Derrick Luksch, CDT
Derrick Luksch began apprenticing with his father, Karl Luksch, master technician and owner of Precision Dental Lab in Sacramento, California, at the age of 12. His father trained him in all primary specialties with an emphasis on precision attachments and dental ceramics. Derrick was also privileged to learn from leading dental industry members, including Dr. Peter K. Tomas, Dr. Charles Stewart, and Dr. Jack Hockel. Moving from technician through the ranks to General Manager, he finally purchased the lab in 1978.
Throughout the next decade, Derrick started several auxiliary companies and expanded his knowledge of CAD/CAM systems, industrial machining, computer programming, and software development. Eventually, he sold Precision to devote his energies to creating new systems and processes for the dental lab industry. Then, in 1996, Derrick accepted an offer from longtime friend Mike O’Brien to become co-owner and General Manager of O’Brien Dental Lab in Corvallis, Oregon. In 2002, he became the sole owner of the lab.
With over 50 years of experience, Derrick’s current focus is on research, innovation, and his new passion, teaching. He shares his depth of knowledge and expertise with dental students at the Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU), where he is an affiliate faculty member. He also frequently lectures to study clubs, dental society meetings and supports the continuing education opportunities offered by the Richard V. Tucker groups.
Sustaining a legacy of progressive technology through research and development, Derrick is the author of five U.S. dental technology patents with another two patents pending. His innovations include CAD/CAM milling processes that are part of O’Brien’s proprietary TruFit® system, and HydroPak®, a revolutionary denture processing system.
Karli Luksch, CDT
A third-generation lab technician, Karli began her career at O’Brien Dental Lab in 1997 where she received comprehensive, in-house training in dental ceramics. She achieved the position of lead technician, where she specialized in comprehensive fixed prosthodontic cases. Karli has continued to pursue excellence in her craft as she became a certified master esthetic technician from the Las Vegas Institute (LVI), completed the Live Patient Veneer Course from Pacific Dental Institute, received accreditation as a level 4 master technician from Orognathic Bioesthetic Institute (OBI), and earned the designation of advanced porcelain technician from course work taught by Willi Geller.
In 2010, Karli became Senior Team Leader at O’Brien. She continues to use her considerable knowledge and expertise to research and implement new materials and to train technicians in providing our customers and their patients with consistently high-quality restorations.
Tony Megale, CDT
Starting at O’Brien Dental Lab just three days after graduating from Corvallis High School in 1977, Tony is the longest-tenured employee at O’Brien Dental Lab. In his early years here, Tony received hands-on, apprentice-style training in all aspects of dental laboratory technology. He has spent years at the bench working on fixed, removable and implant cases for dentists and their patients. He has attended thousands of hours of continuing education; is highly regarded in the dental community for his knowledge and integrity; and has participated in dozens of study clubs focusing on complex, highly specialized topics. Today Tony draws upon his extensive experience and education in working closely with our customers to provide technical support. Treatment planning and sequencing complex cases, selecting dental materials, and answering technical questions are all in a day’s work for Tony.
Craig Worden, CDT
Craig joined the O’Brien team in 1995 after graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in zoology. With plans to attend dental school, Craig applied for a position with O’Brien’s model department to gain experience in the field while he applied to dental school. Early on Craig recognized a sense of fulfillment from helping coworkers and clients with his work in the lab. He also immediately identified with the O’Brien company culture that emphasizes teamwork, pride in workmanship, advancement based on merit, and continual improvement. What started as a stepping stone to one career became a lifelong journey in another. A quick learner and natural leader, Craig earned advancement through the lab from technician to manager in various departments. As production manager of the Crown and Bridge Department, he trains and mentors his technicians, conducts final quality control of cases, and provides technical support to our customers. Craig’s hands-on knowledge of the complete production process from model work through final polish make Craig an invaluable member of the O’Brien team.
Brian Goff, CDT
Brian’s career at O’Brien Dental Lab began in 1999 as a route representative. With his product knowledge, strong organizational skills, and knack for customer service, Brian later became the natural choice to manage the front office. Brian’s curiosity and natural talent for working with his hands led him to explore and complete the in-house training courses for denture technicians. As his experience grew, he quickly became one of our top technicians and earned the position of department manager. Brian has attended hundreds of hours of continuing education and has taken a special interest in implant retained and supported dentures. In fact, he has taught several hands-on and live patient courses related to these topics.
Alex Rugh, CDT
Alex was hired as an office supervisor in 1998 and quickly took on several administrative positions, including office manager and system administrator. In 2001 he began learning about dental implants and started designing custom CAD/CAM abutments in 2003. His extensive knowledge of implants soon made him a trusted technical resource, and in 2007 he resigned from office management to focus his time on implants. In 2014 Alex became the first certified dental technician in Oregon with a specialty in implants. He has attended hundreds of hours of continuing education through ongoing membership with the Academy of Osseointegration, Seattle Study Club, and many others. Today, as director of training and education, Alex creates educational content, attends local study clubs, and lectures to various groups.
Chris Luksch, CDT
Chris has been a valuable member of the O’Brien team since 1997. A third-generation technician, he initially trained to create full-contour wax-ups in our crown and bridge department. At the same time, he was one of the first in the industry to operate CAD/CAM in the dental lab profession. Throughout his career, Chris has continued to pursue parallels in these specialty areas, and today is an extremely accomplished analog and digital technician. He has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education and earned the designation of a certified master esthetic technician from Las Vegas Institute (LVI). Chris was instrumental in developing our proprietary TruFit® system and is the co-author of four United States patents. Today Chris oversees the adoption and integration of all digital technology in the laboratory.
