Voices from The Bench

Voices from The Bench

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A Dental Laboratory Podcast


134: A True Measurement of Dental Laboratory Passion with Josef Kolbeck
Oct 19 • 58 min
Voices From the Bench is all about showcasing people that love what they do, show true passion for it, and do everything they can to share it with our community. Not many people do this more than Josef Kolbeck. Josef came into our industry through jewelry…
133: The (Virtual) Reality of Our Future: Vincent Silva and Jed Archibald
Oct 12 • 58 min
Dental Technicians, learn about a possible career path. This weekend is the National Denturist Association Virtual Conference - October 16-17, 2020. CHECK IT OUT! Vincent Silva is a technician that saw a need for computers being built specifically for…
132: Coast to Coast with Denturism: Eric Hansen and Patrick Allen
Oct 5 • 56 min
Denturism is a great way for a dental technician to take their career to the "next level". It's really the best of both worlds. Maybe you don't think you can do it? Maybe it's not regulated in your state? On this week's episode the president of the…
131: Altering the Future of Dental Education with Professor Daniel Alter MSc, MDT, CDT
Sep 28 • 59 min
We love it when we have a guest on and we get surprised with all the amazing things they do. Daniel Alter did just that. We knew he was a teacher at the New York City College of Technology restorative department and did something with IDT magazine, but as…
130: Ordering One Taco Supreme: Gary Iocco from Apex Dental Laboratory Group
Sep 21 • 56 min
BEFORE September 27th order a Voices From the Bench: The Face Mask. His friends call him Taco. His enemies call him Taco. But the industry tells him thanks. Gary Iocco from Apex Dental Group has been a promoter and supporter of our industry for a long…
129: Family is the Gold Worth Refining: Leonard Hoffman from Aurident
Sep 14 • 53 min
### Order a "Voices From the Bench: The Face Mask" today! We welcome Leonard Hoffman to the podcast. Leonard took over his family's business, Aurident in 1983. Since then he has had to adapt the business to the digital needs of the industry. He talks…
128: Growing the Lab Through Burs: Greg Everett & Nick Alonge with Sierra Dental Tool
Sep 7 • 63 min
Happy Labor Day 2020. I think most can agree that we deserve a day off. But let's talk about a little tool that has taken a lot of the manual labor out of dental labs over the years. As digital workflow grew and expanded, mills became a necessary piece of…
127: Puck It, Let’s Mill Gold with Scott Mappin from Strategy Milling
Aug 31 • 60 min
With news of LMT Lab Day Chicago being pushed back to May, this is a great time to stay connected with the industry though the podcast. Like us on Facebook and Instagram, share the episodes with your friends, co-workers, vendor reps, and doctors. Leave us…
126: When Everything is in a Roe: B.J. Kowalski from Roe Dental Lab
Aug 24 • 53 min
Roe Dental is known for being on the cutting edge of just about everything in our industry. If you ever got to hear B.J. Kowalski speak, you would know. Elvis and Barb had a chance to chat with B.J. a few weeks ago to find out what goes on in the mind of…
125: Paul, Paul The Science Guy: Paul Cascone from Argen Explains Zirconia
Aug 17 • 55 min
Most dental technicians have a little nerd in them. You know, that desire to learn more about what we do. The most used material on the fixed side of our industry is Zirconia. Introduced in the mid-2000's, it has taken over as the "go to" restoration in…
124: Teeth and Taxes: R&D Credit with John Beasley & Tracy Lustyan from alliantgroup
Aug 10 • 59 min
Three things in life are constant. Teeth, teeth, and taxes. Yay, taxes! Are you excited for taxes yet? You should be, because there is an amazing tax credit you or your lab could be getting right now. Tracy Lustyan from the alliantgroup comes on the…
123: Learn. Educate. Unite. Digital Dental Craftsmen with Jeffry Tobon & Sander Polanco
Aug 3 • 65 min
There are many online groups for dental technicians. Very few of them have had a profound impact in such a short amount of time. Jeffry Tobon from DesignLab Dental and Sander Polanco from FMR Prosthetic Center saw a need for good quality education for all…
122: Hanging Out A Shingle for Denturism: Vallan Charron & Melissa Brulotte
Jul 27 • 54 min
We welcome to the podcast two Denturists from Washington State. Vallan Charron and Melissa Brulotte, both rich in family history, talk about the early days of getting Denturism recognized, going through the school, running a practice during and after…
121: Failing Forward with Lou Azzara: CEO of Dental Services Group
Jul 20 • 56 min
Elvis and Barb are excited to bring you a conversation they had with Lou Azzara, the CEO of Dental Services Group (DSG). Lou started in the industry with Captek and now he oversees 40+ labs across the United States. He talks about how DSG handled COVID…
120: You’re Only As Good As Your People: Jim Caruso from Ottawa Dental Lab
Jul 13 • 60 min
When a non-dental individual thinks of Ottawa, Illinois, they probably think of 4H and quilt shows. (Two things on the town's main page). But if they ever hear this episode they will know that a great dental lab started in this small town and has grown to…
119: An Alien To Believe In: Saro and Raffi Hatzakortzian from Alien Milling Technologies
Jul 6 • 51 min
Elvis and Barb talk to the guys that run Alien Milling Technologies. These two brothers, after leaving their dad's lab, opened up a milling center in California that does design and milling all right here in the US. Saro and Raffi Hatzakortzian talk about…
118: The Removable Kaizer of Connecticut: Jerry Kaizer CDT
Jun 29 • 72 min
Barb loves a good lab story about taking over a parents lab and then passing it on to their kids. Jerry Kaizer from Murray Kaizer is just one of those tales. Jerry talks about starting in the lab, working with his brother and sister, becoming a leader in…
117: Getting On Board with NBC & The Foundation: Dennis Urban, Sean Siegel, Shawn Nowak
Jun 22 • 66 min
