About the SC Dental Laboratory Association

The South Carolina Dental Laboratory Association, a not-for-profit organization chartered in South Carolina, was formed over 60 years ago for the sole purpose of representing dental laboratory owners, technicians and the dental laboratory industry. We are an association dedicated to serving its membership.

The U.S. dental laboratory industry produces approximately $5 billion in sales annually. The number of dental laboratory establishments in the U.S. is about 12,000 with the majority being independent commercial businesses with some small laboratories being part of a dental office.

There are approximately 52,000 individual dental laboratory technicians in the U.S. Since technicians are not required to be registered or licensed in most states, tracking has to come from various government and private sources.

Employment prospects for technicians should increase at an average 3-4 rate over the next few years, as the public's improving dental health requires fewer dentures but more bridges and crowns. Additionally, the cosmetic part of restorative dentistry continues to gain in importance to the general public.

Our Leadership
David Burrell President: David Burrell, CDT

David is in partner ownership of Janulis dental laboratory in Spartanburg, SC. He has been in the dental laboratory profession for over 25 years and has been a Certified Dental Technician for 15 years. One of Davidís main responsibilities at Janulis Dental Laboratory is manager of the removable and implant departments.

Beau Smith President-Elect: Beau Smith, CDT

Beau is currently the Manager at Wade Hampton Dental Lab. He graduated from East Tennessee State University and has been a Certified Dental Technician for 15 years. He is also certified in Sirona inLab CAD and Ivoclar All-Ceramics.


Scott Graule Executive Vice-President: R. Scott Graule, CDT

Scott received his training in the U.S. Navy, graduating in 1983 from Dental Laboratory Technology School. After ten years of active duty, he worked as a laboratory technician at M.U.S.C. College of Dental Medicine in the crown and bridge department. He opened Anchor Dental Lab in 2001, employing three other technicians, specializing in crown and bridge. He has attended many various education seminars which have enabled him to restore implants and all ceramic restorations. He recently retired from the Navy Reserves years after completing 24 years of service. Scott resides in Charleston, SC with his wife, Pam and their three children.
James B. MortonVice-President: James B. Morton, Sr., Master CDT

A dental technician from 1956 to 1964 while serving in the United States Air Force, James has operated his own dental laboratory since 1964 in Myrtle Beach, SC and is currently a Master CDT. He is past president of SCDLA and the National Assoc. of Dental Laboratories. He received the NADL Merit Award in 1986 for work in forming the Puerto Rico NADL-affiliated laboratory organization. He served on a host of organizations, including NADL Annual Resolutions Committee and Select Committee to study Programs and Services. He is currently serving as a member of a special summit forum to address the needs of the dental laboratory profession. James is a deacon at the Grand Strand Baptist Church and enjoys yardwork and gardening.

Robert Jones Secretary/Treasurer: Robert Jones, Jr., CDT

Robert is the owner of Jones Dental Laboratory located in Greenville, South Carolina. Robert earned an Associate Degree in Business from the University of South Carolina and served in the U. S. Army. He started his career as a dental technician in 1979 and received his state certification in 1983 and his national certification in 1998. He has served in several positions on the board of the S. C. Dental Laboratory Association including 2 years as President. Robert enjoys camping and hiking. He and his wife Corette make their home in Greenville.

Thomas Hughes

Executive Director: Thomas E. Hughes

After retiring from a long, successful career in the U.S. Navy, Tom became the Human Resource Director of a large international architectural and engineering firm. He also was an Executive Director in the Health Care Industry. He has been the Executive Director of the South Carolina Dental Laboratory Association for 30 years. He currently resides in Spartanburg, SC with his wife, Betty.  



Advisory Committee
Roy DuncanRoy Duncan, CDT

Roy began his dental lab career at an early age. His father Pete was in the business and started his own lab over 40 years ago. In 1983, Roy graduated from the Dental Laboratory Program at Trident Technical College and obtained his license to practice lab work in SC. He earned his CDT accreditation in the area of Ceramics in 1999. Roy served as 2005-2006 President of the SCDLA and still actively participates in the state. Roy and his brother Brad carry on their fatherís legacy as owners of Duncan Dental Labs, Inc. in Charleston, SC. Roy and his wife, Kathleen have three children: Erin, Joe, and Rebecca. Spending time with his family is #1 on Royís list of things to do, with hunting and fishing pulling close seconds.
Brad Duncan Brad Duncan, CDT

Brad is Vice President of Duncan Dental Lab and is head of the waxing and metal departments. Brad also keeps us abreast of new technology and has been the driving force of our Lava Design Center. A College of Charleston graduate, Brad resides in Summerville with his wife, the former Lori Whiles of Summerville, their two sons and three rescue dogs. A perfect day in his book is going fishing on his boat!

C. W. Wilson

Immediate Past President: C.W. (Duff) Wilson, CDT

Duff Wilson has been a member of the dental industry since 1994. He worked with Drake Precision Dental Lab in Charlotte from 1994 until 1999 and served as Denture Department Manager for three years. He returned to his hometown in 1999 to work with Midstate Dental Lab until 2003 when he made the decision to embark on his own business venture with Wilson Dental Laboratory. He has successfully merged Wilson Dental Lab with Sumterís Dentistry professionals in a collaborative effort to provide all patients with quality work. Duff previously served as President of SCDLA for 2012 and 2013. He is married to the former Kim McLeod, and they have one son Bennett. In his free time Duff enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.


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