Benco associates take on the 5 for 5 Saltine Challenge to fight pediatric sarcoma cancer

Team Arnav Foundation raises awareness and money for pediatric sarcoma cancer and research in tribute to Arnav Krishna, who died at age 16 after 2.5 year battle with osteosarcoma.

This past Friday, associates at the Benco Dental home office in Pittston, Pennsylvania, tackled the 5 for 5 Saltine Challenge, which was created by the Team Arnav Foundation to raise awareness and money for pediatric sarcoma cancer and research.

The nonprofit Team Arnav was founded by Dhruv Krishna, with the help of family and friends, to honor his twin brother Arnav, who lost his life to a 2.5 year battle with osteosarcoma. The foundation’s goal is to raise money to help fund osteosarcoma research.

Dhruv Krishna, while a summer intern at the nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor, enlisted his team members at Benco to participate in the Challenge.

View the video: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1eW5fBn0-E/?igshid=wogawg3lzkk4

The Challenge

The challenge is to eat 5 Saltines in under a minute, then donate $5 on the Team Arnav website, hence the name 5 for 5. Once completed, share the challenge video on social media, tag @TeamArnav and nominate five others to complete the challenge. Nominees are given 48 hours to complete the challenge.

Thus far, the challenge has raised $10,000, with over 400 participants, including four corporations.

Arnav’s Story

The late Arnav Krishna is shown before a cycling race in 2018 after his recovery from chemo and surgery.

Arnav Krishna grew up in the Lehigh Valley, PA, attending the Swain School from grades Pre-K through 8. He was a nationally-ranked cyclist (he earned the 18th spot for his age group in the nation in 2016), an avid learner who excelled in the classroom, and a kind friend to all.

In the summer of 2016, Arnav was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of aggressive bone cancer that affects a mere 400 people a year. After a year of grueling chemotherapy, a 17-hour surgery, and still more chemotherapy, he was cleared as cancer free.

During his battle with cancer, Arnav adopted a mantra: Relentless Positivity. This inspired him and those around him to stay positive regardless of the circumstances, and to see the good in everything.

Less than a year after his clearance as cancer-free, doctors discovered the cancer had relocated and spread all over Arnav’s body. There was no cure.

The Foundation

Twin brothers Arnav (right) and Dhruv (left) Krishna pose for a photo at Meadowbrook Farm, PA.

Dhruv Krishna, 17, a rising senior at Moravian Academy in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, discussed the inspiration behind Team Arnav Foundation.

“I saw how much he suffered, how much I suffered, and how much everybody else suffered. I want to do everything in my power to make sure no one else has to suffer like that ever again.”

Dhruv Krishna

The foundation’s mission is to “build a community of support for those in need and work to raise awareness and funds to continue the fight against sarcoma cancer.” Every dollar raised by the foundation goes directly to research, therapy, and treatments for sarcoma.

Dhruv was motivated to create the foundation after he saw firsthand how little funding sarcoma received: “Sarcoma cancers only receive about $100,000 in funding annually, while more common cancers, such as breast cancer, receive about $6 billion annually. It was really jarring that something so life-taking received so little funding to find a cure.”

The Future

Dhruv is hoping that in the future, funds created by the Team Arnav Foundation will help find a cure to sarcoma cancers. Dhruv said he is eternally grateful to everyone who has contributed and donated so far.

To read more about Arnav Krishna and the Team Arnav Foundation or donate, visit Team Arnav’s website http://teamarnav.org

Dentists: Let’s celebrate #NationalTellAJokeDay

Jokes are one of the most classic ice breakers, mood lifters, and laugh inducers of all time – especially in the dental office.

So, it’s not a surprise that jokes have their own national day dedicated to all of the joy and giggles they bring about.

August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day, and it’s time to celebrate.

Jokes can be used in virtually any situation, considering there are infinite jokes about infinite things that relate to infinite situations, including dentistry.

