4th Quarter - December 2018 | Contact Newsletter
Your Quarterly News & Updates
Greetings Washington State Dental Laboratory members and friends! The 4th Quarter Contact Newsletter is filled with information about our new Board members, our upcoming 2019 Northwest Laboratory Forum, 2019 Membership, and much more!
President Message - Chris Delarm, CDT
The holiday season is here and I hope everyone is close to finishing their Christmas shopping so you can enjoy the season of giving with friends and family. As the cold winds, grey skies and ski season rolls around, we begin to close out another year. This past year was full of fun and excitement for the WSDLA. We developed a clear voice in dentistry by promoting HB1782, enjoyed collaborating during the Round Table in the Tulalip Resort, learned from amazing teachers at the NW Lab Forum in Bellevue, and created new friendships with the growth of membership.

To read the full President's Message, please   click here.
2019 Northwest Laboratory Forum
March 8 - 10, 2019

Hotel Information:
Embassy Suites - Seattle/Bellevue
325 158th Ave SE - Bellevue, WA

Make your hotel reservation directly with the Embassy Suites by calling 425-644-2500. Don't forget to mention you are with WSDLA to receive the discounted rate of $134.00 per night.

Registration and Schedule coming soon!
2019 NW Lab Forum Speaker Spotlight
Friday, March 8th, 2019 - Complete Denture Workshop
Presented by: Kristi Neff, CDT
Sponsored by: DENTSPLY Sirona

This one day hands-on lecture, presented by Kristi Neff, CDT concentrates on esthetic and functional concepts concerning anterior and posterior tooth arrangements. Truly personalized tooth arrangements are based on facial characteristics, oral landmarks, and factors of denture contour which benefit the patient. Slides of natural dentition are shown to illustrate and demonstrate the subtle differences nature employs between various face/arch/tooth forms and their relationship to functional tooth positions.

Don't miss this great opportunity to participate in Kristi's lecture at the 2019 NW Lab Forum!

2020 NW Laboratory Forum
March 6 - 8, 2020

Hotel Information:
Embassy Suites - Seattle/Bellevue
325 158th Ave SE - Bellevue, WA

Stay tuned for more information on our 2020 NW Laboratory Forum!
2018 Roundtable Retreat - Thank You!
Thank you for everyone who attended the 2018 WSDLA Roundtable Retreat! Attendees and sponsors enjoyed a meeting filled with continuing education, networking and fun!

The speakers, sponsors, and attendees made this Roundtable Retreat a success! 

To read more about the 2018 Roundtable Retreat and to view pictures, please Click here .
Member Contest
Photo Contest
For more information, click here.

Submit photos to Rachel Sullivan at wsdla@executiveoffice.org by February 22, 2019 for a chance to be entered to win!
Show Off Your Skills

The WSDLA wants to see what re-energizes you when you're out of the lab! Whether it's volunteering, fishing, gardening, or skydiving, we want you to share those moments with us!

Submit your photo(s) and stories about your experience to the association. The winning contestant will have their photo chosen as the cover and title to the NW Lab Forum, receive a complimentary Saturday Registration plus a Regulatory Standards Seminar Registration into the Forum.
Member News
Welcome New 2019 WSDLA Board Members!

The Washington State Dental Laboratory Association would like to welcome its new Board members for 2019; Kaila Nakanishi, and Sherill Aumiller, CDT. We are excited to have them aboard, and can't wait to see what this year has in store for WSDLA!
Kaila Nakanishi, Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, Inc.
My family has been in the dental laboratory industry for over 65 years, but I really just stumbled into it. I started out as an interior designer with focus on CAD and I’ll be the first to say this was never the path I saw for myself. But the moment I stepped through the double doors and into the laboratory, I was hooked. There is something about the people and the culture (and the dust) that keeps me coming back day after day.
To continue to read the biography of Kaila Nakanishi, please click here.
Sherill Aumiller, CDT, Thorn Ford Dental Laboratory, LLC
I got into the dental laboratory industry in 1973, while I was in high school. My mother was working at Nakanishi Dental Lab, in the office, and she referred me for a summer job, working in the model room. At the end of the summer I was asked to stay on. After high school, I felt that working in a lab was a good fit for me, so I decided to pursue being a technician as a career. Over the years, I have worked in large labs, small labs, in-house labs, and at one time I owned a lab for 9 years. 

