Director of Implant Solutions!
We would like to welcome David Lee Howell to our team as Director of Implant Solutions. David Lee brings a wealth of experience and expertise, further solidifying our reputation as Anterior & Complex Case Specialists. He has been in the Implant dental industry for 18 years, with both Zimmer and BioHorizons as Regional Manager, overseeing territory managers from Maine to Florida. This has resulted in his invaluable insight and marked proficiency in treatment planning implant and complex cases from start to finish.
Both general dentists and specialists stand to benefit from the continuing education David Lee received at the Misch Implant Institute, the Pikos Institute, and in a number of other advanced programs. He brings a thorough understanding of digital workflows, and the capability to be chairside with you for implant surgery through to final restorations.
In his free time, David Lee enjoys spending time with his wife Jill and three daughters Taylor, Morgan, and Jordan. He also enjoys racing and riding motocross. Our team is very excited to welcome him aboard.Clinicians interested in discussing the ways we can improve the delivery of implant solutions in their practice can call David at (800) 732-6222 today!
The BonaDent Team would like to take a moment to congratulate our close relationship doctors who have been honored with inclusion on the topDentists list at usatopdentists.com: Dr. Thomas J. Carroll, DMD, PC; Dr. David M. Caryl, DDS; Dr. Gregory L. French, DMD; Dr. William Karp, DDS; Dr. Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS; and Dr. John J. Turner, DDS. topDentists is a peer reviewed list of the country’s top dental practitioners. Every dentist’s inclusion is based strictly on the input of their peers in the dental profession, and listings cannot be purchased, making topDentists a distinct, highly respectable measure of excellence within the dental community. Congratulations again to the dentists who’ve been honored! Our entire team is proud of the relationships you’ve built with us, and your commitment to superior dental care.
Premier Practice for November 2015!
BonaDent would like to congratulate Dr. Christopher T. Reynolds, DMD, and his entire office team for being named our Premier Practice for November! We’ve extended this honor to Dr. Reynolds for his dedication to delivering his patients the very best in restorative care by consistently partnering with BonaDent on a wide variety of cases. Dr. Reynolds considers his Dynamic Dentistry practice in Bluffton, SC to be a dream come true. He aims to become an integral member of the community by helping patients achieve their oral healthcare goals through current, comprehensive, and comfortable techniques, materials, and practices. He is committed to continuing his education and implementing evidence-based dental medicine to provide his patients the most advanced care. When asked what he likes most about dentistry, his answer is usually, “Everything.” He enjoys meeting new patients, formulating customized treatment plans to suit their needs, and eventually seeing those patients happy and healthy.
Dr. Reynolds grew up in Waterloo, NY – right down the road from BonaDent’s current flagship location. He attended SUNY Binghamton for a year before transferring to the University of Georgia in Athens where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then enrolled at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, the institution he credits with truly instilling in him a passion and love for dentistry. During his first year of dental school, Dr. Reynolds joined the United States Army as a Health Professions Scholarship Program recipient. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2008. Dr. Reynolds then chose to enter a 12-Month Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at Fort Benning, GA so that he could receive one-on-one training with multiple specialists. After completing the training necessary to being a solitary practitioner, the Army required his services at Fort Campbell, KY. Dr. Reynolds became the brigade dentist for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division. While assigned to this unit he deployed to Southern Afghanistan for 11 months where he set-up a hard stand clinic and engineered a mobile dentistry concept that was utilized for forward dental readiness missions. After completing his commitment with the Army, he decided to move forward with becoming a community dentist by opening his own practice. Dr. Reynolds met his wife Lisa while at UGA Athens, and they now have three children. He enjoys working out, going to the beach, golfing, and watching Syracuse basketball and Georgia football.Dynamic Dentistry offers a number of treatment options including fillings, teeth whitening, crowns and bridges, smile design, multiple tooth replacement options, and solutions for snoring, sleep apnea, and TMD. Congratulations again to Dr. Reynolds and his team! Visit www.dynamicdentistrybluffton.com to learn more about his services. To make an appointment, please call (203) 838-3939.
Premier Practice for October 2015!
BonaDent would like to congratulate Dr. William J. Fessler, DDS and his entire team for being named our Premier Practice for October! We’ve extended this honor to Dr. Fessler because of his exemplary clinical skills on a wide range of cases – from single crowns to complex, multi-unit fixed anterior restorations – as well as his commitment to and compassion for his patients. Dr Fessler is devoted to outreach efforts ranging from Fairfield County CT to the Dominican Republic and Honduras. Access to the dental care necessary for quality of life is consistently at the forefront of Dr. Fessler’s concerns. Considering himself a goodwill ambassador to dentistry, Dr. Fessler advocates for people to be unafraid of going to the dentist, and hopes his family practice is breaking down the emotional and psychological barriers that prevent patients from achieving the smiles they desire. His office is dedicated to providing comprehensive preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental care to their patients, young and old. They encourage proper oral hygiene, provide stress-free environments, and utilize advanced equipment and techniques, such as 3-D/i-cat imaging, digital impression scanners, VELscope oral cancer screenings, and lasers, to provide non-invasive and pain-free care whenever possible. They consider their patients their most important asset, and strive to develop long-lasting relationships with each of them.
Dr. Fessler earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1980, and received his DDS degree from Georgetown University in 1984. He then went on to complete his residency at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center in 1985 before moving to Connecticut to open his first practice.
Dr. Fessler has been recognized in numerous local, state, and national publications for his achievements and talents. Additionally, he recently had the distinction of receiving the Connecticut Oral Health Initiative’s “Oral Health Champion Award.” He credits his achievements to the great education he received, and the love and support of a wonderful extended family.
Dr. Fessler believes in the importance of giving back to the community, and treating the less fortunate. He donates his time to area clergy and nuns, teachers, residents and staff of Malta House for Unwed Mothers, Norwalk Smiles, ABC (A Better Chance) students and staff, and many other worthy organizations. He provides pro bono care, either at the office or at various clinics, on a weekly basis. He passionately donates his time and resources to a number of dental clinics in the Dominican Republic, as well as in NPH Honduras where he founded a dental clinic. His tireless efforts are also dedicated to upholding the integrity of his profession, which he has fostered by serving as Chairman of the CT State Dental Association Peer Review Board for the past decade.Congratulations again to Dr. Fessler and his team! Visit www.wfesslerdds.com to learn more about his services. To make an appointment, please call (203) 838-3939.
BonaDent is thrilled to be opening our newest satellite location in Bonita Springs, FL! This latest addition is just another step in a long history of growth and expansion from a family-owned, full-service laboratory that has been serving the dental community for 65 years. For Southwest Florida dentists unfamiliar with BonaDent, our industry-renowned benefits include decades of experience and technical expertise from the industry’s Anterior & Complex Case Specialists, a personally designated Lead Technical Contact for consistency and predictability, as well as competitive pricing and overall value. Southwest Florida dentists can now leverage the industry’s most advanced laboratory facilities and top technical talent for the ultimate in restorative success.
We also chose Bonita to maintain our reputation for Attracting & Retaining the industry’s top technical talent. Are you a technician looking for a change of sceney? Our Bonita Springs lab is located right down the road from Naples, FL, a town named in a 2014 Gallup poll as one of the Top 10 Happiest Places to Live in the US. Bonita Springs offers pristine beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, world-class golf courses and shopping centers, abundant fishing opportunities, and a thriving arts scene.
Southwest Florida doctors interested in learning more about what our lab can do for them should call 844.228.BEST (2378).Technicians interested in joining our team and establishing BonaDent Bonita Springs should send us a résumé or visit bestdentaltechs.com today!
Premier Practice for September 2015!
The entire team at BonaDent would like to congratulate Dr. John Oettinger and his team at Sandhills Dental Rehabilitation Center for being named our Premier Practice for September! We wanted to extend this honor to Dr. Oettinger because of his frequent reliance on our lab for his anterior and complex case needs, displaying how truly committed he is to offering the best solutions to his patients. Located in Southern Pines, NC, Dr. Oettinger specializes in prosthodontics, with a particular interest in the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants. Dr. Oettinger is a native North Carolinian, having grown up in Kinston. After receiving a degree in philosophy from UNC Chapel Hill, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a dentist. He returned to Chapel Hill for post-baccalaureate work, and then earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, where he served as student teacher, class representative, and member of the admissions committee.
During dental school, Dr. Oettinger participated in a clinical externship with the 2nd Dental Battalion, United States Navy at Camp Lejeune, NC. He won distinction by completing dental school first in his class, and was the only Summa Cum Laude graduate. For his outstanding academic and clinical achievement he received several awards and honors and was inducted into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society.
Dr. Oettinger then completed a three-year residency in Prosthodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry and the Birmingham VA Medical Center. His residency involved intensive training in complex oral rehabilitation, and included a particular emphasis in both the surgical and prosthetic phases of implant dentistry. He holds two Certificates of Advanced Education in Prosthodontics.
Dr. Oettinger holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics at the UNC School of Dentistry where he regularly spends time teaching in the student clinics. Dr. Oettinger maintains membership in several national and local professional organizations, including the American College of Prosthodontics, the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Academy of Osseointegration, and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Oettinger enjoys practicing dentistry, but not as much as spending time with his little girl Libba, son Leo, and wife Elizabeth. He also enjoys surfing, fishing, golfing, tennis, reading, and watching the Tar Heels.Congratulations again to Dr. Oettinger and his entire team at Sandhills Dental Rehabilitation Center! Visit sandhillsdentalrehab.com to learn more about his services. He can be reached at 910-692-4051.
Straumann and BonaDent are teaming together for a hands-on, four-day course to introduce general dentists to the diagnostic, treatment planning, and surgical principles necessary for the predictable and successful placement of uncomplicated implants. This is the perfect course for dentists interested in placing uncomplicated implants in their own offices, and registration is open now.
Over the four days, general dentists will receive a deeper understanding of how to evaluate potential implant candidates systematically and clinically, the importance of the restorative evaluation relative to surgical placement of implants, the role of cone beam computerized tomography, how to identify uncomplicated cases, the principles of digital implant planning, and the basic principles of surgery and implant placement.
The four days will be held in the fall of 2015 at the BonaDent Dental Laboratories facilities in Seneca Falls, NY. The first session will be Friday, October 2 – Saturday, October 3, and the second will be Friday November 6 – Saturday, November 7. Twenty-nine (29.0) hours of CE credit will be given, and attendees must be present at both sessions.
