Robert Berger, CDT, FNBC Honored
Posted on November 25, 2013
On November 15, 2013 at the DOLAC CAD/CAM Symposium held in Garden Grove, California, Robert Berger, CDT, FNBC was presented with an first annual BEGO Life time Achievement Award, commemorating his myriad contributions to the dental technology industry. Bego Executive Vice President, Lou Azzara, Bego VP Sales and Marketing Nick Azzara, Gregory Harris, Bego Chief Dental Technology Officer Dell Dine, and Matt Roberts presented Berger with the award. In addition, Don Cornell, Vice President Jensen Dental and Peter Pizzi, CDT, MDT, owner of Pizzi Dental Studio, spoke in video presentations of their gratitude to Berger’s development of innovative tools, systems, and techniques still used by dental technician’s worldwide and for his commitment to education.
Holding 21 registered US and Foreign Patents, Berger is responsible for developing more than 300 products over his lifetime from the three-blade porcelain sculpturing instruments launched by his company, Belle de St. Claire Tool Company in 1969 and paint-on die spacers to Micro Crystalinne Dipping Wax, Digital Electronic Waxing Spatula and Dipping unit and Pre-formed Wax Patterns to name but a few. Berger was the first dental technician to be accepted as a member of the prestigious American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and served as its president from 1992 to 1993, was the first dental technician to address the American College of Prosthodontics, and is a charter member and served on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Dental Ceramics. He also served as Trustee for the National Board of Certification and was granted honorary membership in the Swedish and Japanese Dental Technician’s Associations.
“It is an honor to receive such an award,” said Berger. “As I look around the exhibit hall it is clear the dental technology industry has undergone a tremendous transformation. However, we must all be very much aware in this new world of CAD/CAM technology that a deep understanding of tooth morphology, anatomy, and function is still critical”