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- The First CAD/CAM Milled Sleep Apnea Device
- New Implant Restoration Center of Excellence
- DAMAS Certification 2014
- Carestream Dental
- Hermanson Merges with Lemke
- Welcoming William Johnson as CFO
- MicroDental Ottawa Merges with Cosmo
- Welcoming Graham Bowman
- Lee Culp Awarded Dental Technician Award
- Welcoming Ajith Gopalakrishnan
- Welcoming David Kuhns, Ph.D.
- DAMAS Certification
- Welcoming Les Cross and Andras Hites
- Welcoming Laura Sheppard
FDA Clears the MicrO2™ Sleep Apnea Device by MicroDental Laboratories – the First CAD/CAM Milled Sleep Apnea Device
August 04, 2014, San Francisco – MicroDental Laboratories announced that the FDA has cleared the company's MicrO2™ Obstructive Sleep Apnea Device. The first CAD/CAM milled Obstructive Sleep Apnea device, the MicrO2 offers dentists a new, innovative option for treating the growing number of patients diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
“Dentists are the front line for screening and managing patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” noted Kim Bradshaw, CEO and President of MicroDental Laboratories. “Many of our partner dentists asked for a small, precise, and easy to use Obstructive Sleep Apnea device. The MicrO2 device has been designed, from the very beginning, with these goals in mind.”
“I believe the MicrO2 will revolutionize dental sleep medicine,” stated Dr. Bill Dickerson, DDS, FAACD, LVIM. “I can honestly say that I don't think there is a better appliance out there. With it's lingualess design, airway constriction preventing fins, and unobtrusive size, this device is a winner.”
Featuring a patent pending design and a precision milling production process, the MicrO2 is able to utilize a PMMA material that is cured under controlled conditions. These aspects allow the MicrO2 to be small yet strong, precise, and predictable. The MicrO2 also features a unique approach to titration that is intended to make the device easier to use for the dentist and the patient.
“The MicrO2 does not require patients to manage any mechanical adjustments, such as turning screws, or changing positions with elastics. Instead the MicrO2 comes with one pair of Upper and Lower arches set to the prescription, and a second pair set in any amount of advancement increments. Advancements are easily achieved by simply removing the current Upper or Lower arch device and inserting the next advancement device in the MicrO2 series,” commented Laura Sheppard, Sr. Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs for MicroDental.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is one of the fastest developing frontiers in dentistry. A report by the Institute of Medicine estimates that 50-70 Million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. More than 18 million Americans have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been linked with snoring, memory loss, headaches, depression, and an increased risk of stroke, heart problems, and motor vehicle accidents.
“MicroDental Laboratories has a legacy of partnering with dentists who are committed to enhancing the lives of their patients,” noted Len Liptak, VP of Sales and Marketing for MicroDental. “With our FDA registered MicrO2 device, we look forward to partnering with these dentists as they manage the growing number of patients who are diagnosed with this serious condition.”
May 20, 2014, San Francisco – MicroDental Laboratories announced the company's new Implant Restoration Center of Excellence. The Implant Restoration Center of Excellence offers dentists an advanced partner for serving the dental needs of the edentulous population.
“Dentists are looking for an innovative and experienced dental lab partner to help them scale the rapidly growing need for implant-retained restorative care,” commented Kim Bradshaw, CEO and President of MicroDental Laboratories. “Our new Implant Restoration Center of Excellence is designed to make it easier for dentists to have success with implant-retained cases.”
Designed by Lee Culp, CTO of MicroDental and dental lab industry thought-leader, the Implant Restoration Center of Excellence offers dentists access the latest CAD/CAM technologies, modern implant restorative materials, a systemized workflow and a team of industry-leading implant restoration technicians.
“Our goal for the Implant Restoration Center of Excellence is to design the laboratory workflow, right from the beginning, with the latest implant restoration technologies in mind,” noted Lee Culp, CTO of MicroDental. “Everything–from the layout to the equipment–has been optimized to enable a wider range of treatment options, expert technical collaboration and predictable outcomes.”
