1st Quarter - March 2019 | Contact Newsletter
Your Quarterly News & Updates
Greetings Washington State Dental Laboratory members and friends! The 2019 1st Quarter Contact newsletter is filled with information about our upcoming 2019 NW Lab Forum, Awards, Industry News and much more. We can't wait to see everyone at this year's 2019 NW Lab Forum!
Meet Your New President - Megan Nakanishi
How did you get into the dental laboratory industry? 

My grandfather started the lab in 1953 and my father, Dave, took over in the early 1980s. I came into the family business about ten years ago, after graduating from college with a degree in Business. My sister, Kaila, runs our All-Ceramic Team; it’s a true family affair! 

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
There is still time to make your hotel reservation! Please call the hotel at 425-644-2500 to make your reservation.

Call our office to register today at (800) 652-2212.

For more information about the 2019 Northwest Laboratory Forum, Click here.

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!
Member News
WSDLA Legislative Action Fund Contribution

WSDLA needs your help to turn this legislation into law! With your continued support we can make dental patient safety a top priority during the 2019 Washington legislative session. Your contribution will help WSDLA promote the dental laboratory profession and the quality of care and service dental technicians provide to the media, state legislators and the general public.

To help support the WSDLA legislation, please click here .
NADL - Vision 21 Award Winners
The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) honored outstanding contributors to dental laboratory technology at their annual Vision 21 Meeting on January 18, 2019 at Bally's in Las Vegas, NV. This year, three of WSDLA's very own were awarded during the meeting. Congratulations Matthew Chapman, CDT, Bob Criss, CDT and Loren Ford, CDT for your hard work and dedication!
NADL Merit Award for Outstanding Achievements
Matthew Chapman, CDT
Chapman Dental Laboratory, Inc., CDL
University Place, WA

Educator of the Year Award
Bob Criss, CDT
Bates Technical College
Tacoma, WA

35 Year CDT
Loren Ford, CDT
Thorn Ford Dental Lab, LLC
Bothell, WA
Pictured left to right: Bob Criss, CDT, Loren Ford, CDT and Matthew Chapman, CDT
2019 Chicago Midwinter Meeting
Argen Panel Discussion - Megan Nakanishi
Megan Nakanishi enjoyed herself as she participated in an Argen panel discussion at the 2019 Chicago Midwinter Meeting. Megan, along with successful lab owners discussed how to grow your lab, improve profitability, and stay ahead of industry trends.
Congratulations 2019 CDT Milestones!
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 of Washington State CDT Milestones, please click here.
Classified Ads
Used dental lab equipment and supplies from a traditional crown & bridge for sale. Location: Dental Design Science NW in Kenmore, WA.

For any questions, please contact Please contact Monte Tourville, CDT at: ddsnwom@frontier.com

For more information, click here.
Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, Inc. in Bellevue has an immediate opening for an experienced denture technician. Certified Dental Technician (CDT) credential preferred but not required.

Please contact Bob Lathrop CDT with any questions or interest at 425-822-2245 or bob@nakanishidentallab.com
For more information, click here.
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
Court Approves $80 Million Settlement in Class Action Lawsuit
ADA News
A federal court has approved the $80 million settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit against dental product companies accused of violating antitrust laws by fixing prices on dental equipment and supplies.

According to the preliminary approval of the settlement that was issued Jan. 8 by Judge Brian M. Cogan of the Eastern District Court of New York, any person or company that purchased dental products directly from Henry Schein, Patterson, Benco, Burkhart or any combination of those companies between Aug. 31, 2008, and March 31, 2016, may participate in the class. Some 142,000 dental offices and laboratories are expected to be eligible to take part.

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
Taxes and 179 Expensing
ADA News
Internal Revenue Service Code Section 179 allows business owners to deduct the purchase price of equipment and/or software put into service during the year. With the 2019 filing deadline approaching, the ADA News is featuring a series of articles focusing on how the new law will affect dentists beyond the revised standard deductions. To continue reading, click here.

To learn more about Section 179 Deduction, click here .
7 Legal Myths You and Your Advisors May Believe
Larry Oxenham, Senior Advisor, American Society for Asset Protection
There are many financial and legal myths that circulate through society. A belief in these myths may result in serious problems. In a commencement address at Yale University, President John F. Kennedy taught, “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived, and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.” Mark Twain echoed this thought when he said, “It isn’t what we don’t know that kills us, it’s everything we know that ain’t so.”

To continue reading, click here.
Technical Article
WSDLA 2019 NW Lab Forum -Dentsply Complete Denture Workshop
by Mark Gosney

Friday, March 8th, 2019 - Complete Denture Workshop
Presented by: Kristi Neff, CDT
Sponsored by: DENTSPLY Sirona
The 2019 NW Lab Forum is just around the corner! This year we will feature a Dentsply Complete Denture workshop, presented by Kristi Neff, CDT. Kristi will concentrate on Esthetic and Functional concepts concerning anterior and posterior tooth arrangements. 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. 

To learn more about Dentsply's Complete Denture Hands-On Workshop, please click here.

If you are interested in participating in this hands-on workshop, please register here or call our office at (800) 652-2212.