers.

Sales: $175,000; 4 TSMs.

Henry Schein shifts business focus from consumers to office-based practitioners.

Sales: $1 Million; 15 TSMs.

Company introduces 1st Henry Schein Catalog.

Sales: $5.7 Million; 35 TSMs.

Company focuses on dental practitioners, concentrating on operational excellence and discounted prices.

Sales: $58 Million; 180 TSMs.

Jay Schein becomes Chairman and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., beginning a new period of record growth and prosperity for the Company.

Introduction of TouchTone™ telephone ordering.

Company becomes first in the industry to fully automate the distribution cycle.

Company focuses on veterinary dentistry.

Henry Schein acquires:

  • Zahn Dental

Henry Schein introduces the Protex program to educate the dental profession about infection control.

Stanley Bergman becomes Chairman and CEO of Henry Schein following the untimely death of Jay Schein;
Sales: $225 Million;
890 TSMs.

Henry Schein begins international expansion (The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Spain).

Company leads the industry with a dental practice-management software system; electronic claims processing is offered.

Henry Schein is listed on Nasdaq Marketplace (HSIC), raising $72.8 million in the initial public offering; acquires Veratex.

Company introduces unique integrated sales and marketing approach to serving customers (field sales, telesales, direct marketing);
Sales: $830 Million; 3,200 TSMs.

Company becomes largest healthcare distributor serving office-based practitioners.

Henry Schein acquires:

  • Sullivan Dental Products
  • Dentrix Dental Systems
  • Caligor

Sales: $1.92 Billion; 5,500 TSMs.

Henry Schein acquires:

  • Regional Healthcare (Australia)
  • Arcona (Canada)
  • Meer Dental (U.S.)

Henry Schein acquires:

  • Heiland (Germany)
  • GIV (U.S.)

Henry Schein becomes the only Pan-European dental, medical, and veterinary distributor;
Sales: $2.38 Billion;
6,200 TSMs.

Company introduces the Digital Dental Office, Privileges customer loyalty program, and Customer Analysis Tool (CAT) system; establishes the Henry Schein Cares global social responsibility program.

Henry Schein establishes Sullivan-Schein University; begins role as exclusive distributor of professional products for ADA's Give Kids A Smile! program;
Sales: $2.68 Billion;
6,900 TSMs.

Henry Schein acquires:

  • Colonial Surgical (U.S.)
  • Hager Dental (Germany)

Henry Schein debuts on Fortune 500®; introduces Tomorrow's Dental Office Today (TDOT);
Sales: $3.9 Billion;
9,600 TSMs.

Henry Schein acquires:

  • Demedis(Germany)
  • KRUGG(Italy)
  • Barton-Cyker Dental Supply (U.S.)

Henry Schein celebrates 10 years as a publicly traded company.

Henry Schein acquires:

  • Ash Temple (Canada)
  • Halas Dental (Australia)
  • Shalfoon Brothers (New Zealand)

Henry Schein History 2006

Henry Schein is ranked Number 1 in the industry for social responsibility;
Sales: $5.15 Billion; more than 11,000 TSMs.

Henry Schein acquires:

  • NLS Animal Health
  • Darby Medical Supply
  • Island Dental
  • Darby Dental Laboratory Supply
  • Provet Holding AG (Switzerland)

"For more than 75 years, our values-based Team Schein culture, our unsurpassed level of customer service, and our commitment to social responsibility have distinguished Henry Schein in the marketplace. As we continue to grow beyond this milestone year, preservation of this unique corporate culture will ensure that our best years are still to come." - Stanley M. Bergman.

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Henry Schein acquires:

  • W & J Dunlop Ltd
  • Animal Health Company in the U.K
  • Software of Excellence International Ltd.
  • Dental Software Company in the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

Henry Schein History 2008

Sales: $6.4 Billion; 12,500 TSMs.

Henry Schein acquires:

  • Minerva Dental Limited, supplier of dental consumables and equipment in the U.K.

Henry Schein History 2009 2009
Henry Schein acquires:
  • Ortho Organizers (Manufacturer and Distributor of a Full Line of Orthodontic Products headquartered in Carlsbad, California)
  • Noviko (Leading distributor of veterinary supplies in the Czech Republic)
  • DNA Anthos Impianti (Is the Italian distribution arm of Cefla Dental, a leading manufacturer of dental equipment)
  • Medka (A full-service provider of medical consumables, equipment and technical services primarily to physicians headquartered in Berlin, Germany)

Henry Schein History 2010


  • Henry Schein and Butler Animal Health Form Butler Schein Animal Health
  • Henry Schein Announces Agreement to Acquire Provet Holdings Limited
  • Henry Schein Enters Fast-Growing Dental Market in Turkey

Henry Schein History 2011


  • Henry Schein publishes its first catalog in China and opens its first distribution center in China
  • McAllister Software Systems and ImproMed, two leading veterinary software companies, become part of Butler Schein Animal Health
  • Henry Schein acquires Sogim Grimouille, a full-service dental provider in France
  • Alpha Scientific, a provider of medical, surgical, pharmaceutical and laboratory products, becomes part of Henry Schein


  • Named one of Ethisphere Institute's 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies
  • Ranked #10 in the Barron's 500
  • Henry Schein enters Thailand through Accord Dental


  • Henry Schein once again named one of Ethisphere Institute's 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies
  • Henry Schein enters Poland through definitive agreement with Medivet S.A.
  • Henry Schein Establishes Presence In South Africa With An Investment In The Dental Warehouse
  • Dentrix® G5, Dentrix Perio Chart add-on and Dentrix Mobile recognized by DentalTown; Dentrix Ascend™ recognized by Dental Products Report's Top 100 edition as one of the Top 5 Upgrades and Innovations of 2013 and Viive®, Henry Schein's practice management solution for Mac computers, received the Pride Institute's Best of Class award in emerging technology


  • Henry Schein Strengthens Its European Dental And Technology Businesses Through Acquisitions of Five Companies From Arseus
  • Henry Schein Expands Dental Laboratory Distribution Business With Acquisition Of Lincoln Dental Supply
  • More than 17,000 Team Schein Members
  • Henry Schein and Supplier Partners Donate More Than $1 Million in Protective Equipment to Help Prevent Spread of Ebola


  • Henry Schein partners with Canine Companions for Independence, Inc. to deliver “Henry Schein Cares-Canine Companions Puppy Raiser Care Packages” to veterinarians whose customers raise Canine Companions puppies
  • Henry Schein acquires scil animal care, enters Malaysia
  • Henry Schein once again named one of Ethisphere Institute's 2015 World's Most Ethical Companies
  • Selected by S&P Dow Jones Indices to join the S&P 500®
  • Included on the FORBES List of America’s Best Employers 2015
  • Henry Schein Earns Top Marks in 2016 Corporate Equality Index


  • Henry Schein named one of Ethisphere Institute 2016 World's Most Ethical Companies


  • Henry Schein named one of Ethisphere Institute 2017 World's Most Ethical Companies
  • Team Schein opens Nasdaq in celebration of the 15th annual Give Kids A Smile Program
  • Henry Schein enters Brazilian animal health market with Investment In Tecnew
  • Henry Schein completes acquisition of a majority interest In Dental Cremer
  • Henry Schein wins the Bronze Bulldog Media Relations Award for Best Issue/ Cause Advocacy Campaign for support of the Give Kids A Smile program
  • Stanley Bergman, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Henry Schein, Inc. Selected as CEO of the Year by Chief Executive Magazine