About BVDL

  • Meet Buddy and Rick Shafer

  • Buddy Shafer, Jr., CDT, President

    As a board certified technician with over 40 years of experience, Buddy Shafer has led Bay View Dental Lab to a nationally recognized position.

    An ongoing commitment to continuous learning characterizes Buddy’s career. His educational background includes membership and training with the prestigious International Society for Dental Ceramics (ISDC), Society for Occlusal Studies, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). He has over 500 hours of comprehensive study at The Dawson Academy with Dr. Peter Dawson of St. Petersburg, FL, and over 3,000 hours of additional study with other noted doctors such as Frank Spear, Mark Piper, Parker Mahan, Ron Jackson, John Kois, Carl Misch, and many more. Buddy is on the faculty with The Dawson Academy and is director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Advanced Dental Study. He has served at the local, state and national level with the National Association of Dental Laboratories, as contributing editor to professional trade journals, CRA evaluator, and special consultant to several major manufacturers.

  • Richard Shafer, CDT, Vice President

    Co-owner of Bay View Dental Lab, Rick is board certified in ceramics and has over 35 years of experience. He is an exceptionally skilled technician with both metal ceramics and metal-free restorative systems.

    Rick’s educational background is similar to Buddy’s – hundreds of hours devoted to clinical study with leading educators in dentistry. He is a Technical Fellow and an active member in the prestigious Northeastern Gnathological Society. He is also a Fellow in the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (ACE) with genR8TNext and an accreditation candidate with the AACD. Rick has been responsible for the successful AACD accreditation results for many of our clients around the country.

    Rick is especially well known as one of the country’s most knowledgeable and experienced technicians with cosmetic dentistry. In the past two decades, he has worked and exchanged ideas about IPS Empress with top ceramists from around the world including Arnold Worlwrend, David Korson, Lee Culp, Bill Parks, Gerald Ubassey, Martin Walser, Shiego Kataoka, Andreas Nolte, Michael Magne, Oliver Brix, and others. Rick is uniquely qualified to show IPS e.max and zirconia dental ceramic restorations at their very best!

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