June is CDT and Dental Technician Appreciation Month. There is no better way to celebrate than talking to a couple of people who have volunteered their time to help promote, educate, and strengthen our industry. First up is Dennis Urban CDT from Dental…
116: Marching to a Beat of a Different Drum: Peter Pizzi
Jun 15 • 67 min
There are names in our industry that almost everyone knows. One of those names is Peter Pizzi. Maybe you have seen him speak? Maybe you read his articles in the IDT magazine, that he is editor-in-chief of? Elvis and Barb had a fantastic casual…
115: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 6: Michael Thomas, Shannon Foscue, Judy Fishman, Jenny Abbott-Cole
Jun 8 • 59 min
June is CDT and Dental Technician Appreciation Month. Send us your audio thanks to info@voicesfromthebench.com. Super easy but super supportive! With all the canceled dental laboratory shows, it was nice to release all the conversations we got at the…
114: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 5: Tommy Rodgers, Dr. Mike Clark, Ionut Pitu, Joshua Fitzgerald
Jun 1 • 73 min
A Big thanks to all the Dental Technicians out there for keeping our industry strong! We have an episode packed full of great technicians from all around the world. Remember when we could still travel. When we were set up at the Argen booth at LMT Lab Day…
113: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 4: Bob Martin, Samuel Kenchanh, Gloria Brown, Jim Collis
May 25 • 64 min
Happy Memorial Day 2020…. the oddest one ever. First up we wanted to bring you some more "Vendor Perspective’s" from our industry and how they are dealing with the pandemic. We talk with Shawn Nowak from Nowak Dental Supplies who talks about what they did…
112: Giving Tax Credit Where Credit Is Due: Adam Herman and Doug Kolker from Mueller Prost
May 18 • 65 min
NADL Free Webinar - Navigating the New Normal in Dentistry: A Panel Discussion May 21st: 2:00 - 3:00 EST Barbara Warner Wojdan, CDT, AAACD: Mike Cash, CDT, Rudy Ramirez, and Larry Weiss, CPA Elvis and Barb wanted to bring a perspective of the pandemic…
111: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 3: David Lindsay & Sam Wainwright
May 11 • 56 min
Remember when we all packed into a hotel convention center in a very busy city to talk about the dental laboratory industry? How crazy were we? :-) Elvis and Barb are back with more conversation they got while at the Argen booth at LMT's Lab Day Chicago…
110: Not Losing Any Sleep During Pandemic with Panthera Dental: Béatrice Robichaud & Kim Solomon
May 4 • 62 min
Elvis and Barb had the extreme pleasure to speak with Béatrice Robichaud who is the co-founder of Panthera Dental and Kim Solomon who is the Senior Vice-President of US sales. Béatrice and Kim tells us the story of how Pantera got started, Why they got…
109: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 2: Tiffany Prater, Heather Voss, Leon Hermanides
Apr 27 • 66 min
As states start to allow dental offices to open up to non-emergency patients, labs are starting to get back to work. Of course, it will be a slow start, but it is a sign of things starting to get back to the "new normal". First up is a weekly update from…
108: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 1: Scott & Randi James and Fernando Catania
Apr 20 • 61 min
YAY! Half of April 2020 is done! That is something to celebrate, right? We welcome Bennett Napier from the NADL back on the podcast to update us on our industry and the COVID-19. NADL Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Big Picture Thinking for Dental…
107: Smile Direct…. From Your Lab: Talking Clear Aligners with Dr. Amanda Wilson
Apr 13 • 49 min
We are back with another conversation from the pre-COVID-19 days. Long before LMT Lab Day Chicago we got contacted by a orthodontics doctor who is helping labs get into clear aligners. Dr. Amanda Wilson has spent time in private practice and has work…
106: Talking About ROCKSTAR Assistants and Dentsply at Voices of Dentistry Part 3: Ronda Holman & Danny Vezmar
Apr 6 • 77 min
What a *bleep*ing week. Hard to imagine that this will end and everything will get back to normal. But until then, the podcast must go on! First up is an important update from Bennett Napier from the NADL (National Association of Dental Laboratories).…
105: Hi-LIGHTS From Voices of Dentistry Part 2: Dr. Mattison, Chris Felix, Kristin Jensen
Mar 30 • 84 min
What a terrible week for our world, country, and industry. More and more states enacted the "Stay-at-Home" mandate and dentist seeing only emergency patients, the labs are getting next to no work. We hear every day of layoffs, Furloughs, and closings. It…
104: Talking About Dentist From Voices of Dentistry Part 1: Jordon Comstock, Craig Cody, Dr. Zak Allmand, and Renata Budny
Mar 23 • 81 min
What a strange week for the world. We can't even begin to express our feelings for everyone and our industry. That is why we wanted to bring in the Executive Director of the NADL to give us an update for our industry on the COVID-19 virus. NADL COVID-19…
Episode 103: You Blow My Mind, Hey Ricki!: Ricki Braswell on Leadership Training
Mar 16 • 60 min
There is always a need for good leadership in dental laboratories. Ricki Braswell talks about taking a current leader or a technician turned leader and working with them to excel at their new role. Ricki Braswell was a co-executive director of the NADL…
Episode 102: Second Generation Lab Owners from Vision 21: Jesse Flor, Michael Farago, & Dory Sartoris
Mar 9 • 44 min
Elvis and Barb wrap up the conversation they got while at the Vision 21 meeting from Las Vegas back in January. Elvis met Jesse Flor who owns a laboratory in California that has become a 100% digital lab, but also with his background working for DSOs has…
101: An Explosion of Talent from Vision 21 2020: Siegel, Killian, Albensi, Voss, Burris
Mar 2 • 47 min
Way back in January 2020, the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) put together a meeting in Las Vegas called Vision 21. This outstanding dental laboratory business meeting is a must attend for anyone on the business side of their lab. While…