To continue to read the biography of Sherill Aumiller, please click here.
Membership Directory
WSDLA members can now share their contact information on the WSDLA website.

We are currently updating our Membership Directory and would like for members to please send in your company logo or a lab photo along with your contact information so it can be added to the WSDLA website Member Directory.

Please send your contact information along with a logo to: wsdla@executiveoffice.org.

To view our Member Directory, click here.
Reminder for 2019 Membership Renewal

Don't forget to renew your membership! Check your mailboxes in the coming weeks for your 2019 invoice.

Member Benefits Include:

  • Registration Discounts on all WSDLA events
  • Facebook community to interact with peers
  • UPS Discounts
  • Credit Card processing discounts
  • Informative WSDLA website
  • The Contact quarterly newsletter by email for you and your employees
  • Free online classified section

To see a complete list of benefits and to renew your membership, please click here.
Classified Ads
Redmond Dental Laboratory is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated ceramic technician with a minimum of 2 years experience to join their team.
Please contact Protea Dental Studio at:
phone: 425-497-9428
fax 425-497-9728.

For more information, click here.
Northwest Center for Prosthodontics is seeking a Full-Time Removable Lab Technician to work in their Olympia, WA practice.

For any questions, please contact Please contact Northwest Center for Prosthodontics at: admin@olympiasmiledesign.com

For more information, click here.
Free Classified Ads! - WSDLA Member Benefit

Post your FREE classified ads for equipment, job openings, etc. 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
Voices from the Bench: A Dental Laboratory Podcast
Have you checked out "Voices from the Bench: A Dental Laboratory Podcast"? It's a weekly podcast dedicated to the dental laboratory industry that brings industry news, interviews and roundtable discussions about topics affecting our dental industry with people in our industry. 

Our very own, WSDLA President Chris Delarm, CDT participated in a two episode podcast "A Better State of Mind: Roundtable Conversation About State Regulation (Part 1 and Part 2).

For more information about "Voices for the Bench" and to listen to this two episode podcast, please click here .
OADL - Industry Panel Discussion
On October 16 th , WSDLA Past President Matt Chapman, CDT participated in an industry panel at the Fall Meeting of the Oregon Association of Dental Laboratories.

The panel discussed several topics. The key issues discussed by the panel included the recent announcement of Portland Community College on closing their dental laboratory technology program after the 2018 class graduates.

To continue reading, please click here .
Spring 2019 CDT Pillar Scholarship
Are You Ready To Become a CDT?
Founded in 2004 by the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), the Pillar Scholarship is designed to allow qualified dental technicians the opportunity to sit for the three exams that comprise the Certified Dental Technician (CDT) exam process.

The CDT Pillar Scholarship covers the application and testing fees for a candidate to take the written comprehensive examination, the written specialty examination and the hands-on practical examination, one time each. The scholarship amount awarded is up to $935.00 per recipient. Scholarship recipients must take all three examinations within 12 months after being awarded the scholarship.

Spring 2019 Deadline: March 15th

Business Management
Your Habits Predict Your Future
John Marshall - Results Driven
In managing your lab, your habits can lead you to be successful. Very successful. Or, your habits can cause you and your lab to struggle.

A habit is something we do unconsciously. They say, “people form habits and habits form the future.”

So, what are you in the habit of doing? Do you have positive habits that are so strongly embedded that they are part of your unconscious? Or, are your habits sown with seeds of doubt?

To continue reading, click here.
8 Human Resources Resolutions for 2019
HR Solutions Blog Team, ADP
New Year's resolutions can help bring about positive change, whether in our personal lives or at work. With 2019 approaching, here are some HR resolutions to consider—and suggestions for helping make them stick.
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Technical Article
Screw Retained Implant Restorations
Bob Lathrop, CDT, MBA - Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, Inc.
Implant supported restorations are becoming a main stream solution for many laboratories and the decision between 1-piece and cemented crowns has become a major concern for the general dentist. Screw retained abutments and cemented crowns have been very popular over the years, however, studies have shown that the cement causes potential problems with implant failure due to the cement not being removed from the implant site.

To continue reading, click here.