Steve Williamson, CDT
Steve joined O’Brien Dental Lab in 1992. Exceptional pre-employment test scores in manual dexterity, three-dimensional visualization, attention to detail, and a predilection for building things with his hands, Steve possessed the ideal profile for becoming a successful technician in our waxing department. After a period of intense training and experience, he became lead technician in the waxing department taking responsibility for the most complex, challenging cases ranging from full-mouth wax-ups to Tucker Gold Study Club cases. Always interested in improving his skills and expanding his knowledge, Steve has participated in hundreds of hours of hands-on continuing education courses. Most notably, he has completed neuromuscular course work at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, provided lab support for the Live Patient Advanced Ceramics Veneer course at Pacific Dental Institute, and achieved the designation of level 4 master technician from Orognathic Bioesthetic Institute. Steve’s innate talent and strong work ethic earned him continued advancement at O’Brien. As chief technical manager, he is responsible for maintaining the lab’s high standards for quality and consistency by coaching fellow team members on advanced technical and manufacturing techniques.
Kevin Benshoof, CDT
Kevin joined the team at O’Brien Dental Lab in 2010 as a technician in our digital technology department. In that role, he was recognized as a top performer with natural skills and abilities for dental technology. Formally educated in industrial design, Kevin is exceptionally gifted in visualizing and creating three-dimensional objects. Being very mechanically inclined and having a strong work ethic with attention to detail, Kevin found his niche at the lab specializing in contouring restorations where understanding form and function is critical to a successful restoration. With previous project management experience, instinctive leadership skills, and a mastery of his chosen specialty, Kevin now manages the ceramics department. He focuses his time on the most challenging cases, quality control and additional training to his technicians.
In 2000, Bryan began his career at O’Brien Dental Lab as a route representative in Portland. In this role, he often was the primary point of contact between our customers and the lab, both in transporting cases and in facilitating communication with production managers. Bryan excelled at customer service and later earned the position of supervisor of our Portland area route representatives. In this role, he ensures our teams maintain the highest standards of customer service. Additionally, Bryan’s extensive knowledge of our products, services and internal processes led to an expanded role with our customers that include introducing new product information, answering technical questions, taking in-office custom shades, and teaching intra-oral photography techniques. He represents O’Brien at study clubs, dental society meetings, continuing education courses, industry events and state dental conferences.
Alyssa has been with O'Brien since 2011, starting just four days after graduating from high school. She began as a part-time packaging clerk and, over time, became adept in all front office and customer service roles. Always eager to help wherever she could, Alyssa quickly became the go-to person for both O'Brien staff and customers alike. On the phone, customers especially took note of her cheery disposition and can-do attitude. In 2016 Alyssa took on a management position in customer service. Then, in 2018, she transitioned to implant production, where she continues her customer service role by providing technical support on dental implants.
Mitch Bourgeois, CDT
An Oregon Native, Mitch is a graduate of Oregon State University. He joined the O’Brien team in 1992 and is one of our CDTs. Hired for a porcelain position, he learned quickly and realized dental technology was something he would enjoy doing. Mitch was determined to learn from the most experienced technicians and sought to excel in everything he did, enabling him to work on the most challenging cases.
Starting with 35mm film photography, Mitch grew with the advances in digital photography. With an eye for detail and aesthetics, he has become an expert on custom shades and custom staining. Coming from a long line of artists, Mitch brought ‘the family artist’s eye’ to dental technology. He is wholly committed to the relationship between the lab, the doctor’s office, and the patient. His dedication to relationships makes Mitch a valuable team member. He is also actively involved with others who want to learn to take their skills to the next level.
When not working, he enjoys the latest projects from his inexhaustible list of Honey-do’s. His hobbies include anything outdoors, music, hunting, woodworking, motorcycles, and guitars. Married for more than 35 years, he has three grown children and two grandchildren. His greatest joy is just hanging out with his family.
Brian graduated from Oregon State University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in business accounting. After graduating, he set his sights on a career that incorporated technology with a company offering opportunities for learning and growth. Brian found what he was looking for in 2009 when he started working for O'Brien in our budding digital dentistry department. He quickly advanced from prepping and scanning cases to designing them while simultaneously taking on more management responsibilities.
Today, Brian is the team leader of the department where he utilizes his 10 years of experience in overseeing case workflow, designing complex cases, QC'ing digital designs, training new digital technicians, and running our Hass Mills and Carbon printer. He loves the company culture and tackling new and exciting challenges with his team.
Lee Montgomery, CDT
Lee began his career at O’Brien in 2001 as a full-cast gold waxer. Shortly after that, he transitioned to a PFM waxer and started executing diagnostic wax-ups as well. Today, Lee oversees the wax and metal department, waxes tucker gold cases including those for study clubs, and still performs occasional diagnostic wax-ups.
A Corvallis native, Lydia found her way to Texas Christian University, where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Management. After a successful college career and a few years of operating a restaurant with her husband, she found her way to O’Brien Dental Lab. Lydia primarily focuses her time on ensuring that O’Brien remains in compliance with ISO 9001:2015 and DAMAS standard specifications. Once a year, O’Brien Dental Lab has an external audit performed, and Lydia diligently works to keep our quality management systems in order. Lydia also lends a hand with the marketing department, handling all of the social media accounts. She especially loves interacting with different dental offices through Instagram. In her spare time, Lydia enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh, and growing toddler, Marlowe. She is a self-proclaimed Mexican food connoisseur, lover of a good glass of Oregon Pinot Noir, and a fair-weather football fan.