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Caribou Dental Arts is a two man boutique crown and bridge lab offering a variety of services. We have over sixty years of experience between us. See for yourself what a small lab can do for you!
MIKE HERMANN
RAY SMITH
MIKE HERMANN
RAY SMITH
I started my dental technology career in 1979 after graduating Eli Whitney Tech in Hamden, Ct. where I achieved the honor of earning the Proficiency In Skills award. Later that year I was hired at Advanced Porcelain Lab in Bridgeport, Connecticut where I had the opportunity to learn the industry's latest techniques. It was invaluable on the job training, and after five years, I was ready to open my own business. Westport Dental Techniques was born from the dream to operate my own dental lab where I could have complete control over every restoration created there. In 1989, Ray and I joined forces and moved our little lab to Nederland, Co. three years later. We are inspired on a daily basis by the amazing beauty all around us.
I began my career at The New York School of Mechanical Dentistry in 1972. After graduating, I landed a great job at a small lab in Connecticut (Connecticut Dental) where I was encouraged to learn all aspects of the trade. Over the next five years, I honed my skills and became friends with an incredible ceramist/artist, Taki Nishihata, whose passion for his work was really refreshing . He opened my eyes to a side of the business that I didn't know existed, high aesthetics. Eventually Taki opened his own lab and asked me to work for him. I learned dental ceramics from him and was encouraged to take courses with Industry leaders, Kuwata, Tanaka, and Willy Geller to name a few. I was able to use newly learned techniques in my daily work. In 1989 I met and joined forces with Mike Hermann and in 1992 moved the lab to Nederland, Co.
The industry has changed a lot since the 70's but our mission has remained the same, the best fitting restorations and highest aesthetics possible.