Extending a helping hand

The challening journey to humanitarianism

Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. Arch.

Apart from being both a dentist and an architect, Dr. Tristan Hamilton is also an avid humanitarian. From his first medical mission in Western Zambia to his current clinic in Grenada, mission work has always been a staple in Dr. Hamilton’s life.

After spending some time in Western Africa, Dr. Hamilton said he knew that mission work was his passion. This ultimately led him to create the Church Street Clinic in the city of St. George’s on the island of Grenada.

Dr. Hamilton said Grenada proved to be one of the more difficult places that he has done mission work in, mostly due to their strict regulations.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton during some of his early mission work.

“I’ve been all over the world doing mission work and doing every aspect of mission work; whether I’m building a facility, using my hands to do construction, or whether or not I’m doing medical or dental work. It’s never been difficult to actually do good, except in Grenada,” Dr. Hamilton said.

Dr. Hamilton was fully expecting to see patients when he first arrived in Grenada, but a quick call from the liaison in the United States changed all of that.

Instead of being able to sit down and care for the patients in Grenada, Dr. Hamilton said he spent his first day scrambling around to try and get his dental license passed by the Grenada Medical and Dental Council.  

“I spent a whole entire day visiting four different government offices, and at the end of the day, they only qualified me to be able to do sealants,” Dr. Hamilton said.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton with his family in Grenada.

Although being approved to do sealants may not seem like that big of a deal, Dr. Hamilton counted this as a huge victory and even said he learned some other lessons from that challenging, hectic day.

“That day made me aware of a lot of things, like how patients are a great virtue to have,” Dr. Hamilton said.

Overcoming other hardships

Construction barriers

Dr. Hamilton still had some hurdles to get over once his license was approved in Grenada. Construction in third-world countries is not always the easiest, and Dr. Hamilton said the builders had to get creative sometimes.

“We were inspecting the office and got down into the basement where I inspected the suction and the compressor. I walked right outside to see that the drain hose from the hi-vac suction was sticking out of the window of the basement and into the gutter of the stree. Totally normal, right?” Dr. Hamilton said.

The difference in something as simple as what materials were being used really blew Dr. Hamilton away.

Even though some of the projects had to be redone, both the builders and Dr. Hamilton were able to work together to get the clinic up and running.  

 Being in two places at once

While doing work at the Church Street Clinic, Dr. Hamilton soon realized that his consistency would make the biggest impact on the community. This was a hard pill to swallow because his original plans did not include him being in Grenada full-time.

Dr. Hamilton assessing the inventory at the Church Street Clinic.

“My vision for the Church Street Clinic was that I’d go down a few times a year and spend a couple of weeks serving the people of that area, but then I asked myself, what happens in the mean time?”

Dr. Hamilton soon became concerned about what would happen to the patients who needed a dentist when he wasn’t readily in the country. It was hard for him to accept the fact that he wouldn’t be the ultimate cure-all for the St. George’s community.

Thankfully, Dr. Hamilton was able to find a solution to this problem with the help of Dr. Noel. Dr. Noel will act as the boots on the ground year round, catering to those patients in need when Dr. Hamilton isn’t around.

“Now we have somebody that’s in place and that’s really committed to giving back to her people. Now we have that consistency within our clinic’s setting to provide the greatest impact to the community.” Dr. Hamilton said.

Apart from Dr. Noel, there are two other volunteers who help out at the clinic. Dr. Hamilton is even in the process of hiring a dental hygienist to work at the clinic that would act as another constant presence for the community.

Why it’s all worth it

Though the process of creating and working in the Church Street Clinic were troubling and difficult, Dr. Hamilton said he persevered for all of the moments that fill his heart with joy.  It’s not just about the dental work Dr. Hamilton does for his patients, but about going that extra mile and showing his patients that he cares.

“Once they know that you care, you become more than just some outsider who’s there for a two-week fix,” Dr Hamilton said.

Dr. Hamilton said going above and beyond with his patients has always proven to make the greatest impact above all.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton (center) during his mission work.

His mission work has taught him that he’ll never know what’s about to walk through the door, just that he has to be prepared to try and offer the best care that he possibly can. “My take home was that I need to provide a quality of care no matter what I encounter,” Dr. Hamilton said.