The speaker for this event will be Dr. Thomas G. Wilson, DDS. Dr. Wilson received his degree from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in 1971 and his Certificate of Periodontics from the University of Washington Graduate School of Dentistry in 1974. He serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio Dental School. He has lectured extensively on a national and international level, and is the author of a number of publications.For more information, please call us at 800.732.6222.
Attending events like Chicago is one of the ways BonaDent works to build our reputation as Anterior & Complex Case Specialists. They help us look to the future and get our people excited about everything they can achieve as technicians. "It was striking to see how people are blending CAD/CAM with ultra high-end work – bringing an artistic eye to the CAD to make some fantastic cases," said Technical Team Leader James Kivimaki, CDT.
Attendance at events like those in Chicago has always been a top priority for BonaDent President Bruce Bonafiglia, CDT, to develop his technicians to be their best. "Bruce is always willing to send people out to seminars and meetings like this," explained Fixed Team Manger Frank Belle, CDT. "It really shows his commitment to his employees."
It also helps us keep tabs on the rapid, fundamental changes the industry is currently undergoing, and where BonaDent fits into that landscape. "Digital is definitely the focus, even for Removable work," said Denture Team Manager Tess Valentino. "Things that used to be done manually are now being done digitally, like printing patterns to process and finish."
But BonaDent's attendees uniformly agree that BonaDent is not lagging behind – we're already on par with many industry leaders, and well ahead of most labs. "I could draw more parallels between our technicians and the industry leaders who are touted as the best in the world right now than I could differences," observed Lead CAD Designer Dylan Paolicelli.
Those similarities certainly haven't gone unnoticed. "Once vendors noticed you were from BonaDent, they seemed more engaged in conversation with you," said Tess Valentino. "It's incredible to know that's where we stand."Events like Chicago also strengthen one of BonaDent's greatest assets – Our Team. "The Navy SEALS have a saying, 'A twig is weak. But many twigs together are stronger than a branch!'" said Removable Technical Team Leader Dave Terrazas. "And that is us. We forge our strengths and reinforce them every day – as a team."
Head to BonaDent's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to track Lab Force 1's journey at Lab Day Chicago 2015! Have you seen Lab Force 1? Tweet us a pic or upload it on our page with the hashtag #LabForce1 or #BonaDent. It may end up shared on our page!
The entire team at BonaDent would like to congratulate the practice of Triana & Triana, DDS in Geneva, NY for being named our Premier Practice of the quarter! Made up of the husband and wife team of Drs. Frank and Dianne Triana as well as a staff of talented hygienists, dental assistants, and receptionists, Triana & Triana's goal from the beginning has been to help each of their patients achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile in a comfortable and affordable manner. This simple objective has taken them far, and they recently celebrated over 25 years of serving the dental needs of their community.
Both Dr. Frank and Dr. Dianne received their Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry (CWRU). Dr. Frank was recognized for Excellence in Oral Pathology and Dental Radiology & Diagnosis while at CWRU. Upon graduating from CWRU, Dr. Dianne went on to complete a General Practice Residency at Genesee Hospital in Rochester, NY. Both doctors continue to advance their knowledge through educational seminars and courses, including the completion of Level I of the Pankey-Mann Institute of Advanced Dentistry in Key Biscayne, FL. They are also active members of the American Dental Association, The New York Dental Society, The Seventh District Dental Society, and The Ontario County Dental Society.
The positive effect the Trianas have on the dental health and happiness of their community can be especially felt in testimonials from their patients. "I asked Dr. Frank if he could replace a bridge I'd had placed 20 years ago," said patient Pam MacDonald. "It never looked natural to me and bothered me since it went in. He suggested I look into braces – have my teeth straightened and then put in a new bridge to match my new smile. I took his advice, and two years later I couldn't be happier! At 48 years old, I finally have the smile I've always wanted… I'm not ashamed of my smile. I show it off every chance I get."
When it comes to why they consistently choose BonaDent for their restorative needs, Triana & Triana are adamant that it's the personal touch of our technicians that elevates the experience to excellence. "It is wonderful to work with a lab that is truly dedicated to providing highly esthetic products and excellent services in an approachable manner."
Congratulations again to Drs. Frank and Dianne, and their entire team at Triana & Triana! Visit trianaandtriana.com to learn more about their services and commitment to their patients, or call (315) 789-2040 to schedule an appointment today.
BonaDent Florida's Removables Manager Christian Campian recently sat down with Dental Lab Products to discuss SR Phonares II tooth molds, and how using them has helped his team improve the lives of clinicians and their patients. Read the full interview.
If you're interested in lowering your overhead and bringing in new patients, Dr. Bill Blatchford's new, must-see webinar "How I Cracked the Code on New Patients" can help you achieve just that. In it, Dr. Blatchford shares his one simple overhead reduction system, plus seven new patient systems that always work. You will learn to attract new, high-quality patients that help pay for the dentistry you want to be doing, and how to get time off while still increasing your net income.
Dr. Bill Blatchford is a dental practice consultant who has become one of the strongest voices in dentistry today. He has helped thousands of dentists and their practices achieve greater profitability while reducing the overall number of days working, and he can help you do the same. Register today at blatchford.com/bonadent for the session most convenient for your schedule, and start seeing the difference in your practice.
Do you have patients suffering from the pain and worn dentition associated with bruxing and grinding? BonaDent's all-new Safeguard™ Bite Splint can help. Our Safeguard™ Bite Splints come in both hard and hard-soft options and are carefully contoured to the opposing dentition to ensure consistent comfort. They are also lightweight and crystal clear to increase treatment acceptance. Safeguard is more affordable than many nightguards on the market, and comes with a convenient storage case to maintain cleanliness and fit. Give your Lead Technical Contact a call to learn how you can easily and conveniently deliver your patients with a solution for pain and worn dentition.
Ithaca, NY dentists interested in learning more about DIEM 2 Full-Arch Rehabilitation, should join us on Oct 6th at the Height's Café as Biomet 3i's Jen Cullen along with BonaDent's own Scott Johnson will be speaking on the subject for the Tompkins County Dental Society. E-mail Amy Casale or call 315.399.7006 to register today.
BonaDent Dental Laboratories is excited to announce that we have partnered with Biomet 3i to become an Encode-Empowered Laboratory. As one of only three labs in the country with this elite status, we continue to bolster our technological edge within the field of restorative dentistry. Biomet 3i has recognized us as a leader within the industry, specifically as it relates to the precision manufacture of implants, and has empowered us with the design software necessary to unlock the valuable information stored in the BellaTek Encode healing abutment.Through advanced on-site training at Biomet 3i headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, our design specialists gained valuable insight and skills to enhance their custom milled abutment designs. Custom abutments can now be designed in-lab by BonaDent CAD specialists with the final restoration in mind, allowing for unprecedented accuracy, consistency, and patient-specific esthetics. As an Empowered laboratory, BonaDent will also enjoy priority status within Biomet 3i's production facility for unparalleled turnaround times. This, in turn, provides our customers with a more simple, accurate, and convenient restorative process that makes it easier for treatment acceptance and increasing their referral base. Give us a call at (800) 732-6222 today to see what a high-quality lab with elite technological resources can do for your practice.
The entire BonaDent Team extends their congratulations to Dr. Ed Eaves of Eaves Family Dentistry in Penn Yan, NY for completing the 2014 Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon on Sunday, July 27th. Dr. Eaves completed a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike, and finished the event with a 26.2 mile run. Way to go Dr. Eaves – You are an IRONMAN!
The BonaDent team would like to give a warm welcome to Severino Gomez, who has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer. He will work out of our company headquarters in Seneca Falls, NY. Severino comes from a long line of dental technicians and engineers in Spain, and received his B.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University. He began in the dental laboratory industry implementing production management systems before becoming Chief Technology Officer for the Dental Services Group, where he brought one of the first laser sintering systems to the United States. Most recently, Severino served as Director of CAD/CAM Technology for Grupo Dentalite in Madrid. He has been published in the Journal of Dental Technology on the subject of open architecture in CAD/CAM systems. Severino will be joining us with the goal of further developing our digital technology and manufacturing capabilities, as well as enhancing companywide communications. We are looking forward to everything Severino brings to the table; strengthening customer relationships and delivering our world-class technology to new heights!
BonaDent Greenville has just added over 40 years of combined Removable experience to our team at our Greenville, SC lab! You can immediately begin to enjoy the benefits of working with our highly skilled technicians for all of your Removable needs. From quick relines and repairs to full or partial dentures, there has never been a better time to work with BonaDent Greenville! Interested in experiencing faster turnaround times, personalized service, and expert case planning from our South Carolina lab? Call us today at (877) 896-5227
Have you joined the growing number of doctors taking impressions with an intraoral scanner? BonaDent can receive your files! For decades BonaDent has been your go-to lab for consistent fits and high-quality restorations. If your system is iTero, CEREC Connect, or 3M ESPE, follow these instructions to keep us your lab of choice! Or if you use a 3Shape, E4D, or Carestream system, you can send your digital impressions directly to BonaDent! Our technicians are highly trained, and are fully equipped to deliver beautiful results, no matter the technology or technique.
Behind every successful professional, there is a team. Get to know BonaDent's team today: JOE WEISZ, Anterior Specialist, who translates his vast, varied experience in the dental industry into training programs to ensure that BonaDent technicians deliver restorative success consistently. Watch the Video
For over 60 years, BonaDent's passion has been building its team. By attracting and retaining the best technical talent, we're equipped with the most comprehensive knowledge and artistic skills within the industry.
Click here or pick up a copy of March's issue of Lab Management Today to check out the featured article "Covering all the Bases for Work-Life Balance" about BonaDent and all the amenities we offer that make us the truly unique dental laboratory that we are!
To us at BonaDent, staying ahead of the game when it comes to new technologies, new techniques, and new talent is our responsibility, and the promise we make to our customers. It was in holding ourselves to that promise that the BonaDent Leadership Team attended two big events in Chicago, IL from Thursday, Feb. 20th to Sunday, Feb. 23rd – the Cal-Lab Annual Meeting and the LMT Annual Meeting. Both events functioned as a "meeting of the minds" for industry leaders from all over the world to explore and foster new opportunities for success. "To become an Anterior Expert and complex case specialist, education and staying involved in emerging technologies is extremely important," says BonaDent president Bruce Bonafiglia, CDT. "The Chicago Midwinter Meeting allows us to do both."
