Samir Zubi was encouraged to explore a career in dentistry by his mother, who was herself a dental assistant. He always had a keen interest and inclination in creative, artistic activities. As he explored the options available in dentistry, he chose dental technology for his ability to express his artistic nature and contribute to the process of improving people’s lives through dentistry.
In 2006 Samir entered the dental technology program at LACC. He showed a very natural aptitude in his work at LACC and graduated at the top of the class. He received very high recommendations from his instructors and immediately after graduation he began working for Dr. Jose Luis-Ruiz as an in-house technician for one of the top dental professionals in the nation.
"During the day he is one of our top personnel, using “The Force” to raise the bar in Burbank's CAD/CAM division."
--- TONY SEDLER, PRESIDENT
Gaining such invaluable experience and being exposed to such a very high level of dentistry, Samir decided to apply to the prestigious Master’s of Dental Ceramics (MDC) with Dr. Ed McLaren at UCLA. Once again he was among the top students in the program and was asked to stay on after graduation and work as an assistant/intern to Dr. McLaren for a year.
Between 2010 and 2015 Samir worked at some of Southern California’s most prestigious labs. He was able to hone his skills as a ceramist, but more importantly, he began to learn and become proficient in the upcoming field of dental CAD/CAM. He learned how to apply his expertise as a ceramist to CAD/CAM design and milling of dental ceramics.
In 2015 Samir came to Burbank Dental Laboratory, where he is the Design Manager in Burbank's CAD/CAM department. HIs contributions have been profound, taking on the task of training and mentoring our CAD design team, using his experience and education to uplift the results from our CAD/CAM department.
Samir’s creativity does not end with the art of dental technology, much of his free time is spent in creative endeavors. He enjoys woodwork, carpentry, and prop design, which must have something to do with being so close to Hollywood. Speaking of Hollywood, one of the more interesting things that Samir has participated in are his roles in Dr. Ed McLaren’s Ceramic Wars, 2 short films that are dental take-offs of Star Wars. Samir was a Storm Trooper in both of the shorts: “Return of the Ceramist”, and “Ceramic Wars the Last Crusade”.
During the day he is one of our top personnel, using “The Force” to raise the bar in Burbank's CAD/CAM division.