Dental Technicians Parallel Session


Dr. Phillip Tan, Australia

Dr. Phillip Tan, Australia



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Philip Tan is a registered specialist prosthodontist in Melbourne, AUSTRALIA. He completed his undergraduate education in Melbourne before working in general practice in West Gippsland. After a further year of study in the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Dentistry program, Philip then travelled to the USA for his specialist prosthodontic training. A further two years was spent working in the USA and teaching at the University of Iowa.

Since graduation Philip has published multiple papers and lectured on a variety of scientific and clinical topics including treatment planning decisions, restorative techniques for compromised teeth, use of ceramics with implants, magnification for prosthodontics and the accuracy of CAD/CAM systems. Several prosthodontic awards have been received as a result of these endeavours. Philip is an active reviewer for the Journal of Prosthodontics, a forum moderator for the ADAVB, reviewer for the Dental Board of Australia and a prosthodontic post-graduate student examiner for the University of Melbourne.

Philip has been back in Melbourne since 2006 and currently works in full time private practice in Cheltenham and enjoys providing all aspects of prosthodontic care. Philip’s current interest is the implementation of digital technology to everyday practice and is currently involved in several research projects.

Lecture: Achieving True Digital Smile Design

Hans-Jürgen Stecher, MDT, Germany

Hans-Jürgen Stecher, MDT, Germany



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• Education as dental technician 1978-1982
• Military service/ Military hospital Kempten 1982-1983
• Working as dental technician in several dental and dental practice laboratories 1983-1986
• Technical manager at dental laboratory Sauter , Waltenhofen 1986-1992
• Master-class student at the master dental technician school Munich 1992-1993
• Examination for the grade of master with special award 1993
• First winner of the trade cooperation Munich 1993
• Setting up an own dental laboratory. Instructor for master-class students 1993
• Course leader for dental technician education curses 1994
• Lecturer at Metaux Precieux Metalor Germany / principal topic - two part dentures
• Member of the examination board – Chamber of crafts Bavaria/Munich 2000
• Subject teacher examination 2002
• Lecturer at the Phillips-University Marburg – Division of Prosthetic Dentistry 2003
• Several lectures and publications for various companies and institutions

Lecture: The Dental Technician – a Digital Craftsman?

Baris Cakir

Baris Cakir, DT



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Has a wealth of experience in the field of dental technology lecturing and teaching across South East Asia and Asia. Baris has established his reputation as a highly skilled technician within the dental profession and his passion for dental technology is reflected in the delivery of his training courses. His main focus is in the field of All-ceramic crown and bridge systems, Metal-ceramic crown and bridge systems, esthetics in all fields of restorative dentistry and especially CAD/CAM Technology.

He has been working closely with clinicians and patients since 1997 on fixed and removeable prosthetics. This experience gives him invaluable insights into the world of dental technology and dental ceramics.

Lecture: Full Denture - Digital!

Ike Intoratat, New Zealand

Ike Intoratat, New Zealand



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Ike is a New Zealand Registered Dental Technician, specializing in fixed prostheses. His fascination has always been with All-ceramic and Porcelain Fused to Metal restorations. All his work reflects on the principles which he teaches in his workshop; the importance of achieving Fit, Form, Function and Esthetic.

Since 2008, Ike joined Ivoclar Vivadent AG as a Business Development Manager for South East Asia. As part of the business growth in the region, Ike is regularly lecturing and conducting hands-on workshop for dentists and dental technicians in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and India. He is also a regular guest lecturer at various Universities amongst these countries.

Ike graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Anatomy and Structural Biology from the School of Medicine; before his fascination in the field of Dentistry. In 2003, he graduated with Distinction, a Bachelor Degree in Dental Technology from the School of Dentistry. Since then, he became a New Zealand Registered Dental Technician, and selected to be a Board Member of the New Zealand Dental Council. He was profoundly involved in the production side of removable prostheses for a few years before he decided to pursue his passion in the fixed prosthodontics discipline.