One patient that’s close to Dr. Hamilton’s heart is a man who had a mass removed from the right side of his face. Dr. Hamilton knew that this patient was in a dire situation, since the five-centimeter mass blocked his right eye and went down towards his jaw.

The patient’s reaction after the procedure is one that Dr. Hamilton will remember for the rest of his life.

“His first comment was, ‘Now I can get a girlfriend because I don’t have this mass on my face!’” Dr. Hamilton said.

Future Plans

As Dr. Hamilton continues to improve the clinic, he’s also aiming to expand his reach to the other surrounding islands. “There’s a couple of different islands within the chain, such as Carriacou , that we’re eventually trying to get to with a mobile dental unit in order to serve some of the people who have a harder time getting to Grenada to be treated.”

Even though majority of the clinic’s patients come from Grenada, Dr. Hamilton wants to be able to extend his treatment and care to all of those who need it.

Dr. Hamilton with a child during his mission work.

Dr. Hamilton plans on traveling down to the Church Street Clinic this upcoming September. He has certain goals to achieve for the clinic and hopes to see a lot of progress get made. Even though the clinic is functioning, Dr. Hamilton realizes that improvements can and always will always be made.  

Supporting the clinic

Those interested in supporting the Church Street Clinic can do so directly on the clinic’s Facebook page. The Church Street Clinic team accepts all donations including things like thoughts, prayers, monetary donations and even instruments and supplies.

Want to volunteer?

Don’t worry about a lack of dental knowledge or experience.

Volunteers can take on a variety of roles, including ones where they act as additional support.

Dr. Hamilton realizes that oftentimes it’s the extra help and support that makes the biggest difference in mission work such as the Church Street Clinic.

Guided Implant Placement to Restoration featuring Dr. Riley Clark #IE40Under40

Dr. Riley Clark, recently honored as one of the Incisal Edge 2019 40 Under 40 – America’s Best Young Dentists, will share insight as featured speaker this fall at an event hosted by Carestream Dental and Benco Dental

Sip ‘n’ Learn with Carestream Dental: Guided Implant Placement to Restoration will take place on Thursday, October 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., PDT, at Ballast Point: Miramar, 9045 Carroll Way, San Diego, California 92121

Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-n-learn-with-carestream-guided-implant-placement-to-restoration-tickets-65816764715

What will attendees learn during this course?

This practical course focuses on preoperative protocols for guided surgery with Carestream Dental’s CBCT and the CS 3600 digital impression scanner. It will also discuss intra-operative surgical technique and lastly, restorative procedures with digital impression taking.

Other topics to be covered:
• Implant planning software
• 3D printing; surgical guides and analog models for immediate milled temps
• Immediate placement with guided surgery

About the featured speaker

Professionally, Dr. Riley Clark takes great pride in optimizing clinical efficiencies and digital workflows. He spends the majority of his time in private practice doing full-mouth dental implant rehab. He also teaches and mentors at WhiteCap Institute. He acts as a consultant to WhiteCap Dental Lab and Milling, where he focuses on full-mouth treatment sequencing and digital workflows in pre-operative procedures and final restorative procedures. He is passionate about dentistry and transforming patients’ lives through their smiles with dental implants.

Dr. Riley Clark completed his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Portland State University and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio for his D.M.D. program at Case Western Reserve University. Shortly after graduation he attended advanced training in anesthesia. Today, Dr. Clark and his wife, Kolt, have settled in Medford, Oregon with their three daughters.

Ready to register?

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-n-learn-with-carestream-guided-implant-placement-to-restoration-tickets-65816764715

How can dentists support children in need of foster and adoptive parents in Illinois?

Participate in a give back event to benefit Let It Be Us this October in Chicago.

Children who are coming out of the hospital. Children who have never celebrated a birthday. Children who require foster parents with knowledge of American Sign Language or those interested in learning. Children who need love and hope.

These are just a few of those who find homes through the innovative programming of Let It Be Us.

The 501(c)3 Nonprofit and Child Welfare Organization founded in 2014 “designs strong and innovative programming to build a bridge between waiting children, including those who are in emergent need and/or are challenging to place, and foster and adoptive parents.”