100: The Husband, Father, and CEO: Anton Woolf From The Argen Corporation
Feb 24 • 66 min
Happy 100th episode! A big thanks to everyone that has been a guest, listened to, or sponsored Voices From the Bench! We love bringing you the podcast every week and have enjoyed every second of it. And we have a GREAT episode for you this week. To…
99: A Path To Higher Learning With Denturism: Eugene Royzengurt
Feb 17 • 52 min
LMT LAB DAY Chicago is this weekend! Elvis and Barb are super excited to be there recording as many people as we can. But first we must bring you a fantastic interview we got a few months ago. Eugene Royzengurt is an assistant that became a technician,…
98: A Clear Vision on Ortho: Christopher Gajewski with the AOLP
Feb 10 • 53 min
We really enjoy talking to people that are passionate about what they do. When JDT released their 2020 “Who’s Hot” there was one technician that stood out. Christopher Gajewski is a man on the mission to organize and educate all the ortho laboratories.…
97: Educating Our Industry at Durham: Erin Popov, Jill Adams, & Greg Walton
Feb 3 • 38 min
There are not many accredited schools left. They lack funds and enrollment. One school seems to be doing pretty good and they are positive about the future. While at the Eastern Conference of Dental Laboratories in Concord, NC, Elvis got to talk to three…
96: A Stronk of Genius: Jeff Stronk and the Cal-Lab Meeting
Jan 27 • 58 min
Celebrate 2020 and LMT Lab Day with these limited edition shirts! Sale extended until Feb 2, 2020 This week Elvis and Barb talk to a good friend to them and the whole industry. Jeff Stronk from Treasure Dental Studios sits down to talk about getting into…
95: It Is Greener On The Other Side: Greg Martin CDT, TE from Renfert and Maurice “Mo” Whitlock, CDT from AmannGirrbach
Jan 20 • 41 min
Celebrate 2020 and LMT Lab Day with these limited edition shirts! On Sale until January 26, 2020 Elvis and President Barb are back from Las Vegas and the Vision 21 meeting. So many great people attended and so many great sponsors. Most of the events where…
94: It All Starts with an Impression: Jason Kiser from Kettenbach
Jan 13 • 53 min
How often do we have to call and get a new impression? How many times does the doctor ask what can they do better? What is your answer? Just do it again? This is why we welcome to the podcast Jason Kiser from Kettenbach. Jason grew up in a lab that his…
93: From Lab to Argen to Lab : At the ECDL with Donnie Bridges and Joshua Fitzgerald
Jan 6 • 48 min
Let's make 2020 the start of a new decade for dental laboratory technology! Get your limited edition LMT Lab Day 2020 Voices From the Bench Shirt: HERE Elvis had a chance to speak at the Eastern Conference of Dental Laboratories and he can't go anywhere…
Episode 92: The Tale of the Decade with Kamilla Siekierski CDT at LMT Lab Day East
Dec 30, 2019 • 58 min
There we were at LMT Lab Day East. Judy Fishman comes up to us and introduces us to Kamilla Siekierski CDT. She says we have to have her on the podcast. Kamilla tells us about her faciniating life of learning dental technology in Poland, coming to…
Episode 91: Three for the Price of Amazing: Robert Gitman, Bruce Barrish, & Jeremy Wohlers from Lab Day East
Dec 23, 2019 • 56 min
LAST TIME WE BEG VOTE for Voices From the Bench as the best dental podcast of 2019! VOTE HERE! When we record at events and conventions, we talk to a lot of great people in our industry. Some of them sit down to chat. Sometimes we have to put a few…
90: Keeping It In The Family: Michael & Joe Young, Jane Hyatt, and Kristen Benitez
Dec 16, 2019 • 46 min
VOTE for Voices From the Bench as the best dental podcast of 2019! VOTE HERE! Barb is a BIG fan of labs that are in their second or third generation of owners. As she took over for her dad, we have found out that there are many in our industry. Which says…
89: Continuing the Journey to Denturism with Jeremiah Naas at LMT Lab Day East
Dec 9, 2019 • 41 min
VOTE for Voices From the Bench as the best dental podcast of 2019! VOTE HERE! We love a good story of someone following a dream or passion. While we were at LMT Lab Day East we got to follow up with past podcast guest Jeremiah Naas. We had him and his…
88: Digital Passion: Sevan Pulurian & Chelsey Phillips at the Whip Mix Digital Forum
Dec 2, 2019 • 49 min
VOTE for Voices From the Bench as the best dental podcast of 2019! VOTE HERE! Passion comes in all different styles and sizes. We love to talk to anyone who is passionate about what they do. Elvis had the extreme pleasure to talk to two people who have a…
87: Vision 21 2020 Preview Extravaganza with Megan Nakanishi, Joseph Apap CDT, MDT, and Shawna Suckow
Nov 25, 2019 • 58 min
Start off 2020 on the right foot by attending the 2020 NADL Vision 21 Meeting on January 16-18 in sunny Las Vegas. This year's premier business management meeting is looking to be the best one yet. On this episode we talk with three of the presenters that…
86: Keeping Education Clear and Straight with Allie and Mark Williamson CDTs & Reed Nunnally
Nov 18, 2019 • 53 min
Barb is back with Elvis to bring you two more interviews from the Whip Mix Digital Forum. VFTB loves when families work together. Joining us first is Allie and Mark Williamson CDTs. They met in a lab and still work together after all these years. Allie…
Episode 85: Denture Dan & The Twins: Dan Elfring, Elise Holasek, and Anita Cranford at the Whip Mix Digital Forum
Nov 11, 2019 • 46 min
Barb got held up at her lab over the weekend, Elvis is solo on this one. While at the Eastern Conference of Dental Laboratories Elvis took a break from speaking and recording to bring two conversations he got while at the Whip Mix Digital Forum back in…
Episode 84: A Technician & Prosthodontist Walk into a Bar: Bart Hyde CDT & Dr. Brandon Stapleton at Whip Mix Digital Forum
Nov 4, 2019 • 40 min
Whip Mix was on the podcast back on episodes 72 & 73 talking about the 2019 Digital Forum. Voices From the Bench was there to record anyone willing to sit down and chat. This week we feature a conversation with two speakers from the event. Prosthodontist…
