In Woodbury, New York on January 18, 2020, the Nassau County Dental Society will honor two award recipients and install a slate of officers.
The Society announces its 72nd Annual Officers’ Installation Gala and general membership meeting, an event that will be hosted at Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and installation of officers from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
The 2020 Slate of Officers includes: President – Binod K. Verma, DDS, President-Elect – Howard K. Baylarian, DDS, Vice President – Joseph Brofsky, DMD, Secretary – Stephen Akseizer, DDS, Treasurer – David J. Miller, DDS.
Incisal Edge announces winners of its 2020 competition for dental practice design
Inspirational design can be found around every corner – from the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to the historical architecture of the world.
In 2020, ajuried panel of experts selected standouts in dental practice design across the U.S. from among nominees in the 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition. Award-winning designs have been created in Charlotte, North Carolina, San Antonio, Texas, Delaware, Ohio, Brooklyn, New York and Drums, Pennsylvania.
Annually, Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals, offers an opportunity for national recognition in outstanding office design. The magazine’s team canvasses doctors, architects, designers, and students for nominations across four categories, then turns it all over to the blue-ribbon panel of judges. This year’s competition ran from July through November, 2019.
Design of the Future — Artistic Dental Studio, Cosmetic Dentistry, Mingda Liu of Brooklyn, New York
Design of the Future, Runner up— Seattle Dentistry, Nina Ciarla of Drums, Pennsylvania.
Honorees will be featured in the print and digital issue of Incisal Edge magazine in spring, 2020.
About the contest
Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. For additional information regarding the magazine, visit: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/
The competition’s juried panel from the dental and architectural worlds included: Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. ARCH.; Joyce Bassett, DDS, FAACD, FAGD, Phyllis Marshall-Rice, LEED AP, EDAC, and Dr. Sabiha Bunek. Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Bunek are previous recipients of Incisal Edge awards for dental practice design.
For the third consecutive year, Benco Dental receives recognition as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Northeast Pennsylvania by Times Leader Media Group, a collection of print and digital products that provide coverage of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area.
The ranking considered input from readers of The Times Leader, a seven-day publication with an audience of more than 133,709, that is the flagship of The Times Leader Media Group. Benco Dental, the nation’s largest privately-owned dental distributor, earned Gold Award status in the competition based on feedback obtained through The Times Leader print publication and website. View all the 2019 winners here.
Benco Dental also was ranked as a Best Place to Work in Northeast Pennsylvania by Times Leader readers in 2017 and 2018.
“We’re especially proud to be honored as one of NEPA’s Best Places to Work because of what it says about our area’s talent pool. We couldn’t have grown from a one-man operation to the nation’s largest independent dental distributor without the hard work of all of talented associates at our Pittston headquarters. We’re grateful our people have chosen to work here, and that they find it rewarding.”
Chuck Cohen, Benco Dental Managing Director
In 2019, Benco Dental associates exceeded a goal of 3,200 hours of volunteerism in the local communities.
“Benco encourages community involvement and volunteerism among associates. It’s an honor that those same communities recognize our team for a third consecutive year with this ranking.”
George Rable, Benco Dental Chief Culture and People Officer
The Times Leader Media Group recognized Benco Dental, among other award-winning companies at a reception on December 9 at Le Manhattan Bistro in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Representing Benco Dental at the event were members of the company’s Culture and People team, Joanne Stitzer, Associate Chief Customer Advocate and Michelle Waschek, Executive Administrative Assistant (shown at top).
“You all are here because people do believe you are the best places to work…. People want to work for you,” said Mike Murray, Times Leader Media Group CEO & Publisher at the December 9 award reception.
About Benco Dental
Benco Dental Drives Dentistry Forward℠ through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Company firsts include CenterPoint design/equipment superstores, OneVisit™ open architecture CAD/CAM, Painless® electronic ordering and automated supply management. Independent since founded by Ben Cohen in 1930, Benco has grown to become the country’s largest family-owned dental distributor.
Over 1,400 dedicated associates serve customers at locations coast-to-coast including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco is one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years, a NAFE Top Company for Executive Women for two consecutive years, and among Pennsylvania Best Places to Work® for 12 of 14 prior years.