Attendees at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration of women in dentistry, hosted at The Blackstone in Chicago, will participate in a giveback activity to benefit Let It Be Us on Saturday, October 5.

How is Let It Be Us Making a Difference?

Susan A. McConnell, the organization’s Founder and Executive Director shares a bit about the Heart Gallery, one of the Let It Be Us recruitment tools that using technology to put the information of waiting children directly into the hands of parents who are licensed and also waiting.

“I was on the team that brought the Heart Gallery of Illinois to life – the State’s first photo listing of children awaiting adoption. It’s a beautifully designed digital recruitment tool. I’m especially proud of the fact that the Heart Gallery on our website has special features that promote every child equally.  In terms of site visits, user engagement and recruiting parents for the Heart Gallery’s waiting children, our work ranks among the top in the nation.” 

Let It Be Us, according to their website, “was founded on the statistics from the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall study of children in foster care in the Midwest and those who age out of foster care, combined with the fact that Illinois ranks last in the nation at achieving permanency for her children in foster care and also ranks last in the nation at achieving adoption for her waiting children.”

Learn more about Let It Be Us

Learn more: www.letitbeus.org.

Register to attend the Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Chicago and take part in the give back event

https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Who is one of America’s leading experts in dentistry and architecture?

Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. Arch.

How is he helping dentists across the U.S.?

By sharing his vision and guidance across the U.S. at Dentistry’s Leading Design Workshops – Build Your Future™.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton is featured keynote at Dentistry’s Leading Design Workshops across the U.S.

Dental office design is not just about choosing the most beautiful color schemes, light fixtures or wallpaper. Those topics merely skim the surface. The Build Your Future course revolves around the architectural design fundamentals that promote less stress and optimum efficiency, providing for a happier, healthier way of life.

What can attendees expect?

Those who attend can earn 8.5 CE credits and gain insight on the following topics:
* “Financing- Putting it All Together” with Charles Loretto, Partner, Cain Watters & Associates President, National Dental Placements 
* “Practice Management Coaching” with Kay Huff, Benco Dental Director of Dental Coaching. 
* “The Power of Interior Design” with Melissa Sprau, NCIDQ, Benco Dental, Manager, CenterPoint Design

In addition, attendees can accomplish the following objectives —
• Walk away with a foundation of how a properly designed office can increase production and efficiency.

• Learn what constitutes an effective floor plan.

• Know how to get the right people on your team to help you achieve the low stress office design you need to succeed.

• Discover what makes a patient more anxious in your office and how you can alleviate it.

Ready to register for an upcoming event?

Call 1.800.GO.BENCO or see your Friendly Benco Dental Rep for details. Don’t miss the August deadline for the September 19-20 event.

  • September 19-20, 2019 – CenterPoint East, Pittston, PA
  • November 7-8, 2019 – CenterPoint West, Costa Mesa, CA
  • January 16-17, 2020 -CenterPoint West, Costa Mesa, CA
  • April 16-17, 2020 – CenterPoint Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • June 18-19, 2020 – CenterPoint East, Pittston, PA
  • September 10-11, 2020 – CenterPoint West, Costa Mesa, CA
  • November 5-6, 2020 – CenterPoint Dallas, Dallas, TX

*Dates and locations are subject to change.


Benco Dental gets creative about community support

The giving season is every season at Benco Dental. This month, it includes a Christmas in July food drive at the company’s home office in Pennsylvania. Each department competed to see who could raise the most money and donate the most food.

The CEO Food Bank in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

The money collected is being donated to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the food is being donated to the CEO (Commission on Economic Opportunity) Food Bank. The competition took place over the past two weeks, and the departments got a little competitive.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Talk about competitive spirit

Truckloads of donations in the IT department

Benco associates unload a trailer full of non-perishables donated by the IT department.

The IT department was determined to donate as much food as they possibly could for the food drive.

To accomplish this goal, some associates brought in trailers full of non-perishables to contribute.

By Friday, July 19, the IT department had collected a whopping 1,452 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishables.

“Wow… the most impressive thing about the win is that we won for the right reasons. The IT Team really got behind giving back to the community and making a difference – mission accomplished! Thank you to everyone in the IT team who passionately participated!”

