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My Business Cards Have Arrived! – Want Your Own?

I got my business cards in! They look and feel great!

My Business Card


A TON of my friends have been asking me, “Elias, why would you need business cards?”  Its pretty simple, WHY NOT? Business cards are cheap and effective and will make you stand out in a crowd. Imagine meeting a dentist at some conference, after a long and insightful conversation, you exchange business cards. Then Tom (a random pre-dental student I just made up) meets the same dentist and also has an insightful conversation, and as a result the dentist also gives Tom his business card, but Tom doesn’t have one to give back. Who do you think the dentist will be more impressed with and, as a result, remembered better? This scenario applies to many situation. It could even help during interviews for dental school!


Now you are probably asking, “Elias, where do I get my own business cards?” I bought mine from for a ridiculously good price. There are many places to get them online, but I found a secret technique to getting great cards for cheap. I read a tip on the internet that recommended searching for the term “business cards” in google and to shop for prices using the ads displayed above the results. They have deals that they do not dare to advertise on the companies’ websites. You can refresh a few times and you might find a better deal from the same company, its all luck! For example, the 500 card deal for $8.45 from Overnight Prints (shown below) is on sale for $28.65 on their website. That is 70% OFF SALE PRICE. For once, google ads have been useful to me!

Here is an example search I just did:

Search google for "Business Cards" to find the best deals in the ads


Just make sure the business cards you order don’t have the printing company name on it (I’ve heard vistaprint is notorious for doing this, but I have not confirmed it myself). I know for sure Overnight Prints does not do that. Have fun making business cards!


Have a great weekend!

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New Logo, New Feature!

Good morning!

I am excited to announce two new additions to the website!

I spent a few hours this week working on designing this website’s logo. My goal was to create a logo that expressed characteristics that symbolized the website and its dental related content. I was striving for something simple, professional, and also had some attribute of dentistry that could easily be recognizable. After selecting the colors and coming up with the design, I am excited to introduce the new logo for Almaz Dentistry! It is designed as a vector drawing which allows me to grow and shrink it to any size without distortion! I hope you guys like it!





I’d also like to introduce the feature Ask Elias. This is a Question & Answer system which allows you, the readers, to submit questions and get responses. Readers can ask anything they would like, dentistry related or not. Furthermore, I plan to compile the questions submitted (with the asker’s permission) into a FAQ section in order to help others find answers to the same questions later on. If it is personal,  I will privately respond to it, so don’t hesitate to ask ANYTHING!

The form has its own own page titled “Ask Elias”. It can be found next to the home button at the top. The form is also posted here as an introduction!

Your Name

Your Email (required)

Your Question

What year are you?

Can this question be published anonymously on the blog?


Have a good week!


P.S. If you go to UC Irvine, please come out to our ASDA general meeting today at 5PM in SH 174!

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How Do I Know How to Make Websites? – My Technological Background

Good afternoon pre-dental colleagues!

This weeks blog post is not answering the “Why Dentistry?” question I previously promised.  I will be writing that one as soon as I get the chance to. It is MUCH more difficult to write than a regular post like this.

Since this blog is new, I ran into a few kinks along the way and have been working to get everything running smoothly.  With the time I have been putting into building the back-end of this website, I figured it would be a good time to write a little background on how I acquired my website experience.  I have been building websites since the beginning of high school, when I enrolled in a program called GBiT. At the time, GBiT was a revolutionary program that allowed me to do what ever I wanted by providing me with a blank slate and all the resources I needed. During the three years I spent in the program, I learned how to build and repair computers, solder hardware, write websites, code, etc. As a hobby of mine, I dove into as many technology fields as possible. I found the application of the skills I acquired to be challenging, fun, and ultimately useful in the near future. With the original program director and many highly skilled students, the program was nationally recognized and sponsored by Intel.

All throughout high school and college I have been given opportunities to work on numerous websites, mainly for small businesses in Sacramento. I have worked on several versions of websites for my high school (Granite Bay High), security companies, dentists, and a plumbing company.  I also had the honor to design websites for NFL Madden 2010 and NCAA Football while working with Electronic Arts through the process. I have had my fair share of experience with websites and I am excited to finally be able to apply this experience to a project of my own in order to help others.

My technology hobby is part of my past and will always be part of my future!

I have spent this past week working on tuning the website so that it will run as smooth as possible and allow for much growth in the near future!