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Bruce H. Bonafiglia, CDT, President BonaDent Dental Laboratories

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As the son of a life-long dental technician, Bruce Bonafiglia was introduced to the world of dentistry and dental technology from a very early age. He worked summers and holidays for his father, BonaDent founder Angelo Bonafiglia, throughout his youth, sharpening his skills as an apprentice dental technician, and learning the intricacies of what was then a five-person laboratory. Bruce officially joined BonaDent in 1975, and within his first two years started both the Crown & Bridge and Ceramics Departments, expanding BonaDent into a high-quality, full-service Dental Laboratory. After these early successes, Bruce became a Nationally Certified Dental Technician in both Crown & Bridge and Ceramics, and later advanced his training at the renowned L.D. Pankey Institute and the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies…

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Angelo Bonafiglia, CDT, Founder BonaDent Dental Laboratories


Angelo Bonafiglia opened his first dental laboratory in Seneca Falls in 1948. After several years of steady growth, Angelo opened a larger lab in 1954 in nearby Auburn, NY. He received CDT certification in Dentures, Partials, Crown & Bridge, and Ceramics in 1960, the first year that national certification took place…

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Joseph Weisz, CDT

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After obtaining his certificate in Dental Laboratory Technology from Los Angeles City College, Joe Weisz received advanced training in tooth form and ceramics in Hawaii from Dr. Peter K. Thomas’ son Duke, and later began working on comprehensive reconstruction cases within a gnathology practice in Berkeley, California. As a lab owner in Seattle, Washington, he focused on comprehensive case design, post-ceramic soldering, and implant technology…

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Tess Valentino

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With over 25 years in the industry, Tess has been a dental assistant, technician, and manager. She received advanced technical training from Ivoclar Vivadent, Staub Cranial, and TCS Advanced Technician Training (just to name a few)…

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