Episode 83: From the DS Lab Marketing Summit Part 2: Dillon Guppta and Sasha Der Avanessian
Oct 28, 2019 • 56 min
Back in September Dentsply Sirona asked Elvis to speak at the DS Lab Marketing Summit. Initially he was not going to record, but they asked him to set up and the people he sat down with were amazing! Elvis got to talk to attendee Dillon Guppta who is a…
82: From the DS Lab Marketing Summit Part 1: Jesus Romero, Jeffrey Noles, David Durling, and Leroy Kong
Oct 21, 2019 • 40 min
Dentsply Sirona puts on many events every year. One they do is called DS Marketing Summit. It's brings together many people within our industry who focus and have a unique perspective of "marketing" in our profession. They asked Elvis to speak at the…
Episode 81: It’s Knott Your Average Story with Jessica Knott Part 2
Oct 14, 2019 • 43 min
As we find some time to record this episode during our time at LMT Lab Day East in Philadelphia, we are joined once again by 3D printing nerd Jessica Knott. Last time Jessica talked about her experiences in the Air Force and working at a military base. On…
80: It’s Knott Your Average Story with Jessica Knott Part 1
Oct 7, 2019 • 41 min
This episode begins part 1 of a interview we got with someone who recently completed her time in the Air Force in the dental laboratory technology program. Jessica Knott was reluctant to start this adventure, but it soon turned into a passion. Jessica…
Episode 79: Making A Dent in Illinois with Denturism: Katie Rinaldo Part 2
Sep 30, 2019 • 33 min
Katie Rinaldo is a removable technician that sees a way to improve a patient's experience and satisfaction all while, at the same time, making a better life for herself. But unnessicary laws are preventing this. Katie has decided to start a long, hard,…
78: Making A Dent in Illinois with Denturism: Katie Rinaldo Part 1
Sep 23, 2019 • 35 min
Usually when something amazing happens every one hears about it after the fact. Very seldom do we get to hear from people that are in the early stages of their journey to accomplish their dream. This week we are joined by Katie Rinaldo who see the need…
Episode 77: A Carbon Copy of No One: Brian Ganey from Carbon Part 2
Sep 16, 2019 • 34 min
We continue our conversation with Brian Ganey, general manager of the Oral Health Division of Carbon. Brian talks more about Carbon printers, options to upgrade them, when labs are getting them, and how the idea of a 3D printer came to the mind of Joseph…
Episode 76: A Carbon Copy of No One: Brian Ganey from Carbon Part 1
Sep 9, 2019 • 37 min
Carbon printers came into our industry by making big waves on what can be done with this technology. They have a different "leasing" plan, a fast print cycle, and a sleek look. Owning one means you are serious about getting into additive technology and…
75: A Digital Solution in Dental: Pete Villhard and Roy Banwell of Digital Dental Part 2
Sep 2, 2019 • 36 min
Continuing the conversation from last week, Elvis and Barb are talking with Pete Villhard and Roy Banwell from Digital Dental. They talk about what a lab needs to do in order to complete a Crystal Ultra case. Crystal Ultra is a nanoceramic material that…
74: A Digital Solution in Dental: Pete Villhard and Roy Banwell of Digital Dental Part 1
Aug 26, 2019 • 34 min
Long before they sponsored the podcast, Elvis and Barb had an interview with a company they met while at the FDLA Symposium in May. Pete Villhard, CEO of Digital Dental and Roy Banwell, Product Specialist came on the show to talk about how the company got…
73: Whipping Out The Digital and Mixing It Up: Bernie Jaroslow and Al Fillastre Part 2
Aug 19, 2019 • 35 min
This week we continue our conversation with Bernie Jaroslow, the Marketing Manager at Whip Mix and Al Fillastre, Owner of Ceram-O-Arts dental laboratory in Lakeland, Florida and a speaker at this years event. Bernie tells us more about line up of speakers…
72: Whipping Out The Digital and Mixing It Up: Bernie Jaroslow and Al Fillastre Part 1
Aug 12, 2019 • 34 min
Join us at Whip Mix's 8th Annual Digital Forum! October 4 - 5, 2019 in Louisville, Ky. Spots are going FAST! http://info.whipmix.com/2019-digital-forum Bernie Jaroslow is the Marketing Manager at Whip Mix. 8 years ago he saw the need to bring together…
71: A Zest for Dental Laboratories: Todd Hydock from Zest Dental Solutions Part 2
Aug 5, 2019 • 27 min
Elvis and Barb are back with part 2 with Todd Hydock from Zest Dental Solutions. Todd goes into how Zest has a global reach, their Ftx solution, and all about chairside versus laboratory locator pick ups. Come see ELVIS Live as he and many others talk…
70: A Zest for Dental Laboratories: Todd Hydock from Zest Dental Solutions Part 1
Jul 29, 2019 • 29 min
A week does not go by that a locator attachment case doesn't come through our labs. And the company behind this wonderful treatment is Zest Dental Solutions. Todd Hydock is new to Zest but comes with a ton of experience. His goal is to bridge the…
69: The Future Is Female: With Paula Fucarino and Jessica Brustad
Jul 22, 2019 • 39 min
Not all conversations have to be about dental and dental laboratories. Even at the FDLA, talking with people that have a non-direct link to our industry can be motivating and fun. We sat down with two women who understand our profession and give…
68: The Sun Shines Bright at Knight: Sharon Belak, Dan LaRock, Mirza Hadzijusufovic, & John Bosker
Jul 15, 2019 • 42 min
Knight Dental Group has been around for a long time. It only makes sense that if you have a symposium in Florida that most of the attendees will have some connection with Knight Dental. Barb was able to get 4 associates (current and past) to sit down and…
67: OSHA, DAMAS, and FDA, Oh My!: With Gary Morgan CDT
Jul 8, 2019 • 45 min
Gary Morgan CDT is an expert in the field of compliance services within the dental laboratory space. What is compliance services? It's an important and often overlooked aspect of our labs. Every day we work hard and long to get the products made and…
Episode 66: LIVE from the FDLA 2019 with Chris Peterson, Gail Perricone, David Sklarski, and Berdine Proctor
Jul 1, 2019 • 41 min
