About Us

Who We Are

Techsource Dental is owned and operated by Shawn Hernandez and Debra Zimmer. Techsource Dental specializes in high-quality, all-ceramic, digitally-fabricated restorations. Techsource Dental is always on the cutting edge of the digital dental revolution. In 2004, it began operating as the ninth 3M ESPE™ Authorized Lava Milling Center and has continued to advance creative restorative solutions with its many partners and clients. Techsource Dental is a Certified iTero Laboratory, TRIOS® Ready, a Platinum Nobel Biocare Partner, just to name a few. Techsource Dental has participated in clinical studies globally as a result of its high-quality materials and attention to detail and continuously strives to deliver the most up-to-date treatment options.

Our Team

Debra Zimmer

Debra Zimmer, President and Founder of Techsource Dental, began her career in the dental arena in 2004. With over 23 years business experience, both in dental and previously in the technology/communications sector, Debra leads a management team for sales and marketing as well as oversight of manufacturing and operations.

Debra has her BBA from Northwood University and MBA from Southern Methodist University, both in Dallas, Texas. Debra drives the company vision of excellent customer service, exceptional quality products, client retention and new business development.


Dr. James Lauren earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he distinguished himself as class president. His passion for research led him to participate in numerous projects, earning him an Appreciation Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry for his exceptional dedication to the Department of Orthodontics. In recognition of his outstanding leadership abilities and academic excellence, Dr. Lauren was honored with the Frances Best Matkins Award.

Dr. James Lauren completed an Orthodontic residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating with honors and earning the Best Resident Award. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 2021.

Dr. James Lauren actively participates in organized dentistry and orthodontics, holding memberships with prominent associations such as:

  • American Board of Orthodontics (Diplomate)

  • American Association of Orthodontists

  • American Dental Association

  • Illinois Society of Orthodontics

  • Chicago Dental Society