Lan Khuc, California Dental Arts

Name and job title?
Lan Khuc, Director of Implants.

Hometown?
Long Xuyen, Vietnam.

First job?
I started working at the family business when I was 10. I set up tables and chairs at our little noodle shop.

First car?
My first car was a 1981 Fiat. My uncle gave it to me because I was getting ready to go to college.

Number of cups of coffee you drink per day?
On a good day? Maybe one. On a bad day, too many to count. I probably average about two a day. One in the morning and one in the afternoon.

How long have you worked at California Dental Arts?
12 years.

How did you get into the dental lab business?
I got interested because I found out that I was really good with my hands and working with small stuff. The pastor at my church worked as a full-time dental technician. I was in high school and shadowed him for about a month and thought it was cool. I went to the same college that he went to and majored in dental technology.

What do you like most about your job?
I really like this kind of work, so I consider it more like a hobby and not really a job. I like to work with new materials, products and techniques.

What do you do really well?
I’m well trained in all aspects of the dental lab from fixed to removables to dental implants and some orthodontics. Mainly I focus on dental implants and case planning, especially when no one else can figure out how to do the work.

What’s one thing people might not know about working in a dental lab?
The amount of hats that you have to wear. When you take on a case, you don’t do just one aspect of the work. You have to understand and do all aspects of the work. We’re part artist and engineer. A lot of people think we just make crowns, but there is a lot more to consider.

Passion outside of work?
I like to learn new things. I love fishing, cooking, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and church.

Favorite quote?
“If you don’t make a plan for yourself, someone else will.” -Anonymous

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