Departments17TONY VLASSIS, CDT manages our Ceramic, e.max® & Porcelain Fused to Zirconia (PFZ) Departments. He graduated from The Polytechnic Institute and University of Maryland in Baltimore & started his dental career as one of our first employees in 1976. He has had the unique opportunity of working closely with the area’s leading Universities, Dentists, Prosthodontists & Patients. Tony is highly qualified as a consultant in complex, inter-departmental, full-mouth restorations, product selections, custom shades, cementation options & dental adhesives.

sandy-bio-picSANDY ZAGRAIEK co-manages our Sculpture, Full-Contour Zirconia Department with John Benner & our Ceramic Department with Tony Vlassis, CDT.  Her dental career began in 1980, opaquing in the department. She received PTC Certifications in Simplified Posterior Anatomy, Contouring Anterior & Posterior Bridges, Anterior & Posterior Porcelain Application & Color In Dental Ceramics. As a senior technician & highly skilled ceramist, Sandy oversees the fit & contour of  our Sculpture Full-Contour Zirconia & PFM restorations. Her specialties include implants, large anterior cases & challenging repairs.

20160805_083846_edittedLISA CRANDELL manages our e.max® Department. She joined our team in 1988 as a Ceramist & was trained by Tony Vlassis, CDT & Sandy Zagraiek. Lisa received PTC Certifications in Dental Anatomy & Anterior Contours. With an attention to detail & a clear understanding of ingot selection & shade computation, she specializes in large, esthetically-challenging anterior cases. Lisa enjoys the fast-paced dynamics of the dental industry & gains satisfaction in knowing that her work makes a positive impact on patients’ lives.

Dena Bio Pic_croppedDENA HEHRING, Co-Manager of our CAD/CAM Suite, joined our team in 2005. Mentored by Director of Training, Robin L. Robinson, CDT, Dena worked for 6 years in the Porcelain Department. She received certificates from PTC for Anterior & Posterior Porcelain Application & Simplifying Posterior Dental Anatomy.

Dena has been an integral part of the CAD/CAM department since its inception in 2009. As Co-Manager with Valanti Diacoloukas, Dena oversees the department, performs daily design functions & works closely with our doctors. She manages our Trios, DDX (Planmeca) & Carestream systems. Her strong work ethic & dedication to learning the latest technologies creates a high level of efficiency. She excels in larger, challenging restorations & is excited to see what the future holds for the dental industry.

CADCAM8_CroppedSmallerVALANTI DIACOLOUKAS co-manages our CAD/CAM Suite with Dena Hehring. He started working with us during the summers of 2009 & 2010, mentored by his grandfather & founder, Gus Diacoloukas. In 2011, Valanti came on board full-time in our e.max® Department, spruing & investing.  He received comprehensive hands-on-training from his dad, Nick Diacoloukas & specialized training on the Weiland mill. Valanti shares the family passion for the industry, as he manages our MCX5 & Weiland mills & our CEREC & 3Shape systems.