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About This Series
LMT profiles 40 young men and women who were nominated to be part of this special coverage due to their...
In just two years, Brad Stevenson has made significant changes at Stevenson Dental Technology, Inc., a full service...See more lab in Crystal River, FL, owned by his parents, Tim and Linda Stevenson. He's established a CAD/CAM department and stepped up the lab's marketing efforts, including creating a Facebook page and website, through which the lab gained three new clients; updating its promotional materials; and enhancing its sales effort with face-to-face sales calls. "Recently when I stopped by a new dental office to pick up its first case with us, the office manager mentioned that my wonderfully friendly son stopped by so the dentist decided to give us a try," says Linda. "Brad has brought new life to the lab. His youth and fun personality add so much to our work day. The profession needs more young people like him!" Having grown up in the lab, the family business is close to Brad's heart. He earned a degree in geology from the University of Florida and returned to the lab after graduation. In 2011, he won the NADL's Pillar Scholarship and is awaiting the results of his final exam to become certified in removable prosthetics. He loves his job because of the creativity and artistry involved and the fact that "there's a physical product as a result of my labor. It's very rewarding. Working in the lab doesn't feel like work."
Hollie Spencer joined New West Dental Ceramics shortly after high school graduation and has climbed through the...See more ranks, from the training department to her current position of Production Manager in just 10 years. She oversees the scheduling and metal departments; assists the General Manager, Terry Town, with production; and regularly interacts with and mentors the 130 technicians in the lab. "Hollie has great business sense. She has the ability to focus on production and quality while at the same time balance relationships between technicians and support staff. She has a business maturity that is usually acquired after many more years of experience," says Town. Spencer attributes that business sense and her work ethic to her father, a single parent who is also a successful businessman. "He has always been in leadership positions and takes great pride in his work. I always strive to achieve the same sense of professionalism, drive, success and commitment to my work as he has displays. He is an outstanding role model for me." Good communication, a positive attitude and being assertive yet compassionate are the qualities she believes are essential for being a good manager. While she sometimes misses working at the bench, she loves her role as manager. "I love being a leader, setting an example and guiding people in a positive direction and making sure work is flowing smoothly. If you have the drive and motivation, the sky is the limit," she says.
Fabricating and matching anterior cases is challenging enough, but ceramist Alwyn Naraine does it in a matter of...See more hours. An in-house technician at Gallery 57, a New York City-based dental practice, Naraine specializes in all-ceramic implant restorations and same-day smile makeovers using CAD/CAM technology. He's known for his dead-on color matching and attention to detail, but equally important are his "people" skills. "Alwyn has to work extensively with our patients in order to deliver excellent veneers and crowns in just a few hours. In addition to tremendous technical skills, he has an easy-going, yet confident manner that patients trust and respect," says Dr. Andrew Koenigsberg of Gallery 57. "You have to know how to communicate technical considerations to the patient but you also have to know how to listen to them."- Alywn Naraine Working directly with patients is why Naraine feels he's found the perfect position. "I've worked in some laboratories where you do the same thing over and over again and never get to see the patient," says Naraine, who began his career in 2004 and graduated from the New York City College of Technology in 2008. "I have the opportunity to see the results of every single case; having the patients tell me how pleased they are is what I look forward to every day." But for Naraine, it's not just about the gratification of seeing the final result; rather, his goal is to make patients feel they are involved in the process of creating their new smiles. "You have to know how to communicate technical considerations to the patient but you also have to know how to listen to them," he says. "It's comforting for them to discuss their expectations with the person who's going to actually make the restorations." Naraine's ability to convey technical information and his friendly, affable demeanor are also befitting to his newest role: technical educator. Naraine teaches at CAD/CAM Excellence, an education center affiliated with Gallery 57 that offers CAD/CAM courses for both technicians and dentists. "Since starting to work with CAD/CAM in 2005, I've really focused on using the technology to perfect form, function and fit and I enjoy sharing that knowledge," he says. "Lecturing helps me to continue to raise awareness of the possibilities of digital dentistry."
Daily Bite- Sept. 2012
Based on LMT's 2012 Wage Survey, the All-Around Ceramist is the highest paid technician in the laboratory, earning an average of $22.87 per hour across all experience levels.
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