Located at MicroDental's Laboratory in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, the Implant Restoration Center of Excellence is already providing implant restoration services to dentist both nationally and locally. The Implant Restoration Center of Excellence offers dentists a wide range of implant restorations from single units to the new ZEUS™ Zirconia implant-retained prosthesis.
“The dental practices that are thriving in this economy are those that are adapting to the changing dental needs of their patients,” noted Len Liptak, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MicroDental Laboratories. “The Implant Restoration Center of Excellence is designed to help dentists achieve their standard of care as they find themselves performing more implant-retained restorative dentistry.”
March 7, 2014, San Francisco – MicroDental Laboratories, one of the leading dental laboratories in the world, has achieved its DAMAS renewal accreditation for 2014. DAMAS stands for Dental Appliance Manufacturing Audit System. DAMAS is designed to allow dental laboratories to demonstrate that they follow FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices, ensuring patient safety. Less than 1% of more than 7,000 U.S. dental laboratories are DAMAS certified.
“DAMAS is more than just an accreditation. It is doing business in a way that makes quality and patient safety paramount,” noted Kim Bradshaw, CEO and President at MicroDental Laboratories. “In a dental lab industry that is increasingly characterized by new materials, 3D technologies, and complex supply chains, the specifications for DAMAS provide dentists with a peace of mind that the patient experience comes first and offers MicroDental with excellent context for evaluating innovations.”
“DAMAS is a high achievement for a dental laboratory, and few dental labs in the world can successfully complete and pass year after year. It is a voluntary process that requires a third party audit and yearly revalidation,” commented Laura Sheppard, CDT TE, Senior Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at MicroDental. “The specifications for DAMAS are designed to insure we follow best practices such as verification of FDA accepted materials, lot tracking for traceability; adherence to strict quality control standards; manufacturing and equipment controls for product consistency.”
“An exceptional commitment to patient health and safety is one of the attributes that makes MicroDental Laboratories different,” stated Len Liptak, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at MicroDental Laboratories. “Being one of the few laboratories in the world to maintain the prestigious DAMAS accreditation underscores MicroDental's unique commitment to helping dentists deliver effective, satisfying and safe treatment experiences.”
February 25, 2014, Dublin, California – Today MicroDental Laboratories, a network of dental labs committed to helping dentists thrive, announced the ability to fabricate a wide range of dental restorations from the new CS 3500 intraoral scanner by Carestream Dental. The company already fabricates restorations for a handful of dental practices that have CS 3500 intraoral scanners, including EMAX and Zirconia restorations.
“MicroDental is pleased to add the CS 3500 to the comprehensive list of digital impression scanners supported by our laboratories," commented Kim Bradshaw, President and CEO of MicroDental Laboratories. "At MicroDental, we are devoted to embracing cutting-edge technologies and partnering with technologically sophisticated companies to enhance customer experience and patient satisfaction. Our partnership with Carestream Dental testifies to that intent.”
“As Carestream Dental expands into the CAD/CAM market, gaining the support of the top dental labs is critical,” said Ed Shellard, DMD, Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Business Development for Carestream Dental. “We're excited about working with MicroDental Laboratories and what this means for our mutual customers.”
MicroDental Laboratories is one of the leading dental laboratory partners for dental practices that are shifting to digital dentistry. With a 30% year over year increase in cases submitted through digital impression scanners, dentists who go digital with MicroDental Laboratories experience a decrease in remakes and an increase in patient satisfaction. Dentists who go digital also qualify for MicroDental's Impression Free rebate program, which helps cover the monthly lease of the digital impression system.
Carestream Dental's CS 3500 allows dental professionals to easily acquire true-color 2D and 3D images in order to design restorations within their practice. Requiring no external heater, powder or trolley system, the scanner features high-angulation scanning of up to 45 degrees and a depth from -2 to +13mm. For further convenience, the CS 3500 is equipped with a unique light guidance system that aids in the capture of data during the image acquisition process.
