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Our Team

At Kuwata Pan Dent, we always strive to produce the highest quality restorations, which is why we only hire the best in the industry. Many members on our staff have been with the lab for 10, 20, and even 30 years. Our clients can be confident that these employees have attained the highest level of expertise in their fields. Please take a moment to learn a little more about these key team members.

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Yukio, CDT, RDT

President
Date of Hire: 1981

Hobby: On and off-road motorcycling
Inspired by: Historical heroes who changed the world
Likes: Reading and studying Japanese history
Motto: “Fall seven times, stand up eight” – Japanese Proverb

Yukio is especially proud of the fact that he and Kuwata Pan Dent have helped people from different parts of the world make a good life for themselves and their families here in the United States. He is sincere in his desire to contribute to a better quality of life for not only his staff, but our customers and their patients as well.

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Yoshinobu, CDT, RDT

Vice President
Date of Hire: 1980
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Hobby: Golf
Favorite Food: Sushi
Likes: Good wine and single malt scotch
Raised in: Japan

Yoshi takes great pride when our work makes doctors and patients happy. He sees negative feedback as an opportunity to learn and positive feedback as motivation. His dream is to retire to Hawaii.

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Ikuzo, CDT, RDT

Production Manager
Date of Hire: 1986
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Hobby: Photography
Pet Peeves: Remakes!
Likes: Jazz and the color blue
Favorite Food: Tapas

Ikuzo was born in Japan, but says he grew up at Kuwata Pan Dent! His goal in life is to help other people and he is inspired when other people are happy.

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Francine

Marketing Manager
Date of Hire: 1980
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Hobby: Reading and spending time with her many, many pets
Raised In: Elizabeth, NJ
Likes: Family, nature, learning new things and quiet times
Motto: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right” –Henry Ford

Francine appreciates the unusual, the unique and the creative aspects of life. She’s a third generation American, but will proudly tell you that she’s of 100% Lithuanian descent.

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Maria

Administration
Date of Hire: 1983
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Hobby: Sight seeing
Raised In: Livingston, NJ
Pets: 2 dogs: Valentina & Angelina
Favorite Quote: “When one door closes, another one opens.” –Alexander Graham Bell

Maria is proud of her son, who always makes her laugh. She’s a Kean University graduate and enjoys 80’s music, cheesecake and anything with coconut. She seeks peace of mind and happiness in life.

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Tsutomu, RDT

Denture Supervisor
Date of Hire: 1991
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Hobby: Fishing
Raised In: Tokyo, Japan
Favorite Colors: White and blue

Tsutomu is our Man Friday, a well-rounded technician who handles everything from chairside denture conversion to diagnostic wax-ups, and specializes in implant dentures.

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Masahiro, RDT

Senior Ceramist
Date of Hire: 1991
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Hobby: Skiing and hiking
Favorite Sport: Mogul skiing
Favorite Food: Japanese and Korean

Masahiro grew up in Hokkaido, Japan, where his love of winter sports was born. What does he want from life? “Lots of snow!”

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Naoya, RDT

Senior Ceramist
Date of Hire: 1995
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Hobby: Motorcycles and guitars
Favorite Color: A-2
Favorite Food: Fried chicken
Favorite Music: 80’s heavy metal

Although he shares his home with many different pets, Naoya is truly a cat person. He was raised in beautiful Hokkaido, Japan where he learned to love and respect nature.

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Victor

Wax and Metal
Date of Hire: 1998

Hobbies: Boating, snowboarding and working out
Pet Peeve: Being taken for granted
Fan of: Boston Red Sox
Fond Memories: As a youngster in the Dominican Republic, he and his friends “borrowed” horses for midnight rides, and then set them free in town

Victor is proud of the man that he has become in spite of his difficult start in life. He hopes to own his own business one day.

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Fumi, RDT

Senior Ceramist
Date of Hire: 1999

Hobbies: Fishing and snowboarding
Likes: Sushi, rock music and the color white
Fan of: Japanese soccer
Raised In: Yokosuka, Japan

Fumi beams with pride when he talks about his three young sons . Inspired by nature, his future goal is to travel the world.

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Jay, CDT

Account Manager
Date of Hire: 1999
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Hobbies: Movies, trivia, golfing & snowboarding
Favorite Food: Burgers & steaks!
Fan of: Kevin Smith, NY Yankees, & snow on the mountains
Raised In: Newark, NJ

Jay hopes to see the world and is inspired and motivated by his sons. His favorite sports are baseball and football. He’s also a really good dancer!

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Jun, CDT, RDT

Porcelain Supervisor
Date of Hire: 1999
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Hobbies: Fishing, mixed martial arts and watching movies.
Raised In: Tokyo, Japan
Pets: His Chihuahua Bruno and his Iron Horse
Motto: “Never give up.”

Jun would like to enjoy his entire life in the company of nice people.

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Mary Jo

Administration
Date of Hire: 1999
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Hobbies: Does shopping count?
Pet Peeve: Impolite people
Fan of: New Jersey Devils
Favorite Food: Italian, of course!

