Staff

 
David Nakanishi

Dave Nakanishi, CDT

President and Owner

Dave’s father H. Ray Nakanishi, CDT started the laboratory in 1953, the very same year as Dave was born.

Dave received his B.A. from the University of Washington and worked closely with faculty members from the Dental School as part of his total education. Dave received his dental laboratory certification in ceramics in 1978 from the National Board for Certification and served as a trustee on this board for several years before retiring that role in 2012. Dave is currently the president and owner of Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, but he enjoys using his many skills and drawing upon his extensive dental knowledge to help create superior restorations in the laboratory too.

Dave has served on a number of boards including the U.W. Dean’s Club, L.W. Technical College, the Suzuki School of Music and is currently President of the Washington Men’s Gymnastics Foundation.

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Robert Lathrop

Robert Lathrop, Jr. CDT, MBA

General Manager

Bob Lathrop’s career in the dental field began in 1972 as a part of the Navy's Dental Technician program. He completed that program the same year and continued on to earn a B.S. in Occupational Education and eventually an MBA with an emphasis in Heath Care Administration.

After he completed his time in the Navy, Bob accepted a position with Dentsply Ceramco as a Technical Specialist and added important duties as Dentsply’s Corporate Complaint Officer. He also spent time traveling the world to deliver lectures on the proper use and techniques of porcelain applications. Through this lecturing as well as experience gained in troubleshooting laboratory issues, he achieved an incredibly high proficiency in the dental laboratory.

Bob moved to Seattle in 2001 and is currently the General Manager of the Prosthetics and Implant Department. He is also a member of the WSDLA Board of Directors and is a great resource to the dental community as a whole.

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Megan Nakanishi

Megan Nakanishi

Director of Operations

Megan joined Nakanishi Dental Lab in 2010 after graduating from Seattle University with a degree in Business and Economics. Proudly turning our company into a third-generation family business, Megan’s background makes her an asset in overseeing Nakanishi Dental Lab’s marketing, finances, client service teams and technology acquisitions. Megan is on the Board of Directors for the Washington State Dental Laboratory Association, as well as an active member in the National Association of Dental Laboratories. Outside the laboratory industry, Megan is on the Board of Directors for the Kirkland Rotary Club and enjoys living an active lifestyle in downtown Kirkland.

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Corban Cooper

Corban Cooper

Marketing & Procurement Manager

Joining us in 2013, Corban has a double B.A. in Electronic Media and International Studies from Moody Bible Insititute in Chicago, IL. Originally from Phoenix, he began his career in procurement and marketing in 2002. Corban has volunteer coordinated several humanitarian dental relief trips to Haiti and Nicaragua where nationals received free dental treatment. He enjoys family time, outdoor adventure activities, and wedding videography.

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Neeraj Sirohi

Finance/Human Resources

Neeraj obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Kumaon University in India. She also studied Financial Planning at the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning. She has worked for several startups in the sectors of IT, Bioinformatics, Finance and Wealth Planning. She is a Certified Bookkeeper and Human Resources Professional.

Neeraj joined Nakanishi in 2014. Her many hobbies include travel, yoga, hiking, kayaking, gardening and reading.

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David Anderson, CDT

Implant Department Manager

David's career began in 1993 as part of the Air Force dental laboratory technician program. He retired in 2014 as Crown & Bridge Dept. Manager/Fixed Team Lead of the DOD'S largest dental laboratory at Peterson AFB, Colorado. He is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration and is certified in implants. David graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Tech Management in 2016 and is currently pursuing an MBA. In his spare time David enjoys spending time with his family, mountaineering, and competitive cycling.

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Rick Brown

Rick Brown, CDT

Partials Department Manager

Rick graduated from Ferris State University's Dental Lab Technology Program in 1975 in Big Rapids, Michigan and was President of his class. He moved to Washington in 1977 and began working in partials and full dentures. He became a Certified Dental Technician in 1981 and for the last 26 years has managed the Denture Department at Nakanishi Dental Lab. Rick's career in removable appliances now includes a strong emphasis in precision attachments and implants.

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Cindy Turner, CDT

Fixed Department Manager

Cindy began her career in the U.S. Navy learning Dental Assisting and Dental Technology. Then, for 17 years, she owned a small boutique lab focusing on communication between the lab, the dentist and the patient to create the perfect smile. She feels equally comfortable chair side with a dentist or in a laboratory.

In 2011, Cindy joined Nakanishi to specialize in all ceramic restorations. She quickly became the all ceramics manager and earned CDT certification. She chairs the Dental Technician Alliance – a local tech study club that focuses on improvement and advanced learning opportunities.

Cindy loves to challenge herself and will try almost anything interesting or new. Life is an adventure and she likes to learn new things every day. She enjoys everything from traveling, biking, cooking and passing the time with family and friends.

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Sabina Diez Berger

Denture and Nightguard Departments Manager

Sabina’s passion for teeth started at a very young age leading to her start in obtaining her dental assistant degree at Aites School of Dentistry, in Barcelona, Spain. In 1993, she left sunny Barcelona for Washington State, where shortly after she started at an orthodontic lab pursuing a 21-year career leading up to management.

In 2017, Sabina made the move to Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, and is currently the manager of the Denture and Nightguard departments. Sabina enjoys travelling, the beach, good food, children, art and loves problem solving.

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Leah Gomez

Operations Supervisor

Leah joined Nakanishi Dental Lab in 2013 and gained her knowledge by working in multiple departments. Currently our Implant and Digital Operations Supervisor, she oversees the scheduling and workflow of our most complex cases. She also manages our implant clinical parts, and can be reached by phone or email Monday through Friday. Outside the office, Leah spends her time with her husband and their adorable rescue Grey Hound at their home in Redmond.

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