• Keller Laboratories: Team Spirit, Empowerment
    Becky Tyre · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    St. Louis, MO Owner: National Dentex Corp.; President: Larry Weiss 235 Employees Open communication is a core value at Keller Laboratories. Every other month, President Larry Weiss holds “A Forum with Larry” where team members are chosen to join him for lunch and encouraged to ask questions or discuss any lab-related concerns. The unfiltered interaction and feedback keep Weiss in touch with the team’s needs and concerns and lets them know their voices are being heard. “Team...

  • Arrowhead Dental Laboratory: the Technician/Dentist Bond
    Maribeth Marsico · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Sandy, UT Owner: Dr. Dick Barnes 240 employees With more than 200 employees, it’s no easy feat to get everyone focused on the same goal. But at Arrowhead Dental Laboratory in Sandy, UT, a singular mission gives meaning to the work day: helping customers become better, more productive dentists. “Dr. Barnes emphasizes building relationships first and building the business second; that’s really become our culture here,” says Peggy Nelson, the lab’s Director of Business...

  • 6-11 Dental Studio: Putting the Artist First
    Becky Tyre · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 2 minute read

    Lake Forest, CA Owner: Mike Hill 15 Employees Many labs call themselves“studios” but Mike Hill, Owner of 6-11 Dental Studio, makes sure his lab lives up to the name. Treating his technicians like artists is his number-one priority in his employee-centric laboratory. To inspire creativity and productivity, each ceramist’s work area is a spacious 12' by 12' and set up like an individual studio, with divider walls to create a sense of privacy. The L-shaped workstations are twice the...

  • Oral Designs: Building the Team One Activity at a Time
    Laurel Carbonneau · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    San Antonio, TX Owner: Dirk Albrecht 46 Employees At Oral Designs, every day is an opportunity to build a collaborative and supportive team. The culture revolves around building camaraderie; for example, the group often gets together during lunch time for games designed by the managers to quiz employees on how much they know about each other. The lab also sponsors employees’ participation in community runs—along with t-shirts that say “Oral Designs Runs this Town” and provides...

  • DSG Davis Laboratory: Happy Workers are Productive Workers
    Kelly Fessel Carr · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Wyoming, MI Owner: Dental Services Group; Area Vice President: Kim Jones Employees: 150 Twice named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, DSG Davis has found numerous ways to create a work environment where employees feel excited about coming to work each day. “Even though we’re owned by a corporation, Dental Services Group, management has maintained a family-like atmosphere,” says Dan Smith, CDT, Crown and Bridge Supervisor. For example, the...

  • Knight Dental Group: Employees are a 'Precious Resource'
    Kim Molinaro · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Oldsmar, FL Owner: Warren Rogers 87 employees Knight Dental Group considers its employees so valuable, they’re included in the company’s mission statement: “Our employees are one of our most precious resources; we will treat them with respect and provide a state-of-the-art facility with continuing education and a quality-centered environment.” True to its word, the lab provides the latest equipment and materials in its sparkling, 23,000-sq-ft facility as well as top-notch...

  • Custom Arts Dental Lab, LLC: Right at Home
    Maribeth Marsico · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Shreveport, LA Owner: Benjamin Hart 27 employees A 50” HD TV. Ping-Pong tables. Sony PlayStation. Workout equipment. These are just a few of the amenities with which Owner Benjamin Hart has equipped the third-floor of Custom Arts Dental Lab. Designed as a recreational area for employees, the upstairs also includes a full kitchen, laundry area, and adjoining deck with patio furniture and large gas grill. After all, Hart believes his staff is his family, and when a family gets together, it should...

  • Kuwata Pan Dent: ISO Certification Puts Staff on Same Page
    Kelly Fessel Carr · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Cedar Knolls, NJ Owners: Yukio Otsubo, President; Yoshinobu Umeda, Vice President; and Ikuzo Enoki, Production Manager 41 employees In January 2000, Kuwata Pan Dent, founded by Masahiro Kuwata, became one of the first laboratories in the U.S. to achieve ISO 9001 certification, verifying that it has established and thoroughly documented a quality management system; the lab has been recertified four times since 2000.  Not only does ISO certification ensure consistent quality products and services,...

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  • Gardali Crown & Bridge: 'I'm Still Excited to Go to Work'
    Kim Molinaro · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Utica, NY Owner: Curt Gardali 17 employees “I’ve been at this lab for eight years and am still excited to get up and go to work to try and make a difference in our patients’ lives. As an artist, it has been a great place for me to develop my skills and knowledge. The owner of the lab, Curt Gardali, is one of the most inspiring people I have had the honor to apprentice with. His knowledge in the field of dental technology continues to humble me. We have employees who have been with...