Benco Chief Information Officer Mike Burns

What’s better than a sweet treat after lunch?

Associates in the Marketing and Supply Chain department decided to take a sweeter route to help raise their donations.

The team decided to host a bake sale in Kitty’s Kitchen, the company cafeteria where all of the CenterPoint East associates eat lunch during work days.

The Marketing and Supply Chain team members contributed baked goods for the sale, and their hard work resulted in an additional $365 in donations.

Operations department takes action to ‘ketchup’ in the rankings

Lisa Fuller, Director of the Contact Center, was determined to help the Operations department a higher ranking than in previous years.

That would explain why Lisa and two of her peers, John Muscovitch, National Facilities Manager, and Tony Smigelski, Director of Inventory Control and Returns, dressed as the summer picnic favorites of ketchup, mustard and a hot dog to solicit donations around the building.

Operations department associates at Benco Dental dressed in festive costumes to create excitement for the Christmas in July community fundraiser from left: Lisa Fuller, Director of the Contact Center, John Muscovitch, National Facilities Manager, and Tony Smigelski, Director of Inventory Control.

The effort put forth by the three Operations associates proved to be effective, considering they earned $187 on their walks around the building.

They traveled around the second floor and down to the first floor of the building to see if their costumes would persuade employees in other departments (aka their fundraising rivals) to donate.

The Operations Trio collects donations from associates in the Tooth Room.

Apart from their costumed collection to help out good causes, the Operations and Finance team divisions also hosted a “pie-the-manager” or “pie-the-supervisor” competition, where associates could contribute funds via individual jars that featured their managers’ and supervisors’ names.  

How did the competition ‘wrap’ up?

The food drive competition drew to its end Wednesday, July 24, and the results have finally been announced.

The IT department led the company in first place, managing to collect a total of 4,571.20 lbs. of food and monetary donations. This beats their last year’s total of 3,603.75 lbs.

Overall, the entire building raised a grand total of 11,868.87 lbs. in both food and monetary donations. This beats last year’s total by 77 lbs.

Who’s getting a pie in the face?

As the food drive came to an end, so did the intense sub-competition within the Operations and Finance Departments.

All Operations Managers and Supervisors were at risk of getting a face full of pie, but only two will actually have to face the desserts head on.

Darren Savage, Returns and Vendor Credits Supervisor, had a total of $422.95 donated to the Pie-the-Manager competition. Mike Zwierko, Manager of the Distribution Center, earned second place with donations placed in his jar. These two Benco Associates were able to collect the most money and food within the Operations Department and each will receive a face full of pie next week.

Pie, hot dogs, baked goods … it all led to more support for those in need in one Pennsylvania community

No matter who ends up getting pied, all that matters is that the Benco community was able to come together to make a difference for those in need.

Dental historian: ‘Get better or get gone’

IN THE EARLY DECADES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, SS WHITE RULED DENTISTRY LIKE A COLOSSUS. WELL, THAT WAS THEN.

In the summer issue of Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine, Benco Dental Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate Larry Cohen offers the latest installment of Larry’s Collection, a showcase of unique dental artifacts he has collected over the past half-century.

This time around, he discusses an SS White 100th anniversary book:

“Over the first half of the 20th century, one company dominated the dental industry: SS White. It manufactured nearly everything, both merchandise and equipment, except film (Eastman Kodak had that one locked up) and artificial teeth (Dentsply was the big player there). SS White was gigantic. Today, it’s a vastly different, much smaller company focused exclusively on cutting instruments. What happened?”

“SS White’s self-published (and rather self- laudatory) 100th-anniversary book, A Century of Service to Dentistry, (shown above and at right) released during World War II, offers some hints. Look at this 1944 photo of its management team: a stuffy-looking club of strictly-by-the-book old guys, with not a woman or minority in sight. SS White owned the dental business and was locked into the status quo, so it had no incentive to change or improve. By the 1950s, though, the Federal Trade Commission had broken up its retail division; soon after that, more-innovative companies started to eat SS White’s lunch.

