113 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

    113: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 4: Bob Martin, Samuel Kenchanh, Gloria Brown, Jim Collis

    113: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 4: Bob Martin, Samuel Kenchanh, Gloria Brown, Jim Collis

    Happy Memorial Day 2020.... the oddest one ever.


    First up we wanted to bring you some more "Vendor Perspective’s" from our industry and how they are dealing with the pandemic. We talk with Shawn Nowak from Nowak Dental Supplies who talks about what they did when everyone shut down, what they have been doing, and what Nowak is doing as we all start getting back to work.


    Get your PPE gear: https://www.dental-ppe.com/


    Back in February, most of the industry went to Chicago for LMT Lab Day 2020. We were set up at the Argen booth recording pretty much anyone that would sit down. One of the best parts of doing that is all the people that we get to record that we might not record remotely. This week we bring you three conversations we got while at the biggest event in our industry. First up are two last-year students of the IU Fort Wayne Dental Technology program. Bob Martin and Samuel Kenchanh come on to talk about why they signed up for the program, what it's like, and where they plan on going after graduation. THEN we talk to Gloria Brown. Gloria is the Customer Service Team Lead at Triad Dental Studios. She has years of experience at her role and talks about her perspective of our industry and being a Lab Day Chicago. THEN well-known Jim Collis stops by to talk about getting into the industry, early days at school, teaching at the school, and what he's doing now with Solvay Dental.


    Whip Mix introduces the Bellus3D Dental Professional app.
    A fast, easy, and affordable way to capture a 3D facial scan for smile design. With this app you can:


    Capture: Easily complete a 3D facial scan in less than 30 seconds
    Share: collaborate with your lab or other specialist
    Create: restorations in CAD software such as 3Shape or ExoCad
    Approve: show your patient their new look and receive acceptance of your treatment plan


    Be sure to check out the Whip Mix Live Webinar June 9th – Bellus3D Dental Pro – Creating the Virtual Patient will Lee Culp!
    Special Guests: Bob Martin, Gloria Brown, Jim Collis CDT, Samuel Kenchanh, and Shawn Nowak.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    112: Giving Tax Credit Where Credit Is Due: Adam Herman and Doug Kolker from Mueller Prost

    112: Giving Tax Credit Where Credit Is Due: Adam Herman and Doug Kolker from Mueller Prost

    NADL Free Webinar - Navigating the New Normal in Dentistry: A Panel Discussion
    May 21st: 2:00 - 3:00 EST
    Barbara Warner Wojdan, CDT, AAACD: Mike Cash, CDT, Rudy Ramirez, and Larry Weiss, CPA


    Elvis and Barb wanted to bring a perspective of the pandemic response from the vendor side of things. Elvis talked to Pat Higgins, who is the new Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development at Whip Mix. Pat comes on to talk about what Whip Mix did when the pandemic started, what they are doing during, and what they have planned for the future.


    Two things in life are certain. Bad dentist equals bad impressions and taxes. We talked to two CPAs about dental laboratories maximizing tax credits from their research and experimentation. Adam Herman and Doug Kolker from Mueller Prost have been working with labs for a long time and understand our industry. They provide some wonderful ideas for labs to get some much needed cash during these troubled times. They also talk about how some labs can use tax breaks to help as they open back up after the COVID-19 pandemic.


    Kettenbach is a company that wants to partner with your lab to make sure you are getting the impressions you need. You know dental offices often ask dental labs what they recommend for impression material. Tell them with confidence a material that backed with amazing customer service and proven results. Give them a call at 877-532-2123 and mention the code Dental Lab Podcast 25 to get 25% off your orderSpecial Guests: Adam Herman CPA, Doug Kolker CPA, and Pat Higgins.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    111: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 3: David Lindsay & Sam Wainwright

    111: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 3: David Lindsay & Sam Wainwright

    Remember when we all packed into a hotel convention center in a very busy city to talk about the dental laboratory industry? How crazy were we? :-)


    Elvis and Barb are back with more conversation they got while at the Argen booth at LMT's Lab Day Chicago 2020. First up we talk to a very well-rounded dental technician that has moved more in 6 months then most move in a lifetime. But all this experience has helped David Lindsay make the decision to become a denturist. He tells his story and shares some insight that he has learned along the way. Then we are joined by the dental product manager from Formlabs, Sam Wainwright. Sam talks about the history of Formlabs, what they are working on now, and what we can expect from this popular 3d printer company.


