3rd Quarter - September 2022 | Contact Newsletter
Your Quarterly News & Updates
Greetings, Washington State Dental Laboratory members and friends! The 2022 3rd Quarter Contact newsletter is filled with information about our upcoming events, Scholarship Opportunities, Industry News and much more.
President's Message - Gary Smotherman
Fall is in the air and WSDLA is looking forward to hosting the 2022 Roundtable Retreat at the Tulalip Resort Casino on September 23, 2022. This is a great opportunity for lab owners to network with their peers and work on their businesses. In fact, that is what inspired this year’s theme, “Taking Care of Business.” The planning committee worked hard to bring in quality speakers and educational content that will inspire, motivate, and educate. Learn more about the presenters in this edition of the Contact e-newsletter. You won’t want to miss this meeting!

Stay tuned to our Facebook group, The Contact e-newsletter, and the WSDLA website for up to date information.
We can’t wait to see you at the Roundtable Retreat this month!!
Gary Smothermon
2022 WSDLA President
2022 WSDLA Roundtable Retreat - Registration is Still Open!
Please join WSDLA at the 2022 Roundtable Retreat on September 23, 2022 at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, WA.

Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.       Welcome

8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.       Retirement Transition Planning – Julie Eisenhauer, Clark Nuber

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.    DOR Use Tax Discussion – Nathan Davis, Department of Revenue

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.    Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Finding Joy in the Process – Nichole Frandanisa, The PNW Team

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.       Roundtable Discussion – Leon Hermanides and Dr. Ric Shepherd, Calibrated Dental Consulting

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.       3D Printing & Hazardous Waste – Allison Crollard, University of Washington

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Human Resources, Topic TBD – Speaker TBD

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.       WSDLA Business & Closing
2022 Roundtable Retreat & Annual Membership Meeting
WSDLA Roundtable Retreat
Friday, September 23, 2022

The Tulalip Resort Casino
10200 Quil Ceda Boulevard
Tulalip, Washington 98271
(360) 716-6000
Thank You to our 2022 Roundtable Retreat Sponsors:

Upcoming Events
2023 WSDLA NW Laboratory Forum
Save the Date for March 10 - 11, 2023. We are returning to the Embassy Suites Seattle-Bellevue for the 2023 NW Lab Forum. Your WSDLA Board is already hard at work planning 2023 NW Laboratory Forum! Stay tuned for more information. https://www.wsdla.com/2023-wsdla-nw-lab-forum/
Member News
A Call for Nominations
Chet Claus Award
WSDLA is currently accepting nominations for the Chet Claus Award. Please see below for requirements and email your Chet Claus Award nominations to WSDLA@executiveoffice.org.
Classified Ads
Free Classified Ads! - WSDLA Member Benefit

Post your FREE classified ads for equipment, job openings, etc on the WSDLA website. As a member benefit, all WSDLA members receive free classified ad posting for up to 30 days. For more information and to send a request for a classified ad, please visit www.wsdla.com.
Industry News
Introducing our Keynote Speaker: Nichole Frandanisa
Nichole Frandanisa
Speaker Bio
Host and founder of the Jesus Take the Deal podcast, real estate agent and keynote speaker, Nichole Frandanisa is an award-winning Realtor, business owner, and culture expert. With a background in nonprofit and for-profit leadership, her career expands over several industries including real estate, entertainment, and health and wellness. Nichole quickly became a top producing real estate agent and leads efforts around creating and maintaining a culture that
matters. She is passionate about helping others learn the art of joy, culture, and leadership strategies they need to succeed no matter what this marketplace does.

Course Description
Loving what you do each day often seems like an unattainable dream. The monotonous day to day activities, high stress business tasks, and pressures to grow often squelch the excitement we once had. Join us to learn the strategy you need to find joy in the process! Through intentional mindset, strategic efforts for culture and morale, and a set of tools to use to make every day worth celebrating, you’ll gain what you need to succeed. You deserve to enjoy and thrive in each aspect of your life! These tools will support bringing life to your work, joy to the process, and unexpected profits to your business.
Other Roundtable Retreat Presenters
Julie Eisenhauer, CPA
Speaker Bio
Julie is a shareholder in Clark Nuber’s Audit and Assurance Services Group. Her experience working with closely held and family-owned businesses has given her a strong background and understanding of the unique characteristics and complexities of managing a business while maintaining family harmony. She enjoys developing a trusted advisory relationship with her clients.
Course Description - "Preparing for Transition"
A successful business transition involves many personal, financial, and business dynamics. Understanding these dynamics and developing a plan with key steps to be taken is important to ensure success. Statistics show that 40% of business owners have done no planning at all. Wouldn’t you like to successfully transition your business on your terms? In our session, we will discuss why developing a plan is important and the key areas to consider.

