From a family of educators, Julian Infante, CDT, has both a love of learning and a gift for teaching.
He earned his Associate's degree from Bates Technical College and eventually joined Modern Dental Lab—then called Northwest Labs—in Bellevue, WA in 2006. Since then, he has earned his CDT in crown and bridge, helped develop the lab's implant and CAD/CAM departments and moved into a consulting role, advising clients on everything from materials to digital impression systems to implants—which is his true passion.
"I'm fascinated by the high level of precision that's engineered into the implant systems and the amount of accuracy that's required from the technician to complete an implant case successfully," says Infante, Technical Manager.
To learn as much as he could about the specialty, Infante has taken hours of clinical training at various conferences, is now a member of the AAID, ACP and ICOI, and plans to earn the new CDT in implants next year.
Infante also helps train the lab's Technical Managers across the country on systems and procedures and handles the technical training of all new customer service staff at the lab, covering basic tooth anatomy, types of restorations, materials and more. "Julian has an extraordinary ability to take complex subjects and explain them in a manner everyone can understand," says Patrick Tessier, President and CEO, Modern Dental Laboratory USA. "Our clients and fellow employees are all fortunate to have him on our team."