Jokes can be the perfect antidote for nervous patients who may not enjoy trips to the dentist.

By lightening the mood and lessening the tension, telling simple, funny dental jokes may be the perfect way to ensure that all patients have enjoyable and low-stress visits.

Here are a few jokes to entertain any patient in your dental office:

  • What did the judge say to the dentist?
    Do you swear to pull the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth?
  • What do you call a dentist’s advice?
    His “fl-ossophy”
  • What does a member of the marching band use to brush his teeth?
    A tuba toothpaste
  • What’s a dentist’s favorite time of day?
    Tooth-thirty
  • What will a dentist give you for one dollar?
    Buck teeth
  • What’s a dentist’s favorite dance move?
    The floss

Additional benefits

Apart from making dentist visits more enjoyable for some patients, jokes also offer several other benefits related to laughter, such as:

  • Health benefits:
    • Increases production of infection fighting antibodies
    • Improves blood circulation
    • Increases production of endorphins
    •  Reduces stress
    • Soothes tension

Make sure to celebrate #NationalTellAJokeDay and make someone laugh! Let us know your favorite dentistry jokes if we missed them, too!

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron on how struggles lead to success #IE40Under40

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, DMD, has been recognized as one of America’s Best Young Dentists, the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honorees.

Dr. Salmeron with Benco Dental Chairman and Customer Advocate Larry Cohen (left) at this year’s 40 Under 40 event in NYC.

This accomplishment, along with many other great feats, such as graduating from the top of her class at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine (while also waiting tables at her local diner) and starting a new dental practice, Edge Endodontics in Austin, Texas, makes it clear that Dr. Salmeron is equipped with a ferocious and undying drive to succeed.

The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Clevelang, Ohio.

Just as everyone faces difficult times, Dr. Salermon had struggles of her own to overcome while trying to pave the path for a career in dentistry.

Dr. Yuliya looked her troubles straight in the eye and came barreling at them, determined to overcome all of the odds pinned against her.

This determination and endless perseverance is the reason Dr. Yuliya Salmeron is where she is today.

Hardships growing up

Coming to the United States from Russia as a child, Dr. Yuliya had a bit more to work through than the average child.

The key to her success? Constantly staying positive. Her good attitude is responsible for all that she has and will continue to accomplish.

“I was hungry for a better life. My family was still in Russia, and I wanted to help them tremendously. Honestly, I had no time to be negative.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron

This survival instinct sparked a fire in Dr. Salmeron, and she knew that she would stop at nothing to bring her family the life they deserve.

Despite this unwavering determination, Dr. Salmeron still admits that there were a few moments of fear and stress that made her question the achievability of her goals.

“The fear of failure came over me several times when I was going through college in my twenties; it caused a lot of stress.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron

Overcoming the struggles

By remembering all that she had on the line – both in her family life and professional life – Dr. Salmeron learned to overcome the stress and not let it bother her, no matter how intense things seemed to get.

“Without the safety net of my parents to back me up, I stopped doubting myself and realized that the only way I could go was forward.”

Soaking up the family time

Today, Dr. Salmeron soaks up every minute of family time she is blessed with.

Dr. Salmeron’s two sons visit her at her practice, Edge Endodontics in Austin, Texas.

“One of the best parts about my family life is being with my boys and watching them grow. They are incredibly smart, and sometimes the best memories are made doing something as simple as watching cartoons with them,” Dr. Salmeron said.

Prioritizing her practice

Apart from her family life, Dr. Salmeron also enjoys making memories in her professional career.  She aims to make a difference in her patients’ lives every day.

Dr. Salmeron’s practice, Edge Endodontics in Austin, Texas.

“As an endodontist, I try to save my patients’ natural teeth, so seeing them right away is critical when they are in pain.  I aim to create a relaxing, almost spa-like experience when I perform procedures that alleviate any discomfort they might be having.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron

Future Plans for her Practice

In the future, Dr. Salmeron plans to continue building upon her professional successes. Since her practice, Edge Endodontics, has only been up and running for a little over eight months, Dr. Salmeron recognizes that there’s still a lot of work to do.