Both Chicago meetings gave BonaDent leaders the opportunity to attend seminars with such industry leaders as Peter Pizzi, CDT, MDT, FNGS; Dr. Ed McLaren, DDS; Michel Magne, BS, MDT; and Walter Gebhard, MDT. Topics covered included techniques for effective leadership, trends within the industry, as well as technical training. "Going to Chicago allowed us to pick the minds of some of the world's best technicians, and to see the future of dentistry," explains Lead Ceramist Dan Kernan. "We will be using these techniques ourselves, and teaching them to our teammates, as well, to help BonaDent constantly improve."
"It was beneficial to make sure we're staying on top of the latest trends, especially when it concerns the digital world," agrees Fixed Team Leader Scott Johnson, CDT. And how does he see this all leading BonaDent down new paths? "It was enlightening to see what's out there," he says, "and to make sure we're staying in touch with the industry."
So where are you likely to see changes in the future? What our leaders brought back with them will lead to a greater array of improved products, higher consistency, faster turnaround times, and stronger, more dedicated team dynamics – all of which will keep us the cutting-edge laboratory your patients need, while still remaining the independent, family-owned lab you trust. Events like these in Chicago remain a critical part of how we continue to be technical specialists and industry leaders, and our entire team looks forward to attending more in the future.
BonaDent has hosted multiple Smiles Made Simple events since the program launched last summer, but we were especially excited to play to a slightly different audience on Tuesday, February 4th. Instead of bringing together a group of doctors for the evening, a group of doctors brought themselves to us. This latest session of SMS was held especially for the St. Lawrence Dental Society study club -- a subset of New York's Fifth District Dental Society. BonaDent's own Joe W. and Mike A. presented tips and techniques on metal-free restorations and restorative success just as they would at our more formal Smiles Made Simple events, but this time in a more casual atmosphere at the Oswegatchie Coffee Co. in Gouverneur, NY.
Said society president Dr. Janel Smith, "BonaDent continues to impress with their superior customer service. Mike Alessio and Joe Weisz effectively brought their classroom to us during a meeting of our local dental society. Their information, tips, and tools help us to provide outstanding care for our patients."
Do you belong to a Dental Society or dental study group that you believe could benefit from our Smiles Made Simple program? Contact us today at 800.732.6222, and we'll be happy to see what we can arrange for you.
Taking their technical knowledge and years of experience and putting them towards streamlining and simplifying the restorative process — that's one way to describe BonaDent's Master Technicians Heather Voss, CDT, and Joe Weisz, BS, CDT, as well as Dave Bartran, BonaDent Account Representative. Together, the group successfully hosted one of our Smiles Made Simple evenings of Continuing Education on January 23rd in Albany, NY. Over a wonderful meal at Angelo's 677 Prime Premier Steakhouse, Heather, Joe, and Dave presented information designed to help doctors successfully execute treatment plans and achieve successful restorative outcomes. "We summarize in a direct and concise package the most important things dentists need to know to improve upon their current skill sets in esthetic dentistry," says Joe. Attendees also came away with 2 CE credits thanks to co-sponsor Ivoclar Vivadent.
"The goal of the presentation is to share information about metal-free material options, as well as tips and techniques from our own experience that will help make the use of these products more predictable and profitable for the dentist," says Heather. In particular, the presentation sought to clarify the issues surrounding zirconia and lithium disilicate, explaining the different ways these metal-free materials can be utilized in fabrication — whether layered or monolithic — as well as the indications and strength properties of each. From there, the program moved on to tips for achieving success with anterior restorations.
Attendee Dr. Stuart Fass said of the evening, "Overall very good and much appreciated."
"I thought the whole presentation was excellent," Dr. Frank Lanzillo agrees.
As for the presenters, Dr. Adam A. Edwards had to say,"Heather and Joe were both terrific. Bravo!"BonaDent will be holding more Smiles Made Simple sessions in the future. Check back here for updates, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for future location and sign-up information.
with BonaDent's PreciZion Bridge!
BonaDent would like to introduce to you our latest solution for a case that requires screw-retained ease of retrievability while also providing superior functionality, durability, and esthetics — our PreciZion Bridge! Utilizing the strength of medical grade zirconia and the accuracy of a titanium interface, our PreciZion restorations deliver amazing results on both single crowns and multi-unit bridges. And BonaDent's sophisticated CAD/CAM manufacturing together with our own proprietary multi shade process means that you can leverage the amazing strength of monolithic zirconia without ever having to worry about sacrificing a beautiful, highly-esthetic look.
When you team with our complex case specialists and prescribe a PreciZion Bridge from BonaDent, you're guaranteed to deliver the best solution to meet your patient's functional and esthetic needs.
Have a question? Call 800.732.6222 and ask to speak to your Lead Technical Contact, or any one of our Complex Case Specialists about how the PreciZion Bridge can benefit your practice.Click here to request a starter kit, and begin putting all of BonaDent's products and services to work for you and your practice!
at the National Association of Dental Laboratories
Vision 21 Meeting
BonaDent's Vice-President Daniele Bonafiglia-Wirth, Fixed Team Manager Erin Bonafiglia and Director of Product and Process Development Heather Voss recently joined other lab owners and industry leaders at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas for the National Association of Dental Laboratories Vision 21 Meeting. Under the banner of "Take Control of the Future!" Daniele, Erin, and Heather participated in three days of lectures and seminars designed to explore industry trends, as well as new technologies and equipment being introduced into the marketplace. "As a dental laboratory, you cannot exist in a bubble," says Erin. "This meeting provides the opportunity to evaluate what's new to the marketplace and how it might be of benefit to our laboratory and to our customers."
Presentations ran the gamut of industry topics -- from next-gen milling technology, to the future of digital impressions, to digital printing -- as well as lectures on effective leadership, change management, and delivering exceptional customer service.
"As a leader, when you can take time to step back from day-to-day management in order to reflect on the big picture and look ahead to the future, it's time well spent," commented Daniele. "Our goal during this meeting was to evaluate how these new technologies, processes, and equipment might help our laboratory run with improved precision and efficiency while ultimately providing our customers with greater consistency and esthetics. To that end, the meeting was a success and the time was well spent."
Be sure to pick up a copy of January's issue of Lab Management Today and check out the write-up on the "Building the Best" Lab Day BonaDent hosted last year!
Episode #141 (Employee Manuals).
In this episode of Mornings With Bill, Dr. Blatchford discusses the importance of having an employee manual.
This month we recognize a husband and wife dental team from Cookeville, Tennessee. Steve and Mary Johns' family-centered practice offers general, implant, and cosmetic dentistry from a staff with over 60 years of combined experience!
The doctors both received their degrees from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and returned to their hometown of Cookeville to open a practice in 1981. Dr. Steve's passion is implant dentistry and has obtained credentialing from several implant organizations. A graduate of the Misch Implant Institute, Honored Fellow of the AAID, Diplomat of the ABOI, and member of over 10 professional groups, Dr. Steve clearly takes every opportunity to broaden his knowledge and involvement in dentistry. Likewise, Dr. Mary is a graduate of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Cosmetic Dentistry and member of numerous organizations such as the ADA, AGD, and AACD. She devotes her practice to general dental care for the entire family, especially pediatrics.
In their free time, Drs. Steve and Mary Johns are active in their church and community, and volunteer for the Boy Scouts and their local history museum. Their favorite pastime, however, is their children. It has always been important to the doctors to be able to combine raising a family with their dental practice. BonaDent, a fourth-generation laboratory, also shares the doctors' family-oriented spirit. We are happy to help Dr. Steve and Dr. Mary uphold their mission of providing excellent dental health for a lifetime, along with smiles that their patients are proud to show.Congratulations to the team at Johns' Family and Implant Dentistry!
are named September's Premier Practices!
Creating beautiful smiles seems to run in this family! Dr. Gary Nawrocki and his twin sons, Andrew and Matthew, all share a passion for dentistry.
Dr. Gary received his Doctorate in Dentistry from the University of Florida, and has completed advanced dental studies across the nation. He takes great pride in improving his patients' outlook on life by improving their smile. The doctor devotes his Cocoa Beach practice not only to perfect esthetics, but also extraordinary service. BonaDent has been helping Dr. Gary reach his high standard of excellence for the past 8 years.
Following in his father's footsteps, Dr. Andrew also earned his degree from University of Florida College of Dentistry. He then completed his residency and received a certificate for Advanced Education in General Dentistry. The doctor returned to the University and obtained a Specialist Certificate in Prosthodontics, as well as a Master's Degree in Dental Science. In 2010, Dr. Andrew was awarded Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, practices in Ormond Beach, and is a humanitarian at heart. BonaDent is proud to be Dr. Andrew's choice for a laboratory partner, and anticipates a long-lasting relationship! (website)
Just like his brother, Dr. Matthew obtained both his undergraduate and doctorate degrees from the University of Florida. He also completed a one-year Fellowship at the University and furthered his education to receive a Specialist Certificate in Prosthodontics and a Master's Degree in Dental Science. He is involved in several state and national organizations, and when he's not at the office in Orange Park providing care to his patients, Dr. Matthew likes to play on the beach with his family, and be an active member of his local church. BonaDent enjoys working with this talented dentist and looks forward to helping him perfect his patients' smiles for many years to come! (website)Being a 4th generation laboratory, we salute Dr. Gary for passing the torch down to his sons and nurturing their interest and education in dentistry. Congratulations again to this family of dentists and their teams for being named one of BonaDent's Premier Practices!
Congratulations to Nittany Dental in State College, Pennsylvania on being named August's Premier Practice of the Month!
Doctors Robert Bellush, Robert Jeanmenne, and Jenna Senior, together with their team members Jennifer, Megan, Theresa, Amy, Ashley, Julie, Karen, Chris, Sabrina, Lisa, Nichole and Jamie have over 175 years of combined dental experience! They are skilled in all levels of dental restorations from single tooth to full mouth reconstruction, including implant retained crowns and dentures. Nittany Dental also offers Zoom and Invisalign technology.
Dr. Bellush graduated from St. Vincent College with high honors and went on to attend the University of Pittsburgh's School of Dental Medicine. He served his residency at the Veterans Healthcare System with the Pittsburgh Medical Center. "Dr. B" moved to Central Pennsylvania in 2004 and enjoys outdoor adventures and traveling. Dr. Jeanmenne earned his degree from Penn State University and went on to obtain his dental degree from the University of Maryland. He completed his residency at the Baltimore VA Hospital. "Dr. J" has called State College home since 2002 and enjoys boating and spending time with his children. Dr. Senior graduated from Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh's School of Dental Medicine. She enjoys running, hiking and traveling in her free time. Nittany's dentists have served as officers in their local chapter of the PDA and The Centre Dental Society. They also keep current with the newest advancements in dentistry by their participation in the Allegheny Restorative Study Club.