Dentaltown, an interactive healthcare community working to connect dentists to peers, dental service providers and manufacturers, invites its readers, fans, followers to weigh in with their opinions.
The message boards at Dentaltown.com, according to their social media profile, feature more than 245,000 members discussing “all things dental (and some things not)” including online CE and monthly polls to show what’s trending in dentistry.
The result of one annual poll: the Townie Choice Awards.
Winners who earned top honors for 2019 in 10 major categories — Office Equipment, Restorative Dentistry, Implantology, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry, Radiology, Dental Hygiene & Periodontics, Practice Management, Infection Control — are spotlighted in the December digital and print editions.
According to Dentaltown.com, earlier this year, their readers voted for favorite products, services and equipment—”the elements that make their lives easier, their practices more productive, and their staff and patients happier.”
Howard Farran, DDS, MBA, the founder and owner of Dentaltown.com and Dentaltown magazine, has practiced dentistry at Today’s Dental in the Phoenix metro area for more than 30 years. In the past three years, Incisal Edge magazine ranked him among the 32 most influential people in dentistry. Thomas Giacobbi, DDS, FAGD is Editorial Director at Dentaltown Magazine.
“Before there was Facebook, there was Dentaltown.com — and in the two decades since he launched dentistry’s first and still-leading social platform, Dr. Farran’s brainchild has expanded into a video library of some 420 continuing-education courses with a half-million viewers, and a Dentaltown app that puts more than 60 oral-health-related podcasts in 65,000 listeners’ ears. A thousand new users join every month.”
Dr. Farran has lectured internationally on the business of dentistry since 1990, and in 1999, released “Your 30-Day Dental MBA” series, which is available on YouTube and iTunes. This prolific influencer publishes a monthly “Howard Speaks” column in Dentaltown magazine, and produces a world-renowned podcast series Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran, which has released more than 1,000 episodes and has been downloaded more than 5 million times.
WNEP-16 Reporter Elizabeth Worthington and Videographer Mike Cholko paid a surprise visit to Regulatory Compliance Specialist Ashley Yando DeFlice and Tax Manager Amy Yando at the Benco Dental home office. Their purpose: to learn more about an outpouring of holiday kindness the sisters experienced in their community. On Thursday, December 12, the news station reported the story.
John Yando, the dad of two Benco associates, Regulatory Compliance Specialist Ashley Yando DeFlice and Tax Manager Amy Yando, has long taken pride in decorating for the holidays at his home in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. Two years ago, John experienced a serious stroke. Though he has made great strides with determination and the support of loving wife Julie and family, John, who turned 73 on Tuesday, no longer is able to continue the tradition of stringing countless yards of colorful garland, wreaths and lights to brighten his neighborhood.
When John mentioned to Ashley that he felt disheartened and requested help, his youngest daughter recalled the outpouring of support their family received during her father’s recovery. “People were always asking what they could do to help, so I thought this might be a time to ask,” said Ashley.
Last week, when Ashley shared a post to the Facebook group “You Know You’re from Dunmore” requesting assistance to decorate her parents’ home, she wasn’t sure what to expect.
“I thought I would get a few people, and in the first hours, I received supportive comments,” she referred to the social media group with 6,062 followers. “Then, we got so much help, we were overwhelmed by the kindness.”
Ashley said it was not long before she received a call from the Dunmore Police Department who offered assistance from Cadet program of the police and fire departments.
On Saturday morning, Amy arranged for their mom to be away from home for a few hours and the volunteers began arriving. Before long nearly 20 members of the community came out, including neighbors, an elementary schoolmate, the Cadets, among others.
“Our mom had been feeling overwhelmed and having trouble getting into the spirit of the season,” said Amy.
When she arrived home, their mom, Julie was awestruck and delighted.
“I am extremely proud of my sister for reaching out to the community to help us and even prouder of the individuals who volunteered. I am grateful to be part of the Dunmore community,” said Amy.
Ashley and Amy offered gratitude to all, especially the Fire and Police departments and neighbors Jim Becchetti and Nicole Archangeli and her two children, Natalia and Gianni.
-Editorial Intern Sean Mickalitis contributed to this story.
