Jim Grishin

Ceramist at Valley Dental Arts

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I entered the field 22 years ago. Worked 5 years in Moscow, Russia where I took IVOCLAR classes, then I moved to the US. The last 12 years I have been working at the same Lab as Dental Technician. I fabricate PFM as well as all ceramics. I love to have interesting cases with confine space and complicated anterior. I am passionate about learning and growing in the field. March7155@yahoo.com


(651) 219-91-92                                                                                       march7155@yahoo.com


Seeking a Dental Technician/Ceramist position


Dependable, responsible, punctual and friendly
Accurate, very attentive to detail
Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills
Result-oriented, hard-working
Eager to self-improving
Bi-lingual (Russian, English)


Dental Technician - Valley Dental Lab, Stillwater, MN                            2013 – 2016

Handstock anterior and full arch. Stain and countering of full arch Prettau Zirconia. EMAX. Experienced with shade and shape matching by digital photo. Experienced with working with AACD doctors. Modify techniques based on project demand. Work with a variety of materials. Experienced with microscopic margin fit and countering.

Experienced in whole process of fabrication of prosthetic (from impression to polishing).Quality control of PFM frames (including implants) and glass frames (Zirconia)

Senior Dental Technician - Jacob’s Ceramic StudioChicago, IL          1998 – 2013

Senior Dental Technician in porcelain department, production rate 7 to10 units per day. Expertise in Ivoclar, Ceramco, E-Max and Zircon. Experienced in building units with confine space. Waxing , staining, glazing E-Max full contour and build up. Diagnostic wax ups for crowns and veneers. Discuss design and material. Excellent aesthetic and color sense and ability. Have implant experience.

Dental Technician - Premium Dental Lab, Chicago, IL                             1997 – 1998

Dental Technician in porcelain department, production rate up to 12 units per day. 

Dental Technician - Priority Dental Lab, Chicago, IL                                1996 – 1997

Dental Technician building complex dental bridges.

Dental Technician - MT-18 Dental Lab, Russia                                            1990 – 1996

Master craftsman responsible for adhering to strict quality control standards, building complex dental bridges (all stages). Assist the dentist in taking impression, adjusting and making Crowns & Bridges temps. Also responsible for training junior technicians.


Moscow Dental School, Russia

Certificate, 2 year program  

IVOCLAR seminars and additional training

Dentist and technician team
Technician only 

Training classes through Jeneric/Pentron in Sculpture/FiberKor products, 1998