2nd Quarter - May 2019 | Contact Newsletter
Your Quarterly News & Updates
Greetings Washington State Dental Laboratory members and friends! The 2nd Quarter Contact Newsletter is filled with memories from our 2019 Northwest Laboratory Forum, Legislation Update, Membership Awards, and much more!
President's Message - Megan Nakanishi
By now, all of you have likely heard about the recent passage of Washington State House Bill 1177; what a huge win for our industry! On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to pass along how excited we are to work with the Department of Health, the Washington State Dental Association and the National Association of Dental Labs to put the final touches on the new law.

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2019 Northwest Laboratory Forum
2019 Northwest Laboratory Forum 

Thank you to everyone that participated and attended the 2019 Northwest Laboratory Forum held March 8-10, 2019 at the Embassy Suites - Seattle/Bellevue in Bellevue, WA.
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2019 Roundtable Retreat
Mark Your Calendars and plan to join us!
2019 Roundtable Retreat
Friday, October 11, 2019
Tulalip Resort Casino
Tulalip, WA
The schedule is currently being finalized and more information will be posted on the WSDLA website soon.
Check out all that the Tulalip has to offer at:
Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, W A
2020 Northwest Laboratory Forum
Embassy Suites Seattle-Bellevue


2020 NW Laboratory Forum
March 6 - 8, 2020

Hotel Information:
Embassy Suites - Seattle/Bellevue
325 158th Ave SE - Bellevue, WA
(425) 644-2500

Stay tuned for more information on our 2020 NW Laboratory Forum!

Member News
2019 NW Lab Forum Milestone Recipients
Congratulations! Becoming a CDT is an accomplishment, maintaining your certification is a commitment. Being a CDT takes tremendous dedication and we applaud you. You are an inspiration to other dental technicians by continuing to raise professional standards.

To see the complete list of 2019 Washington State CDT Milestones, please click here .
Classified Ads
Cosmetic Dental Arts in Maple Valley, WA is looking for a dental lab technician with various skills in CADCAM / 3 Shape Scan (scanning, designing, and green state finishing), Zirconia Fitting and Ceramist.

For any questions, please contact Please contact Gary Smothermon, CDT at: gary.cosmeticdentalarts@gmail.com

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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
2019 Washington State Legislation Update
The importance of dental laboratory registration has been discussed by the Board of Directors since 2013 and a member meeting was held to initially discuss registration with the members at the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference (PNDC) in June 2016.  A vote by the membership was taken at that meeting and approved WSDLA supporting dental laboratory registration.

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Business Management
Help Set Performance Goals for Employees
ADP Spark Team, People Management and Growth
We often talk about performance goals for employees only in the context of an annual performance review, but goal setting can — and should — take different forms.

Effective employee goal setting can take several forms. We often talk about performance goals for employees only in the context of an annual performance review. We rate and categorize employees, set new goals, and then we forget about it all until next year.

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Technical Article
How 3D Printing Improves RPD Production, Product Quality and Quality of Life
LMT Magazine - April 2019
by Kelly Fessel Carr
After fabricating RPDs using conventional methods for 30 years, Gill Egan, Managing Director of Egan Dental Laboratory, a five-person removable prosthetic laboratory in Ripon, U.K., was eager to embrace digital technology. “I’d seen how technology completely transformed the crown and bridge world and knew it would ultimately have the same impact on removable prosthetics. I love anything new and couldn’t wait to try the latest technology,” she says. 

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