Nittany strives to provide outstanding dentistry to their patients, and BonaDent has proudly helped them reach excellence for the past 6 years that we have worked together. Dr. Bellush "appreciates the expertise and professionalism of his BonaDent leader, Pat Rector." Furthermore, when asked about the quality of our work, the doctor stated, "BonaDent's crown work reflects a blend of esthetics and function. Their porcelain work is precise and gives a consistent result every time." According to Dr. Jeanmenne, "BonaDent does it all for me. From complex, multiple implant prosthodontics to simple crowns, they are my 'go to' lab. Treatment is simplified with the help of my treatment coordinator and the quality is always consistent. BonaDent has allowed us to build a three doctor, all restorative practice due to the quality and pricing."Congratulations again to the Nittany Dental team!
Recognized as a Premier Practice
Dr. Scott Bobbitt's commitment to excellence in dentistry has earned him recognition as May's Premier Practice of the Month!
Dr. Bobbitt and his team strive to provide the highest quality of compassionate dental care available. Their Nashua-based practice offers general, laser, and implant dentistry, in addition to other services like snoring and sleep apnea therapy, cosmetic dentistry, and stem cell collection. In fact, Dr. Bobbitt provides dental care in all of the 10 major disciplines of dentistry. The doctor is blessed with a spectacular and intellectual staff with over 125 years of dental experience!
Dr. Bobbitt received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut in 1989, followed by a General Practice Residency in the United States Air Force and 4 years of active duty service. Whenever an opportunity arises, he educates himself and others about the advances of the dental profession. He has lectured extensively at dental meetings and specialty practices across the nation. In addition to giving back to the dental community, Dr. Bobbitt and his staff volunteer their services for the less fortunate year after year through the New Hampshire Denture Care Program and Donated Dental Service in Greater Nashua. The doctor is not only a member, but an official of countless organizations including the Greater Nashua Dental Society, New England AGD Masters Study Club, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, just to name a few. Dr. Bobbitt is a celebrated professional and the recipient of several awards spanning his career. He was named by his peers New Hampshire's "Top General Dentist" in 2005, 2010, 2011, and 2012! His patients often testify to the extraordinary care they receive at Dr. Bobbitt's office. One patient commented, "Dr. Bobbitt's attention to detail and his determination for achieving perfection means everything and it's what sets him apart from all the rest."
Dr. Bobbitt's aspiration for his patients is dental health and a great looking smile for a lifetime. BonaDent has proudly helped him achieve these goals for the past 5 years that we have worked together. In regards to his partnership with BonaDent, Dr. Bobbitt commented, "it is a pleasure to work with their fine and talented staff. I have never before worked with a laboratory that was so responsive to my needs and those of my patients – it is a rare treat to find a small laboratory relationship in a large lab setting. The overall size of BonaDent assures me that a wide variety of consistent services will be offered to me for my patients, but the ability to communicate and interact one-on-one with my team leader, Pat Rector, seals the deal!"Congratulations to Dr. Bobbitt, Erin, Kendra, Heather, Beverly, Joanne, Priscila and Donna!
Episode #128 (Create New Habits).
In this episode, Dr. Blatchford encourages us to create new habits by implementing positive behaviors.
Recognized as a Premier Practice
BonaDent would like to congratulate Dr. Elizabeth Spindel of Manchester, NH on being selected as the Premier Practice of the Month for February. Dr. Spindel's practice combines innovative equipment and techniques with a warm, friendly atmosphere to offer all of her patients comprehensive treatment for the entire family. The practice offers a variety of general and cosmetic dentistry services from traditional restorations to veneers, snore guards, Invisalign braces and Zoom whitening.
Dr. Spindel is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. She is actively involved in the New Hampshire Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the American Society of Dental Aesthetics. She and her staff have been characterized as professional, caring, and always available to address any concerns or to go above and beyond for their patients. "I love having Dr. Spindel as my dentist," said Susan, a patient of Dr. Spindel's for many years. "She is very dedicated and passionate about her work, which makes my visits less stressful and more fun. Her staff is very welcoming, and her knowledge and skill make me happy to have such a talented dentist working on my smile."A partner of BonaDent's for 10 years, Dr. Spindel has worked tirelessly to apply her enthusiasm for art and science to her profession, all the while offering comfort and compassion to each of her patients. "While I have never physically visited BonaDent," says Spindel, "I feel as though I know my lab technicians as I have been working with them for many years. The work is always meticulous, done in a timely fashion, and the technicians are knowledgeable of the strengths and weaknesses of different materials and can advise me on technique sensitive procedures. I enjoy working with this vital part of my practice." BonaDent is proud to be a part of this winning team, and will continue to support Dr. Spindel as she provides the highest quality dental care to all of her patients.
Episode #127 (Attitude Adjustment) .
In this episode of Mornings with Bill, Dr. Bill Blatchford emphasizes the significance of having a positive attitude in the office, and how enthusiasm sets a good example for the entire team.
Premier Practice of the Month.
Congratulations to Ridgetop Dental in Sterling, Virginia on being named January's Premier Practice of the Month. Ridgetop Dental was opened in 2003 by Dr. Datta Malyavantham, who was recently named a "Top Dentist" by Northern Virginia Magazine. The practice was founded on the passion for providing patients with genuine care and excellent dentistry, and together with Devika, Kara, Maria, Jessica, Debbie, Lisa and Shannon, Drs. Malyavantham and Sensenbrenner have worked diligently to give their patients the customized, one-on-one care they deserve.
Dr. Malyavantham has been practicing dentistry for more than 15 years. Originally from India, he received his doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University, and has gone on to complete programs from the Hornbrook Group, the Dawson Center, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. His associate, Dr. Diana Sensenbrenner is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She completed her Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Marquette University and is a member of the American Dental Association. Both doctors enjoy working closely with patients to change their perceptions of dentistry and help them reach their dental goals.In addition to hygiene and general dentistry, Ridgetop Dental offers its patients sedation dentistry, TMJ and bite disorder treatment, implant dentistry, Invisalign, and cosmetic dentistry services. BonaDent and Ridgetop Dental have been working together since 2004, and share a deep devotion to continuing education in order to provide the most innovative technological and industry advances along with years of expertise and knowledge. Ridgetop Dental is committed to educating and empowering their patients on the importance of dental health, and for that, they deserve this special recognition. Keep up the great work!
Episode #126 (Blatchford Adventures) .
In this episode of Mornings with Bill, Dr. Bill Blatchford tells us about some of the upcoming events Blatchford Solutions is hosting in 2013.
Episode #125 (Customer Service).
In this episode, Dr. Bill Blatchford reminds us of the importance of Customer Service.
December's Premier Practice.
Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Smith and his team at Stone Ridge Dental – December's Premier Practice of the Month! Located in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Stone Ridge Dental brings smiles to life by blending excellent care with exceptional comfort. This comprehensive dental practice offers patients a variety of services including cosmetic, implant and sedation dentistry. Recently named to Milwaukee's Top-Rated Dentist list by M Magazine, Dr. Smith and his team go the extra mile to make sure patients receive the best care available.
Dr. Smith attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and received his D.D.S. from Marquette University School of Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Academy of General Dentistry. He's gone through extensive training in Sedation Dentistry in order to provide his patients with the most comfortable dental experience available, and is a graduate of the Kois Center. Dr. Smith is also a Faculty Clinic Instructor at Marquette School of Dentistry. When not practicing dentistry, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jenny and two children, as well as cycling, camping and kayaking.Stone Ridge Dental and BonaDent have been working together since 2010, with a partnership founded on the shared commitments of providing the best customer service and most innovative solutions available in the industry. Dr. Smith's team has over 60 years of combined experience, and Connie, Gena, Shawn and Patti work together with the doctor each day to make sure patients enjoy the most comfortable dental experience possible. The entire team goes above and beyond for each of their patients, and BonaDent is happy to be able to provide support to such a dedicated practice.
Episode #124 (Vacation Time).
In this episode of Mornings with Bill, Dr. Bill Blatchford covers the importance of Vacation Time.
BonaDent is proud to announce that November's Premier Practice of the Month is a practice that shares our commitment to being the best. Dr. Michael Reynolds and his team in Southport, Connecticut incorporate the values of high standards, attention to detail, and teamwork to care for their patients and provide them with the best dental experience possible. The practice has over 20 years combined experience, and that expertise and dedication to quality means that they deliver the best results for their patients and continue to serve them throughout their lifetimes. The doctor's in-office team is focused on building meaningful relationships with patients and understanding their needs in order to customize individualized treatment plans.
Dr. Reynolds received his undergraduate degree at the University of Scranton, and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is committed to being on the "cutting edge" of dentistry, and attends many continuing education courses and study clubs. Dr. Reynolds is a member of the American Dental Association, the Connecticut State Dental Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the Greater Norwalk Dental Society.Like BonaDent, Dr. Reynolds is a true believer in the "Team" approach, surrounding himself with a network of the brightest referring specialists so that he can focus on his specialties of complex implant and cosmetic cases, as well as traditional crown and bridge cases. As he explains it, "General dentists cannot be a 'jack of all trades' and provide every aspect of dentistry. Therefore, I refer my patients to those best qualified." This approach affords patients an entire team of specialists who will coordinate on each individual treatment plan and provide the best care. A partner of Dr. Reynolds' for more than 15 years, BonaDent works closely with the doctor to provide the highest quality restorations and most advanced technologies and treatment options for his patients. By taking advantage of BonaDent's own group of specialists and its 60 years of experience, the winning team at Dr. Reynolds' practice goes for the gold and allows its patients an opportunity to truly work with the best!
Episode #123 (Problems).
In this episode of Mornings with Bill, America's leading Dental Coach Dr. Bill Blatchford talks about Problems, and how shifting your perspective can improve your success.
Episode #122 (Fear of Rejection).
Increase case acceptance by overcoming your fear of rejection! Check out Dr. Bill Blatchford's latest episode of "Mornings With Bill" to learn more!
Premier Practice for October.
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Fauth and his team at Cazenovia Dental, October's Premier Practice of the Month. Cazenovia Dental brings dental care to the twenty first century, providing complete dental care for the entire family in a modern, comfortable and caring atmosphere. Well-known for the quality of their dental services, the team works hard to build relationships based on trust, respect and caring with each one of their patients. In addition to traditional dental services such as fillings, dental cleanings, and crown and bridge, Cazenovia Dental offers its patients a wide variety of additional services including tooth whitening, veneers, orthodontics, night guards and implants.
