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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  • 217: Making America Smile, One Lab at a Time with Keith Crittenden

    May 23rd, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins
    artistic, commission, dental, internet, laboratory, mailers, marketing, milling, one voice, podcast, postcards, pricing, supplies, technician, trade school, voices from the bench, website, zirconia

    This week we talk to Keith Crittenden, the man behind AmericaSmiles. But behind the man is a great story of a lab owner finding a way to help his clients succeed so his lab could succeed. He comes on to shares his knowledge to other labs.

  • 216: Finally Live, Live, Live From Texas with Kevin Dillon, Lance Dowdle, & Samantha Grayson

    May 16th, 2022  |  1 hr 7 mins
    board, cade, canada, cdt test, clear aligners, dental, desktop metal, einstein, envisiontec, flexcara, implants, laboratory, ortho, podcast, processor, technician, ugly stepchild, voices from the bench, voting

    We bring more amazing conversations from the Preat booth at this year's DLAT conference. This week we feature Kevin Dillon, Lance Dowdle, & Samantha Grayson

  • 215: Finally Live, Live From Texas with Wade Davenport, Richard Wills, & AJ Sheek

    May 9th, 2022  |  1 hr 8 mins
    3rd generation, board members, ceramics, dental, family, giving back, laboratory, membership, origin b&d, passion, peter pizzi, podcast, president, production, r&d credit, tax savings, technician, tradeshows, vendors, vita, voices from the bench

    We are so happy to be back in Texas (physically) at the DLAT conference. This episode we talk to Wade Davenport, Richard Wills, and AJ Sheek.

  • 214: A *Bleeping* Dental Technician From *Bleeping* Finland: Sandra Puurits

    May 2nd, 2022  |  58 mins 35 secs
    apprenticeship, archery, arrow, beer, bow, carpentry, dental, estonia, fencing, justin, laboratory, mrawwesome, podcast, technician, tradeshows, university, vita, vivadent, voices from the bench, woodworking

    We welcome accident prone, foul mouthed, and talented removable technician from Finland, Sandra Puurits. Sandra talks about education through apprenticeship, her life in the lab, plans for the future, and of course archery.

  • 213: Digging Deep into Dentures with Deepa Bharakhda

    April 25th, 2022  |  1 hr 6 mins
    anaxdent, blending, cdt, dental, dentures, india, ivoclar, laboratory, lmt, milk delivery, patients, podcast, preat, removables, technician, teeth, voices from the bench, wax

    This week we talk to passionate and enthusiastic removable technician Deepa Bharakhda from the UK. Deepa talks about learning the craft, working directly with patients, finding her dream lab, and art of using composites to create natural looking dentures.

  • 212: From Steel Bars to Titanium Bars with Kelly Weliky

    April 18th, 2022  |  59 mins 54 secs
    air force manual, all on 4, dental, exocad, family, foundation, justin, laboratory, ladies of the mill, locked up, mentorship, mindset, mrawwesome, podcast, prison, speaking, technician, voices from the bench

    Success usually comes from hard work and dedication. After her life took a sharp turn, Kelly Weliky took an opportunity to learn dental technology. After some great mentorship and support from family, Kelly now owns her own removable lab and is giving back to an industry that has given her so much.

  • 211: The Buzz around The Hive with Emily & Eleanor Pittard

    April 11th, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins
    administration, award, bees, dental, dental nurse, dentures, ecofriendly, fix, giving back, laboratory, marketing, pfm, podcast, removable, technician, van, voices from the bench, zirconia

    This week is a conversation with The Hive. That's right, an amazing laboratory owned by Emily & Eleanor Pittard in the UK. They talk about creating The Hive, being able to see patients, winning awards, and giving back.

  • 210: Back at LMT Lab Day Chicago Part 2: Randi & Scott James, Lorene Flores, Jennifer Cowherd

    April 4th, 2022  |  59 mins 10 secs
    argen, beaches, cold, costa rica, dental, faculty, florida, laboratory, ladies of the mill, podcast, snow, speaking, students, surgical guides, technician, voices from the bench

    We are back with more fantastic conversation from the Preat booth at LMT Lab Day Chicago 2022! This week we talk to Randi & Scott James, Lorene Flores, and Jennifer Cowherd.