More information on the Carestream Dental and MicroDental Impression Free Rebate Program can be found by calling 800.229.0936.
February 11, 2014, Dublin, California – MicroDental Laboratories, a network of laboratories committed to helping dentists thrive, is proud to announce the acquisition of Lemke Dental Lab. With this transaction, MicroDental Laboratories plans to combine Lemke Dental Lab with MicroDental's Hermanson Dental Laboratory. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, this partnership creates one of the nation's premier full-service dental labs. The new entity is called Hermanson Lemke, a MicroDental Laboratory.
“One of our goals is to make it easier for dentists to provide exceptional treatment experiences for patients,” noted Kim Bradshaw, President and CEO of MicroDental Laboratories. “Combining these two esteemed laboratories into one, convenient, location provides dentists with more options for treating patients and access to technical experts in fixed, removable, implant-retained and digitally-enabled restoration types.”
With over 60 years of serving dentists, the leadership teams of Hermanson and Lemke dental labs have a reputation for deep technical capabilities, personal service, and innovation. Hermanson Lemke Laboratory features one of the highest concentrations of certified dental technicians in the industry.
“Lemke Dental Lab has a fantastic reputation for quality, expertise and innovation,” commented Gary Johnson, Lab Manager of Hermanson Lemke. “I look forward to combining our talents, resources and capabilities.”
“Partnering with Hermanson Dental Lab truly gives us access to the very best of technology and personnel, allowing us to deliver premier yet personalized service to all dentists,” stated Dennis Lemke, President of Lemke Dental Lab. “Hermanson Lemke is a game changer with the ability to support dentists on a whole new level.”
January 7, 2014, Dublin, California – MicroDental Inc., a network of dental labs with a passion for helping dentists delight patients, announces the appointment of William Johnson to the position of Chief Financial Officer.
Bill brings to the Company more than 25 years of business and financial leadership experience in a myriad of industries including food distribution, metals processing/distribution, engineering and construction, as well as manufacturing and medical products. He’s worked in both private and public companies and has experience in pre-IPO companies. He also has experience with lean manufacturing and working with large, geographically dispersed business units.
“We are extremely fortunate to have someone like Bill on our team,” said Kimberly L. Bradshaw, President and CEO of MicroDental, Inc. “His diverse background and experience brings a sophisticated approach to finance that fits MicroDental’s structure and goals.”
In addition to his extensive experience, Bill is both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Indiana University and an MBA from Mercer University.
Mr. Johnson added, “MicroDental is a company that I am privileged to be a part of now and I am enthusiastic to take part in what they do to improve the lives of dentists and patients alike.”
MicroDental Laboratory Ottawa and Cosmo Dental Lab Merge to Become Ottawa's Leading Dental Laboratory
January 2, 2014, Ottawa, Ontario, CN – MicroDental Laboratories is pleased to announce the acquisition of Cosmo Dental Lab. The merger with Cosmo Dental Lab is designed to form Ottawa’s premier dental laboratory for all-ceramic, metal-ceramic, and implant-retained restorations, as well as orthodontic appliances, removable prosthetics and digital dentistry. The new entity is called MicroDental Laboratory Ottawa at Cosmo.
“MicroDental helps dentists thrive by offering exceptional quality, service and practice support,” noted Kim Bradshaw, President and CEO of MicroDental Laboratories. “The combined, local and technical capabilities of these two labs make this an exciting option for dental practices that are treating more patients with implant-based restorations and removables, practices that are seeing a revitalized demand for cosmetics, and also practices that are interested in intra-oral scanning and new dental materials like E.max and Zirconia.”
With over one hundred years of serving Ottawa area dentists, the leadership team of MicroDental Laboratory Ottawa at Cosmo offers an unparalleled depth of experience and technical expertise. This partnership offers dentists access to technicians who are Pankey CR trained, Misch Institute Implant Fellows, and LVI Neuromuscular trained technicians.
