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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  • 181: Giving Back with the Dental Lifeline Network and Hollie Stevenson

    September 13th, 2021  |  57 mins 31 secs
    dental, disabilities, donate, giving back, laboratory, medically fragile, nonprofit, podcast, state board, technician, veterans, voices from the bench, volunteer

    The ability to change lives is one of the most rewarding aspects of our industry. Now you can do even more. Hollie Stevenson from the Dental Lifeline Network comes on to talk about their program that improves the dental health of the less fortunate and how labs can help.

  • 180: Unfiltered with Daxton Grubb from R-Dent Dental Lab

    September 6th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    carbon, coffee, dental, digital dentures, enterprise rental, firstfit, graceland, laboratory, magic touch, podcast, sales, technician, voices from the bench, zahn

    Daxton Grubb from R-Dent Dental Lab comes on the podcast to talk about running a dental lab and all the fun that goes along with it. Telling it like it is, Daxton's world is full of hits and misses that we can all learn and grow from.

  • 179: LIVE at LOTM Part 3: Kelly Fincher, Hannah Fincher, & Tay Harvey

    August 30th, 2021  |  1 hr 8 mins
    anaxdent, beer, box art, dental, gingival stain, instagram, lab day chicago, laboratory, nina, outside sales, podcast, portatour, step parents, technician, vision boards, voices from the bench

    We are back again at the first ever Ladies of the Mill Summit that happened back in July 2021 in Chattanooga, TN. This time we talk to Kelly & Hannah Fincher from Texas and Tay Harvey from Anaxdent USA.

  • 178: LIVE at LOTM Part 2: Mary Valentine, Emily Valentine, Sherri Weatherby, Cassandra Dombrowski, Mary Nosal

    August 23rd, 2021  |  53 mins 4 secs
    asiga, barn, dental, hand wax, kids, laboratory, louisville, management, michigan, nobel biocare, podcast, porcelain, procera, roland mill, technician, voices from the bench, whip mix

    We are back at the Ladies of the Mill Summit. This week we talk to mother/daughter team Mary and Emily Valentine, then from Whip Mix we chat with Sherri Weatherby and Cassandra Dombrowski, and then we wrap up the episode with Mary Nosal.

  • 177: LIVE at LOTM Part 1: Anne Koelzer, Dr. Mary Kersenbrock, Denisse Padilla, Casey Steale, & Sarah Williamson

    August 16th, 2021  |  1 hr 3 mins
    3d printing, 3shape, dental, dentist, e-aqua model, envisionone, family, flexcera, inlab, laboratory, mcx5, podcast, technician, voices from the bench

    LIVE from the Preat booth at the Ladies of the Mill Summit in Chattanooga! This first collection has us talking with Anne Kersenbrock Koelzer from AMK Dental Lab and her sister Dr. Mary Kersenbrock Losing, then from Desktop Health we chat with Denisse Padilla and Casey Steale. And we end the episode with a conversation with Sarah Williamson.

  • 176: On the Frontier of Instagram: Gil Villavecer from Frontier Dental Lab

    August 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 3 mins
    #wellmakeyousmile, beauty queens, branding, cardi b, celebrities, cosmetic, dental, followers, frontier smiles, laboratory, podcast, social media, technician, veneers, vita, voices from the bench

    We've all tried to advertise our lab on social media with mediocre success. Gil Villavecer from Frontier Dental Lab has found the key to making Instagram work. He shares tips and tricks on how to use this free platform and reach a global audience of both clinicians and the public.

  • 175: Finding Their Own Style: Dimitri Tsichlis & Lidia Croteau from Styledent

    August 2nd, 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins
    canada, ceramist, cercon, cerec, dental, family, full arch, laboratory, marketing, marriage, mountie, podcast, quebec, shade, technician, voices from the bench

    A married couple with different backgrounds come together to create two amazing labs in two different countries. Dimitri Tsichlis and Lidia Croteau own a lab in Canada. Sick of the cold, they opened their new lab in Florida to hand pick the work they want to do and they DO IT RIGHT in so many areas.

  • 174: "All-On-WOW" with the Queen of Conversions: Dora Rodrigues

    July 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins
    avadent digital denture, chairside conversions, dental, dentures, immediate load, laboratory, multi-unit abutments, nobel biocare, pic scanner, podcast, screws, technician, temporary cylinders, voices from the bench

    Dora Rodrigues, an amazing technician that studied where the "All-on-4" was created, came to America to start a lab that only does hybrid conversation with a digital workflow. She shares her story, techniques, and her passion for full arch, life changing, prosthetics.