I can’t say I was all that sad watching the mighty topple. As a teenager, I accompanied my father, Ben, to SS White’s towering headquarters in downtown Philadelphia, basically to beg for Benco to become an SS White distributor. It was humiliating. Not once were we given the chance to talk to a real decision maker. I remember one thing very clearly: We passed through a huge room filled with row upon row of middle-aged men, working on stools at high desks straight out of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. As they toiled in their sleeve garters and green eyeshades, I couldn’t help but notice that all the women who were running around delivering and picking up papers seemed barely out of high school. I asked my father why they were all so young. ‘They don’t pay them enough to keep them,’ he instantly replied.

All those old-fashioned executives are today long gone, and that’s a good thing. The demise of former industry giant SS White reinforces one of the most basic rules of business: Get better or get gone. It’s why Benco Dental focuses on driving innovation and welcomes competition: so we learn new things every day and serve our valued customers better.”

Read more at: incisaledgemagazine.com

Tufts University new dental dean shares insight on mentoring

On July 1, Nadeem Karimbux, (shown, courtesy TuftsNow) an accomplished dental educator, researcher, clinician, and leader, shifted into his new role as the seventeenth dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. As dean, Karimbux will oversee the school’s community of more than 900 students and residents, 450 faculty, including 200 volunteer faculty, 300 staff, and 8,600 alumni, according to TuftsNow.

Karimbux has been the associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine since 2012. His career spanning more than 25 years has focused on dental education, research, and clinical care.

In a recent interview with Tufts Now, the university’s site for news, events, photography, videos, and more, Karimbux explained his thoughts on mentoring:

Mentorship has been something that has been critical to my development. While I was at Harvard, I was lucky enough to work with a mentor, the dean of dental education, who gave me a lot of responsibility as a junior faculty member. I learned from my mistakes, but was also exposed to things that allowed me to develop.

I believe mentoring for students and faculty is a critical part of what we do. Ever since I’ve been at Tufts, I’ve had a cohort of four students per year that I mentor. Setting aside time to be with those students, to have dinner with them, and to listen to their stories is critical for me to understand. When they come to me to work on a research project or get some advice about career, I see the impact that you can have as a mentor.

I also work with faculty one on one, whether it’s on a new course or working on research projects. It’s allowed me to appreciate the growth that you can give to junior faculty when you spend that kind of time with them.

Nadeem Karimbux

Read more about his personal journal and hopes for the School of Dental Medicine in the article by Helene Ragovin: https://now.tufts.edu/articles/conversation-school-dental-medicine-s-new-dean

Summer sizzle? Cool dental products have you covered.

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with the latest equipment and technology. 
As the July temperatures sizzle outside, Benco Dental presents a few of cool advancements to consider in the form of their Six Neat Things promotion.

The Six Neat Things featured from July 19 to August 8, are, from left: Two Striper Dental Diamond Instruments, PRO-SYS™ JetFloss, Centrix NoMIX Temporary Cement, Ivoclar Vivadent 3s PowerCure System, and DCI Edge bluetooth dental chairs.

Fix faulty chairs in a snap with DCI Edge Bluetooth technology

The DCI Edge dental chairs offer Bluetooth technology for quick troubleshooting.

Now offering Bluetooth diagnostic capabilities, DCI Edge chairs allow dentists to get to the root of issues faster than traditional dental chairs.

What does this mean for your office?

  • Reduced downtime
  • Reduced service calls
  • Reduced disruption

The chairs are also equipped with a circuit board that communicates with a web app and stores error codes that aid in diagnosing problems both onsite and remotely.

The Bluetooth technology connects with a web app to make problem-solving easier.

How the technology benefits your office

The new Bluetooth DCI Edge chair technology saves time, money and frustration for both doctors and their patients.

The PRO-SYS JetFloss offers effortless flossing all through the power of water.

The PRO-SYS JetFloss.

This water-powered flossing system is more versatile and flexible compared to traditional dental floss.

With 12 quick connect tips, it’s easy to leave your whole mouth feeling clean.

  • Jet tip: reaches around teeth and under the gumline more effectively than floss.
  • Orthodontic tip: washes away plaque and particles around braces, bridges and crowns
  • Periodontal tip: provide cleanliness and comfort by massaging the gum tissue all while reaching into the pockets for a deep clean.
  • Tongue tip: keeps breath fresh by removing bacteria from the very back of the tongue.
Some of the tips offered with the PRO-SYS JetFloss from left to right: jet tip, orthodontic tip, peridontal tip and tongue tip.