Dr. Peter Fauth, who has been practicing dentistry for thirty years, is a graduate of Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. In addition to treating patients, he spends a great deal of his time at continuing education courses and researching the latest in treatment techniques, materials and equipment to implement in his practice. Dr. Fauth is a member of the American Dental Association and the Fifth District of the New York Dental Association, and a former president of the Madison County Dental Association. When not in the office, Dr. Fauth can be found enjoying any number of outdoor activities, including sailing, snowboarding, and bicycling. He also enjoys woodworking, playing the guitar, cooking, and spending time with his wife Anne and their two daughters.Since opening its doors, Cazenovia Dental has striven to provide patients with the highest quality and most innovative dental treatments available, all within an environment that provides them every comfort. The office offers its patients DVD Video goggles, cable TV in each operatory, noise reduction headphones with XM Satellite radio, neck pillows, and even aromatherapy eye covers. For the kids or those waiting to be seen, there is a game room where guests can play video games or watch movies. Dr. Fauth has been working with BonaDent for more than 20 years, and his team at the lab is proud to have had the privilege of supporting the practice and watching it excel over the past two decades. The entire team at Cazenovia Dental works hard to make quality and comfort the primary focus for each patient, and that is why they've earned the recognition of this month's Premier Practice.
Different Level of Dental Care.
BonaDent would like to congratulate Dr. James W. Fey and his team at The Smile Effect in Ithaca, NY, as they have been chosen as BonaDent's Premier Practice for the month of September. The Smile Effect team has extensive experience, decades of education, and a lifelong passion for making people smile – and their dedication to dentistry translates with each and every patient they treat. Dr. Fey approaches every patient with genuine concern, and takes pride in getting to know each person under his care. The team knows that through understanding the unique concerns and expectations of their patients, they can provide the best treatments for each person's needs.
Dr. Fey is originally from Chittenango, NY, and has been practicing in Ithaca since 1971. He earned his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He has completed continuums at the Pankey Institute and the Dawson Academy, and also served as a Captain in the US Air Force as a dentist. Dr. Fey is a member of the American Dental Society, the New York State Dental Society, and a volunteer for the Smiles for Life Foundation. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, golfing, bow hunting and spending time with his wife, Kate, his children and his grandchildren.For the past 10 years, BonaDent has been working closely with Dr. Fey and his team, to support and encourage the practice as it reaches new heights in dental care. With the help of Trish, Rhonda, Jamie, Amanda and Kate, Dr. Fey provides his patients with a different level of dental care, far exceeding the expectations of their patients. In addition to general dentistry, the practice offers access to state of the art dental services, as well as cosmetic and sedation dentistry. Like his team at BonaDent, Dr. Fey is very focused on education, and is always available to offer his patients information on dental disease prevention. All of this, coupled with the team's professionalism and dedication to the optimal oral health of their patients is what makes this group a Premier Practice. BonaDent is proud to be a partner of this outstanding team, they are the perfect example of how we continue each and every day to Work With The Best.
Premier Practice for August 2012
Congratulations to Syracuse dentist Dr. Anthony Grasso and his Team, as they are BonaDent's Premier Practice for the month of August. Dr. Grasso's office offers a variety of services to meet all of his patients' dental needs, including cosmetic dentistry, teeth straightening and sleep apnea. Together with Angela C., Patricia, Debbie and Angela H., the team works diligently to ensure that their patients always feel cared for and that all of their dental needs will be met each time they walk into the office. The practice is constantly reviewing the latest in dental technology in order to provide patients with the best care.
Dr. Grasso graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed his dental residency in 1991 at SUNY Health Science Center. Since that time, he has been in private practice family dentistry in his hometown of Syracuse. Dr. Grasso is committed to learning about all aspects of dentistry including new advances such as cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. He's received awards for excellence in anesthesiology and fixed prosthedontics, as well as a Fellowship with the American Dental Implant Association. Dr. Grasso is a member of the American Dental Association, New York State Dental Society and Onondaga County Dental Society. When not in the office, Dr. Grasso enjoys spending time with his wife, Caterina, and his children, Joseph, Vincent and Sofia, as well as exercising and competitive international ballroom dancing.Dr. Grasso has been working with BonaDent since 2008, and has worked with us on everything from crown and bridge cases, to full and partial dentures and even implants. As a laboratory, BonaDent is committed to working with the best and providing the upmost care and customer service to its doctors. These values are shared in common with Dr. Grasso and his team, who recognize that their patients expect and deserve the best personalized care available, and that's what the practice is committed to providing. BonaDent is honored to work with such a talented and devoted local team, one that truly embodies all of the ideals of a Premier Practice. Congratulations to the entire practice on a job well done! Thank you for all you do for your patients and the dental community!
Premier Practice for July
BonaDent is happy to announce that July's Premier Practice of the Month winner is Dr. Joseph Tutor and team of Liverpool, New York. Always striving to meet each patient's needs in a comfortable and modern setting, the practice offers their community quality based dentistry with the best materials available. With the help of Debbie, Kathy, Micheline, Stephanie and Debbie G., Dr. Tutor offers family, general and cosmetic dentistry in a friendly, patient-focused atmosphere.
Dr. Tutor is a native of Liverpool and has deep roots in the community. He is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse University, University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (1991) and SUNY Upstate General Dental Surgery residency. He is a member of the New York State Dental Society, Onondaga County Dental Society and the American Dental Association. Dr. Tutor has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics and has pursued excellence in these fields.Dr. Tutor's practice offers patients a variety of dental services, including dental cleanings, periodontal therapy, digital x-rays, Invisalign, ZOOM whitening, and in-home bleaching, as well as crowns, bridges, veneers, implant restorations and sleep apnea devices. The entire team constantly strives to improve their skills and knowledge, in order to provide patients with excellent care and the most advanced therapies and technology that the dental field has to offer. A partner of BonaDent's since 2005, our lab is happy to help Dr. Tutor provide his patients with the best treatment possible. It's a privilege to work with such a dedicated group of practitioners who are so committed to patient comfort and dental excellence. Keep up the good work!
Seneca Falls, NY – Over 200 Employees from BonaDent Dental Laboratories, including employees from their Florida Lab in Melbourne and their sister lab, Danaren, participated in a weekend-long continuing education event hosted at BonaDent's new state of the art facility on April 27th & 28th. Course topics ranged from technical to administrative and were sponsored by BonaDent's manufacturing partners Jensen Industries, Ivoclar Vivadent, Henry Schien, Whip Mix, and CMP Industries.
The weekend was kicked off with a presentation and opening remarks by President Bruce H. Bonafiglia, who outlined exciting opportunities for his employees. His presentation encouraged employees to take full advantage of the courses being presented and the team building experience that the weekend offered. Bonafiglia's main message, which radiated throughout the weekend, was: Make it Count. Following Bonafiglia's address, employees enjoyed an Italian Festival on the company campus complete with fried dough, gelato, caricature artists and a 20-team bocce tournament.
On Saturday, employees entered the lab eager and ready to get down to business with a full day of continuing education courses on topics like "The Ins and Outs of Creation Porcelain," "Occlusion for CAD/CAM," "Productive Approach to Emax," and "Professional Communication." In addition to guest speakers such as Peter Pizzi, Keyon Jack, and Craig Picket, BonaDent's own technical experts taught several courses as well. T.G. Hornischer, CDT lectured to technicians about Removable Smile Design, Implant Specialist John Ackley educated team members on the many nuances of implant cases, and BonaDent's latest expert addition Joseph Weisz, CDT taught a course on Anterior Contouring.
Now in its third year, BonaDent's "Building the Best" weekend was created to give each of BonaDent's employees an opportunity to grow on a professional and personal level. Employees are able to choose the courses that they feel will be most helpful in broadening their individual skill set while giving them the chance for advancement. BonaDent hosts its own Lab Day to allow more employees the opportunity to participate in continued learning and skill development, all while working side-by-side with their teammates.
"This year's event was a huge success," says President Bruce H. Bonafiglia. "I think every employee benefitted from the occasion, and was truly committed to the betterment of themselves and their company. I'm so proud that everyone took advantage of this opportunity and "Made it Count!"To learn more about BonaDent's "Building the Best Weekend" visit the BonaDent Tech site www.bestdentaltechs.com
Dr. Michelle Gifford
BonaDent is proud to name Dr. Michelle Gifford and team as the Premier Practice for the Month of June. Located in Bainbridge, New York, Dr. Gifford provides state-of-the-art dental care to the community and the surrounding area.
Together with team members Jan, Marilyn, Jill, Brittany, Tricia, Lynn, Deanna and Jennifer, the group works hard to make sure the practice always has a friendly atmosphere and provides patients with comfortable dentistry. The practice offers general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, in addition to other services including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and nightguards.
Dr. Gifford's interest in dentistry began at a very early age, which allowed her to enroll in a combined degree program at Le Moyne College as a high school senior. From there, she continued on to the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gifford frequently takes advantage of continuing education opportunities, and is committed to learning the latest techniques for her patients. Recently, she earned a Mastership Certification from the World Clinical Laser Institute, which allows her to offer pain-free laser dentistry for some procedures. She is also very active in her community, sitting on the Board of Education for her local school district and volunteering at Toys for Tots Christmas events.Dr. Gifford has been partnering with BonaDent since 2005, and works closely with her team in the lab. BonaDent provides her practice with exceptional service and quality with each restoration, ranging from fixed crown and bridge to dentures and implants. We are very proud to have such a passionate and committed partner, and are always willing to do whatever we can to help Dr. Gifford and her team strive for excellence and provide exceptional service to her patients. Congratulations again on a job well done!
Premier Dental Care & Dr. David Green!
Congratulations to Dr. David Green and his team at Premier Dental Care in Boynton Beach, Florida, for being May's Premier Practice of the Month. Dr. Green has been practicing dentistry for 15 years, and is in the business of creating beautiful smiles. Together with Cindy, Andres', Jackie, Carol, Nancy, Lynda and Andrea, he works every day toward the goal of providing their patients with comprehensive family and cosmetic dentistry in a compassionate and caring manner, all within their state-of-the-art facility. Their focus is treatment through a team effort, built on a personal relationship between the patient, the doctor, and the staff.
Premier Dental Care offers a wide range of dental services including advanced cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, Invisalign, and complete smile makeovers. Dr. Green spares his patients no comfort, and offers luxuries such as enjoying DVDs, music, or satellite television during most procedures. The practice also uses Intravenous or Conscious Sedation, for the added comfort of patients during complex procedures.
