4th Quarter - December 2022 | Contact Newsletter
Your Quarterly News & Updates
Greetings, Washington State Dental Laboratory members and friends! The 2022 4th Quarter Contact newsletter is filled with information about our upcoming events, technical articles, industry news and much more.
President's Message - Gary Smotherman
WSDLA: A Transformation into 2023

In March, our Dental Lab Forum theme and schedule featured local State of Washington speakers. The Board of Directors have decided to take this same local focus a step farther and bring the management of WSDLA back to the region, as well.

After 10 years under management of Partners In Association Management in Tallahassee, FL, WSDLA is moving our management team back to the State of Washington. As of January 1, 2023, WSDLA will be managed by Association Management, Inc. in Gig Harbor WA. AMI began in 1986 and relocated to Gig Harbor in 2003. Their team is comprised of over 20 professional individuals who have diverse but complementary skills and substantial collective experience and background in association management and business. 

You will be able to meet our new staff team during our 2023 Northwest Dental Laboratory Forum being held March 10-11, 2023 at the Embassy Suites Seattle/Bellevue located in Bellevue, WA. Please plan to attend this important conference. Watch your email and mail for schedule and registration information.

We are excited to have AMI on board as our new management team. We know their expertise and experience in association management and their first hand business knowledge of the State of Washington will help WSDLA succeed in 2023 and beyond.

We would also like to thank Partners In Association Management and their staff for the past 10 years of management. We will still be collaborating with them on national dental laboratory technology issues through NADL and NBC and look forward to a continued longstanding relationship with them.

2023 is going to be an exciting year of changes and transformation and the Board of Directors look forward to working with you to make WSDLA an even stronger and more successful association!

Gary Smothermon
2022 WSDLA President
2022 WSDLA Roundtable Retreat Wrap-Up
2022 WSDLA NW Roundtable Wrap-Up
Our roundtable retreat was held at the Tulalip Casino in Marysville the end of September. The resort was beautiful with lovely amenities and very helpful staff members! The turnout was better than expected. We covered some critical topics that impact every Washington State laboratory including changes in the states definition of "Use Tax," the handling of 3D printed hazardous waste, lab registration (required by the state) and many other important topics. 
Our keynote speaker, Nichole Frandanisa, from The PNW Team, talked about JOY! Her definition was, "A predetermined choice of how you'll respond to any given circumstance." She said that a Stanford study of successful people found that only 12% held higher level degrees and the remaining 88% credited their success to attitude! She said JOY makes us resilient to negative circumstances and joyful people have statistically lower rates of high blood pressure and lower risk of heart disease. What's not to love about that?
Our industry is going through lots of changes. Employees are hard to find and retain, our costs keep rising, and it would be easy to get discouraged but let me encourage you to chose a culture of joy in your workspace! You'll never "out-joy" your employees and joy is contagious! 
Mark your calendars and plan to attend our WSDLA Spring Meeting at the Embassy Suites in Bellevue on March 10-11, 2023. It's shaping up to be a great event!
UGH! More Taxes?
The State of Washington has determined that model work (both printed and analog), reduction copings, soft tissue duplications, diagnostic wax-ups, lab analogs, and many other items that are used to make our final restorations but not incorporated into the final product are subject to use tax. There is a lot more to it than that but needless to say, we should be in compliance and we must look carefully at our tax structure and adjust where necessary. You can reach out to Nathan Davis at nathand@dor.wa.gov or 425-984-2584, for more information.

3D Printing & Hazardous Waste
Allison Crollard, from the University of Washington, presented on the potential hazards of 3D printing and what to do about the waste created from left-over resins and contaminated isopropyl alcohol. She said the studies to date show very little risk to employees from resin odor exposure but recommended we follow the SDS instructions for both resins and alcohol. She also said we aren't allowed to harden the residual resin by exposing it to light curing or sun because that is considered "treatment" and we aren't allowed to treat the materials. She recommended reaching out to the Department of Ecology for specific instructions. They can be reached at: Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction 360-407-6700.
Thank You again 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/

March 10 - 11, 2023
Embassy Suites Seattle-Bellevue
3225 158th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98008

For Exhibitors and Sponsors: Early Expo Information
2023 NW Lab Forum Schedule

Friday, March 10, 2023
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Registration Open
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM President's Welcome
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Panel Discussion (Matt Chapman, Autumn Ellingson, Leon Hermanides)
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 AM - 3:45 PM Safelink/Gary Morgan
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Keynote: Resiliency/Bryan Reynolds
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Awards
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Reception
7:15 PM Attendee Dinner - Dutch Treat

Saturday, March 11, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration Open
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM WSDLA Board Update
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker TBD
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Jean Chiah/Kuraray
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Exhibit Hall Open - Trade Show & Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Kristi Neff/Dentsply Sirona
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Vadim Vainer/Argen
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Safelink/Gary Morgan

