Gregory Laurence Van Hale, M.S., D.D.S.
247 West Glenoaks Blvd.
Glendale, Calif. 91202
San Marino High School - 1969
Loyola University of Los Angeles, Bachelor of Science in Biology -
University of Southern California, Graduate School of Physiology,
Master of Science - 1976
Thesis: Renal Hemodynamic Responses in Dogs Detecting Explosives
University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Doctor of
Dental Surgery - 1982
Employed by University of Southern California, School of Medicine,
Graduate School of
Physiology--1974-1976. Head of Renal Physiology Research and
Catalina Island at U.S.C.'s Marine Center. Head dog trainer and
handler for all experiments at Catalina Island- 1974-1976. Builder
and Manager of the Hyperbaric Chamber at U.S.C.'s Marine Center at
Catalina Island-1974-1976. L.A. County Certified Hyperbaric Chamber
operator and Attendant-1974-1976. Employed by U.S.C., School of
Medicine, Graduate School of Physiology on main campus and member of
faculty staff - 1974 - 1976. Head of data analysis and member of
human centrifuge research projects -1974-1976.
Owner of Gregory L. Van Hale, D.D.S. - 247 West Glenoaks Boulevard,
California , 91202 since 1984 .
CEO and President of DRDC. (Dental research and Development
Corporation) 1990 to
Member of OSAP (Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures) 2003
DRDC - Dental Research and Development Corporation -
is an entity I established years ago to promote , produce and sell
the ideas and inventions in which I have spent the last seventeen
years creating and developing.
The containment and control of aerosols created in the dentist field
is an important goal which can be achieved through the DRDC's
technology, especially when observed in a dental
environment, i.e. dental schools, state board examinations etc.
Patients concerns regarding respiration of pathogens such as
tuberculosis, pneumonia, mercury, etc. will need to be addressed. However, that is not the main focus or objective of this technology,
even though it could be heralded as a major health improvement. The
public's concern and outrage of even second hand smoke inhalation is
a great indicator of what the future could forebode.
The main and consistent motivation and determination of DRDC's
technology is NOT to cause alarm or concern about any dental or
medical health concerns. DRDC's emphasis and technology is driven by
the observation and realization that more dentistry can be done much
more profitably by utilizing aspiration technology. Dental overhead
will be decreased by a minimum of 1/3, and therefore, dentists will
profit without increasing fees and by being more productive without
increasing their usage of personnel. Dentists will be able to
produce more dentistry more effectively and efficiently in less time
than ever in history.
Fewer and fewer dental auxiliaries with whom the dentist and their
patients can both amicably utilize are becoming fewer and farther
between. This seems to be a continuing trend as our society evolves.
My decision to commit my time and recourses to DRDC's. philosophy
of: "two handed dentistry with four handed capability "did not
happen overnight. It was the culmination of many worrisome
appointments with patients when one or more of my auxiliary staff
members were not present at work. What was I to do if this were to
happen more than on an occasional basis? Should I call a temporary
staffing service and utilize my time and jeopardize the possible
loss of my patients trust while indoctrinating a substitute in our
style of practicing dentistry? If so, for how long and for how many
times should I expose myself to this, perhaps, paranoid delusion?
If not, then what was the answer?
Couldn't my staff serve myself, other dentists, and our patients
better by concentrating on the sterilization of instruments and the
setting up of the operatories correctly and professionally rather
than have my practice grind to a halt for the want of a person to
hold a high volume evacuator (HVE).
I decided it was worth the price to come up with an alternative
solution. In the 1950's and 1960's, dentists worked, for the most
part, by themselves with the patient. The dentist operated and
recessed while the patient cleaned away the debris by rinsing their
mouths into a "bowl". The dentist then continued. Obviously, this
caused the resolve to incorporate a second pair of hands and
therefore the advent of "four handed dentistry".
The future is upon us. We need four-handed dentistry but because of
rising costs, complications in the labor force, and the difficulties
to find the proper people, it is becoming more and more difficult to
achieve and maintain a steady flow of production. Scheduling is too
often affected by the dentist's work force and therefore, disrupts
the desired flow of dental production. Working with the patient with
or without an assistant is paramount to maintaining the production
and perfection for which dentistry is beloved and respected.
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Senior Vice President and Chief of Clinical Research
Graduated from Gardena High School in 1974 as
Governor's Scholar and recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Honorary
Attended the University of California, Los
Angeles, from 1974 - 1978 graduating with a B.A. in Biology.
Graduated summa cum laude in 1978 from UCLA, where
she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Participated in the University of California's
Education Abroad Program while enrolled at UCLA. She studied
at the University of Lund in Lund, Sweden from June, 1976 - June
Graduated from the University of Southern
California School of Dentistry with the degree of Doctor of Dental
Surgery and certified by the State of California to practice
dentistry in May, 1982.
Owned and operated her dental practice in
Glendale, California as Cathleen T. Arima, D.D.S. from 1983 - 1997.
Became partners with Dr. Gregory Van Hale, M.S.,
D.D.S. in February 1997 to present at 247 West Glenoaks Boulevard,
Glendale, California 91202.
Appointed Senior Vice President of D.R.D.C. and
Chief of Clinical Research in 1994 to present.
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