The holidays are here! Treat yourself and your staff to new equipment and supplies for 2020. Where to begin? With #6NeatThings from Benco Dental, of course.
From Hu-Friedy’s AIRFLOW®, Benco Brands’ Gibson Healthcare Needle Recapping Device, Amann Girrbach’s Ceramill Matik, and Onpharma’s Onset, to Opti-Probe Tips and V-Posil Heavy Soft Fast.
Benco Dental is driving dentistry forward with these six neat products that are designed to improve safety, sanitation and also save time in the dental practice.
Get with the flow
Hu-Friedy’s AIRFLOW® One (pictured, above right) is the latest EMS (Electro Medical Systems) innovation for the “Guided Biofilm Therapy” for biofilm management and stain removal during prophylaxis procedures. The device is characterized by unique ergonomics, high precision, easy maintenance and compliance with the highest hygiene standards. Order today.
Hu-Friedy’s AIRFLOW® Prophylaxis Master (pictured, above left) is the latest EMS (Electro Medical Systems) innovation for the “Guided Biofilm Therapy”: a unique solution for caries, perio prevention and maintenance. Created for intensive professional use, the device is characterized by unique ergonomics, high precision, easy maintenance and compliance with the highest hygiene standards. Order today.
The only recap you’ll need
Benco Brands’ portable Gibson Healthcare Recapping Device allows offices to meet the CDC and OSHA requirements for one-handed needle containment. The easy-to-use device helps protect against needle sticks by covering the front and back of the needle, and allows protection against accidental needle sticks during recapping and disposal of the needle in a Sharps container.
The pre-loaded, spring-activated system automatically advances to the next capsule, once one is removed, allowing for 100 needles of varying lengths and gauges to be recapped. Portable and lightweight with a non-skid bottom to ensure stability, this device is sure to offer your team and patients the protection they need. Order today.
The black box of innovation
Ceramill Matik by Amann Girrbach opens up a still-unique segment within the digital dentistry world. As the first full-service unit, it combines three machines in one. Apart from the actual processing station, the system also performs the functions of a fully automated stock management system, as well as a machine-cleaning device.
The support in loading, cleaning and in material management allows massive time savings in every day laboratory routines. Furthermore, additional software tools help to make optimum use of the materials and the tools.
Ceramill Matik offers innovative processing methods, such as the patented carving mode (60 percent time savings), thrilling (production of one-piece abutments) and speed milling of acrylic materials, as well as the maximum material range from hard and brittle block materials to zirconium and PMMA materials and metal materials. Click here to learn more.
Onset is as easy as 1-2-3
Onset by Onpharma helps administer local anesthetic consistently. The buffering system raises the pH of local anesthetic outside the body closer to physiological. The device can be used with Articaine, Lidocaine, Prilocaine and mepivicaine. Onset raises the pH of the anesthetic instantly, taking wait time and the patient’s physiology out of the buffering process.
Benco offers “Introductory Order Buy & Try”. You wouldn’t buy a new Tesla without taking it for a test drive. Why should a buffering system be any different? That’s right. Test drive Onset and if you don’t like it we’ll refund your One Box Kit. No questions asked. Order today.
Tips on tips
Opti-Probe Tips from PacDent offer the thinnest available double-side vented, luer lock irrigation needle, with close rounded tip. The double side vented openings create a “swirl-effect” for efficient irrigation. The closed rounded tip protects apex. Order today.
Get a better bond in less time
V-Posil Heavy Soft Fast from VoCo is to be used as heavy body tray material for: one-step impression technique (simultaneous technique) using dual viscosities, two-step impression technique using dual viscosities, and functional impressions.
No need to stock fast-set and regular-set material; V-Posil has thermo-activated set. It begins to set up when placed in the mouth (up to two minutes). It also features two-minute working time and two-minute setting time. The rapid snap set reduces the time in the critical zone by up to 50 percent, minimizing potential distortion due to human error resulting in fewer re-takes. Less product needed = money saved! Order today.
When it comes to dental practices, Kay Huff’s got vision.
It was over 30 years ago that this one-woman whirlwind began helping teams as a dental practice coach, and since then she’s been channeling that energy as a driving force to help hundreds of practices reach and exceed their professional goals.