“MJ” was raised in Parsippany, NJ and really enjoys the Jersey Shore. She hopes for happiness in life, and if life is fair, she will surely find it. Mary Jo is a hard worker who brings smiles wherever she goes with her terrific sense of humor.

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Elizabeth

Model
Date of Hire: 2000

Hobbies: Reading, listening to Christian music and road trips
Pet Peeve: People who don’t follow instructions
Motto: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Favorite Food: Rice and beans

Elizabeth came from Puerto Rico in 1985 and has 25 years of experience as a model technician. She loves her job and hopes that her children will go to college and find fulfillment in professions of their choice. Elizabeth is happiest when she does something right and the other person has a great big smile!

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Rafael

Lab Office
Date of Hire: 2000
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Hobbies: Gardening, playing congas and bongos
Fan of: NY Yankees, NY Jets, NY Knicks
Favorite Quote: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” -John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Fond Memories: His 1970’s Afro

Rafael is proud of coming to the USA and making a better life for himself and his family. His dream is to be happy and healthy, enjoying good times (especially summer barbecues) with family and friends.

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Yong, CDT

Wax and Metal Supervisor
Date of Hire: 2000
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Hobbies: Snowboarding, water skiing and basketball
Fan of: J-E-T-S go, go, go!
Pet Peeve: Short margins
Motto: "I’d rather aim high and miss my mark than aim low and make it.”

Yong takes pride in how dental technology can enhance a person’s look and make a difference in their lives. He is inspired to be the best he can be by positive feedback from doctors, patients and his peers.

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Daniel

Wax and Metal
Date of Hire: 2001

Hobbies: Painting
Fan of: Aventura, Guns N’ Roses, U2
Favorite Sport: Body building
Pets: Fish

Danny grew up in the Dominican Republic. His life goals are to be a better person, and be successful no matter what he does.

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Anny

Ceramist
Date of Hire: 2002

Hobbies: Sleeping and spending time with family
Favorite Color: Fuchsia
Raised in: Newark, NJ
Likes: Pasta, pizza, softball and music of all types

Anny is motivated by her children and hopes for a life free from worry and fear. She really loves her job and takes pride in the artistry that goes into making each crown.

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Atsushi, CDT, RDT

Crown & Bridge
Date of Hire: 2002

Hobbies: Cooking and wine pairing
Raised in: Osaka, Japan
Fan of: Jazz, bossa nova, reggae and classical music.

Atsushi shuns negative, self-limiting thoughts and seeks contentment by recognizing all the good in his life.

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Kasia, CDT

Ceramist
Date of Hire: 2003

Hobbies: Volleyball, dance and boating
Favorite sport: Skiing and ice skating
Pets: Miniature Schnauzer
Favorite Quote: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin

Kasia is a native of Poland and a graduate of the New York City College of Technology. Her goal is to live a rewarding life full of learning, growth and creativity and to know that what she’s doing is worthwhile.

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Maite, CDT

Denture Foreman
Date of Hire: 2003
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Hobbies: Spending time with her baby and water sports
Fan of: Johnny Depp
Favorite Foods: Sushi, Mexican and Italian
Favorite Quote: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” –Albert Einstein

Maite was born in Venezuela where she graduated from the Dental Institute in Caracas. She loves her two cats, and joyously states that her baby is the best thing that ever happened to her!

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Lloyd

Denture
Date of Hire: 2005

Raised In: Dominican Republic
Fan of: Maroon 5
Likes: Pasta, pop rock and the colors green and blue
Moto: “You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” –Unknown

Lloyd hopes to visit Thailand and Columbia someday.

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Robinson

Wax and Metal
Date of Hire: 2005

Raised In: Softball and travel
Fan of: New York Mets
Likes: Baseball, the color red, warm weather, steak and bachata music
Moto: “Actions speak louder than words”

Robinson (AKA El Makinu) grew up in the Dominican Republic, and studied networking and electronics before choosing a career in dental technology. He strives to be the best he can be at everything he does and is motivated by good results.

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Eric

Model and Wax
Date of Hire: 2006

Hobby: Gardening
Favorite Food: Rice and beans
Favorite Color: Burgundy

Eric grew up in Cuba. In his free time, he enjoys snorkeling and Gospel music.

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Ewa

Ceramist
Date of Hire: 2006

Fan of: New Jersey Devils and Bon Jovi
Raised In: Poland
Education: Graduate of Rutgers University
Favorite Quote: “The most important thing is to enjoy life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” -Audrey Hepburn

Ewa is a devoted mother and dedicated employee.

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Diana

Lab Office Supervisor
Date of Hire: 2007
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Fan of: NY Yankees
Inspired to do good by: Her three Children
Likes: Danceable music, baseball and the color purple
Favorite Food: Seafood

Diana takes pride in her ability to multi-task, particularly being able to work and care for her children, while juggling many other responsibilities. She grew up in Paterson, NJ.

