I can’t believe I have not posted since September, 2013. Well, actually I can. Quite a bit has been going on in my life since then, so I had to put my efforts towards this site on hold for a bit. In working towards my goal of living as close to Charlotte, NC as possible, I changed jobs and moved. I’m now working for LED Dental and had the great fortune of taking a huge step closer to home by moving from Scottsdale, AZ to the Atlanta, GA area. So, I’ve been a little busy, but I’m back online now with sights back on this site!
With the new job, I expect to shift the focus of this site a little bit. Of course, the site is a reflection of my personal views, experiences, and opinions, and NOT those of my employer. I still want to cover the industry I love, but I will likely throw in some other personal musings (such as this post). Of course, this is where you, oh, loyal reader, can come in and lend a hand. Please comment, suggest a topic, contact me with ideas, etc. I’m back and renewed. Let’s (re)start The Show!
Congrats on the career move Michael. I doubt you remember me but you did my initial CEREC training in Las Vegas about 7 years ago. Since then things have obviously changed for both of us. I left Patterson about 6 years ago to help found an in-office CAD/CAM training company called Wiltrace. I had a good run there but left a couple of years ago to form my own company, Innovative Dental Technologies. The company has a couple of different arms. One is in-office CAD/CAM training working closely with a 6-7 Patterson branches. Another is onsite, same day smile makeover services marketed directly to dentists who are current CAD/CAM owners. Yet a third part of the business is making ceramic restorations for dentists who send me electronic files (usually large anterior cases or zirconia work that the doctor can’t or doesn’t want to handle themselves.) I like to brand my company as the the nations first (and only, to my knowledge) all digital laboratory. No stone for me. All digital impressions, sent electronically only. No stone or model work for me. I also do a bit of consulting work with companies who are trying to gain foothold in the dental CAD/CAM world for bite splints, orthodontia, anesthetic, etc..
Since you asked for suggestions on future topics, I would like to read your opinions on the proper amount of time spent on social media usage for branding purposes. Should one be posting everyday? Relevant business info only or some personal things mixed in? Info on upcoming events or courses or vacations that you are attending? Maintain separate business and personal sites? Lots of questions. Any feedback is welcomed and I wish you much luck and happiness with the new job. And a belated thank you for helping me get started in the dental industry. It has led to more friendships, travels, experiences, and successes than i can count and only dreamed possible.
Thank you so much for the kind words, and I do remember you! I loved my days being involved in dental CAD/CAM (actually I really miss it), and it is great to see that you are still working with that technology. Your sentiments regarding the dental industry hit the nail on the head – friends, travels, and experiences I never would have dreamed of.
Also, thank you for the suggestion about social media. I’ve touched on the topic at a high level before, but your questions are really good…I’ll see what I can come up with for the site. And of course, I would welcome the chance to chat with you about it as well.
All my best,
I know exactly where you are coming from. If there is anyway that I can assist you feel free to reach out.
Thank you for the comment and for reading! I hope all is well in your world.
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