Passionate about her work, this Director of Coaching with Benco Dental’s Practice Solution Team brings a strong background in dental business systems, team motivation, leadership, and practice profitability.
Those heading to Yankee Dental Congress January 30-February 1 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center can benefit from Huff’s insight. On February 2 from 10 a.m. to noon, she will help dentists take the leap to build better systems, but not before creating their parachutes — high-performing dental teams. Register here.
Interested in finding Practice Solutions for your dental office?
Schedule a session with Kay Huff at 1.800.GO.BENCO.
Watch for details about Huff’s upcoming courses at Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting: “Piecing Together Your Insurance Puzzle, “ February 21, 2020 from 1-2:30 p.m. and “The Fearless Dental Team,” Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Dr. Cameron Quayle couldn’t find a nonprofit group whose vision for dental missions aligned with his. So he started one himself.
After completing his first humanitarian mission to Guatemala a decade ago, Dr. Quayle was startled by the deprivation he’d witnessed—and was determined to go back.
“I knew I couldn’t change much of what they lacked, but I could improve their oral health and dental education,” says Dr. Quayle, who practices at Mountain View Pediatric Dentistry, with two locations near Salt Lake City.
Politely rebuffed by a number of nonprofit groups he approached—he wished to undertake longer missions than they could accommodate, he says—he decided to found his own organization, Mason Gives, in 2017. (The name is a nod to Mason the Moose, his practice’s mascot; Mountain View Pediatric’s web address is themoosedentist.com.)
The Benco Family Foundation was the first outside group to donate; companies including KaVo Kerr, Ultradent and 3M, among others, followed suit, enabling Dr. Quayle to embark on a 10-month trip to Guatemala in 2018-19. He and his fellow travelers were able to comprehensively treat more than 1,000 patients in that time.
The desire to live intentionally guides his family, says Dr. Quayle.
“We wanted to do something different, to share our talents for something more than just higher production and more money. We wanted to make a difference in the world. What initially was the scariest thing we have ever done turned out to be the greatest thing we have ever done.”
His advice: “Go for it! If you have a dream or a passion you are putting aside, ask yourself why you aren’t pursuing it. Pursuing our passions make us come alive.”
Shoutout to 4 who inspire Dr. Cameron Quayle
Glen Dean, DDS. “He was the dentist who initially invited me to Guatemala to volunteer nearly 10 years ago. Since then he has mentored me, answered hundreds of my questions and helped by letting us borrow some of his equipment in Guatemala.”
Greg and Lucy Jensen. “They moved to Guatemala from the U.S. nearly eight years ago with their four young boys. Since then they started Cultiva International, a non-profit that teaches local, indigenous people to grow their own vegetables and improve their nutrtion.”
Gaby Munoz. “Gaby is the director of an organization by the name of Faith Seeds. … They work with the extreme poor. These families live on $4 to $5 per day. She has faced enormous challenges and yet still shows up every day to serve these families. She is Guatemalan serving her fellow Guatemalans.”
How can you help?
To help support Dr. Cameron Quayle and Mason Gives through donations or other means, please visit masongives.com.
The days of traditional oral examinations are over. Throat Scope®, an innovative probing device manufactured by Holland Healthcare Inc., enables doctors to easily perform intraoral examinations of patients’ mouths.
The unpleasant experience of restraining a toddler, while a doctor used a tongue depressor and flashlight to pry open the young patient’s mouth, gave inventor Jennifer Holland (above, center) her lightbulb moment.
The 2017 Silver Edison Award-winning product provides a light source located inside the mouth to allow medical professionals one free hand to conduct a fast, accurate and pleasant oral examination experience.
The device is completely sterile. Plastic depressors attach to the handle and are disposed after use. The depressors are clear, which allow for light to easily penetrate through the transparent material.
The strong luminescence can help professionals spot abnormalities that may have been missed when using wooden depressors and a dental flashlight during examinations. Light emitted from flashlights do not fully illuminate the mouth like Throat Scope® does.
Don’t just read about it, take a look at Throat Scope® in this video.
