UAB School of Dentistry to complete high-tech labs thanks to gift from Oral Arts
The school has been raising funds to renovate the third-floor student lab space for several years through its class reunion program but needed a sizeable donation to complete the much-needed renovations.
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“As a family and as a business, the Winsteads and Oral Arts have provided our students, faculty and staff with warm hospitality and outstanding customer service in what has been a tremendous relationship,” Reddy said. “Now, thanks to this most generous gift, we have been able to further improve our dentistry capabilities in both training for our students and care for our patients. Our students benefit from this wonderful facility, and our patients benefit because they have the most advanced care possible. We are thankful for the generosity and vision of the Winsteads and Oral Arts, and couldn’t be more thrilled to continue our relationship with such industry stalwarts.”
Oral Arts is involved in computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing software for milling dental prostheses and completing restorations and donated this equipment as part of the gift to the school.
Winstead, a Philadelphia, Mississippi, native, is a Vietnam veteran. He served in the dental support unit as a noncommissioned officer in charge of a dental clinic while in the country. With the encouragement of the dentists on base, he came back to Huntsville in August 1969 and started Oral Arts Dental Laboratories.
Oral Arts developed into a nationally recognized industry leader under Winstead’s leadership with sales in excess of $22 million. Winstead’s vision and business expertise have enabled his company to grow from a single location with fewer than five employees to locations in Huntsville and Mobile and in Maryville, Tennessee, and more than 285 employees, all of whom provide services to dental professionals nationwide.