Meet the Team
At Dental Masters, we know how important it is to hire, train, and educate the right people. Our staff is a pleasure to know because they are friendly, honest, and highly skilled. People enjoy working here for the clarity and integrity of how we do business and for the opportunities they have to succeed.
MIKE KULWIEC, CDT
Founder, Owner, & General Manager | 37 years of experience
Mike Kulwiec attended the University of Southern California, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1979, with a major in Business Admin and Social Science. He grew up in the dental lab field—his father Len was also a technician and lab owner. Mike earned his CDT in 1982.
Mike is the founder, owner, and general manager of Dental Masters Laboratory. He has published and lectured internationally on the management and dental technology. He successfully developed two other dental businesses, both of which were sold to NASDAQ-listed companies. Mike now directs Dental Masters’ development as a premier quality, service-focused laboratory.
Mike enjoys skiing, tennis, hiking, reading, and traveling. He resides in Sonoma County.
TONY SANCHEZ, CDT
Director of Training & Removable Manager | 42 years of experience
Tony attended Loyola University (Biology) and Sonoma State University (Computer Science). Before college he worked in his father’s dental lab, and after college he worked for E & M, Zella, and Buttress labs. He joined Dental Masters Laboratory in 1979.
As Director of Technical Training and Education, Tony manages instruction for both entry-level and experienced technicians in all phases of dental technology.
Manager of crown and bridge & ceramics | 49 years of experience
After graduating from the US Naval Dental Technology Program in 1967, Gene began his career at Mullen Dental Lab in Philadelphia, later becoming the ceramic department manager. In 1977, he became the manager of the ceramic department at Stern Empire in Houston, Texas, and was later promoted to President/GM of OCA in Albuquerque, NM.
Gene began his career at Dental Masters Laboratory in 1992 as Empress Department Manager. He became the Manager of Crown & Bridge/Ceramics in 2001. As a Master Ceramist, Gene has attended advanced programs at leading institutes, including Pankey, LVI, Tanaka, and PAC Live.
Gene enjoys photography, painting, sculpting, hiking, and wine tasting.
Technical advisor of fixed & removable | 44 years of experience
After graduating from the US Naval Dental Technology Program in 1977, John worked as the in-house technician for Prosthodontist Dr. Robert Poteat in Raleigh, NC. He then worked at Pacado Dental Lab and owned Deer Creek Dental Lab before joining Dental Masters in 1987.
With formal training, completion of specialized courses, and hands-on experience in both fixed and removable restorations, John is our implant advisor and general advisor in Crown & Bridge.
John enjoys baseball, golf, fishing, gardening, carpentry, and trips to the coast, parks, and rivers.
PAUL COLVIN, CDT
Lead designer of removable partial dentures | 25 years of experience
Paul joined Dental Masters Laboratory in 1991 and was trained in RPD design. He has developed a national reputation as a talented technician with superb communication skills. Paul became a CDT in 2003.
Paul enjoys fishing, gardening, woodworking, and time with his family.