    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.Special Guests: David Lindsay CDT and Sam Wainwright.

    • 56 min
    110: Not Losing Any Sleep During Pandemic with Panthera Dental: Béatrice Robichaud & Kim Solomon

    110: Not Losing Any Sleep During Pandemic with Panthera Dental: Béatrice Robichaud & Kim Solomon

    Elvis and Barb had the extreme pleasure to speak with Béatrice Robichaud who is the co-founder of Panthera Dental and Kim Solomon who is the Senior Vice-President of US sales. Béatrice and Kim tells us the story of how Pantera got started, Why they got into sleep apena devices, the use of tele-dentistry, and how Panthera stepped up to print PPE for hospitals.


    Download the .STL file of Panthera's 3D Printed Face Shield


    Kettenbach is a company that wants to partner with your lab to make sure you are getting the impressions you need. You know dental offices often ask dental labs what they recommend for impression material. Tell them with confidence a material that backed with amazing customer service and proven results. Give them a call at 877-532-2123 and mention the code Dental Lab Podcast 25 to get 25% off your orderSpecial Guests: Béatrice Robichaud and Kim Solomon.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    109: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 2: Tiffany Prater, Heather Voss, Leon Hermanides

    109: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 2: Tiffany Prater, Heather Voss, Leon Hermanides

    As states start to allow dental offices to open up to non-emergency patients, labs are starting to get back to work. Of course, it will be a slow start, but it is a sign of things starting to get back to the "new normal". First up is a weekly update from Bennett Napier from the NADL talking about the next webinar and what's new with our industry and the COVID-19.


    NADL Free Webinar - Protecting Patients and Staff when Re-Opening The Dental Practice 
    Thursday, April 30, 2020 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT


    ADA Report on 2020 and 2021 Dental Spending based on Covid 19 Impact


    This week we are back to LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020. Recording from the Argen booth, Elvis got to talk to a ortho technician from Texas, Tiffany Prater CDT. She is the Vice-president of the AOLP (Association of Orthodontic Laboratory Professionals) and tells her story of going from dental assistant to lab owner. Then we are joined by past podcast guest Heather Voss CDT who brings along Leon Hermanides CDT to talk about how he got into the industry and has adapted his lab to the changing market over the years.




    When dentist open up again, how many rush cases do you think we will get? What you need is a zirconia that is tested and proven to work with a faster sinter cycle. The Vericore ZR Pro and Vericore ZR Pro ML from Whip Mix can complete the Speed Cycle in slightly more than 3 hours, which enables laboratories to meet the demand for patients that have been waiting to get work done. Call Whip Mix today to learn more at 800-626-5651.Special Guests: Bennett Napier, Heather Voss, CDT, Leon Hermanides CDT, and Tiffany Prater CDT.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    108: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 1: Scott & Randi James and Fernando Catania

    108: Pure Gold From LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020 Part 1: Scott & Randi James and Fernando Catania

    YAY! Half of April 2020 is done! That is something to celebrate, right?
    We welcome Bennett Napier from the NADL back on the podcast to update us on our industry and the COVID-19.


    NADL Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Big Picture Thinking for Dental Laboratories post COVID-19 - A Strategic Conversation Webinar Wednesday, April 22, 2020 1:00pm-2:00pm EDT


    ADA News Stories


    Remember when a whole bunch of people could get in a room to celebrate what they love? Those were the days! And to relive those days we take you back to the glory days of LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020. There Elvis and Barb set up at the Argen booth and invited anyone to sit down and tell their story. First up we have the first couple to sit down with us. While Barb was out being president Elvis got to talk to Scott and Randi James who are doing amazing job running a family lab in Minnesota. Then they both got to talk with Fernando Catania from DGSHAPE who makes the Roland mills. Fernando speaks about listening to the customers to make a better mill and how they plan on staying relevant in a forever changing industry.


    DWS 3D Printers


    Kettenbach is a company that wants to partner with your lab to make sure you are getting the impressions you need. You know dental offices often ask dental labs what they recommend for impression material. Tell them with confidence a material that backed with amazing customer service and proven results. Give them a call at 877-532-2123 and mention the code Dental Lab Podcast 25 to get 25% off your orderSpecial Guests: Bennett Napier, Fernando Catania, and Scott & Randi James.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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34 Ratings

34 Ratings

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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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