Dr. Green is a graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry and of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He practiced in Manhattan and Fair Lawn, New Jersey before relocating to Boynton Beach. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the Florida Dental Association, and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and has extensive experience in implants. Dr. Green has been a partner of BonaDent's since October, 2010 and does a wide variety of restorations ranging from crowns and bridges to veneers and implants.BonaDent is very appreciative of the successful partnership we've had with Dr. Green over the past year. His emphasis on patient care, comfort, and safety coupled with his team approach to meeting patient needs align exactly with BonaDent's values for our own customers. Congratulations again to Dr. Green and his entire staff at Premier Dental Care – Keep up the good work!
Dr. Mary Beth Wicker & WB Perkinson!
Congratulations to Dr. Mary Beth Wicker and her team at WB Perkinson and Associates in Huguenot, Virginia for being named BonaDent's Premier Practice for the month of April.
Dr. Wicker has been practicing general dentistry since 2000. She is a graduate of Mary Washington College and Virginia Commonwealth University. She has served as adjunct clinical faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry since 2008, and is a member of the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, and the Richmond Dental Society.
When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Wicker enjoys playing soccer and hiking, and has hiked about 1,400 miles of the Appalachian Trail so far. She also flies small engine planes, and is very involved with Pilots 'N Paws, a national charity that pairs pilots with rescue groups to transport animals to places where they will be adopted. She is also one of our Iron Dentists, participating in multiple marathons in Richmond.While Dr. Wicker enjoys all phases of comprehensive general dentistry, she especially likes placing and restoring implants. Dr. Wicker has been working with BonaDent since 2008, and we are proud to be able to service her fixed and implant needs. We are honored to have such a passionate partner in dentistry, and are looking forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come. Congratulations again!
Dr. Scott Goldberg!
Congratulations to Dr. Scott Goldberg and his team for creating smiles and changing lives – they are BonaDent's Premier Practice of the Month for March! The practice is located in Billercia, Massachusetts and offers a wide range of treatments, including general, implant, and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Goldberg has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years. Together with Jill, Sharon, Donna, Kerri, Laurel, Sherri, Sherey, and Kathie, the team serves their patients every day in the business of creating smiles and changing lives. With Dr. Goldberg, patients experience old-fashioned, caring dentistry, while still benefiting from the latest advances in dental technology.
In addition to the friendly treatment that the team provides to their patients, they are also very involved in giving back. They host drives for food banks, school supplies, and holiday gifts for their community. Each Halloween, they organize a candy buy back to support deployed troops. These are just a few examples of the extra steps Dr. Goldberg and his team takes outside the realm of dentistry in order to create smiles and change lives.
Dr. Goldberg is a doctoral graduate of the Temple University School of Dentistry. He practiced in Florida and New Jersey before moving to Massachusetts and purchasing the practice in 1999, and two years ago moved the practice into it current home. He and his family enjoy an active lifestyle in their local community. In his free time, Dr. Goldberg coaches youth sports. As an avid sports fan, he encourages his team to show their spirit in the office on Sports Mondays, when they can show off their gear for their favorite teams.Dr. Goldberg has been working with BonaDent for almost 10 years, and we are very proud to partner with someone who appreciates patient care and supporting his local community. The entire team embodies a passion and dedication that we love to see in dentistry, and one that their patients very much appreciate. Keep up the great work team – Congratulations on a job very well done!
Front Street Family Dentistry!
Congratulations Dr. Gary Nelson and his team at Front Street Family Dentistry on being February's Premier Practice of the Month. Dr. Nelson started the practice in Celebration, Florida in 1997, and has since been joined by Drs. Lasorsa, Baxter, and Tringas. This winning team also includes staff members Mary Kay, Kris, Karen, Katie, Christie, Kim, and Brandy, who work together with the doctors to make sure patients enjoy their entire experience.
Front Street Family Dentistry provides complete dental care to patients of all ages. In addition to general and pediatric dentistry, the practice also offers endodontic and orthodontic services, as well as cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers, and full-mouth restorations. The practice also offers its patients additional services such as sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, Invisalign braces, Lumineers and implants. This is a passionate team of doctors and staff that love what they do, and are committed to providing their patients with a comfortable experience in a warm, inviting and friendly environment.
Dr. Nelson received his Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and received his doctor of medical dentistry degree in 1982 from Oral Roberts University. While he practices family dentistry, his emphasis is on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. His associates Lasorsa, Baxter, and Tringas specialize in endodontics, oral surgery, and orthodontics respectively. Together, the team at Front Street Family Dentistry has nearly 90 years of expertise.BonaDent is very proud to have such a great relationship with a practice so committed to providing patients with the best possible care. We've been working with Front Street Family Dentistry since 2005, and hope to continue to work together in the future. Congratulations to Dr. Nelson and his entire team on a job well done - thank you all for being such passionate and committed partners in dentistry.
Former Wal-Mart now the 'nicest dental lab in the world'
FINGER LAKES TIMES – by Jim Miller / photos by Spencer Tulis
Even as he watched the snow accumulate Friday outside his new office, BonaDent President Bruce Bonafiglia harbored no regrets about deciding to stay here instead of moving the company to Florida.
"I'm extremely happy and excited about staying in New York, regardless of the weather," Bonafiglia said.
With good reason.
We'd like to start off this New Year looking back, and taking a moment to commend and pay tribute to one of our long-standing and loyal customers as he retires from dentistry. Dr. Arnold Baum of Lafayette, New York retired this past December, after more than 40 years in dentistry. Dr. Baum was one of BonaDent's most loyal customers, as he's been using our laboratory for over 25 years.
Dr. Baum graduated from the University of Buffalo Dental School and opened his Lafayette practice in 1969. Although now retired in West Palm Beach Florida, he still plans to stay involved in dentistry through volunteer work.
In addition to recently taking up surf fishing, Dr. Baum is also an avid golfer, and skier. He loves to bike, and enjoys a good card game as well as working around the house. He has three children, Richard, a General Dentist in New Jersey, Gregory, a Cosmetic Surgeon in Syracuse, and Jennifer, who is a publicist for a trade magazine in Washington, DC. He and his wife Estelle are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.
Dr. Baum has always had a great sense of humor, and is known among his team and around our lab as the doctor who can always make your day better, even after just a short conversation. As he enjoys his retirement in sunny West Palm Beach, we wish him the best of luck, and he will certainly be missed.Congratulations on your retirement doctor, and we hope you enjoy all that you've worked so hard for. Thank you for your endless dedication to dentistry, and for being such an important part of the BonaDent family.
Spinelli Dental - Dr. Glenn Spinelli!
Congratulations to Spinelli Dental, our Premier Practice for the month of December. Dr. Glen Spinelli and his team are located in Rochester, New York, and have been working with BonaDent for over a decade. The practice itself has been in business for over 35 years, and was started by Dr. Glen's father, Dr. Mike Spinelli. Dr. Mike has since retired to sunny Florida, and turned the practice over to his son.
Spinelli Dental offers its patients a variety of services, including tooth whitening, oral health screening, veneers, implants, Invisalign braces, metal-free crowns, and full or partial dentures. They strive to provide their patients with every available comfort while in the office, including free Wi-Fi, TVs with DVD players in the exam rooms, and noise canceling headphones for their appointments. Together with staff members Deborah, Sheila, Adelina, Barbara, Carrie, Denise, Maria and Joyce, Dr. Spinelli works every day toward helping his patients receive the oral health care they want and need in the most comfortable atmosphere possible.
Dr. Glen Spinelli graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo (U.B.) School of Dental Medicine. He is currently a member of the peer review board for the Seventh District Dental Society, as well as being a member of the New York State Dental Society, American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.On behalf of the entire BonaDent Team, we'd like to thank you, Dr. Spinelli, and your staff for being such great partners in dentistry. We're proud and privileged to work with all of you, and wish you all the very best throughout the Holiday Season and in the New Year!
Congratulations to Summit Dental Arts - BonaDent's Premier Practice for the month of November! Summit Dental Arts, with offices in Binghamton and Endicott, has been in business for over 25 years, and offers a variety of services including family dentistry, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry and preventive care. These services are happily provided by Doctors Anthony Palombaro, Brennan Lee, Timothy Farrell, Carolyn Riley, Ryan Olbrys and Douglas Hill, in addition to their 25 dental assistants, hygienists, and office staff members. With decades of combined experience, all of these people work together daily to create a family-like atmosphere where patients and their needs are always the first priority.
Summit Dental Arts and BonaDent have been partners in dentistry since 2005, and we are happy to serve all of their restoration needs, from crown and bridge to implants, cast partials, dentures and more! We are honored to have such a great working relationship with a practice whose core values of teamwork, family, commitment to continued education, and dedication to the most innovative technologies mirror our own. Their devotion to always providing patients with an honest recommendation about their oral hygiene needs goes a long way to emphasize their passion for serving all of their patients' needs throughout their lifetimes. Congratulations again to Summit Dental Arts – thank you for all that you do for your communities and your patients. Keep up the great work!
BonaDent is proud to announce that October's Premier Practice of the Month has been awarded to Western New York Dental Group, PC. Western New York Dental Group has 13 private neighborhood dental offices: 11 in Buffalo and surrounding suburbs and two in Rochester. They offer all phases of family and cosmetic dentistry including preventative care and restorative dentistry as well as pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery and periodontics. The group practice includes 34 general dentists, 12 specialists and over 250 staff members, all of whom are very committed to providing quality dental care and excellent service and attention to every patient.
Western New York Dental Group was created in 1972 by Doctors Roland Bergler and Robert Gianadda, who shared a belief in life-long dental care and had a vision of creating an enduring practice that would raise overall dental health in the Western New York area. Western New York Dental Group is proud to be the only dental group practice in New York State and one of a select group nationwide to achieve accreditation status with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) which sets the highest standards for patient care.
Western New York Dental Group believes in giving back to the communities they serve. The group participates in organized dentistry initiatives and supports local dental education through scholarships and internships for dentists and dental professionals. They have a history of community service and neighborhood outreach through participation in dental health education programs and sponsorship of community causes.
BonaDent has been doing business with doctors in this group since 1994, and we are proud to assist them with all of their restorative needs. Congratulations again to all of the doctors and staff of Western New York Dental Group. We are very proud to have Western New York Dental Group as partners in dentistry and commend you on all of the work you do for the citizens of Western New York.
On Tuesday, August 23rd, the Finger Lakes Center for Advanced Dentistry will be hosting Ivoclar's Kathleen M. Spivey, CDA in a 3-credit, Continuing Education Program on IPS e.max and IPS Empress.
