2nd Quarter - April 2021 | Contact Newsletter
Your Quarterly News & Updates
Greetings, Washington State Dental Laboratory members and friends! The 2021 2nd Quarter Contact newsletter is filled with information about our upcoming in-person 2021 WSDLA NW Lab Forum, Scholarship Opportunities, Industry News and much more.
Meet Your New President - Gary Smotherman
How did you get into the dental laboratory industry?

I got into the industry 26 years ago when my father decided to open a dental lab. Dad needed a delivery driver and a model room technician and I’m still here in 2021.  

What do you love about the dental industry?

I’m still here because I love working with doctors to help change everyday life for some patients. Creating a smile that has been missing for years is a wonderful skill that we as a part of the WSDLA all have. We need to not give up on it and hold on strong to our industry that is shrinking.

To read the full President's Message, please click here.
Past President's Message - Megan Nakanishi
It has been an honor representing the WSDLA as President for the past couple of years. Although none of us could have predicted the challenges that occurred in 2020, my spirits were continually lifted through my interactions with the many labs in Washington State who stayed in touch, kept in contact, and refused to let anything slow them down. I was constantly reminded how lucky we are to be in an industry that can weather such a storm, when others around us have not been so fortunate.

To read the full Past President's Message, please click here.
2021 WSDLA NW Lab Forum
Thank you so much for your support as WSDLA continues to navigate the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. WSDLA has signed a new hotel contract to move the 2021 NW Dental Lab Forum conference to June 25-27, 2021. The Board of Directors made this difficult decision based on current WA state Covid-19 restrictions, limitations on number of attendees, travel restrictions, and to ensure the safety of all attendees.

Our hope is that by moving this conference to June, we will have higher attendance numbers than in past years, due in part to reduced Covid-19 concerns and better safety measures for all participants. Higher event attendance is anticipated in response to the new lab registration/CE requirement regulations effective this year. Passed in 2019, this regulation requires all dental laboratories doing business in WA to submit proof of continuing education (or CDT) to the Department of Health by July 31, 2021.

WSDLA will give out certificates of attendance onsite at the Forum to allow attendees to easily forward proof of their CE credits to the WA Department of Health.


2021 NW Laboratory Forum
June 25 - 27, 2021

Hotel Information:
Embassy Suites - Seattle/Bellevue
3225 158th Ave SE - Bellevue, WA 98008

Stay tuned for more information on our 2021 NW Laboratory Forum!

WSDLA is excited to welcome the following presenters for the 2021 NW Laboratory Forum, listed in alphabetical order:
  • Jessica Birrell
  • Chris Bormes
  • Leon Hermanides
  • John C. Luangrath
  • John Marshall
  • Gary Morgan
  • Kristi Neff
  • Peter Pizzi
  • Dr. Rob Thorup
  • Logan Woomer

2020 Virtual Roundtable Round-Up
Thanks to everyone that attended the 2020 WSDLA Virtual Roundtable event on October 30, 2020.
We had a great turnout! Members of the WSDLA Board and staff that attended the Department of Health hearing provided updated information and discussion about Washington State lab registration. CE certificates and a handout were provided to participants. See below for more information about the lab registration process.
Member News
2021 WSDLA Board Members
President - Gary Smothermon, CDT
Cosmetic Dental Arts, Inc.

Vice President - Sherill Aumiller, CDT
Thorn Ford Dental Laboratory, LLC

Secretary/Treasurer - Leon Hermanides, CDT
Protea Dental Studio, Inc.

Past President - Megan Nakanishi
Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, Inc.

Director - Matt Chapman, CDT 
Chapman Dental Prosthetics, Inc.

Director - Autumn Ellingson, GM
Custom Dental Aesthetics

Director - Kaila Nakanishi
Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, Inc.

Educational Representative - Robert “Bob” Hayes, CDT
Bates Technical College Dental Lab Program

Manufacturer Representative - Mark Gosney
Dentsply Sirona (Prosthetics) 

The WSDLA works hard to promote the needs and interests of Washington states' dental laboratory professionals. To view the full list with contact information for your current
Board of Directors, click here.
Welcome back, Matt Chapman!
Matt Chapman, CDT, was re-elected to the WSDLA Board in 2021. Welcome back, Matt!

