Our History

The Simi Study Club began in 1992. A group of four to eight dental technicians met informally on a Saturday morning at "Kurt's Lab" (Excel Maxillofacial Prosthetic Laboratory, Simi Valley, California). Techniques were discussed and shared, and live demonstrations took place. In 1995, the club became a recognized study club with the National Board for Certification (NBC). Later, in honor of it's founding father, Kurt Tennyson, the members voted to change the name to the Tennyson Study Club.

The majority of the members own their own laboratories, and many are Certified Dental Technicians (CDTs). However, the club is open to anyone in the dental field. We usually meet on a Saturday morning between 8 AM and 12 PM. We have eight to ten meetings per year. Since many of our members are CDTs, we issue CDT Continuing Education Slips whenever possible.

Guest speakers (usually CDTs or Dentists) lecture on a variety of dental technology topics. Typical presentations include two-screen slide shows or Power Point presentations, elaborating on various techniques, including before and after images of patients. Lectures last between two to four hours. Topics include traditional ceramo-metal, all-ceramic, implants, removable prosthetics, and laboratory management. Refreshments are provided throughout the meeting.

The yearly membership fee is currently $175. As a member, you are entitled to attend all regular meetings. You will be added to the Member Mailing List and will receive the monthly newsletter. Additionally, you will receive a Member Directory.