104 episodes

A weekly podcast dedicated to the dental laboratory industry

Voices from The Bench Elvis Dahl

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A weekly podcast dedicated to the dental laboratory industry

    104: Talking About Dentist From Voices of Dentistry Part 1: Jordon Comstock, Craig Cody, Dr. Zak Allmand, and Renata Budny

    104: Talking About Dentist From Voices of Dentistry Part 1: Jordon Comstock, Craig Cody, Dr. Zak Allmand, and Renata Budny

    What a strange week for the world. We can't even begin to express our feelings for everyone and our industry. That is why we wanted to bring in the Executive Director of the NADL to give us an update for our industry on the COVID-19 virus.


    NADL COVID-19 Resource Links
    The Foundation of Dental Laboratory Technology Learning Library


    Then because we want everyone to have some sense of normalcy we continue with the originally planned episode.


    Back in January and thanks to Kettenbach, Elvis and Barb went to the Voices of Dentistry. A event geared towards podcast in the dental field. Being the only podcast dedicated to dental laboratories at the event, we were able to talk to a bunch of people that give us an interesting perspective that we normally don't see. First up is Jordon Comstock from Boomcloud. Jordon comes from the lab and now runs a service to help dentist become less dependent of insurances. Which would be good for labs. Next up is Craig Cody, a CPA for dentist giving us interesting view we usually don't see. Then we have Dr. Zak Allmand on who is a practicing dentist that got sick of credit card fees when he opened his own practice. So now he started his own credit card processing company called Apex Payment Solutions. Labs should check them out for some amazing savings.


    Then because every year we have our first guest every on the podcast on, Renata Budny joins us from the Argen booth at LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020!


    Alien Milling Technologies is a cutting-edge Dental Milling Center known for using the latest methods and technologies in milling top dental prosthetics. They can help your lab by milling everything, like crowns, abutments, partials, guards, and even titanium bars. Best part is that they are all milled right here in the USA. Plus they also provide the same zirconia they mill in-house. Until the end of March 2020, if you buy 4 pucks you get one FREE! See all they have to offer at www.alienmilling.com.



    There are a lot of lab putty materials out there. When most labs try Panasil Lab Putty from Kettenbach they are amazed by the quality and consistency. It works wonders on your matrixing, indexing, and duplicating needs. Try some today, and for being a listener of the podcast when you call 877-532-2123 and mention the code – Dental Lab Podcast 199, you can get a box of Panasil Lab Putty and a box of Futar Bite Registration all for $199. Check out http://www.kettenbach-dental.us/ for more information. Thanks for your support of the podcast!Special Guests: Bennett Napier, Craig Cody, Dr. Zachary Allmand, Jordon Comstock, and Renata Budny, CDT, TE.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 103: You Blow My Mind, Hey Ricki!: Ricki Braswell on Leadership Training

    Episode 103: You Blow My Mind, Hey Ricki!: Ricki Braswell on Leadership Training

    There is always a need for good leadership in dental laboratories. Ricki Braswell talks about taking a current leader or a technician turned leader and working with them to excel at their new role. Ricki Braswell was a co-executive director of the NADL for years and fell in love with our industry. She took that love and became the CEO of the Pankey Institute where she made the dental technician a key part of the program. Now Ricki has taken her skill and experience to dental practices and to dental laboratories. She talks about some wonderful ideas to help your lab create great leaders and great teams.


    March 26 – 28 Dental Laboratory Association Texas Conference – Grapevine, Tx


    Alien Milling Technologies is a cutting-edge Dental Milling Center known for using the latest methods and technologies in milling top dental prosthetics. They can help your lab by milling everything, like crowns, abutments, partials, guards, and even titanium bars. Best part is that they are all milled right here in the USA. Plus they also provide the same zirconia they mill in-house. Until the end of March 2020, if you buy 4 pucks you get one FREE! See all they have to offer at www.alienmilling.com.