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Vanessa

Ceramist
Date of Hire: 2007

Hobby: Sleeping
Raised In: Dominican Republic
Likes: Softball, Bachata and Salsa, rice, beans and meat
Pets: Turtles

Vanessa is a devoted mother who is inspired by her children. Her goal in life is to be a better person.

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Lily, CDT

Denture
Date of Hire: 2010

Raised In: Dominican Republic
Likes: Lasagna, baseball and the color green
Pet Peeve: Tardiness

Lily receives her inspiration to do good from her faith and the company of positive people. She is proud to be a dental technician and is exceptionally proud to be the Mom of a beautiful and smart girl.

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Tyler

Lab Office Foreman
Date of Hire: 2011
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Hometown: Randolph, NJ
Likes: Any seafood, electronic music and the color blue
Pet Peeve: Laziness
Hobbies: Collecting Pez dispensers

Tyler (AKA Franklin) has followed his family tradition and is a volunteer firefighter. He aims for success in everything he does and enjoys learning and improving his skills. His favorite sport is ice hockey. Let’s go Devils!

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Bill

Lab Office
Date of Hire: 2013
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Hobby: Beer (Guinness, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams)
Favorite Food: Stouts, Porters, Dark Ales
Fan of: The Ramones
Favorite Quote: “It never got weird enough” –Hunter S. Thompson

Bill is a graduate of Montclair State University. He shares his home with his wife and her cats and enjoys his favorite baseball team, the New York Mets.

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Brian

Information Technology
Date of Hire: 2014
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Hobby: Wood working, Electronics / Technology, Relaxing
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Music: Most anything, preferably fast and loud
Favorite Quote: “There is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some people will test you, some will use you, some will bring out the best in you, but everyone will teach you something about yourself.” – John Geiger

Brian has been supporting Kuwata Pan Dent since 1998 with IT and related infrastructure as a freelance contractor. In 2014 he was hired full time to further support the Lab with its High Tech initiatives as well as assisting in streamlining many of Lab ‘s complex business processes.

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Christopher

Denture
Date of Hire: 2014

Hobby: Playing guitar
Fan of: Elvis Presley
Likes: Collecting old pictures, rice and beans, contemporary Christian music and Salsa music
Favorite Quote: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
–Matthew 7:12

Christopher is a US Army 82nd Airborne Paratrooper veteran and owned his own lab for 20 years. On Sundays, he and his wife sing at their parish and Christopher plays the guitar. It is his wish that everyone care for each other and the environment.

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Seiji, RDT, CDT, MDT

Provisionals, Ceramist
Date of Hire: 2014

Hobby: Playing guitar
Favorite Music: Rock
Likes: Rice, natto and the color navy blue
Raised In: Japan

Seiji is a highly accomplished dental technician. In addition to his education in Japan, he has achieved both his CDT and MDT certifications!

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Yendri

Lab Office
Date of Hire: 2016
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Hobby: Watching movies and spending time with her family
Inspiration: Her faith and her three children
Likes: Baked ziti, the color blue, and Christian music
Motto: “Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.” –Lou Holtz

Yen is really proud of her children, especially the oldest who knows how to play the piano. She hopes to see all three become professionals in the fields of their choice.

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Julie

Administration
Date of Hire: 2015
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Hobby: Baking, a hobby we all heartily endorse. Her baked goodies are the best!
Pets: Her Shihpoo Riley
Fan of: New York Yankees and her son Johnny, who is an upcoming actor in LA.
Goals: Good health, happiness and to live life to the fullest

Julie’s Dad taught his children to always do their best and take pride in themselves and what they do. Today, Julie and her husband take pride in having raised two respectful young men who have accomplished a lot on their own.

Kirsten

Kirsten

Lab Office
Date of Hire: 2017
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Hobby: Shopping, hiking to waterfalls and traveling
Pets: A turtle named Tootsie
Fond Memory: Growing up in Morris County, NJ, her family nicknamed her Fuzzhead because of her white Afro.
Likes: R&B music and Thai and Indian food. Her favorite sport is sleeping.

Kirsten is proud of getting through some rough times when she was younger because she never thought she’d get this far. Her family inspires her and she wants to live a comfortable and happy life.

Nicole

Nicole

Lab Office
Date of Hire: 2018
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Hobby: Reading and writing short stories
Pets: Nicole enjoys playing with her dogs, Pepper and Jasmine
Pet Peeve: People who are rude
Likes: Audrey Hepburn

Nicole is inspired to do good by her family. What does she want out of life? To have enough money!!

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Yojhaira

Director of Finance, Human Resources and Administration
Date of Hire: 2018
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Hobbies: Hiking, ping pong, volleyball, and wine connoisseur
Likes: Traveling, reading, browsing through lifestyle and fashion blogs
Pet Peeve: Unkind people

Yojhaira takes pride in her Dominican heritage and being a New Yorker. She cares for the well-being of those around her and will always pitch in when needed. Her family is her pillar and helping others is her inspiration.