Our Staff

John Belancio Sr. : President & CDT

John Belancio Sr.

President & CDT

John received his certificate in Dental Technology from Mastbaum Area Vocational School in 1974. In 1978, John earned his CDT in crown and bridge from the National Board for Certification, and received his CDT in Fixed Prosthodontic Ceramics in 1996. John and his partner, John Porter, founded Colonial Dental Lab in Blackwood, New Jersey in 1976. 2008 marked the thirtieth anniversary of John becoming a Certified Dental Technician. John has studied with some of the premiere technicians in the world, including Willi Geller, Claude Sieber, Ernest Hegenbarth, Dr. Ed McLaren, Axel Seeger, and Dr. Bob Winters. In September of 2001, John traveled to Bad Sackingen Germany, to take an advanced ceramic course at Vita’s Training Center. In 2002, John was accepted for membership in the American College of Oral Implantology. In July 2006, John took the Continuum Level One at the Pankey Institure for Advanced Dental Education. John has lectured before several dental study groups and organizations including the Northeast Implant Study Club, the Atlantic/Cape May Dental Society, and to residents and staff at Virtua Hospitals both in Voorhees and Camden. In April of 1999, Colonial open their 12,000 square foot state of the art facility in West Berlin, New Jersey.

Bruce Barrish : General Manager

Bruce Barrish

General Manager

Bruce has over 46 years experience in the dental laboratory field, as both a technician and as an administrator. He possesses extensive knowledge of the dental laboratory business from both the technical and business aspect. His had taken numerous courses not only in dental technology but also in business administration, sales and marketing, and computers.

Bruce first started working in the dental laboratory field in 1966 as an apprentice crown and bridge technician at Superior Dental Labs in center city Philadelphia. After five years of working at the bench, Bruce was moved into the customer service department and was promoted to manager of the customer service department in 1976. In addition to his customer service responsibilities. Bruce had many varying responsibilities during his 19 years at Superior. These included production manager, seminar coordinator, inside sales consultant, and overseeing operations at Superior’s branch laboratory in Allentown, Pa. In October of 1986, Bruce became Sales Manager at Allied Tru-Fit Dental Lab in Irvington, NJ. He held that position until 1990, when in an effort to work closer to his Northeast Philadelphia home, he took the position of Sales and Customer Relations consultant for Collins Ceramic Dental Lab. In October of 1997 Bruce was hired by Colonial Dental Lab, then located in Blackwood NJ. At Colonial, Bruce has again served in many different areas including sales, customer service, and information technology. Colonial moved to their present location in West Berlin, New Jersey in April of 1999. In December of 2007, Bruce was promoted to General Manager. Besides being involved in many aspects of the day to day operation, Bruce has daily communication with many of Colonial’s dentists/clients both in a technical and customer service capacity. He also represents the laboratory at many of the study clubs and professional functions in which Colonial participates. Bruce resides in Northeast Philadelphia with his wife Debbie, and is the father of two grown boys.

John J Belancio Jr. : Manager, Production

John J Belancio Jr.

Manager, Production

John joined Colonial Dental lab in 1995 and worked part-time as an opaque technician in the Porcelain Department. Following his high school graduation, John joined the lab as a full time crown & bridge technician working with Captek. Over a three year period, under John's guidance, Colonial's Captek business grew from 20 units a month to over 250 units a month. John also expanded his skill set to include CAD/CAM technology. He participated in many weeks of NobelBiocare & University of Michigan training where upon completion, he put his new skills to work and completed over 10,000 2D & 3D scans over the next few years. In 2005 John was promoted to Manager of Production where he is responsible for treatment planning and technical support. John provides professional planning assistance and specializes in implant technology cases.

John participated in numerous training programs and has taken many management courses. He has completed countless hours of continuing education credits from most of the top manufacturers and study clubs both locally and abroad. John is PTC trained and certified and is experienced in both old and new major implant systems. He lectured for Straumann in 2009, has been an active participant in, and has routinely attended numerous study clubs each year since 1997. He attended 3i's International Symposium in 1999, Vita's Advanced Ceramic Seminar in Germany in 2001 and Nobel Biocare's World Conference's in 2003, 2005 and 2007. He also attended Cercon's CAM training course in 2003 and Astra Tech's World Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2006 and 2012 as a Super-Elite laboratory representative.