    How many of you are printing models? I bet most of you. Do you print in different colors depending on what you are using the model for? No? Whip Mix is happy to add grey to their

    VeriModel OS product line. Not only do they have golden brown, ivory, and white, but the gray gives a visual contrast to waxes and features an easy-to-clean, smooth matte surface finish. Use it for study models, models with removable dies, and orthodontic models. Check them out at www.whipmix.com. Thanks for your continued support of the podcast Whip Mix!Special Guest: Ricki Braswell CAE.

    • 1 hr
    Episode 102: Second Generation Lab Owners from Vision 21: Jesse Flor, Michael Farago, & Dory Sartoris

    Episode 102: Second Generation Lab Owners from Vision 21: Jesse Flor, Michael Farago, & Dory Sartoris

    Elvis and Barb wrap up the conversation they got while at the Vision 21 meeting from Las Vegas back in January. Elvis met Jesse Flor who owns a laboratory in California that has become a 100% digital lab, but also with his background working for DSOs has also opened up a few dental practices. His ownership of both has given him an interesting perspective into both fields. Then Elvis talks to two of the four participants who were on stage during the “Fireside Chat” about second generation lab owners. Michael Farago and Dory Sartoris both took a path in life that originally had them doing something other than the family lab. But they have now taken a leadership roll in their lab and are killing it by bringing non-bench-technician experiences into the workflow.


    March 26 – 28 Dental Laboratory Association Texas Conference – Grapevine, Tx
    *Ortho Technicians!!! Register for the AOLP meeting! *
    Last year was a huge success and we loved this show. We are back this year at the ARGEN booth recording all weekend long. If you are in the area, attend. If you are not in the area, you should still think about attending. It’s worth it.


    Register HERE!


    Thursday March 26, the good people at Alien Milling is hosting a evening event to kick of the DLAT Conference. We will be at Top Golf for fun, drinks, and podcasting. That’s right, we will be recording at the event. How fun is that! If you are going to the DLAT conference, don’t wait. Sign up here to join the fun!


    Alien Milling Technologies is a cutting-edge Dental Milling Center known for using the latest methods and technologies in milling top dental prosthetics. They can help your lab by milling everything, like crowns, abutments, partials, guards, and even titanium bars. Best part is that they are all milled right here in the USA. The team at Alien Milling Technologies is comprised of talented computer and dental technicians who are passionate about mastering the newest and most effective technologies. See all they have to offer at www.alienmilling.com.



    There are a lot of lab putty materials out there. When most labs try Panasil Lab Putty from Kettenbach they are amazed by the quality and consistency. It works wonders on your matrixing, indexing, and duplicating needs. Try some today, and for being a listener of the podcast when you call 877-532-2123 and mention the code – Dental Lab Podcast 199, you can get a box of Panasil Lab Putty and a box of Futar Bite Registration all for $199. Check out http://www.kettenbach-dental.us/ for more information. Thanks for your support of the podcast!Special Guests: Dory Sartoris, Jesse Flor CDT, and Michael Farago.

    • 44 min
    101: An Explosion of Talent from Vision 21 2020: Siegel, Killian, Albensi, Voss, Burris

    101: An Explosion of Talent from Vision 21 2020: Siegel, Killian, Albensi, Voss, Burris

    Way back in January 2020, the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) put together a meeting in Las Vegas called Vision 21. This outstanding dental laboratory business meeting is a must attend for anyone on the business side of their lab. While there they gave Elvis and Barb a table to record some of the high profile attendees and speakers. This first episode from Vision 21 features 5 amazing people from our industry.


    Sean Siegel - Castable Ceramics,
    Steve Killion CDT - Killian Dental Ceramics
    Don Albensi - NDX Albensi
    Heather Voss CDT - Legacy Dental Arts
    Denise Burris CDT - By Design Dental Studio


    They talk about the Foundation of Dental Laboratories, one of the Keynote Speakers, becoming part of the NDX family, and the 2019 CDT of the Year! It's a lot of conversations, with a lot of people, for a whole lot of fun. See what you missed!


    Keynote Speaker mentioned: Diana Kander
    Order her book HERE!