“This partnership brings together two of Ottawa’s leading dental laboratories,” commented Allan Cayer, Lab Manager of MicroDental Laboratory Ottawa. “Cosmo Dental Lab has a fantastic reputation for quality, expertise and innovation. I look forward to combining our talents to offer dentists access to a wider range of treatment services and options.”
“Partnering with MicroDental Laboratory Ottawa truly gives us access to the very best of technology and personnel, allowing us to deliver premier yet personalized service to all dentists,” stated Dave Wilson, President of Cosmo Dental Lab. “MicroDental Laboratory Ottawa at Cosmo is a game changer with the ability to support dentists on a whole new level.”
MICRODENTAL LABORATORIES APPOINTS GRAHAM BOWMAN AS NATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR OF THE MICRODENTAL, INC. NETWORK
June 14, 2013, Dublin, California — MicroDental, Inc., a network of dental labs with a passion for helping dentists delight patients, announces the appointment of Graham Bowman as the National Sales Director.
Prior to joining MicroDental, Mr. Bowman worked for Dale Carnegie for nearly 15 years, serving as a Training Consultant, Client Relationship Specialist, Field Support Sales Specialist and most recently as the Director of Sales Effectiveness in North America. Mr. Bowman implemented and coordinated all internal sales training for a network of over 200 reps and 70 franchises, as well as streamlined sales orientation and evaluated ways to leverage technology to support the network.
"Graham is an excellent choice for the job," said Len Liptak, VP of Sales and Marketing of MicroDental, Inc. "With the ability to reallocate resources toward high performance initiatives, he has a proven track record of successfully growing profits for networks based on dedicated sales and marketing efforts."
Graham comes with an educational background in business and finance. He attended the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Business and holds a degree in Organizational Management.
Mr. Bowman added, "I'm very excited about the growth opportunity in this industry and being part of a companywhere the culture is a commitment towards engagement and the development of team members across the network." As the National Sales Director of the MicroDental Network, Graham will be will responsible for leading and organizing all sales initiatives across the network. He will continue to support the labs with dedicated sales and marketing initiatives, as well as leverage and lead other labs to a larger presence within their local market.
Lee Culp of MicroDental, Inc. is Awarded the Dental Technician Leadership Award Presented by the American College of Prosthodontists
Oct. 16, 2013, San Francisco — The American College of Prosthodontists, through its awards program, formally recognizes individuals whose contributions to the specialty or to the College are outstanding and substantial. Lee Culp, CDT was awarded for Dental Technician Leadership on Friday, Oct. 11 during the Annual Session 2013 Annual Awards and President's Dinner held in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace.
Prosthodontists are specialized dentists with advanced training in oral health issues, who are committed to improving patient outcomes. From implants, crowns, veneers and tooth whitening, to full-mouth reconstruction, prosthodontists specialize in digital dentistry and CAD/CAM solutions.
Mr. Lee Culp is the Chief Technology Officer for MicroDental, Inc. and is the editor in chief of Teamwork and associate editor of Spectrum. He is the 2007 recipient of the Kenneth Rudd Award from the American Society of Prosthodontics, the 2007 recipient of the AACD Presidents Award for Excellence in Dental Education, as well as the 2003 recipient of the National Association of Dental Laboratories, Excellence in Education Award. Mr. Culp is also been appointed adjunct professor at University of North Carolina- School of Dentistry, Graduate Prosthetics department.
Mr. Culp is an avid writer, and has contributed to four dental books, including a chapter in Dr. Peter Dawson's book “Functional Occlusion: From TMJ to Smile Design.” He is a resource/inventor for many of the materials, products, and techniques used in dentistry today. He holds numerous patents for his ideas and products.
“If the dental community had to elect one person to transform the dental lab industry, it would elect Lee,” commented Kim Bradshaw, CEO and President of MicroDental Laboratories. “Lee is a thought leader, innovator, and AACD Accredited Technician all in one. We are thrilled that the American College of Prosthodontists has recognized Lee for his many contributions to dentistry.”