Gain the confidence you need to provide beautiful, long-lasting, all ceramic smiles in this 3 hour, 3 CE credit Evening Program.
Kathleen will be discussing IPS e.max and IPS Empress, including tips for clinical all-ceramic success, bonding and cementation techniques, hints to minimize sensitivity, and the latest all-ceramic study data. In addition, Kathleen will also be providing Hands On cementation training!
The event will be in the FLCAD auditorium at BonaDent Dental Laboratory in Seneca Falls, NY. Registration will be from 5:30PM-6:00PM, along with a light dinner, and the course will be from 6:00 - 8:30PM. The cost of the event is $49.00For more information or to enroll, contact Tina Rook at 800.732.6222 or by email.
Creating Time Away from Work.
Do you believe you are destined to always be swamped and never have time for yourself or others? Is there a "deserve level" of yours that says I must work at least four 10 hour days and take work home?
The Open Mic is with Dr. Bill Blatchford, America's premier dental business coach, for you to find out how you really can have more time in your life and still have a very successful and profitable practice.
We all have 24 hours and yet, some dentists work three days a week, take 6-8 weeks of time off, coach their daughter's soccer, work out on a regular basis, and net upper six figures. Their patient contact days are a regular eight hours. How do they have more time than I do?
What would you do with your extra time? What is it worth to you to have that creative or quiet time? What are you spending your time at the office doing now? Are you busy? Are you efficient? Are you effective as a leader? Join BonaDent and Dr. Blatchford in this hour-long webinar to learn how to get the most from your practice and optimize your free time.To register, contact Tina Rook at 800.732.6222 or by email.
BonaDent is happy to award Dr. David Nangle and Beautiful Smiles Dentistry as the Premier Practice of the Month for August! Dr. Nangle and his team have over 100 years of combined experience. Located in Auburn, New York, the practice serves patients from throughout Central New York, and offers them a variety of restorative dental treatments and services, ranging from porcelain veneers to dental implants to teeth whitening and beyond.
Dr. Nangle has been working with BonaDent for over a year now, and has been practicing dentistry for 27 years. He is a graduate from the College of the Holy Cross with a BA in English and earned his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) from Georgetown Dental School. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
In addition to practicing dentistry, Dr. Nangle is also an avid scuba diver and sports fan. His website often features testimonials from patients noting Dr. Nangle's passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to continued education. Dr. Nangle genuinely loves what he does, and works tirelessly to combine his knowledge of dentistry with his patients' needs in order to provide his patients with the best experience possible. We are very proud to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Nangle and his entire team at Beautiful Smiles Dentistry and would like to thank you for being such wonderful partners in dentistry. Keep up the good work!
Drs. Wilson & Williams - University of Tennessee
We are pleased to announce July’s Premier Practice of the Month to Doctors O. Lee Wilson and W. Timothy Williams, of the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine’s General Dentistry Graduate Practice Residency Program. With over 35 years combined experience, Doctors Wilson and Williams have been working with BonaDent since 2004 and we are honored to have such partners who share our commitment and devotion to the development of dental professionals nationwide.
Dr. O. Lee Wilson, a graduate of University of Alabama School of Dentistry, has been involved in the program since its creation in 1990. He did his own residency at University of Tennessee School of Medicine and has gone on to inspire other residents for over two decades. Dr. W. Timothy Williams is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Memphis, and has been practicing dental medicine for over 20 years himself. Both are members of the American Dental Association and fellows of the Academy of General Dentistry. Together with their team of over 20 private practitioners from the community, these doctors dedicate their time to the development and continued education of dentistry residents.
The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine has had the postdoctoral residency training program in general dentistry for 21 years. The program’s objective is to produce general dentists who have developed a level of clinical competency in an environment where there is an increased reliance on total patient evaluation, and alongside their colleagues in the health care community. The program is the only postgraduate curriculum of its kind in the country, and offers its residents exposure in the areas of hospital, general, and forensic dentistry. The goal is to utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning and patient-centered care in professional practice.
On behalf of the entire BonaDent team, we’d like to thank Dr. Wilson and Dr. Williams for their commitment to the development of all of their dental residents. It is our mutual passion and dedication to the continued education of dental professionals that has made for such a terrific working relationship. Best of luck to the both of you, your residents, and your program!
The Seneca Falls Tropics placed 31st in the highly competitive race. Running and competitive racing are popular pursuits among BonaDent Team members (see previous posts on the Musselman and the It's a Wonderful Run 5K), and the Seneca 7 seems likely to become an annual event among BonaDent's ever-competitive running contingent.
Dr. Gary Nawrocki - Cocoa Beach, FL
Dr. Gary Nawrocki - Cocoa Beach, FL
We are pleased to feature Dr. Gary Nawrocki as BonaDent's Premier Practice for the month of May.
Located in beautiful Cocoa Beach, Florida, Dr. Nawrocki's practice is in the business of beautifying smiles and improving the quality of life for his patients by focusing on what he calls the three E's of dentistry: "excellence, esthetics and extraordinary service".
Dr. Nawrocki knows that nothing improves a patient's outlook on life more than like making a drastic improvement to his or her smile, and his depth of experience in cosmetic and restorative dentistry is established and well known in Florida, and beyond.
BonaDent's full-service lab in Melbourne, just around the corner from Cocoa Beach, has been working closely with Dr. Nawrocki and his team for over five years, helping to make patients truly happy in their newly restored smiles and ultimately, a practice that's geared toward profitability and success. Patient comfort is top priority, partially attainable through the use of top-tier technology; a relaxing, comfortable office setting; and cutting-edge instrumentation that offer a higher level of comfort and pain-free care. Dr. Nawrocki's experience and commitment to high-level dentistry are primarily what have brought him to this level of success.
Dr. Nawrocki received his Doctorate in Dentistry from the University of Florida in 1980, eventually serving as president of the University's Dental alumni. In addition to being a member of the ADA, the AACD, and AGD, Dr. Nawrocki has completed advanced dental studies at the Pankey Institute, the Seattle Institute, the Louisiana State Dental School and advanced aesthetics at the Rosenthal Institute of New York.
Dr. Nawrocki has a mastership with the AGD and is currently involved in an advanced dental program at the Spear Educational Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Recently, in 2010, Dr. Nawrocki asked his son, Dr. Matthew Nawrocki, to join the team, welcoming the new generation into a long-standing, successful dental practice. On behalf of the entire BonaDent Team, we'd like to thank you, Dr. Nawrocki, and your staff for being such great partners in dentistry. We're proud and privileged to work with all of you!
for Edentulous Patients.
BonaDent offers an advanced solution for edentulous patients: Implant-supported overdentures. Learn more »
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen - West Palm Beach, FL
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen - West Palm Beach, FL
Located in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Jeffrey Cohen and his team at Cosmetic Dentistry offer patients a pleasant and comfortable visit, especially intent on delivering smiles that "patients are proud to show off" – certainly an ideal to aim for, and even better when one succeeds.
Dr. Cohen practices a full scope of general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, and has been working closely with BonaDent's technicallab team in Melbourne, FL for over five years. Dr. Cohen turns to BonaDent for his implants, veneers, crowns and bridges and removable prosthetics. Because we're a full-service lab, we're able to meet Dr. Cohen's every need, from complex, comprehensive smile redesign cases to the everyday PFM.
Dr. Cohen has done very well in establishing a solid online presence through his educational, informative website and effective use of social media when it comes to engaging patients and local potential customers. Clearly this is a practice that has their patient-based marketing efforts dialed in.
Dr. Cohen was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, received an undergrad degree from George Washington University and became a DMD upon graduation from Temple University's Dental Program in 1986. Dr. Cohen opened his practice in 1988. As a member of the ADA, AGD, the Florida Dental Association and the Palm Beach County Dental Association, Dr. Cohen annually meets and exceeds CE requirements set by the State of Florida.
On behalf of the entire Bonadent Florida Team, we'd like to thank Joni, Nelly, Julie, Johanna, Paula, Kim, Stacy and, of course, Dr. Cohen for your continued partnership in dental perfection!
February 2011's issue of Lab Management Today features 100 highlights from across the dental community: people, equipment, techniques, products, organizations, you name it. Because a good deal of laboratories, both large and small, are made of up family members working together, BonaDent's fourth-generation family lab was featured. Read the Article »
Friday, March 11 is the date and the Finger Lakes Center for Advanced Dentistry in Seneca falls, NY is the venue for Dr. Bill Blatchford's upcoming seminar. Click here to learn more how you can build a solid profitability plan for 2011 and beyond.
April 15 is the date and the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater is the venue for Dr. Bill Blatchford's upcoming seminar in St. Petersburg. Click here to learn more how you can build a solid profitability plan for 2011 and beyond.
Dr. Haley Tate - New Market, MD
Dr. Haley Tate - New Market, MD
This month we're especially pleased to feature Dr. Haley Tate of New Market, MD as this month's Premier Practice. Dr. Haley Tate and his close-knit team at Tate Dentistry offer top-tier cosmetic and restorative dental services in addition to general dental care for the entire family. One can tell that patient comfort and personable, attentive care is the number ONE priority for the team given the relaxing environment and the genuine welcoming approach the TEAM offers the patients.
Smart use of leading-edge technology is the cornerstone of any successful practice and Dr. Tate’s is no exception. Patients appreciate the enhanced safety and accuracy of digital radiography and for those having involved restorative work, Dr. Tate offers highly esthetic work created by BonaDent in addition to same-day crowns with the CEREC digital imaging and fabrication system. Combine those with in-office smile whitening services and patients receive the kind of high-quality comprehensive treatment that keeps them healthy, happy and loyal as customers.
Dr. Tate is a Maryland native and doctoral graduate of University of Maryland Dental School. He and his wife, Carol, have twin children. In his free time he enjoys being active in his local Church and community, including volunteer work at the Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic.
Dr. Tate is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Maryland State Dental Association, the Frederick County Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.Have a look at his snappy new website, which was just recently updated. Also, please be sure to connect with Dr. Tate on Facebook. This is a classic example of an office that’s “firing on all cylinders” and we’re pleased and privileged to work with a practice like Dr.Tate’s.
Dr. Frank Fruce - Fulton, NY
Dr. Frank Fruce - Fulton, NY
Dr. Fruce launched his practice in 1994, and has been working with BonaDent every day since. His practice centers on real preventative care and educating his patients about its virtues. But the team doesn't just focus on patients' smiles; they review complete medical records to stay informed of the overall health of the individual as it relates to dental conditions.
