Nassif Michel Hamouch (Jan 25, 1955 - July 9, 2014)
A good man has left us.... many will miss him.

Nassif Michel Hamouch, 59, of Carrollton, TX passed away at his home July 9, 2014 following a hard fought battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Nassif was born on January 25, 1955 in Monsourieh, Lebanon to Siham and the late Michel Hamouch, and he is the second oldest of seven children. Nassif lost his father during his teenage years and as the oldest son he stepped up to help his mother take care of the family. He worked to receive a degree in philosophy in 1975 while in Lebanon In 1976, wanting to be a pilot, Nassif made the move to the United States. His first stop was Gulfport, Mississippi, but after one month, his home sickness had him heading back to Lebanon for another year. When Nassif came back to America he landed out west in Oakland, California to join close friends from Lebanon. Nassif achieved his first goal of receiving his pilot’s license and then headed to Texas. Nassif moved to the Dallas area in 1979 and soon met Nancy Wyrick, originally of Carlsbad, NM, at a mutual friend’s house. For Nassif, it was love at first site and he was adamant on taking Nancy out for a date. After numerous coffee and french fry dates at Denny’s, the two of them became very close and Nassif knew he had met the one. Nassif had to return to Lebanon for one year, but their love never wavered. They wrote letter after letter during their time apart, and in 1981 Nassif proposed the idea of marriage to Nancy from half way around the world.
Galveston Business Symposium for Owners and Managers September 12-13, 2014

Come to Learn ... Stay for a Mini-Vacation!
Plans are being made for another great DLAT Business Symposium to be held in Galveston again this year.  It will be a two-day symposium only for owners and managers of dental laboratories.  There will be four guest speakers whose subjects will be oriented specifically to their expertise and of utmost importance for the owners and managers to hear.  The schedule is Friday afternoon September 12, 12:00 noon till 5:00 pm, and Saturday morning, September 13, 8:00 am till 1:30 pm, which includes a working lunch.

As soon as the Symposium details are final, i.e. speakers, registration and hotel reservation fees, and the agenda, the information will be posted on the Events page.  In the meantime, if you have specific questions concerning the Symposium, please contact Donna Smith, CDT, DLAT President Elect, at, or send a fax to 1.940.382.0753.

Many have asked for a vacation setting for meetings, and this is it!  The meeting site is The Tremont House, a beautifully restored hotel in the Strand Historical District.  Remember, there will not be the usual Conference nor an Exhibit Hall as in the DLAT Southwest Conference & Expo.

Visit the Galveston Visitor Bureau for interesting activities - below are pictures of the Tremont Hotel and other famous Galveston landmarks.

Did You Know:


     ANY laboratory, or milling center, that does work for any Texas dentist, or Texas laboratory, MUST be registered by the TSBDE, and MUST employ a CDT who works on the premises for at least 30 hours per week.

     A Jurisprudence Assessment is required for every new registration, and every 3 years for a renewal.  This must be taken by either the Lab Owner, or Lab Manager.

     EACH Location of a laboratory must register separately and obtain their own TSBDE registration number.

     All registration renewals are due by Dec. 31 each year, and on Jan. 1, the late fees start to accumulate.

     You can take the Jurisprudence Assessment any time, as many times as you like, and you can also receive 2 hours of Professional Development from NBC to use for your CDT renewal.  

Link to TSBDE Rules & Regs (Chapter 116 is Laboratories)   

Link to Dental Practice Act on TSBDE website, (Chapter 266 for Laboratories)   

Main TSBDE Website


Information provided by Brenda Triplett, CDT

DLAT Past President



On behalf of the Executive Board of the Dental Laboratory Association of Texas,   I would like to thank all the Manufacturers, Lab Owners and Technicians for all their support at the Southwestern Conference 2014.  There is a new energy moving within our industry. As the DLAT moves into the New Era of Dental Technology, we look forward to serving the needs of the dental laboratory. 


We look forward to seeing you at the Business Symposium in Galveston, Texas, this fall. As leaders and owners in the dental industry, join us as we learn to stay ahead of the curve in doing business. We look forward to seeing you there.

Elyese Anderson, CDT