When 15-year-old Adam Mieleszko moved to New York from Poland in 1990, he didn't speak any English and never dreamed that, 20 years later, he'd publish a book in his new language. But that's exactly what happened.
After graduating from an intensive English as a Second Language high school in Brooklyn, Mieleszko—who loved art, drawing and carving—earned his degree in dental technology from the New York City College of Technology in 1997. When he decided a large production laboratory setting wasn't for him, a professor got him an interview in an in-house lab run by prosthodontist Dr. Stephen Chu, and the decision determined the course of Mieleszko's career.
"Right from the beginning, I knew that interacting with patients and designing cases from start to finish was for me," he says. "Not only is seeing your work intraorally the best self critique there is, but when I see the happiness and satisfaction on patients' faces it's more rewarding than actually fabricating the crowns....
LMT's State of the Industry 2015 survey participants are almost equally divided on how patient care has changed in the past decade: 41% say care has deteriorated while 37% say the standard of care has improved in the past 10 years.
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