Director - Matt Chapman, CDT 
Chapman Dental Prosthetics, Inc.
Get to Know Your New Board Member: Autumn Ellingson, GM
How did you get into the dental laboratory industry?
I was an administrator in a private school and one of our parents, who owned a dental lab, asked if I would ever consider leaving the education field to manage his dental lab. My father-in-law taught at the University of Washington Dental School and had a private practice so I was familiar with the industry and weary of education. The hours and compensation worked for our family so 18 years ago I made the switch and haven't looked back.
To read the full interview with Autumn, click here.
WDSLA Board Member, Kaila Nakanishi, CDT Featured in LMT
LMT's 40 Under 40
WSDLA's own Kaila Nakanishi, CDT, was featured in the February 2021 issue of Lab Management Today as one of LMT's 40 Under 40. Congratulations, Kaila!

To read the full LMT article, click here.
To read Kaila's article, click here.
WSDLA - Welcome New Members!
WSDLA is delighted to welcome new members to our organization!

The WSDLA Board approved the following new members:

Choice Dental Lab, Renton, WA – Seong Keor Kim

Classified Ads
NOW HIRING: Ceramist Needed!
Ceramist Needed! - PNW Pros Lab - Bellevue, WA

PNW Pros Lab is looking for a ceramist that has a minimum of 5 years of experience and a good knowledge of dental implants. Works well in a team, with the potential for growth for the right candidate. 

Salary will reflect experience.

If interested, contact Dave or Allister by email at alliser@pnwproslab.com or by phone at (425) 698-1440. 
NOW HIRING: Denture Set-up and Night Guard Technicians Needed!
Denture Set-up and Nightguard Technicians Needed! - Edgewood Dental Lab - Mukilteo, WA

Edgewood Dental Lab is seeking one denture set-up and one nightguard person. Pay rate depends on experience.

If you want to learn more, please contact Steve Croshaw at (425) 348-8848.
WANTED: Looking to Purchase Dental Lab
Looking to purchase a Dental Lab in the greater Seattle, WA area. 

Buyer is an experienced dental technician with over 20 years of expertise in the field. We are serious buyers, financially ready and physically ready to relocate as well. 

If you are considering to sell, please contact buyer either by phone at (818) 665-8026 or email at andreayoohoo@yahoo.com.
Free Classified Ads! - WSDLA Member Benefit

Post your FREE classified ads for equipment, job openings, etc on the WSDLA website. As a member benefit, all WSDLA members receive free classified ad posting for up to 30 days. For more information and to send a request for a classified ad, please visit www.wsdla.com.
Industry News
Is Your Dental Lab Registered with DOH?
Have you received your WA State Department of Health Dental Laboratory Registration Certificate?

It is now the law that all dental labs that do business in the State of WA register with the Department of Health (DOH). Washington State DOH requested that all dental labs register by January 31, 2021.

If you have not registered your dental laboratory with DOH, please do so now!

Here’s what you need to know: 

  1. Fill out the Dental Laboratory Registration three (3) page application and send in the $250 fee as soon as possible, if you missed the January 31, 2021 deadline. The complete packet is below along with a highlighted application to ensure you complete all the information required by DOH.
  2. If you send in the application AFTER January 31, 2021, you will also need to send in your 12 hours CE or your CDT certificate with the application.
  3. Mark your calendars for the 2021 NW Lab Forum 6/25/21-6/27/21 where you can get 12 hours of CE needed. 
  4. Renew your WSDLA Membership if you haven’t already to stay informed about registration and compliance.
  5. Look for more information from the WSDLA on ways you can comply with the material disclosure and point of origin requirements!

Application packets must be mailed directly to the Department of Health
DOH needs the following in order to process your request:

Mail your application with initial documentation and your check or money order payable to:
Department of Health
PO Box 1099
Olympia, WA 98507-1099

Send other documents not sent with initial application to:
Dental Laboratory Credentialing
PO Box 47877
Olympia, WA 98504-7877

Additional information can be found on the Dental Laboratories webpage: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/FacilitiesNewReneworUpdate/DentalLaboratories

Please see below for the WDSLA summary document originally discussed during our Virtual Roundtable, or click the link below to view PDF. Minor edits have been made to this document related to Owner/CDT information and registration number listing, per Matt Chapman.

Technical Article
2021 Grant and Scholarship Opportunities!
The Sterngold Grant will award one school $1,000 in store credit at Sterngold Dental.