The American College of Prosthodontists is the professional association of dentists with advanced specialty training dedicated to optimal oral health both in function and appearance. The ACP is the only prosthodontic specialty organization whose membership is based solely on education credentials. ACP members must be in or have completed an ADA-accredited advanced education program in prosthodontics.
MICRODENTAL LABORATORIES APPOINTS AJITH GOPALAKRISHNAN AS SR. DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
February 11, 2013, Dublin, California, — MicroDental, Inc., a network of dental labs with a passion for helping dentists delight patients, announces the appointment of Ajith Gopalarkrishnan to the position of Sr. Director or Information Technology.
Prior to joining MicroDental, Mr. Gopalarkrishnan worked for Aspect Software for nearly 15 years, serving in a variety of IT management roles, including Manager of Global CRM, Sr. Manager of Business Applications Development and most recently as their Director of Business Applications Development. Prior to joining Aspect Software, he held several IT consulting positions with companies such as EDS and Bank of America.
“We feel honored to have someone such as Ajith on our technology team,” said Kimberly L. Bradshaw, President and CEO of MicroDental, Inc. “With over 15 years of solid IT background, he has a proven track record of successfully building and leading teams to achieve exceptional results in technology and systems.”
Ajith has demonstrated his commitment to the IT field through his educational background, completing his Mechanical Engineering program with a Bachelor of Science in Bangalore, India, as well as a Master of Science (MS), Engineering program at San Jose State University. He has also been a guest speaker at the University of California Berkeley, discussing Internet Deployment, Development and Integration.
Mr. Gopalarkrishnan added, “I am elated to be joining MicroDental, they have a vision that exceeds others in the dental industry and are well on their way to achieving a distinct experience for customers unlike any other.” As Sr. Director of Information Technology, Ajith will be will responsible for directing the IT resources and plans in accordance to IT growth initiatives. He will partner with the Director of Product Development and Commercialization as they build the Customer Web Interface, which is designed to create both an unparalleled level of customer support/loyalty and differentiation.
MICRODENTAL LABORATORIES APPOINTS DAVID KUHNS Ph.D., AS SR. DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION
January 15, 2013, Dublin, California — MicroDental, Inc., a network of dental labs with a passion for helping dentists delight patients, announces the appointment of David Kuhns, Ph.D. to the position of Sr. Director or Product Development and Commercialization.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kuhns worked for 3M for over 15 years, most recently with the Unitek Orthodontic division serving as a Product Development Specialist in which he was the project leader for Digital Orthodontic products. He also served as a member of their Digital Strategy Steering Committee and was heavily involved in conducting market research to assess customer requirements. Dave has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Washington.
“The combination of his practical experience and education make Dave uniquely qualified for this position and I am excited to have him spearheading it,” said Kimberly L. Bradshaw, President and CEO of MicroDental, Inc. “With over 15 years of in the dental industry, he has a proven track record of successful market research and targeted product release based on intense analysis of the consumer.”
MicroDental Laboratories Receives Prestigious Patient Health and Safety Accreditation
March 29, 2012, San Francisco – MicroDental Laboratories, one of the leading dental laboratories in the world, is now a DAMAS accredited laboratory. DAMAS stands for Dental Appliance Manufacturing Audit System. DAMAS is designed to allow dental laboratories to demonstrate that they follow FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices, ensuring patient safety. Less than 1% of more than 7000 U.S. dental laboratories are DAMAS certified.
"MicroDental's pledge of helping dentists deliver an exceptional treatment experience begins with a steadfast dedication to patient health and safety," stated Kim Bradshaw, CEO and President of MicroDental. "MicroDental's DAMAS accreditation underscores our commitment to helping dentists achieve their standard of care."
"DAMAS is a high achievement for a dental laboratory. It is a voluntary process that requires a third party audit and yearly revalidation," commented Laura Sheppard, CDT TE, Senior Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at MicroDental. The specifications for DAMAS are designed to insure we follow best practices such as verification of FDA accepted materials, lot tracking for traceability; adherence to strict quality control standards; manufacturing and equipment controls for product consistency."