“My goals include things like providing infinite support to my fellow dentists, as well as offering immediate appointments for emergency cases to relieve my patients’ pain,” Dr. Salmeron said.

Juggling it all

With running a new practice comes its own difficulties. Dr. Salmeron recognizes that there are still some roadblocks ahead, especially as a single parent in the field of dentistry.

“Juggling motherhood, personal relationships and my professional career is sometimes exhausting and very challenging,” Dr. Salmeron said. “Most people say it’s important to find a balance, but I don’t think there is one.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, DMD.

Dr. Salmeron realizes that it’s impossible to do all things well. Some days are more centered around her practice and other days around her kids. In the end, she has to remind herself of the sacrifices she’s making to ensure her kids have a good, solid future ahead of them.

Her advice to other doctors

In the end, Dr. Salmeron urges all others in similar situations to remind themselves that working hard doesn’t make you a bad mother, partner, friend, or anything along the lines.

Dr. Salmeron is looking forward to the challenges her future career will hold. The bigger the challenge, the better-suited doctor she will become.

“Opposition is good. Just as lifting heavier weights in the gym builds a stronger muscle, facing a harder challenge builds a better professional.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron

Dental innovation in the air

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 summer winds to its end, Benco Dental breezes in with a few advancements to consider, in the form of its Six Neat Things promotion.

The Six Neat Things featured from August 9 to 29 are, from left: TNN Needle Guide, GCI Tri Plaque ID Gel, Banditt Xtra Grip Forceps, Optimum+ NiTi Rotary Files, Ivoclar Vivadent’s Ivoclean and Mora Systems.

Bend Septodont Evolution needles more easily with the TNN Needle Guide

The TNN Needle Guide will allow dentists to more safely and effectively bend a Septodont Evolution needle to the 90° – 130° angle needed for the TNN Technique.

The TNN Needle Guide from Septodont provides pre-sterilization for single-use that protects patients from cross-contamination.

The TNN Needle Guide offers several features and benefits, which include:

The TNN Needle Guide allows needles to be more easily bent for dental procedures.
  • Guide for bending dental needles prior to use
  • Pre-sterilization for single-use that protects patients from cross-contamination
  • Groove to apply device to cannula of needle to protect against needle-stick injuries.

The guides can also be used in other dental procedures where dentists determine the need.

For more information on the TNN Needle Guide, click here.

Help your patients rid their teeth of stubborn plaque with the GC Tri Plaque ID Gel

This product allows patients to easily visualize the areas where they should concentrate and improve their brushing and flossing routine. It identifies areas were plaque still remains after teeth have been brushed.

The GC Tri Plaque ID Gel from GC America.

The GC Tri Plaque ID Gel offers several benefits, which include:

  • Ease of application and removal
  • Ability to assess the effect of dietary changes
  • Identification new, old, and extra-high caries risk plaque
  • Inclusion of sucrose to enhance acid-producing plaque

For more information on the GCI Tri Plaque ID Gel, click here.

Extend the life of your extraction forceps with the new Banditt Xtra Grip forceps

A Titan’s black Diamond Nano composite coating offers unique properties from natural diamonds, which gives the forceps a high micro-hardness, exceptional resistance when it comes to corrosion and even resistance to abrasive wear for up to 50 years. 

The Banditt Xtra Grip Forceps from A Titan.

These forceps offer many beneficial qualities that set them apart from their competitors:

  • Scratch-resistant
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Non-reflective in patients’ mouths

Additionally, the beaks of the forceps reduce hard- and soft-tissue damage. They also offer new beak innovation with biomechanics grooves that provide an unparalleled grip, compared to other forceps on the market.

Read more about the Banditt Xtra Grip Forceps here.

Efficiently and safely shape canals with the Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files

This Benco Brands system offers file-to-file matches to other brands.

