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Sarah

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine – Class of 2025

I was born and raised in the small town of Sherburne, NY where the cow population just might surpass that of people.
Education: I graduated from Allegheny College in May 2018 with a BS in Biology and a Minor in Studio Art.
What I like most about dentistry: My favorite part about dentistry is treating every case like a work of art that allows a patient to feel as comfortable and confident with their smile as possible.
My happy place or favorite getaway: My favorite getaway is Cape Cod, MA
Favorite Hobby / Pastime: Watching sports and spending time with family and friends.
What I love about Pittsburgh: Accessibility and Sports culture
Favorite sports team: I enjoy all sports, but I am a budding Pittsburgh Penguins fan!
Favorite music: Country
Favorite social media site: Instagram
My Bucket List: Travel to New Zealand
Favorite quote: “You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose!” -Dr. Seuss
Favorite dental joke: What did the dentist see at the North Pole? – – A molar bear


Nicole

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine – Class of 2024

I was born and raised in Bucks County PA.
Education: University of Pittsburgh
What I like most about dentistry: I love that it is truly an art-form where you are able to make an impact on the lives of patients and broader community.
My favorite place or favorite getaway: Exploring local trails and natural parks
Favorite Hobby/Pastime: Painting
What I love about Pittsburgh: I thrive on the cultural scene – whether that be visiting a museum or seeing a new show at the Benedum
Favorite sports team: Philly Sports! 
Favorite restaurant: Noodlehead
Favorite movie: He Bought a Zoo
Favorite music: Alternative
Favorite app or social media site: 1 Second Everyday
My bucket list:   Skydiving
Favorite quote:  “Everything Happens for a Reason”
A random fact: I can speak Russian
Favorite dental joke: What does the dentist of the year get?. . . A little plaque!


Sung

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine – Class of 2024

I was born in Kissimmee, FL. Raised in Taipei, Taiwan
Education: Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences. Pitt Dental Class of 2026
What I like most about dentistry: I love how flexible dentistry is, depending on the patient’s want/need we can personalize a treatment plan for him/her.
Family: 1 older sister, 2 younger brothers
Favorite Hobby/ Pastime: I love hiking at different places with my fiancé, Thomas and our dog, Elsa.
My favorite place or favorite getaway: I am originally from Florida so Disney World has always been my happy place as well as a place for a weekend getaway.
Favorite Restaurant: Everyday Noodle
Favorite app or social media site: Snapchat/Instagram
What do you love most about Pittsburgh: I love that there are four seasons here, watching the leaves change color has been quite a breath taking experience.
Bucket List: Sky Diving
Favorite Quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
Random Fact: 
I speak Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese


Shannon

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Hygiene - Class of 2024


I was born in Sharon, PA and raised in Sharpsville, PA.
Education: I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Point Park University in December 2020 with a BS in Pre-Medical/ Pre-Professional Studies and a double minor in Chemistry and Psychology.
What I like most about dentistry: 
For the love of dental science; structure, development and abnormalities of the teeth, disease prevention of the mouth and gum tissue, the anatomy, the physiology, and oral biology.
Favorite Hobby/ Pastime:
 Reading scientific journal articles and photography
My favorite place or favorite getaway: 
Key West is my favorite place and hope to one day call it home.
Favorite sports team: 
The Steelers!
Favorite Restaurant: 
Rolands in the Strip District. Best Lobster Rolls (next to The Keys of course)
Favorite movie:
 Shutter Island
Favorite music:
 Anything Mac Miller
What do you love most about Pittsburgh: 
Pittsburgh people love Pittsburgh. We have the number one fans for every sports team. Pittsburgh fans are the best!
Bucket List:
 To visit the River Shannon in Shannon, Ireland.
Favorite Quote: 
“The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fun Fact: 
My middle name is my mom and grandmas name put together
Favorite dental joke: 
Why should you be kind to your dentist?. . . because they have fillings too.


Rani

Pre-Dental Intern

I was born and raised in Jefferson City, Missouri
Family: I will be the fifth dentist in my family.
Education: 
I am a Natural Science major at The University of Pittsburgh.
What I like most about dentistry: 
I love being able to provide immediate pain relief and creating smiles that help people feel more confident with.
Favorite Hobby/ Pastime: 
going on walks
My favorite place or favorite getaway: 
Anywhere with friends and family - the people make the place.
Favorite sports team: 
What are sports?
Favorite Restaurant: 
Conado Tacos
Favorite movie: 
She’s the man
Favorite music: 
Alt
Favorite app or social media site: 
YouTube
What do you love most about Pittsburgh: 
I enjoy exploring the different neighborhoods.
Bucket List: paper lantern festival
Favorite Quote: "The best conversation you have can be with a stranger"
Fun Fact: I am legally a midget
Favorite dental joke: What award did the dentist win? A plaque


Dr. Relis

Retired

Thank you for your many years of dedicated service and personalized attention to your patients!


Marilue

Retired - Thank you for your many years of dedication and service!

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh.
Family: I have two daughters and a grandson.
Education: I graduated from Brentwood Jr./Sr. High School.
What I like most about dentistry: The smiles on a patients face when they see their new “smile”!
Favorite Hobby/ Pastime: I like to bake and garden.
My favorite place or favorite getaway: The ocean is one of my favorite places.
Favorite sports team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Favorite Restaurant: Tessaro’s
Favorite movie: Dr. Zhiraga
Favorite music: I enjoy all types of music.
Favorite app or social media site: My favorite app is Words with Friends.
What do you love most about Pittsburgh: I love Pittsburgh for its diversity.
Bucket List: I want to see a lighthouse in Maine
Favorite Quote: “It is what it is.”
Fun Fact: I use to love riding motorcycles.
Favorite dental joke: What do dentists call their x-rays? … toothpicks


Kathy

Retired - Thank you for being such a valuable member of our team!

I was born and raised in Armstrong County.
Education: Ernst & Young / Inc Magazine Female Entrepreneur of the year in 1989. Started and owned 3 companies that supplied, manufactured and installed products for maintenance/protection of traffic to the road construction industry in PA
What I like most about dentistry:
How it enhances your smile and overall facial appearance
My happy place or favorite getaway:
Time with my husband Bob and family
Favorite hobby/pastime:
Reading and decorating our home and working in my flower gardens
Family:
5 children and 9 grandchildren
Favorite sports team:
Penguins
Favorite Restaurant:
Hoffstodt’s Oakmont
Favorite movie:
any Tom Cruise movie
Favorite music:
70’s
What do you love most about Pittsburgh:
All the great people
Bucket List:
visit Italy