Jennifer Belancio : Manager, Finance & Human Resources

Jennifer Belancio

Manager, Finance & Human Resources

Jennifer joined the company in 1997 where she worked her way up to Supervisor of the Shipping and Receiving Department. In S&R Jen was responsible for and assisted with various activities that included customer communications, patient appointments, incoming case inspection, computer case entry and sterilization, post-entry quality inspection, case assignment (department or outsource), case tracking, case invoicing and estimates and case packaging and delivery. Jen was also responsible for all inventory control activity and assisted with the dispatching of drivers as required. In 2011, Jen was promoted to Supervisor of Finance & Human Resources (HR).

Jen directly supervises department personnel (permanent and temporary) as required to assist with specific tasks deemed necessary to successfully fulfill all departmental obligations. She is responsible for and assists with various activities that include accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, purchasing, and HR and benefit activities. She is also responsible for, and assisting with interviewing and hiring, training employees; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving HR related problems.

Yakov Dvorkin :  Manager, Implant Department

Yakov Dvorkin

Manager, Implant Department

Born in the Ukraine, Yakov, or Yan as he is generally known, received his Degree in Dentistry from the School of Denistry in Nikolaev, Ukraine, in 1971. Coming to the United States in 1990, Yan was able to quickly apply his knowledge of dentistry into a career in dental technology. In 1991Yan joined Colonial Dental Lab, at that time located in Blackwood, New Jersey. Yan left Colonial in 1995 to pursue other interests and that same year became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He returned to Colonial in 2000 in their new modern facility in West Berlin, New Jersey.

Upon Yan’s return, he was named manager of Colonial’s Removable/Prosthetics Department. The growing demand for implant supported overdentures on fully edentulous patients opened up a new opportunity for Colonial to not only fabricate these restorations, but to provide a skilled technician to work with both the specialists and general dentists to help facilitate the entire process. Yan was the perfect fit for this position and became Implant Department manager in 2005. Yan is instrumental in the fabrication of hybrids, overdentures utilizing Locators and other attachments, immediate load restorations, and restorations following the All-on-Four and Diem 2 protocols. Yan frequently visits offices to help with treatment planning, and has observed many implant surgeries and procedures.

Mike Brunetto : Manager, Ceramic Department

Mike Brunetto

Manager, Ceramic Department

Mike is a homegrown talent, having received his training as a young man at Colonial Dental Lab. After several years of learning, gaining experience, and honing his technical skill set, Mike left Colonial to start his own business.

For ten years, Mike ran a small boutique crown and bridge/ceramic lab in Northeast Philadelphia. This gave him an opportunity to lift his abilities to a new level of artistry in ceramics. In 2008, Mike came back to his roots, returning to Colonial Dental Lab, and soon after taking over the responsibility of the ceramic department. Mike is active in shade matching and custom staining for patients that our dentist’s clients send to our laboratory.

Mike Ciotto : Manager, Pressable Department

Mike Ciotto

Manager, Pressable Department

A dental technician since 1975, Mike became certified by National Board of Certification in 1986, and joined Colonial Dental Lab in 1991. Mike's technical versatility has enabled him to fill several positions in the laboratory. Formerly the Crown and Bridge Department manager, Mike has been manager of our Pressable (E-Max) department since 1999. Among his many duties he is responsible for taking shades and digital photos of patients sent to our lab.

Norm Roth : Manager, Crown & Bridge

Norm Roth

Manager, Crown & Bridge

Norm’s dental technology education began in 1978 with a post graduate course at Philadelphia’s Mastbaum Vocational school. Although he now has over thirty five years experience as a crown and bridge technician, Norm has taken several courses all over the country to keep pace with the rapidly changing face of dental technology. Among Norm’s attributes is his working knowledge of all of the major implant systems being used today. A member of the Colonial team for the last eight years, Norm has represented the lab at several study clubs and trade shows.

Dan Ruiz : Manager, Removable/Prosthetics Department

Dan Ruiz

Manager, Removable/Prosthetics Department

Dan cut his teeth, so to speak, as an apprentice denture technician twenty two years ago. He has worked in several commercial labs and for a private practice. Dan came to Colonial in 2009 and after a short absence recently returned and was soon appointed Denture Department Manager. Dan has experience in all phases within the denture department, and is particularly proficient in the fabrication of our TCS Flexible Dentures.
His duties include overseeing the fabrication of both full and partial dentures, working with implant and attachment supported restorations, and both treatment planning and case consultation over the phone with many of our dentist/clients. Like many members of Colonial’s staff, Dan stays current with the latest techniques and trends in restorative dentistry by taking courses and seminars.