Course Objectives:
·        Understand why planning for a business transition is important and when to start
·        Identify the key steps to be taken in developing the plan
·        Learn what the implementation pitfalls are and how to address them
Department of Revenue
Don Morley, Melody Bradford, and Nathan Davis will be presenting "Tax Reporting Information for Dental Laboratories and Dental Technicians" at the 2022 Roundtable Retreat.
Panel Discussion with Calibrated Dental Consulting
Ric Shepherd D.D.S.
Ric graduated from the University of Washington Dental School in 1970. After serving in the United States Public Health Service for five years, he opened a new practice in the small town of Winlock, WA. In the 1980's, Ric began a long Journey studying under John Kois D.M.D., M.S.D. In 2004, Ric was honored by Dr. Kois for clinical excellence and was awarded the position of Clinical Instructor at the Kois Center. That affiliation continues to this
day. After 47 years of clinical practice, Ric retired from active practice in 2017 to concentrate on his expanding dental consulting business. In 2019, Ric combined his existing business with Leon Hermanides C.D.T. to form Calibrated Dental Consulting, LLC.
Leon Hermanides, CDT
Leon graduated from College in South Africa with a National Higher Diploma in Dental Technology, the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree in the USA. He has worked in South Africa, London and Seattle laboratories specializing in all stages of advanced reconstructions, implants and anterior esthetics. Leon is a Clinical Instructor at Dr. John Kois’ Kois Center programs and a member of study clubs around the Puget Sound area. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington State Dental Laboratory Association and served as President in 2012. He has served as the Chair of the Foundation for Dental Technology and as Treasurer of the NADL. Leon also serves on the Advisory Board for the Dental Technology program at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, WA.
In 1998 Leon established Protea Dental Studio in Redmond, Washington; a DAMAS certified laboratory that specializes in providing comprehensive, implant and anterior restorative cases. Protea Dental Studio, Inc has built its reputation by implementing a systematic approach to ensure consistent, predictable results. 

Allison Crollard, MS, MN, CIH
Speaker Bio
Allison Crollard is a research industrial hygienist with a background in occupational health and safety and public health nursing. Allison holds masters degrees in Exposure Sciences and Occupational Health Nursing, both from the University of Washington. For the last ten years Allison has worked with the University of Washington’s Field Research and Consultation Group, where she provides health and safety services for a variety of workplaces across Washington State. 
Course Description - 3D Printing Health and Safety and Hazardous Waste

This talk will cover environmental and occupational health and safety considerations for working with 3D printers, an emerging technology being rapidly integrated into dental laboratories activities. We will discuss the various types of health and safety hazards associated with 3D printing and associated processes, and methods to address and reduce these hazards. The talk will also include a brief overview of state regulations that commonly apply to 3D printer use in dental labs, such as occupational health and safety rules (i.e. employee health) and environmental health rules (i.e. hazardous waste).

By attending this talk attendees can expect to:
·        Recognize common health and safety hazards related to 3D printer use in dental labs
·        Become familiar with measures used to control these hazards
·        Become aware of environmental and occupational health and safety regulations that commonly apply to 3D printing in dental labs, including hazardous waste
Technical Article
2022 Grant and Scholarship Opportunities!
The Keystone Grant Program was developed by the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology to support accredited educational institutions with a dental laboratory technology program or those accredited educational institutions who wish to add a dental laboratory technology program.

Application Deadline: October 1

The Mark Jackson Memorial Education Grant was created to support the Foundation’s purpose by making higher-level education more accessible to dental laboratory technicians. Mark Jackson Memorial Education Grants will be awarded in the amount of $2,500 to supplement expenses related to an approved continuing education program a winner wishes to attend.

Application Deadline: November 15