In addition to his love for the outdoors, Craig has always been interested in expressing his artistic side as well. Even at a young age Craig was very artistically inclined. While in high school he was involved in drama and had aspirations to be a designer for Brooks Brothers or some other fashion-designer. Seeing Craig’s artistic abilities, his guidance counselor suggested the field of dental technology. As Craig began to investigate the field, he saw an opportunity to express his artistic side, and also contribute to people's lives through the profession of dentistry.
Craig started an internship almost immediately, in a local Wichita dental lab, with his first job polishing metal crowns. One of Craig’s innate traits is a desire to strive for excellence, to always get better, to learn more and always be perfecting new skills. He found a home in dental technology, where he could continuously grow and develop and where he could make people happy, improving their lives by using his artistic abilities.
Craig was provided many opportunities working in several dental labs in the Wichita area, learning a variety of skills along the way. He jumped at education opportunities, and in the early ‘90s Craig went through PTC training, the preeminent dental lab training program, mastering all of the training units and becoming the in-lab trainer for the PTC program.
In the mid-1990’s Craig took advantage of ceramic courses offered by world-class ceramists like Willie Geller and Claude Sieber. Craig became an excellent ceramist, mastering ceramic systems like Vita In-Ceram, IPS Empress and IPS e.max, among others. For several years Craig worked closely with several leading prosthodontists in the Wichita area, working on complex full mouth rehabilitation cases as well as many implant-supported dental reconstruction cases.
It was during these years that Craig raised his family. Craig's son and daughter both share his love of the outdoors, but there is something else that Craig imparted to them: a strong patriotic spirit. Both serve as career military, and Craig is very proud of them, often sharing pictures and stories of their service advancements. Craig looks forward to every opportunity to spend time with his children and grandchildren. When they do have the family vacation time they do what they love, golfing, target shooting and spending time together.
In 2005 with the kids out of the house, Craig decided to explore another life path. He and his wife moved to southern California, to join his brother’s custom staircase business. Craig enjoyed the artistic craftsmanship aspects of this business, but soon found that he missed the interaction with the dental community and helping patients. That is when he came to Burbank Dental Lab in 2006.
For the past 12 years, Craig has been an invaluable part of the Burbank Team. His wealth of experience and education has assisted Burbank Dental Lab to achieve new levels of technical excellence. Craig has also been able to further his desire to learn and grow in the dental field. One such opportunity that Craig highly values was attending Frank Spear’s “Facially Generated Treatment Planning” program. He was able to participate in this program while Burbank was a lab partner at the Scottsdale Center For Dentistry. This provided him one more tool in his tool belt, which he uses to assist Burbank Dental Lab clients to create the healthiest smiles for their patients.
Today Craig is in HIGH demand at Burbank Dental Lab, wearing several hats including Quality Assurance, Advanced Technical Consultation, and CAD Design Advisor. He enjoys working hard and the camaraderie of working as part of a team. Craig loves the feeling of hitting the mark and creating a smile with a WOW factor, as much as he loves sinking a hole in one on the golf course.