The different options offered from the Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files shown above.

The Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files are compatible with the same motor, handpiece and setting as the other brands, so there’s no transition time.

Benefits of the Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files include:

  • Shortened shaping time
  • Compatibility with existing handpieces and settings
  • Allowances for a wide range of canal morphologies

More information on the Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files can be found here.

Promote the formation of strong, permanent bonds with Ivoclar Vivadent’s Ivoclean

This universal paste effectively cleans the bonding surfaces of dental restorations that have been contaminated after intraoral try-in to create optimum conditions for the adhesive luting procedure.

Ivoclar Vivadent’s Ivoclean.

Ivoclean effectively cleans all types of restorative materials:

  • Glass-ceramics
  • Zirconium oxide ceramics
  • Aluminum oxide ceramics
  • Precious metal alloys
  • Base metal alloys
  • Lab-fabricated composite restorations

The economic and time-saving gel allows the try-in of pretreated restorations.

Click here to learn more about Ivoclar Vivadent’s Ivoclean.

Simplify office spaces and create better patient connections with Mora cabinetry

Mora from Herman Miller is a versatile casework solution that furnishes spaces across a facility and keeps people focused on each other.

A showcase of some of the work included in the Mora System by Herman Miller.

Mora cabinetry offers an alternative to traditional millwork and provides clean lines, thoughtful features and the ability for customization.

What does Mora offer?

  • Short lead times
  • Modularity
  • Field-replaceable parts
  • Modern healthcare design

Mora offers simple, yet elegant design features, all while keeping its functionality at the forefront of its purpose. This system allows doctors to achieve beautiful, well-running, practical office spaces.

When the Benco Tooth Fairy talks, preschoolers listen

Ten-year associate at nation’s largest privately-owned dental distributor delivers smiles to Pennsylvania students

Unless it’s during a visit to the dentist, people rarely volunteer details on their toothbrush and floss habits. Not the case with the five-and-under crowd at Building Blocks Learning Center in Dallas, Pennsylvania. This summer, 26 students there were more than willing to express their enthusiasm for dental hygiene, as well as love and admiration for the Benco Dental Tooth Fairy.

Benco Tooth Fairy Pat Motyka with students at Building Blocks Learning Center in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

Resplendent in white attire and a glittering crown and wings, Pat Motyka, a Tooth Customer Service Specialist at the dental distributor’s home office in Pittston, entered a classroom at Building Blocks Learning Center on July 19.

While students were rushing to impress her with discussion of the frequency of their brush and floss routines, a particularly excited young girl eagerly raised her hand to tell the Tooth Fairy that she loved her. Two others, Delilah and Vijay showered the Fairy with compliments about her “sparkly wings” and the gifts she presented them before she took flight: a take-home package for each student complete with a dental kit, stickers and other surprises.

“They know she’s real, rather than just their imagination. Seeing the Tooth Fairy in their class makes them think, ‘Oh, I have to brush my teeth, I have to make sure they’re healthy.’ They know that when they lose a tooth it’ll be OK; she’ll visit and keep their teeth safe.”

A teacher at Building Blocks Learning Center, Dallas, PA

Students intently listened and watched as the Larksville-based Tooth Fairy spoke to the importance of brushing and flossing, read two stories about dental hygiene, and distributed cartoon tooth coloring sheets. Motyka offered students a hands-on experience by allowing them to brush the teeth of Finn, a plush shark puppet used for dental hygiene demos (shown at top). Students were able to practice proper technique with an oversized toothbrush.

Though new to the Tooth Fairy role, with just two classroom visits under her wings, Motyka brings 10 years of dental industry experience to her position at Benco Dental.

“Later that day, my coworker Dave Tosh (Benco Fleet and Logistics Manager) emailed me. His daughter was one of the students, and she couldn’t wait to come home to tell him about my visit. That made me feel really good.”

