Although Friendship Dental Laboratories, Inc.'s first case was fabricated in 1973, it wasn't until 2006 that it implemented the efficient, computerized tracking system by Labtrac. This October, it logged in its half-millionth case!
From independent surveys and research to industry-specific management, marketing and business strategies, LMT gives dental laboratory owners and managers the information that's hard to find anywhere else. Incorporating the real-world experiences of people who work in the same market and face the same challenges, LMT's articles are carefully focused...See more on the practical, business side of operating a dental laboratory.
Because of the limitless reach, immediacy, interactivity and cost-effectiveness of social media compared to many traditional marketing strategies, content...See more marketing has become the Next-Gen marketing strategy. It’s a soft sell and relationship building at its best.
LMT's Editor Kelly Carr shares her views on what's going on in our community.
It’s well known that strong management is a critical part of organizational health. But what type of leadership behavior is most effective?
To succeed in an increasingly competitive environment, laboratory operators are adopting a “don’t go it alone” mentality. Here are f ive...See more partnerships that are helping owners/managers grow their businesses, share valuable feedback on new technology, gain buying power and even create an exit strategy.
Another submission to our thankful campaign is from Jon Boyer, CDT, TE, Island Dental Lab LLC, Beaufort, SC. We love seeing all the gratitude in the community!
"I'm thankful for the opportunity to establish...See more my laboratory within Dr. Ed Wise's office (Marshlands Family Dentistry), and to work directly with him and his patients for the past eleven years."
Here's another submission to our thankful campaign comes from Megan Nakanishi, Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, Inc. in Bellevue, WA:
"Ray Nakanishi is my grandfather and founder of Nakanishi Dental Laboratory....See more He started the lab in 1953 in the basement of his home the very same year my father, and our current president, Dave, was born! Ray Nakanishi and his wife, Chiyo, still reside in Bellevue and lead an active life.
Among many things, I am inspired by my grandfather's lifelong commitment to learning. Whether it's becoming a Master CDT or taking lessons to become the best in watercolor or discovering how to use the latest apps on his cell phone at age 90... he's always ready to learn.
My grandfather has inspired my sister and me to continually look for educational opportunities. From an advanced degree in business to the CDT exam that my sister will be taking this fall, our grandfather has always been extremely supportive. We are proud to continue his legacy and are grateful for his inspiration!"
Here's one heart-felt response we received:
"John Melengic is my father. He's also owned and operated JHM Royal Dental Lab for 40 years. In my lifetime, there is no single person who inspired, loved or...See more cared about doing what's right more than him.
The list of examples are long, too long to list them all. One of the examples really shaped the way I approach the business but more so life.
In the midst of the economic downturn when things were really bad, businesses all around us were closing their doors. Labs we're friendly with talked about survival by cutting corners, cutting costs, hiring sub par technicians for lower pay, etc. I asked my father if he'd be doing the same. He looked at me with disappointment (which is not a good feeling). He said:
'Our purpose in our business and in life is to give. To give a smile. To give hope. To give courage, relief and comfort among others. Our profits do not dictate our success and as long as my doors are open, our responsibility to our patients is our only concern. If we cut corners, we may be open for business, but our doors have already shut. If we don't make it the right way, I'd rather do something else.'
Hearing things like that shape you. They allow you to shape others and I am forever thankful God gave me a dad like him."
- Elias Melengic, JHM Royal Dental Lab, Little Neck, NY
84 South Main St., Newtown CT 06470
203-426-4LMT · 203-491-2300 (fax)
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