Voices from The Bench

A Dental Laboratory Podcast

About the show

A weekly podcast dedicated to the dental laboratory industry. Featuring anyone associated with the profession from all over the world. Host are in their own dental laboratory every day making teeth and interviewing people from the industry on their time off. New episodes every Monday morning.

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  • 315: Lab Day Chicago 2024 Act 3 with James & James Angelone, Patrick Coon, and Peggy Alexander

    April 8th, 2024  |  1 hr 17 mins
    air force, alabama, apprentice, assistant, biology, buffalo, chicago, civilian, communication, competition, dental, dental hygiene, dentures, education, hog, iraq, ivoclar, ivotion, lab day, laboratory, lithium disilicate, pm7, podcast, pr5, print, r&d, roe dental lab, smart denture conversion, sweet home alabama, teamwork, technician, texas, too old, voices from the bench, zirconia

    Back AGAIN in the Ivoclar Ballroom at LMT Lab Day Chicago 2024 with James (The Denture man) Angelone and his son James Angelone, Patrick Coon from Ivoclar, and Peggy Alexander, a clinical educator at the University of Texas

  • 314: Lab Day Chicago 2024 Act 2 with Dr. Sandy & James Kirk, Dr. Ed McLaren, and Patrick Allen

    April 1st, 2024  |  1 hr 8 mins
    bills, bonding, bps, carpenter, ceramics, chicago, chile, dental, dental boards, denturism, digital, education, faith, ivoclar, james bond, lab day, laboratory, legislative, local support, matrix, mission trip, national movement, no prep veneers, podcast, reliable, removable, residency, star trek, star wars, suction, support, technician, trios, virginia, voices from the bench

    This week we continue the conversations we got while at in the Ivoclar Ballroom during LMT Lab Day Chicago 2024. This time we have husband and wife lab owners James & Dr. Sandy Kirk, the technician's dentist Dr. Ed McLaren, and Denturist Patrick Allen.

  • 313: Lab Day Chicago 2024 Act 1 with Michael Wandling, Vinod Dudhat, Brian Johns, and Rob Fletcher

    March 25th, 2024  |  1 hr 18 mins
    3shape, a team, agriculture, all-on-x, cal-lab, cdt, change, chicago, composite, compromise, dental, die trimming, digital cdt, examiner, fixed, full arch, glidewell, health care, india, instagram, ivoclar, ivotion, japanese automotive, lab day, laboratory, leadership, lean, legos, line balance, manufacturing, master, nbc, one piece flow, open forum, photogrammetry, pm7, podcast, scan bodies, task force, technician, test, the toyota way, voices from the bench, youtube

    This week starts all the conversations that Elvis and Barb got while in the Ivoclar Ballroom at LMT Lab Day Chicago. This week brings Michael Wandling, Vinod Dudhat, Brian Johns, and Rob Fletcher.

  • 312: From Tight Pants to Milling Burs with Renata Budny & Paul Beck

    March 18th, 2024  |  1 hr 10 mins
    burs, car accident, coda, covid, dental, donations, education, google, grow, improvements, jaws, lab day, laboratory, milling tools, mills, new york, partial, patience, perfection, podcast, rg, skills, students, talent, teach, technician, voices from the bench, waiting list, waxing lululemon, zoom

    We are celebrating 6 years of Voices From the Bench! Every year we are joined by Professor Renata Budny from the Restorative Dentistry Program at the New York City College of Technology. This year she brings along graduate Paul Beck, who has taken his knowledge to Sierra Dental Tools.

  • 311: LIVE ON TAPE FROM CAL-LAB 2024 with Basil Callahan, Sean Siegel, Jim Thacker, and Jeff Stronk

    March 11th, 2024  |  1 hr 16 mins
    beard, cal-lab, cnc, dental, disruption, dso, eos, glidewell, good topics, hotel, jewelry, kfc, lab day, laboratory, live band, marines, networking, open forum, peers, podcast, speaker, technician, voices from the bench

    For 98 years, the Cal-Lab Association has been holding their annual meeting. Usually held the same week at Lab Day Chicago, now it's closer and better. During the cocktail event we sit down with Basil Callahan, Sean Siegel, Jim Thacker, and Jeff Stronk.

  • 310: Enhancing Analog with Digital and Artistry with Aleksandra Polczynski

    March 4th, 2024  |  58 mins 30 secs
    analog, artist, ceramist, consultations, dental, digital, dtg, exocad, face scanner, full arch, hands-on, immediate load, in-office, indiana, kois, lab day, laboratory, opti glaze, painter, podcast, poland, printing, speaker, teaching, technician, treatment planning, voices from the bench, waxing, workshops, zirkonzahn

    This week Elvis and Barb talk to Aleksandra Polczynski, who was raised in Poland, but her art got her into a US dental lab. Aleksandra talks about her journey, becoming a ceramist, running an in-office lab, and teaching around the country full arch layering and staining.

  • 309: Positive Reinforcement with John Rano

    February 26th, 2024  |  1 hr 1 min
    analog skills, attitude, canada, clear choice, conversion, dental, devalue, digital jig, discouraged, encouragement, feedback, florida, lab day, laboratory, love their job, podcast, scanners, self awareness, setting teeth, technician, train, traveling technician, voices from the bench

    Meet John Rano. Son of a dental technician from Argentina. After working for his dad, John sets off on his own and eventually opens Unique Solutions Dental Lab specializing in full arch and he talks about helping to improve the next generation of technicians with a little positive reinforcement.