  • 209: Back at LMT Lab Day Chicago Part 1: Christina & Brian Heaslip, Katie Boteler, and Jonathan Thompson

    March 28th, 2022  |  58 mins 37 secs
    automation, blind date, burs, cam, dental, dentures, digital, dipping, family, instagram, laboratory, milling, podcast, pre-sinter staining, processing, removables, technician, voices from the bench

    We are so happy that lab conventions are back and this week we bring you three conversations that happened during the 2022 LMT Lab Day Chicago show from the Preat booth. Joining us is Christina & Brian Heaslip, Katie Boteler, and Jonathan Thompson.

  • 208: Providing an Opportunity of Education with Renata Budny and Jamie Rubin

    March 21st, 2022  |  1 hr 7 mins
    3shape, anatomy, ceramist, coda, dental, dental wings, education, laboratory, manhattan, morphology, occlusion, podcast, roland mills, teaching, technician, voices from the bench

    We celebrate our 4th year of the podcast by bringing back the very first guest Renata Budny from the Dental Technology program at New York City College of Technology. She is joined by past student turned professor, Jamie Rubin.

  • 207: Lab Life is a Journey with Dennis Kalashnik CDT

    March 14th, 2022  |  1 hr 58 secs
    all on x, all-on-4, conversions, dental, dental wings, dentures, full arch, immediate load, implants, laboratory, partials, passion, pic system, podcast, technician, voices from the bench, zirconia

    This week is a wonderful conversation with Dennis Kalashnik, who talks about his journey in dental technology. From clinical, to prisons, to family labs, to working by himself, Dennis has been on a career long path that has led him to chairside full arch implant laboratory work.

  • 206: Providing Clinical Solutions with Laboratory Services with Lauren Crowe

    March 7th, 2022  |  1 hr 6 mins
    aspen, boxes, candy, crossfit, dental, dso, heartland, knight, lab day, laboratory, ladies of the mill, lmt, micromanaging, podcast, services, solutions, technician, training, voices from the bench, york

    One of the most important non-discussed aspects of dental laboratories is sales and marketing. This week Lauren Crowe from the Leixir group comes on to talk about the importance of selling your lab’s services to provide the solutions for success.

  • Episode 205: The Golden Grin of a Cheshire: Jay Goodman

    February 28th, 2022  |  1 hr 3 mins
    dental, diamonds, fangs, imposter syndrome, jewels, laboratory, metal sheet, podcast, shark, tattoos, technician, voices from the bench, wax

    This week we are joined by Jay Goodman, also known as The Cheshire's Grin. Jay makes "Grills" in Melbourne Australia and comes on the podcast to talk all about this unique and stylish type of "restoration" that has many people smiling of gold.

  • 204: Their Heart is Bigger Than Their Bark: Betty and Blake Barksdale

    February 21st, 2022  |  1 hr 3 mins
    axsys dental solutions, carbon, dan yoder, dental, digital dentures, family, furlough, laboratory, partials, podcast, technician, vesamill, vision, voices from the bench, wet milling

    Betty and Blake Barksdale from Barksdale Dental Lab come on the podcast to talk about the early days of the lab, how they put employees first, and how they use the power of sharing to be successful.

  • 203: Open Source Printing with Cory Lambertson and Asiga

    February 14th, 2022  |  57 mins 45 secs
    3d printing, 4k, curing, dental, jewelry, laboratory, led, lucitone, max, podcast, resins, technician, voices from the bench

    We've all heard of the Asiga printer and now it's time to find out more. Cory Lambertson has recently become the General Manager of Americas at Asiga and he tells us all about the printer from Australia.

  • 202: The Triathlete of Dental Implants: Paolo Lubrano MDT

    February 7th, 2022  |  59 mins 22 secs
    dental, fireball, foundation, gothic arch, in lab, laboratory, mcx5, mcxl, omnicam, podcast, primescan, real guide, swimming, technician, voices from the bench, zimmer

    This week Elvis and Barb talk to ex-dentist, triathlete, and implant wizard Paolo Lubrano who comes on the podcast to talk about his journey from clinician to dental technician.