Application Deadline: June 1

The SCDL Business Enterprise Education Grant will award two individuals up to $2,500 to supplement expenses related to business management continuing education the recipients wish to attend, such as NADL University, Chamber Courses, Finance Courses, etc.

Application Deadline: June 15

What You Need to Know about Dental Laboratory Registration
Starting in Fall 2020, all dental labs servicing dentists in the State of Washington must: 

  • Register with the Department of Health (DOH)
  • Disclose to the dentist materials used in the device 
  • Disclose to the dentist the city, state and country where the device was made 

Effective January 31, 2021: 

All dental labs servicing dentists in the State of Washington must be registered with DOH. If you have already registered with DOH, you should have received your Dental Laboratory license certificate:
The Registration number has to be on all forms of communication between the dentist and the Lab. For example; Rx forms, invoices, and statements.

The owner or an employee must complete 12-hours of NBC-approved continuing education annually 

The owner or CDT must work a minimum of 30 hours a week, on site, in which the registration number is issued. 

The Lab must disclose to the dentist materials used in the device and the city, state and country where the device was made.

By January 31, 2025: The owner or an employee must be a Certified Dental Technician in good standing with the National Board for Certification.

The following nonrefundable fees will be charged: 
Application $250.00 
Renewal $250.00 
Late renewal penalty $125.00 
Expired registration reissuance $125.00 
Registration verification $25.00 
Duplicate registration $15.00

The WA registration renewal period for dental laboratories will run from August 1st – July 31st with renewal materials due July 31st of each year moving forward.

DOH Frequently Asked Questions:

How early can I renew my dental laboratories registration?
You may renew your registration no earlier than 90 days prior to July 31st.

How much does it cost to renew my dental laboratory registration?
The renewal fee for dental laboratories is $250.

How long do I need to keep my application and renewal documentation?
Four years (WAC 246-12-200).

When does a dental laboratories registration need to be renewed?
Dental laboratory registrations must be renewed every year, no later than July 31.

Additional Clarifying Questions from WSDLA to DOH:

For those that registered with DOH by 1/31/2021, will they need to repay the registration fee on 7/31/2021 or just send proof of CE?  
Both. They will need to pay the fee and submit their proof of CE’s. They are allowed to use the same CE’s that they used for the initial registration, when they renew in July. As long as they were taken within the 12 months prior to renewal.

For those that did NOT register with DOH by 1/31/2021, should they go ahead and register now and if so, would they send just the registration fee or both registration fee and proof of CE?  Then would they need to do this again on 7/31/2021?  
Yes, they should apply for their registration right away per law and then renew in July.  

Should dental labs to send both their registration fees and proof at CE at the same time moving forward so that it’s easier for the DOH to keep track of? 
They can take the CE’s anytime that’s convenient for them. All we will be checking is that they are approved CE’s and that they were taken within 12 months from 07/31. They can renew up to 90 days early. The goal would be for them to send in the renewal paperwork at least 30 days early so that we have time to process the renewals. We don’t want their registrations going into expired status if they renew to close to the cutoff date.

Can labs register early with both renewal fees and CE?  
Yes up to 90 days prior to July 31st 

Have Additional Questions? Contact DOH directly at:
Bruce Bronoske,Jr., Program Manager, DOH 
Phone: 360-236-4843  Deaf or hard of hearing call 711
DOH Website for Dental Laboratories: 
Looking for Easy Solutions to Meet the New Lab Registration Requirements?
Matt Chapman, CDT, of Chapman Dental Prosthetics, Inc. made specific changes to processes in his lab to abide by the new rules and regulations for WA State dental labs. During his presentation at the WSDLA Virtual Roundtable Retreat in October 2020, Matt discussed that some of the new lab registration requirements require a materials disclosure label on all devices to list what it is made of, where it is sourced, and also include the lab registration number from the WA DOH.

To help his lab meet the new requirements, Matt created a labeling system using a DYMO “off the shelf” label maker to create disclosure labels for his cases. Similar printers can be found here: https://www.dymo.com/en-US (as well as Amazon.com and other retailers).

Matt was kind enough to offer his DYMO label templates to be shared at no cost with current WSDLA members. These label files work in the DYMO label maker software and can be printed on the DYMO printer through the computer by selecting DYMO in Printer Preferences. Labs can also personalize further by selecting from optional barcode or QR features.

Please contact WSDLA if you would like to receive Matt's DYMO label template examples.

Thanks, Matt!