Award winners honored for dental lab technology

National Association of Dental Laboratories recognizes outstanding individual contributions.

TALLAHASSEE, Florida--The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) honored outstanding contributors in the field of dental laboratory technology at the annual Vision 21 conference Jan. 28 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.

Winners were nominated by their peers and were selected based on an objective point system.

NADL Award Nominees Included: * Denotes award winners

Excellence in Education: This award is presented to a dental laboratory professional that has provided services to the dental technology industry in the furtherance of education.

Nominees:
*Mary Borg, SafeLink, Inc. – Cumming, GA
*Dennis Urban, CDT, Vident – Centereach, NY
Anita Bobich, CDT, Pasadena City College – Pasadena, CA
Les Hochhauser, CDT, American Dental Supply, Inc. – Easton, PA
David Prestipino, CDT, Artifex Dental – Alexandria, VA
Anthony Prestipino, CDT, Artifex Dental – Alexandria, VA
Kurt Tennyson, CDT, Excel Maxillofacial Prosthetic Laboratory – Simi Valley, CA
Glenn Thom, CDT, Glidewell Laboratories – Newport Beach, CA

Educator of the Year Award: This award is presented to an individual educator who has made outstanding contributions in an area of formal dental technology education.

Nominees:
*Leigh Tiebout, CDT, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale – Carbondale, IL
Jeffrey Mattes, CDT, Pasadena City College – Pasadena, CA

Hall of Fame Award: This award is presented to a dental laboratory professional that has made significant contributions to the dental laboratory profession.

Nominees:
*Wanda Hincher, CDT, North Carolina Dental Laboratory Association – Elkin, NC
Brian Lindke, CDT, Vividx – Buford, GA
Jim Emmons, CDT, FNBC, Spectrafire Biogenics – Dallas, TX
Gerry Mariacher, CDT, National Dentex – Houston, TX
David Prestipino, CDT, Artifex Dental – Alexandria, VA
Anthony Prestipino, CDT, Artifex Dental – Alexandria, VA
Kurt Tennyson, CDT, Excel Maxillofacial Prosthetic Laboratory – Simi Valley, CA

Laboratory Member of the Year: The Laboratory of the Year award is presented to an NADL member laboratory who has made significant contributions and demonstrated leadership in relation to working in the dental laboratory industry.

Nominees:
*Knight Dental Group – Oldsmar, FL
Excel Maxillofacial Prosthetic Laboratory – Simi Valley, CA
Artifex Dental – Alexandria, VA

Supplier Member of the Year: This award is presented to an NADL member manufacturing company who has made significant contributions and demonstrated leadership in relation to working in the dental laboratory industry.

*Sirona Dental – Charlotte, NC

Harry Hagman, CDT Inventors Award: This award was established by the 1982 NADL House of Delegates to honor inventors in the dental laboratory industry who are members of NADL in good standing, and who hold a US patent(s) or copyright(s) which bring new and innovative tools, materials and processing methods to the dental laboratory industry.

Nominees:
*Lawrence Kalfas, CDT, Roe Dental Laboratory, CDL – Hinckley, OH
Thermoplastic Hinge-latch partial (swinglock)
David Prestipino, CDT, Artifex Dental – Alexandria, VA
Snap apart impression tray
Leigh Tiebout, CDT, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale – Carbondale, IL
Labial bow bending device

Vision Award: Presented to Elizabeth Curran, CDT, of Ahwatukee Dental Lab in Mesa, AZ from Gregory Thayer, CDT (NADL President for 2006) in recognition of her incredible vision, tireless service and tremendous dedication to the benefit of all in the dental laboratory profession on behalf of NADL.

Digital pictures are available for each award presented at the Vision 21 meeting in Las Vegas, upon request.

For more information about the award winners, contact the NADL Office at (800) 950-1150.

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