On top of all of that, the PRO-SYS JetFloss even keeps your breath fresh with its tongue tip, which removes bacteria from the very back of the tongue, an area not easily reached by traditional toothbrushes or dental floss.

This water-powered flossing system is easy to clean and care for with self-contained tip storage and a large 800ml. water reservoir.

To learn more about the PRO-SYS JetFloss click here.

Never worry about a loose crown or bridge again with the Centrix NoMIX Temporary Cement.

The Centrix NoMIX Temporary Cement.

This single-component, moisture-activated temporary cement is a perfect short-term solution for loose crowns and bridges. The professional-strength cement saves both doctors and patients from making emergency trips to the office. The NoMIX Temporary Cement gives patients an alternative solution to provisional crown failures.

The take-home applicators help avoid unscheduled visits and late-night trips to the dentist office by allowing patients to temporarily reseat their own crowns.

What are Centrix’s NoMIX Temporary Cement benefits?

The NoMIX Temporary Cement comes in convenient take home tubes.
  • Ease of use, dispensing, cleaning and removal from prep
  • Syringe delivery for chairside application
  • Take-home applicators for patient use emergencies
  • Slight expansion upon setting for a tight margin seal
  • Low-film thickness
  • Eugenol-free, so it won’t interfere with resin placements

Learn more about the NoMIX Temporary Cement here.

Create long-lasting Class I and Class II adult composite restorations with Ivoclar Vivadent’s 3s PowerCure system.

Ivoclar Vivadent’s 3s PowerCure System.

By offering a three-second curing process, this system shortens the curing process greatly. The kit offers a variety of pieces that all aim to reduce the number of materials, shorten the process, lower the chance of errors and deliver high quality esthetics for your patients.

The 3s PowerCure offers automatic assistance that ensures reliable curing results. The curing light automatically detects movement of the handpiece and even alerts the user of improper use by vibrating and automatically extending the exposure time by 10%.

Items offered in the 3s PowerCure System Kit.

What’s included in the kit?

  • The Bluephase PowerCure curing light
  • The new Tetric Powerfill and Powerflow composites
  • The Adhese Vivapen bonding agent

For more info on the 3s PowerCure System, read about it on Benco’s website.

Make impressions even easier with DenMat’s The Gripper Double-Bite Impression Trays.

The Gripper Double-Bite Impression Tray by DenMat.

The Gripper® Double-Bite Impression Trays offer a versatile function of being both an impression tray, as well as an ergonomic thumb grip that doubles as a writing surface.

This impression tray is a metal-plastic hybrid that fits most patients and a comfort to VPS dual arch impressions. The slim profile and soft mesh lining offer maximum strength and accuracy without causing any discomfort to patients.

The Gripper Double-Bite Impression Trays offer:

  • multi-functional trays that fits most
  • ergonomic thumb grip that also doubles as a handy writing surface
  • double-reinforced design with wall grooves for superior material retention and precision

Read more about The Gripper Double-Bite Impression Trays here.

The Two Striper Diamond Dental Instruments offer diamonds that last longer and deliver faster than other brands.

The Assorted TSZtech 5-Pack of diamond dental instruments from Two Striper.

Two Striper burs are developed with a proprietary P.B.S. brazing process that is recognized as the best bonding system in the industry.

The Assorted TSZtech 5-Pack offers a variety of different instruments.

The Assorted TSZtech 5-Pack offers the highest-rated all-ceramic-cutting and is especially effective on today’s new generation of tougher ceramic materials

The Diamond Standard Two Striper offers many benefits such as fewer burs, less chair time and happier patients.

Check out more info on the Two Striper Diamond Dental Instruments here.

Party with purpose and The Lucy Hobbs Project #LHP19

How can you earn 4 CE credits, and learn to achieve your personal best life balance with inspiration from award-winning journalist Poppy Harlow (shown above)?

Attend the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project celebration of women in dentistry. When? October 3-5, 2019. Where? Iconic Chicago hotel, The Blackstone. Add it to your schedule and register today.