Welcome to July! As we start the first full month of summer, we bring you 4 interviews we got in Florida where it is always seems to be summer. Back in May Elvis and Barb were down in Barb's home state of Florida at the FDLA Symposium. This episode we sit…
65: Big Stars in the Lone Star State: At the DLAT with Sarah Mathis, Donna Smith, and Scott Ruehle
Jun 24, 2019 • 46 min
We are so happy to bring you more of the great guest we talked with at the 2019 DLAT Conference in Texas. We are also sad because this is the last group. But what a great group it is! Joining us today are: We start with Registered Assistant Sarah Mathis…
64: Everything’s Bigger in Texas: At the DLAT with Jim & Samantha Emmons and Mac Perry
Jun 17, 2019 • 46 min
In this month of Appreciation of CDTs and Dental Laboratory Technicians, we can't express enough our thanks for all the wonderful people that sit down with us at conventions, meetings, symposiums, or anywhere else we might find ourselves recording live.…
63: The Stars At Night Are Big and Bright: At the DLAT with Chris Ling CDT, Gary Box CDT, and Darrel & Bobby Clark CDTs
Jun 10, 2019 • 44 min
We bring you three more great interviews we got at the DLAT conference in Texas from back in April. Joining Elvis & Barb are Chris Ling CDT from Lifelike Dental Studio, Gary Box CDT from Rainbow Bridge Dental, and Darrel & Bobby Clark from Clark Implant…
62: Three Interviews In Two States - Razi Setoodegan, Wade Bognuda CDT, Tim Stevenson CDT, & Alexander Wünsche CDT
Jun 3, 2019 • 48 min
June is CDT and Dental Technician Appreciation Month! VFTB celebrates this every week, but this month is extra special as we bring you three interviews from two different state association meetings. Last April we recorded at the DLAT Southwest Conference…
61: LMT Lab Day Chicago 2019 Interview Showcase Part 5: The Final Round
May 27, 2019 • 49 min
LMT Lab Day Chicago 2019 was over 13 weeks ago! Because there were so many great interviews, we are just now wrapping up releasing them all! And we end the run with some great conversation. We start off talking with our neighbor from the exhibit hall…
60: LMT Lab Day Chicago 2019 Interview Showcase Part 4
May 20, 2019 • 44 min
Thanks for joining us on another episode filled with some great interviews we got way back in February at LMT Lab Day Chicago. This week brings us three interviews. Some with past guest of the podcast and some new friends. First up is: Tony Prestipino,…
59: LMT Lab Day Chicago 2019 Interview Showcase Part 3 - A President, a Chair, and a Vice
May 13, 2019 • 50 min
Live from the FDLA Southern States Conference and Expo! Elvis and Barb take a break from interviewing to record today’s episode showcasing interviews we did back at LMT Lab Day Chicago. This is the first time we recorded face-to-face for an individual…
58: LMT Lab Day Chicago 2019 Interview Showcase Part 2
May 6, 2019 • 51 min
Can you believe in May that we are still releasing interviews we did back in February at LMT Lab Day Chicago 2019? Joining us on this week's episode are: Brandi Nowak from Nowak Dental Supplies. Brandi comes on the podcast to talk about their 75th…
57: LMT Lab Day Chicago 2019 Interview Showcase Part 1
Apr 29, 2019 • 49 min
Elvis and Barb got so much content at LMT Lab Day Chicago that we have to put out longer episodes just to release everything. So joining us on this episode are 4 individuals making up three interviews. Judy Fishman and Eric Fisher from LMT Magazine…
56: The Dawn of a New Esthetic Revolution: A Chat with Herb Baird from Ivoclar Vivadent
Apr 22, 2019 • 38 min
LIVE from the DLAT Conference from Texas a few weeks ago. We sit down with Herb Baird from Ivoclar Vivadent talking about getting into the industry, the early days of the esthetic revolution, and what Ivoclar Vivident is trying to do to improve the…
55: Lee(ding) The Way: Our Conversation with Lee Culp CDT Part 2
Apr 15, 2019 • 33 min
Lee Culp CDT joins us for part 2 of this fantastic interview. We are happy to announce that Lee tells us the secret to his success. He also lets us in on how he finds and trains technicians for his 100% digital laboratory and how he is able to charge more…
54: Lee(ding) The Way: Our Conversation with Lee Culp CDT Part 1
Apr 8, 2019 • 36 min
We had the honor and pleasure of having Lee Culp CDT sit down with us. We talked about his early days, important people in his life from the industry, and his state of the art lab in North Carolina. The Dawson Acadamy & Sculpture Studios team up for…
53: Les Voix Du Banc Talks to Frederic Rapp From Open Implants at LMT Lab Day Chicago
Apr 1, 2019 • 35 min
This week brings us a facinating gentleman from France. We talked with Frédéric Rapp about why he comes all the way to LMT Lab Day Chicago, what are some dental laboratory trends in France, and the company he started called Open Implants. His Lab: Crown…
52: One Year Anniversary Spectacular! LMT Lab Day Chicago interviews with Renata Budny CDT, TE & Elias Asevedo
Mar 25, 2019 • 32 min
Wow a whole year! 52 straight weeks of podcasting. Thank you to everyone who listened, participated, and shared with their friends. All the hard work has been paid back by the support of the industry and the fact that we can have had super cool people on…
Episode 51: Tipping the Ortho Scales : Interview with Cade Tippett CDT about Ortho and Texas Part 2
Mar 18, 2019 • 38 min
Elvis and Barb continue the interview they had with Cade Tippett CDT, who is a ortho technician out of Texas, a YouTube rock star, and the Executive Administrator for the DLAT (Dental Laboratory Association of Texas) Check out his YouTube Channel The…
50: Tipping the Ortho Scales : Interview with Cade Tippett CDT about Ortho and Texas Part 1
Mar 11, 2019 • 38 min
Milestone episode 50! Elvis and Barb welcome a new guest to the podcast. Cade Tippett CDT is a ortho technician out of Texas. He stays very busy with his lab, his YouTube Channel , and being the Association and Conference Administrator" for the DLAT…
49: LIVE from Las Vegas! : A collection of interviews from the 2019 Vision 21 meeting (VFTB49)
Mar 4, 2019 • 45 min
