Donald (Don) Van Hook is president of Van Hook Dental Studio, a dental laboratory with national recognition for being a leader in the fine art of dental restoration established in 1983. Having over 30 years of experience specializing in full mouth reconstruction and implants, Don earned his degree from Indiana University in dental technology. His laboratory is affiliated with the NADL, AACD, AGD, and LVI. He also has had comprehensive training through the Dawson Panky institute as well as knowledge of LVI guidelines and the neuromuscular philosophy. He has taken and continues to take many courses on esthetics occlusion and implants. Don lectures on lab communication, esthetic design and CAD/CAM dental materials.
In addition to his passion for dentistry, Don has a passion for fine wine. He is president and co-founder of the Phoenix Wine Society. He also serves on the board of review for the Boy Scouts of America.
Kim Van Hook is the co-founder of Van Hook Dental Studio. She has co-owned and led the business alongside her husband Don Van Hook for nearly 30 years. She started her career as a graduate of Bryman Medix School in Maryland, where she worked as a certified dental assistant for renowned prosthodontists. After moving to Arizona, she trained as a dental technician for nine years while creating and developing systems and procedures vital to growing her business. Her knowledge in dental operatory procedures and dental laboratory procedures has complimented communication between the laboratory and dental office. In this ever-changing industry she continually works to streamline procedures and develop Van Hook Dental Studio’s information technology. She has been published in JDT magazine and lectures on the use of a dental laboratory management software system.
In addition to her passion for dental technology she is an active mother of two. She enjoys decorating, traveling and exercising.
Warren graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Global Business. As National Account Manager, Warren supports many practices by finding ways to improve their efficiencies and communication with the laboratory. Working with a wide range of dental practices, he is well diverse on implementing new ideas and creative laboratory procedures and is a bridge between the laboratory and the dental practice.
Warren is an Arizona native and resides in Phoenix with his wife and two daughters. He has a well balance between being a new parent and his many physical activities such as biking, hiking, and fly fishing. In his spare time, he also enjoys photography.
Lisa Eder began her career in California as an office manager with a mechanical supply company. Moving to Arizona, she started her dental career with Van Hook Dental Studio as an administrative assistant. For the past 13 years, Lisa has managed the data entry and the shipping department at Van Hook Dental Studio. As the current operations manager, Lisa has leadership over 50 employees, coordinating and scheduling all case needs. She stands alone with her customer service skills by meeting or exceeding client’s expectations.
Lisa is the proud mother of two. She is involved in their scholastic and sporting activities. She enjoys reading, traveling, and shopping.
Tom Wooler was introduced to Dental Technology in November 1973. He attended all of the continuing education that was available at that time and continues to do so today. In 1984, he opened his own laboratory, specializing in fixed restorations. It was at this time that osseointegrated implants were beginning to make their impact. During this time, Tom attended lectures at some of the leading universities in the country. All through his years as an owner he was active in the Arizona Dental Laboratory Association, eventually serving as President from 1992-1993. In 1994, Tom closed his laboratory due to illness. In 2005, he began employment at Van Hook Dental Studio as the Technical Manager.
It is at Van Hook Dental Studio that the application of his experience in the field has come to full fruition, combining his skills with those of an incredible management and technical staff and cutting edge technology to create state of the art dental restorations. Tom is also an alumnus of the Las Vegas Institute.
Julia Eng graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Northern Arizona University with a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She worked at Van Hook Dental Studio while she was attending Arizona State University. At that time, she worked in the shipping department. After teaching for 8 years, she decided to return to the dental field. For the past year, Julia has managed Human Relations at Van Hook Dental Studio.
Julia is an Arizona native, born and raised in the Phoenix area. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, shopping, scrapbooking, and volunteering her time with special needs.
