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Owner: Curt Gardali
“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 us for over 50 years and still love coming to work. Our laboratory is very modern, clean, and comfortable...
GC America is the first dental company in the U.S. and only the fourth company in the country to receive the Deming Prize, the oldest and most widely recognized Total Quality Management award in the world.
GC America introduced a new addition to the GC Initial portfolio: GC Initial Zirconia Disks. The disks are cold isostatic pressed for optimized physical properties and available in two types: Standard Translucency (ST) ideal for veneering; and High Translucency (HT) ideal for full contour, monolithic restorations. For more information, call 800-323-3386 or visit www.gcamerica.com.
The GC/Renfert prize wheel was spinning all weekend long in the Exhibit Hall. The two companies awarded over $25,000 worth of products and equipment, allowing attendees of their Friday and Saturday clinics to spin for a chance at a prize.
Everyone was a winner and the big-ticket items given away included two GC Initial porcelain system kits valued at over $7,000 each; three Renfert Basic Quattro Sandblasters valued at $1,450 each; and GC's Lustre paste system kits. Other prizes included an iPad, five Mini iPads, eight Bose headphones, two Kindles and an array of other small prizes.
The prizes were flowing fast and furious at the GC/Renfert exhibit. The two companies awarded over $25,000 worth of products and equipment throughout the weekend, allowing the attendees of their Friday and Saturday clinics to spin a prize wheel.
Everyone was a winner and the big-ticket items given away included two GC Initial™ porcelain system kits valued at over $7,000 each; two Renfert Twister vacuum mixers worth $1,400 each; and GC's Lustre paste system kits. Other prizes included 12 Renfert Waxlectric I electric waxers, eight Bose headphones, two iPod Touches, two Kindles and an array...
Attendees at GC America and Renfert’s clinic programs had a chance to win big by spinning a prize wheel at the companies’ booth in the Exhibit Hall. The big-ticket winners included Rebecca Norman, Apex Dental Lab, Omaha, NE; SoYoun Zepeda, Zepeda Dental Lab, Oglesby, IL; and Andrew Tisdale, Aesthetic Dental Solutions, Lexington, SC. They each won a GC Initial porcelain system kit valued at over $5,000.
Every spin was a winner! Katie Leimbacher, also from Apex Dental Lab, won Renfert’s Basic Quattro Sandblaster valued at $1,500. Trisha Dahmen, from Indiana University-Purdue University...
In January, Vinnie Verderosa, CDT, MDT, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, spent nine days working with the Giving Through Smiles Foundation in Neltume, Chile, a remote logging village in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. He was the only technician in a 10-person team from New York, including prosthodontists and dentists. They joined forces with dentists and dental students from a university in Chile to fabricate 50 dentures and treat 150 children with rampant tooth decay.
A clinic was set up in the lunchroom of a school, along with two rooms for denture work. The volunteers...
Glidewell Laboratories is once again âcrossing the traditional boundaries of dental technologyâ with the opening of its 2,800-sq-ft, state-of-the-art training, education and technology demonstration facility.
Headquartered in Newport Beach
Owner: Jim Glidewell, CDT
2,375 employees at four locations
Working at Glidewell is like being part of an exclusive club: technicians get members-only, no- and low-cost benefits they wouldn’t have access to anywhere else.
Case in point: Health and wellness is a priority and, in 2012, Glidewell opened the GlideWELLness Center located on its campus in Irvine, CA. The center includes an 4,100-sq-ft gym with cardio equipment, weights, fitness classes and a meditation room; a private, walk-in health clinic that offers reduced co-payments; and massage therapy where...
In Part II of our exclusive LMT interview with Jim Glidewell, owner of Glidewell Dental Laboratories, he tells us why he opened laboratories in Costa Rica and Mexico and discusses the impact of the business model
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Are you ready to take the plunge and invest in your own digital equipment? Going digital was the name of the game at NADL Vision 21 in Las Vegas in January where speakers offered tips on how to incorporate new technology into the laboratory.
Rising steadily since 2001, the price of gold has soared to record highs this year, driven by the weak U.S. dollar and ongoing economic uncertainty. On March 13, it reached a true milestone, hitting $1,000 an ounce.
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In October of 1979, Oscar Mendoza fled for his life to California in the trunk of a car after his uncle was killed in the Salvadoran Civil War.
At the same time 19-year-old Oscar arrived in the U.S., Martha Rico Aguilera arrived from Mexico, 16 and pregnant. Mendoza got a job in an auto detail shop; she in a balloon factory, printing balloons for Disneyland. They met on the bus to their respective jobs and soon got married.
Though they applied for citizenship in the early 1980s, it was a long and ardous path to get there. “We kept meticulous records,” says Oscar, “and that sealed...
Although large, professionally managed group practices still only represent a small segment (7 to 8%) of the dental profession, their explosive growth in the last few years indicates that the trend will continue. That means there's also a growing opportunity for dental technicians at these practices' on-site or centralized laboratories.
Given the size of the companies, many of these practices offer comprehensive benefits packages, training programs and opportunities for advancement that are often difficult to find in small, independent laboratories. It's also a great opportunity for technicians...