Live from Vision 21 2019! These brave individuals came forth to be at our first experience recording live face-to-face. In order of us recording them: Kristine Brown – Knight Dental Group Sean Siegel – Castable Ceramics Shawn Nowak – Nowak Dental Supplies…
Episode 48: Four Technicians Talking About 3D Printing - A Roundtable Discussion Part 2 (VFTB48)
Feb 25, 2019 • 33 min
We are pleased to bring back the Roundtable from last week to finish the discussion on 3D printing. The fantastic guests are: Tony Prestipino- Artifex Dental Laboratories in Washington DC Carbon M2D Michael Tanaka-Tanaka Dental Lab in Torrance, CA Carbon…
47: Four Technicians Talking About 3D Printing - A Roundtable Discussion Part 1 (VFTB47)
Feb 18, 2019 • 36 min
Four different technicians from four different labs gather together to talk about 3d printing. We talk about equipment, resins, and workflow and how it has impacted their labs and lives. Joining us are: Tony Prestipino- Artifex Dental Laboratories in…
Episode 46: The Denture Man Cometh: Interview with James Angelone Part 2 (VFTB46)
Feb 11, 2019 • 30 min
The Denture Man spends so much time chairside and speaking with dentist that Elvis and Barb felt we could pick his brain for some tips technicians could use when working with dentists. James Angelone talks about impression materials, acrylics, denture…
45: The Denture Man Cometh: Interview with James Angelone Part 1 (VFTB45)
Feb 4, 2019 • 28 min
We welcome James Angelone "The Denture Man" to the podcast for part 1 of his interview. James has a fascinating tale of how he went from the Marines to teaching worldwide with a Prosthodontist. He shares what he has learned working clinically with…
44: LMT Lab Day Chicago 2019 Preview: Behind the scenes with Jenny Abbott-Cole & Becky Tyre
Jan 28, 2019 • 30 min
We have a special treat this week. As most of us prepare for LMT Lab Day Chicago in February, Barb and Elvis wanted to talk to the ones that pull off this massive event every year. Jenny Abbott-Cole & Becky Tyre from LMT magazine tell us about what it…
Episode 43: Inside Inside Dental Technology: Interview with Valerie Berger & Pam Johnson Part 2 (VFTB43)
Jan 21, 2019 • 32 min
We are joined once again by Valerie Berger and Pam Johnson from IDT magazine. Aside from the great monthly magazine these two do so much for our industry. In this part of the interview they talk about their online content, some of the great events they…
Episode 42: Inside Inside Dental Technology: Interview with Valerie Berger & Pam Johnson Part 1 (VFTB42)
Jan 14, 2019 • 29 min
Episode 42 brings us a new interview with Valerie Berger (Vice President) and Pam Johnson (Founding Editor) from IDT Magazine. They tell us about the early days of starting the magazine, how they stay relevant in an ever growing industry, and what goes in…
Episode 41: Grab a Chair for the Chairperson: Interview with Jim Gorgol and Cal-Lab Part 2(VFTB41)
Jan 7, 2019 • 29 min
With a powerful board of directors, Jim Gorgol CDT, sits as the Chairperson of the Cal-Lab Association. In part 2 of our conversation Jim tells us more about what goes into putting on one of the greatest meetings of the year. Listen for a special message…
Episode 40: Grab a Chair for the Chairperson: Interview with Jim Gorgol and Cal-Lab Part 1(VFTB40)
Dec 31, 2018 • 31 min
Jim Gorgol CDT, owner of Distinctive Dental Studio and current Chairperson of the Cal-Lab Association, joins Elvis and Barb on the last episode of 2018. Part 1 has Jim talking about how he got into the industry, his lab, and the Cal-Lab Association.…
Episode 39: The Art of Working Together- A Conversation with Alex and Danielle Wünsche Part 2 (VFTB39)
Dec 24, 2018 • 28 min
Alex and Danielle Wünsche are back on the podcast continuing the conversation about how they together run a 50 year old lab in Miami. From looking for new clients to hiring new employees, these two offer some great insights in to a successful boutique…
Episode 38: The Art of Working Together- A Conversation with Alex and Danielle Wünsche Part 1 (VFTB38)
Dec 17, 2018 • 35 min
This week Elvis and Barb are joined by Alex and Danielle Wünsche from Zahntechnique in Miami. Alex speaks to both doctors and lab technicians so often that it seems odd when he is not on stage at a convention. Their story about how they met and what they…
Episode 37: The Power of Positive Involvement: Bennett Napier and Bob Savage Talk About the NADL Part 2 (VFTB37)
Dec 10, 2018 • 28 min
We are joined again by Bennett Napier from Partners in Association Management and Bob Savage from Drake Precision Dental Laboratories (and current NADL president) to talk about the benefits and connections one can make from getting involved with the NADL.…
Episode 36: The Power of Positive Involvement: Bennett Napier and Bob Savage Talk About the NADL Part 1 (VFTB36)
Dec 3, 2018 • 29 min
This week starts an interview that Barb and Elvis both have been wanting to do since we started the podcast. Bennett Napier and Bob Savage join us to talk all about the NADL, NBC, and the Foundation of Dental Laboratory Technology. Bennett Napier from…
Episode 35: Data Worthy of Every Lab: An Interview with John Schwartz and Trevor Willenberg from LabWorthy Part 2 (VFTB35)
Nov 26, 2018 • 31 min
John Schwartz and Trevor Willenberg continue talking with us about the data they have collected and what trends they see in our industry. They also describe the process needed to sign up and start your path to better client retention. Check out…
Episode 34: Data Worthy of Every Lab: An Interview with John Schwartz and Trevor Willenberg from LabWorthy Part 1 (VFTB34)
Nov 19, 2018 • 34 min
Joining us this week are John Schwartz and Trevor Willenberg from a company called LabWorthy. This new interview begins with how LabWorthy works with dental laboratories to collect data and to successfully use that data to understand better what their…
Episode 33: A Better State of Mind: A Roundtable Conversation About State Regulation Part 2 (VFTB33)
Nov 12, 2018 • 33 min
We continue our roundtable discussion on state associations and regulation. Joining us again are: Tim Stevenson CDT- FDLA, Florida Dental Laboratory Association Chris Delarm CDT - WSDLA, Washington State Dental Laboratory Association Lonni Thompson CDT -…
