SPOTLIGHT: TAD BURZYNSKI, RDH, LD

When the name Tad Burzynski is mentioned in denturist’s circles worldwide it would be difficult to find anyone who did not know who you were talking about. Tad has literally been involved all his life. His first introduction was as a youngster working in his father’s office….. doing scrub work at first but eventually through […]

SPOTLIGHT: JOHN MERRILL, LD, DD

John was born in Belfast, ME. The family moved to Bangor, ME, when he was a child and this is where he calls home, went to school and graduated. As a young man, only 17 years old, he wanted to join the military. His high school offered the opportunity for students in their senior year […]

SPOTLIGHT: LENARD DEOCHAND, DPD

Lennie as he is affectionately called was born in British Guyana, a sovereign state on the northern mainland of South America. Guyana has the distinction of being the only South American nation in which English is the official language. He wasn’t sure he wanted to work in the dental industry. His brother was a dental […]

SPOTLIGHT FALL 2018: LILLIAN PETERSEN

It was my pleasure to interview Lillian Petersen for this column. Lillian is one of the pioneers of the denturist profession in Oregon and one of a very few women to choose this profession. She started out working as a receptionist for a dentist, Dr. Weber. When Dr. Weber’s lab technician left, Dr. Weber taught […]

SPOTLIGHT WINTER 2018: REST IN PEACE BRUCE ANDERSON

BY: DUFFY MALHERBE On the 28th of October, a man without an equal in the denturist profession has passed away. The integrity and dedication he displayed throughout his career and the standards set in striving for national recognition in the USA have been significant factors in achieving the level of professionalism and the status that […]

SPOTLIGHT SPRING 2018: AUSTIN CARBONE B.Sc. B.Ed. DDL

Tribute to our Pioneers – Focus on Austin Carbone: by Duffy Malherbe The profession has been blessed with devoted Trailblazers who led with conviction, dedicated to their calling to convince governments that denturists be legally recognized, to practice professionally without supervision so that patients can exercise their freedom of choice. The integrity displayed and the […]

SPOTLIGHT SUMMER 2017: DAVID MENGEL, CPD

David Mengel graduated top of his class at Golden Key College and Bay City College in Sacramento, CA. Sacramento was home for David; his father, a dental laboratory technician, owned and operated a successful dental laboratory there. David says his involvement in the “dental lab business” was a family affair; he and his brother worked with […]

SPOTLIGHT SPRING 2017: RONALD D. FARRIS, CDT, DDM, LD

Ron Farris has been in the dental profession for 47 years. “I have always felt this business was my calling,” and with a smile Ron continued, “Sometimes I think it is a curse. The long hours dedicated to my passion for fabricating successful dental appliances for my patients sometimes keep me awake at night.” Ron […]

SPOTLIGHT FALL 2017: GLEN ANDERSON, BSC, LD, DD

One could say Glen started his denturist career in the late 70s if, as a kid, sweeping the floor in his father’s dental lab counts. However, Glen states, “Realistically, I got started in 1986 when I enrolled in college and needed a job. My parents offered me the luxury of living at home while attending […]

SPOTLIGHT WINTER 2016: ERIC HANSEN, DPD

Eric Hansen’s history and involvement in the denturist profession must begin with his father, Ron Hansen. The family joke was that Ron Hansen’s dental laboratory was his “other wife” because he lived there more than he lived at home. Eric recalls the many evenings his mom would bring his father’s dinner to the laboratory where […]