  • Excel Studios: Joined Together by a Commitment to Service
    Maribeth Marsico · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Chatsworth, CA Owner: Dr. James Hartzel, CDT, and Edwin Fajardo 35 Employees “One day, we knew we weren’t going to make the shipping deadline for a case for one of our larger  accounts on the East Coast. But we also knew we weren’t going to let that client down. The case was finished at 8:00pm and I was at the airport within an hour; 12 hours, four flights, two cab rides and a bunch of protein bars later, I was delivering that case to the dental office as the patient was walking...

  • Image Gallery: Goes to Great Heights for Team-Building
    Laurel Carbonneau · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Dublin, OH Owner:  Lonni Thompson, CDT 7 Employees More and more thrill seekers are getting into the zipline craze, flying high over forests, zoos and parks around the country. Touted for the adrenaline rush, this outdoor adventure experience has also proven to be a valuable team-building experience for Image Gallery in Dublin, OH. Two years ago, Owner Lonni Thompson took her employees ziplining, a first for everyone on staff. “We encouraged each other—some of us were scared of heights—so...

  • Ottawa Dental Laboratory: Award-Winning Healthy Workplace
    Maribeth Marsico · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Headquartered in Ottawa, IL Owners: Luke Caruso Sr., Luke Caruso Jr. and Jim Caruso 130 employees across three locations If you’re at an industry meeting and meet a group of people with blinking lights on their shoes, chances are they work at Ottawa Dental Laboratory (ODL). That blinking light would be an Actiped pedometer, a component of the laboratory’s comprehensive wellness program, which earned ODL recognition as one of the 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America for 2014, as well as...

  • Artistic Dental Studio: Rewarding Hard Work
    Laurel Carbonneau · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Bolingbrook, IL Owner: Jerry Ulaszek 85 Employees Twice a year, no matter what, Artistic Dental Studio in Bolingbrook shuts down for the day to celebrate its staff. While the first order of business is to share news and updates such as OSHA standards or HR information, after that, it’s time for some post-meeting fun. Past events have included a trip to a go-cart track, a bowling alley (featured above), a cruise down the Chicago River or simply game day at the lab. Breakfast and lunch is served...

  • Tintrup Dental Lab: Taking Care of its Own
    Sherrie Shover · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Mount Vernon, NY Owner: Andrea Tintrup 15 employees When Frank Tintrup, Jr., Owner of family-owned Tintrup Dental Lab in Mount Vernon, NY, passed away at the end of 2000 from pancreatic cancer, no one expected his wife Andrea Tintrup to step up the way she did. Without any previous laboratory experience, she walked into the lab in January 2001, called a staff meeting and ensured the staff that she was going to work her hardest to make sure everyone kept their jobs and could cash their paychecks every...

  • H&O Dental Lab: Open Communication a Priority
    Kelly Fessel Carr · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Manchester, NH Owner: National Dentex; Lab President: Lynn Jenkins 108 employees “H&O Dental Lab valuescomplete honesty and trust; open, two-way communication; mutual respect; individual accountability; and total commitment. Management always acknowledges team member accomplishments such as first, fifth, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th anniversaries; perfect attendance; and achieving CDT certification. We also have monthly themed events for various holidays and traditions. To ensure open communication,...

  • New Image Dental Laboratory: 'I Couldn't Ask for More'
    Kim Molinaro · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Atlanta, GA Owner: Jeff Paulen 52 employees “When I think ofall the reasons why New Image Dental Laboratory is a great place to work, it comes down to the Owner, Jeff Paulen, and his family. The Paulens are committed to helping us be the best we can be in our industry. They help us improve our skills by paying for all of our training at both on- and off-site courses and always make sure we have whatever we need to do our jobs in a healthy, clean, safe and secure environment, whether it’s...

  • Summit Dental Lab: Focus on Character Enhances Work Environment
    Becky Tyre · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 2 minute read

    Waco, TX Owners:  Hal and Glenda Jones 36 Employees “Hal and Glenda Jones are exceptional people first, exceptional employers second. I’ve been working here for 13 years and their genuine care for their employees shows throughout the company,” says Mikki Davis, Ceramist at Waco, TX-based Summit Dental Lab, echoing the resounding sentiment of the employees, a third of whom have worked there for a decade or more. The Joneses believe that each employee’s character determines...