  • 308: Harvesting Your Lab's Value with Rob Laizure and Sasha Der Avanessian

    February 19th, 2024  |  1 hr 3 mins
    ai, artificial intelligence, brand identity, cal-lab, communication, dental, differentiate, engaging, ez gum, intangible, journaling, lab day, laboratory, leadership, lmt, logo, marketing messaging, pizza, podcast, rescheduling, solving a problem, strength, tangible, technician, therapist, value, voices from the bench, whiteboard

    This week we talk to two giants in our industry, Rob Laizure and Sasha Der Avanessian. They have come together to help labs find their value and to create a message that will allow labs to differentiate themselves in an industry of commodity products.

  • 307: A Youth's Excursion into Conversions with Tyler McCabe

    February 12th, 2024  |  1 hr 32 secs
    1099, airport, analog, blood, books, breakage, cdt, clearning, colorado, dental, denturist, denver, digital, eyes, fake teeth, lab day, laboratory, multi units, podcast, production lab, removable, repair, straumann, surgery, surgical guides, technician, templates, tonsillitis, traveling, voices from the bench

    This week we talk to a young technician that started at the age of 13 and only 3 years later, is doing chairside conversions, Tyler McCabe. Tyler talks about his lab family, some of the labs he has worked at, and what the future holds for him.

  • 306: It's the Window into the Body with Jessica Love (Birrell) & Laura Gilbert

    February 5th, 2024  |  1 hr 9 mins
    anatomy, artist, bench top heroes, biofilm, communication, dental, documentary, emax, heart, hygiene, in-house, lab day, laboratory, line angles, math, mormon, morphology, nutrition, plumber's crack, podcast, production, relationships, sassy teeth, science, smile design, teaching, technician, voices from the bench, y2k

    This week we talk all about what's happening in the Ivoclar Ballroom during LMT Lab Day Chicago 2024. Good friend and General Manager of Ivoclar in Canada, Laura Gilbert talks about the room and special guest and a speaker during the weekend, Jessica Love (Birrell) talks about her journey to owning a clinic that see the mouth as the window into the body.

  • 305: Educating the Future of Digital Dentures with Dr. Wendy Clark

    January 29th, 2024  |  1 hr 5 mins
    1937, a2, border molding, breakage, carbon, centric relation, dental, dentures, digital, fail, full color, gothic arch, ivotion, lab day, laboratory, partials, podcast, records, reference denture, removables, stratasys, technician, voices from the bench, workflow

    This week we are joined once again by Dr. Wendy Clark who teaches removables at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Clark talks about what she has learned over the years with digital dentures, why the workflow clinically is better, how the outcome can be better, why they fail, and how understanding digital can help us all understand analog better.

  • 304: It's a Snowy Midnight Storm with MIYO and Amanda Carson

    January 22nd, 2024  |  1 hr 1 min
    artist, bleach, ceramics, colors, dental, design, dtg, emax, ghost, gym, ivoclar, lab day, laboratory, linen, midnight, miyo, ovens, pm7, podcast, self-taught, stain, structure, table clinic, teacher, technician, texture, voices from the bench, waxing, zircad prime

    This week we are talking to MIYO expert, Amanda Carson. Amanda talks about her journey, learning about and eventually teaching others about MIYO, tells Elvis how to use it, and her plans to open her own lab very soon.

  • 303: It's the Bobby and Blake Show! with Bobby Kenney and Blake Barksdale

    January 15th, 2024  |  1 hr 5 mins
    army, bombed, conversions, culture, dan yoder, dental, full arch, implants, ivotion, laboratory, missiles, new teeth now, pm7, poached, podcast, removables, t-ball, technician, tempories, triathlon, voices from the bench

    This week we are joined by two "gentlemen" who are doing great things in Huntsville, Alabama. Bobby Kenney comes on to talk about his journey in dental technology that has landed him back at Barksdale Dental Lab to help Blake Barksdale take the lab to the next level of digital dentistry.

  • 302: From Bait Shop to Metal Printing with Josh Williams

    January 8th, 2024  |  1 hr 8 mins
    anneal, bait shop, burn out, chrome cobalt, corporate, dental, digital, electropolishing, gps, hand wax, laboratory, maintenance, micron, model room, mowing, ndx, octan, outsourcing, partials, podcast, print, printed resin, repairs, supports, team solutions, technician, titanium, voices from the bench, warping

    This week we talk to an analog framework technician turned metal printing expert from GPS Digital RPD. Josh explains the process of getting into metal printing, some of the issues they have had, and what it took to perfect such new technology.

  • 301: Quality Over Quantity with Alina Ceclan

    January 1st, 2024  |  1 hr 6 mins
    bench test, changes, corporate, dental, family, full cast, growth, instagram, laboratory, layering, learning, love, miyo, old teeth, podcast, recruiter, self study, speed, structure, technician, tips, voices from the bench, work hard

    This week we talk to ceramist Alina Ceclan from Qlab in London. Alina talks all about her journey from Romania, how she didn't like teeth at first, loving the MIYO system, and learning to make them look like teeth and not restorations.

  • 300: Mastering exocad with Marjorie Andrade

    December 25th, 2023  |  1 hr 11 mins
    ai, analog, blender, ceramist, communication, creepy, dental, edit, exocad, fast learner, freelance, gamer, graphic design, idd, inlab, laboratory, microwaves, nerd, patients, podcast, technician, voices from the bench, work visa, workflow

    We are celebrating the 300th episode on Christmas with special guest Marjorie Andrade, a Brazilian technicians working in New Zealand. Marjorie talks about her journey, school, learning digital, doing freelance design work, and putting together one of the best online exocad course.