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Our Team - Our Biggest Differentiator

We are proud to introduce you to our energetic, passionate, diverse and talented leadership team.


Andreas (Andy) Sommer, RDT DD LVIF – Vice President, Durban Dental Laboratories Toronto

Andy Sommer started his dental career in 1982 with a family-owned dental laboratory, Micro-Dent, in Toronto. With over 30 years of combined clinical and technical experience in the field of dental technology, Andy Sommer brings a broad range of expertise and experience in comprehensive dental restorations to bear on your individual situation. Earning his diploma in denturism (DD) from Trillium College for Denturism, he attended George Brown College and has worked in all areas of the dental lab.

Today he serves as a dental technology consultant and lecturer on restorative options for leading dental manufacturers such as Myerson® and DENTSPLY.

Individual areas of expertise: Full mouth reconstructions, cosmetics, Neuromuscular concepts, and denturism.


Jay Mandel, RDT – Customer Service Manager

Jay has been working in the dental laboratory business for 25 years, beginning at 13 years old in his father's dental office. In 1999 he obtained his Registered Dental Technician (RDT) status and then starting his own dental lab in 2001. Education has always been a priority and in 2005 Jay is one of only a few technicians that have participated in and satisfactory completion of all requirements for the Misch Implant Institute Surgical Program. His surgical training included patient and site selection, site preparation, implant placement drafting, and final prosthetics.

Individual areas of expertise: Chairside assistance and support, customer relations and service,implants.


Russel Brown, Bcompt(Hons) CA, CPA

Russel is responsible for managing the business, administrative, strategic and sales/marketing aspects of Durban Dental Laboratories Toronto and Horst Belasco.

Russel is a South African trained Chartered Accountant, who most recently was the Vice President of Sales and Operations at Henry Schein Canada. He has a deep knowledge of the dental industry landscape and is excited about the future of dental technology, particularly with the dramatic changes in dental digital technology and evolving materials.

Russel is passionate about continuing to build on our strong team, and creating synergies by allowing our individual team members to focus on their individual core competencies and the activities they are excited about.

Individual areas of expertise: General Management, building the best team.


Hayley Brown, , Bcom, BAcc, CA, CPA – Hayley is responsible for the financial aspects of the business. Hayley is a South African trained Chartered Accountant and a mother of four children. She has extensive Corporate Accounting and financial operational experience.

Individual areas of expertise: Financial management, treasury.