"The inaugural Panthera Master Cup was an extraordinary challenge for the dental profession and for me. To be selected as a participant was an honor in itself.
Panthera Dental has been designing, developing and manufacturing some of the most exquisitely superb CAD/CAM products in the world. It’s no wonder they chose to have a competition to showcase their brand and indulge the talents of selected dental technicians to bring life to their products for the betterment of the patient. Receiving the Panthera Master Cup has validated my dedication of 36 years to dental technology, especially having tested my talents against other technicians who have been recognized as some of the most prestigious technicians in the world through other dental competitions. A few of these fellow participants I am privileged to consider friends and colleagues, mainly through social media. Chatting via Facebook groups such as DTG/Damaged Goods made it fun to share our challenge experiences yet always stay cautious not to give anything away, no matter the excitement.
Was it Difficult? Yes… but that’s what made it great!
First and foremost, I would like to thank Panthera Dental for their support, benevolence and generosity to all the challenge participants. Secondly, thank you to the other sponsors, Ivoclar Vivadent and IDT, for their contribution to the challenge. I would also like to thank the Ottawa Dental Laboratory, IL, for all the encouragement they offered me. And a special thank you to my wife, Allie Williamson, CDT, TE, for all her championing, backing and love. You are my muse and I couldn't have done this without you! "
- MARK D. WILLIAMSON, WINNER OF THE PANTHERA MASTER CUP 2017
Born into a blue collar family out of the southwest suburbs of Chicago, IL, Mark graduated from high school without opportunities to further his education and found himself in need of a job leading to a career. He found a part-time job as an apprentice to the late Jack Bush, CDT in a one-man laboratory. Like so many technicians in the USA, he learned on the job and eagerly absorbed as much knowledge as possible from his mentor. He did this for two years and then accepted an additional full-time job at Dent-Craft, a full service laboratory. He instantly knew this would become his career.
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Bart began working in dental technology at the age of 17. He chose this profession for its creative and hands-on approach, but the mechanical aspects of dental technology also fit his personality perfectly. Later on, he started working for a medium-sized laboratory while pursuing a college education. Passionate as ever about his work, he learned quickly and soon became a partner in the laboratory.
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Kim has been working in cooperation with a denturist, Dany Fillion, for 15 years. She is the manager of the Prostotech laboratory. She enjoys doing a bit of everything and loves performing all the tasks of her trade. In her desire to provide patients with the best possible service, she even occasionally works on her own solutions regarding better functioning. Furthermore, she has worked on the development of the Ivoire prosthesis.
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