• August
  • Working on the Railroad: A Technician's Labor of Love

    Lab Owner Winnie Westwood, CDT, uses her technician skills to create a garden train layout in her backyard.

    Laurel Carbonneau
    August 6 at 9:51 am

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  • December 2014
  • Five Keys to Success with Digital Technology

    LMT’s Laurel Carbonneau visited Whip Mix in October for its third annual Survive or Thrive Forum, where more than 30 attendees heard real-world advice on technology implementation.

    Laurel Carbonneau
    December 9, 2014

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  • April 2014
  • Shofu Introduces Digital Camera to U.S. Market

    Previously sold only in Japan, Shofu Dental’s EyeSpecial C-II digital camera is now available in the U.S. Designed exclusively for dentistry and ideal for use in the laboratory, the camera features 12 megapixels, eight shooting modes, 49-mm close-up lens, intuitive one-touch operations, and a large LCD touchscreen that allows the user to view and scroll through images even with a gloved hand.

    The EyeSpecial C-II has excellent depth of field range, fast autofocusing and anti-shake capabilities, as well as infrared, UV and anti-reflection filters. It’s lightweight and can be held comfortably with one hand and comes with a 4GB SD XC card. It is also compatible with an Eye-Fi Pro X2 card, allowing images to be automatically transferred and uploaded onto a computer, tablet or smartphone.

    The EyeSpecial C-II comes with SureFile photo management software, available for free download, that allows the user to automatically sort and file images by patient name or ID number, saving time...

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  • Oral Designs: Building the Team One Activity at a Time

    San Antonio, TX

    Owner: Dirk Albrecht

    46 Employees

    At Oral Designs, every day is an opportunity to build a collaborative and supportive team. The culture revolves around building camaraderie; for example, the group often gets together during lunch time for games designed by the managers to quiz employees on how much they know about each other. The lab also sponsors employees’ participation in community runs—along with t-shirts that say “Oral Designs Runs this Town” and provides celebratory birthday lunches. “The managers are constantly coming up with activities that help us learn more about each other and come together as a group,” says Danica Luera, Marketing Specialist. “They go out of their way to turn an average work day into a remarkable one.”

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  • March 2014
  • Image Gallery: Goes to Great Heights for Team-Building

    Dublin, OH

    Owner:  Lonni Thompson, CDT

    7 Employees

    More and more thrill seekers are getting into the zipline craze, flying high over forests, zoos and parks around the country. Touted for the adrenaline rush, this outdoor adventure experience has also proven to be a valuable team-building experience for Image Gallery in Dublin, OH.

    Two years ago, Owner Lonni Thompson took her employees ziplining, a first for everyone on staff. “We encouraged each other—some of us were scared of heights—so as we walked across ‘sky bridges,’ we talked and laughed away our fears,” recalls Office Manager Lisa Damron. Even the hour drive to the zipline course was a chance to grow closer. “We squeezed into one car and drove down together,” says Damron. “We talked, laughed and shared stories along the way, as well as our excitement about the adventure ahead.”

    Thompson also holds events to recognize a job well done. For instance, when the staff completed...

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  • Artistic Dental Studio: Rewarding Hard Work

    Bolingbrook, IL

    Owner: Jerry Ulaszek

    85 Employees

    Twice a year, no matter what, Artistic Dental Studio in Bolingbrook shuts down for the day to celebrate its staff. While the first order of business is to share news and updates such as OSHA standards or HR information, after that, it’s time for some post-meeting fun. Past events have included a trip to a go-cart track, a bowling alley (featured above), a cruise down the Chicago River or simply game day at the lab. Breakfast and lunch is served and each employee receives a gift card for gas, food or a restaurant. “The functions reward our entire staff for the hard work it puts in,” says Business Manager Michael Bottigliero.

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  • Twin City Dental Lab: the Team That Builds Together, Stays Together

    Lewiston, ME

    Owner: Michael Adkins

    16 employees

    The team members at Twin City Dental Lab in Lewiston, ME, are so tight, they worked together to build their own laboratory.

    Prior to 2003, the lab was housed in the basement of a professional building and while the space offered some unique features—for instance, an old bank vault served as the lunch room—employees dealt with poor lighting and cramped conditions. So in 2003, Owner Michael Adkins purchased land and broke ground for a new laboratory.

    Devoting nights and weekends to the project, the 16 employees—along with spouses and good friends—helped raise walls, swing hammers, sweep debris, run internet cables and telephone wires, paint and even brought warm food to keep workers going. “We started working the land in the summer of 2003, had the radiant heat and foundation poured before frost and walls up before Thanksgiving; the building was open for business by January of 2004,” says Jessica Hilton, the...

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