Currently, Ike is working closely with a small number of clinical Key Opinion Leaders on study cases in Implantology, Restorative and Cosmetic dentistry.

Lecture: All in a Day – a Look Inside CAD/CAM Integrated Dental Laboratory

Rik Jacobs

Rik Jacobs, The Netherlands



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Rik Jacobs is born on 29 May 1970. He studied International Marketing Management in The Netherlands. Since 2000 he worked for Vertex Dental B.V. Since 1 January 2008 is member of board of directors/shareholder. In the present job he is responsible for Business Development, Marketing and Sales. He created The Vertex Dental Academy in 2007 and opened offices together with the board in Singapore and China showed incredible grow figures and all these successes leaded to the title of Export Manager in The Netherlands in 2007. Besides, Vertex Dental reached 2nd in the Jan Huyghen van Linschoten Price in 2008.

Lecture: Permanent 3D Printing Bio Material Solutions for Crown & Bridge, Ortho & Full Dentures.

Eric Berger

Eric Berger, France



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Eric Berger is a dental technician, graduated from the INSTITUT SUPERIEUR NATIONAL DE L'ARTISANAT, short ISNA University in Metz, France. After his graduation he continued with further training and specialization in Germany and opened his own laboratory in the year 1989. He is a well - known lecturer and consultant to the ISNA university in Metz and vice - president of the corporation of dental technicians of Moselle.

Lecture: Aesthetic Révolution Through New Fields of Applications

Terry Whitty

Terry Whitty, Australia



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Terry Whitty is one of the most experienced and unique Technical Instructors and lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of dental technology and material science subjects. Terry Owns a busy Dental Laboratory in Sydney Australia, specialising in high tech dental manufacturing. Using the latest advances in intra- and extraoral scanning, CAD design and Milling and 3D printing technologies, most specialties are covered including fixed and removable prosthetics, orthodontics, and computer implant planning and guidance.

He also specialises in the latest technologies in Removable Prosthetics and various associated dental appliances including Paediatric Dental, Maxillo Facial, TMJ splint therapy and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.systems for traditional and CAD designed removable prosthetics and various associated dental appliances. Terry has over 60 articles published and these regularly appear in international journals translated into various languages.

Lecture: Convergence of Digital Dental Technologies and Advanced Applications of CAD/CAM

Mr Andrea Bonfiglio, Singapore

Mr Andrea Bonfiglio, Singapore


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Mr. Andrea Bonfiglio from Italy is a certified Dental Technician since 1986. For the past 20 years he has been working in dental labs in Europe and Asia, mainly focusing on precision combination works on fixed and removable prostheses, complete prosthesis, implant works, full ceramic crowns and bridges, and clear aligners (orthodontic treatment).

Since 2005 he is working independently in his own dental lab and is now focusing on his passion as trainer and consultant for CAD/CAM technology and zirconia applications.

Andrea Bonfiglio is currently working with Zirkonzahn as a trainer and technical consultant, teaching in the fields of material applications and CAD/CAM systems in Southeast Asia.

Lecture: Innovations and aspirations in dental technology

Mr. Vanik Kaufmann-Jinoian, Switzerland

Mr. Vanik Kaufmann-Jinoian, Switzerland


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Vanik Kaufmann-Jinoian, born in 1958 in Calcutta, India, grew up in Basel, Switzerland where he also had his professional training as dental technician. He then specialized in ceramic veneering works in several Swiss laboratories.
During this period he also attended a marketing training in the U.S.A. For VITA-Zahnfabrik, Bad Säckingen, he worked as a trainer on international level. After having opened his own dental lab in 1990 this has become a limited job. Today he is head of a dental lab in Liestal, Switzerland where all domains of modern dentistry are represented.
Presently he is working as a CAD/CAM consultant for Sirona, Bensheim. His large experience in the field of dental ceramics processing is also reflected in regular publications and lecturing all over the world

Lecture: Digital Solutions for Today and Tomorrow & understanding Materials Optimized for Digital Dental Applications