Episode 32: A Better State of Mind: A Roundtable Conversation About State Regulation Part 1 (VFTB32)
Nov 5, 2018 • 32 min
We are so pleased to bring back a Roundtable episode. Through pain, glitches, and errors we finally got gathering of Presidents join us to talk about their various state associations and while one is regulated the other two are still fighting. Joining us…
Episode 31: The Framework To a Family That Works Together: A conversation with the Naas Family Part 2 (VFTB31)
Oct 29, 2018 • 32 min
Raised in a dental lab that his parents created in a shack, Jeremiah and Amanda Naas have become one of the most well-known removable labs that specialize in RPB Frameworks. From a full-service dental lab to a future denturist, this married couple that…
Episode 30: The Framework To a Family That Works Together: A conversation with the Naas Family Part 1 (VFTB30)
Oct 22, 2018 • 32 min
Elvis and Barb start a wonderful conversation with Jeremiah CDT,DTG and Amanda Naas from Inverness Dental Arts. This family has built a removable laboratory is a unique way specializing in RPD metal frameworks. We talk about how the lab started, how they…
Episode 29: By The Grace of Dental Marketing : Interview with Grace Rizza of Identity Dental Marketing (VFTB29)
Oct 15, 2018 • 31 min
Grace Rizza, the Founder and CEO of Identity Dental Marketing, comes on the podcast to talk about her role in helping dentist market to patients. But Elvis asks her to speak on how dental laboratories can play a bigger role in the “big picture”. Grace…
Episode 28: Let’s Get Digital with Removable Workflows: Interview with Robert Kreyer, CDT and Yulia Gafurov, CDT Part 2 (VFTB28)
Oct 8, 2018 • 35 min
Elvis and Barb continue a fascinating interview with Robert Kreyer, CDT and Yulia Gafurov, CDT as they speak more about integrating digital technology with in the removable department. With a consulting company called Dentgnostix these two are going to be…
Episode 27: Let’s Get Digital with Removable Workflows: Interview with Robert Kreyer, CDT and Yulia Gafurov, CDT Part 1 (VFTB27)
Oct 1, 2018 • 33 min
Straight off the heels of the International Digital Denture Symposium in Phoenix Arizona, we talk with Robert Kreyer, CDT and Yulia Gafurov, CDT from a consulting and digital removable laboratory called Dentgnostix. While they believe the digital denture…
Episode 26: Breathe Easy: A Chat About the Air Quality in Dental Laboratories Part 2 (VFTB26)
Sep 24, 2018 • 31 min
On our 26th episode (half a year goes by so quick) we continue talking with some fellows from Fellowes. Blake Bobosky and Mike Booth talk about how they cleaned up Tad Friess' lab with a wall mounted box called the AeraMax Professional and how easy it is…
Episode 25: Breathe Easy: A Chat About the Air Quality in Dental Laboratories Part 1 (VFTB25)
Sep 17, 2018 • 32 min
This week starts off a new conversation about the air quality in our dental laboratories. Tad Friess from Rockert Dental Studio brings Blake Bobosky and Mike Booth from Fellowes to talk about a proven way to clean up our air. But first we have to talk…
Episode 24: A Passion for the Patient: An Interview With a Tech & a Doctor From Aspen Dental Part 2 (VFTB24)
Sep 10, 2018 • 28 min
This week’s episode is part 2 of the interview with Bridget Boudreau, CDT and Dr. Anita Imadomwanyi from Aspen. They continue talking about giving back to the community, explain why Aspen values their technicians by promoting CDTs, and explain Aspen’s…
Episode 23: A Passion for the Patient: An Interview With a Tech & a Doctor From Aspen Dental Part 1 (VFTB23)
Sep 3, 2018 • 30 min
On today's episode we have part 1 of an interview with Bridget Boudreau CDT and Dr. Anita Imadomwanyi from Aspen Dental. They tell us the story on how they got into the industry, the valuable training that Aspen is able to provide, and how much they give…
Episode 22: The Denturist Movement: A Removable Profession of Specialist - Interview Part 2 (VFTB22)
Aug 27, 2018 • 32 min
Joining us again are Patrick Allen LD from Maine and Todd Young BS LD from Oregon. These two Denturist are on to talk about a career path that a lot of people don't know about. This episode has them talking about how one can become a denturist, their…
Episode 21: The Denturist Movement: A Removable Profession of Specialist - Interview Part 1 (VFTB21)
Aug 20, 2018 • 31 min
Joining Elvis and Barb are two Licensed Denturist, Patrick Allen and Todd Young, to discuss an aspect of our industry that is both fascinating and not well known to the public. From Patrick Allen: The NDA and MLDA provide a resource to educate the general…
Episode 20: Lead With Passion and Everything Else Will Follow: Interview with Von Grow Part 3 (VFTB20)
Aug 13, 2018 • 29 min
We end our 3 part interview with Von Grow from Dark Horse Dental Studio as he talks about how a technician becomes a member of of the Dental Technicians Guild, social media, and the DTG Symposium! Dental Technicians Guild Website DTG Symposium: Aug 16-18…
Episode 19: Lead With Passion and Everything Else Will Follow: Interview with Von Grow Part 2 (VFTB19)
Aug 6, 2018 • 29 min
Join us again as Elvis and Barb continue their conversation with Von Grow from Dark Horse Dental Studio. This technician took to Facebook and Chicago Lab Day to figure out how to create the group that became the Dental Technicians Guild. Dental…
Episode 18: Lead With Passion and Everything Else Will Follow: Interview with Von Grow Part 1 (VFTB18)
Jul 30, 2018 • 28 min
Elvis and Barb had a wonderful interview with Von Grow. Not only is Von the owner of Dark Horse Dental Studio in Utah, but also runs the Dental Technicians Guild. It is a group of passionate technicians wanting to make sure that the restorations they make…
Episode 17: Setting Up a Good Bond with Removable Technicians - Part 2 Roundtable (VFTB17)
Jul 23, 2018 • 33 min
Barb is on a much needed vacation this week so Elvis welcomes back Thomas Zaleske, Richard Wills, and Brian Mouer to the Roundtable to discuss more of their view of the industry. They talk about marketing, who the next Removable Technician will be, and…