"The dental lab industry is very dynamic, featuring many new materials, new technologies and new production approaches such as offshore manufacturing," noted Len Liptak, VP of Sales and Marketing for MicroDental. "Amidst these changes it is important for dentists to know where their products are being manufactured and be able to verify that their dental lab partners are mutually committed to their patient's health and safety."
MicroDental Laboratories appoints Les Cross and Andras Hites to Board of Directors
May 17, 2012, Dublin, California—Dental Technologies, Inc. (DTI), one of the largest networks of dental laboratories in North America, today announced the appointment of Les Cross and Andras Hites to its Board of Directors.
Leslie (Les) Cross also currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Alphatec Spine, where he’s been on the Board since March 2011. Previously, Mr. Cross served as President and Chief Executive Officer of DJO Global, Inc., where he held several principal executive roles since 1995. From 1990 and 1994, Les held the position of Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development of the Bracing and Support Systems division of Smith & Nephew. He was Managing Director of two different divisions of Smith & Nephew from 1982 to 1990. Mr. Cross earned a diploma in medical technology from Sydney Technical College in Sydney, Australia and studied business at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa.
Andras (Andy) Hites has over 40 years of experience in the dental lab industry and together with his brother George Hites, grew MicroDental Laboratories from nearly $3 million in revenue to approximately $50 million in 2002. During his tenure with MicroDental, the Company designed a number of innovative restorative techniques and products that fostered a very loyal client base and helped MicroDental grow to be one of the largest dental labs in North America. Andy has been a national speaker for Quest where he has shared his expertise on lab management and client relations, has produced nine educational videos for dentists and patients and has published several articles in business and dental journals.
“We are very excited to have two highly accomplished and very experienced executives join our Board,” said Kimberly L. Bradshaw, President and CEO of DTI. “Les brings a wealth of experience in growing companies in the medical device industries while Andy is intimately familiar with the dental lab industry, having created and grown one of the preeminent labs in the country. Both individuals will play a significant role in setting the strategic direction of DTI.”
In making the announcement, Les Cross stated, “I am extremely honored and excited to join the board of directors at Dental Technologies, Inc. DTI has distinguished itself by providing unparalleled customer service to their clientele through a personalized approach that benefits dental practices and their patients. I look forward to working with the team to develop strategies to achieve the next phase of growth for the Company.”
“Technology is revolutionizing this industry the way that it changed the auto industry and DTI is leading the charge,” said Andy Hites. “I have always believed technology would improve both the quality of products and service to the client and I am very excited to help the Company continue to differentiate itself as the technology leader.”
MicroDental Laboratories appoints Laura Sheppard, CDT Sr. Director of Regulatory and Compliance
January 4, 2012, Dublin, California—Dental Technologies, Inc. (DTI), one of the largest networks of dental laboratories in North America, today announced the appointment of Laura Sheppard, CDT to the position of Sr. Director of Regulatory and Compliance.
Prior to joining DTI, Mrs. Sheppard worked for Dental Services Group where she held a variety of senior management positions including Manager of Davis Dental Laboratory’s Orthodontic and Therapy departments, Director of Training & Education and most recently, Director of Quality and Compliance.
“We are very proud to have added someone with Laura’s experience to our Management Team,” said Kimberly L. Bradshaw, President and CEO of DTI. “With over 20 years of industry experience, she has a proven track record of designing and implementing successful quality control strategies that support clinicians’ goals and expectations.”
Laura is very active in the Dental Technology community currently serving as Chairman of NBC (National Board for Certification in Dental Technology) and is an NADL Trustee. Additionally, she’s well published having written numerous articles for JDT, IDT and LMT. In September of 2011, she was named as one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry by dental restorations Report.
Mrs Sheppard added, “I am thrilled to be joining the leadership team at DTI. They have a long-standing reputation for high-end quality restorations, outstanding customer service and employee care.” As Sr. Director of Regulatory and Compliance, Laura will be will responsible for the Company’s Compliance and Quality programs as well as helping with several key strategic initiatives.