  • Northwest Dental Arts: Lab with a View in the Pacific Northwest
    Becky Tyre · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Issaquah, WA Owner: Ron Humphrey 8 Employees It’s a crisp winter day and the sun is shining on Cougar Mountain in Issaquah, WA…just another day of spectacular views for the staff at Northwest Dental Arts. The second-floor boutique lab features an open floor plan with huge windows on all sides. All eight employees have a view of Cougar Mountain including the deer, bobcats and many varieties of birds that live there, as well as Poo Poo Point, a popular take-off spot for hang gliders. Technicians...

  • Robertson Dental Lab: Aspiring CDTs Don't Go It Alone
    Becky Tyre · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Lompoc, CA Owner: Mike Robertson, CDT 50 Employees At Robertson Dental Lab, aspiring CDTs don’t need to take the journey alone. Eight months ago, inspired by technician Karlena Schutz, General Manager Tom Love created a CDT Study Club that meets once a week after the lab closes to help the eight technician-members learn from one another. The lab provides the study materials—including a visual dictionary from PTC and chapters from the Air Force manual—and each week the members take...

  • Dickerman Dental Prosthetics: Challenges Keep Technicians Motivated, Loyal
    Becky Tyre · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Sharon, MA Owners:   Ira Dickerman, CDT, and Myron Dickerman, CDT 26 Employees Once a technician starts working at Dickerman Dental Prosthetics, he has a tendency to stick around. Of the lab’s 26 employees, 62% have worked at the lab for at least 10 years and another 23% have been with the lab for over 30. “Working together for so long has created a strong bond between employees and an atmosphere where the days at the lab are as valuable as days off,” says Jim Pollina,...

  • Albensi Laboratories: Voted One of the Top Workplaces in Pittsburgh
    Becky Tyre · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Pittsburgh, PA Owner: Don Albensi, Sr. 94 Employees When Albensi Laboratories says its employees receive a Total Rewards Program, it means total. Along with paying 100% of the staffs’ medical, vision and dental coverage, the lab also provides flexible working hours, life insurance, a 401(k) program with matching and access to a financial advisor. The laboratory even offers a 12-week Fit Camp—including aerobic classes, strength training and advice on healthy eating—twice a year...

  • LK Dental Studio: Nurturing Greatness
    Sherrie Shover · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    San Ramon, CA President: Laura Kelly, AAACD 17 employees Laura Kelly, President of LK Dental Studio in San Ramon, CA, is a member of an elite group and wants her technicians to join her. One of the only 42 American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)-accredited technicians in the world and former President of the organization, she strongly encourages her 12 technicians to further their education and become involved in the AACD, the largest international organization of dentists, technicians, auxiliaries...

  • BonaDent Dental Laboratories: Covering all the Bases for Work-Life Balance
    Maribeth Marsico · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Headquartered in Seneca Falls, NY Owner:  Bruce Bonafiglia, CDT 200 employees  across three locations Striking a work-life balance is a constant challenge for many of us. How can I squeeze in a workout? Who will watch the kids? When will I fit in a haircut or get the laundry done? And what’s for dinner tonight? If you work at BonaDent, all of those answers can be found within the four walls of its new, state-of-the-art facility in Seneca Falls, NY. BonaDent’s unique amenities...

  • Twin City Dental Lab: the Team That Builds Together, Stays Together
    Laurel Carbonneau · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Lewiston, ME Owner: Michael Adkins 16 employees The team members at Twin City Dental Lab in Lewiston, ME, are so tight, they worked together to build their own laboratory. Prior to 2003, the lab was housed in the basement of a professional building and while the space offered some unique features—for instance, an old bank vault served as the lunch room—employees dealt with poor lighting and cramped conditions. So in 2003, Owner Michael Adkins purchased land and broke ground for a new...

  • Murray Kaizer Dental Lab: You're Part of the Family
    Sherrie Shover · I Want to Work in That Lab · Mar 2014 · 1 minute read

    Farmington, CT Owner: Jerry Kaizer 26 employees While some labs tout a fancy facility or robust benefits package, there’s one thing Murray Kaizer Dental Laboratory has that others simply can’t match: Owner Jerry Kaizer. “Jerry is half parent, half boss,” says Sabrina Janco, a Sales Representative at the lab who’s known Kaizer since 1977. “He looks out for the best interest of the company as well as his ‘kids,’ striving to teach us how not only to be...

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