Episode 16: Setting Up a Good Bond with Removable Technicians - Part 1 Roundtable (VFTB16)
Jul 16, 2018 • 31 min
Three removable lab owners sit down with Elvis on this week’s Roundtable to discuss how they got into the profession and their take on digital dentures. Thomas Zaleske, Richard Wills, and Brian Mouer all run successful laboratories. From different…
Episode 15: It’s Okay To Get Attached: Interview with Chris Bormes from PREAT - Part 2 (VFTB15)
Jul 9, 2018 • 25 min
PART 2 of the great Chris Bormes. Elvis and Barb continue talking with the President and CEO of PREAT about his experiences "on the road" talking with all the different laboratories and why giving back to the industry is so important. PREAT Support…
Episode 14: It’s Okay To Get Attached: Interview with Chris Bormes from PREAT - Part 1 (VFTB14)
Jul 2, 2018 • 26 min
Joining Elvis and Barb is Chris Bormes, President and CEO of PREAT Corporation. Chris spends many weeks on the road presenting and speaking to dental laboratory technicians. His unique look at our industry is both informative and fascinating. Preat…
Episode 13: Diversity In Advertising: Getting New Clients - Roundtable Part 2 (VFTB13)
Jun 25, 2018 • 29 min
Part 2 of the Advertising and Getting New Clients Roundtable. This group has so much knowledge and experience to share that we couldn't contain it in only one episode. They say the best way to advertise is to put your name and talent out there in as many…
Episode 12: Diversity In Advertising: Getting New Clients - Roundtable Part 1 (VFTB12)
Jun 18, 2018 • 28 min
Voices From the Bench love Roundtable discussions! From East coast to West coast. From a smaller lab to a larger lab. Advertising is an ongoing venture every business needs to do. So what works for labs? Joining us again are: Martha Martin – CEO of Triad…
Episode 11: The Foundation Of All Good Things is Giving Back: Sean Siegel and Shawn Nowak talk about great ways to support the dental laboratory industry (VFTB11)
Jun 11, 2018 • 27 min
Sometimes it's good to give back to an industry that has given us so much. The Foundation for Dental Lab Technology has two amazing events this year to raise money that goes back to promoting, educating, and training the current and future technicians in…
Episode 10: The Heart of Ohio - Lonni Thompson’s interview about state regulations for dental laboratories (VFTB10)
Jun 4, 2018 • 32 min
A landmark episode for Voices From the Bench! Number 10! We are excited to have Lonni Thompson on to celebrate with us. Lonni is a passionate and dedicated CDT who has not only done a lot for our industry nationally, she now takes Ohio on a quest to get…
Episode 9: Size Doesn’t Matter, It’s All In The Delivery - Labs with Less Than 5 Employees Roundtable Part 2 (VFTB9)
May 28, 2018 • 32 min
Our last single digit episode brings us part 2 of last weeks Roundtable, Lab owners with 5 or less employees. We get into more about how they compete against bigger labs, getting new clients, and they debunk known rumors about smaller labs. Massoudah Faiz…
Episode 8: Size Doesn’t Matter, It’s All In The Delivery - Labs with Less Than 5 Employees Roundtable Part 1 (VFTB8)
May 21, 2018 • 30 min
With Barb out at the AACD meeting, Elvis sits down with some very talented technicians that have taken their art and turned it into their own success story. But it's not always easy. Joining us at this week's Roundtable are: Massoudah Faiz Heather Voss,…
Episode 7: The Greatest Spectacle in the Dental Laboratory Industry - Judy Fishman Talks Lab Day! Part 2 (VFTB7)
May 14, 2018 • 22 min
With just a week away from Lab Day West, Part 2 of our conversation with Judy Fishman continues. She shares how Lab Day started and why it has grown in to the premier event in our industry. With her unique view of the dental laboratory industry, Judy also…
Episode 6: A Big Magazine With an Even Bigger Story - an Interview with Judy Fishman - CEO and Publisher of LMT magazine Part 1 (VFTB6)
May 7, 2018 • 27 min
In this week's episode Judy Fishman, the brains and heart behind LMT (Lab Management Today) magazine tells Elvis and Barb the history of making our industry's biggest and most popular publication. Judy Fishman is the CEO and Publisher of LMT Magazine. A…
Episode 5: CDT = Connecting Dental Technicians- A Conversation with Denise Burris, CDT the 2018 Chairperson of the NBC (VFTB5)
Apr 30, 2018 • 24 min
Elvis and Barb welcome Denise Burris, CDT to the podcast! Denise is the 2018 Chairperson of the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology. She is also a passionate technician that started her own lab in Atlanta, Georgia. In this…
Episode 4: Where Does a Ship of Fools Look for a Crew? - Hiring & Training Roundtable Part 2 (VFTB4)
Apr 23, 2018 • 27 min
The continued Roundtable that dives deep into the topics of training new employees and rewarding employees become CDTs! Joining us again are: Martha Martin – CEO of Triad Dental Studio in North Carolina Jeff Stronk - Co-owner - Treasure Dental Studio in…
Episode 3: Where Does a Ship of Fools Look for a Crew? - Hiring & Training Roundtable Part 1 (VFTB3)
Apr 16, 2018 • 28 min
The first Roundtable episode. Gathered together to discuss the ongoing issues of hiring and training are: Martha Martin – CEO of Triad Dental Studio in North Carolina Jeff Stronk - Co-owner - Treasure Dental Studio in Utah Heather Voss, CDT – Owner -…
Episode 2: Never too cool for Dental Technology School - Interview with Prof. Renata Budny Part 2 (VFTB2)
Apr 9, 2018 • 22 min
The second episode! Thank you to everyone who listened to our first episode and came back for more. In this episode Elvis and Barbara continue their conversation with Prof. Renata Budny from the New York City College of Technology about the graduates…
Episode 1: Never too cool for Dental Technology School - Interview with Prof. Renata Budny Part 1 (VFTB1)
Apr 1, 2018 • 23 min
Our first episode! Elvis and Barbara talk with Prof. Renata Budny about the Restorative dentistry (Dental Laboratory Technology) program at the New York City College of Technology, of the City University of New York.…