Benco Tooth Fairy Pat Motyka
Benco Tooth Fairy Pat Motyka with students at Building Blocks Learning Center in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

Aside from adding a little sparkle to their day, she feels her visits make a difference.

“A lot of parents don’t tell their kids about dental health — I know mine didn’t. I think it’s important, because that’s the first thing you see when you talk to someone: their teeth. Benco was kind enough to donate tooth gel, toothbrushes, and brushing charts for the dental kit, which will help them.”

Benco Tooth Fairy Pat Motyka

For details, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Benco Dental announces new mission statement

Some member of Senior Leadership with Benco employees and vendor partners.

Benco Dental’s home office, CenterPoint East in Pittston, Pennsylvania recently hosted an evening filled with drumrolls, a balloon drop and the announcement of a new mission statement. 

A few members of the leadership team for the largest independently owned dental distributor unveiled the new company mission statement on Wednesday evening in front of over 50 vendor partners. Vendor partners were in town for the annual Benco Leadership Forum, where equipment specialists, equipment support and regional managers attended seminars at Mohegan Sun in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, as well as a vendor fair where they were able to preview innovative products being released by these vendors in the near future. 

Managing Directors Chuck and Rick Cohen were joined by two members of the Senior Leadership team, George Rable, VP Culture & People and Terry Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer, to share the exciting news with Benco employees and vendor representatives.

Chuck Cohen, Rick Cohen, Terry Barrett and George Rable introduce the new Benco Dental mission statement.

Over the last decade, the Mission statement had been, ‘We deliver success smile after smile’. The decision to revise it was motivated by the fact that Benco Dental is continually driving dentistry forward through innovation, as well as the family culture created over the last nine decades.

The mission statement is now, ‘We drive dentistry forward through our innovative solutions and caring family culture’.

With Benco being family owned and operated since 1930, those core family values are present throughout the company every day.

Managing Directors Chuck and Rick Cohen with the new mission statement in the lobby of CenterPoint East home office.

Chuck Cohen, one of Benco’s managing directors, spoke about the inspiration behind this change after the unveiling, “We really believe that our mission is to drive dentistry forward.”

Chuck Cohen discusses the inspiration behind Benco’s new mission statement.

The mission statement is just another example of how Benco Dental is setting itself apart from other dental distributors by focusing on the advancement of technology and services that help dentists to better serve their patients. 

Benco looks forward to helping dentists be better at what they do through these innovative solutions and a caring family culture.

Benco Dental announces strategic alliance with Vivos Therapeutics, Inc.

Vivos and Benco Dental will collaborate to help make all dentists in the United States aware of the company’s unique apnea treatment.

Vivos Therapeutics, a company focused on addressing the root causes of mild to moderate sleep apnea, has signed a cooperative agreement with Benco Dental to help broaden the Vivos System’s reach and ensure all dentists in the United States are aware of their patented system for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

With a widened airway and easier breathing, the symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing often fade away and patients lead a more productive life. Shown above, upper airway, before and after treatment with the Vivos System.

“Sleep apnea is a serious and growing health epidemic facing America.”

“Our newly formed partnership with Benco Dental will allow our revolutionary technology to reach dentists and their patients throughout the United States and introduce them to our VIP program designed specially to help clinicians achieve success, regardless of their experience levels in sleep dentistry.”

Kirk Huntsman, CEO at Vivos

The Vivos System is a non-invasive, non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical, multidisciplinary treatment modality for mild to moderate OSA that does not require lifetime care for most patients. The proprietary and virtually painless Vivos System enhances and increases the upper airway and offers patients what is believed to be the first truly effective non-surgical, non-invasive and potentially lasting solution. Moreover, clinical results are typically achieved quickly (in about 18 to 24 months or less), and at a relatively low cost to consumers.

“Our company has a long history of bringing to market innovative products from trailblazing companies.”