    March 26 – 28 Dental Laboratory Association Texas Conference – Grapevine, Tx
    *Ortho Technicians!!! Register for the AOLP meeting! *
    Last year was a huge success and we loved this show. We are back this year at the ARGEN booth recording all weekend long. If you are in the area, attend. If you are not in the area, you should still think about attending. It’s worth it.


    Register HERE!


    Thursday March 26, the good people at Alien Milling is hosting a evening event to kick of the DLAT Conference. We will be at Top Golf for fun, drinks, and podcasting. That’s right, we will be recording at the event. How fun is that! If you are going to the DLAT conference, don’t wait. Sign up here to join the fun!


    Did you know that Nowak Dental carries all Roland Milling machines? Not only do they have an amazing price and trade in promotions on the unit but they are also offering an extra year of warranty on any new mill purchase. Reach out to the Nowak Dental Digital team at 855-669-2533 or visit the website at www.nowakdigital.com.



    Did you know that Whip Mix manufactures a full array of 3D print resins, featuring the only FDA cleared splint resin? The latest resin in the group of printable resins is VeriSplint, which was the first and presently only 510K cleared print material that prints quickly, and results in an accurate and economical hard splint. So, whether you are printing splints, models, surgical guides, casting patterns or trays, consider increasing your productivity and your profitability with Whip Mix VeriBuild resins. Check them all at www.whipmix.com.



    Alien Milling Technologies is a cutting-edge Dental Milling Center known for using the latest methods and technologies in milling top dental prosthetics. They can help your lab by milling everything, like crowns, abutments, partials, guards, and even titanium bars. Best part is that they are all milled right here in the USA. The team at Alien Milling Technologies is comprised of talented computer and dental technicians who are passionate about mastering the newest and most effective technologies. See all they have to offer at www.alienmilling.com.Special Guests: Denise Burris, CDT, Donald Albensi, Jr. , Heather Voss, CDT, Sean Siegel, and Steve Killian, CDT.

    • 47 min
    100: The Husband, Father, and CEO: Anton Woolf From The Argen Corporation

    100: The Husband, Father, and CEO: Anton Woolf From The Argen Corporation

    Happy 100th episode! A big thanks to everyone that has been a guest, listened to, or sponsored Voices From the Bench! We love bringing you the podcast every week and have enjoyed every second of it. And we have a GREAT episode for you this week. To celebrate our 100th episode we welcome Anton Woolf, CEO of the Argen Corporation to the show. Anton is a living icon in our industry by leading Argen to be one of the most established and innovated companies in our industry. Anton comes on the podcast to talk about the start of Argen, how he came to be the CEO, his family's involvement, becoming more than just a alloy company, and what new and exciting things Argen is working on next.


    March 26 – 28 Dental Laboratory Association Texas Conference – Grapevine, Tx
    *Ortho Technicians!!! Register for the AOLP meeting! *
    Last year was a huge success and we loved this show. We are back this year at the ARGEN booth recording all weekend long. If you are in the area, attend. If you are not in the area, you should still think about attending. It’s worth it.


    Register HERE!


    Thursday March 26, the good people at Alien Milling is hosting a evening event to kick of the DLAT Conference. We will be at Top Golf for fun, drinks, and podcasting. That’s right, we will be recording at the event. How fun is that! If you are going to the DLAT conference, don’t wait. Sign up here to join the fun!


    Nowak Dental and Nowak Digital want to thank everyone who came by to see them at LMT Lab Day Chicago. But the deals didn't end just because the show did. Contact your Nowak Dental or Nowak Digital representative to discuss your needs. They hope to see everyone at future trade shows, visit either nowakdental.com or nowakdigital.com to find out where we will be next! Thanks for your support of the podcast!