  • 173: In the Face of Florida: Don Hebert, Ricardo Marrero, Dory Sartoris at the FDLA

    July 19th, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins
    business partners, dental, digital dentures, electrician, fixed, focus magazine, fun, laboratory, ladies of the mill, lotm, members, outsourcing, podcast, preat, removables, southern states, sun, symposium, technician, voices from the bench

    It is so good to be back at the FDLA show. We were at the Preat booth talking to all the great attendees and a few decided to sit down and chat with us. We talk with Don Hebert CDT, Ricardo Marrero, and current president Dory Sartoris.

  • 172: Time Flies When You're Making Teeth with Harold Burdette CDT

    July 12th, 2021  |  55 mins 27 secs
    alabama, ansley burdette, beach house, cal-lab, carbon printers, chris waldrop, covid, dental, digital dentures, laboratory, nadl, nbc, podcast, technician, terec, vision 21, voices from the bench

    We welcome Harold Burdette to the Podcast. Harold has been a technician since the 70s, grown this family business into one of the largest privately owned labs, and a past president of the NADL. Harold's got some great stories of the past and some opinions of the future.

  • 171: Pretty Acrylic In Pink with Nina Frketin

    July 5th, 2021  |  1 hr 7 secs
    anaxdent, atlantis substructure, dental, dentist, digital dentures, instagram, jeffrey luk, panthera master cup, podcast, technician, voices from the bench

    Nina Frketin, a fantastic technician from the UK joins us on the podcast. Nina learned her early skills in Croatia and eventually found a home at Dencraft. With the ability to do everything in the lab, Nina found a love for dentures and is now perfecting her skill with composites.

  • 170: Laying Down the Denture Law with Denturist Carson Law

    June 28th, 2021  |  1 hr 10 mins
    3 shape, 3d printing, bear, bellus 3d, cdt, dental, dentist, denturism, denturist, esther schwenning, immediate denture, internship, intraoral scan, laboratory, mill, podcast, technician, voices from the bench

    A Canadian Denturist that is fully digital? Yes, please! Carson Law from Northern Lights Denture Clinic comes on the podcast to talk about becoming a denturist, what the school was like, and practicing in a fully digital office with some great Canadian stories.

  • 169: A Man With a Plan And a Van: Dustin Osburn CDT

    June 21st, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    dental, dentist, green dental lab, husband and wife, laboratory, podcast, relines, repairs, same day services, service, technician, tooth cards, training, voices from the bench, welding

    Imagine being able to take your lab anywhere you want. The freedom to work in any town of your choosing. That is exactly what Dustin Osburn did. After years of large labs and corporate training, Dustin customized a van with everything you will need for a mobile removable lab.

  • 168: Reaching A New Summit: Norbert Ulmer and Gro3X

    June 14th, 2021  |  58 mins 9 secs
    3m, aidite, aligners, burs, cercon, dental, dentist, dentsply, flip block, frank acosta, inlab, kavo, laboratory, lava, mcx5, mcxl, podcast, procera, technician, vita, voices from the bench, zirconia

    Joining the podcast this week is Norbert Ulmer. Norbert has a long history with Sirona and our industry. He talks about the early days selling in Europe, connecting with Sirona, bringing it to the US, and his new company Gro3X.

  • 167: Ladies Of The Mill: Jill Swafford and Christina Heaslip

    June 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins
    anne koelzer, dedication, dental, dentsply, dr. jessica emery, dr. mary kersenbrock losing, e.max, family, kids, laboratory, lauren crowe, marina caponigro, mcx5, mcxl, passion, podcast, preat, sirona, technician, voices from the bench

    Jill Swafford and Christina Heaslip are two ladies that love to mill and they love the industry so much that they started a group online called Ladies of the Mill. The group is intended to give strength to the females in our profession. It has grown so much that they are holding their first summit in July 2021. They come on to talk about starting their labs, running the lab and a family, starting the group, and how this summit will be different from the usual dental meeting.

  • 166: Two Under Forty =Amazing Technicians: Julia Izumi & Chris Love

    May 31st, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    carbon, cdt, dental, donald park, keystone night guard, lab day, lab management today, laboratory, lucitone, management, nadl university, podcast, printer, technician, voices from the bench

    LMT Magazine did a feature called "40 Under 40" about amazing technicians making a difference in our industry. We talk to Julia Izumi from Shanto Dental Ceramics and Chris Love from Absolute Dental Services and find out more about their story of success.