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82: From the DS Lab Marketing Summit Part 1: Jesus Romero, Jeffrey Noles, David Durling, and Leroy Kong

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 event, but he also took the mobile recording gear and got some great interviews in between the many breakout sessions over the weekend. First up is Jesus Romero from Bella Vita Dental Designs. Jesus went to work with his father and has taking...


Episode 81: It's Knott Your Average Story with Jessica Knott Part 2

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 part two she discusses more how she used the structured experience to score a great position at Bayou State Dental Lab. She talks about her role there, what she’s doing to expand and help her and other labs in the move to digital, and what...


80: It's Knott Your Average Story with Jessica Knott Part 1

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 talks about joining the Air Force, her introduction to dental laboratory, and working on an Air Force base. Come see Elvis and Barb for a full day of recording LIVE face-to-face at LMT LAB DAY EAST. Saturday Oct 12 · Philadelphia, PA...


Episode 79: Making A Dent in Illinois with Denturism: Katie Rinaldo Part 2

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, and expensive journey to make denturism legal in Illinois. While everyone might not agree with it, you can't deny the postive results where it is legal. Illinois Denturist Association (IDA) Website (https://illinoisdenturist.com/) Denturism...


78: Making A Dent in Illinois with Denturism: Katie Rinaldo Part 1

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 and has the passion to tackle the bureaucracy that makes denturism illegal. She is not in government, doesn’t have a ton of money, or knows all the right things to do. But she has the passion to give it her best effort. Hear her tale and we...


Episode 77: A Carbon Copy of No One: Brian Ganey from Carbon Part 2

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 DeSimone. Joseph DeSimone – TED Talk What if 3D printing was 100x faster? (https://www.ted.com/talks/joe_desimone_what_if_3d_printing_was_25x_faster?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare) Be sure to check out the...


Episode 76: A Carbon Copy of No One: Brian Ganey from Carbon Part 1

Carbon (https://www.carbon3d.com/) 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 bringing it into your lab's workflow. But the story of Carbon and what they are try to do might surprise you. Elvis and Barb sit down with Brian Ganey, the general manager of their oral health division, to talk...


75: A Digital Solution in Dental: Pete Villhard and Roy Banwell of Digital Dental Part 2

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 is replacing full arch zirconia restorations by being easier on opposing and repairable. They also speak on the "FDA-feared" in lab abutment milling and how they can help any lab do it. If you are interested in learning more check out:...


74: A Digital Solution in Dental: Pete Villhard and Roy Banwell of Digital Dental Part 1

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 started, why a mill made for high production needs to be made different, choosing between accuracy and speed, and a fascinating material called Crystal Ultra. If you are interested in learning more check out: https://digitaldental.com/...


73: Whipping Out The Digital and Mixing It Up: Bernie Jaroslow and Al Fillastre Part 2

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 and topics and Al reminds us that you still need to understand the basics in the digital world. When you get new digital equipment in your lab usually the only training you can get easily is directly from the people you bought the equipment...


72: Whipping Out The Digital and Mixing It Up: Bernie Jaroslow and Al Fillastre Part 1

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 technicians to discuss the ever changing digital workflow in dental laboratories. This event was always held at Whip Mix and limited to 40 attendees. But this year they are going BIGGER! Also joining us is a speaker at the forum, Al Fillastre....


71: A Zest for Dental Laboratories: Todd Hydock from Zest Dental Solutions Part 2

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 about dental laboratory marketing. The podcast is edited. Have you ever wondered what it is like unedited? Now is your chance. https://www.facebook.com/dentsplysirona.lab.us/videos/333520077536194/ 2019 DS Lab Marketing Summit - September 20-21...


70: A Zest for Dental Laboratories: Todd Hydock from Zest Dental Solutions Part 1

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 connections between the doctors, the labs, and ultimately the patients. But did you know that Zest Dental Solutions does a lot more than just the locator? This Part 1 interview with Todd is just the beginning to learning more about what Zest has to...


69: The Future Is Female: With Paula Fucarino and Jessica Brustad

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 inspiration to others. -Paula Fucarino is the wife of current NBC Chair Morris Fucarino who has been on the podcast before (https://www.voicesfromthebench.com/59). Paula has a nice view of our industry from the outside and gives motivation to many in...


68: The Sun Shines Bright at Knight: Sharon Belak, Dan LaRock, Mirza Hadzijusufovic, & John Bosker

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 chat. -Sharon Belak who is a LONG-time employee who talks about how she got started there and the competitiveness to be successful. -Dan LaRock talks about going from the Air Force to Knight Dental to his current position at DSG. -Mirza...


67: OSHA, DAMAS, and FDA, Oh My!: With Gary Morgan CDT

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 delivered on time. Not always an easy task. But utilizing the expertise of Gary and his company Safelink Consulting (https://www.safelinkconsulting.com/index.html) you can do it safely and legally. Gary talks about OSHA, FDA, and DAMAS. He talks...


Episode 66: LIVE from the FDLA 2019 with Chris Peterson, Gail Perricone, David Sklarski, and Berdine Proctor

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 down with: Chris Peterson CDT from Peterson Dental Laboratory talks about his family owned lab and what he gets out of sitting on the board of the FDLA. Gail Perricone from GPS Dental Laboratory talks about being a lab owner, a past...


65: Big Stars in the Lone Star State: At the DLAT with Sarah Mathis, Donna Smith, and Scott Ruehle

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 from Duece Dental Laboratory in Waco, Texas. She talks about going from Clinical to Laboratory and how the chair side has made her a better technician. Then we are joined by Donna Smith CDT from Digital Ceramics by Design in Denton, TX. Donna...


64: Everything’s Bigger in Texas: At the DLAT with Jim & Samantha Emmons and Mac Perry

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. This week is no different as we bring you two fantastic interviews we did during our visit at the DLAT (Dental Laboratory Association of Texas) conference we were at back in April. We sat down with: -Jim and Samantha Emmons. Jim (CDT) talks...


63: The Stars At Night Are Big and Bright: At the DLAT with Chris Ling CDT, Gary Box CDT, and Darrel & Bobby Clark CDTs

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 Solutions. The State Motto of Texas is Friendship and Elvis & Barb made a lot of friends at the Dental Laboratory Association of Texas (DLAT) conference in April. -Talking nipples, dental, and the podcast we are joined by Chris Ling CDT from...