I have been full time with Renstrom Dental since 2006, although I have been around Renstrom Dental for most of my life. My grandfather Robert Renstrom, started the company in 1966, and then my father Randy, and uncle Rick, bought the company in 1985. Currently I am the Office Manager, working with the billing, scheduling, inventory, phones, emails, and a variety of other tasks.
Here is an ad Renstrom Dental had done sometime in the 1970s. Bob Renstrom (far right) had started the lab in 1966 and his sons, Rick and Randy bought it in the 1980s. Rick and Randy are still the owners...See more today, and we are proud to say the lab continues to run as a family owned business!
In the winter of 2012, Randy Renstrom found an old dental chair while looking through a barn in Aitkin, MN. It had been badly burned in an unknown fire. The back, headrest, arm, and footrest all needed...See more to be reconstructed. Randy spent the rest of the winter and the spring of 2013 reconstructing the chair. The seat and calf rest are the original wood. All of the cast iron was sandblasted and powder coated or plated. The detailed scroll work was completed by Julie Heimerl (employee of Renstrom Dental).
Randy believes the chair was originally manufactured between 1870-1880; and sold by Noyes Brothers and Cutler, the largest pharmaceutical supply house in the Western United States at that time. He believes the chair was used as a dental chair, or possibly a general surgical chair. The completed project turned out great, and we are very fortunate to have such a unique piece of dental history to remind us how far the industry has come.
(Renstrom Dental Studio, Vadnais Heights MN)
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