Paul Simpson turned his life around after he discovered dental technology at age 20. Still trying to shake off the consequences of growing up in a bad neighborhood and dropping out of school a few years earlier, he applied for a job at a local laboratory. "I had no car, no high school diploma and was struggling to pay my rent," he says. But soon after I started that job, my whole perspective changed. I enjoyed it—and was good at it—and knew I had a chance for a future."
The job was in a large laboratory with over 200 employees; he started out painting dies but was designing pressable waxups within a year. "Although it was a production environment where everyone just did one thing all day, I looked for any opportunity to learn. When something went wrong or someone was working on a difficult case—even in another department—I always paid attention."
His next position at a small, quality-oriented laboratory gave him the opportunity to really blossom: he got involved...
After managing a lab for 5 years and having a spot in LMTs 40 under 40 article I have owned my small lab called Simpson Dental Trendz and it just continues to grow... roughly 18 months now and I'm happy I made the jump.
Touting its productivity and efficiency, 30% of respondents to LMT's 2012 Wage Survey say their direct labor percentage is declining as a result of using digital equipment; 25% say that although it hasn't changed yet, they expect it will decline in the future.
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