Jeremy Guidinger began employment with Van Hook Dental Studio before eventually becoming the Digital Production Manager. After graduating college with a degree in animation and the arts, he started as a basic framework designer in some of the founding CAD/CAM technology. To gain better knowledge of contour and anatomy, he worked in porcelain where he took several courses with Vita and Ivoclar. Once the dental industry began to expand and new technologies were being employed, Jeremy founded the CAD/CAM department. His department began with one system where he took many courses to have the best knowledge and experience with the growing technology. Jeremy has spent many hours researching up
coming systems and analyzing them to see if they will be a leader in CAD/CAM technology. Jeremy’s department currently has six different systems that he oversees and has full knowledge of.
Outside of work, Jeremy is also a photographer and uses these skills to manage the custom shades with cosmetic anterior cases. He is constantly looking to expand his knowledge within the dental community by speaking on behalf of different CAD/CAM systems and how they can be incorporated into the dental laboratory. In this ever-changing industry, Jeremy hopes to see every part of the lab use precise accuracy of CAM technology to further help the dental community.
John Ingall graduated from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science. Since then he has worked in the dental laboratory industry with experience in supply management and implant coordination. He has worked at Van Hook Dental Studio since the spring of 2008 as the Implant Treatment Advisor. John’s strengths include a wide and strong knowledge of the product catalogs for all major implant brands. He is an excellent resource to aid your practice in managing your dental implant needs.
John currently lives in the Tempe area. He enjoys camping and volunteering.
Chrys began his dental career as a technical logistics specialist after college in 2009. Having many years experience in implant parts and components he has the ability to identify and help educate and support dental practices for their implant needs. He continues to attend and research new techniques to always stay on top and up to date with all implant systems in the market.
Outside of the dental laboratory Chrys has a passion for healthy cooking and outdoor exploration adventures including hiking and camping with his family. He is married and the father of three.
Shawna began her passion for dentistry in 2011 as a Certified Dental Assistant. She manages Crystal Imaging working as a certified radiology technician. She sees patients for their 3D imaging and custom shade needs . Working alongside with our Clinical Advisor, Dr. Leonard Gordon she assists with advanced implant dentistry with our clinicians.
Outside of the Laboratory she enjoys being a mother of two beautiful girls. She enjoys doing family activities such as hunting, camping, shopping & arts & crafts.
Ysabel Rios is a trained experienced denture technician specializing in all aspects of restorative, surgical and hybrid conversion support. She travels extensively throughout the US using her talents for educational purposes. She leads her team at Van Hook Dental Studio with technical support in her removable department.
Ysabel currently lives in Phoenix raising her son and daughter.
Penny McIntyre is a Master LVI trained and Certified Dental technician (CDT) of 30 years. She has been a senior ceramist at Van Hook Dental Studio since 1990. She has maintained and surpassed many technical ceramic courses and her work has been acknowledged with a medal by the AACD. Her expertise includes consulting regularly with case planning of full mouth reconstructions with dental clients and patients and is team leader of the all-ceramic department at Van Hook Dental Studio.
Prior to her current position, she owned her own dental laboratory, McIntyre Dental Ceramics. Penny takes great joy in giving patients the confidence to smile again by practicing what she preaches with a philosophy of, “A winning smile makes winners of us all.”
Penny resides in beautiful Cave Creek, Arizona with her husband and two sons. She is an artist in life.
Dr. Leonard Gordon is the dentist on staff and clinical treatment advisor for Van Hook Dental Studio. Having over 25 years experience in implant arch restoration, his primary role is a clinical conversion consultant. In addition, he has developed the Gordon Protocol™ for implant arch prosthetic finalization and lectures extensively on the All-on-4™ treatment procedure. He uses his many years of general practice to help facilitate treatment and communication between Van Hook Dental Studio and the many dentists that use our services. He graduated dental school at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1979 and has taught restorative dentistry at the University of Maryland Dental School. In addition to his role at VanHook Dental Studio, Dr. Gordon is a Clinician, with his son, Dr. David Gordon, at the Gordon Center for General and Advanced Dentistry, in Gaithersburg, Md.