These Throat Scope® features save time and add ease to examinations:
* a handle with three powerful LED lights with an estimated five-year shelf life. * a handle that can be used under any circumstance to illuminate dark or hard-to-see areas, for instance, during difficult dental procedures. * less frequently charging than a cell phone, because the environmentally-friendly tool works continuously for 20 hours.
Throat Scope® offers convenience and numerous unique benefits at an affordable cost – driving dentistry forward through innovation. A starter pack is priced under $35 at Benco.com and includes the Throat Scope®, two blades and 50 single-use depressors.
Speaking of the Edison Awards — Nomination deadline ends today
The deadline to nominate an innovation for the Edison Awards is today. The annual competition, created in 1987, honors excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. Past winners have included Fortune 500s, small startups, and everything in between — including dental products and services. To nominate a new product that deserves recognition, learn details and submit an entry here.
When fresh out of high school or college, some people know which career paths to follow. After settling in, some discover a calling to positively impact people in the community that pulls them off course.
That describes the path of Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie, who shifted careers to become a board-certified pediatric dentist. Today he offers oral health care at his new practice, Lavoie Pediatric Dentistry, in Swansea, Massachusetts.
He started his health care journey in the nursing profession.
My experiences as a nurse opened my eyes to the extent to which early childhood caries, the most common chronic disease in children, exists, and how severely it can impact overall health and emotional well-being. My heart was broken for these kids and I wanted to be able to address oral disease more directly, but my influence as a nurse was limited to referrals and preventive education. I decided to go back to school to become a dentist.
Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie describes his career transition from nurse to pediatric dentist.
Helping children overcome and prevent cavities, a disease that affects 1 out of 5 children aged 5 to 11 years old, is a calling that the Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honoree has dedicated his life to achieving. And so, he left nursing to help children who may not know about the consequences of dental neglect.
He believes in his mission so much that he built a new office that opened in August to better help and educate about the importance of oral health. Dr. Lavoie and his team are committed to providing an experience beyond the typical dental experience.
Our office culture places a significant emphasis on the fact that every patient is a VIP and an extended member of our dental family. We enjoy connecting on a personal level with each child who walks through the door, as well as their siblings, parents, or whoever else may accompany them. While most offices do make efforts in these areas, we attempt to reach the ‘212th degree.’
Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie explains his team’s work ethic and the extent to which they provide individualized, high-quality care.
The new office features five operatories with room to expand to 10 as his dentistry grows. It’s designed to enhance patient comfort using the latest technology and old fashion hospitality.
Dr. Lavoie uses electronic record-keeping, an environmentally sustainable alternative to paper, as well as the latest digital radiology equipment. While patients wait in the lounge, he provides them with tablets, HDTVs and coffee. It’s a welcoming atmosphere, especially for his patients’ parents.
During the construction process, especially as the opening deadline approached, he experienced sleepless nights, but also the euphoria of building a new practice and helping children.
Every child he meets is a meaningful encounter, Dr. Lavoie said, and a way for him “…to guide them through a difficult experience and to be able to get them smiling before they leave, or possibly even excited to come back, is an incredibly good feeling,” .
Like all professions, aspects challenge the ability to work efficiently, and dentistry is no exception.
Navigating the mess of dental insurance is, in my opinion, the largest difficulty. There are so many dental insurance companies that exist, each with their own set of rules in regard to range and frequency of treatments. It makes it incredibly confusing for both patients and dental staff, and phone calls to resolve any confusion can easily run upward of 30 minutes, which impacts the time and resources that can be focused on quality patient care.
Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie
Outside the Dental Practice
Outside the office, Dr. Lavoie classifies spending time with family as the most important aspect of his life. He’s an animal lover and foodie, who rarely frequents the same restaurants.
He enjoys discovering new, culturally authentic cuisine, especially ones that induce sweat and ignite his taste buds. He enjoys watching football and, of course, as a New Englander, his favorite team is the New England Patriots, a team that has won six Super Bowls since 2002.
Dr. Lavoie, his dental team and new office are ready to help children form healthy dental habits through regular visits and self-care for years to come.
We strive every day to re-define the negative stigma that generally follows dentistry and create a generation of self-empowered individuals when it comes to oral health.