Get to know California Dental Arts

We started as a family business in California more than 40 years ago. Now that we’ve grown, we still have the same values that keep dentists coming back to our lab year after year.

California Dental Arts has earned the trust of thousands of dentists by treating each one like our only client. We back up our superior service with a keen attention to detail, expert craftsmanship and top-of-the-line solutions from our Certified Dental Technicians (CDTs), many with advanced credentials. In fact, we have the most CDTs of any Bay Area dental lab.

Experienced in all disciplines of dental technology, we’re always working to create the best possible result for you and your patients, so you can take your business where you want it to go.

Meet our team

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Lonnie Frangadakis, CDT
President

Lonnie Frangadakis founded California Dental Arts in 1991 and has since remained its president. Prior to CDA, Mr. Frangadakis was the owner and operator of Cupertino Dental Laboratory from 1972 to 1991. Mr. Frangadakis is responsible for overseeing all aspects of business operations, from the hiring of technicians and integration of continuing education to quality control and selection of the finest materials and processes. Mr. Frangadakis has been active in the California Dental Laboratory Association, holding four executive positions, including president from 1990 to 1991. He is a Certified Dental Technician and a Certified Branemark Technician. Throughout his career, he has received numerous accolades for his accomplishments in the dental laboratory industry. Mr. Frangadakis graduated from the UCLA School of Dental Technology in 1969.

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Alex Frangadakis
VP of Business Operations

Alex Frangadakis was named Vice President of Business Operations at California Dental Arts in 2011. Mr. Frangadakis began his career at CDA as a sales associate, later transitioning into director of marketing. His extensive business background includes working for the real estate investment firm Marcus & Millichap in Palo Alto, CA. Additionally, he has consulted for Lexus, Nissan, Bridgestone Tires Corporation, Mars Petcare and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Mr. Frangadakis was an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and also served as a team leader at the Accelerator Business Institute. Furthermore, he helped start the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. His business interests include entrepreneurship and innovation, within the dental laboratory industry. Mr. Frangadakis earned his M.B.A. from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management and undergraduate degree from The University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Matt Froess, CDT
VP of Laboratory Operations

Matt Froess was named vice president of California Dental Arts in October 2006. Prior to his promotion, Mr. Froess was manager of California Dental Arts’ cosmetic restorations division. Mr. Froess’s responsibilities include quality control, technician training, and research and development. Mr. Froess regularly attends continuing education clinics and advanced hands-on cosmetic dentistry workshops to ensure that CDA remains on the cutting edge. These workshops include the Las Vegas Institute and the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study. Mr. Froess is also an expert in some of the industry’s latest products, including Lava™ Zirconia and Cadent iTero™. With 24 years of crown and bridge experience, and being a graduate of the mini-residency program with the Branemark Implant System, Mr. Froess is an invaluable asset to CDA. Before joining California Dental Arts in 1986, Mr. Froess was general manager of a competing Bay Area dental laboratory.

Lan Khuc, California Dental Arts

Lan Khuc, CDT
Director of Implants & Removables

Lan Khuc was promoted to Director of Implants and Removables at California Dental Arts in 2009. Mr. Khuc has over 25 years of experience in the dental laboratory industry and has held numerous management positions. He is an expert in occlusion, gnathology, esthetics, dental materials and application, framework designs and dental products. Since 1996, Mr. Khuc has focused specifically on implantology. He has widespread training in Nobel Biocare, Biomet 3i, Straumann, Zimmer, Astra Tech, Keystone Dental, Ankylos, Bicon and Lifecore. Mr. Khuc is a regular speaker on major implant systems, lecturing to both university students and study groups. He is a 1986 graduate of the Southern Illinois University Dental Technology Program.

Dave Brandenburg
Director of Implant Prosthetics
General Manager, CDA-San Ramon

Dave has 44 years of experience as a removable dental technician and successfully owned and operated Custom Prosthetics Laboratory for 30 years before joining California Dental Arts. He is a U.S. veteran and was formally trained as a dental technician by the U.S. Air Force. Dave has been regarded as a top dental technician in this area and is sought out nationally for his knowledge of complex implant hybrid restorations. He lectures and leads study groups, accumulating over 100 continuing education hours per year.

Max Kempi

Max Kempi, RDT, MA
Director of Digital Implantology

An industry expert, Max consults dental professionals nationwide, designing dental restorations, planning restorative procedures, and supervising all stages of manufacturing and quality control. He focuses on removable implants; hybrid screw-retained, full-arch restorations; attachment and fixed-removable combination cases; as well as CAD/CAM products. Max received his BA in dental technology 20 years ago and has owned and managed labs in Europe and the Midwest ever since. He also has an MA in bio/medical ethics. Having worked closely with prosthodontists and oral surgeons, his proficiency in chairside procedures helps guide dentists through even the most complicated restorative treatments. Outside of the lab, Max is an avid traveler, motorcyclist, bookworm and an occasional sailor.

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