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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  • 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.

  • 165: It's Wise to Be Prepared: Larry Weiss and Jim Gorgol

    May 24th, 2021  |  59 mins 10 secs
    cdt, dental, laboratory, managers, marketing, national dentex, planning, podcast, postcards, preat, retirement, score cards, tattoo, technician, voices from the bench

    Jim Gorgol has been a lab owner for many years. As he looks to retire, he wants to get his lab so he and his employees are left in a good spot. That is exactly why he is working with Larry Weiss at Weiss Advisors. Larry helps labs by bringing his years of experience in the industry. They talk about the process of taking a good lab and making it great.

  • 164: A Macro look at MicroDental Laboratories: Laura Kelly, CEO

    May 17th, 2021  |  59 mins 51 secs
    cdt, covid, dental, denture, design centers, digital, it department, laboratory, macstudio, marketing, milling center, modern dental, podcast, robert kreyer, technician, training, voices from the bench, wine

    This week we are joined by the CEO of MircoDental Laboratories, Laura Kelly. Laura talks about working her way up in the lab, becoming the first female and technician president of the AACD, and how MicroDental is changing with dentistry.

  • 163: Don’t Mess with Texas Part 2: DLAT 2021-Tim Frenzel, Jan Rainey, Bennett Napier, Keith Wilson

    May 10th, 2021  |  56 mins 20 secs
    air purification, cdt, dental, dentist, dlat, envision tec, heraeus kulzer, laboratory, national association of dental laboratories, pay increase, podcast, printers, technician, texas, voices from the bench

    We are back with more conversations from the March Dental Laboratory Association of Texas (DLAT) meeting from the Argen booth. This time we are joined by Tim Frezel, Jan Rainey, Bennett Napier, and Keith Wilson.

  • 162: Don’t Mess with Texas Part 1: DLAT 2021-Cade Tippet, Marlin Gohn, Fernando Sanchez Jr, Gary Osborn, Spencer Watkins

    May 3rd, 2021  |  51 mins 23 secs
    3shape, alaska, argen, cdt, dental, dentist, dlat, fema, laboratory, live stream, masks, podcast, printing, technician, texas, va, voices from the bench

    Great fun from Texas! The Dental Laboratory Association of Texas (DLAT) held the first in-person meeting of the year! We were there, not there - live, not live at the Argen booth. This episode has us talking to Cade Tippet, Marlin Gohn, Fernando Sanchez Jr, Gary Osborn, and Spencer Watkins.

  • 161: Coming To America: John Orfanidis & Exocad

    April 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 20 mins
    3shape, cdt, dental, dental wings, digital dentures, haptic device, inlab, laboratory, podcast, scanners, smile design, stl, surgical guides, technician, tufts university, voices from the bench

    Do you want to know how Exocad came to America? John Orfanidis comes on the podcast to tell the story of growing up in a VERY dental family, opening a lab, being the first lab to have Exocad, and then taking it to the rest of the USA. John is and was a teacher, trainer, advocate, and Exocad evangelist.

  • 160: Keeping Your Smile In Line: Chris Bradley & Smile Line USA

    April 19th, 2021  |  1 hr 23 secs
    carving, cdt, coors, dental, dr. ed mclaren, ids, kolinsky brush, laboratory, ladies of the mill, podcast, preat, shade tabs, technician, try before you buy, voices from the bench, zirconia

    Joining us on this episode is Chis Bradley from Smile Line USA. Chris talks about her history with the industry, getting connected with the dental lab instrument manufacturer out of Switzerland, and a amazing service call "My Bench Box"

  • 159: 3Shape vs Exocad: Sevan Pulurian, Matt Mills, and Enja Dorjchuluun

    April 12th, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins
    3shape, abutment, communicate, dental, exocad, full arch, gingival sculpting, laboratory, podcast, save function, scanners, support, technician, upgrades, voices from the bench, yearly fees, zirkonzahn

    Three technicians compare two design software the most labs use. This is 3Shape vs Exocad. Sevan Pulurian is from Team 3Shape. Matt Mills is from Team ExoCad. Enja Dorjchuluun is from Team "Uses Them All". They discuss the many pros and cons to each.

  • 158: Printing a Family's Legacy: Justin Marks CDT and Printed Valplast

    April 5th, 2021  |  1 hr 43 secs
    3shape, additive manufacturing, cdt, claps, covid-19, dental, flexible, laboratory, podcast, printing, technician, try ins, voices from the bench

    A very common and popular partial option is the flexible partial. But for labs, they are not the easiest to make. Justin Marks from Arfona Printing is here to help. The grandson of the creator of Valplast has created a way to print a flexible partial and to make all of our lives better.

  • 157: The Abstract Removable Technician: Tom Panei CDT

    March 29th, 2021  |  59 mins 28 secs
    abstract, cdt, chalk, dental, gc gradia, laboratory, oak, patients, podcast, set ups, technician, texas, vision 21, voices from the bench

    Tom Panei grew up loving art and music and by chance found himself making dentures for a solo dentist. Finding a balance with teeth, art, and music has allowed Tom to excel at all three. Tom talks about being a one-person lab, getting to work directly with patients, and how skills from one talent helps in another.

  • 156: Dental Lab Schoolhouse Rock: Renata Budny, Jeffry Tobon, & Aneeza Hussain

    March 22nd, 2021  |  1 hr 4 mins
    cdt, chairside solutions, college, dental, dentist, digital design, education, laboratory, new york, podcast, technician, voices from the bench

    We are celebrating our 3rd year of doing the podcast and we welcome back on our very first guest Renata Budny. She teaches at the New York City College of Technology in the dental lab department and she is joined by two graduates of the program, Jeffry Tobon and Aneeza Hussain.

  • 155: The Art of Making Ugly Teeth for Films: Gary Archer

    March 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 3 mins
    austin powers, blade, cameron diaz, cdt, dental, interview with a vampire, laboratory, midline, mike myers, mrs. doubtfire, owen wilson, podcast, robin williams, salma hayek, technician, tom cruise, vampire teeth, voices from the bench

    Imagine a dental technician's job where you get to make teeth look bad. But you get to do it on famous people for movies. That is exactly what Gary Archer does. He's a trained dental technician that also does special effects work for movies and TV. Hear him talk about some of the techniques he uses to turn a super white Hollywood smile into neglected teeth.

  • 154: Knock, Knock - Who's There - The FDA : Tim Torbenson and Evo820

    March 8th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    cdt, dental, dlat, fda requirements, laboratory, mills, podcast, printers, quality management system, stacked porcelain, technician, texas, voices from the bench, zirconia

    With the dental laboratory industry getting more and more into automated machine made restorations, the FDA is taking notice and wants to make sure we are still making a safe product. Tim Torbenson from Evo820 comes on the podcast to talk about how he can help a lab be prepared for when they do come a-knockin'.