“The Vivos System stands as one of those potential gamechangers because it’s a possible curative solution—a technology-enabled, multidisciplinary, comprehensive solution that dentists are uniquely qualified to apply. The Vivos vision of empowering clinicians to rid the world of OSA is keenly aligned with Benco’s own commitment to driving dentistry forward and opening new worlds of treatment possibilities.”

Chuck Cohen, managing director at Benco Dental.
Benco Dental will collaborate with Vivos Therapeutics, Inc. to help make all dentists in the United States aware of the company’s unique apnea treatment. Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, shown, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States, leveraging innovative solutions and a caring family culture in delivering a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide.

What’s happening next?

  • The partnership will launch with a series of events beginning in October 2019.
  • Vivos and Benco also plan 27 seminars— one in every Benco sales territory—during Q1 of 2020.

Benco customers in all 50 states will have an in-person opportunity to learn more about the treatment, how it helps OSA sufferers and increases the practitioner’s value to patients, plus helpful resources available for integrating it into their practices.

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States, leveraging innovative solutions and a caring family culture in delivering a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide. Benco Dental firsts include Painless® electronic ordering, automated supply management, BluChip®customer loyalty rewards, CenterPoint design/equipment superstores and OneVisitTM open architecture CAD/CAM. Over 1,500 dedicated associates serve customers nationwide including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco has been named one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years.

Want to learn more right now?

To learn more about the patented Vivos System for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and how it can increase dental practice revenue, please visit: www.bit.ly/vivosvip

About Vivos Therapeutics, Inc.

Headquartered in Denver Colorado, Vivos Therapeutics Inc. is research and development company that provides training for dentists and health care providers, allowing them to integrate breathing wellness into their practice. The Vivos System is a proprietary, non-invasive, non-surgical treatment protocol, administered by a multidisciplinary team of highly-trained health care professionals. This revolutionary technology represents the first-ever hope for a lasting solution to the problem of sleep apnea.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Dr. Betsy Carmack: Dentist, bodybuilder and worldwide champion. #IE40under40

A “Sports-Center” life

Dr. Betsy Carmack has been recognized as one of America’s Best Young Dentists, the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honorees. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her accomplishments. She and her husband Dr. Tyler Carmack run four dental offices in Bennington, Rutland and Shaftsbury, Vermont and carve out time for humanitarian outreach, family and other passions in life.

One that has always been central to Dr. Betsy Carmack’s life: Sports. Her childhood days were filled with everything from gymnastics, dance and cheer to basketball, softball, track and swimming.

However, as Betsy entered her teen years, she knew she could only focus on one or two sports. Ultimately, she made the choice to continue her cheerleading and gymnastic careers, and competed in both sports throughout all four years of high school.

Vanderbilt University

Betsy continued her cheerleading career at the collegiate level when she attended Vanderbilt University to earn her undergraduate degree.

Academics win the race

Dental school brought about quite a change in Dr. Carmack’s life; as someone who was always involved in athletics, attending Tufts University School of Dental Medicine meant that she had to dedicate the majority of her focus on academics.

It wasn’t until 2010 that Dr. Carmack got involved in competitive athletics again. Having just moved to Connecticut and preparing for her upcoming wedding, she began to work with a trainer at a local gym.

It was there that she was introduced to head trainer Sherry Carature and several other women who were prepping for an upcoming fitness show.

Getting back into the game

Dr. Carmack was not only attracted to the idea of getting involved in a sport again but also the opportunity to bond and make some new friends, which she was able to do right away.

“I was immediately drawn to and inspired by Sherry and connected seamlessly with the other girls,” Dr. Carmack said.

After going through the group training, Dr. Carmack competed in her first fitness show, Fitness Atlantic, in April 2010.

Fitness Atlantic, 2010

Even though she did not place in the show, Dr. Carmack said that she cherished the experience because she made a ton of new friends and fell in love with the sport’s contagious energy.