Dr. Fruce and his highly skilled team stay sharp through a lot of continuing ed. And what a lineup: Amanda, Rachel, Jenna, Denyelle, Laurie, Kerri, and Brenda make an excellent clinical team, and work hard to ensure that patients are as relaxed and comfortable as can be through all phases of treatment.
The team regularly attends courses and undergoes technique training to stay sharp and up-to-date on best practices in advanced dentistry. Dr. Fruce keeps the office high-tech, maintaining a modern dental office in order to deliver state-of-the-art dental care to his patients.
Dr. Fruce is a lifelong resident of Fulton, NY. Dr. Fruce's education began at Hobart College in Geneva, NY, which is two towns over from BonaDent in Seneca Falls. He then obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. Most recently, Dr. Fruce was certified in dental implantology in 2009.
an upcoming eventful 2011 at new location.
BonaDent plans to complete expansion into a new high-tech lab facility by September 2011. This year's Christmas Party was held at the former Wal-Mart in Seneca Falls, where the 77,000 sq. ft. building will be transformed into BonaDent's new lab headquarters. Have a look at the photo album.
with the Gift of Giving.
Now in its third year, The BonaDent Christmas Project raises money to deliver gifts to less fortunate families in the Finger Lakes Region. BonaDent employees no longer exchange gifts among ourselves, instead we take collections — which the company matches dollar for dollar — to provide Christmas gifts for 5 Seneca County families, with 15 children among them, who range in age from 7 months to 15 years old.
"Once again, I'm really proud of how the BonaDent family has responded to the needs of local families," says BonaDent President Bruce Bonafiglia. "This spirit of generosity and sensitivity to the needs of others, particularly during the holiday season, makes me especially proud of our employees."
The elves' workshop at BonaDent was teeming with volunteers this Christmas. Many thanks to Jen Gill, Cathy and Scott Johnson, Tina Rook, Kelly Lloyd, Maria Manzari, Denise Hand, Ashley Hamilton, Chris Rector, Don and Sandy Johnson, Jen Heffernan, P.J. Johnson, Colleen Buck, Tanya and David Beach. You're the best!
BonaDent would like to wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
BonaDent is pleased to announce the promotion of Joe Nigro to Technologies Manager. Throughout his tenure at BonaDent, and especially in his previous role as CAD/CAM Supervisor, Joe has been particularly effective at managing large volumes of cases while maintaining BonaDent's stringent quality control standards and tendency toward esthetic perfection. Joe oversees all digital imaging, fabrication and milling for the lab, and has been instrumental in expanding the lab's capacity by integrating emerging technologies.
Says BonaDent President Bruce Bonafiglia "Joe has proven to be dedicated, hardworking and an effective communicator with both our internal and external customers. We're all tremendously excited as Joe transitions toward this key management role."
Joe has been with BonaDent for five years, and began his career working in crown and bridge under BonaDent Florida's Operations Manager, Scott Smith. As Technologies Manager, Joe oversees seven lab technicians and works with five digital manufacturing systems. A majority of cases that come into the lab find their way through the Joe's department at one point or another, from wax patterns for PFM substructures to fabrication of implant bars for overdentures. BonaDent also provides a wide variety of outsourcing services for other labs. You may contact Technical Manager Joe Nigro at 800.732.6222 or email him to learn more.
BonaDent Children's Christmas Party!
BonaDent Children's Christmas Party! With gifts!
Santa Claus was generous enough to clear time in his busy holiday schedule to swing through BonaDent's Children's Christmas Party this Sunday. Bearing gifts and spreading holiday cheer to all, ol' St. Nick was even joined by Mrs. Claus, who helped distribute gifts to the children of BonaDent and Danaren employees.
A holiday tradition at BonaDent for years, the Children's Christmas Party always brings magic to the holiday season for the little ones. Stay tuned for photos of the BonaDent Christmas Party (for grown-ups), where by party's end, Santa Claus typically has made clear determinations about who's been naughty and who's been nice…
Raymond Hahn, DDS - Potomac Falls, VA
Raymond Hahn, DDS - Potomac Falls, VA
Dr. Hahn's unique, customer-based practice model brings high-tech care to the people of Potomac Falls, VA.
An impressive patient-centered practice, Dr. Raymond Hahn and his Team work together toward this primary goal: they want theirs to be the first dental office where patients can make their own informed choices about the treatment option that best suits them. Through close consultation, patient concerns are addressed and overcome because Dr. Hahn believes that listening to and understanding patient's fears and desires helps create a more meaningful relationship between doctor and patient.
The office is highly equipped to deliver state-of-the-art dental care. In the experienced hands of Dr. Hahn, the emphasis on leading-edge technology gives the doctor the flexibility to apply modern techniques and materials in addition to time-tested treatments. As Dr. Hahn's full-service lab of choice, BonaDent provides everything from the PFM to an implant-supported overdenture system, from flexible nesbits to full roundhouse bridges. Our technical team leaders often work closely with Dr. Hahn in treatment planning.
Not only do patients get to experience great results, the entire practice is designed so that patients actually enjoy their visit to Potomac Falls Dentistry. Dr. Hahn's passion is to help people feel good about their teeth, oral health, and themselves. Intra-oral comfort is key; patients enjoy needle-free anesthetics, Oraqix for periodontal treatment, soft-tissue lasers, and nitrous oxide for those mildly anxious or terrified patients.
To maintain his top-level expertise, Dr. Hahn regularly attends continuing education courses. Dr. Hahn graduated with his DDS degree in 1984 from the University of Detroit-Mercy. In his 25 as a practicing dentist, Dr. Hahn is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the world-class American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Northern Virginia Dental Society, and the Greater Loudoun Study Club.
Thank you Dr. Hahn; it is always pleasure working with you and your team. We look forward to further building our partnership into the next year and beyond…
Located in the picturesque Erie Canal village of Pittsford, NY, Dr. Paul Schwedfeger and the team at Village Smiles deliver state-of-the-art dental and old-fashioned customer care. Upon check-in at the office, visitors can access the CAESY patients' education system to learn about treatment options. Spa-like amenities abound at Village Smiles, such as buckwheat pillows, warm blankets, and steamy, lemon-scented towels for post-treatment comfort. And it's not called Village Smiles for nothing; the friendly staff, made up of Denise, Dorothy, Vivian, Tammy, Sue and Erica, excel at comfort and care, creating lasting, healthy and happy smiles for old and young patients alike.
Combined with that healthy attention to patient comfort is a dental team entirely dedicated to offering the highest-tech treatment, through digital x-rays, quiet electric handpieces, lasers, intraoral imaging, and sedation techniques. Dr. Schwedfeger has a long-standing passion for, and is highly credentialed in, cosmetic dentistry and advanced esthetics, including Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (F.A.G.D.) and the highest achievement level in the Academy: the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (M.A.G.D.) which only 3 out of 500 dentists in the area have obtained. Dr. Schwedfeger was also a part-time clinical instructor at the Eastman Dental Center, the University of Rochester.
The BonaDent Team is pleased to have been working closely with Dr. Schwedfeger for nearly two decades. Our mutual passion and dedication to 100% customer satisfaction, and our high-tech approach to cosmetic dentistry has made for a terrific working relationship. So thank you, Dr. Paul Schwedfeger and your entire team at Village Smiles. Keep up the incredible work!
BonaDent has been in close partnership with 3M, one of the dental industry’s most trusted manufacturers, for decades. This relationship is built around our mutual commitment to provide dentists with the most precise, lifelike, and predictable restorations available.
As a Lava Authorized Milling Center — with thousands of perfect cases behind us — we have complete control over every process. Our Lava substructures are designed with proper porcelain support, which is where the capabilities of other labs fall short. Lava restorations by BonaDent are so durable, they’re guaranteed for 15 years.Each Lava restoration features Willi Geller’s Creation Porcelain, brought to life by our highly talented team of ceramists. Combine the strength and beauty of Lava with BonaDent’s 60 years of experience and 3M’s 15-year durability guarantee and your chances of success are looking rock solid. Visit the Lava product page »
Capitalize on our 60-year tradition of artistry and craftsmanship, and let our technology team build beautiful and durable cast partial frameworks for your lab. Consistent, accurate and highly uniform, our frameworks are designed to instill complete confidence in your product.
Simplify your workflow, make your job easier and achieve superior results. Our dedicated team of technicians will ensure proper fits, and deliver esthetic, delicate, yet durable castings. We offer more than high-quality frameworks; enjoy quicker turnaround times, super-reliable communication, and competitive pricing.
We sweat the details so you don’t have to. We’ll also provide all shipping materials and handle all pick-ups and deliveries for your lab. Partner with BonaDent and satisfy even your most demanding accounts. Let us help you grow your cast partial business to its full potential!Contact Ron Philbrook, CDT by email or call 800.732.6222 with any questions.
appearing at BonaDent Oct 15!
CHICAGO (July 12, 2010) – The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists who are dedicated to professional excellence through the pursuit of continuing education, is pleased to announce that Bruce W. Small, DMD, MAGD, of Lawrenceville, N.J., received the association’s 2010 Albert L. Borish Award during the AGD 2010 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, held July 8 to 11 in New Orleans, La.
The Albert L. Borish Award honors an individual who has demonstrated innovation and leadership as well as dedication to the advancement of dentistry, and has made positive changes for the benefit of the profession and dental health of public. The award is named in recognition of AGD member Albert L. Borish, one of the foremost experts on continuing education. Although visually impaired, he exhibited courage in the face of adversity. Only 18 of the AGD’s 35,000-plus members have received the Albert L. Borish Award since its inception in 1973.
“We express our gratitude to Dr. Small for his innovative leadership and his dedication to the field of general dentistry and the AGD,” says AGD President Fares M. Elias, DDS, JD, FAGD. “He has distinguished himself professionally amongst his peers and demonstrates the characteristics of a role model to his fellow dentists.”Dr. Small graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1973 and currently practices dentistry in Lawrenceville, N.J. In addition to being a member of the AGD, Dr. Small belongs to the American Dental Association, the New Jersey Dental Association, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators. He currently serves as president of the Academy of Richard V. Tucker Study Clubs. Additionally, Dr. Small is an associate professor of restorative dentistry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Small has presented more than 400 postgraduate continuing education programs since 1985.
We're especially proud of our athletes, and would like to extend our sincere thanks to the many Bonadent Team members who volunteered their time throughout the weekend to make the Triathlon a truly successful and exciting event. Can't wait ‘til next year.