*Schedule as of 12/19/22, subject to change.
Member News
New WSDLA Headquarters

c/o Association Management Inc.
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Phone 253.265.3042
Toll Free 877.460.5880
Fax 253.265.3043

As of January 1, 2023, WSDLA will be managed by Association Management, Inc. in Gig Harbor, WA. Association Management Inc. is a privately owned Washington Corporation which provides services to associations ranging in size from 50 to 3,000 members. Since 1986, Association Management Inc. has acted as an independent contractor, allowing associations to save time, money, and obligations of hiring employees. Their team is comprised of over 20 professional individuals who have diverse but complementary skills and substantial collective experience and background in association management and business. AMI is a proud member of The Center for Association Leadership, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Washington Society of Association Executives, Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB), and the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Find out more HERE
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.
D-2000 Scanner
New D-2000 Scanner
$10,000 USD

Contact: William Rigutto
Carnation, WA
(425) 941-9768
FOR SALE: Nabertherm Sintering Furnace
New Nabertherm Sintering Furnace
$7,000 USD

(originally paid $10,000; selling for $7,000)

Contact: William Rigutto
Carnation, WA
(425) 941-9768
Industry News
Meet Some of the Upcoming Forum Speakers
Vadim Vainer
Speaker Bio
Vadim Vainer has been a dental technician for over 18 years. He began his career as an apprentice, but he soon realized he had a passion for the dental arts. After earning an AAS in dental technology, he opened his own laboratory where he became an expert in all facets of dental tech - from the aesthetics of cosmetic restorations to the fast pace of digital systems, as well as the business of running it all. In his free time, Vadim is passionate about photography and often teaches classes about dental and portrait photography. Grateful for an amazing group of fellow dental technicians, he likes to participate in education and training as part of the Dental Technicians Guild.
Kristi Neff, CDT
Speaker Bio
Kristi is a Technical Specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the dental laboratory field. Kristi joined DENTSPLY Prosthetics in 2002. Kristi is a prosthetics expert on overdenture bars and lectures extensively domestic and internationally. Prior to working for DENTSPLY, Kristi worked for an in-house denture lab on the lab side, and also handled chairside responsibilities. Kristi is a Certified Dental Technician.
TruAbutment Symposium 2022 Recap
Members of the dental industry from all over are still raving about TruAbutment Symposium 2022 that was held as a two-day event from Friday, October 21st to Saturday, October 22nd at the Anaheim Marriott. This marvelous weekend began with a Pre-Event cocktail party Friday evening that provided a casual yet lively networking environment for all guests! This was TruAbutment’s second ever Symposium since the recent pandemic - allowing members of the company to reunite in person once again.

TruAbutment Symposium 2022 had the honor of having nine of the most highly influential dental leaders for its line-up Speakers: Dr. Daniel Vasquez, Frankie Acosta, Dr. Dhaval Patel, Dr. Zach Evans, Dr. Tarun Agarwal, Dr. Wally Renne, Dr. Anthony Mennito, Dr. Jae Seok Kang, and Dr. Erin Elliott. Jeff Krapf, renowned reporter who is known to host TruAbutment’s InTRUview Web Series, never failed to set the right mood on stage as the TruAbutment Symposium 2022’s Host.

Read full article HERE.
Technical Article
Allister Gibbons, RDT of Pacific Northwest Prosthodontics Laboratory Receives Prestigious Award
In September 2022 Nobel Biocare presented Allister Gibbons, the General Manager of ‘Pacific Northwest Prosthodontic Laboratory’ an award, recognizing him and the Laboratory as a “Center of Excellence” Laboratory. 

Allister works extensively with all on 4 treatment plans and procedures from start to finish, in doctor’s offices and in the lab, which is a full-service lab in Bellevue, Washington. 

Read full article HERE.
Seattle/King County 2023 Dental Clinic
The 2023 Seattle/King County Clinic has been scheduled for Thursday, April 27 - Sunday, April 30 at Seattle Center and they will be resuming all service areas! They are excited to return to full operation providing care to people in our community who struggle to access and/or afford healthcare.

Volunteer registration for the 2023 Seattle/King County Clinic will open Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Additional information can be found at seattlecenter.org/volunteers.

Seattle/King County Clinic brings together healthcare organizations, civic agencies, non-profits, private businesses and volunteers from across the State of Washington to produce a giant free health clinic at Seattle Center. The four-day volunteer-driven clinic provides free dental, vision and medical care to anyone in the region who struggles to access and/or afford healthcare.

The next Seattle/King County Clinic will be held April 27 – 30, 2023 and will offer dental, vision and medical care. More details will be available in the coming months.