Benco Dental, in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists, invites women in dentistry to bring their dental team together and join a special celebration of in Chicago… three days of fun, networking, and discovery focused on living, practicing, and thriving smarter. 

Who will provide the inspiration?

  1. Award-winning journalist, Poppy Harlow (shown above), will dedicate an afternoon away from CNN to offer an exclusive interview on how she prioritizes a mind-bending schedule with optimism and positivity.
2019 Lucy Hobbs Project Award Recipients

2. The incredible recipients of the 2019 Lucy Hobbs Project Awards (read about all six women here!) will receive their moment in the spotlight and share insights.

Guest speakers at the The Lucy Hobbs Project 7th annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry

3. Eight outstanding women in dentistry — Dr. Vladana Babcic Tal, Dr. Carrie Etheredge, Marissa Cohrs, RDH, Amanda Frankini, RDH, Dr. Julie Arabia, Dr. Sheila Farahani, Dr. Betsy Carmack, and Nicole Zwiercan, RDH — will speak to:

  • staying healthy in body and mind, while balancing work and person life.
  • staying in a positive head space when working under stress with different personalities.
  • setting positive examples for everyone — colleagues and patients, included — and fostering an environment that lifts everyone up.
Guest speakers at the The Lucy Hobbs Project 7th annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry

Ready to register?

Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Space is limited for this amazing event!

Ticket price: $199.00

Event registration closes on Friday, September 27, 2019.

For more event details, please contact: Ali Riviello, am5963@benco.com
570-602-7068.

Destiny is never set in stone

Frank Lafata had the rest of his life planned. As an undergraduate student working toward a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene at Detroit Mercy Dental, Lafata (shown above with one of his favorite dentists Dr. Meri) was ready to storm the world and pursue his dream of becoming an orthodontist.

Lafata’s entire blueprint changed after a car accident during his studies in hygiene school. The accident left him with a serious back injury, threatening his hopes of becoming an orthodontist. However, Lafata persevered and continued working hard to reach his goal.

As Lafata moved into the professional world as a Registered Dental Hygienist and worked at several private practices, but he soon came to realize that the physical demands of the dental profession would take too much of a toll on his body. This was the moment Lafata decided that it was time to make some changes in his life blueprints.

Frank Lafata is featured in the Spring/Summer edition of the Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Magazine Leading Edge.

Not wanting to stray from the world of dentistry, Lafata decided to put his skills to use in dental equipment sales. Lafata said that Detroit Mercy Dental fully prepared him for whatever role in sales he decided to fulfill through curriculum like dental material classes. He was featured recently in the school’s alumni magazine, Leading Edge: https://dental.udmercy.edu/alumni/leading-edge.php

“Detroit Mercy [Dental] helped me a ton! I learned so much about instruments, ergonomics, dental equipment and so much more,” Lafata said.

Frank Lafata, RDH

How did Lafata overcome such a setback?

The most important thing Lafata had to tell himself was to “just keep pushing on.” Lafata said that because the accident happened when he was in hygiene school, it was even more difficult to give up because he was so close to reaching his goals.

“Sure, I have my bad thoughts when things don’t go my way, but everything happens for a reason. I process what happens and adjust accordingly,” Lafata said.

Lafata gives this advice out to anyone who feels like they may have reached a dead end or a stumbling block. Remembering what the ultimate goal is and the rerouting process to get there are the most important components of his everlasting work ethic.

Even though he did not end up where he expected, Lafata said that every day he can make an impact in his current position as a Territory Representative at Benco Dental.

Lafata said that his past experience allows him to better relate to his clients when selling dental equipment because he can offer in-depth explanations about how the products will function. The fact that Lafata has been in his clients’ position allows them to better trust his judgement.

“They trust me because I’ve been in their shoes and understand their needs,” Lafata said.

“I feel like I have a better working knowledge of how the [products] run in dental practices,” Lafata said.

Not to mention, Lafata is constantly learning from his coworkers and other clinicians, which allows him to continuously fine tune his skills in dental sales.

He still manages to find time to work clinically on Saturdays and even keeps himself active by playing hockey every Monday night.

Lafata said his role at Benco Dental illustrates the best career move he could have made. This just goes to show that sometimes the plan you have set for yourself may not be your true destiny.