    There are a lot of lab putty materials out there. When most labs try Panasil Lab Putty from Kettenbach they are amazed by the quality and consistency. It works wonders on your matrixing, indexing, and duplicating needs. Try some today, and for being a listener of the podcast when you call 877-532-2123 and mention the code – Dental Lab Podcast 199, you can get a box of Panasil Lab Putty and a box of Futar Bite Registration all for $199. Check out http://www.kettenbach-dental.us/ for more information. Thanks for your support of the podcast!Special Guest: Anton Woolf.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    99: A Path To Higher Learning With Denturism: Eugene Royzengurt

    99: A Path To Higher Learning With Denturism: Eugene Royzengurt

    LMT LAB DAY Chicago is this weekend! Elvis and Barb are super excited to be there recording as many people as we can. But first we must bring you a fantastic interview we got a few months ago. Eugene Royzengurt is an assistant that became a technician, who then became an educator, and is now becoming a denturist living in a state he can't even be a denturist in. Eugene talks about his beginnings, running a one-person lab, and attending the American Denturist School.


    Thanks to the wonderful people at ARGEN, Elvis and Barb will be recording at LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 - February 21 & 22. We will be set up at the Argen Booth (I16/I17) to talk to all the amazing attendees, educators, vendors, and anyone else willing to sit down. If you want to schedule a time, be sure to send us an email at info@voicesfromthebench.com and we can get it lined up. Or just stop by. We would love to meet you!
    Check out the AMAZING line up at Lab Day Chicago from Argen!
    Register HERE!


    There is still time to register for this week's Cal-Lab Annual Meeting.
    February 20 & 21 at the Westin Hotel on Michigan Ave.


    Are you excited about Chicago Lab day? Nowak Dental & Nowak Digital are! Their lab specialists will be at the East Tower booth B-47 & their Digital specialists will be at the new West tower V-2. Stop by both booths to learn about all of their offerings and to find out for yourself why Nowak is the first dealer name customers ask for. Also, by popular demand, each location will be serving our famous King Cake Vodka shots one hour before the closing of the show EACH DAY! So don’t forget to visit Nowak Dental at both exhibit halls during Lab Day Chicago. And we thank you for your continued support of the podcast.



    Whip Mix is extremely proud to introduce the Whip Mix VeriBuild 3D Printer with features rarely seen in economically priced printers. Your lab or dental practice can now print extremely precise models and accurate surgical guides with slice thicknesses between 25 – 100 microns. VeriBuild is an open system printer, able to print virtually any 405 nanometer print resin using its advanced software and auto-calibration. With a more-than-adequate build area, automatic (and manual) supports, an advanced slicing algorithm, and Quick Build Preparation, the Whip Mix VeriBuild Printer is the ideal printer for your lab if you are just starting out or want to increase your print production.

    See the VeriBuild Printer in Chicago at the following Whip Mix Booth numbers: Lab Day, Booths D43 and E42, and the Chicago Dental Society Meeting at Booth # 2621.



    We would like to welcome Alien Milling Technologies to the podcast. This amazing company is your one stop shop for all things milled. They do it everying like sell zirconia pucks, they also design, mill, and sinter. And it doesn't stop at zirconia. They can handle e.max, Lava, custom abutments, bars, nightguards. Come see them at booth C30 at LMT Lab Day Chicago to learn more, get a super neat mouse pad, and get a chance to win a Aleinware Laptop! Thanks for your support of the podcast Alien Milling!Special Guest: Eugene Royzengurt.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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Chicago Lab Day

I love what Elvis and Barb are doing for our industry! It’s crazy to listen to these PodCasts and realize that “I know that guy or girl”, the episode with the Texas Identical twins for example. I got a chance to talk with them again at Chicago I had met them 20 plus years before when working in Texas. I got to meet and sit down with Elvis as well as meet Barb at the IDT Digital Denture Roundtable.
Granted I’ve been doing this a long time but even thought it’s a big country we are still a tight knit family. I had a “dental” encounter just yesterday, sale guy was in the lab and he said I looked familiar, turns out it’s been about 8 years but we knew of each other when both working for other companies.

The original DA Rockstar ,

True Rockstars

I recently had the privilege of meeting Elvis and Barb at to 2020 Voices of Dentistry! All I can say is that they did not disappoint. They are truly passionate about the industry and the technicians in it. A must listen for all.

Dent-Ally ,

Dental labs get a voice

Barb and Elvis give dental labs the platform they deserve with fresh industry content. I haven’t missed an episode yet.

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