Time off pays off

Dr. Carmack had to take some time off from bodybuilding and fitness shows once she and her husband, Dr. Tyler Carmack, welcomed their two children to the world. However, once they settled into their new roles as parents, Dr. Carmack was inspired to return to the sport once again. This time around the results were a bit different.

In 2014, Dr. Carmack re-entered the fitness competition world, and she was eligible to compete in the Master’s Division.

Being in this division allowed Dr. Carmack to compete against women who faced similar life situations and circumstances. Eager to compete once again, Dr. Carmack trained for and placed 4th in the Green Mountain Thaw, an all-natural bodybuilding competition hosted in Vermont.

Green Mountain Thaw is an annual fitness competition hosted in Vermont.

Dr. Carmack returned to the Green Mountain Thaw in 2018, and all of her hard work paid off, earning her the 1st place spot in the Open Tall Division and the Overall Bikini Division.

These two victories meant that Dr. Carmack received a World Beauty Fashion and Fitness (WBFF) Pro Card, along with a spot to compete in the World’s Competition in Las Vegas that August.

The World Beauty Fashion and Fitness Inc. features 9th place winner Betsy Carmack.

To prepare for this competition, Dr. Carmack completed more advanced training than ever before. At the WBFF World’s competition, Dr. Carmack not only bonded with many other like-minded fitness women from all over the globe, but also had the honor of finishing 9th worldwide in her first Pro Fitness Show.

Training behind the scenes

As if the weightlifting didn’t seem challenging enough, Dr. Carmack also took several other steps to prepare for each of her competitions.

“In bodybuilding, half of the difficulty is training your body through weights and cardio, along with knowing your angles and poses. The other half is training your mind, self- discipline and determination.”

Dr. Betsy Carmack
Dr. Betsy Carmack during a fitness photoshoot.

With such a tight schedule as a dentist, mother and humanitarian, Dr. Carmack acknowledged how difficult it is to stick to a diet when training. She often ate six meals a day, all of which consisted of vegetables, proteins, and carbs. On top of all of that, she drank a gallon of water a day, at minimum.

Goal-oriented and determined, Dr. Carmack used her objectives and desired results as the drive to keep her on track when her training challenged her. Overcoming obstacles like time constraints, energy shortages and doubt was easy once she pictured herself on stage competing.

By keeping her goals at the forefront of her mind, Dr. Carmack was able to shrink the troubling obstacles she faced, allowing her aspirations and dreams to shine through.

Life outside of the fitness world

Dr. Betsy Carmack and her husband Dr. Tyler Carmack (left).

At present, Dr. Carmack is taking time to focus on her family life and her career. She is currently receiving training on dental implants and advanced surgical techniques from the Misch International Implant Institute.

This fall, she’ll be sharing her insight as a featured guest panelist at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration at The Blackstone in Chicago. Dr. Carmack will join 10 incredible speakers, including CNN’s Poppy Harlow at this celebration of women in dentistry. On the panel “Healthy Me,” Dr. Carmack and three other experts will discuss proven methods of staying in a positive headspace while working under stress. Find out details and register to attend: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

This fall, Dr. Betsy Carmack will share her insight as a featured guest panelist at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration at The Blackstone in Chicago.

Despite her busy professional and home life, Dr. Carmack still makes time to work out five to six days each week and has enrolled in a few trail races this summer. Dr. Carmack hopes to make a return to the competitive world of bodybuilding once the timing is right for both her family and her career.

Want to start your own fitness journey?

As for her advice to fitness challenge newcomers, Dr. Carmack urges anyone considering it to just go for it.

“Whether it be running, dieting, lifting or walking, find a challenge and sign up! Decide, commit, succeed.”

Dr. Betsy Carmack

Just as Dr. Carmack first began training with a group of her friends, it may be beneficial to find a training partner to make a set, recurring schedule. Dr. Carmack relied on her own accountability and determination to achieve her training goals and urges everyone else to do the same.

“Keep your head in the game and your body will follow.”

Dr. Besty Carmack advises fitness enthusiasts.

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.

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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.